We love August!
This month we celebrate Global International Youth Month and three great lemon holidays: National Lemonade Day, National Lemon Juice Day and for our pie passionate friends, Lemon Meringue Day. Enjoy yourselves (despite our strange times) and Lemon Up!
Limoneira's Take a Healthy Stand/Nature's Pharmacy™ educational campaign, showcases the number of health benefits to lemons (cardiovascular-heart health benefits, potential to help prevent cancer and anti-aging and skin health, to name a few. There are many more at Take A Healthy Stand™. There are also delicious recipes and many great tips for making the most of this delicious little gem!
Harvest at Limoneira Update-Strong Sales
Guest Builders Lennar, KB homes and KHavonian Homes have now sold 156 homes and Harvest sales have averaged over 8 home sales weekly for the past 8 weeks. Success has been driven by people leaving dense urban centers, new work from home business mandates, Gigabyte connectivity (one of the most advanced high speed wireless connections in Ventura County's new home communities-from Digital West), low interest rates and Santa Paula's great weather, natural beauty and easy access to the Pacific Ocean and Los Padres National Forest.
Harvest at Limoneira is a master planned community that will include 1,500 homes built in partnership with the Lewis Group. Take a look at the latest video
and treat yourself to tour of Harvest at Limoneira.
If you are interested in Harvest at Limoneira please contact (805) 380-3092
National Lemonade Day - August 20th
The use of lemonade dates as far back as ancient Egypt. We're all about this deliciously refreshing drink and plan to celebrate on National Lemonade Day, August 20th. Limoneira is a sponsor of Lemonade Day, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help prepare youth for life through fun, proactive and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education, and entrepreneurship.
The foremost objective is to help today's youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. The great folks at Lemonade Day want to build self-esteem and new mindsets that can propel youth to success they likely would not have pursued otherwise.
Steve Gordon, the President of Lemonade Day notes that America was built on the back of small businesses. Entrepreneurs take risks, believing they can realize their dream if they work hard, take responsibility and act as good stewards of their resources. Today's youth share that optimism but lack the life skills, mentorship and real-world experience necessary to be successful.
Lemonade Day is a strategic lesson-based program that walks youth from a dream to a business plan while teaching them the same principles required to start any company. Inspiring kids to work hard and make a profit, they are also taught to spend some, save some and share some by giving back to their community. Since its launch in 2007 in Houston, Texas, Lemonade Day has grown from serving 2,700 kids in one city to 1 million children across North America. Lemonade Day sparks the spirit of entrepreneurship and empowers youth to set goals, work hard, and achieve their dreams. For more information please visit LemonadeDay.org.
National Lemon Juice Day - August 29th
Lemons have been used for a variety of purposes over the years, but none more delicious than lemon juice. It can be used in people's favorite drinks, wellness products, and even some of the tastiest dishes out there. Lemons have become more and more popular since 1493 when Christopher Columbus first bought lemons to the New World. In the 1800s Lemons were considered a sign of wealth and lemon were grown outside of homes to show affluence and provide fragrant smells to passersby.
Lemons are the main ingredient in one of America's favorite summertime beverages and a necessary accessory to any seafood feast. But don't just drink the juice: use the oil from the lemon rind to make a nontoxic insect repellant or spray the juice on your hair to give it a lighter, beachier color! The options for lemons are endless (check out health suggestions, green cleaning, lifestyle ideas, beauty basics and of course, delicious recipes here).
Limoneira Recognizes Hello Fresh with Pink Lemon of the Year Award
In July, Limoneira announced that Hello Fresh, the leader in delivering delicious ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes to households worldwide, had won Limoneira's Pink Lemon of the Year Award for 2019-2020.
"While consumers are familiar with lemons generally, they are not as familiar with our specialty lemons. Similar to wine pairings, each of our lemon varieties have a predominant flavor profile that pairs with certain foods and beverages" said Alex Teague, Limoneira's Chief Operating Officer. "Our Pink Lemons are the most unusual lemon variety. The exteriors are variegated (striped) and the stripes fade as the lemons mature. Their fleshy interiors become more vibrantly pink with age. The riper the lemon, the more intense the pink color inside".
