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We have a cool new chat feature we’re testing out and we want your help! Just go to contact page, and look for the button that says “Live Support Online”. We’re not always in the office, but when we are Taylor or Wayne will be online to answer any questions you have.

You can also chat with us through our Facebook page too!

Black Mission FigOrganic Wheatgrass

SUPER SALE on Baby Peeled carrots this week, only $2!! A few fun new things for you to try this week: Wheatgrass for $1.50, more Black Mission Figs for $3.25, Edamame beans for $3.50 (8 oz package), Bean Snack Sprouts for $2.50.. and more!
Shout out to Oakland Local, they had an open-house this past week and we were more than happy to donate some delicious fruits for them to snack on.

Eat Real Oakland 2011 It starts today! Don’t forget to check it out, for more information go to their website: See you there!
Please leave your boxes & ice packs out for us to pick up on your delivery day! We re-use or re-cycle everything we can, and you can help just by leaving out your packaging from your previous deliveries. Thanks!!

Remember, Garlic can now be purchased in .25lb increments!! We know you have to be cooking non-stop to get through a whole pound of garlic, so we had our web guy make it so you can smaller amounts! Check it out and add Garlic to your order this week.

Recipe of the Week Check out our recipe of the week: Garlic Broccoli.
Garlic Broccoli

Let your friends know about Golden Gate Organics, and if they sign up we’ll give you a $10 credit towards your next order. Just our way of saying thanks, and a good way for you to get some free produce.

If you have any questions, you can reply to this email or send us a note on our contact page.

Hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!!

Taylor, Wayne & Corey

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Autumn is here and it’s time to for a little fall cleaning. With the change in seasons, try changing your life a little bit – the organic way. “Going organic” doesn’t just have to mean the type of food you are eating. It can refer to many different areas in your life. By making  small changes in your daily routine, you can benefit the world and yourself! Check out these great ways to give your life an organic makeover. If you have any tips of your own, feel free to share on here or on our Facebook page!

  • Buying organic mattresses – When you buy a mattress as per the US law it has to be flame retardant, for that purpose it is coated with flame retardant chemicals which we breathe in while asleep. The Organic option is a woolen mattress – Wool is naturally flame retardant and it is stuffed with natural latex to make mattresses. Latex is sustainably manufactured hence wool mattresses would be a better choice for the environment and you.
  • Buy organic eco-friendly Cosmetics
    • Organic makeup is only part of it; consider its packaging too. Some of the containers are designed to bio-degrade.  An e.g. is Cargo’s Plantlove lipstick – A lipstick tube made entirely out of corn – a renewable and abundant resource.
    • Organic makeup is good for your skin as there is no harmful substance in there that can cause any side effects as such.
  • Buy Organic Diapers.
  • Try to avoid plastic containers and cutlery as much as possible. – Anything made with plastic starts as oil and never degrades.
  • Never use plastic in microwaves. – FDA says heating plastic releases some chemicals (well within safety margins), but why ingest chemicals which can totally be avoided?
  • Use powder detergents – Liquid detergents use water 70-80% of it is water, which is a precious commodity and also requires non-biodegradable packaging to get it to customers.
  • Use low-flow fixtures – Low flow fixtures reduce water consumption (Ultra low flow toilets use around 1.6 gallons of water where as standard toilets use up to 6 gallons and more).
  • Use drip irrigation to water plants – Drip irrigation helps reduce water consumption by taking away the evaporation associated with sprinklers.
  • Composting – As per the EPA about 24% of waste in all landfills is yard debris and food waste. An indoor composter like Naturemill and will provide free manure every 2 weeks.
  • Lawn mower – Using a green lawn mower is healthier for the environment and for you. An e.g. is Neuton Power , The Neuton Mower gives you the powerful performance of a gas mower with convenience of battery technology. There is no gas or oil to spill and no engine emissions to pollute the air.

Tips courtesy of Connect Green.

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Hello loyal GGO fans and Happy Delivery Day!

As usual, the produce looked great leaving this morning. I am already enjoying the grapes as my morning snack. 🙂

This week, I wanted to shed a little light on the fig. It can be an intimidating and questionable fruit if you’ve never had one before. Much different than a fig newton or a dried fig, a fresh fig has a deliciously sweet and light flavor. Some have likened its flavor to a strawberry and peach hybrid.

