Limoneira's Orchard Fuel Stations -
We're always looking for innovative ways to strengthen our sustainable efforts. When it comes to managing insects there's nothing more natural than using beneficial insects to control destructive agricultural pests.
One of our latest sustainable initiatives is our Orchard Fuel Stations. These stations are composed of a floral mix that acts as fuel for natural enemies by providing them with sugars. These stations create biological corridors for natural enemies to travel further into our orchards. This gives us more biological control of pests from a sustainable approach and helps contribute to our overall sustainable agricultural practices.
Fuel stations are planted every 10 trees, and every 5 rows there is another set. To learn more about this initiative, watch the video below as Edgar Gutierrez, our Vice President of Farming Operations, guides you through the project:
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July has arrived and that means 4th of July celebrations, backyard barbecues, and summertime relaxing.
Limoneira spokesperson, Megan Roosevelt, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, is here to help with nutritious meal suggestions that are easy to prepare, perfect for warmer weather. This month Megan teams up with Amanda Keefer, managing partner of Produce for Kids on a refresh
ing and delicious Red, White and Blue Lemonade.
Amanda is the mom of two girls - Charli and Mia. You can hear her as the host of the
Healthy Family Project podcast
, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the
Produce for Kids Instagram feed
or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.
In addition to this Amanda's great recipe, all month long, Megan will post delicious recipes that will make the most of any summertime celebration on the Limoneira YouTube channel.
Don't forget to subscribe - videos with more wonderful recipes and green living tips, not detailed here, are available for viewing. Today we are featuring an easy entrée - gluten-free Zucchini Noodles with Chicken Meatballs - and a scrumptious dessert - Lemon Cashew Bites - which are mini vegan icebox cheesecakes. For a helpful demonstration of these two recipes highlighted below,
Zoodles & Lemon Cilantro Meatballs
- Low-cal, gluten-free, and perfectly satisfying.
1 Limoneira classic lemon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 lb ground chicken
In a medium bowl, add lemon zest and juice from half a lemon. Add in cilantro, garlic, seasonings and ground chicken. Mix to combine and then form into balls.
In a medium saucepan, add olive oil and chicken meatballs. Cook for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, using a spiralizer, spiralize zucchini into noodles.
Add in zucchini noodles and juice from the other half of lemon & stir to combine. Cook for a minute or until desired noodle consistency.
Lemon Pecan Cashew Bites
- super easy and fast to make, these vegan mini-cheesecakes come in handy individual servings.
1 Limoneira classic lemon
1 ¼ cup canned coconut milk
1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight, drained & rinsed
1 ¼ cup pecans
½ tablespoon cinnamon
In a blender add zest from lemon, juice from lemon, soaked cashews and canned coconut milk. Blend until smooth.
In a food processor, add pecans, dates and cinnamon. Pulse to combine until mixture forms.
Add scoops of mixture into the bottom of a greased mini muffin pan. Push down to make flat.
Top with cashew mixture and freeze for 3 hours.
Pop out of muffin tin and enjoy!
About Produce for Kids
Produce for Kids® is a team of moms who believes in creating a healthier generation.
houses 500+ family-tested, registered dietitian-approved recipes, a blog full of tips and inspiration for families, and the Healthy Family Project podcast covering the hot topics in food, health and family.
Produce for Kids has been helping families and children by giving back since 2002 through cause marketing programs in grocery stores across the country, as well as online initiatives Power Your Lunchbox and Mission for Nutrition. To date, Produce for Kids has raised more than $7 million to charities that benefit children and families nationwide.
Take a Healthy Stand™ and Nature's Pharmacy™ in NBC Atlanta & Company
Limoneira celebrated all Dads this past Father's Day by giving them some great tips for health and longevity on NBC Atlanta and Company. Atlanta is the #10 U.S. TV market reaching 2.4 million households (2.104% of the U.S.).
