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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

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Hey Everyone! The fruits and veggies looked absolutely amazing this morning, but I think the prettiest fruit award has to go to the Apples.. fantastic!

Good Looking Organic Apples

How do you like them apples?

We’ve had some questions about what to do with the Kale this week, so here’s our answer: Make Kale chips! It’s a great low-calorie, healthy snack. Just a few ingredients, throw it in the oven, and voila! You’re done. It’s a super simple recipe and is really delicious. Here you are:

Baked Kale Chips (6 servings)

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
Recipe Courtesy of AllRecipes.com

In other awesome news, we are now delivering to Richmond!! If you have any friends in the Richmond area, make sure they tell us who referred them and we’ll give you a $10 credit for every referral… and the best part is you can get as many as you want, no limits!

Have a great week everyone, and enjoy the produce. If you have any questions just send an email to hello@goldengateorganics.com or give us a call at 510-982-3026.

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Happy Friday! Your order is ready for you to make subs or add extra produce to. Just log in to your account and start subbing.

Are you looking for ways to extend your organic goodies’ shelf life? Since buying or growing organic produce tends to be a seasonal affair, you will want to be able to preserve your fruits and vegetables to use later in the year. There are several great food preservation methods that you can use to keep food for many months, all still retaining the organic standards you are looking for. The most common are canning, freezing and drying.

Canning

You can can things like pickles and tomatoes (high acidity foods) in just a boiling water bath, but for all other foods you will need to invest in a pressure canner. Food is packed into proper canning jars, made by Ball or Mason (not old jam jars) and heated under pressure long enough to kill any bacteria. When they are removed from the canner and cooled, a vacuum is created which seals down the lids.

Freezing

Freezing is the simplest method here but does require the ongoing use of your freezer to keep everything nicely frozen. Some vegetables can just be cleaned up and frozen just as-is but you will get better preservation if you blanch most first. That’s a quick bath is boiling hot water to stop the natural enzyme actions that would degrade your food, even in the freezer. When thawed, your food will be the closest to fresh of most preservation methods.

Drying

Drying is not ideal for all your fruits and veggies but it can be a great option to use as part of your overall preservation plan. Like canning, you can stored your finished foods without any special conditions (unlike freezing). All you need is a dehydrator. Food that is dried for preservation needs to be completely dry or it can become moldy while in storage. The food will shrink quite a bit once dehydrated, making for better storage. The downside is that the consistency of the food once it’s rehydrated isn’t as good as the other methods

None of these methods involving using artificial or chemical preservatives, making them perfect for the organic shopper or gardener.

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, just 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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oragnic tomatoesHappy Tuesday! Our drivers are out delivering boxes, so everyone should get theirs nice and early today.

Corn

We didn’t get all the corn that we wanted, so we had to sub in some other produce, if you are missing corn, then look for extra Green Bell Peppers, Lettuce, Grapefruit, or Eggplant, we tried to make sure everyone got something they liked!

All The Rest

The Mangos are fantastic (I’m eating one like an apple right now!) and have broken the meter at an 11. The oranges taste great (thank you Riverdog Farm) and everything else looked really amazing.

What Say You!?Rainbow Chard

We’d love to hear your feedback and we’re always looking for reviews or quotes. Have something to say or leave a review somewhere online? Let us know and we’ll give you some bonus produce in your next delivery.

Hope y’all enjoy the boxes!

green bell peppersOrganic Grapefruit