Welcome to the 3rd Fruit Delivery of 2014; July 16 & 17
While many of us were enjoying our 4th of July holiday, our growers were working day and night to bring in the cherry, blueberry and peach harvest. Enjoy the Red (cherries), Blue (blueberries) and White (peaches)!
To Your Health
Everett Myers, Founder of FruitShare™
In Your Box
Summertime yellow peach
Spring Snow white peach
and Flavor King pluots!!!
Storage and Ripening
Keep all of the fruit except the cherries, oranges and blueberries on the counter at room temperature. The stone fruit will be ready to eat when the flesh gives to gentle thumb pressure. Don’t wait too long peaches will be best eaten right when they give to thumb pressure. Keep the cherries, oranges and blueberries in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Only wash your cherries and blueberries just before eating them, as moisture can lead to mold due to the high sugar content in these cherries and blueberries. Peaches are great sliced up on anything for breakfast or you can slice them and place in a freezer bag to freeze. Blueberries can be easily poured into a zip lock bag and frozen and you can also pit cherries and freeze them. After fruit is frozen, we like to use it in smoothies, no sugar necessary because they are so sweet on their own. Remember to check your fruit bowl every day and enjoy what is ready. Placing any of the fruit in the refrigerator will give you more days to enjoy it, but don’t forget about it – you want to enjoy each piece at its prime!
What It Takes
Your incredible Lapin cherries are grown by Apple and George. They have been growing organically for over 30 years, and they believe firmly in the benefits of organic agriculture. When they bought their current orchard in 1997, the crops were already planted and pesticides were present. Over the next few years, Apple and George slowly transitioned the land back to its natural, organic state, enduring tough harvests and learning loads. They haven’t looked back. Now, George enjoys the simple pleasure of watching folks eat the cherries he and his wife grew on their central-Washington farm. Apple, the self-professed philosophical spouse, loves being part of a bigger movement and of course providing some of the healthiest, tastiest food grown today.
Since transitioning their orchard to organic, Apple and George have harvested some of our favorite fruit of the summer year after year. They employ about 40 seasonal workers, who work in an environment free of harsh chemicals alongside Apple and George, their three grown children plus their significant others. Harvest days began at 2:00 AM, with head lamps this year, and packing went on until 9:00 PM. The orchard is only 3.5 acres large, but the small size allows for plenty of care. The cherries are hand-selected, so you know that the cherries in your box are truly at their peak of ripeness. Sometimes Apple, George and their team of harvesters sweep through the orchard on four separate occasions.
Bill Zirkle’s ancestors first moved from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to Eastern Washington and began growing fruit shortly after the civil war. Zirkle Fruit has been family owned ever since. As a result, there have been many lessons about growing fruit passed down from one generation to the next.
“My father Lester pushed the importance of quality. He always told me to grow quality fruit first, last, and always. People are always looking for an excellent piece of good quality eating fruit. You’ll always be successful if you work hard but smart. Grow the right thing and be willing to change. Find out what people’s desires, wants, and preferences are, and grow to their needs rather than try to sell them what you have.”
When asked how Bill has had success growing the family orchard. Bill replied “Our philosophy is pretty simple: find good people, pay them well and treat them like you would like to be treated.” Bill’s son Mark now runs the family fruit business which they market under the Rainier name.
The quality of these berries are obviously grown and packed with a lot of love and attention to detail. We are thankful that Bill listened to his father and Mark is listening to his dad to bring us such tasty blueberries.
When you talk with Greg you understand how strongly he believes in growing fruit organically and doing the small things that make your peaches taste great. He and his family have been growing organic fruit for over 20 years. He loves having his family share his passion of harvesting the best fruit nature will provide us. Knowing where your food comes from and that it has been grown in a healthy and sustainable way is what motivates Greg and his family Rosalie, Erin, John and Jay. We are fortunate to get their peaches this week.
John at Sespe grows these incredibly juicy Valencia oranges that make the perfect cup of juice. The valencias have skin scaring that can happen since there are no fungicides and petroleum based waxes used in organic production. The scaring won’t affect the taste of the fruit. Cut these in half with the stem and bottom ends facing the side (cross section) and squeeze into a class. These are so loaded with juice that one will fill the glass. Drink up directly or added to season a grilled dish or if you are so inclined a refreshing spritzer. Valencia’s are the rare summer orange and at their peak now.
Health and Wellness
We all know that sitting around all day is bad, and that we should exercise to stay healthy. It is recommended that we exercise for 30 to 60 minutes five times per week, plus two to three weekly resistance training sessions, like weightlifting. That seems like plenty of exercise…right? A new study discussed in the Washington Post finds that our sedentary lifestyles are harmful for our health, even if you are meeting the recommended guidelines for exercise. The study, from the American College of Sports Medicine, is still very new and results are still being analyzed. However, it seems clear that no matter how much you exercise, sitting for prolonged periods of time can still harm your health. If you sit at a desk all day or drive long distances, you are probably at a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes. So what’s the solution? Based on the preliminary evidence, the way to counteract the negative effects of sitting still for long periods of time is simple: get up. Carol Ewing Garber, associate professor of movement science at Columbia University, recommends moving around every 30 to 60 minutes – “get up while you’re talking on the phone, just for a minute or two,” she recommends. Taking short breaks to move around and stretch out is good for your focus, too. So, get up, shake it out, and take a breather; it could be a powerful way to stay healthy.
Flourless Anything Crumble
This recipe is great with stone fruit and berries
4 cups fruit peeled and sliced (peaches, blueberries, plums, pluots, cherries or whatever is in season)
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup almond meal
½ cup quinoa flakes
A pinch of sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degree F
Toss the fruit in a shallow baking dish with 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup and the lemon juice. Mix the almond meal, quinoa flakes, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the 2 remaining tablespoons of maple syrup and the olive oil and mix until just combined. Crumble the mixture over the fruit and bake until the topping is browned and thefruit is bubbling, 20-25 minutes.
Recipe compliment of Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen “It’s All Good” cookbook.