"Not only do pink lemons look different from our classic lemons, but they're also slightly sweeter with a hint of grapefruit. The combination of a sweeter taste and visible appeal make celebrated chefs and mixologists around the world love them," noted John Carter, Limoneira's Vice President of Global Sales "They were discovered in the 1960s as a Eureka lemon hybrid. Until today, they are still quite rare".
"Hello Fresh did an excellent job with their Pink Lemon Promotion, and we were very happy to support their efforts. Their recipes were creative and their communication to their customers was flawless" continued Carter.
The company created a variety of recipes that feature Limoneira Pink Lemons including Zucchini and Tomato Flatbreads with Lemon Ricotta, Basil, Honey & Chili Flakes and Sirloin Topped with Lemon Paprika Shrimp. In addition, Hello Fresh provided a recipe card for Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pink Lemon Zing which was included in customer's boxes.
"We're always looking to incorporate new and flavorful ingredients into our recipes and the Pink Lemons from Limoneira are so sweet and bright and add a vibrant fresh flavor to our recipes", said Claudia Sidoti, Principal Chef and Head of Recipe Development at Hello Fresh. "We can't get enough of them when they're in season!"
In addition to Pink lemons, Limoneira sustainably produces Seedless, Meyer and Classic lemons.
Nominations for Limoneira's Pink Lemon of the Year award for businesses in the food retail and foodservice sectors in for 2020-2021 are currently being received and will be announced next year. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day - August 15th
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day on August 15th gives pie lovers and lemon lovers a chance to celebrate. Tart lemon curd and delicate meringue sing together in this deliciously bright pie.
It has been claimed that meringue was invented in the Swiss village of Meiringen and improved by an Italian chef named Gasparini between the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century. The name meringue for this confection first appeared in print in François Massialot's cookbook of 1692. The word meringue first appeared in English in 1706 in an English translation of Massialot's book.
Two considerably earlier seventeenth-century English manuscript books of recipes give instructions for confections that are recognizable as meringue, though called "white biskit bread" in the book of recipes written in 1604 by Elinor Fettiplace (c.1570 - c.1647) of Gloucestershire and called "pets" in the manuscript of collected recipes written by Lady Rachel Fane (1612/13-1680) of Knole, Kent. Slowly baked meringues are still referred to as "pets" in the Loire region of France due to their light and fluffy texture.
Meringues were traditionally shaped between two large spoons, as they are generally at home today. Meringue piped through a pastry bag was introduced by Antonin Carême.
When making a lemon meringue pie, the crust is usually made with shortbread pastry. The filling for the pie is lemon curd. Of course, the topping is a fluffy
and crisp meringue topping.
Whip egg whites to stiff peaks to make a meringue. Add sugar to make it sweet. Meringues are baked in a slow oven so when they're finished, they come out crisp and golden. Since meringue is versatile, it can be baked into individual servings with fruit fillings. Pastry chefs also like to make meringue cookies. By adding cocoa, coffee or any number of flavorings, the light, airy cookies melt in your mouth.
Consider making Megan Roosevelt's delicious lemon meringue pie (see below).
Source: Kelly, Ian. Cooking for Kings: the life of Antonin Carême, the first celebrity chef.
International Youth Day - August 12
In 1999, the United Nation's General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.
International Youth Day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples' voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. The commemoration will take the form of a podcast-style discussion that is hosted by youth for youth, together with independently organized commemorations around the world that recognize the importance of youth participation in political, economic and social life and processes.
The theme of International Youth Day 2020, "Youth Engagement for Global Action" seeks to highlight how the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.
As the United Nations turns 75, and with only 10
years remaining to make the 2030 Agenda a reality for all, trust in public institutions is eroding. At the international level, against the backdrop of an increasingly polarized world, the international system of governance is currently undergoing a crisis of legitimacy and relevance. In particular, this crisis is rooted in the need to strengthen the capacity of the international system to act in concert and implement solutions to pressing challenges and threats (examples include some of the worst contemporary conflicts and humanitarian emergencies, such as Syria and Myanmar, as well as global challenges, such as the COVID-19 outbreak and climate change).
