Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

Yummy

Organic foodie events showcase new products and help consumers learn about seasonal combinations. Organic sales in the U.S. total over $47 billion a year, which now accounts for more than five percent of food sales in total. With a growing interest in using and consuming organic produce, how can you run your own foodie event? What makes a successful foodie event? And why is it important for you community?

Hashtag your event 

As with ‘growing’ anything you have to know your product and your audience. Then you have to gel these two understandings together. How you speak about an event is important to your audience. If you are going to provide high quality, local produce in specific combinations aimed at educated foodies- portraying that is key. Creating a buzz about your event is important as it maximizes your exposure and helps with your organizing. One event, at Treehaus cafe and food market in Manhattan, went viral after visitors started using the hashtag #LiveOrganic and others posted highlights of the event on social media. Be organized with your event management, be proactive by engaging influencers and be authentic. Once started, the organic produce will speak for itself.

Grow your community organically

Foodie events are the best way to discover new products and build a community. Every year, approximately 90,000 people attend the Eat Real Festival in Oakland, CA which brings people together to taste and experience ‘real’ food. It’s mission is to ‘increase public respect’ for good food. Holding a foodie event brings together local produce, investment in time and resources under the umbrella of being passionately interested in food. Growing a foodie community is more than just growing a community that is interested in local sustainable produce that fills a hunger need. A foodie community can travel vast areas to indulge their passions, they will tweet about your event, post photos and return time and time again because of loyalty and interest.

Combining locally sourced ingredients, having demonstrations that build knowledge and peak interest will enhance the day and make it memorable as well as adding value to the experience.

The fastest growing area of the U.S food industry is organic food sales. The growth rate outstrips the growth rate for the overall food market. Some areas of the United States are considered ‘hot spots’ for organic growing. Holding a foodie event in a hot spot is a successful idea, it will showcase a variety of organic produce as well as promote the local area, with participants returning time and time again.

Posted by & filed under Education, organic produce, tips & tricks.

I remember the first time I tasted a Sunchoke, and I was amazed that I had never heard of this fabulous food before. Nutritious and tasty, these tantalizing tubers are known by many names: Jerusalem artichoke, sunroot, earth apple, topinambour. Are you curious to learn more about these fascinating vegetables? Read on to find out just what IS a Sunchoke?

 

What IS a Sunchoke?

Sunchokes look like ginger, can be cooked like a potato, and taste like an artichoke. Sunchokes are the roots of a species of sunflower. They have a light-beige to tan colored skin and a crisp, juicy, ivory-colored flesh. When raw, they have a texture similar to chestnuts and a sweet nutty flavor. You can find sunchokes year-round from local organic farms in Northern California such as Coke Farms. Look for them peaking in fall and early spring. In fact, it’s always good to know where your food comes from. Find out why here.

Why should you eat a Sunchoke?

These riveting roots are chocked (or should i say choked?) full of nutrients like iron, potassium, thiamin and phosphorus. Largely, the nutritional value of organic vegetables comes from the soil and that matters. Also, sunchokes are low-calorie, high in fiber and low-starch which are great for your digestive system! Like most foods eating them raw is best because of all the amazing benefits. Finally, Sunchokes are incredibly versatile, and can be used in place of almost any root vegetable like carrots, celery root,  parsnips, or turnips.

How do you eat a Sunchoke?

Sunchokes can be eaten raw (and you should be eating more raw foods anyway!) sliced up in salads, baked, boiled or pureed into a soup. To prepare, scrub under running water to remove the thin skin. Then slice, or mash as you would a potato. Sunchokes will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month if wrapped in plastic. Try these healthy Homemade Baked Sunchoke Chips  or this vegetarian Roasted Sunchoke Soup.

Are you ready to try this versatile tuber? Get sunchokes delivered straight to your doorstep with an organic produce delivery service like Golden Gate Organics. Sign up for the service here or, if you are curious how it works, learn more about how to use an organic produce delivery service.

 

Posted by & filed under delivery, organic, Organic Lifestyle, organic produce, organic produce delivery.

Northern California supports many different growing seasons at the same time due to a wide range of micro-climates. These micro-climates are created by ocean air interacting with the coastal hills and mountains. This environment lends itself to an abundance of local farms. In the Bay Area leeks are available year round, due to the mild winters. These often overlooked vegetables are packed full of nutrition, delicious to cook with and are easy to store.

