Issue: 102
September 2018
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In this issue:

Mom-Our Chief Household Officer-Let's Give Her Some Help
                                      Winners Circle


Special Publication Commemorates Limoneira's 125th Year Anniversary

In honor of Limoneira's quasquicentennial (125-year) milestone, the Company commissioned the Pacific Coast Business Times to produce a special edition of its Legacy Publication series. Henry Dubroff, PCBT Chairman and Editor notes that "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 just 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, pioneering green waste recycling, vastly reduced water consumption, led the industry in solar energy and led the way with supply chain accountability."

It's a fascinating tale, and a wonderful read. For more information please contact [email protected]

OxnardLimoneira Announces Acquisition Of Oxnard Lemon Company In California

Recently, the Company announced that it has closed an asset purchase agreement to acquire a packinghouse and related assets of Oxnard Lemon Associates, Ltd. in Oxnard, California.
Oxnard Lemon Associates, Ltd. dba Oxnard Lemon Company ("Oxnard Lemon") is one of the leading full-line lemon packing companies in the United States, including a line of organic and specialty citrus. The Oxnard Lemon facility consists of a packinghouse and related equipment on 13 acres strategically located less than a mile from the Port of Hueneme and with a packing capacity of 4,000,000 cartons per year. This transaction increases Limoneira's share of packing and marketing third party grower fruit from California facilities. The Company's greater volume, along with its expanding international operations, continues to support the Company's One World of Citrus™ program servicing an increasingly global marketplace. The adjacency to Limoneira's headquarters in Santa Paula, California creates additional packing efficiencies for the combined enterprise with its two focused locations, while also nearly doubling its storage capacity, which significantly curtails future capital needs in that regard.
In a press release announcing the purchase, Harold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are very excited about Oxnard Lemon joining the Limoneira family. Oxnard Lemon has built a sterling reputation within the lemon industry and is at the forefront of the organic and specialty citrus movement in California. By combining our two facilities under the Limoneira platform, we will create significant efficiencies that will position us for continued sustainable long-term growth while delivering on our promise of superior grower returns and customer service through our One World of Citrus™ initiative. Our pipeline of potential acquisitions remains robust and we will continue to seek value-enhancing transactions for our shareholders."
Amy Fukutomi, Principal Partner in Oxnard Lemon, added, "This exciting milestone will allow growers to leverage Limoneira's growing global footprint in the fresh citrus industry and maximize their returns. We look forward to a bright future together."

 momMom-Our Chief Household Officer-Let's Give Her Some Help

September means back to school, the end of summer, and the establishing of new routines. This month, Limoneira spokesperson Megan Roosevelt is making the kitchen a less stressful place with healthy, delicious salads that can be made in advance for the whole family - and that pair beautifully with a simple lemon salad dressing. She brings this and other recipes for great fall tips and treats to the Limoneira YouTube channel all month long.
For a helpful demonstration, view below. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel - videos with more wonderful recipes, tips and tricks not detailed here will be added to the channel each Friday throughout the month. 
Limoneira has also partnered with additional global chefs and mixologists, nutritionists, and beauty lifestyle and green cleaning experts to share their knowledge with the customers of our grocery and food service partners around the world. Their biographies can be found on Limoneira's website.
In addition to being healthy alternatives to heavier kitchen fare, salads can be as versatile as they are tasty, and a light lemon dressing packs a punch of flavor without weighing the ingredients down. Without further ado, here are three stress-free salads to try out this fall.

Homemade Lemon Salad Dressing - Easy to make and delightful on the taste buds.
* 3 tbsp Limoneira lemon  juice
* ½ cup olive oil
* ¼ tsp sea salt
* 2 tbsp tahini
Directions: Add all ingredients to a small jar and whisk until smooth. It's as easy as that!

Quinoa Chickpea Salad - The ultimate in plant-based protein, with just enough texture.

* 2 cups baby arugula
* 2 tbsp pine nuts
* 1 cup cooked quinoa
* 1 cup cooked chickpeas

Fiesta Salad - Color! Crunch! Flavor! This salad has it all.

* 2 cups kale
* 1 cup black beans
* 2 tbsp sliced black olives
* ¼ cup corn
* ¼ cup diced carrots

Sesame Cashew Slaw - The ultimate in light yet hearty fare.

*2 cups shredded cabbage
*¼ cup diced carrots
*2 tbsp sesame seeds
*1 sliced green onion
*½ cup cashews
Directions: Add three tbsp (or to taste) of homemade lemon salad dressing to preferred storage container (mason jars work great), and then layer the ingredients with the heavier ingredients on the bottom and the lettuce on top. Top with a lid, and store in the fridge. Enjoy within three days.

