Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini “Noodles”

If one neighbor, in your neighborhood, grows zucchini, then the whole neighborhood gets zucchini.  Here zucchini is a light alternative to pasta, and delicious!  Cut zucchini into thin, noodle like strips, a mandolin, julienne peeler, or a spiral slicer works great for this. Ingredients 1 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined 2 medium zucchini, sliced into noodles 4 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 c white wine (optional) 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 tbsp fresh chives, minced 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper Directions Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, careful not to burn.  Add the shrimp.  Cook until pink and cooked through, 2-4 minutes.  Remove from pan.  Pour the wine and lemon juice into pan and scrape bottom.  Bring to a boil and let simmer, until reduced.  Add the zucchini and cook for another 3-4 minutes.  Return the shrimp to the pan, season to taste, and give eve...
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Watermelon Salad

A cool and refreshing salad recipe, perfect for summer.  Not only delicious, but the salad stars - watermelon and cucumber - are two extremely hydrating foods.  Washing melons is often overlooked as we do not eat the rind, but keep in mind, that as you slice through the melon, you introduce contaminants from the surface of the melon, to the edible flesh inside. Ingredients 15 cups cubed watermelon 3  cups cubed English cucumber 1 -8oz pkg feta cheese 3 tbsp.  fresh lime juice 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves,  roughly chopped freshly ground pepper to taste Directions Gently combine the watermelon, cucumber, feta cheese, and mint in a large bowl.  Season with black pepper.  Pour lime juice over melon mixture and toss just before serving. 15 Servings
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You Wash your Hands Before You Eat. Do the Same for Your Produce.

Healthcare experts, including the American Medical Association, recommend that we eat 3 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2 to 4 servings of fruit daily. However, fruits and vegetables can pose their own healthcare risk.  That’s because the produce we consume often travel for thousands of miles before it reaches our local supermarket. Dirt and other contaminants like waxes, fungicides, pesticides and chemicals are along for the ride. Even organic produce at the local farmer's market has been exposed to dirt, insects and human hands.

 How can you get the vitamins and minerals that nature intended without any ill effects? Rinsing your produce with water alone simply isn't enough. Wash away the contaminants (and the worry) with Purely Essential Fruit and Vegetable Wash, the original produce cleanser trusted round the world.

 Purely Essential removes nearly 400% more dirt and contaminants than water alone. It is a specifically formulated non-toxic soap that is designed to remove un...

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Do you know where your produce has been?

Modern industrial farming is a fact of life. Unfortunately, pesticides used in agricultural practices can be harmful, especially for our children. The statistics are alarming:

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Why isn’t washing with water enough?

Thousands of chemicals are used daily for growing fruits and vegetables around the world and they are predominantly oil based thus water alone will NOT effectively clean the surface. Additionally, less than 1% of the produce that comes into the USA is even inspected. Other countries are still using chemicals that have been banned from the USA for decades such as DDT. It takes, on average, 12 countries or more to fill up our average produce aisle. Learn more.
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Nor’ West Summer Smoothie

Berries are abundant in the summer time in the Pacific Northwest and are at their flavorful best when sun ripened. Total time: 5 mins.     Prep time: 5 mins.     Yield: 2 servings Ingredients 1/2 cup strawberries, hulled 1/2 cup blueberries 1/2 cup blackberries 1/2 cup raspberries 1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt 1/2 cup milk or orange juice 2 teaspoons honey (optional)   Directions In a blender, puree until smooth. Serve immediately.
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Peacock Fruit Platter

This is a fun way to entice children to eat a healthy serving of fruit and a great snack that you can prepare together. Total time: 10 mins.     Prep time: 10 mins.     Yield: 2 servings Ingredients 3 large strawberries, sliced 18 green grapes, halved 14 raspberries 9 blueberries 1/2 pear, plus one slice 2 black seeds (sesame, poppy, chia or other) Orange peel or grated cheese   Directions Cut eyes from pear slice. Cut beak from strawberry slice. Cut feet from orange peel or grated cheese. Using a skewer, carefully make two holes at the base of the pear half. Poke feet into the holes. Arrange fruit platter as shown in picture.
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Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Balsamic Dressing

Figs are sweet and delicious when in season and are complimented perfectly with the tart taste of goat cheese and sweet acidity of balsamic vinegar. These bites are sure to delight at your next dinner party. Total time: 15 mins.     Prep time: 10 mins.     Cook time: 5 mins.     Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 8 large figs, halved 8 pieces of prosciutto, halved lengthwise 1/2 cup goat cheese 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon sugar salt and pepper to taste small bunch rosemary sprigs   Directions Preheat broiler to medium high. Spoon goat cheese into each fig half. Wrap each fig half with one piece of prosciutto, covering cheese, and overlapping and tucking in prosciutto ends. Broil on each side until prosciutto is crisp and cheese is soft, about 2-3 minutes each side. Place on serving dish. Mix balsamic vinegar, olive oil and sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle mixture over figs. Season to taste with salt...
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Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic

This makes for a deliciously fragrant side dish which is easy to make and even easier to eat! Total time: 1 hr, 7 mins.     Cook time: 1 hr.     Prep time: 7 mins.     Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 1 lb red potatoes, halved, fingerling potatoes, whole, or other small potatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves crushed garlic 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper     Directions Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Prepare a baking tray with parchment paper. Place potatoes in a bowl. Add olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Toss to coat potatoes. Place seasoned potatoes on tray in an even layer. Bake until browned and crisp, about 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning every 15 minutes. Serve hot.  
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Grilled Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream and Rum Sauce

A quick, easy, and impressive dessert, that won't hold you hostage in the kitchen.  Pineapple is a storehouse of huge health benefits, due to its wealth of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.  Be sure to wash, using your favorite scrub brush, prior to slicing.  A spoon, or apple corer works great to remove the center core from each ring. Ingredients 1-(3 to 4 pound) pineapple Cooking Spray 2 tsp butter 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup rum 1 pint light vanilla ice cream Directions Cut the top and bottom off the pineapple, peel and cut it crosswise into 8 rings, about 1/2 inch each.  Carve out the center core of each ring. Spray grill with cooking spray (avoid flame).  Grill the pineapple over medium flame for 2-3 minutes on each side, until nicely brown, and grill marks have appeared. Heat butter, sugar, and rum in a small saucepan over a low heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes.  Remove fr...
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Cauliflower “Rice”

Often considered one of the healthiest foods on earth, cauliflower rice is a healthy alternative, helping you save your carb allowance for the really, really good stuff.  Although low in pesticides, give a good scrub prior to cutting. Ingredients 1 head cauliflower 1 tbsp olive oil sea salt fresh ground pepper Directions Cut cauliflower into large florets.  Rice cauliflower using shredding blade on food processor, pulse with chopping blade, or grate by hand on box grater.  Heat fat in large frying pan over medium heat.  Add cauliflower rice and saute until just cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Grilled Peaches with Honey, Mint and Greek Yogurt

Conventional peaches are high in pesticides (up to 62 according to the USDA pesticide data program).  We recommend buying organic when you can, and washing thoroughly before enjoying.  If you have not tried grilled peaches, you must fix that today!  Delicious. Ingredients 12 slightly firm peaches, halved and pitted 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Pinch sea salt 2 cups thick Greek yogurt 1/4 c honey 1/2 c fresh torn mint leaves Directions Preheat grill on highest setting.  Brush peaches with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and place on grill, cut side down.  Without moving, grill until grill marks appear (about 1-2 minutes).  Plate peaches, and top each half with a heaping tbsp of yogurt, drizzle with honey and top with mint. 4 to 6 servings    
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Food Trends

Millennial and Gen Z generations will be transforming the produce aisle by healthier eating, changing lifestyles, and eating more fruits and vegetables.

Sadly, we are eating ONLY 1.7 servings per day of fruits and vegetables, instead of the recommended eight.  Current research shows us that our children’s generation especially, is evolving, we see it beginning to take shape in the way society’s eating habits are indeed changing.  Millennial and Gen Z generations will be transforming the produce aisle by healthier eating, changing lifestyles, and eating more fruits and vegetables.
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You Wash your Hands Before You Eat. Do the Same for Your Produce.

Healthcare experts, including the American Medical Association, recommend that we eat 3 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2 to 4 servings of fruit daily. However, fruits and vegetables can pose their own healthcare risk. That’s because the produce we consume often travel for thousands of miles before it reaches our local supermarket. Dirt and other contaminants like waxes, fungicides, pesticides and chemicals are along for the ride. Even organic produce at the local farmer's market has been exposed to dirt, insects and human hands. How can you get the vitamins and minerals that nature intended without any ill effects? Rinsing your produce with water alone simply isn't enough. Wash away the contaminants (and the worry) with Purely Essential Fruit and Vegetable Wash, the original produce cleanser trusted round the world. Purely Essential removes nearly 400% more dirt and contaminants than water alone. It is a sp...
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News Bites

  Click on the links below for industry news Prenatal Pesticide Exposure May Lower IQ's Big Chem and Big Ag Dousing Food with Toxic Pesticides EPA cancels Flubendiamide "too toxic" insecticide use in the US Fruit may take away the blues Fresh fruit and vegetables while out to sea From DDT to Glyphosate: Rachel Carson, We Need You Again 2016 Dirty Dozen Clean 15 List Decoding produce PLU codes Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant: Could they affect her unborn child?
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Why Wash?

You Wash your Hands Before You Eat. Do the Same for Your Produce. Healthcare experts, including the American Medical Association, recommend that we eat 3 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2 to 4 servings of fruit daily. However, fruits and vegetables can pose their own healthcare risk. That’s because the produce we consume often travel for thousands of miles before it reaches our local supermarket. Dirt and other contaminants like waxes, fungicides, pesticides and chemicals are along for the ride. Even organic produce at the local farmer's market has been exposed to dirt, insects and human hands. How can you get the vitamins and minerals that nature intended without any ill effects? Rinsing your produce with water alone simply isn't enough. Wash away the contaminants (and the worry) with Purely Essential Fruit and Vegetable Wash, the original produce cleanser trusted round the world. Purely Essential removes nearly 400% more dirt and contaminants than water alone. It is a ...
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