Like many other produce items, figs have special caring instructions if you want them to last longer than a day. Figs won’t last long at room temperature, but a mildly cool refrigerator will keep them several days.

You can also freeze your figs! This must be done within the first 12 hours of receiving them. Follow these tips to keep them sweet and delicious while frozen (instructions are for 1 pint):

  • Make a medium sweetness syrup of
    1 cup sugar
    1.5 cups water
  • The figs will taste slightly sweeter than desired at this stage to be the proper flavor after freezing. Simply stir the sugar into the water to dissolve. No heating is necessary.
  • To the sugar syrup, add a citric/ascorbic mixture bought at the grocery store (for example, “Fruit Fresh”) and follow the directions on the package, generally adding about 1 teaspoon per batch.  This is to help preserve color and flavor.
  • Wash the figs. remove the stems and any soft spots. Slice the figs about ¼-inch (1/2 cm) thick.
  • Pack the sliced figs into polyethylene containers, ziploc bags, or vacuum freezer bags, allowing room to add about 1/2 cup of sugar syrup, and allowing about 1/2 inch per pint expansion room. More room will be needed for larger containers. Pack the containers to force out as much air as possible since air dries out the figs when they freeze. Be sure to label and date containers.
  • Place containers as quickly as possible into the coldest part of your freezer, allowing room around the containers to promote fast freezing. Containers can be packed more economically after they are frozen solid, usually 24 hours.

When you are ready to eat them, thaw the frozen figs in the refrigerator in the container.

As always, enjoy your box of organic produce goodies! Please let us know what creations you come up with! Also, be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

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Autumn is just around the corner and with the change in seasons comes great fall produce. Our menus will soon begin to change, leaving berries and melons in our summer BBQ memories. You will begin to see more delicious turnips, sweet potatoes, apples, and pumpkins in our recipes.

One fall veggie I am excited about has also been in our boxes a couple of times this summer. However, we’ve never showcased it as perfect for soup. As the cold Autumn nights get closer, this healthy and easy recipe is sure to warm up your appetite! Check out the benefits of the cauliflower, followed by the delicious Golden Potato-Cauliflower Soup recipe.


The sweet, slightly nutty flavor of cauliflower is perfect for winter side dishes. It’s wonderful steamed, but it can also be blended to create a mashed potato-like texture or pureed into soup. Health benefits include:

  • Compounds that may help to prevent cancer
  • Phytonutrients may lower cholesterol
  • Excellent source of vitamin C

Harvest season: September–June

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Golden Potato-Cauliflower Soup

Prep: 15 minutes; Cook: 32 minutes. / Serves 4


  • Croutons:
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cubed French or Italian bread
  • Soup:
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced cauliflower (about 1/2 small cauliflower)
  • 3/4 pound sliced peeled sweet potatoes
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chives (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. To prepare croutons, combine cumin and 1 teaspoon oil in a bowl; add bread cubes, and toss to coat. Spread bread cubes on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until golden. Cool croutons slightly; set aside.

3. To prepare soup, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and celery; cover and cook 2 minutes. Stir in cauliflower, potato, broth, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add lemon juice. Place vegetable mixture, in batches, in a food processor; process until smooth. Divide soup evenly among 4 bowls; serve with croutons, and top with chives, if desired.

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Hello all and Happy Delivery Day!

A special thank you goes out to everyone who came to the Webster Street Jam in Alameda this past weekend. We really enjoyed meeting you all! If you entered to win a free box of produce, check your e-mail later this week. The winner will also be announced on our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

The produce looked great this morning. Deliveries were en route and finished a little early today so be sure to get your produce in the fridge as soon as possible. Par usual, Tuesday is a great day around the GGO office. Today’s goodies have been keeping us full throughout the day. The heirloom tomatoes were, again, looking gorgeous and ready to eat! If you received oranges this week, make sure you have a napkin handy because they sure are juicy! Also, check out how beautiful the Orchid Watermelon was this morning!

One of my favorite items in today’s box is the fresh oregano. Fresh herbs are always the best choice. If you haven’t cooked with fresh herbs before, it may be hard to know how much exactly you should use. Here are some fantastic tips for cooking with fresh oregano. Enjoy…

Oregano Cooking Tips

•  Strip leaves from the stem and discard the stem.

• Oregano can become overpowering and bitter if too much is used on foods with mild flavor. Taste as you go.

