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Why you should always eat the 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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Maria Elisa Vollmer

Apprentice Diary: Entry One—Integrating a passion for sustainability

When we talk about sustainability, we don’t just mean the environment—our employees are our greatest asset and the foundation to our great success. We work with internships, local schools and colleges for placement, and various in-house leadership programs throughout the year, developing people with a passion for produce. In this diary series, Maria Elisa Vollmer...

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A Remarkable Tomato Partnership

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee recognizes Sysco and FreshPoint as a Harvester of Hope Vision Partner.  The partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Sysco/FreshPoint goes back almost 26 years with consistent gifts of food and funds that have impacted thousands of food insecure individuals in Middle and West Tennessee....

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Carrot tops, one chef’s trash is another chef’s pesto.

I’ve said it before…I love cooking with “trash!” I still haven’t found a use for the white pith on a pepper, lemon seeds, or the twist tie that holds baby vegetables together, but I can use just about anything else. In my line if work, I don’t only get to cook with delicious vegetables, but...

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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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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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Food Waste: A trend we hope becomes a way of life

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

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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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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...

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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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