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The FruitGuys Almanac

June 2, 2010      

Summer Sun
: The Good, The Bad, The SPF
By Rebecca Taggart

Long, warm, sunny days are the hallmark of summer, when the sun’s warmth drives off all memory of winter. Summer is about spending time outside, whether at the beach with a book, working in the garden, or just eating lunch on a park bench. Exposure to sun makes us feel good and makes our bodies produce needed Vitamin D. Unfortunately, we also know that sunshine can damage our skin. So just what is the lowdown on sunshine and the sunscreens we use to protect ourselves? Find out what you need to know about sun protection here.

The FruitLife
Capay Valley FarmShares
By Chris Mittelstaedt

In elementary school some friends and I went through a phase where we had dreams of being city planners. We diagramed a world of baseball diamonds and arcades and woods with bike paths that somehow were always tilted downhill. It was a community without parents where kids built their own kinds of homes – hobbit holes and tree houses. Water slides and rope swings were a must.

capay valley farmsharesThirty years later, I feel that same excitement of building something collaboratively around the concept of local food. People don’t just want to know where their food is coming from, but who is growing it and how. As The FruitGuys has grown up (we’re teens now) we’ve increased our network of local farmers in all the regions we serve. To this end I’d like to introduce an exciting new partnership.

Capay Valley Farm Shop—a collaboration of more than 25 small farmers in Capay Valley, California (Yolo County)—is producing a product for our TakeHome service. Each week the Capay FarmShares group hand-packs a mix of produce grown by local farms and ranches from this region. The FruitGuys then delivers this box to our individual customers for take-home use. Think of it as a mix of Capay Valley’s best CSAs (as well as farms too small to do a CSA) coming together to form a product for FruitGuys clients. Partnering with The FruitGuys helps Capay Valley’s small farms expand the distribution of their product and bring you seasonal produce at its peak from this very specific region. Read more about Capay Valley FarmShares here.

Crop Mobs: I’ll Meet You on the Philly Farm

By Bridget Meigs

Warm spring weather is waking up the farmer in me.  I suddenly have the urge to sink my hands into the soil and grow greens, tomatoes, potatoes – you name it.  A new resident of Philadelphia, I was not sure how to go about finding a way to satisfy my urge to farm.  I turned to the web to start the search online and learned that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Green program has “used horticulture to build community and improve the quality of life in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and downtown public spaces” for over 30 years. Get involved in community farming in your area here.

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 June Wellness Letter
Speaking of Wellness
The Science of Happiness

There is a strong relationship between health and happiness, according to an article in Health Affairs in 2008 by Dr. Carol Graham, of the University of Maryland. Happiness is actually linked to health more strongly than it is to wealth.

The archive is available online at www.wellnessletter.com. The password for June is aspirin.

Now Presenting: Capay Valley FarmShares TakeHome

Attention San Francisco Bay Area residents, a collaborative of more than 25 farms in the fertile Capay Valley (Yolo County) has partnered with The FruitGuys to offer a special TakeHome produce mix called Capay Valley FarmShares. Each week you can have the best and freshest of the Capay Valley's delicious vegetables and fruits. Orders begin Tuesday June 1st and first delivery is Thursday June 10th. Just visit The FruitGuys website and click on Order, TakeHome, and scroll to Capay Valley FarmShares. Questions? We answer! Contact us at 1-877-FRUIT-ME (877-378-4863) or info@fruitguys.com.

Recipe of the Week: Pinto Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Free recipe Pinto Bean Chili

Try our TakeHome case and you’ll receive organic fruits and veggies along with recipes to prepare dishes like delicious vegetarian chili.

Support your local farmers. We buy 100% organic produce sourced from local farms to the extent possible. Our TakeHome case provides food that is good for your family, good for the farmers, and good for the planet.

Delivery at your office to take home or to your home. More information on our TakeHome program here.

lbam sprayEvents: Mothra and You
A Commonwealth Panel on the Light Brown Apple Moth

The Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) has been designated a pest in Northern California. State and federal agriculture agencies claim it could destroy crops and ruin economies. Eradication measures have included aerial spraying and quarantines of farms. Yet scientists disagree as to the moth's real destructive potential for many crops and it has been endemic for decades in New Zealand, which continues to export apples to California while local farmers are unable to bring their harvest to market. Hear FruitGuys CEO Chris Mittelstaedt and a panel of health and agriculture experts discuss the status of the LBAM.

What: Moth Spray Controversy: Business, Farmers, & Consumers in Partnership
When: Monday June 14, 2010; 5:30pm reception; 6pm program
Where: The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
Cost: $20 for non-members; $7 for students
Please visit the Commonwealth Club website for tickets.

Events: Slow Food San Francisco 7th Annual Golden Glass

On Saturday June 12th, enjoy a leisurely afternoon of fine wine and food at Slow Food San Francisco's 7th Annual Golden Glass at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Festival pavilion. The event benefits Slow Food San Francisco’s School Gardens project. The 2010 Golden Glass celebrates the efforts of more than 100 international wine producers who strive to protect, nurture, and revive the indigenous and classic varieties of their regions. For foodies, the event features the Slow Food plaza with some three-dozen local food purveyors showcasing their most flavorful products in taste-sized portions. Saturday, June 12; 1-5 pm; tickets $20-60 for non-Slow Food San Francisco members. For tickets and more information about the Slow Food movement, visit their website.

The FruitGuys will be at Golden Glass to unveil its new Slow Food Victory Garden Crate, a monthly home-delivered crate of heirloom produce and unique agricultural products, that benefits Slow Food San Francisco's various programs, including the public school gardens project. Can't make it to the Golden Glass? Order a Victory Garden Crate for home delivery or send one as a gift to your favorite foodie! New, seasonal crates available monthly through October.

Field Trips

yoga for gardenersWEST
Yoga for Gardeners
Jun 5
Palo Alto, CA

Food 2.0: Feeding a Hungry World
Jun 4
New York, NY

Permaculture Design Course
Jun 22- Jul 3
Stelle, IL

Fun things to do locally.

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See what's in our regional mixes this week.

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