The FruitGuys Almanac
July 11, 2011
Dogs can be great motivators to get out and take a walk each day. They are good company and a constant reminder to stay on task. Walking is an all around good exercise for any age and fitness level. Studies have found that just 30 minutes of moderate walking each day can help lower blood pressure, reduce weight, and improve overall health. See more on how long walks are good for you and your dog.
Nutrition pyramids are supposed to be graphical representations of a healthy diet. But whose? The latest guidelines issued by the U.S. government emphasize eating more fruits and vegetables and less fat, salt, and sugar, as we reported back in February. But there are as many food pyramids out there as there are food philosophies, from Mediterranean to Paleolithic, from Vegetarian to Vegan, and from locavore Michael Pollan to natural fats promoter Weston Price. A breakdown of eating philosophies and their pyramids here.
Mother always said to eat your broccoli, one of the most nutrient-packed veggies in the list of Food That is Good For You. But I have heard many sad stories about broccoli from both kids and grown-ups who hate it. Not don’t like it, but HATE it. My theory is that this is due to an American obsession with overcooking vegetables. Try this recipe and I guarantee you will convert some of the broccoli skeptics in your house.
Recipe of the Week: Corn Cakes with Berries and Warm Peaches
Get The FruitGuys TakeHome case and you’ll receive organic fruits and veggies delivered to you at work to take home, or directly to your house. The easy-to-carry case includes two free recipes each week, such as these delicious breakfast pancakes!
Support your local farmers. We buy organic and regional 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 TakeHome or right to your home.
White peaches and nectarines are not newfangled or genetically modified. They’re grown around the world, but until 20 years ago were mostly a niche fruit popular with home growers. In America, they date back to the colonies. Especially popular in the 1800s was a white peach called the Belle of Georgia, which still exists today. White peach and nectarine lore here.
The power in mint is menthol, its essential oil. It’s a voracious plant and can even be invasive. Mint is rich in vitamins A, B12, C, thiamine, folic acid, and riboflavin. It contains many essential minerals like manganese, potassium, selenium, iron, calcium, zinc, and phosphorus. This is why it is valued as an anti-oxidant. Mint mythology and ideas for how to cook with mint here.
Kauffman’s Fruit Farm was started in 1911 by Amos Kauffman and is still run by members of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations. Over the last century, the extended Kauffman family has stayed abreast of changing consumer needs and thrived. They also have a market on Route 340 offering many Pennsylvania Dutch country treats and staples. More about Kauffman's Fruit Farm and cherries here.
The credit crunch has hit small farms perhaps worse than even small businesses. Banks aren’t interested in small loans and credit is very tight and hard to come by. Farms tend to operate on a thin margin and unforeseen events like the weather can quickly change a farm’s business prospects. See how our Farm Steward Program is helping family farms.
New York has become a leader in urban green renewal. On a visit in June, I found that most of Broadway is now a bicycle path, Times Square is a pedestrian mall, and on the West Side, an abandoned elevated train track has become a garden.
Wayne, PA, June 1981.
It’s a hazy and humid gray-blue Saturday and the summer beetles are whistle-clicking as I push the riding mower backwards out from the garage. I’m in grasscutting gear—white shorts with green piping, tube socks pulled up to my knees, a blue Adidas T-shirt, mirrored sunglasses, and super-absorbent plush white-and-blue wristbands. Read about my special power here.
On June 17th, the House of Representatives passed its proposal for fiscal year 2012 agriculture spending. In the agricultural ‘discretionary’ budget, the House voted to cut nearly $3 billion from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the FDA. Combined with cuts already made earlier this year, that adds up to a 25 percent reduction. Read about the proposal to cut funding for agriculture here.
The short and sweet Gravenstein season is approaching in Northern California! We're happy to announce that the 2011 Gravenstein Apple Box is now available. The Gravenstein Apple Box is a project of Slow Food Russian River and The FruitGuys.
Gravenstein Apple Boxes will be delivered between August 15th - 26th. Recipes included. Free shipping to many areas.
Give us a call at 877-FRUIT-ME (378-4856) to order. We're happy to answer any questions.
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