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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.

Cauliflower

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

Courtesy of Health.com

Golden Potato-Cauliflower Soup

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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Preparation

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.

tips courtesy of About.com

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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

hello@goldengateorganics.com

www.goldengateorganics.com

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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!

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Check it out! 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.

In the hustle and bustle of our daily life, it can be hard to maintain healthy eating habits. By choosing Golden Gate Organics, you have already made buying organic produce easier. The following are a few more tips to eating right, saving the earth and saving money!

1. Eat at Home and Cook for Yourself
It’s cheaper than eating out. It’s fun. It’s a chance to spend time with loved ones (or catch up on your favorite TV — whatever works). You choose the ingredients. You control how nutritious it is. You drive less. You waste less food.

2. Eat Real Foods
If your grandmother wouldn’t have immediately recognized it as “food” there’s a good chance it’s less food and more manufactured good. Who wants to eat a manufactured good? There’s a reason a Twinkie has a shelf life to rival a Nerf basketball. Real foods are the basis for a commonsense diet. The only processing food needs is the cooking you do at home.

3. Learn to Preserve
You can make your harvest last for months by learning age-old preservation methods. Whether it’s canning veggies, drying sunflower seeds, pickling cucumbers or making jams and jellies, there are simple techniques that can — with a little investment of time — make your dollar investment in a garden or a farm share really pay off. For tips on preserving, check out the GGO blog.

4. Think Beyond the Food
Eating green is really about limiting waste in one form or another, so why stop with the food?Here are three easy ways to waste less and save money: If you drink bottled water, or carbonated beverages, look to your tap, a good filter and/or a home carbonation system, paired with a good reusable bottle. Buy cloth napkins instead of paper. Replace plastic storage containers with glass.

All of today’s tips were courtesy of TheDailyGreen.com.

Recipe of the Week Check out our recipe of the week: Super Tuscan Burgers and Potato Salad with Capers and Celery.

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

hello@goldengateorganics.com

www.goldengateorganics.com

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Organic Eggplant

Organic Eggplant

While the rest of the week is fun and we do enjoy picking our menu and seeing what is fresh and delicious, Tuesday is really my favorite day of the week. Sure we all get up super super early to get our deliveries out the door and to you as fast as we can, but it’s worth it.

Seeing the boxes full of fresh produce going out to our friends and neighbors is really exciting!

Not too much to say about the produce today except it is all amazing! It was fun mixing it up this week with some Jalepeno Peppers.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to stop by our Facebook page

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Happy Friday! Check out our amazing deal on cherries this week. They come in 1 1/2 lb bags, and you can add them to your order for $7.99. Lot’s of other good deals for additional produce, we also have Red Potatoes for $.99/lb and Cantaloupe for $1.99 each!


School is back in session and so are cafeteria lunches. It’s tough to find healthy lunch ideas and snacks for kids in this day and age of highly processed fast foods and sugary treats. It is especially hard trying to find healthy alternatives that your kids will actually eat! But there is good news –with a little planning and cooking, your children can enjoy organic goodies at school. These ideas are great for parents to take to work, too!
organic lunch ideas:

1) Make a vegetable salad filled with a variety of healthy greens like organic fresh herb and green leaf salad, baby arugula or romaine hearts. Add organic grape tomatoes, carrot peels, chopped celery and sweet corn. Also, pack a small container of salad dressing, letting your children choose their favorite one. This way they will be much more likely to eat their nutritious lunch at school. With a variety of tasty organic dressings to choose from like roasted garlic balsamic vinaigrette, Italian, sweet pepper thousand island, creamy Caesar and ranch dressings, they will certainly find a favorite.

2) Make a frozen fruit salad that will naturally thaw by lunchtime. Mix and freeze fruits such as organic blackberries, dark sweet cherries, raspberries and strawberries. For an added touch, drizzle fruit with a tablespoon of 100 percent pure maple syrup. Your kids will not only love the taste of this all-natural healthy sweetener, but you will also be using real maple syrup instead of processed corn syrup. Include a side container of their favorite organic yogurt or round out the fruit theme with a slice of organic banana bread.

3) For an extra special dessert treat every now and then, pack a few organic cookie varieties such as vanilla and chocolate cream cookies, ginger snaps or chocolate chip cookies into lunch boxes. Or include an organic apple sauce cup or side servings of flavored organic raspberry or cinnamon apple sauce.

Recipe of the Week Check out our recipe of the week: Cowboy Quiche. This little gem does take some time to prepare and cook, but it is well worth the effort!

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

hello@goldengateorganics.com

www.goldengateorganics.com