• Oregano goes well in just about any tomato dish. It also complements meats and vegetables with dominant flavors such as chili, spaghetti sauce, pizza, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, and lamb.

Garlic, onion, thyme, basil, parsley, and olive oil are common complementary seasoning partners.

• 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano = 1 teaspoon dried.

• 1 ounce fresh oregano = 1/2 cup chopped.

• 1 teaspoon dried oregano = 1 teaspoon liquid oregano.

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Football is officially back in season and tailgating is in preparation. Your tailgate could be done the eco-friendly way! Check out these great tips to make your football season celebrations good for your body and the earth. Tips courtesy of Oregon Shepherd.

Tips to tailgate in an eco-friendly way

(ARA) – A spirited American pastime for decades, tailgating has become the ultimate way for fans to fuel up for football games. But without careful planning, these parking lot picnics can consume a lot of energy and create a lot of waste. This year there’s a movement to help you reduce your fan footprint and celebrate your favorite football team with a few simple changes.

1. Eats and drinks
Good: Natural – Choose foods free from things like MSG, high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. Try picking natural sodas and snacks like Kettle Brand Backyard Barbeque Potato Chips made with all natural, non-genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredients.

Better: Natural plus local – Include some local foods and you’re doing great. Fall is naturally an easier time to find local produce options. Try to include locally produced wines and local microbrews and you’re doing even better.

Best: Natural plus local plus organic – Add in some organic foods (like your Golden Gate Organics produce!) and you’re on top. Not only are these foods better for the environment, but they’re great for you too – organic foods are generally as much as 25 percent higher in key vitamins and nutrients.

2. What you’re eating on
Good: Recycled – Choose items made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials, like PCR paper and plastic. Generally, these are made from No. 5 recycled plastics, one of the “healthier” plastics out there.

Better: Compostable – Use items that will break down easily like compostable and biodegradable goods. UltraGreen makes compostable flatware, plates and more that will biodegrade in 60 to 150 days in your home compost.

Best: Reusable – The best option is to use only washable and reusable dishes. And for napkins, cloth is best. Bring a bin or tote to throw the dishes in when you’re finished and load them in the dishwasher when you get home. And cut down on clean-up by keeping food in the package.

3. Trash talk
Good: Trash bin – Have a trash plan and be responsible about picking up after yourself. Even though the area looks like a parking lot, covered in pavement, it’s probably still surrounded by natural habitat and wildlife.

Better: Recycling station – Set up an easy-to-use recycling station so your guests and fellow tailgaters can toss recyclable bottles and paper items. Be sure to remember the rules of your local recycling program.

Best: Trash plus recycling plus compost – Set up a system to compost, and recycle first and then trash only what is left. Be sure to clearly label bins, buckets or bags.

4. Fire up a greener grill
Good: Eco-friendly BBQ grill – If it’s disposable, make sure it’s recyclable. Single-use grills are fairly inexpensive, stay hot for hours and are made entirely from recyclable aluminum so they won’t go in the garbage.

Better: Charcoal – If you use charcoal, choose hardwood lump charcoal. Standard briquettes can be filled with chemicals, coal dust and other additives. Also, forego lighter fluid in favor of a reusable chimney charcoal starter.

Best: Gas – Many claim that gas grills are more efficient and less polluting than charcoal. If you’re using a gas grill, be sure your propane tank has a trade-in option so you can simply exchange your empty tank for a full one.

5. Doing it green, start to finish
Good: Carpool, bike, take the bus or BART– Carpool and avoid driving even one car a 20 mile drive and you’ll save 20 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. If you’re not the host, take advantage of public transportation including bike trails, avoid the traffic hassle and cut down your carbon footprint all at the same time.

Better: Pack some solar power – Turn the engine off and try using solar energy to power your party. Larger solar power portable outlets will work for iPods as well as portable heaters.

Best: Recycle your game gear – To show your spirit, reuse the game gear you already have or get creative and hit up a neighborhood yard sale, or second-hand store. You might score some vintage finds already broken in and ready for a second round of rooting.

Combine all three “Start to Finish” tips for the absolute best outcome.

For a festive and more eco-friendly football celebration, keep these tips in mind and remember that even small swaps, whether good, better or the best, can add up to make a big impact.

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Happy Delivery Day!!

The produce looked delicious this morning. While summer may be coming to an end, the BBQs and summer goodies don’t have to! 🙂 I am personally very excited to have watermelon available this week! It is such a refreshing and delicious fruit. If you’re looking for more creative ways to use your melon, check out these really fun  recipes!

