Issue: 138
September 2021
In this issue
September is Here!
Our Expanding World of Citrus
Limoneira's Latest
Sustainability Update
Self-Care Month
Safety First
For the Kids
Featured Recipe of the Month
Cheers to Beers!
Ding Dong! Look Who's Here
What in the World
Winner of the Month
September is Here!
There’s something about September! Summer is winding down, school has started, and there’s a new season upon us.

September is also SELF-CARE month and we think that taking care of yourself is a great idea! So this month we’re providing lots of tasty tidbits and easy, affordable ways to keep you and your loved ones eating healthy, feeling pampered and hopefully delighted! From our unique snacks and recipes, fun back-to-school projects, and ways to make the most of some me-time, we think we’ll have what you need to just say “aaaaaah!”

Our Expanding World of Citrus
BIG NEWS! Limoneira’s One World of Citrus™ just took a giant leap forward! Limoneira and Wileman Bros. & Elliott, a 95 year-old operation focusing on oranges, mandarins and specialty citrus, have joined forces creating a new One World of Citrus™ Alliance. This exciting news, according to Harold Edwards, CEO of Limoneira, allows Limoneira to expand its citrus offerings under the One World, One Team, One Service model, simplifying transactions with all retailers while allowing Limoneira to grow its offerings and overall volume as well as be able to offer more service to customers. Although both companies will be combining their volumes and service together, each entity will still maintain their unique, current brands (and packaging) while expanding their overall portfolio of exceptional citrus they may offer. This is great news as all of us enthusiastic Limoneira customers will have so much more to enjoy! Read the full Press Release here.

Limoneira's Latest
Despite the challenges over the last year and a half for not only Limoneira but so many other fresh produce companies, Limoneira President and Chief Executive Officer Harold Edwards explains how there’s actually been an increase in Limoneira’s volume by 1.5 million and how our fresh utilization has never been better.

“Despite the challenges, there is anticipated growth from the supply-side as foodservice recovers while retail maintains that growth. In that, it is important to remember that it is not enough to have any single aspect working to make that happen—at Limoneira we need the whole team to work together to see the success that we are achieving, and I believe we will continue to achieve,” says Harold Edwards.

No fresh produce company is immune to the challenges of the pandemic, yet we continue to achieve and continue to grow as we press forward. We’d love for you to learn more about how Limoneira has made “lemonade” out of these unparalleled industry challenges, navigating the market uniquely and successfully, continuing to provide for our retail customers and the public through our One World of Citrus™ model. Read the full article here.

Sustainability Update
Did you know that lemons have both male and female flowers that work together to pollinate themselves? And, did you know that each lemon tree in our Ventura County growing region blooms 5x per year? That’s a lot of growing lemons on each Limoneira tree, which means Limoneira crews are always in the fields, picking away! Plus, lemon trees’ lemons will be found all at different stages of growth at any point in time. So, at Limoneira, you’ll see 20 crews constantly picking throughout the year, with each crew having 20 – 25 people. That’s a lot of activity in the orchards, and this is happening all the time!
 
Fun fact - lemon trees have thorns on them! That’s why we don’t shake the trees to pick lemons, because those thorns could damage them, so instead we pick (or clip!) each lemon right at the stem. That makes them perfect for your picking them at the grocery store! There’s so much more to know about our trees and orchards, so hear more from Stewart Lockwood, Director for Field Operations at Limoneira, in our latest video from our friend Gail Kvistad at Living Local! Watch the video above!

Self-Care Month
September is the time to put your SELF first! It’s National Self-Care Month, and we have three luxurious yet easy ways that you can feel pampered and rejuvenated, not to mention feel your most beautiful! All you need is the delicious and oh so versatile Limoneira lemons, plus a few other easy, affordable small items from your local store!

If you want to unwind at night you must try out this aromatic, relaxing and de-stressing DIY Orange Lavender Tub Tea! You’ll feel like you are at the Spa – reducing stress, anxiety and relieving aches and pains.

Then, you’ll love these two DIY beauty insider recipes to revitalize your facial skin care regime! See our video featuring Megan Roosevelt, our Limoneira Spokesperson, who shares these two ways to prioritize your self-care routine this month. First, this beauty mask is an inexpensive yet effective quality treatment that will exfoliate your dry skin and pump up that collagen! Your skin will glow and feel silky soft! Then, this easy and specialized toner will help refresh skin, making it super clean and clear – with only a few ingredients!

