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Employees Help for the Holidays

Did you know FreshPoint supports hundreds of organizations throughout North America? We give MILLIONS of pounds of produce, we participate in hundreds of fundraisers, and we are very active with charities and special causes in our communities during the year and also help for the holidays. “I feel it is very important to be involved...

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The importance of produce in holiday food traditions

The winter holiday season has numerous festive holiday food traditions, many steeped in the religious and cultural histories of the season. Some may be familiar, such as the fruitcake, some may not be. Produce plays a prominent role in many of these holiday food traditions, so let’s take a look at some of these traditions...

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Chestnuts: How one tree wiped out an industry

Few food items are as linked to a holiday as are chestnuts. I suppose the association began in 1946 when Nat Cole recorded The Christmas Song, with the verse, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose…” However associated chestnuts have become with the holiday season, they have been a food...

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So, is it really pumpkin you’re buying in those cans?

Very few items are as evocative of a season as are pumpkins; Jack-O-Lanterns, pumpkin pies and warm spices all come to mind. Yet, the history and importance of the pumpkin is often over looked. Native Americans prized pumpkins/squashes as a sacred crop, as they also did with beans and corns, in fact, these three crops...

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Do cranberries really grow in water?

Often thought of only as an ingredient on holiday menus, cranberries have a long and colorful history and was an incredibly important food source for the early Native American Tribes. However, the cranberry was not only used for food, they were also used as a textile dye, hunting bait, herbal medicine, and the leaves were...

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Why you should always eat the (winter squash) seeds

Hard squashes, aka winter squash and fall squash, are a uniquely American product. Early Native Americans held them in a place of reverence, as one of the Three Sisters, the other “sisters” being corn and beans. You may be wondering why. Well, it all comes down to the symbiotic nature these crops shared. Nutritionally, these...

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A face for radio: Heirloom Apples

Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Gala along with a few others seem to dominate the apple selection in most markets, but did you know there are over 7,000 apple varieties being grown worldwide? In fact, 90% of the apples sold in the United States are from only 11 varieties. These varieties, for...

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Feeling the squeeze: compressed fruit

Compress [verb kuh m-pres; noun kom-pres] verb (used with object) to press together; force into less space. So what does this have to do with produce? Compressed fruit (or vegetables), have become a popular technique in which we can change not only the texture of the produce, but also enhance and change the flavors. Wondering how and why? Think...

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From ancient low-tech to modern day high-tech, the power of corn

From the summer grill to your holiday centerpiece, corn is perhaps the most versatile crop grown today. It’s also one of the oldest and most sacred crops grown in the world. Thought to have been first cultivated 8,700 years in Mexico’s Central Balsas River Valley, corn, or maize, became a critically important food crop.  Why?...

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How to win summer: cold soup

Want to win at summer? Try cold soup. Soup is the quintessential comfort food for many people; yet, it’s often relegated to the fall and winter seasons and is often hearty and warming. So what about summer soups? There is a long and varied history of cold soup in many parts of the world, including...

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FreshPoint Central FL Presented Good Citizenship Award by Orlando PD

ORLANDO – The City of Orlando Police Department recently presented FreshPoint Central Florida with a Good Citizenship Award. This was in recognition of the support provided to first responders and others in the community who worked so tirelessly to render immediate aid and then longer-term assistance to help heal the community, following last June’s terrorist...

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Florida peaches, a success story

Florida has long been associated with citrus, especially oranges, but how the times have changed. With booming real estate prices and a series of devastating hurricanes in 2004, the once mighty citrus industry is facing challenges as never before. According to last Florida Agricultural Census, citrus had a value of $1.35 Billion, while decorative plants...

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Local Farm Spotlight with Tom West Blueberries

Local Farm Spotlight: Tom West Blueberries Tom West Blueberries is a 20-acre farm in Ocoee, FL. After World War II, Tom West returned to Ocoee, Florida, and began growing and harvesting citrus. Later, in 1954 he incorporated to Tom West Inc. In 1964, Tom was joined by his son Milton West in the citrus farming...

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Local Farm Spotlight with Lady Moon Farms

Farm Spotlight: Lady Moon Farms Lady Moon Farms is a 2,400-acre farm in Punta Gorda, FL growing items such as lettuce. With a dream to live in the country, smell the fresh air and see the stars at night, Tom Beddard founded Lady Moon Farms in 1988 with his wife Christine on five acres in...

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Microgreens are the perfect garnish for your Valentine's menu.

Focus on Colorful Garnishes this Valentine’s Day

What edible flowers lack in flavor, they make up for it with vibrant, happy color. Edible flowers are a beautiful way to add a pop of color. Use them whole as colorful garnishes, add a few to a glass of champagne or a cocktail, or break apart the flowers into an edible confetti and sprinkle...

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