2nd Fruit Delivery; week of July 1, 2013

I eagerly await the blueberries every year.  When they arrive I find myself eating 2-3 pints in a day.  I never feel guilty because with only 226 calories in an entire pint, I know the nutritional value of “super blues” which, with loads of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber, will serve me well.  Compared to any candy bar I choose blueberries.  This weekend I’ll be riding in a 100 mile mountain bike race (Lutsen 99er) and I’ll be pre-fueling for the race with blueberries and eating them as a recovery food as well. They just can’t be beat. If you didn’t get enough blueberries today, you can order them by the full case for at least the next 2 weeks.  Happy 4th of July

Kindest Regards,

Everett Myers, Founder of FruitShare™

In Your Box

Duke blueberries

SugarOne green grapes

Honey Blaze yellow nectarines

Sierra Ridge yellow peaches

Red Raven plums

Storage and Ripening

This week brings Lou’s blueberries! Store your blueberries along with the grapes in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Only wash them right before you eat them, as moisture can contribute to molding. If the blueberries and grapes arrive damp take them out of their package and dry them off with a paper towel and then put them back in their contain or bag and refrigerate.  Keep your nectarines, peaches and plums out on the counter at room temperature until they give to gentle thumb pressure.  Some you will find are ready to eat right away.  You can always refrigerate these to enjoy over a longer period of time.

What It Takes

The blueberries are from our favorite blueberry farmer, Lou. At his farm in New Jersey, Lou and his wife, Liz, grow some of the best blueberries we’ve ever tasted. They are big, plump and very flavorful – you’ll notice the difference as soon as you eat just one! Lou and Liz’s farm is a busy hive of activity throughout the growing and harvesting season, and they don’t take the easy way out when it comes to farming. Organic growing practices require a lot of effort, and they like to be as hands-on as possible, which is why they have just a small team of workers. Lou and Liz truly have the best interests of their kids, employees and customers at heart. And we think that’s why they have some of the best blueberries we’ve ever tasted.

Mike Naylor grew the nectarines in your box this week. Mike has been farming organically since 1990. He converted the farm to organic practices after inheriting the orchard from his father because he was concerned about the negative effects of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers on workers and in the water. Since switching to organic farming, Mike has seen a healthier farm and more flavorful fruit. We think you’ll taste the difference!

Dick Kauffman  finds organic farming much more satisfying than conventional methods. He shares having volunteered in the U.S. Peace Corps with FruitShare founder Everett Myers.  After years of farm management in the Napa area, Dick began his own orchard and switched over to organic growing methods in 1999. Now, he has 82 acres of delicious stonefruit, including the peaches and plums in your box. They are juicy and perfect for a snack on a hot day.

The Sugarone green grapes are from Rucker Homestead. Roy Rucker has a long history of organic farming. He has been farming his land at Rucker Homestead in the Coachella Valley of California since 1955. All that experience truly shines in the high quality of the fruit. Besides his incredible grapes, Roy grows grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, blood oranges, lemons and tangleos. You can store your grapes in the coldest part of the refrigerator and they’ll stay fresh for 1-2 weeks – if you don’t eat them up first!

Health and Wellness

With the 4th of July coming up soon, you’re bound to encounter plenty of fun get-togethers with tempting treats. Instead of falling prey to the cookies, bars and other sweet and sugary snacks, reach for a different kind of sweetness: fresh fruit! When going to a potluck, always volunteer to bring fresh fruit or fruit salad so you’ll be sure to have a healthy, delicious option to snack on all afternoon while still staying healthy. An added benefit is that fruit helps you stay hydrated in the heat!

Recipe

Blueberry Power Smoothie

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

2/3 cup fat-free milk

1/2 cup reduced-fat firm silken tofu (about 4 ounces)

2 tablespoons raspberry spread (such as Polaner All Fruit)

1 (6-ounce) carton raspberry low-fat yogurt

Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Courtesy of cookinglight.com

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