Each month, Megan features another wonderful facet of citrus living. Subscribe to Limoneira's YouTube channel for more information on the many ways this endlessly versatile fruit can improve life inside the home and beyond.

About Megan Roosevelt and Healthy Grocery Girl ®

Megan Roosevelt is an internationally published author, cooking show host and producer as well as a nutrition expert for regional and national television and magazines. In addition to being a plant-based Registered Dietitian, Roosevelt through Healthy Grocery Girl® provides her extensive audience with on-line cooking videos and says "I love helping people get healthy in ways that are realistic and fun".

edgarLimoneira Expands Depth of Management Team With Senior Director of Agricultural Operations, Edgar Gutierrez 

Edgar Guiterrez has joined The Company as Senior Director of Agricultural Operations. Mr. Guiterrez comes to Limoneira from Wonderful Citrus where he was The Research and Development Director of the company's Mexican Division and oversaw 14,000 acres of land under production. He has extensive citrus experience in Mexico and Central America.
"We are very excited to welcome Edgar to Limoneira's One World of Citrus™ Team," said Alex Teague, the Company's Chief Operating Officer. "Edgar's leadership and knowledge will bolster our farming operations and all aspects of our citrus supply chain. With his proven business acumen combined with his energy, we are confident he will be a strong addition to our management team and enable us to successfully expand our global reach including our stewardship and food safety initiatives".

boysandgirls50 Years of Cultivating Tomorrow's Leaders


On September 20th, overlooking the bocce courts and nestled between fragrant lemon groves and framed by the pink evening glow of the Topa Topa Mountains, the Boy's and Girls Club's 50th Anniversary party at Limoneira Ranch will be the destination of choice.
Come enjoy live music by Juano and friends, culinary delights and relaxing games with your friends. For tickets, please visit [email protected] Questions?  Please call 805 525-7910.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley
Building leaders and developing full potentials is what the Boys and Girls Club is all about. Think of Denzel Washington. How about General Wesley Clark..... Jennifer Lopez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kerry Washington, Martin Sheen and Mario Lopez. The list of leaders with a B&G Club background is a long one and everyone on the list attributes a major part of their success to the life lessons learned early on from a Boys and Girls Club.
Imagine the future leaders that our own club is nurturing.....

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley was founded in 1949 and it provides daily access to safe, supervised activities that foster children to become productive, responsible and caring citizens. There are ten sites serving the cities of Santa Paula, Fillmore and the unincorporated area of Piru. 

The Club concentrates on five areas of youth development: character & leadership development; educational & career development (including Robotics and STEM); health & life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation. The Club's activities primarily take place after school, during school recesses, in the evening and on weekends. Over 1,650 youth and community members utilize the Club.

Limoneira and Sesame Street Characters Eat Brighter

Sesame Street was conceived in 1966 during discussions between television producer Joan Ganz Cooney and Carnegie Foundation vice president Lloyd Morrisett. Their goal was to create a children's television show that would "master the addictive qualities of television and do something good with them", such as helping young children prepare for school.
After two years of research, the newly formed Children's Television Workshop (CTW) received a combined grant of US$8 million ($53 million in 2017 dollars) from the Carnegie Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the U.S. Federal Government to create and produce a new children's television show.
The program premiered on public television stations in 1969 and was the first preschool educational television program to base its contents and production values on laboratory and formative research.   By its 40th anniversary in 2009, Sesame Street was broadcast in over 120 countries, and 20 international versions had been produced.
The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has collaborated with Sesame Street to encourage children ages 2-5 to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. 
Limoneira is proud to be a sponsor and will begin incorporating Sesame Street characters into promotional activities and marketing collateral.

foodhandbookLimoneira Featured in Fresh Food Handbook

Limoneira One World of Citrus ™ advertising will appear in the 2018 Fresh Food Handbook (published in September).