So, what ARE leeks?

Leeks are alliums like onions and garlic, but unlike their bulb-shaped cousins, the leek produces a long cylinder of leafs. Bay Area leeks have a milder flavor than most onions, as yellow and red onions have higher concentrations of sulfuric compounds like pyretic acid. Leeks are high in potassium, calcium, iron, and phosphorus as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, folate and C. They also contain sulfur which has been found to have antibiotic qualities.

How to use them

The subtle flavor of leeks is complimentary to many recipes because they don’t overpower other ingredients in the dish. The white and green portions of the stalks are used most often to add flavor to soups and stocks. The dark green, densely nutritious, leafy part can be used finely chopped in sauces and salads, as you would scallions, to provide extra flavor and nutrition. Try this simple Slow Roasted Leek recipe or this soothing Leek and Potato soup recipe.

Storage and Cleaning

Fresh leeks will keep for between one to two weeks when stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator. To clean, cut the leek lengthwise to just before the green fan and open the stalk halves under cold running water. Open each section with your fingers, allowing the water to rinse all the sand and dirt away.

 

Excited to try cooking with these tasty veggies? Click here to get farm-fresh, organic Bay Area leeks delivered to your doorstep.

Posted by & filed under Education.

Is there anything better than the first sip of coffee in the morning? Organic coffee is a far superior product to non-organic as it’s grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. These chemicals have been proven to irritate the skin and eyes, disrupt the nervous system and hormones, and even cause cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. When it comes to consuming high-quality, organic food, you can rest assured you’re doing both your health and the environment a service. Discover the wonders of organic coffee and you’ll be hooked for life!

Ground Coffee in a container

A cup a day keeps the doctor away

Organic coffee is brimming with powerful antioxidants beneficial for your health. How do antioxidants work their magic? By neutralizing the harmful effects of “free radicals” and repairing oxidative damage in the body. Diets rich in antioxidants have been proven to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Moreover, coffee is known to be the biggest dietary source of antioxidants for people in America. Many people find it easier to drink copious amounts of coffee than eat as much fruit and vegetables. So, not only is organic coffee delicious — especially paired with your own healthy homemade coffee creamer — but it’s also great for your body.

And, if you prefer your coffee decaffeinated, make sure it’s organic — your health will thank you. The majority of decaffeinated coffee has the caffeine removed with the help of chemical solvents (ethyl acetate, pressurized carbon dioxide, and methylene chloride). Alternatively, organic decaffeinated coffee makes use of a safe, natural, and chemical-free process called the Swiss water method. Organic decaf coffee avoids exposure to unnecessary toxicity and is also noticeably more flavorful than non-organic decaf.

A sustainable solution

We can’t talk about organic coffee with mentioning its many and very important benefits for the environment. Aside from the dangers they pose to our health, pesticides also contribute to soil erosion and water pollution. Furthermore, farm workers often experience illness due to pesticide handling. Organic farms eliminate the use of these harmful chemicals meaning they’re much safer for the environment, wildlife, farmers, and consumers alike.

Organic coffee. It’s healthy, sustainable, kinder the the environment — and not to mention tastes better! Drinking around three or four cups organic coffee per day can be part of any healthy lifestyle. So, kickstart your day with a cup of organic coffee and experience its life-enriching benefits for yourself!

Click Here to get sustainable and locally roasted organic French Roast coffee delivered to your doorstep!

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

It’s no secret that peeling, chopping, and preparing home cooked meals takes time and effort. It can seem almost overwhelming at times. But over a long period of time, you’ll find that the extra work becomes second nature and is worth the benefits that your body receives. When you eat healthy and organically sourced, fruit and veggie-rich meals, you’ll feel so much better. One trick that will really help you manage the work is to have a weekly prep day.

What is a weekly prep day, and how does it work?

 

 

What Is A Food Prep Day?

A food preparation day can be what you want it to be. It can be as organized or as flexible as you desire. The basic idea is to do all of your cutting, seeding and mixing in one day, usually in a block of a couple of hours. During this time, you can make big batches of food, or merely prepare items to be used in various dishes throughout the week.

 

Examples Of Prepared Dishes

For instance, on a prep day, you might make a large batch of soup or stew that can be served throughout the week as a main dish, side, or snack. You might also wash and chop a head of broccoli and put it in a glass container in the fridge so that it can be quickly steamed in minutes after a busy day of work.

