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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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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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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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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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Local Farm Spotlight with Frog Song Organics

Local Farm Spotlight: Frog Song Organics

Frog Song Organics is a 60-acre farm in Hawthorne, FL growing items such as radishes, leafy greens, okra, roselle, and sweet potatoes.

 

You can create a salad just like this with Frog Song Organics' beautiful local leafy greens, radishes, sweet potatoes, and more!
You can create a salad just like this with Frog Song Organics’ beautiful local leafy greens, radishes, sweet potatoes, and more!

 

 

Co-founders John Bitter and Amy Van Scoik started Frog Song Organics in the fall of 2011. Their mission was to produce nutritious food for their community and create meaningful employment opportunities. They also aim to demonstrate that farming can be accomplished with the “triple bottom line” – with respect to their human, ecological, and economic resources.

To get off the ground, they started paying volunteers in food.

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It’s FreshPress Friday! Here’s what you should know…

The FreshPress movers and shakers: Our “Top 5” is a small summary of key items you should keep on your radar every week. For this week they are: asparagus, broccolini, citrus, green onions, and strawberries. What’s going on in key growing areas? Check the “Outlook,” are storms coming? Snow? Heat? get the scoop here. Let’s...

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The Produce Hunter

“Tropical flavors make winter bearable!”

The Produce Hunter says, “Tropical flavors make winter bearable!” Every Rincon del Mar Ranch cherimoya is hand-pollinated, and every one is truly delicious. “It tastes like summer, but here it is, brightening up our winter—it is so delicious,” The Produce Hunter says. Get to know the creamy cherimoya: Cherimoya is native to South America and...

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FreshPoint's FreshPress Market Alert

Alert — Keep your Eyes on Lemons and Oranges

Lemons and oranges are on an alert. The weather outlook is forecasting widespread wet weather for most of next week. This rain event will cause interruptions in harvesting and in packing on all varieties in the Central Valley of California, affecting oranges and Mandarins more so than lemons—most lemons are still coming from the desert....

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David Normoyle - Martha Gonzalez with Eat The Rainbow Display—FreshPoint Central California

The Farm-to-Fork Capital of the World

The morning started pretty early for the FreshPoint Central California and Sysco Sacramento team who partnered together to bring various educational activities for the whole family at this year’s Farm-to-Fork festival in Sacramento, California. As tables and displays were setup, the space came together with a demonstration stage where local high school students from the...

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How Watermelon Rinds Changed Phil’s Way of Thinking…

Food Waste is a hot topic right now—the numbers are in, and they are staggering. The USDA estimates food waste at 30–40% of the food supply. Have you ever thought about all of the peelings or trimmings of fresh produce that go into the trash? Phillip Spencer, Culinary Development Specialist of FreshPoint Atlanta, had some thoughts on the subject after encountering watermelon rinds, and it changed his way of thinking…

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UBU Goes to Washington!

HOUSTON, June 8, 2016 — At a recent House Agriculture Committee hearing on food waste, John Oxford, president and CEO, L&M Companies and chairman-elect of the Produce Marketing Association, spotlighted FreshPoint’s successful “Unusual But Usable” (UBU) Fruits & Veggies Program, aimed at reducing food waste percentages in the U.S. Click here to see the U.S....

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Bananas for So Cal Bananas!

  • KAOAE Andy in grove
  • KAOAE Banana grove propped
  • KAOAE Blue Java flower

So Cal native son Andy Sheaffer is relatively new to farming. For years, he traveled the United States as a contractor specializing in slope stabilization and erosion control. Away from home six months of the year, Sheaffer wanted to spend more time at home with his wife and three children. Born, raised, and educated in Santa Barbara County, he put his feet firmly on home turf in 2008 by purchasing an Avocado and Lemon ranch with a 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean. Soon after purchasing the land, Sheaffer made some big changes.

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Best time of the year for California Dates!

This is the best time of year for California Dates!  Our favorite variety is the Honey Date. Our farmer is harvesting the new crop now, and the quality is fabulous! This unique variety is one of three developed in California in the 1920’s by our farmer’s great-great uncle, Date pioneer Everett K. Davall. We love...

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