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Welcome Harker Employees!

Golden Gate Organics is proud to partner with Progressive Benefits Group to offer our CSA dropsite program to all Harker faculty and staff.

The dropsite program allows us to deliver locally grown organic produce directly to your campus each week, at a savings to you. As a Harker employee, your first order is 50% off with discount code HARKER and all subsequent orders receive 10% off. Participating in this program is easy, just follow the steps at the bottom of the page to sign up.


How It Works

Your sustainable produce orders are delivered to your co-op location (campus) every Monday. Each Thursday we will send you an email with the seasonally local organic produce that will be in your delivery on Monday. You will have Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to log into your account to make substitutions and customize your order so you only get exactly what you want.

During that time you may also add or skip an upcoming delivery. In fact, you may add or skip deliveries from your account calendar up to three months in advance. For example, if you will not be at the school during a vacation or summer break then you can easily skip deliveries during that time and schedule to begin receiving them again on a specific week. Moreover, when you create your account you will have the opportunity to add items to your do-not-like list. This way those items will automatically be substituted out of your order before you even receive the weekly email.

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How to Sign Up

To take advantage of your savings and begin eating healthy go to and enter your zip code. Then enter your name, email, and address. Make sure to click that you are joining a co-op. Then enter your Private Co-op campus name: Harker Pre-School, Harker Lower School, Harker Middle School, or Harker Upper School. It will look like the following:



Next, be sure to enter the coupon code “HARKER” to get half off your first delivery! Finally, on the next page choose your box size and delivery frequency. But don’t worry, you can customize these options and many more at anytime from you account. And, if you have questions on which size or options are right for you please give us a call at 510-698-9446 or email us at We would be delighted to provide some extra care and help you choose the right option for your lifestyle.


Where to Find Your Delivery

Pre-School – Delivered to Shipping and Receiving.

Lower School – Delivered to front office

Middle School – Delivered to Shipping and Receiving

Upper School – Delivered to Shipping and Receiving


We Are Here to Support Your Wellness

If at anytime you need any help, assistance, or have any questions please feel free to contact us through our website, 510-698-9446, or email us at and allow us to give you the care you deserve. For onsite support please contact Tani Gavron, HR Benefits and Wellness Manager, at 408-553-5779. Thank you.


With Care,

Corey Tufts, Founder/CEO Golden Gate Organics



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Local Organic Fruit Availability

Yesterday and today I’ve been eating so many delicious Strawberries! We have more this week for you too. As the days get longer more sunlight means more delicious summertime fruits coming into season. The strawberries this week from Tomatero Organic Farm are the best of the three local farms with availability. The red color is nice which means they are getting plenty of sunlight and not too much hot weather. The rich red color is also a tell-tale sign of abundant antioxidants too. The blueberries from Homegrown Organic Farms were big, plump, and juicy last week and that should be the same this week too. I can’t wait. Blueberries and strawberries, and mangoes, are my favorite fruits. We also have a limited supply of amazing mangoes from Mexico but this time they will be Ataulfo mangoes which are a little smaller but just as tasty. The California mangoes will not be ready until the end of summer as they need a ton of time in the sun to grow and ripen. But when they are ready I will have them for you like we did last summer!

By request we also have Meyer Lemons from Marsalisi Organics in Watsonville. Valencia oranges and Gold Nugget mandarins are available again this week as well as some very nice sized grapefruits for all you grapefruit lovers out there. The citrus season is quickly winding down so please savor these delicious bursts of juicy flavor while you can. Stone fruit season is just around the corner though. Next, we have the best California Hass Avocados in most of the boxes this week. Finally, we have some Harper Melons this week fresh out of Mexico. These are crunchier than cantaloupe but still have the orange flesh. I’ve been told this is the sweetest of all the melons too. California melons should be starting in the next few weeks and we are very excited for that!