This definitive reference manual features the latest trends for fresh food executives, buyers, category managers and merchandisers. Articles explore the preparation, merchandising, displaying and selling of fresh foods.
The publication also covers research and consumer information for the perishables food industry, providing category-specific information focused on hot topics, demographic differences, product usage and retail performance. Nielsen, SPINS and IRI Data included.


pumpkinAmplifying Autumn-One Of The Most Popular Pumpkin Patches In Southern California

Last year's pumpkin patch at Limoneira Ranch drew over twenty thousand people from far and wide, and this year's patch is pushing the "Wow" factor even higher. Nestled among lemon groves, framed by mountains and country air, the 15-acre Pumpkin Patch, including a 5-acre Corn MaiZe, is family fun for all on a real farm, that has been in operation for over one hundred years. 
Visitors will be able to climb the towering hay pyramid, see and hold Future Farmers of America (FFA) animals, take guided tours in old-fashioned hay wagon rides through the groves and enjoy festive foods and live entertainment and more. The patch features a recreated French Trebuchet (catapult) that challenges folks, for an extra charge, to hurl pumpkins at the "castle" and win prizes. And.....  perfect pumpkins and gourds far and wide for sale.
Super exciting this year is the newly designed 5-acre "Amazement" Corn MaiZe.  Visitors fortunate enough to stumble onto the correct pathways may exit the MaiZe in less than 30 minutes; but the more directionally-challenged may take a couple of hours, providing a source of recreation that is fun for all ages, clean, educational and unique. Many people have watched the Santa Paula Rotary MaiZe grow by looking at images on social media.  The MaiZe used at the Pumpkin Patch has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, CBS, NBC, Discovery, People Magazine and more.
According to Ike Ikerd, Santa Paula Rotary President, "Santa Paula's Pumpkin Patch is a tradition, and that it just isn't the start of the Holiday Season without it. Limoneira Ranch is "the" place to pick a perfect pumpkin, have fun and learn a little something about agriculture, whether you come with your kids, grandparents, spouse, date or school. It just seems to appeal to everyone."  
All proceeds from the Santa Paula Rotary Pumpkin Patch at Limoneira Ranch support local charities, civic organizations and schools.  Come out and enjoy the fun!
Celebrate the fall this year by visiting The Pumpkin Patch at Limoneira Ranch each weekend this October. Saturdays and Sundays in October:  6/7,13/14, 20/21, and 27/28 between 10am and 5pm.  Admission is $6, children 2 and under are free.  The MaiZe is an additional $10.00 fee.  The Pumpkin Patch is located at 12471 Foothill Rd in Santa Paula, California just across from the Olivelands School.
For more information/questions please email [email protected] or visit or call 888-522-1884.

karenAmbassador Spotlight-Nancy Piran

Indiana based Nancy Piran, is the creative force behind "The Bitter Side of Sweet", a compilation of wonderful recipes that she loves.  The name represents "her life in one simple line. It can be bitter but also sweet. 

The sweet moments are the ones she lives for and knows that those moments will eventually outweigh the bitter ones. She loves sharing her passion for food with her audience. She's married to an Italian American and lived in Italy for six years. She's also an identical twin and comes from a large family.

Nancy Piran's 

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 30

16 ounces sugar cookie dough
1 cup lemon curd

Blackberry Sauce
6 ounces blackberries
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
whipped topping optional
30 blackberries optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 24 cup mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Divide cookie dough into 30 pieces and roll into 1 inch balls.   Place balls into each cup.
Use thumb and press directly in the middle of the ball to allow dough to spread out.  Place in oven and bake for 9 minutes.
When done allow the cookie cups to cool for 15 minutes.
While the cookie cups are cooking prepare blackberry sauce.
In a medium pot add blackberries, water and sugar. Stir.
Turn on medium high heat and allow to boil for 2 minutes.
Turn down to low and allow to continue to boil for 8 more minutes.
Place a strainer over a medium bowl. Strain to catch the blackberries. Press any additional liquid out. Allow sauce to cool for 5 minutes.

When cookie cups and sauce are done build your cookie cups.
Add 1 teaspoon lemon curd.  On top pour in 1 teaspoon of blackberry sauce.  Garnish only when ready to serve with whipped topping and blackberries.  Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 2 days.

alexisLimoneira Fan Club Member Alexis Fukutomi

Alexis Fukutomi is 5 years old and lives in Camarillo, California. 
She is an avid supporter of lemons (and the Ventura County Fair. Here she with her friendly smile  at Limoneira's booth).

winnerscircleLimoneira's Winner Block

This month our lucky winner is Akiyuki Sakamoto , from Saitama Japan.  As our monthly winner, Akiyuki has won a Limoneira Orchard Fresh or Lifestyles Gift.  Congratulations Akiyuki  !

For your chance to win, make sure you're on our mailing list to be entered into our monthly drawing. To join  click here  or visit our website at

Be sure to check out our other contests and drawings for additional changes to win prizes.