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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.

Valentine’s Day Garnish Ideas with Color and Flavor

Valentine’s Day Garnish Ideas with Color and Flavor: But not Just for Valentines Day! Edible garnishes might be small, but they can really amplify a plate presentation. We are going to talk briefly about the two categories of garnish: edible flowers and microgreens. Edible flowers are a beautiful way to add a huge pop of...

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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: Candied Citrus Peels

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

What about candied citrus peels?

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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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Red Cabbage: A Delicious Way to get More Vitamin C

When you think of Vitamin C, usually oranges come to mind. But actually, red cabbage is naturally rich in Vitamin C—and just one half cup of shredded red cabbage contains 45% of your RDA.  Not to mention, the bluish to red color is caused by anthocyanins. You probably know that eating the rainbow equals eating...

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in the farmer's hands, Rincon del Mar Ranch's beautiful cherimoya

“Tropical Flavors Make Winter Bearable!”

Karen Beverlin, 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.  Pictured above in the farmer’s hands, is beautiful Rincon del Mar...

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Food Safety Starts With You!

You see the phrase “food safety” everywhere, but food safety really starts with you! Primarily, hand washing is one of the easiest and most effective food safety measures, and there is an effective way to do it. Here’s how to properly wash your hands according to the CDC,   click through for the science behind...

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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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Bananas for So Cal Bananas!

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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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Taking Melon Growing Seriously…

 

 

At Hirakata Farms in Rocky Ford, Colorado, Michael Hirakata takes melon growing seriously. He, and his team, have completely bought into the idea of growing and selling the world’s best cantaloupes in the safest manner possible.

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