Local Organic Veggie Availability


The zucchini from last week was a little big but I thought it was otherwise pretty good for the second week of the California zucchini season. Much more ahead! Yellow ginger is available again. For those that love ginger this is as fresh as you can get it without picking it yourself. Red Garnett sweet potatoes are back this week too. We also have a limited supply of cucumbers and Yellow Peppers from mexico which you might enjoy as a substitute for a more local item. Asparagus is going strong and is available to purchase if you love it as much as I do. How about these artichokes lately? Most of the Small Family size boxes have one this week. The farm they come from, Spade & Plow Organics in San Martin, which is just before Gilroy. Owned and farmed by Mike and his two sons, Nick and Sam, they have their own CSA program at the farm but work with us to share their ridiculously awesome artichokes in the Bay Area. If you haven’t tried their artichokes then you are definitely missing out on some of the best local organic produce from one of the smallest farms in the area!


Interested In Seasonal Organic Produce From Local Farms?

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Owners of Marsalisi Organics from left to right: Steve, Palo, and Louis


Curious About Marsalisi Organics?

Marsalisi Organics
Address: 800 Meadowridge Road, Watsonville CA 95076
Phone: 831-763-9805

Steve and Louis Marsalisi are brothers who retired to farm lemons, avocados, and limes. Their farm is located in Watsonville, California and they are certified organic with the CCOF. The brothers are known for allowing their fruits to ripen on the tree thus allowing the full flavor and sweetness to develop. This makes a huge difference in the quality and taste of their fruits. Since it is a quick drive to the Bay Area from Watsonville, the freshest and best local organic Meyer lemons come from them. The love and care that they give to their seasonal and local fruits is clear once you taste their delicious harvests.

Marsalisi Organics works with other local produce distributors such as Mariquita Farm, Earl’s Organic Produce, and Veritable Vegetable. You can find their local organic avocados through Good Eggs.

For those that don’t know, Meyer lemons are a special breed of lemon that are a cross between a traditional lemon and a mandarin. The result is a lemon that is not as sour or tart yet full of sweetness and unique taste. These types of lemons were made famous by renown Bay Area chef Alice Waters and later by Martha Stewart.

Golden Gate Organics home produce delivery service proudly offers certified organic Meyer Lemons grown locally by Marsalisi Organics. For inquiries on bulk Meyer lemon purchases within the San Francisco Bay Area please contact us.

Visit our Northern California organic farm page to learn about all the local organic farms we support throughout the seasons.




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Fresh produce is loaded with nutrients that are necessary for good health. Organic foods in particular have extra nutrients because of the soil they are are grown in. Additionally, it can be helpful to classify the common nutrients found in organic produce into two categories: vitamins and minerals. Eating a variety of organic fruits and vegetables can ensure that your body is getting the vitamins and minerals that it needs on a daily basis, as recommended by Read on for a quick guide to the benefits of common nutrients found in organic produce.

5 Common Vitamins Found in Organic Produce

Vitamins are organic compounds that contain certain atoms. They are needed in small quantities to sustain life. Most vitamins need to come from food because the human body either doesn’t produce enough or any at all.

Vitamin A or Beta-Carotine

Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A in your liver. Vitamin A isn’t produced by your body and therefore must be obtained from food sources. Beta-carotene is also a pigment that adds colors to tomatoes, fruits, dark leafy veggies and some types of seafood. It is beneficial for your eyes, teeth and skin.

Good Sources

Carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, kale, spinach, pumpkin, collard greens, apricots, tomatoes, cantaloupe, leeks


Vitamin B1 or Thiamine

Thiamine is also know as Vitamin B1. Thiamine aids proper immune function, iron absorption and energy production. It also aids digestion and may help fight stress and prevent memory loss.

Good Sources

Asparagus, kale, cauliflower, potatoes, oranges, leeks


Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin

Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2, is needed for overall good health. It helps the body break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats to produce energy. Riboflavin helps blood cells convert oxygen to be used by the body and is also important for eye health.

Good Sources

Asparagus, bananas, persimmons, okra, chard, green beans, leeks


Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant. It helps strengthen blood vessels, skin elasticity, and iron absorption. Vitamin C also helps to repair and regenerate tissues.

