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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.

Our publisher is Pia Hinckle, a veteran journalist whose resume includes work for Newsweek,Columbia Journalism Review, the San Francisco Examiner, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The Fruitguys will continue to be the main sponsor of this valuable resource for healthy living in our modern working world. My FruitLife column can be found on our website and in print in your weekly crates.

As always, enjoy and be fruitful!

Chris Mittelstaedt

Founder & CEO
The FruitGuys


Flu Prevention Tips
One Word: Wash Your Hands By Pia Hinckle

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.


A Guide to Sweeteners
Know Which Sweet is Which
By Rebecca Taggart

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.


10-Minute Desk Workout By Pia Hinckle

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.


How Do I Love Bee? Farmer-Beekeepers Count the Ways By Heidi Lewis

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 Steinerwho give us a clue to the answer: love. Read about bees and health benefits of honey here.


Care to Can?
Save the Harvest for Next Year
By Pia Hinckle

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 Free recipe: Baked 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.


Global Work Party for the Planet
Oct 10
Celebrate climate solutions, just enter your zip code to find an event near you

Oct 10
Los Angeles, CA

Meet Your Food - Biodiesel Bus to Spence Farm
Oct 10
Fairbury, IL

More fun local events here.


Donate-A-Crate This Holiday Season

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 programlets 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.

West Coast Customers:
Last Chance for the SlowFood Victory Garden Crate!

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?

  • Locally sourced artisan food items
  • Fresh, ready-to-use heirloom and Ark of Taste fruits and/or veggies
  • Materials for a fun and easy project you can do yourself
  • Recipes and instructionsThe October Victory Garden Crate includes:
  • Everything you need to make your own unique chili dish: Snow Cap Beans, Mild Pimento Pepper, Onion, Garlic, and more!
  • Delicious hazelnuts, fuji apples, d’anjou pears, and a special treat… Fig, Gravenstein Apple, and Raisin Mostarda from Nana Mae’s Organics!Ordering: West Coast Customers – Order your crate today for $59. Your purchase of the Slow Food Victory Garden Crate generates a $20 donation to Slow Food San Francisco and their public school gardens project. Order now at Questions? Call us at 877-FRUIT-ME (877-378-4863) or email

fruit mixWHAT'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 ourmix 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!