Enabling the engagement of youth in formal political mechanisms does increase the fairness of political processes by reducing democratic deficits, contributes to better and more sustainable policies, and also has symbolic importance that can further contribute to restoring trust in public institutions, especially among youth. Moreover, the vast majority of challenges humanity currently faces, such as the COVID-19 outbreak and climate change require concerted global action and the meaningful engagement and participation of young people to be addressed effectively.
Limoneira Celebrates Lemon Holidays in August
August is all about lemons!
It is home to not one, not two, but THREE lemon-centric holidays: National Lemonade Day, National Lemon Juice day, and National Lemon Meringue Pie Day. To help you celebrate these zesty holidays, Limoneira Spokesperson Megan Roosevelt has created delicious recipes that will be featured on the Limoneira YouTube channel and their other social media channels throughout August.
Don't forget to subscribe - you will find plenty of videos there with more wonderful citrus recipes, tips, and tricks not detailed in this release. To check out the how-to videos for these recipes, visit Limoneira's YouTube Channel.
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day is August 15 - To celebrate this sweet holiday, Megan has created a scrumptious Lemon Meringue Tart, that's gluten-free. What's the difference between a pie and a tart you ask? A tart never has a top crust, so it is perfect for lemon meringue!
½ cup oat flour
½ cup tapioca flour
¼ cup soft coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons ice-cold water
3 egg whites (room temperature)
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon lemon juice
Lemon Curd Filling Ingredients:
½ cup Limoneira classic lemon juice
1 whole egg
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vegan or traditional butter
½ cup sugar
Using a medium saucepan, bring water to a simmer. Add a glass bowl on top of saucepan and add your eggs, egg yolks, sugar and lemon juice.
Whisk and cook over the simmering water. Make sure you are whisking constantly until the mixture is thick enough to coat a spatula.
Turn off the heat, add in butter and whisk until incorporated.
Strain your mixture through a fine sieve and then cover and store in the fridge until you are ready to use!
Directions for the Tart:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the oat flour, tapioca flour, coconut oil and sea salt to a food processer and pulse until a crumbly mixture is formed. Then add the maple syrup and ice-cold water and pulse again until the dough starts to form.
Press the dough into a ball and roll out between two non-stick surfaces, such as a silicone baking mat and some parchment paper. Add the dough to your tart pan and bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, add the egg whites to a mixing bowl and mix until they become frothy. Then add the lemon juice and keep whisking until soft peaks form. Finally, add the sugar slowly while whisking, and whisk until medium/soft peaks form.
Once your tart has baked, add your lemon curd and then top with meringue. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, until the top is lightly browned. Add some fresh lemon zest and enjoy!
National Lemonade Day is August 20 - What says summer more than lemonade and watermelon? A natural pairing, Lemoneira has combined them to make Simply The Best Watermelon Lemonade!
½ cup Limoneira lemon juice
½ cup sugar
4 cups chopped watermelon
3 cups hot water
Add the sugar, hot water and lemon juice to a large pitcher and stir to incorporate. Let the lemonade mixture chill.
Add watermelon to a blender and blend until smooth.
Strain blended watermelon through a fine sieve.
Add the watermelon juice to the lemonade and stir to combine. Enjoy!
Limoneira Donates Cases of Lemons to the Ventura County Area on Aging
The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA), an agency of the County of Ventura, is the principal agency in Ventura County charged with the responsibility to promote the development and implementation of a comprehensive coordinated system of care that enables older individuals, children and adults with disabilities, and their caregivers to live in a community-based setting and to advocate for the needs of those 60 years of age and older in the county, providing leadership and promoting citizen involvement in the planning process as well as in the delivery of services.
