Welcome to the 1st Fruit Delivery of 2015
Summer is here. Once again it is great to be delivering delicious organic summer fruit to our friends at Angelic Organics Farm. We hope you enjoy the sweet treats in this week’s box. Congrats to all the students who have recently graduated from High School or College. It is fun for us to see so many of you with friends and loved ones making this rite of passage. I wish a Happy Summer to all the kids out there.
Enjoy the fruit your brain will thank you.
Everett Myers, Founder and President of FruitShare™
In You Box: Sugarone Grapes, Vista yellow peach, Arctic Star white nectarine, Honey Blaze yellow nectarines, Black Splendor plums, Crimson Glo plums
Storage and Ripening
This week we are officially into summer fruit in season! We have white and yellow nectarines, and yellow peaches, grapes, and black and red plums. Keep all of the fruit in the refrigerator. Grapes are more delicate and should be refrigerated and enjoyed first. Only wash your grapes before eating them as moisture can lead to mold. Sometimes a split grape will create extra moisture in the bag and cause a spot of mold. If this happens, take them out of the bag immediately, remove the fruit that caused the issue and wash the grapes. Dry them off by placing them on a paper towel and then refrigerate them again. Nectarines, peaches and plums will be ready to eat when the flesh gives to gentle thumb pressure. Some people like plums and nectarines more firm – if this is the case keep them in the refrigerator. Otherwise place a few fruits on the counter to soften. Please note white nectarines have an extremely high sugar content and are susceptible to brown spots. Enjoy these first. You can also slice and freeze plums and peaches or whole grapes. After they are frozen, we like to use them in smoothies, no sugar necessary because they are so sweet on their own.
What It Takes
Mike Naylor has provided the gorgeous peaches and nectarines. There are two varieties of nectarines: yellow flesh and white flesh. You can tell the difference between the nectarines because the yellow nectarines will have a more golden tone under the blush, while white nectarines have a cream-colored skin along with the blush pink. Inside, the white nectarines have a lower acid content and so have a sweeter and more delicate flavor. The yellow peaches have the classic sweet-tangy peach flavor that is so popular in the summer months. 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. Mike now allows visitors to come to his orchard and rent a house there! His fruit is so special because he picks and packs it directly in the field, so it is riper and sweeter than many other orchards. You’ll taste the difference in this week’s peaches and nectarines!
The Sugarone green grapes this week are from Roy Rucker. He has a long history of organic farming. He has been farming his land at Rucker Homestead in the Coachella Valley of California since 1955. Besides his incredible seedless green grapes, Roy grows grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, blood oranges, lemons and tangleos. I asked Roy, “so, what exactly is a Sugraone Grape, anyway?” Roy told me, “it’s a blend of grape varieties, including Cardinal and other unknown varieties. It has been a good grape for me because it tastes great and comes on the heels of the Flame grape, so I keep a continuous supply of grapes but I don’t have all of them coming at once.” Eat them as a snack or put them in fresh salads to provide a sweet, juicy contrast. Or, freeze them for a cold treat on a hot, humid day by placing them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freezing for 1 hour, then storing them in a freezer bag.
Dick Kauffman finds organic farming much more satisfying than conventional methods. Dick and I share having been volunteers in the U.S. Peace Corps. 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 organic stone fruit, including the red and black plums in your box.
Health and Wellness
Take advantage of the early summer weather to get your whole family outside! Get active by playing a game of kickball with the neighbors, taking the dog for a walk, or even playing tag while grilling dinner! Exercise doesn’t have to feel like work – in fact, you’ll be more successful in staying active if you are having fun while exercising. Find an activity you enjoy doing with your family or friends and you’ll be more likely to continue being active and enjoying this lovely summer weather! My family likes to take a football along when we walk. Playing a little catch incorporates in some quick starting, stopping, strength and agility into the walk – and who doesn’t like playing catch in summer? Just make sure you’re away from cars, bikers and other pedestrians when throwing the ball.
4 peaches (nectarines work too but I wouldn’t use white ones)
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
Heat grill to medium-low. Halve and pit peaches. Brush both sides with butter. Place peaches on the grill and cover. Cook until charred and softened, about 4-5 minutes per side.
Courtesy of marthastewart.com