NBC Atlanta and Company host Christine Pullara Newton and Lux List's Merilee Kern showed Dads how to easily get healthy with Limoneira's Take a Healthy Stand™ and Nature's Pharmacy™
Christine has worn many hats in her 25 years in television. From award-winning news anchor to freelance journalist to even commercial actor and model. Christine has hosted the popular 'Treasure Makers' show on HGTV, E! Entertainment, FOX and The Living Network.
Forbes Business Council Member and branding, consumer trends, leisure and lifestyle expert
Merilee Kern, MBA, is a good life connoisseur who keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme.
12 Patriotic Virtual 4th of July Party Ideas
If there ever has been an Independence Day to celebrate America and its citizens, it's this one. In these unprecedented times, we can still fire up the grill with the best 4th of July recipes and figure out where to watch fireworks from a distance, but most of us could use a good shindig with our extended family and friends right about now. BUT, it's important to do this safely.
From ingenious ways to break bread together online, to cool tours of historical sites that you can access from your laptop, they've got you covered with ways you can virtually honor America, and have a great time doing it, too.
Our friends at Country Living have curated 12 great ideas for this most unusual of July's. We've highlighted five of them here and the remaining seven can be found on Limoneira's website.
Organize a Picnic Basket Swap
Whether you're spreading a checked blanket in a sunny park or feasting under a sky full of fireworks, no other holiday says "picnic" quite like Independence Day. Instead of abandoning tradition this year, why not plan a picnic basket swap? The idea is that each participating family, friend, or neighbor drops off a basket filled with classic 4th fare like ribs, potato salad, and cupcakes at a participant's house. Pick a time for the virtual picnic to begin, and then set up a Zoom conference so everyone can enjoy the goodies together.
Take a Virtual Tour of American Museums and Historical Sites
While life under quarantine has become chall
enging in many ways, one thing that has improved for many of us is our access to museums. Institutions from sea to shining sea have thrown open their doors digitally, offering free online looks at their exhibits. This 4th, you can celebrate the holiday by delving deeper into the history of our country with virtual visits to NASA
, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, George Washington's Mount Vernon, and the Statue of Liberty, among others.
Host an Online Patriotic Movie Night
Just because you're socially distancing doesn't mean you can't throw a 4th-themed movie watch party. Browser extensions like Netflix Party, twoseven, Scener, and Metastream
enable you to sync videos on various streaming platforms, and-depending on the app-add group text or video chat features, too. Look for patriotic family-friendly flicks to share, from classics including Yankee Doodle Dandy, to newer hits, like Independence Day and An American Tale.
Visit Philly Via Video
There is arguably no city more crucial to the creation of our country than Philadelphia. After all, it was the first capital of the United States, and it's where our founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Articles of Confederation. Build time into your virtual 4th party to check out iconic City of Brotherly Love historical sights like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Betsy Ross House with Visit Philadelphia's nifty online tour,
which includes video, narration and 360-degree photos.
Hold a Hot Dog-Eating Contest
There's no word yet on whether Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest,
one of the nation's most celebrated (if tummy-churning) Independence Day events, will go on as planned. But even if it is canceled, there's no use weeping over uneaten wieners. Instead, set up your own hot dog-dining challenge, and share it through Instagram stories. That way all the evidence of the event will disappear after 24 hours-and, let's be honest, that's probably a good thing.
National Home Builder Lennar on Board for 68 New Single Family Homes at Harvest at Limoneira
In a recent press release, Limoneira announced
Limoneira Lewis Community Builders
, has closed an additional four condominium lots for 68 single-family homes with one of the United States' leading homebuilders, Lennar (NYSE: LEN). Lennar is one of the primary builders in the initial 632 residential units of the Company's Harvest at Limoneira project.
Harold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer, st
ated, "We are very excited to announce additional lot closings totaling 354 residential units, with one of the nation's largest homebuilders, Lennar. We announced in October 2018 our relationship with Lennar and are very pleased with the strong momentum our real estate project, Harvest at Limoneira, has shown this year with 144
residential units closed in fiscal 2020."
