We will celebrate the 48th Earth Day on April 22nd this year. The inspiration for Earth Day and the modern environmental movement really grew out Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller, “A Silent Spring” which was crucial in raising public awareness of how our food system was using DDT and other toxic chemicals. DDT, besides killing insects, had the unintended consequences of driving many predatory birds to the brink of extinction. Chemicals are still heavily used in conventional agriculture and it is not just birds that are affected. Many of us are aware of the neonicotinoid chemicals and how they are causing huge declines in our bee population. Even more alarming is the steady increase in cancers among our friends and families. We should all work toward reducing the persistent build up of pesticides on the planet and in our bodies. FruitShare is our attempt to do this every single day. Thank you for choosing to eat organic fruit and supporting our organic growers.
Enjoy the fruit your brain will thank you.
Everett Myers, Founder and President of FruitShare™
In Your Box: All Organic Fruit Pixie tangerines, Blood oranges, Pink Lady apples, Minneolas (AKA Honeybells), Bosc pears, Gold Nuggets and Navel oranges
Storage and Ripening
Your Pink Lady apples will keep for at least 2 weeks in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Pixie and Gold Nugget tangerines are all ready to eat with their zipper peel skin and segmented pieces they couldn’t be any easier to enjoy. Your Minneolas, Navel and Blood oranges are ready to eat and will keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy them. Bosc pears should be left on the counter until they give to thumb pressure near the stem. Always remember to “check the neck” on pears.
What It Takes
The Navel oranges and Minneola tangelos (AKA Honeybells) are from Ignacio “Nacho” Sanchez and his wife, Casamira, farming started as a hobby. They bought their first 6-acre orchard in Cutler, California, in 1989, which they farmed in their spare time. But over the next four years, Nacho’s orchard expanded rapidly, and he made his passion for farming into his full-time job. When their twin girls were born in 1991, Nacho and Casamira named their orchard Twin Girls Farms; and when their third daughter arrived, Nacho named some varieties of peaches after her. Having converted to organic farming practices in 1999, Nacho uses beneficial insects and cover crops in place of conventional chemicals. He gets great satisfaction from the knowledge that no harmful chemicals can affect his family, his workers, or his customers.
Noel and his brother Jerome grew the Blood oranges and Gold Nugget tangerines. They, like Helene, grow the best organic fruit with a focus on the taste of the fruit. We have found their fruit is consistently juicy and flavorful. It helps that we get it to you just days from harvest.
Blood oranges are a very special variety because the pigment that makes them red is called anthocyanin. It is an antioxidant that is not usually found in citrus fruits. This antioxidant may help diminish the risk of heart disease, some forms of cancer, and LDL cholesterol build-up. The Blood oranges deep red to red streaked with orange.
Jim grows some pretty awesome Pixie tangerines. He started back in 1988 with 80 trees and now has about 1000 pixie trees. The Pixie like the better known satsumas and clementines, that we have November through January - are seedless, relatively easy to peel, and incredibly flavorful. We love Pixies and especially the fact that they come into season in late March and if the trees produce well might be around most of April and sometimes even May. We’ll do our best to keep getting them, but just in case we can’t, savor-these little balls of sunshine today.
The Pink Lady apples and Bosc pears are grown organically by the Stennes family farm in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. The farm began in 1894, when the Stennes family emigrated from Norway and planted apple trees on their homestead. Now, Keith is joined by his twin sons, Mark and Kevin to make up the third and fourth generations of Stennes farmers.
Health and Wellness
Take advantage of the early spring weather to get 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 spring weather! We like to bring a football or baseball along on our walks and play catch. It mixes in some fast burst of running to make a catch and can make the walk more entertaining.
Mixed Greens, Oranges, and Endive with Orange Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
ground pepper (to taste)
2 large navel oranges
8 cups mixed greens
1 medium head Belgian endive, halved lengthwise, cut lengthwise into thin strips
Whisk first four ingredients in a small bowl to blend. Whisk in olive oil; season to taste with freshly ground pepper. Using a small knife, cut off peel and white pith from oranges. Working over a large bowl, cut between membranes to release orange segments into the bowl. Add greens and endive to bowl with oranges. Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.Courtesy of bonappetit.com