You might also make a large salad of cabbage, carrots, apples, sunflower seeds and a handful of superfoods full of antioxidants to keep on hand when the munchies hit, and even chop up fruit so that it will be ready to toss on top of a dish of yogurt. It is fun to base the meals around what you find in your CSA.

 

Start The Habit

If you use a calendar, try setting aside a block of time to give this practice a try. If you experiment with it, you’ll likely find that the benefits are well worth the effort. You can make the prep day fun by playing music as you chop and stir or involving your family members. 

Sample the food as you go, and make a party out of it! Then, enjoy the benefits of your work throughout the week. This is a great way to stay on track with your organic lifestyle instead of caving and buying foods that are convenient but full of chemicals.

Once you get started using this prep day strategy, you’ll notice how helpful it is to have ready-to-go organic items in the fridge at all times. You’ll be able to prepare dinners faster, to became less of a chore. You’ll now enjoy your time cooking for each week

Posted by & filed under Organic Lifestyle, organic produce delivery, tips & tricks.

When I first was introduced to Golden Gate Organics in Oakland, CA, I admittedly was not it’s target market. I was a single young woman who survived on beer and chicken nuggets. I rarely ate fruit and almost never cooked for myself at home. It’s a wonder that my then boyfriend, Corey, such a health advocate, was even interested in me! All jokes aside, I am so much healthier and happier now that I have both an organic produce delivery service and Corey in my life. But, embarrassingly enough, it took me six years and two kids to fully understand and appreciate a business like Golden Gate Organics.

For years, when it came time to fill my local organic produce delivery box, I really didn’t know what I was doing. I saw the weekly menu and just thought, “oh, this looks good” or “oh, I might use that next Thursday”. I didn’t really put much thought into it. And that resulted in so much wasted food! Which is one of the biggest reasons that many organic produce delivery service’s customers decide to cancel their subscription: wasted food. I don’t blame them! It feels awful throwing that food away. Not only are you wasting money, you’re wasting the life of a perfectly wonderful plant that you could have used to nourish your body.

I shamefully did this for years. On the bright side, I did learn a lot with my weekly boxes. One of the good things that I learned with my weekly organic produce delivery was how to use produce I never knew anything about. Leeks, for example. I learned to make a delicious leek and potato soup! But I was still wasting some good produce each week. I ended up downsizing my order and eventually even questioned if I needed the service at all.

Fast forward a few years.. I now have a toddler who has developed quite a taste for fresh fruits and veggies. Having produce delivered weekly was a great benefit for a hungry toddler in the house, but we still had the wasteful dilemma of produce going bad before we could use it.

Then one day, it hit me. Google! How does an organic food subscription and google go together? Let me explain.

I received the weekly email and decided to really look to see what was available. Beets.. hmm. What the heck can I do with beets? So I googled “beet dinner recipes” and wa-la! I clicked on a recipe that had five stars, which ended up being a beet salad. This particular recipe called for arugula, which also happened to be in my organic produce delivery box that week. I continued this trick for other items on the menu. Like “cabbage veggie soup” was another one that I found because of what was available through Golden Gate Organics that week (cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes, etc). What else was available? Portobello Mushrooms? You guessed it, we had stuffed portobellos for dinner, too! I also discovered other excellent meals, like apple breakfast smoothies. We were eating local, seasonal produce with every meal!

At the end of the week, I could not believe my eyes when I saw an empty fruit basket on the counter. My crisper just had a few stalks of celery left inside. I had used my entire order with no waste! And I couldn’t wait for my next delivery.

So what did I learn? The menu is different every week, so really check out what’s available and base your meals on it! What can you do with a pineapple? Google “pineapple recipes” and have fun! Does that recipe call for milk? Add it to your Golden Gate Organics box.  We’re having so much fun discovering all of these new, healthy, mostly vegetarian meals, with the convenience of it arriving on my doorstep each week. And I know you can, too.

Posted by & filed under Food Philosophy, Organic Lifestyle.

Not long ago, the online magazine “Organic Authority” named San Francisco the best city in the US for living the “organic foodie Lifestyle” — which may make you wonder: what exactly is an organic food lifestyle?  Does this lifestyle extend beyond the foods that we buy? Our answer is yes, and we’ll tell you why.

What Is The Organic Foodie Lifestyle?

Living this lifestyle is about more than just the food that we eat on a day-to-day basis. It’s also about respect of the earth, the upliftment of society, and conscientious living.