Lennar is expanding its investment in Harvest at Limoneira project with the purchase of four additional condominium lots for 68 single-family homes. Lennar plans to build three two-story homes ranging from 2,213 to 2,452 square feet on these new lots.
Including this announcement, Lennar has now purchased a total of 187 residential units within Harvest at Limoneira, comprised of 55 single-family lots and eight condominium lots that include 132 single-family residences.
Harvest at Limoneira is a well-balanced, comprehensively designed community near the Pacific Ocean. The amazing views, parks and miles of hiking trails in addition to retail shops within walking distance are attracting strong interest from families throughout Southern California.
Bringing One World of Citrus ® Closer to Your Home
In another June release, Alex Teague, Limoneira COO said "Our One World of Citrus™
model has been in place for several years now and has been instrumental in servicing our customers. With our operations in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, we are able to offer citrus from our trees direct to our buyers every day of the year."
"The addition of new distribution in Miami and a new warehouse and packing facility in Vineland, New Jersey complements our distribution points in California and Texas and ensures efficient and more cost-effective distribution for our customers," added John Carter, Limoneira's Director of Global Sales. "We're doing our best to solve customer challenges and can offer logistical support and packaging options in addition to consistent fruit quality and sustainability solutions."
Homemade Lemon Goop- You'll Put This on Everything
Dorie Greenspan is the "On Dessert columnist for The New York Times Magazine. She notes that she was born in Brooklyn (before it was hip and groovy) and that she burned her parents' kitchen down when she was 12 and didn't cook again until she got married. She's written 13 cookbooks and has five James Beard Awards (one for journalism; one for her book, Baking with Julia; one for Baking From My Home to Yours; one for Dorie's Cookies; and one for being voted into the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America).
She says that happily, she
doesn't mind all that cooking. She's used to spending a lot of time in the kitchen - her desk is there, and the floor between it and the oven is scuffed bare. She's also used to making meals from what's at hand. Because a quick round trip to the supermarket can take more than an hour from her Connecticut home, she became adept long ago at foraging in her pantry and shopping in her fridge.
She thinks of the refrigerator as her supermarket, its door the specialty-foods section. That door is where she keeps "the transformers," ingredients that can change whatever dish they're added to. There are nut oils to drizzle over warm vegetables; chile sauces, capers, anchovies and olives for salads, pastas and tuna-on-toast; hard-to-find yuzu kosho; easy-to-get soy sauce; and her homemade lemon goop, which is next to the lemon syrup, which comes along with the goop. (There's also a vinaigrette that she makes with both the syrup and the goop.)
The first time she made the lemon concoction, she offhandedly dubbed it "goop," and years later, she hasn't found a better name for it. It's like lemon marmalade, but not really sweet, though not not-sweet either. It's salty, and a touch tangy too. her inspiration was an offbeat lemon jam I had with fish in a Paris bistro. I think the fish was mackerel, but I know the jam - thick, almost velvety, shiny and as yellow as goldenrod - was distinctive because it was made with an ingredient I find hauntingly alluring: preserved lemons.
She wanted that jam, but she knew she wasn't going to get preserved lemons, a mainstay of Mediterranean cooking, in her little town. She also knew it was improbable she'd take the time to cure them herself.
Preserved lemons are made by partly slicing lemons, packing them tightly into a jar with a copious amount of salt and pushing them down to release their juice, then turning the jar upside down and right-side-up for a month, until the lemons' skins become soft and salty and their fruit, which is not as prized as the peel, becomes meltingly tender. The salt intensifies the lemons' flavor, making it a magnified version of itself. It's technically pickling, but the result is less crisp, less acidic, more mellow. It's this subdued-but-present flavor that made the jam so memorable, and it's what she wanted to capture using what she had at hand: six ordinary lemons.