Recently, Limoneira provided cases of lemons to the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) for their food pantry. Jannette Jauregui was very appreciative and said "we are so grateful for the support Limoneira has provided. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, so do our efforts to reach as many Ventura County residents as possible. To date, we have served more than 1.1 million meals to more than 18,000 people".
Sustainability Corner - Efficient Use of Inputs
At Limoneira, inputs are used efficiently. Working hours are scheduled to run off-peak to reduce the Company's energy demand. This enables us to produce the same amount of work per day and demand less energy from the grid.
Any green waste that is created through our agricultural practice (old trees, pruned limbs, dry leaves, etc.) is turned into organic mulch through our partnership with Agromin and is spread through our orchards. Not only does this organic mulch limit waste, but it also increases tree and soil health, as well as increases, yield per tree.
Sustainability is also improved through efficient land utilization. We replant older blocks of orchards with more trees per acre, thus minimizing our use of agricultural inputs and the need to acquire more land. Limoneira has thousands of acres of planted orchards. Trees sequester carbon which helps to reduce the Company's carbon footprint.
Limoneira also harvests in a manner that is safe for our employees and limits fruit damage and disease. We coordinate scheduling and information flows from our harvesting crews and packinghouse to limit fruit waste and maximize efficiency. To harvest fruit in a manner that is safe for workers and that produces higher quality, pest and disease-free citrus, Limoneira uses bins that are sanitized (free of sand and debris) and in good condition (no rough, abrasive surfaces) before being used in the field.
Our picking crews are trained in proper harvesting procedures to avoid cuts and bruises to the fruit. Pickers wear gloves and workers are provided with ladders, clippers, sanitation, and shaded break periods. Harvesting crews do not pick up fruit that has fallen on the ground, and the Company has an oil release protocol (penetrometer) to ensure that all fruit is ready for harvest. Foremen observe harvesting procedures and workers inspect fruit in bins for defects to monitor fruit quality.
Additionally, workers inspect fruit for the quality of clipping (free of stem outs and long stems) and we ensure that all bins containing picked fruit are free of trash (branches, leaves, bottles) and damaged fruit (splits). Consolidation areas are provided to protect full bins from the sun on hot days. All harvesting equipment (clippers, ladders, bags, and trailers) is cleaned between orchard picks.
Emart Spritzer Promotion - Video
Looking for an easy way to spray a delicious and healthy lemon mist over salads, entrees and appetizers? Look no further than Limoneira's Lemon Spritzer. Customers at eMart stores in Korea loved them and shared this delightful video with us.
e-mart (is the largest retailer in South Korea with 160 stores across the country Its parent company is Shinsegae. 2019 sales reached $10.8 Billion.
Fresh Focus - Think Pink for Summer
Pink lemons are the most unusual lemon variety. The exteriors are variegated (striped) and the stripes fade as the lemons mature. Their fleshy interiors become more vibrantly pink with age. The riper the lemon, the more intense the pink color inside.Not only does the pink lemon look different, but it is also slightly sweeter than our classic lemons added with a hint of grapefruit. The combination of a sweeter taste and visible appeal make celebrated chefs and mixologists around the world love them. This lemon variety adds an artistic flair to chefs' creations and their vibrant exterior makes them a perfect garnish for cocktails.
Each of our lemon varieties has slightly different flavor profiles that pair perfectly with recipes. Pinks are wonderful with fish, poultry, vegetables and salads." For a sweet twist on the classic lemons, we recommend using them in lemon cake, lemon bars and lemon pies. At the same time, the juice of pink lemons makes a delicious lemonade, when sweetened with sugar or agave.