The way that we spend our money can be seen as the way we cast a vote into the workings of the world. If we vote for clean food that is free of GMOs, hormones, and pesticides, that is grown in cruelty-free, sustainable ways, we are affecting many levels of society. The organic foodie lifestyle affirms that it is essential to touch many levels of life positively.

What Does It Look Like?

People that live the organic lifestyle are from all walks of life. You might not be able to identify them on the street, but on some level, they have a few things in common. Here are some everyday actions that create this lifestyle.

Care For Environment

Organic food is pesticide free. Since the 1960’s, people have known that toxins affect the land, water, and habitats of creatures and humans alike. It’s taken a long time to allow the message of Rachel Carson and other activists to permeate our culture. Now that we have pesticide-free food options as well as organic health and beauty products, we still have to actively choose to buy them.

Aware Interactions

The Organic foodie lifestyle includes awareness of how individual actions affect the whole or society. We’re each like little rocks, thrown into a pond. Our actions ripple outwards touching the lives of countless others. Through the food we eat, the words we speak, and the way we spend money we can affect change in the world.

Respect For The Body

Organic food is nutrient rich and doesn’t contain the harmful chemicals that conventional foods may have. Eating organic food is one way of showing the body respect. The organic food-lover may also do other healthy things, like deep breathing, exercise, or abstaining from alcohol.

San Francisco is a city that encourages the organic foodie lifestyle, which includes much more than what you put on one end of your fork. The lifestyle includes a caring about the environment, the body, and the interactions that occur between self and society.

 

Written with care by Jennie Spring.

Posted by & filed under Festivals, Healthy Business, local, Organic Lifestyle.

Bay Area Corporate Farmers Market

Bay Area Corporate Farmers Market

 

Everyone loves going to the farmers market. So why not host your own Corporate Farmers Market? The friendly faces, beautiful, seasonal farm fresh produce, and meeting the proud welcoming people that grew the food you will soon be eating. There is a connection- and intimacy to our food, to the earth, that can only be had at your local organic farmers market. Has your business considered hosting its own organic farmers market? Contact us for more information. Here are few ideas for why your business should host a local organic farmers market for your employees:

 

It Shows Your Employees That You Value Health, Sustainability, and Community

 

When you arrange an organic corporate farmers market visit for your workforce it demonstrates to your staff that you value health, sustainability, and community. Most people already know that organically grown local food doesn’t contain synthetic pesticides or herbicides. And since those chemicals are not in your food they don’t get into your employees bodies which will make them much healthier!

 

Additionally, certified organic farms grow sustainably by not using synthetic fertilizers. Instead, organic farms rotate crops and use natural fertilizers such as compost. Organic farmers markets are also non-GMO. For more info on the difference between organic and non-gmo read this. Finally, farmers markets are all about community and will encourage your employees to share food stories, recipes, and relax in a friendly, fun, and healthy environment.

It’s a Fun Chance to Learn About Your Food

 

Whether it is learning about the health benefits of beets and the most fun ways to prepare them in your kitchen or finding out the secrets to choosing the right persimmon, your diverse staff are guaranteed to learn something new about their local California organic fruits and veggies Golden Gate Organics will provide for your own personal corporate farmers market.

 

But it’s not all about the fruits and veggies. All of the fresh and local farm items we bring to your farmers market have a story to be told too. Our caring and professional on-site staff are exceptionally knowledgeable about not only the food we bring but also the local organic farms where it is grown. We will answer questions about the farms your food comes from and share the stories of the farmers that grow your produce. It is a fun and welcoming experience for everyone.

 

A Corporate Farmers Market Is Way More Than a Farmer’s Market

 

While we may not be as big as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in SF, we do customize each of our corporate farmers markets specifically to each of our clients. What makes our corporate farmers markets a success for you is that we personalize every experience to suit the needs of your business and employees. We bridge the gap of traditional farmers markets and people’s kitchens by educating your employees not only on the seasonality and origins of their food but also train them on how to prepare foods they might otherwise find intimidating. From massaging kale to shocking lettuce we have the easiest tips and recipes for choosing, storing, and cooking all the delicious and organic produce from your market.

It Demonstrates To Your Employees That You Care About Their Health

 

By providing a healthy and educational atmosphere at your corporate farmers market your employees will know that you care about their health and wellbeing. With time away from their desks employees can bond over a local organic apple. Perhaps even share childhood memories of traveling to a farm and what their favorite fruits and veggies are back home. 