I am also really excited for collard greens this week. While they are typically in Southern dishes, collards can be a great addition to many other meals. And they are high in vitamins K, A and C!

Last but not least, take a look at the heirloom tomatoes from this morning! What beauties..

What will you be doing with your box of organic goodies?

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Have a happy and healthy rest of your week everyone!

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Happy Labor Day Weekend! Woohoo bbq time! This week we have Mini Seedless Watermelon (wow!), Portabella Mushrooms, some Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes (from River Dog Farm!!), and some Seedless Crimson Grapes… all for sale and you can add them to your order, just log in to your account!
Happy Labor Day!

Please leave your boxes & ice packs out for us to pick up on your delivery day! We re-use or re-cycle everything we can, and you can help just by leaving out your packaging from your previous deliveries. Thanks!!

We have some great tips for your Labor Day weekend, so head on over to our blog and check them out!

Remember, Garlic can now be purchased in .25lb increments!! We know you have to be cooking non-stop to get through a whole pound of garlic, so we had our web guy make it so you can smaller amounts! Check it out and add Garlic to your order this week.

Recipe of the Week Check out our recipe of the week: Portabello Burgers.

Do you have your own tips for keeping produce fresh? We want to here them! Share your tips on our Facebook page or on the Golden Gate Organics contact page. Your tips might be in next week’s newsletter!

Let your friends know about Golden Gate Organics, and if they sign up we’ll give you a $10 credit towards your next order. Just our way of saying thanks, and a good way for you to get some free produce.

Please remember to leave your box from your last delivery out on your delivery day so we can pick them up and reuse or recycle them. Same goes for the eco-bags we use (although we just recycle those).

If you have any questions, you can reply to this email or send us a note on our contact page.

Hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!!

Taylor, Wayne & Corey

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Labor Day weekend is finally upon us and so are the big sales and big BBQs.

Before you run to refill your grill’s gas tank, check out these awesome and EASY ways to green-up your holiday weekend.

Mushroom Burger

  1. A charcoal chimney is an easy way to start your grill and much safer than lighter fluid if you don’t have a gas grill. Make sure you use natural, hardwood charcoal instead of the conventional briquettes.
  2. Fill at least half your grill with produce.  Produce is not only healthy and low calorie, but also doesn’t produce the carcinogens that can form on grilled meats.  Always cook over a low-to-medium flame and avoid over-charring.  Flare-ups and smoking oil create carcinogens. Marinating or basting with oil, honey or a barbeque sauce will provide a barrier and help prevent charring.  Add delicious and nutritious vine ripened tomatoes and watermelon to your meal – they contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, which may also help ward off sunburn!
  3. If you are having a crowd and are looking to use disposable plates and utensils, make sure they are decomosable or made from recycled plastic.  Preserve Products makes plates, utensils and storage containers that are made in the United States from 100 percent BPA-free recycled plastic and are dishwasher safe. Cloth napkins are a nice touch!
  4. Chemical free sunscreen and insect repellants are a much healthier alternative than conventional products.  Badger makes effective non-toxic, biodegradable sunscreens and repellants.
  5. Plan activities to get your guests moving and not eating and drinking so much.  If your cookout is near the water, swimming and kayaking are fun. If not, set up a volleyball/badminton net and get everyone involved in a tournament.  Try croquet, a nature walk or an outside scavenger hunt is a great way to get the kids interested in the outdoors.
  6. Don’t  forget to recycle cans, bottles and other recyclable items!

Whatever you do to honor the end of summer, make sure you are good to the earth.  Remember, what is good for the earth is good for you and what is good for you is good for the earth.  Have fun!

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Hello All and Happy Delivery Day! Tuesday has finally come back around and that means organic goodies are back, too! The produce looked beautiful this morning. The grapefruit, in particular, are juicy and vibrant in color. Pluots are back and delicious. If you like them really ripe, we suggest waiting to bite into one tomorrow.

Also, if you bought strawberries this week, you are in for a treat! They are sweet and ready to eat. Enjoy them..and good luck not eating them all at once!

Let us know what you think of your box and any tasty creations that come from it! Remember, leave your box from your previous delivery out for the GGO delivery team so that we can reuse and recycle it! 🙂

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Have a happy and healthy week everyone!