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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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This week was interesting for us all as we returned to the normalcy of post-Thanksgiving. Although for me, finding out today that we can get California blueberries and limes for next week doesn’t seem normal and I love it. Additionally, last week was the end of a bountiful and unseasonably long California Kiet mango season. Perhaps the seasonality of these items are not new but are only new to me?

Regardless, I’ve been doing this for almost eight years and this is the first time I’ve seen organic California limes available in December and the first time I can remember organic California blueberries available in December too. Please reply to this email with your perspective and let me know what you think.

In the meantime, there are so many yummy items available this week! The tiny little Seckle pears are back. These, I think, are the best tasting pears we’ve had in a while and, I was told, should be optimally ready to eat when they arrive at your doorstep next week. We also have some D’anjou pears and, just like the last few weeks of pears, these will need to sit out for a couple days to soften up. Your patience will be rewarded.


Also, the mandarins coming in from Corona-College Heights Orange & Lemon Association (CCH) near Riverside are excellent and even have seeds. So make sure you take that into consideration to sub them out, or to sub even more into your order! Finally, the Early Girl tomatoes from Ellwood Canyon Farms are very supple and bursting with flavor. Ellwood Canyon is a super tiny farm near Goleta and I always keep an eye out for their items because everything we receive from their farm is just perfection. For more information on Ellwood Canyon Farms and the many other organic farms we support please head over to our organic farms page.

Ok back to work for you and me. Stay tuned for more info next week. In the meantime, please click over to our proud partner The Organic Media Network. Over at OMN you will find even more love for sustainability, practical tips for your organic veggies, and so much more. My favorite was their story on sugar addiction. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Have a great week full of healthy love!

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

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As the days shrink; the nights become longer, earlier. At sunset Mother Earth comforts us in her shadow and lulls us to sleep. The rays of light from our closest star, the sun, now approach the axis of our planet at a steeper angle. We people feel this imperceptible effect on our circadian rhythm as do the fruit, vegetables, and all plants and animals. Winter is coming and so is our seasonal precipitation.

As the weather changes with the seasons, our seasonal offerings of fresh organic produce adjust naturally. We are fortunate here in California for temperatures that, generally, do not dip below freezing too much. Here is where the bulk of our organic farms have found their niche in our state. Near where we live and eat locally; just a drive away.

 

Seasonal Fall Squash

Mixed Fall Squash Harvest Golden Gate Organics

 

This week we are delighted to share wil you delicious Satsuma mandarins. This winter citrus staple delights sustainable foodies here in the Bay Area foodshed. Last week was the first harvest of the season, and not as sweet as I like, but Jen loved the flavorful sour taste. As we received fresher and fresher satsumas throughout last week I could taste them getting sweeter every new day they came in. This week I am optimistic that they will be even more full of sweetness.

On the savory side we have another fall staple: spaghetti squash. Its a vegetable and its spaghetti. Its a miracle of culinary concepts and we have them in most boxes this week to nourish your body and mind. Roast your squash, add some tomato sauce, garlic, and some other veggies, (or use this recipe) then enjoy the early evening meal with your loved one. Finally, after dinner is cleaned up and the dishes are done, curl up, be cozy, full, and happy. That is what good, healthy, organic food does for you. We should all feel fortunate for what we have.

With great care,

Corey Tufts and the Team at Golden Gate Organics

 

 

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To Our Dear Members,

Tuesday is Halloween and with this festive holiday we move further into the long nights of Fall. Soon our neighborhoods will be full of little costumed super heroes, dinosaurs, and more all seeking sweet treats, or tricks. Yet, last weekend while at a the local pumpkin patch in Piedmont with my family I paused to take in the scene. There was the smell of sunlit hay strewn about rows of oddly sized pumpkins and happily ghoulish decorations.

Family sitting with pumpkins.

And now the Fall bounty is arriving from local organic farms all around the area. Sugar pie pumpkins, pomegranates, Fuyu persimmons, Asian pears, and the first local kiwi’s of the season are all available to warm your tummies, and your hearts, this week. The persimmons appeared early this fall. Their appearance firm and more yellow than the orange color we are accustomed too. However, they taste exceptional and will only get sweeter and softer as the season grows. We have so much to be thankful for.

