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Please know that we are here to support you in expressing your thanks and gratitude to those who make a difference in your life.   Again, thanks for your support of organic growers.  Only through increased organic acreage can we reduce the amount of chemicals used in our farming systems and improve the health of the planet.

Enjoy the fruit your brain will thank you.  
Everett Myers, Founder and President of FruitShare™

In Your Box:  Honeycrisp and Gala apples, Asian pears, Comice pears, Red & Green Bartlett pears and Flavor Grenade pluots

Storage and Ripening
Keep the Bartlett and Comice pears on the counter. They will be ready to eat when they give to thumb pressure near the stem “check the neck”. These pears will take between 4-7 days to give to thumb pressure by the stem and then enjoy them.  Bartlett’s will turn yellow as a sign of being ready to eat and at their juiciest.  To speed up their ripening process you can place some in a paper bag with a banana, but remember to check them every day.  The banana gives off naturally, ethylene gas that ripens fruit faster.  Once the pears give to thumb pressure you can place them in the refrigerator to enjoy them over a longer period of time.  Comice pears stay green but when soft at the neck be prepared for how juicy they are.

Most people like their pluots crisp.  We have been finding you can enjoy them best if you put them in your refrigerator and consume over the next two weeks.  Your apples and asian pears will keep for at least 2 weeks in the coldest part of your refrigerator.  They are ready to eat and are best enjoyed crisp.   

What It Takes
Honeycrisp apples always a favorite.   We should have these consistently for the next 4 weeks. David Bedford of the University of Minnesota developed the Honeycrisp apples with good old fashioned cross breeding over 25 years ago.  It is the most popular apple we know of for eating fresh.  It’s crisp sweet and tart combination along with the juicy crunch makes it a favorite.  Bedford says that studied under an electron microscope, Honeycrisp cells are twice the size of other apples, which accounts for their unique, pleasing texture.  The cells fill up with natural sugar water which makes them delicious even to the core.  We try to get you as many Honeycrisp as we can every year, but they are always limited and their season is short so enjoy them while they last.  If you want more we do sell them by the straight box as well.  They are great for eating out of hand but if you’re so inclined they make fantastic apple sauce too.  Keep all your apples in the coolest part of your refrigerator to keep them crisp.

This week’s Honeycrisp and Gala apples and Asian pears are from the Stennes family.  Like many of our organic growers, the Stennes family farm in Washington’s Cascade Mountains is a family affair. The farm began in 1894, when the Stennes family emigrated from Norway and planted apple trees on their homestead. Now, Keith is joined by his twin sons, Mark and Kevin to make up the third and fourth generations of Stennes farmers. We were excited to hear from Kevin two week ago that he has a new baby girl.  She and her mom are doing great, but you can imagine they have their hands full with a newborn and full on apple and pear harvest.

The Bartlett pears are the classically pear-shaped fruit in the box with green to yellow-green skin. As they ripen, they turn from bright green to nearly all yellow. Remember to “check the neck”.  When they give to thumb pressure at the stem end they will be fully sweet and juicy.  We got some beautiful Red Bartletts this week as well.  Comice pears I like to wait until they easily give to thumb pressure.  They are creamy and incredibly juicy and flavorful if you

are patient with them.  They have some scarring, but these are such a prized variety that we wanted to get you some.  Yoinashi asian pears in my opinion are what an asian pear is supposed to be.  My daughter when she first tried one several years ago said, “it tastes like a juice box”.  You get the crisp of an apple and the sweet juice, of well, a juice box. In some parts of Asia they are greatly appreciated as a symbol of beauty, longevity and wisdom.  We got as much of this limited crop for you as we could and hope you will appreciate this gift.  

Health and Wellness
Several recent studies are proving what we should already know: exercising is good for the brain - not just your body.  Recent research presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress show the brain-boosting effects of just four months of exercise. "It's reassuring to know that you can at least partially prevent that [cognitive] decline by exercising and losing weight," study researcher Dr. Martin Juneau, director of prevention of the Montreal Heart Institute, said in a statement. The study included overweight and sedentary adults with an average age of 49. They underwent twice-weekly sessions of intense interval training for four weeks, which included circuit weights and exercise bikes, before and after which they underwent tests of their cognitive functioning, cardiac output, body composition and exercise tolerance and capacity.  By the end of the study, the researchers found that not only were the participants' body measurements all improved, but they also did better on the tests of cognitive functioning.  "At least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week can make a huge difference to manage risk factors for heart disease and stroke," Dr. Beth Abramson, spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, said in a statement.  Think about it.  150 minutes per week equates to about 20 minutes of exercise a day to see real benefits.  There are many benefits of exercise.  We know it can make us feel better. These studies suggest it can make us think better as well.  Courtesy of huffingtonpost.com