November 5th, 2010
Everyone knows the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but research over the last decade has begun to reveal why that is true: strongly anti-oxidant polyphenols that reside in the skin.
Apples have health benefits far beyond what one would expect: besides providing a good source of fiber and Vitamin C, researchers have found that consuming apples regularly—at least twice a week—helps prevent various cancers, asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, as well as contributing to weight loss... Read more on the health benefits of apples here.
Do you ever feel like your office chair has become an appendage rather than just a place to sit? What if you found out that appendage could put your health at risk? Recent studies have found that people who sit for eight hours or more a day are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, chronic back problems, obesity, and heart disease. What can you do to prevent chair potato syndrome? Stand up for health.
Harvest time is a good time to honor nature’s bounty and the hardworking farmers who bring it to us. They’ve been plowing, planting, weeding, and pruning back the overgrowth, as well as tending to their communities and ecosystems. All year round there’s work to be done. Besides getting produce to market as it comes to harvest, many farms are dabbling, and sometimes specializing, in gourmet goodies such as vinegar, cider, preserves, and honey, to sell during the dormant season. Here we take a look at what a few small farms have produced.
I’ve always felt that the spookiest fruit name is Pomegranate. The name comes from the Latin pomum granatum, or “apple of many seeds” and it has been around longer than The Mummy-ancient varieties were cultivated in Mesopotamia. Pomegranates pack a nutritional wallop with potassium and powerful antioxidants that can help protect your blood lipids and may even stop plaque from accumulating on arterial walls like the green goo in “Ghostbusters.” The trick is how to eat one in a white shirt.
My family has many birthdays in October and November. Luckily these involve pumpkin pie. Inspired by the pumpkin pies gobbled up by ten-year-olds at my twin girls’ birthday party, my stepmother Linda Corso (creator of Delilah’s Farm Report cooking blog) suggested a pumpkin dinner to celebrate the collective birthdays. The pumpkin menu and recipes here.
FruitGuys Farm Steward
The FruitGuys Farm Steward mission is to promote sustainable farming practices that have no negative impact on the environment and add long-term social and economic value to the farm and farming community. To this end, we wanted to let you know about a once in a lifetime fund raiser for Capay Farmshop at Full Belly Farm.
Now Capay Valley growers are offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a special patron: an exclusive afternoon on the farm followed by a gourmet meal for 20 guests featuring the best the region has to offer of organic vegetables, tender meats, outstanding wines, delectable desserts. Support the ongoing development of the Capay Valley Farm Shop and its mission to connect urban communities with nature’s bounty.
FruitGuys Good Works
The farm was reclaimed from the urban landscape this past spring through a partnership between The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation (TEC-CDC) and Philly Rooted, led by farm managers/directors Nic Esposito and Erica Smith. (Nic Esposito, co-founder of Philly Rooted, pictured left.) Nic and Erica teach sustainable farming skills to West Philadelphia youth and help them market and sell their produce at the Clark Park Farmer’s Market and local businesses such as Milk and Honey Market. Nic and Erica founded Philly Rooted “to grow community and support the local food economy by developing urban farms” and to promote the incorporation of urban agriculture into local policies.
The FruitGuys sponsored the October planting of raspberry bushes, and edible trees and shrubs including hazelnuts, elderberries, blackberries, seaberries, and a rose bush that produces edible rose hips. Pictures and full story of our community planting in West Philadelphia here.
Recipe of the Week:
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 this fantastic relish.
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.
Whether your office is closed or you are traveling this holiday season, we have an option for you to give back to those in need. Instead of putting your order on hold, our Donate-A-Crate program lets you send your fresh produce to a worthy non-profit organization in your area serving those less fortunate than ourselves.
During the 2009 holiday season, FruitGuys customers donated more than 69 crates to non-profits of their choice as well as 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 and City Harvest on the East Coast; and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
To participate this year, choose a charity from our list of organizations at fruitguys.com/donations or choose a charity of your choice in close proximity to one of our regional hubs in San Francisco, Chicago, or Philadelphia; then contact The FruitGuys Customer Service at 877-FRUIT-ME (877-378-4863) or firstname.lastname@example.org to donate your crate. No additional delivery charge.
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, or for yourself and your family. Check out our seasonal gifts here.
Enjoy and be fruitful!
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