What she ended up doing was a combination of pickling and marmalade-making. She took the zest from half the lemons, and the fruit from all of them, and cooked them in a sugar syrup with just enough salt to give the blend a savory edge. As is almost always the case when she's working on something new, she started with a hunch and high hopes. Sadly, after an hour of poaching and pot-watching, it looked as if she'd made a grave miscalculation: All she had was a powerfully fragrant syrup with lots of raggedy stuff floating around in it. It was unpromising, but she carried on with her plan. She strained what was left of the lemons and zest - the amount was paltry - turned it into a mini food processor with some of the syrup and whirred away. She actually got jam! It was glossy and as velvety as the original and so good: more sweet than salty, intensely lemony and pleasantly tart.
And then there was the syrup. A lagniappe. Where the goop was mysterious, the syrup was brash and, as she came to discover, a surprisingly good team player.
The goop can be just what the jam that inspired it was, a side-of-the-plate dipper, like mayo or ketchup. But she prefers it as a glaze - a swipe of goop over just-cooked scallops or shrimp, grilled chicken or vegetables or anything steamed, increases a dish's delectability. As for the syrup, you can put a little of it in a cocktail or make a fruit spritz or a bracing tea with it. You can add it to marinades for chicken or pork, salmon, sword- or bluefish. Inexplicably, it adds fullness to lean foods and cuts the too-muchness of fatty ones. My favorite way to use it is to whisk some with goop, cider and sherry vinegars and olive oil to make a vinaigrette that's good tossed with beans or grains or salads made with sturdy greens.
These days, with so much time in the kitchen ahead of her, she keeps thinking that she ought to preserve some lemons. Maybe she will and maybe she won't. But she's not giving up her goop - it will always have the front-row-center spot on the middle shelf of her fridge door.
If You've Got Lemons, Make Limoncello
You'll also need alcohol, sugar and, most of all, patience.
"Limoncello is a vibrantly colored digestif that goes down easy on a hot summer's day. Although the sweet liqueur is most often served, chilled, in a shot glass, it is meant to be sipped slowly after your meal. Adriana Balsamo notes that although easy to make, limoncello has a complicated - and contested - history.
believe that Italian monks first
made the spirit as early as the Middle Ages; others credit Southern Italian fishermen who were thought to drink it upon returning to shore to warm themselves and fight off colds. But most accounts attribute its creation to Maria Antonia Farace, who reportedly lived on a small island off Italy's southern coast in the early 1900s. One of Farace's descendants registered a small limoncello brand with Federvini, an Italian trade group, in 1988, using her original recipe..."
Adriana Balsamo for the New York Times,
Published May 29, 2020 Updated June 1, 2020
1.5 liters vodka (higher proof boosts lemon flavor)
4.5 cups granulated sugar
6 cups water
About 68 oz.
Combine zest of all 15 lemons with vodka in large glass pitcher with seal (bottles and jars work great!) LOOSELY cover and infuse for 7 days at room temperature.
Once infused for a week, bring water and sugar to boil in saucepan, boil for 15 minutes. DO NOT STIR.
Cool the water and sugar syrup to room temperature.
Combine vodka mixture with syrup. Pour over strainer into serving size bottles of your choice. Seal with cork and let age for 2 weeks at room temperature.
5. Store in freezer, serve ice cold in chilled glassware.
It's Another 42 Residential Units in Harvest at Limoneira with National Home Builder Richmond American Homes
In July Limoneira also announced that its
Limoneira Lewis Community Builders
LLC closed an additional 42 residential lots with Richmond American Homes of California ("Richmond American"), a subsidiary of one of the nation's leading homebuilders, M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MDC). Richmond is one of the primary builders in the initial 632
residential lots of the Company's Harvest at Limoneira project.
Harold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are very excited to announce additional lot closings totaling 42 residential units with Richmond American, a subsidiary of one of the nation's largest homebuilders, M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. Richmond will be offering Harvest single-story residences, which is a new concept. Through today, our joint venture has now closed sales of the initial residential lots representing 286 residential units, representing an increase of 76 since the beginning of fiscal year 2020."
Richmond is going to build three single-story plans ranging from approximately 1,930 to 1,955 square feet and they will start model homes in June. The single-story plan is a new concept for Harvest.
Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association's Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices
Limoneira is one of the signators of The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association's
Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices, a framework for responsible labor practices in fresh produce and floral suppl
The Boards of Directors of both PMA and United Fresh began this effort several years ago to create an industry-wide framework that supports the dignity of workers who are critical in bringing fresh fruits, vegetables and floral products to consumers.
In formally launching the Ethical Charter, PMA and United Fresh aim was to raise awareness, encourage commitment to the Charter and its principles, and provide tools and resources to promote responsible labor standards across the fresh produce and floral industry. A range of tools and resources are
being made available to the industry, including measurement criteria, a self-assessment form, a responsible sourcing guide and an endorsement packet for companies to use in communicating their commitment. Resources and additional information are available at
"The Ethical Charter and its principles reflect the desire of our members to converge and harmonize the many positive efforts that already exist to enhance working conditions," said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. "We have both success stories in our industry and progress still to be made. We are providing these resources to encourage additional companies to endorse the Ethical Charter and demonstrate a commitment to workplace safety, respect for worker dignity, compliance with applicable laws, and to building a shared understanding across the industry on responsible labor practices."
"We recognize and applaud all the good work already being done in this area both through advocacy and action, but we also recognize we have a responsibility to do more as companies and individuals to advance this cause," said Cathy Burns, PMA CEO. "Public launch of the Charter supported by key endorsers should drive further collaboration, momentum and endorsement. Central tenets to success include education, continuous learning and progress, and day-to-day behavior and actions."
Fresh Focus - Avocados and Pink Lemons Conveniently Delivered to Your Home Throughout the US
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
Considered a greasy fruit, but most of the gre
ase is omega 3 which has proven benefits in cholesterol reduction and heart disease prevention
Helps to stimulate the immune system thanks to the actuation of C and E vitamins
Contributes to healthy skin via Vitamin E
Good for healthy hair as they contain Omega 3 and Vitamin E
Avocados contain lutein that helps protect eyes.
Rich in calories- energy-producing
Rich in fiber, they help us maintain bowel regularity, which is related to naturally expelling toxins
Avocado's consumption is recommended to kids as the presence of folic acid helps bones and muscle growth.
Avocados are also good for older people as lutein is effective in cataract prevention.
This tasteful fruit protects teeth and gums by the intervention of D vitamin.
D vitamin helps us keep strong bones.
As avocados contain folic acid they are good for pregnant women.
They are considered that the joint of nutrients found on avocado can help absorb other food's nutrients.
Potassium contained in avocados contributes to maintaining healthy muscles.
Omega 3 and E vitamin help reduce tissue inflammation.
Again greases and vitamins are an effective method to delay signs of aging.
Avocado can be a part of a well-balanced diet.
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
Retail Dietitian Spotlight-Marda Heuman, RDN, LDN, Wegman's Nutritionist
Marda Heuman, RDN, LDN one of Wegman's nutritionists. Her role is mainly focused on Wegman employees and explains that she has the amazing opportunity to help employees in their Pennsylvania stores live healthier, better lives through food. She does this by organizing store wellness teams that consist of employees who are passionate about health and wellness. She supports these teams by connecting them to Wegman company-wide wellness programs and educating them on current nutrition trends. She also reinforces department-specific nutrition messages.
She's been a dietitian for 25 years and has had several different roles in the field. She grew up in her parents' restaurant business where her love of food began, and she has a degree in food science. So, it wasn't a stretch to find herself wanting to work for a grocery chain, especially Wegmans, which has been voted the best in many categories throughout the years. Marda says that being surrounded by food all day is a delightful bonus. There is no better way to teach nutrition than to have real food available to help educate your clients.
Limoneira's Winner Block
This month our lucky winner is Alison Headstrom from Portland, ME.
As our monthly winner, Alison has won a Limoneira Orchard Fresh Gift.
For your chance to win, make sure you're on our mailing list to be entered into our monthly drawing. To join
or visit our website at
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