The FruitGuys Almanac
October 8, 2010
Note to Readers:
Hello Fruit Fans,
There are some things that we can always count on: that at this time of year the summer light filled with yellows has turned into dusty October oranges and ambers; that east coast maples will start to blush with fall hues; that cool air begins to replace hot air; and, sadly, that Twinkies, misplaced years ago, have yet to degrade.
Yet there is one change that I want to bring to your attention that marks a departure from how we have been writing and begins an exciting new chapter in the evolution of The FruitGuys News.
Our bi-monthly FruitGuys News email is changing to a monthly format known as The Almanac. We are building a more robust and user-friendly publication around our work lives and healthy living. We are expanding our sections to include health, nutrition, fitness, farms, kitchenlife, recipes, and events, as well as examples of healthy work life.
As always, enjoy and be fruitful!
Raise your hand if you have already gotten the fall cold that’s in circulation. Did you wash that hand? Probably not — or not enough. Fall heralds the beginning of the flu season in the office and on the playground. Media coverage of the H1N1 (swine) flu increased most people’s awareness (and fear) of the influenza virus, aka the flu. Viruses are spread person-to-person through airborne contact (coughs and sneezes) and physical contact (close contact and/or touching infected items and then touching your face). Here are some tips and resources to keep you — and your workplace — healthier this flu season.
Excess sugar consumption has been linked to a number of health problems besides cavities: poor nutrition, diabetes, weight gain and obesity, inflammation, and elevated levels of triglycerides, a factor in heart disease. The basic problem with sugar is that it is high in calories and offers no nutrients. Unless you are burning more calories than you are consuming, the body stores these calories from added sugar as fat. An extreme example is a soft drink or sweetened juice drink, which offers only calories and no nutrient value at all, as opposed to sugar-containing whole foods without added sugar, such as a pear. Guide to sweeteners.
Spending too much time crunching numbers and not enough crunching abs? Fitness Magazine has a great 10-minute desk workout to tone your arms and firm all that stuff sitting on your chair. Do this 6-step mini-workout twice a day and you’ll feel better and more productive. 10-minute desk workout here.
Honey from bees is quite the miracle. Why does it taste so good? And why does it have so many healing properties? Many scientists have studied the organization of beehives and the behavior of bees, but it is philosophers such as Rudolf Steiner who give us a clue to the answer: love. Read about bees and health benefits of honey here.
Harvest time always brings an embarrassment of riches to your table. What to do with 25 pounds of zucchini? Tomatoes finally came in last week? Can’t eat another pear tart but ready to try making preserves? Using this basic primer on canning—or jarring, really—anyone can do it. Jar fresh tomatoes, fruits, and vegetables, or sauces and soups. Learn how to can your own fresh produce here.
Recipe of the Week:
Easy Baked Stuffed Apples
Try 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 sweet-smelling baked apples filled with walnuts, raisins and honey.
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.
The holiday season is coming soon. If your office is closed during your regular delivery, why not give something back to those in need? Instead of putting your order on hold, our Donate-A-Crate program lets you send your fresh fruit to a worthy non-profit organization in your area serving those less fortunate. In 2009, FruitGuys' clients donated nearly 200 crates of fruit to food banks and programs for families in need between the Thanksgiving and New Years holidays. Crates went to The Riley Center, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Project Open Hand, Yeah!, and the Sophia Project in the San Francisco Bay Area; to Philabundance, Women Against Abuse, and City Harvest on the East Coast; and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Click here for a list of the organizations in your area or choose a charity of your choice in close proximity to one of our regional hubs in San Francisco, Chicago, or Philadelphia. No additional delivery charge.
The FruitGuys & Slow Food San Francisco present the SlowFood Victory Garden Crate, benefitting the Schoolyard Gardens project. Enjoy local heirloom fruit, farm-crafted specialty foods, and a special “Do It Yourself” Slow Food cooking project.
What Do I Get?
WHAT'S IN SEASON? We work with local growers in different areas of the United States, our fruit mixes vary by region. Next week, there will be passion fruits in our crates, along with multiple varieties of Asian Pears that all taste different. Go to our mix page and select your delivery region and box variety to see what's available for your office, for yourself and your family, or as a gift.
Enjoy and be fruitful!
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