We know your me-time is precious, and we are happy to help put the “Ahhhhhh” back in your day!

Safety First
September is also FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH, however, this is something we take seriously all year long! Our teams on the farm and also in the packing house are consistently trained on the latest in food safety measures so we are always working together to ensure excellence in all food safety practices. Limoneira supervisors, managers, and all employees take pride in keeping our food safe so that everyone – everywhere – can enjoy our products in confidence and always in good health!

For the Kids
Let’s get creative! Time to focus on school and ways to engage the kids – even the toddlers! Here’s a super fun way to entertain the kids with an explosive, bubbly and colorful science craft that’s easy and exciting! Limoneira lemons have never been so, well, lava-liscious! Check out this craft and tip from Megan Roosevelt, The Healthy Grocery Girl! 

Recipe of the Month
It’s an OLÉ kind of holiday! National Guacamole Day was on September 16th, and this Homemade Spiced Lemon Tortilla Chips & Grapefruit Avocado Guacamole is a must-try! You will swear the mariachi band is on its way when you serve this healthy, yet flavorful snack with these homemade chips and mucho flavorful dip. The Limoneira citrus components – Ruby grapefruit and lemons - add zesty, fresh, and uplifting flavors to create this tasty and festive snack. See the easy-to-follow recipe right here, from Limoneira! 

Cheers to Beers
We are raising our glass this month to the new zesty beer PAULA, especially in honor of National Drink Beer Day on September 28th! However, this isn’t the only reason to raise your glass. We’re celebrating the fact that Limoneira lemons are actually the key and not so secret ingredient in this delicious new Lemon Wheat Ale - The Paula! This new Lemon Wheat beer was created in collaboration with our friends at Rincon Brewing Company, and it showcases our Limoneira lemons and also honors our history of being a leading company in the 805 region of California for over 128 years. In this exclusive beer, you’ll taste lemon, maltiness, citrusy hop notes, all blending together in this balanced, malted white wheat beer. Get them while you can at Rincon's three locations: Carpentaria, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. Bottoms up! (NOTE: Please drink responsibly, of course!

Ding Dong! Look Who's Here
Guess who?! Next time you have a delivery, it could be Limoneira at your front doorstep! Ok, let us clarify, it would not be our fabulous farmers, but it could be our delicious, fresh boxes of Limoneira citrus and avocados! Whether you want oranges, lemons, pink lemons or our perfect avocados, you can pick your favorite Limoneira items and have them delivered straight to you, right when you need them. We call this “FRESH FUN,” and we hope you will, too! Order your boxes right here, right now, and fun times with Limoneira await! www.FreshFocusDelivery.com

What in the World?
With it being BACK TO SCHOOL, we thought you’d appreciate some crazy facts! There are approximately 33 million elementary school children in the U.S with 17 million kids attending high school. Plus there are 8.8 million little ones in nursery schools and kindergartens. If you’re including college students, that’s about 78 million kids heading back to school every fall! What about those in charge? Well, there are about 8 million teachers in the U.S. going back to school, too!

And, what about those school buses? School buses have been around since 1915 (as long as the automobile), but the official color of bright yellow wasn’t adopted until 1939. And, we at Limoneira think that yellow was a perfect choice!

Across the country, there are approximately 480,000 registered school buses, taking 26 million children to and from school every day. By eliminating the need for each parent to get their own kid to school, school buses help keep an estimated 17.3 million cars off the road every year, saving 2.3 billion gallons of fuel. Don’t forget about our own Limoneira school buses, which take both our farm workers and community children to school, too!

It is pretty unbelievable how going “back to school” is such a huge ordeal! For more fun and crazy ‘back to school’ facts visit here: https://bluewatercredit.com

Winner of the Month
Ready to discover who our September Winner is? We just selected our latest winner from Discovery Bay, California! Congratulations to YOU, Alessandro Pampolino, and we so appreciate you reading our newsletters and being a support to all of us here at Limoneira.  

Don't forget, The ZEST IS YET TO COME!
See you again next month!