Monthly Archives: May 2011

Summer Fruit is Here!

Now that Memorial Day is past, summer has unofficially started – meaning it’s the perfect time for FruitShare to begin shipping some summer favorites. Included in this week’s box are: Spring Lady peaches, Zee Fire nectarines, Poppy apricots, Flame grapes and Valencia oranges. Mixed in with these signs of summer are some more spring treats, including avocados, mangoes, Star Ruby grapefruits and lemons.

We had an update from Lou late last week, and he said his blueberries are beginning to turn blue. This is exciting news, as it means the blueberries are mere weeks away from being ready to eat! The warm weather at Lou’s farm means the berries will color up nicely and should develop a high sugar content. We expect the blueberries will be here around June 20th, and we’re already dreaming of our favorite blueberry recipes!

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Physical Activity at Work is Paramount

From the New York Times’ Well blog comes a great article about physical activity, obesity, and their correlation to the workplace environment. The article points out that over the past decades, the landscape of the workforce has widely shifted from manufacturing and agriculture-based jobs that include a high level of physical labor to the now-common desk job that involves hours on end sitting in front of a computer.

Essentially, that means that we’re burning fewer calories than workers have in the past. When you add highly-processed food into the equation, it’s no wonder obesity is so prevalent today. The environment in the workplace has become sedentary, making it very difficult to get as much exercise as we should.

“In many ways we’ve engineered physical activity out of our lives, so we’ve got to find ways to put it back into our lives, like taking walks during breaks or having opportunities for activity that are more routine to our daily lives, not just going to the health club.”

Only about 20% of all the jobs in today’s American workforce include some form of moderate physical activity. The other 80% is mainly sedentary, or only require light activity throughout the day.

In the past, the focus of the fight against obesity has largely been on home-life exercise and eating habits, but it is long past time to turn our attention to the workplace. Starting today, make changes in your workplace environment. Find out if your employer offers subsidized gym memberships or other health-related incentives – and take advantage of the options available. The article also recommends that employers “redesign offices to encourage walking, by placing printers away from desks and encouraging face-to-face communication rather than email.” Though it is unlikely that these measures will completely replace the loss of workplace physical activity, they certainly may have a positive impact on your health, and are a step in the right direction.

For the more information and other ideas for adding physical activity to your workday, check out the full article here. You can also eliminate highly processed foods from your workplace environment with FruitShare’s brand-new Company Wellness Club and other organic fruit delivery options.

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Weigh In: Organic, Fair-Trade Coffee

With over 20 years of data available, research on the effects of coffee on our bodies is looking pretty good these days. In fact, coffee has a lot of benefits that were previously unknown. It may reduce the risk of prostate cancer, breast cancer, Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, liver cancer and more.

Because of these benefits, FruitShare is considering adding organic coffee as an option in our boxes. A friend of ours is a coffee roaster, and has wonderful organic coffee to offer. Now, we want our customers and friends to weigh in: tell us whether you want coffee to be an optional addition to your box from FruitShare.

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Announcing the Ode to Fruit Winner!

The judges have made their decisions! So many great poems made the decision tough, but ultimately we chose one very worthy poem.

Congratulations to Christina Daub for her poem, “Pink Lady.” This was a lovely poem, and it was also very relatable: here at FruitShare, we’ve been known to pocket a piece of fruit for an afternoon snack. Our winner will be receiving a Foodie Magnetic Poetry Kit and an organic cotton FruitShare t-shirt. In case you missed it, Christina’s poem is below:

Pink Lady blushing
in the roundest moment of afternoon,
smooth, I pocket you
waiting for the perfect moment
to taste your light,
full pink harvest moon.

Great job, Christina! To see all of the entries, take a look at the comments section of the Ode to Fruit post.

Special thanks to our guest judges, Dave Kapell of Magnetic Poetry, and Greg Seitz of St. Croix 360.

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News from Cherryland

Apple sent us a note today, letting us know how things are going at the cherry orchard this year:

“It sure has been a STRANGE weather year worldwide…We lost most of our early cherry crop, so I won’t have any of those for [FruitShare] this year…Our lapins, however, are looking great, with a decent crop and looks like good size coming on, so I will keep you posted on that! Anyway, just wanted to check in and let you know what’s up in cherryland…hope all is well there!  -Apple”

We sure are looking forward to Apple and George’s cherries! Keep an eye out for these sweet, plump cherries in mid-July. Even though they are super high in antioxidants, cherries are often overlooked – unfairly! – when the conversation turns to superfoods. If you want to be sure not to miss out on this summer’s cherries, you can order now, and we’ll be ready to send you the first shipment of cherries when they come in.

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Ode to Fruit Contest Closed

The Ode to Fruit Poetry Contest is closed. The judges are currently reviewing the submissions. Check back soon to see who will be announced as the winner!

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ALS Bike Trek MN Recap

Saturday was rainy and chilly, but the bikers still turned out to ride and support the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), and MDA-Augie’s Quest. There were many families and groups of bikers riding to support a loved one diagnosed with ALS. It was inspiring to meet the bikers and other volunteers that have been touched by this terrible disease, and see the hope they have for a way to slow the progression of ALS. It was a great event that raised a significant amount of money, which will go directly to research for a cure. Though everyone wished for sunshine, the day was certainly a success, rain and all.

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