18 good reasons why avocado is considered a superfood
1. Considered a greasy fruit, but most of the grease is omega 3 which has proven benefits in cholesterol reduction and heart disease prevention
2. Helps to stimulate the immune system thanks to the actuation of C and E vitamins
3. Contributes to healthy skin via Vitamin E
4. Good for healthy hair as they contain Omega 3 and Vitamin E
5. Avocados contain lutein that helps protect eyes.
6. Rich in calories- energy-producing
7. Rich in fiber, they help us maintain bowel regularity, which is related to naturally expelling toxins
8. Avocado's consumption is recommended to kids as the presence of folic acid helps bones and muscle growth.
9. Avocados are also good for older people as lutein is effective in cataract prevention.
10. This tasteful fruit protects teeth and gums by the intervention of D vitamin.
11. D vitamin helps us keep strong bones.
12. As avocados contain folic acid they are good for pregnant women.
13. They are considered that the joint of nutrients found on avocado can help absorb other food's nutrients.
14. Potassium contained in avocados contributes to maintaining healthy muscles.
15. Omega 3 and E vitamin help reduce tissue inflammation.
16. Again greases and vitamins are an effective method to delay signs of aging.
17. Avocado can be a part of a well-balanced diet.
18. Magnesium is another nutrient that avocado includes, it is related to the proper functioning of the nervous system.
In addition to the deliciousness of citrus and avocados, Limoneia's new Fresh Focus™ Delivery Program provides messaging about balancing PH and getting healthy and, since many of us work in offices 8 hours a day, we don't have an opportunity to eat and drink in the most balanced way during a large portion of our days. Limoneira lemon juice added to water is an easy way to get vitamin-C and build immunity.
There are several Fresh Focus product options (larger for offices and smaller for consumers), and they can be delivered throughout the United States
In the Age of Covid-19 - Great Online Educational Resources
Online learning may not appeal to everyone; however, the sheer number of online learning sites suggests that there is at least a strong interest in convenient, portable learning options - many of which are study-at-your-own-pace.
For your reference, Best College Reviews has selected 50 top learning sites and loosely collected them into the categories you'll find below. While this is not a rankings list by any means, (for that you should consult their ranking of the best online colleges) by using a variety of criteria, they've filtered in some of the most popular sites in each category.
Best College Reviews aims to enable aspiring students to make informed decisions that engender academic success. We recognize that students have different needs and provide them with the information necessary to find an institution that will help them grow both academically and professionally. It's an extensive list which you can find on Limoneira's website. We're highlighting a few from each category here.
Art and Music
· Dave Conservatoire - Dave Conservatoire is an entirely free online music school offering a self-proclaimed "world-class music education for everyone," and providing video lessons and practice tests.
- If you want to learn to draw or improve your technique, Drawspace has free and paid self-study as well as interactive, instructor-led lessons.
· Justin Guitar - The Justin Guitar site boasts over 800 free guitar lessons which cover transcribing, scales, arpeggios, ear training, chords, recording tech and guitar gear, and also offers a variety of premium paid mobile apps and content (books/ ebooks, DVDs, downloads).
Math, Data Science and Engineering
- Codecademy offers data science and software programming (mostly Web-related) courses for various ages groups, with an in-browser coding console for some offerings.
· Stanford Engineering Everywhere - SEE/ Stanford Engineering Everywhere houses engineering (software and otherwise) classes that are free to students and educators, with materials that include course syllabi, lecture videos, homework, exams and more.
· Big Data University - Big Data University covers Big Data analysis and data science via free and paid courses developed by teachers and professionals.
· Better Explained - BetterExplained offers a big-picture-first approach to learning mathematics - often with visual explanations - whether for high school algebra or college-level calculus, statistics and other related topics.
Design, Web Design/ Development
· HOW Design University - How Design University (How U) offers free and paid online lessons on graphic and interactive design, and has opportunities for those who would like to teach.
- Skillcrush offers professional web design and development courses aimed at one who is interested in the field, regardless of their background - with short, easy-to-consume modules and a 3-month Career Blueprints to help students focus on their career priorities.
General - Children and Adults
· Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share - Scratch from MIT is a causal creative learning site for children, which has projects that range from the solar system to paper planes to music synths and more.
· Udemy - Udemy hosts mostly paid video tutorials in a wide range of general topics including personal development, design, marketing, lifestyle, photography, software, health, music, language, and more.
· E-learning for kids - E-learning for Kids offers elementary school courses for children ages 5-12 that cover curriculum topics including math, science, computer, environment, health, language, life skills and others.