In addition, the Honey Crisp & Jazz apples this week, along with the Asian & Bartlett pears are really among the absolute best fruits or vegetables we’ve had this season. They are so delicious that I tried to put a couple of each into every order this week so we can all appreciate together how blessed we really are with the local organic items available to us here in the Bay Area.

No matter what amazing produce you are fortunate enough to enjoy this week, all of our fruits and veggies will bring a happy, healthy experience to you and your loved ones. I can’t imagine anything more precious than the eyes of my loved ones lighting up with amazing excitement as they taste some of the most amazing fruits and veggies we will have all year long.

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

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Can candy be organic? It most definitely can! Golden Gate Organics certifies that with the changing pace of sustainability, farm to table dynamics, and an emphasis on whole organic foods. This is a trend reaching just about every aspect of culinary delight. Including chocolate, and particularly in the Bay Area. How so? Try the nationally-known Mars. And given how it seems the big brands out there are cashing in on the benefit that is the local craftsmen of artisanal food, and organic farms, you begin to wonder:

Will Mars Buy Tcho? It’s Entirely Possible. After All….

Hershey’s acquired Berkely’s Scharffen Berger. It’s quite probable as many local brands in the Bay Area are getting picked up by the national brands given the value those local establishments are bringing to the public:Mars-1

  • Sustainability
  • Craftsmanship
  • Whole Foods
  • No Preservatives
  • Nutrition
  • Toxin-Free
  • No GMOs

Specialty foods are bigger and bigger these days. And with the recent news that the local culinary and wine producers of our Bay Area are turning the heads of the major players in the grocery game, there’s no doubt that we’re part of a massive trend (and you can be part of it as well if you sign up).

The question, though, is can you get those organic foods conveniently? Can you get the best kind of chocolate conveniently and with the same wholesomeness, organic quality you’d expect from Golden Gate Organics?

It’s Only a Matter of Time Before the Trend Continues to Evolve

The big brands like Mars will cash in on the organic candy craze, no doubt. Nothing beats wholesome food delivered immediately to your door. Maintains the freshness. No preservatives. Just pure wholesomeness of the Bay Area right at your fingertips.

Did we mention we also deliver organic chocolate? Want to see? JUST SIGN UP FOR GOLDEN GATE ORGANICS AND FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF!

 

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We know what some people are thinking: Amazon just caved. Instead of trying to develop their own ‘brand’ of retail, they basically ‘gave up’ and sought to buy out a brick-and-mortar brand, because they think they can’t compete with the local lifestyle, and maybe even the organic quality and sustainability of real whole foods. It seems Amazon has Whole Foods Market dead to rights, but here’s the thing — it’s not just about owning the brand….

The Truth Is There’s SO Much Potential in Grocery Retail, and Amazon Sees It

So do we. After all, retail’s rough. You’ve got so many variables going into retail, plus there’s built-in risk right off the bat. Why do grocery retail Whole Foods Marketyou think just about every department store as a risk/loss prevention team? And we’re not even talking about grocery retail, a type of product that can easily go ‘bad’ just like that. You’ve got perishables, weather patterns, distribution problems, location issues, inventory agendas. Retailers struggle to get the right balance to achieve optimum ROI, and it’s not as easy as it looks.

So the name of the game is change. Grocery retail needs to evolve, and Amazon saw the writing on the wall. They didn’t want to just simply buy out the brand and own the name for themselves. No. They want to revolutionize grocery retail for the next generation.

We’re talking about big data, of course, approaching this from an online personalized perspective. What Amazon does so well is that every transaction has a digital paper trail. It’s seamless. Effortless. Every buyer is practically remembered! Inventory is at its absolute accuracy to the tenth power. Remember working at the retail store and inventory involved scanning every single item in the store? Painstaking. And annoying. With Amazon, all of those frustrations go out the window.

The industry of retail is now changing drastically, and Golden Gate Organics holds up to one of the best conveniences you’ll ever find that the industry will have to evolve toward. Here’s the good news: we’re already there. We’re all about the artisan-style food atmosphere relishing in family, focusing on the local side of the Bay Area. So just look at the writing on the wall:

Amazon Has Made the Change for the Industry as a Whole!

But you can start getting in on it right now by just SIGNING UP FOR Golden Gate Organics! You circumvent the whole retail process, and you don’t even have to go through Amazon. You get easy online purchase and delivery. It’s simple. For those who thought grocery retail would never work out with that online model, guess what: Amazon may just prove you wrong.