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You haven’t had asparagus until you’ve had Zuckerman’s

“Doing cartwheels of joy!” — The Produce Hunter The California Sacramento River Delta boasts exceptionally rich peat soil. This magnificent soil and the area’s climate combine to grow what many people consider the world’s best asparagus. In 2004, Russ Parsons’ prescient article about the state of California’s asparagus crop, Delicate Harvest in Crisis, ran in...

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Give Peas a Chance

Give peas a chance, but if you include them in guacamole, people have opinions about that. Spring has sprung and that means it’s time for English (or garden) peas to grace your menus. You can serve them raw, but they also cook perfectly in just a couple of minutes. Take advantage of the herbaceous and...

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How to get the most bang for your buck with herbs

Question: Herbs are perishable, how can I get the most bang for my buck with my herbs? Let’s talk about the magic of your freezer Your springtime bounty can be kept for weeks or months just with the magic of olive oil and your freezer. Blend up extra herbs and freeze them in ice cube...

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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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Think Color and Variety for American Heart Month

It’s American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. How do fruits and veggies play a role with heart disease? The American Heart Association encourages you to be Healthy For Good™ with their few simple steps: Eat Smart: Make healthy, delicious choices wherever and whenever you eat. Add Color: Make...

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Food Waste Morphs Into an Addictive Crispy Snack

You’ve done all your prep work, and now you have a rather large pile of root vegetable scraps—ends, leaves, peelings, and small pieces. Instead of tossing them as food waste, what about roasting them in the oven for a crispy snack? Toss your scraps with a little oil, season, and with the magic of the...

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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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A Food Waste Trend we Hope Becomes More than a Trend

Food waste is on everyone’s radar. You may ask yourself a few questions like, “how can I help the environment and help feed the hungry?” In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30- 40% of the food supply. We hope this “food trend” becomes more than a trend, but a way of...

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From Food Waste to Candy

It’s citrus season, and blood oranges, Meyer’s lemons, tangerines, mandarins, and Cara Cara navels are all abound—they are gorgeous and fragrant—with their citrus scent filling the room as you start peeling. Their rind, their gorgeous, fragrant rind, what do you do with them?

Food waste is on everyone’s radar and we want to use them.

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January is Fiber Focus Month

Looking to get healthy in the New Year? How about more of this…

January is Fiber Focus Month According to NBC News, “Get Healthy” was the top 2017 New Year’s resolution search, with 62,776,640 Google searches—up 13% from last year. With over 60 million people asking how to get healthy, what about doing something simple, like adding more fiber to your diet? But fiber means bran muffins! Fiber...

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