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May 6, 2010      

The FruitLife
cherriesOf Rabbit Holes & Writing Desks
By Chris Mittelstaedt

Nessie, the six-month-old chocolate lab, tears through the house wanting nothing more than to lick the cat until it becomes her friend. A puffed up and spitting blur of fur trailed by a bottle brush tail screams past my feet wishing it were just a floating Cheshire smile as the dog slides around the corner to beat a path between my legs. Meanwhile my wife brushes Cocktail and Josie, the guinea pigs, who have obviously been shedding on purpose for attention. My kids are in the kitchen arguing. “She is really tan,” daughter #1 says. Daughter #2 looks confused. “She is not,” she says, trying to disabuse her sister of this error – “She’s only nine.” I’m momentarily, and quite summarily, transported to the table of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. I feel I’m wearing a jacket that’s three sizes too small and I think it may clash with my cravat. I hear the dog before I see it and I’m knocked to the ground. The cat is on top of the refrigerator looking at me as if this is all my fault, and it could truly be, but I like to think it’s all just a big misunderstanding.

Why is it that in springtime we seem to fall down whatever surreal rabbit hole may be waiting for us? In the fruit world it’s the same thing. There’s the tickle of curiosity and Find out when to expect stone fruit in your boxes.

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Book Review
The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession By Adam Leith Gollner
Reviewed by Heidi Lewis

We're at a lovely party; dishes of delicacies are being passed around. "Oh look Star Fruit!" I exclaim at a sparkling plate. My husband shoots me a fervent look: he’s knitting and purling his eyebrows in silent communication to me—don’t-say-it—he transmits in Morse code. I look at the Star Fruit. I look at him. I’m holding steady. Then a party companion says, "What is Star Fruit?” Uh oh! Looks like I have to come to the rescue. You see, I have fruit-fact-i-tis. As a regular contributor to The FruitGuys Almanac, I am always learning about fruit and I can't help myself from imparting fruit facts to the innocent. "Well,” I begin, “did you know that Star Fruit is a tropical fruit loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants? But like grapefruit it contains compounds that can interact with some drugs, especially statins prescribed for heart disease..."  My husband shakes his head with a there-she-goes-again smile.

Journalist Adam Gollners has given me a decade's worth of Read Heidi's review of The Fruit Hunters here.

omega 3Wellness
Why You Need More Omega-3s

By Rebecca Taggart

Lots of packaged foods now promote their omega-3 content, as interest in the essential fatty acid has made it the latest hot nutrient but less commonly understood is the importance of the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 consumption for overall health.

It appears that humans used to consume roughly equal amounts of omega-3s and omega-6s (a 1:1 ratio) before the advent of processed foods, but western diets now have a ratio closer to 1:15. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, whereas omega-6s are Find out why you may need more Omega-3s in your diet and where to get them.

berkeley wellness letterBerkeley Wellness Letter

As part of your FruitGuys subscription, we provide you and your employees online access to UC Berkeley's Wellness Letter, the newsletter of nutrition, fitness and self-care. It translates leading-edge research into practical advice for daily living - at home, at work, while exercising, shopping, or cooking.

Highlight from the May Wellness Letter
The Milk Debate Keeps Churning

Milk and dairy products are very nutritious and the chief source of calcium in the American diet. They offer many benefits as part of a heart-healthy diet and are an essential component of the DASH diet, designed to control blood pressure. After decades of research, we know a great deal more now about milk. But legitimate questions, plus a number of myths, have multiplied. The arguments are highly politicized, with the dairy industry on one side and milk opponents on the other. Still, there is plenty of well-designed research. Here are answers to questions you may have.

The archive is available online at www.wellnessletter.com. The password for May is prevention.


GoodWorks: our Farm Steward program helps farms solve pest problems via sustainable methods
Owl Update
By Bridget Meigs

You can tell from the photos that the owls are feeling very much at home in the owl boxes that The FruitGuys installed at Kauffman's Fruit Farm in Bird-in-Hand, PA. We hope that we will soon be sharing pics of little owlets. Stay tuned.

See more owl cam photos here.


Recipe of the Week: Strawberry Orange Rhubarb Muffins
Free recipe Rhubarb Muffin

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Try our TakeHome case and you’ll receive organic fruits and veggies to prepare dishes like these muffins. Delivery at your office to take home or to your home.

Field Trips

Farm to Feast - Summerfield
Santa Rosa, CA

Chicago Honey Co-op Hands on Class
Chicago, IL

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse Plant Sale
Chicago, IL

More fun things to do locally.

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

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