Hello, my name is Violet Beauregarde. You may remember me from Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was the kid who chewed a lot of gum—and I mean A LOT—and while visiting Mr. Wonka’s factory, I got excited and grabbed one of his inventions. Short story shorter, the dang gum backfired, and I turned into a giant blueberry and had to be rolled away by the Oompa Loompas.
British journalist Alistair Cooke called cranberry sauce an “unchallengeable American doctrine” of Thanksgiving dinner. Sauce can be prepared in many ways: with orange zest, ginger, cabernet, or sour cream. Each family’s favorite is a pixel in the portrait of our melting pot.
Here’s a preview of the goodies being harvested from some of our farms in July, from The FruitGuys regional produce buyers. To see what’s being delivered this week, visit fruitguys.com/mix and choose your region.
Fruit and fresh herbs add zing to the world’s best beverage
By Gretchen Bay
For a healthy and lo-cal beverage idea, try infusing your drinking water (plain or bubbly) with any number of delicious fruity and herbal options! Here are some of our favorite things to add to water:
Blue Ray Blueberries are big, juicy early blueberries. Blueberries are power packed with nutrients. Add some sweet notes to your yogurt or granola by tossing in a few of these real-deal berries.
Blackberry thumb is what some call the malady of too much texting. [:-(] At the Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego the theme was "The Attention Economy," Linda Stone spoke of a "continuous partial attention" trend. Constantly checking devices for messages, losing focus. [hu me?]. FruitGuys urges you to work better at work. Put down the PDA, take a face to face meeting and enjoy some real blackberries. [swEt & gud 4 U]
Albion strawberries are the variety that put strawberries front and center in terms of market and availability. This vigorous and big berry has made it possible to have strawberries more often throughout the year and no longer just the ultra-rare treat for princesses and little red riding hoods foraging in the forest.
Summer is here, and with it the most delicious of all fruit: fresh berries. Be they strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, berries evolved to be literally irresistible in order to spread their seeds. Taste alone is reason to indulge, but with berries you get to have your cake and eat it too—berries are packed with nutrients, and few foods can compare to their benefits to human health.
Babies on Board By Heidi Lewis
By Heidi Lewis
Here they come, rolling into town—
They get the hungriest looks from, everyone around—
Hey, hey, they’re the summer fruits! And they’re super duper cute!
It may not quite be summer—but that point is moot!