Providing healthy organic produce at your corporate farmers market nourishes the minds and bodies of your employees making them healthier, more alert, and more productive.

Curious About Hosting Your Own Corporate Farmers Market?

 

Interested? Take a moment to send us a message through our contact form and one of our caring staff will be happy to answer any questions you have. Our corporate customers love our corporate farmers markets and ask us to come back year after year. Add some local flavor and fun to your next event with your very own farmers market. No matter the season our local farm partners have just the right fruits and vegetables to make your employees happy and healthy.

CONTACT US RIGHT NOW!

Posted by & filed under Food Philosophy, fruit, Organic Lifestyle, weekly update.

The Weekly Thought

What are you going to do to make the world better tomorrow?

Two years from now will be the second decade of the New Millennium. Therefore, for perspective, contrast this fact with the “Roaring Twenties” of the last century. I already feel the change beginning to happen. Like oil slowly being poured into water, there is a new wave of energy already beginning to form the new decade. Right now new-wave ideals are beginning to manifest around an evolved respect within society. Respect for ourselves that will result in healthier experiences and longer lives. Respect for others resulting in ever closer and complete equality. Respect for the environment resulting in more awareness and care towards sustainability. These shared social ideals have already began to manifest themselves in all of us and our culture. It’s  obvious in the media and internet. Together you, me, Golden Gate Organics, and the values & ideas we share will do our part within society to usher in an ideal future that we create for ourselves, even if we haven’t realized it yet.

 

This Week’s Awesome Organic Produce Update

The California citrus season is in full swing right now. It is really hard to not just have six different citrus varieties, and bananas, on the fruit menu this week. Our rep, Carson, at Earl’s Organic Produce said he bought an entire case of Cara Cara oranges to give away to his friends because they are the best oranges he’s ever had. So I got them for you this week too! And though they may look imperfect on the outside, look past the superficially scarred peel to be delightfully rewarded with the most beautiful and sweetest flavor a California Cara Cara orange could possibly be. On the vegetable side we have loose-leaf arugula sold by the ounce and the ever venerable cauliflower. Jen made a broccoli and cauliflower soup a few weeks back and I want it again! Its sooooo good I wanted to share it with you this week. Click here for that recipe, add any ingredients you need, like onions, and enjoy a delicious meal for dinner, and again the next day for lunch!

With Great Care,

Corey (Loves Avocados) Tufts, and the Team at Golden Gate Organics

Posted by & filed under Education, Food Philosophy, local, Organic Lifestyle, organic produce delivery.

I am excited for what the New Year will usher in less than a month from now. As it is true that we nourish and sustain ourselves with local organic produce, it is also true that we nourish and sustain our realities by the actions we create.

Each choice we make is one of infinite possibilities. Your choice of Golden Gate Organics supports local organic farms and influences the realities of you and those around you. By your thoughtful decision of love you manifest a progression of collective reality and, consequently, become a leader by example that inspires others. Also, you get some pretty delicious and awesome fruits and veggies delivered to your doorstep!

Citrus Season Has Began

Speaking of awesome fruits and veggies: Citrus season has began! This week we have the first Cara Cara oranges of the season. This orange is an early season navel with red flesh. But much sweeter than a Blood orange in my opinion. We also have more Satsumas from Side Hill orchard, Rio Red Grapefruits from CCH, and some delicious limes, lemons, and kiwis! Wait, are kiwis citrus? You can think about that as you are eating one. On the veggie side we have some of the most delicious leeks of the year just in time to make some leeks and potato soup. Check out my easy go-to leek recipe on our recipe page. Yum!

 

Announcement

We recently rolled out Oakland’s Hodo Soy Beanery tofu and veggie burgers to our dairy and tofu section. So far you’ve been loving them. This is important because as we move into the New Year we are looking to add more local, organic, and artisan options to meet your sustainable and discerning cooking tastes. We welcome your ideas and insights pertaining to how we can be our best, together.

Our goal is excellence in everything we do and your comments help us achieve excellence together.

Please enjoy this week’s produce and don’t forget to let us know if you can’t quite find the substitution you are looking for. We are always happy to make some manual subs to make your order perfect.

With great care,
Corey (Superfood) Tufts, and the Team at Golden Gate Organics