Good Sources

Leeks, carrots, collard greens, kiwi, papaya, cantaloupe, pineapple, mango, strawberries, brussel sprouts


Vitamin D

Vitamin D is produced by the body as a response to sun exposure, but can also be consumed in food. It is essential for strong, healthy bones and teeth. It also supports the immune system, brain and nervous system. Vitamin D helps regulate insulin levels and supports lung and cardiovascular health. Perhaps most importantly, Vitamin D helps the body retain calcium.

Good Sources

Shiitake mushrooms, fortified orange juice


7 Common Minerals Found in Organic Produce

Minerals are elements in their simple, inorganic form. They play an essential role in the body’s metabolic functions and growth. You might remember these from the periodic table of elements hanging on the wall in your high school science class.


Potassium helps regulate fluid balance. It controls the electrical activity of the heart and other muscles. It also helps maintain acid/alkaline balance in the blood.

Found in:

Leeks, bananas, carrots, avocado



Calcium is essential for healthy heart muscles. It initiates DNA synthesis, maintains bone health and strong teeth. Calcium also relieves arthritis and helps lower high blood pressure.

Found in:

Bananans, carrots, broccoli, spinach, collard greens



Iron helps transport oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. It is essential for building muscle and maintaining healthy blood. Iron also helps maintains healthy hair, skin and nails.

Found in:

Bananas, potato, peaches, broccoli, spinach



Phosphorus maintains heart regularity, provides energy and aids in metabolism of fats and starches. Potassium also helps boost brain function. It can help soften skin, and strengthen teeth, hair and bones.

Found in:

Leeks, banans, potatoes, portabella mushrooms, edamame



Folate is the natural form of vitamin B9 found in a variety of plant and animal foods. It helps prevent heart disorders, stroke, and cancer. Folate also helps build muscles, and provides relief from mental and emotional disorders.

Found in:

Leeks, spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, avocado



Sulfur is required for the proper structure of enzymes and helps the body absorb Vitamin B and biotin. It can help with detoxification and also aids proper insulin function. Sulfur also has antibiotic properties.

Found in:

Leeks, arugula, cauliflower, kale, radishes, turnips, broccoli, bok choy



Magnesium is important for regulating calcium, potassium and sodium levels. It helps with mental development, digestion of fats and nutrient absorption. Magnesium also helps increase energy and helps calms nerves and anxiety.

Found in:

Carrots, pumpkin, spinach, artichokes


Other Common Nutrients found in organic produce

While not considered a vitamin or mineral, these common nutrients found in organic produce play a vital role in maintaining balanced health.


Inulin is a soluble fiber that helps nourish gut bacteria. It is also considered a prebiotic, an ingredient that increases the activity of beneficial microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract.

Found in:

Sunchokes, asparagus, onions, jicama, garlic


Dietary Fiber

Fiber is type of carbohydrate found in plants. It helps you feel full longer and aids in digestion and the absorption of nutrients.

Found in:

Artichokes, pears, spinach, apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, berries



To ensure that you are getting enough of these common nutrients found in organic produce, try living the organic foodie lifestyle and eat the rainbow every day!

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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Our organic fruit basket ready for the week. Yum!

When I first was introduced to local organic produce delivery in the Bay Area, I admittedly was not it’s target market. I was a single young woman from Ohio 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. I even run a motivational and health oriented instagram account now! But, embarrassingly enough, it took me six years and two kids to fully understand and appreciate a seasonally local organic produce delivery business like Golden Gate Organics.

What to Expect From an Organic Produce Delivery Service

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!

Worried About Wasting Produce? Don’t Be!

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 with the recipe included in my weekly produce order email! When I still had produce left over after a couple of weeks I decided to downsize my local produce order to a smaller and less expensive box. Plus it is so easy to substitute our items you don’t like!

Fast forward a few years.. I now have a toddler who has developed quite a taste for fresh fruits and veggies so I upgraded my box size again. Having produce delivered weekly was a great benefit for a hungry toddler in the house too.

Googling Recipes and Meal Planning Saved My Produce

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 and not wasting anything!

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 seasonal 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 produce delivery 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.