· Ed2go - Ed2go aims their "affordable" online learning courses at adults, and partners with over 2,100 colleges and universities to offer this virtual but instructor-led training in multiple categories - with options for instructors who would like to participate.
- SchoolTube is a video sharing platform for K-12 students and their educators, with registered users representing over 50,000 schools and a site offering of over half a million videos.
- If you need to learn how to efficiently use a variety of Web applications for work, Grovo has paid (subscription, with free intros) video tutorials on best practices for hundreds of Web sites.
General College and University
· edX - The edX site offers free subject matter from top universities, colleges and schools from around the world, including MIT and Harvard, and many courses are "verified," offering a certificate of completion for a nominal minimum fee.
- Coursera is a learning site offering courses (free for audit) from over 100 partners - top universities from over 20 countries, as well as non-university partners - with verified certificates as a paid option, plus specializations, which group related courses together in a recommended sequence.
· MIT Open Courseware - MIT OpenCourseWare is the project that started the OCW / Open Education Consortium [http://www.oeconsortium.org], launching in 2002 with the full content of 50 real MIT courses available online, and later including most of the MIT course curriculum - all for free - with hundreds of higher ed institutions joining in with their own OCW course materials later.
· Open Yale Courses - Open Yale Courses (OYC) are free, open access, non-credit introductory courses recorded in Yale College's classroom and available online in several digital formats.
· Open Learning Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU's) Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is course content (many open and free) intended for both students who want to learn and teachers/ institutions requiring teaching materials.
· Khan Academy - Khan Academy is one of the early online learning sites, offering free learning resources for all ages on many subjects, and free tools for teachers and parents to monitor progress and coach students.
IT and Software Development
· Udacity - Udacity offers courses with paid certification and nanodegrees - with emphasis on skills desired by tech companies in Silicon Valley - mostly based on a monthly subscription, with access to course materials (print, videos) available for free.
· Apple Developer Site - Apple Developer Center may be very specific in topics for lessons, but it's a free source of documentation and tutorials for software developers who want to develop apps for iOS Mobile, Mac OS X desktop, and Safari Web apps.
· Google Code - As with Apple Developer Center, Google Code is topic-narrow but a good source of documentation and tutorials for Android app development.
· Code.org - Code.org is the home of the "Hour of Code" campaign, which is aimed at teachers and educators as well as students of all ages (4-104) who want to teach or learn, respectively, computer programming and do not know where to start.
· Learnable - Learnable by Sitepoint offers paid subscription access to an ebook library of content for computers and tablets, and nearly 5,000 videos lessons (and associated code samples) covering software-related topics - with quizzes and certification available.
Social Distancing Games and Safe Activities for Kids to do This Summer
Summer doesn't have to be ruined due to continued COVID-19 restrictions. These genius indoor and outdoor social distancing games keep kids 6 feet apart from friends while they play. Thanks to Parenting Magazine for these wonderful ideas.
No matter which phase your state is in when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing orders aren't going anywhere anytime soon. That's the bad news. But the good news? Your kids can play with their friends this summer and still stay safe.
If you feel ready for friends to re-enter your child's life, start by talking to a trusted friend in your inner circle to schedule a meetup at your home or in an outdoor space, advises Jaclyn Shlisky, Psy.D, a licensed clinical psychologist in Long Island, New York. Then choose games and activities that will allow social-distancing rules to still be respected. One easy example? Dr. Shlisky suggests a game of charades since only two children are needed to play. Each will take turns acting out a word from a specific category while the other watches (from 6 feet away!) and tries to guess what it is. Keep track of points, or just play for fun!
Worried your kid will not take kindly to directed playtime? Try explaining the "why" behind the need for them to play social distancing games. Experts from The Child Study Center at Rutgers University say kids are more likely to stick with new habits if they understand their importance, so starting with a simple explanation of how staying apart keeps germs from spreading may help your case. To keep the good times (safely) rolling, we're highlighting six more fun social distancing games and activities that will keep your kiddos 6 feet apart and smiling all summer long.
