Archive for December, 2011

Looking back at 2011 and what’s next

Thanks to you, our amazing customers, 2011 was a fantastic year. Knowing that you rely on us as your source for Good Food, we made it a priority to make it simple for you to shop for the freshest, best tasting, sustainably grown food on the planet. How did we do it you ask? Well, we grew our farmer network by more than 25 farms, found the highest quality sustainably raised meats from family farmers for the holidays, doubled our other grocery products including adding artisan cheeses and fresh baked bread, and offered more local food than ever before. Then, we took all that amazing food and made it simple and fun to shop for, matching it with mouth-watering recipes […]

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Baby Carrots are shaped slices of peeled carrots invented in the late 1980′s by Mike Yurosek, a California carrot farmer. This is a way of making use of carrots which are too twisted or knobbly for sale as full-size carrots. Yurosek was unhappy at having to discard as much as 400 tons of carrots a day because of their imperfections, and looked for a way to reclaim what would otherwise be a waste product. He was able to find an industrial green bean cutter, which cut his carrots into 5 cm lengths, and by placing these lengths into an industrial potato peeler, he created the baby carrot. And know you know ….. Tweet

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Shorty’s Corner! Green Pineapple edition.

Here is some quick info on the pineapples we have this week. The pineapples are from Dole and are a green variety of pineapple, not gold like most of us are used to seeing.  These green pineapples are ready to eat since they’re picked ripe. They will not turn gold like most pineapples. Letting the fruit sit for a day or two at room temperature will slightly reduce acid levels in the fruit, making the fruit taste a little sweeter.  Below is some more info on pineapples from Dole: How to Select A Fresh Pineapple To begin with, select a pineapple that is plump and fresh looking. Fresh, green leaves in the crown are a good sign. The body should be firm – not soft. The larger the […]

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The Ultimate Holiday Cheese Plate

The Ultimate Holiday Cheese Plate Or how to make friends and impress people with some tasty cheese!  This is the best time of the year to truly indulge in cheese as it is the perfect party food. Gather two or more folks together and a cheese tasting will not only get the conversation started, but satiate the taste buds and comfort the soul. They may seem like a lot of work for such modest food source, but Charles de Gaulle had it right when he famously stated “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” A traditional cheese plate will start with three selections of varying texture and flavor. As the number of attendees for the […]

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Shorty’s Corner. Eggplants need love too!

The eggplant belong to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also includes tomatoes, sweet peppers and potatoes. They grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height. While the different varieties do range slightly in taste and texture, one can generally describe the eggplant as having a pleasantly bitter taste and spongy texture. The stem and cap, on either end of the eggplant, should be bright green in color. To test for the ripeness of an eggplant, gently press the skin with the pad of your thumb. If it springs back, the eggplant is ripe, while if an indentation remains, it is not. Although they look hardy, eggplants are […]

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Schenker Farms, A Family Farm!

Shane Hanson is the Location Director for our Kansas City operation. Shane got his start with Door to Door Organics working here in Colorado. First he packed boxes in the warehouse, then he ran the warehouse and now he’s the main man in KC! Shane recently wrote a blog piece about one of his favorite family farms, and we thought you might be interested to give it a read as well. I would like to introduce you to a local farm favorite, Schenker Family Farms. Schenker Family Farms is owned and operated by Kevin and Cherie Schenker in the heart of Southeast Kansas. Together with their children, the Schenkers carry on a long family farm tradition started by Cherie’s great-grandfather at the […]

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To Health. To Life. To Tea.

Linda Appel Lipsius is the co-founder and CEO of Teatulia Organic Single Garden Teas Direct from our own tea garden in the North of Bangladesh, Teatulia Single Garden Organic Teas not only taste exquisite, but also make a meaningful difference at origin. In 2000, Kazi Anis Ahmed and his family – all native Bangladeshis – wanted to start a business that was going to give back by employing the most people while having a positive impact on the environment.  They decided that they could do this with a tea garden. They acquired 2,000 acres in the poorest region of one of the poorest countries in the world and they set about creating a tea garden like none other. The garden […]

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