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Mardi Gras Fruit

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It's Carnival Time, FruitFans! Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday, falls this week on February 24th. In Louisiana Fat Tuesday is a state holiday thanks to the Mardi Gras Act of 1875 - but for those without a day off, The FruitGuys have put together a colorful carnival mix of delicious treats to get your taste buds doing a Zulu Strut. Let the Fruit times roll!

In New Orleans, Carnival Season starts on January 6th at the Feast of The Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night because it is the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas. The festivities continue through Lundi Gras (Fat Monday) and Mardi Gras, technically culminating at midnight with the arrival of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Most people associate Mardi Gras and Carnival in New Orleans with general debauchery and odd behavior - but I like to think of it as the world's best-dressed walking club.


The city of New Orleans hosts over 70 astonishingly elaborate public parades during Carnival, not to mention those in surrounding parishes and towns like Metairie and Houma.

The official imperial colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These were the colors selected by the first Mardi Gras King, Rex, in 1872. In 1892, the Rex Parade theme “Symbolism of Colors” solidified their meaning: purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Together, they really great on a sequined costume and mask. West coast customers this week will get a healthy dose of justice with purple Larry Anne Plums, a heaping helping of faith from green organic avocados, and the powers of juice and taste-ability from gold (yellow) nectarines. If you’re feeling adventurous, try slicing all three together and get your co-workers together for a Mardi Gras Mambo break for a serving of FruitGuys Special Carnival Salad. East coast customers will see a brand new Dapple Dandy Pluot this week, which we guarantee is just(ice) delicious. And Midwest customers will get crisp purple (ok red) grapes, resembling large edible Mardi Gras beads. “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!”

Remember you can always check out the details of your regional mix here.  

Enjoy and be fruitful!

-Jeff Koelemay

Future FruitGuys Pears

A hearty contingent of FruitGuys (with friends and families in tow) went to Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol, CA this weekend to help farmer Torrey Olson plant new trees. Part Fresh-Air fund, part Farm Steward project, planting pear trees with Torrey was a great excuse to get out to the country and help a friend.

Torrey supplies the FruitGuys with a variety of delicious Asian pears for the West Coast fruit cases. He farms the thriving organic orchard with his wife Lucy and son Henry. And although there is currently no fruit to harvest, there is still work to be done. New trees always need to be planted: some trees succumb to blight on the leaves or critters gnawing their roots. In a full production orchard every spot is valuable and each row needs irrigation, pruning, and love. Mid-winter is the ideal time to plant seedlings since they are dormant. 

Olympia Asian Pear seedlings were the trees Torrey chose to plant. Olympias make a large, round, crisp, and firm fruit. "Dan likes 'em," Torrey said of our FruitGuys fruit buyer. The baby trees were just a bare root ball with a three-foot stem and one or two branches. Big holes needed to be dug, and this is where FruitGuys visitors came in handy. Under Torrey's tutelage we all learned the drill: one to dig the hole, one to hold the seedling, one to hoe the dirt gently back in, one to get the compost, and one to tell the jokes.

Although there was great satisfaction in helping our friend plant 75 trees, there was no instant gratification. These new trees won't bear fruit until the 2012 harvest. An afternoon spent investing in future FruitGuys fruit was well worth it, and the kids got to romp in the grass and climb on the tractor too. The weather held up beautifully, and only when they sky turned grey and nimbostratus clouds gathered did Torrey cock an eyebrow with an eye to the northern sky and say, "rain's on the way, time to put away the tools."

-Heidi Lewis

Are Your Boots Made For Walking?

Regular exercise is really good for you, even without any other complicated changes to your daily routine. A Duke University study showed that walking just 30 minutes a day could help you lose weight and body fat and improve muscle tone. The eight-month-long study involved men and women over age 40 who made no additional dietary or lifestyle changes other than walking or jogging regularly.

Participants in the study walked 30 minutes per day (estimated 12 miles per week) at 40-55% maximum heart rate and lost 1% of body weight, 1.6% of waist measurement, 2% of body fat, and gained 0.7% lean muscle mass. By contrast, a control group of non-exercisers all gained weight and body fat during the trial. The longer the average distances per week, or higher intensity exercise, both yielded greater weight and body fat losses.

So, now that you’re ready to get moving, do you have the right tools on your feet? A good exercise shoe should be comfortable and provide appropriate support and shock absorption to help protect your feet and joints from injury. There are four basic factors to consider when choosing an appropriate shoe: the length and width of your foot, your arch profile, and the mechanics of your stride. For example, a person with a high arch will typically need a shoe with more cushioning than a person with a lower arch. A person who overpronates (walks more on the outside edges of the feet) will benefit from one type of shoe flexibility while someone who underpronates (walks more on the inside edge) will benefit more from another. The Mayo Clinic offers an excellent and very educational online shoe fitting resource that explains the functions of each individual part of your shoe and recommendations for proper fitting. Check it out here.

Remember, The FruitGuys can provide pedometers to you and your compatriots for an office walking club. No matter what your footwear of choice is, 30 minutes per day is all it takes to lose weight and get more fit. For more information on how to start a walking club, just contact us at info@fruitguys.com.

-Jeff Koelemay

The Berkeley Wellness Letter

Great fitness tips and more in the Berkeley Wellness Letter.

February's password is Yogurt.


Arbor Day Events
March 14
San Francisco

Lecture - Water: the Strangest Liquid
Feb 24
SLAC - Menlo Park

Flower & Garden Show
March 18-22
San Mateo

Tree Planting - Milliontrees NYC
April 25th work day
New York City

Philadelphia Flower Show
March 1-8

Clean Water Network Conference
Feb 24-17
Washington DC

Tree-Keeper Class with Openlands
March 7 Saturdays thru April 18
Warren Park Chicago

Chicago Flower Show
March 7-15

Polar Bear Plunge
March 1
Lake Michigan

slow food nation



Refresh your memories of Slow Food Nation's inaugural event in San Francisco with a box of seasonal foods from The FruitGuys, delivered within California this Thursday, February 26th.

come to the table

Each crate includes a copy of Come to the Table, the official book that was released in conjunction with Slow Food Nation '08, featuring stories about California farmers and recipes from farm kitchens. Order now! Along with the book, valued at $29.95, you'll receive California-grown ingredients for making a fresh, seasonal soul-food feast.

HURRY! All orders must be received by noon today. Find out more and order here.


Refer a friend to The FruitGuys and earn some cash while you’re at it!
Learn how to participate here.

Has it been a while since you received our farm fresh fruit? We'd love to have you back!

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See which fruits are in our office fruit mixes in your region this week.

If you have any questions or would like more information, call toll-free at 1-877-FRUIT-ME
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