- Players: 3
- Where to play: Outdoors
- Best ages: Grades K - 2
How to play: Grab a few friends, more than three is ideal, and give everybody a pool noodle. When someone is "it" they have to tag their buddies by using the end of the noodle. Soft and bendy so nobody gets hurt, but also social-distanced approved so no one comes too close!
- Best ages: Grades K - 8
- Players: 2
- Where to play: Indoors or outdoors
How to play: When your kid needs a break from the sun, set him up on the front steps or porch with their Nintendo Switch, and let their neighborhood pal set up their chair in your yard. One mom said there's no need to worry about her son getting too close to his friend, but they feel like they're doing something together and look forward to these visits.
- Best ages: Grades K - 5
- Players: 2
- Where to play: Outdoors
How to play: One mom in Westchester, New York said her kids play a game called "Hello Neighbor" where they hide an old set of keys and their opponent (the neighbor) needs to find the keys and return safely back to the front door. This is easy to play with two friends, or sets of siblings living next door to one another. (Spice it up by playing "hot and cold" with the hidden keys, which helps little ones practice the idea of opposites and refine their listening skills.)
Kick It with Kickball
- Best ages: Grades K - 5
- Players: 5
- Where to play: Outdoors
How to play: A popular pastime of parents growing up in the '90s, kickball is a smart way to get a larger group of your child's buddies together (ideal for more than five). Meet at a local field so there's plenty of open space and bring your pool noodles to use as bases or for keeping the distance when kids are waiting in line to kick the ball.
Fence Freeze Dance
- Best ages: Grades K - 2
- Players: 3
- Where to play: Indoors or outdoors
How to play: If your kid's best buds live next door, meet in adjoining backyards and start a game of freeze dance. It's silly enough that mom and dad may want to join in, but getting close isn't in the recipe since each child only needs the spot they're standing in. In this activity, everyone dances when the music plays and freezes as soon as the music stops-hold that position until the music starts back up again. If someone doesn't immediately freeze, order them to do something like 10 jumping jacks or five push-ups. (PE teachers will be proud.)
Simon Says (Stay 6 Feet Away!)
- Best ages: Grades K - 2
- Players: 4
- Where to play: Indoors or outdoors
How to play: A study published in the Journal of Early Childhood Research Quarterly suggests that this classic game, Simon Says, is the key to improving kids' chances of success in the classroom. The study found that children's ability to self-regulate is a critical element in their language and literacy development. Kids who are good at self-regulating can manage their emotions and behavior to achieve a specific goal. Best for kids younger than first grade, asking them to play a variation of "Simon Says" (follow instructions and do the opposite of what's asked) is fun and educational without them even knowing it.
Pacific Coast Business Times Wins B-to-B Best in Category Award for "Limoneira- Celebrating 125 Years of Agribusiness Success"
Limoneira received a call in July from Pacific Coast Times editor and friend Henry Dubroff to share the news that PCBT printer Southwest Offset in Los Angeles that Limoneira's 125-anniversary book received a "best in category" award for business to business projects.
We weren't surprised. Henry's team did a wonderful job with the project and we were gratified by the compelling narrative and attractive layout. Henry noted in his forward to the book, "Limoneira has a story that's not quite like any other. Founded in the Gilded Age by men who saw the promise of California's fledgling citrus industry, the Ventura County company has followed the ebbs and flows of the global economy for 125 years. But during the past decade, Limoneira has more than ridden the cycles of global agriculture, it has made its mark as a leading producer and distributor of lemons. It has embraced sustainable agriculture on a very large scale, pioneered green waste recycling, vastly reduced water consumption, let the industry in solar energy and led the way with supply chain accountability".
Congratulations to Henry and his team. Very well deserved.
Limoneira's Winner Block
This month our lucky winner is Tom Winston from Charlotte, North Carolina. As our monthly winner, Alison has won a Limoneira Orchard Fresh Gift. Congratulations Tom!
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