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NEWS

New Food Safety Bill Passes Senate Amendments Support Smallest Family Farms
By Pia Hinckle

food safety actThe U.S. Senate passed The Food Safety and Modernization Act (S. 510) on November 30th, the most sweeping overhaul of food safety regulations of the century, spurred by food-borne illness outbreaks during the past decade.

If it becomes law, the Food & Drug Administration’spower and oversight of food and farm production would increase nationally and overseas, where an increasing percentage of American food is grown or processed. U.S. growers, processors, and sellers will be required to institute new food safety regimes as well as intensive record keeping and tracking of produce and products. Read more about the Food Safety bill and what it means here.

HEALTH

Thanking your Turkey healthy holiday mealTraditional Dinner is Healthy By Rebecca Taggart

The holiday season is undoubtedly here, with one big meal behind us, and more to come.  Holidays and food often evoke memories of overeating and sleepiness, perhaps brought on by Uncle Ed or Aunt Bertha’s long-winded story at the other end of the table.  Holiday menus provide comfort, but does the turkey and mashed potatoes offer anything special nutritionally? Can stuffing ourselves on traditional food possibly be healthy?

winter fitnessFITNESS

Winter Fitness Slow down but Keep Moving By Pia Hinckle

Winter is the right season to slow down our lives and build in more time for rest and quiet. Unfortunately, the holiday season can add so many extra calories that it is the one time of year when you want to be sure to maintain your exercise schedule (if you have one) or start a modest one (if you don’t). Here are a few tips for winter fitness to keep you going whether you exercise indoors or outdoors.

healthy soupKITCHENLIFE

The Season of Soup French Country Soup is Family Favorite By Pia Hinckle

I love soup. Fall and winter is the perfect time of year to enjoy healthy soups that can be made for one meal and then eaten again for lunch or frozen for later use. One of my favorites is Jackie Soup, a French country vegetable soup named after my French cousin Jackie who always makes it when the American cousins come to visit. Let your fridge be your guide to a simple and delicious soup here.

winter on the farmFARMS

Winter Work How Farmers Finish up the Year By Heidi Lewis

What does winter weather mean for you? A change in work wardrobe from grey to black? From seersucker to faux fur? Maybe a change in your bike commute? We contacted two of the farmers we work with to find out how the approaching winter affects their work.

sharingFRUITLIFE

Giving Back By Chris Mittelstaedt

When I was 22 and just out of college, a friend and I took the trip of a lifetime. I had run a house-painting business in college and saved enough money to buy a one-way, west-to-east ticket around the world. My friend and I saw glaciers in southern Chile, stood on Tierra del Fuego, walked the Acropolis, met the terracotta warriors in China, and hiked terraced hills in Nepal. More on small acts of kindness and moments of warmth here.

organic cranberriesRECIPES

Recipe of the Week: Roasted Cranberry Sauce Free recipe: Roasted Cranberry Sauce

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 healthy holiday relish with a twist.

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.

FIELD TRIPS

WEST

snowmen

CENTRAL
Kids Craft Mornings - Native American Museum
Dec 11 & 18
Evanston, IL

EAST
Renwick Gallery Holiday Festival - Ornament Crafts
Dec 4
Washington, DC

More fun local events here.

GOOD WORKS

Donate-A-Crate

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 helping handprogram lets you send your fresh produce to a worthy non-profit organization in your area serving those less fortunate.

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 info@fruitguys.com to donate your crate. No additional delivery charge.

This Holiday Season Send a Gift of Good Health

Support local agriculture and small family farms with The FruitGuys gifts!healthy holiday gifts

We have two delicious and healthy gift options for you to choose from this year:

The Holiday Harvest Gift A beautiful selection of seasonal fruit with honey-roasted cashews, cinnamon pecans, salted pistachios, and roasted almonds. Great for a group at home or the office, this gift is ready to share.

fresh fruit giftsThe Farmer’s Kitchen Gift This festive mix includes a delicious variety of fresh, seasonal fruit paired with regional honey and handcrafted vinegar.

Starting at $39, The FruitGuys gifts are available in various sizes and are sourced from small family farms across the country. Personalize your gift order with a handwritten card at no extra charge to you. If you are ordering corporate gifts, call 877-FRUIT-ME (877-378-4863) or email us at info@fruitguys.com to hear about our co-branding and personalized options. Order now.

fruit mixWHAT'S IN SEASON? 
We work with local growers in different areas of the United States and our fruit mixes vary by region. Winter means citrus time, so be sure to try the zipper-peel Satsumas that look a little poofy. Mixes can change quickly due to weather and other farm circumstances. To find out exactly what's in your box, go to our mix page and select your delivery region and box variety to see what you're eating. Check what's available for your office, or for yourself and your family.

Enjoy and be fruitful!