I am truly thankful for you, our customers, who share our vision of, "Improving the Health of People, Communities and the Planet."  With your support of FruitShare, you are helping organic farmers produce fruit without toxic chemicals, which protects our soil, water, air and everyone who comes in contact with our produce.  You are supporting our FruitShare Team of young families who care deeply about our mission and taking care of you, which we do by selecting the best tasting, freshest organic fruit every week of the year to deliver to your home, workplace or as a gift to your friends and families. Also, you are helping us provide Valley Outreach and other food shelves with organic fruit to care for families needing extra support.
 
Please remember that during this busy holiday season FruitShare has you covered for healthy gift giving.  This year we have added some new holiday gifts that combine organic caramel and/or organic fudge sauce with our organic fruit. Check these new gifts out on our website.

The sauces are a perfect match with our fruit and are artisan crafted by friends of ours who live in Red Lodge, Montana.  If you have multiple gifts to send, we can easily upload your addresses from a spreadsheet and create gift cards to go along with your gifts.  If you are looking for the perfect gift this holiday, we will pack and deliver it for you anywhere in the lower 48 states!
 
Enjoy the fruit your brain will thank you.  
Everett Myers, Founder and President of FruitShare™

 In Your Box:  All Organic Fruit Satsuma mandarins, Rio Star Grapefruit, Fukumoto Navels, Clementines, Meyer lemons and Bearss limes

Storage and Ripening
Take your fruit out of the box right away. Store your citrus in the refrigerator.  This prevents the skin from drying out on your citrus. If you prefer to eat your citrus at room temperature, leave some out in a bowl for a pretty, festive centerpiece.

What It Takes
This week we are fortunate to have Helene’s Satsuma mandarins, Meyer lemons and Bearss limes.  Helene’s farm is certified biodynamic, which means she has certifications even beyond organic. This type of farming is very environmentally friendly, plus it produces some of the best-tasting fruit you’ll have the pleasure of eating.  The underlying principle of biodynamic farming is to feed the soil rather than feeding the plants. By adding organic matter to the soil, the growing plants can absorb nutrients more effectively. The result is very high quality produce, healthy land and livestock, and a way to avoid environmental problems that occur from many other forms of agriculture. Helene’s fruit may have some scarring on the outside, because she leaves the fruit on the trees longer than many other growers. But you’ll find the inside of the fruit is incredibly flavorful and juicy!

The Olsens grew the clementines that you’ll find in your box. These beauties make great centerpieces - if you can keep from eating them. The Olsens wait to pick their clementines until they are tree ripe, so they have a high sugar content and deep orange flesh that make them a real treat anytime of the day. We always feel fortunate to get some of this very limited crop.  Clementines are a zipper-peel fruit, which means they are very easy to peel and eat.  These are so sweet and juicy - Enjoy!

The Navel oranges are from Ron Lehr, Sr., who is the second generation running the farm. He is supported by third and fourth generation family members who carry on the agricultural tradition.  After departing the Midwest in the 1930s, the Lehr family began farming in Bakersfield, California.  They started by growing potatoes and they now grow these juicy Navel oranges along with other citrus and vegetable.  

These juicy Rio Star grapefruits are some of the most popular citrus of the season. This years crop is more blemished than most years but the scarring hasn’t affected the flavor.  Dennis and Linda grew these Rio Stars on their citrus grove in Texas. Dennis purchased his father’s farm in 1984 and immediately transferred to organic production. He was instrumental in helping the USDA develop organic standards for citrus fruit. In 2002, Dennis was appointed to the National Organic Standards Board. Besides his vast amount of knowledge, Dennis simply has the best grapefruit we’ve ever tasted. My kids call them “greatfruit” and don’t understand why their friends put sugar on their grapefruit. You sure don’t need sugar to make these grapefruits taste sweet and delicious!

Health and Wellness
Citrus is great at preventing colds and relieving symptoms from cold and allergies. The citrus in your box is not only packed with Vitamin C but also synephrine. Satsuma mandarins in fact pack a large amount of synephrine, a natural antihistamine that relieves cold and allergy symptoms. Other citrus contains synephrine too. Now not only does citrus build your defenses with vitamin C, but it also helps relieve symptoms of colds and allergies. Other articles on citrus stress the benefits of citrus peels as an antioxidant and even LDL cholesterol lowering capability. This should be just the right medicine to keep you healthy over the busy holiday season.

Recipe
Our family eats all our citrus fresh.  If you have a favorite citrus recipe you would like us to share with others please send it our way.  Don’t forget about citrus peels for zesting to add more flavor to cooked meals or added to a salad dressing.