It All Began With An Apple (or Was It a Pear?)

Farmers and orchardists who clearly love the land and the fruit and vegetables they grow are discovering creative ways to make unique products that consumers seek out and are willing to pay a premium for. We profile five Washington orchards ranging from Broetje Orchards, a very large commercial and organic orchard, to four small artisan growers and producers of a variety of organic tree fruit including apples, pears, and stone fruit.
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Product Profile: Mazama Juice Cider

We took a “drive about” to apple country and met John and Beth Sinclair at their organic orchard in Twisp WA. They grow Honey Crisp apples on 8,000 trees in the Methow Valley of Washington. GoodFood World heartily recommends their sweet cider!
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Nature vs. Nutritionism’s False Hope

How many times have you heard this question, “With all the scientific information we now know about nutrition, how come Americans are heavier and unhealthier now than ever before?” The answer is the same as it ever was: because we overeat, we eat a ton of crap food, and don’t sufficiently exercise. We know it and we’ve known it for a long time.
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Disappearing Nutrients

OK folks, I’ll admit it; I certainly thought the shiny red tomatoes and strawberries in the plastic clam shell boxes seemed to taste less and less like those I remember as a kid. I thought it was just the idealistic glow around childhood memories. But no; it turns out that our conventional fruits and vegetables really are losing some of their nutritive value.
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Product Profile: Fresh Strawberries

Every spring we’re seduced into buying one – just one – box of strawberries at the market. They always look so beautiful: large berries, bright red, the leaves still attached and fresh… Open the plastic clam shell that displays those berries in all their voluptuousness; like Botticelli’s Venus on the seashell. Hold that little beauty in your palm – OK, stop salivating! Make that first slice right through the center…
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Seattle's First Strawberry Farmers

Strawberries have been grown in Puget Sound since the early 20th century, primarily in Bellevue (directly across Lake Washington from central Seattle) and on Bainbridge Island, located in Puget Sound. It was Japanese-American immigrants that pioneered the first strawberry farms.
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Granville Island: A Planned - and Well Loved - Market

Granville Island Public Market is just a short water taxi ride from the sparkling, jewel-like towers of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, and a comfortable stroll from neighborhoods of stately Victorian homes. The city is a beautiful contradiction and Granville Island – and the Public Market – was built to honor both the new and the old.
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Oasis in Aisle 6 – The Lifesaving Legumes

While the interior aisles of an average supermarket are filled with rows and rows of mostly junk processed non-foods, there is one aisle I want to make a fuss over. For the sake of discussion I will categorically refer to it as “aisle 6”, the oasis of the inner supermarket.
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Beans and Grain Expand Local Food

Locally grown beans and grains have returned to the Willamette Valley, expanding local options with nutritious, storable foods that were used for centuries to get through the winter. Calypso Beans Locally grown beans and grains have returned to the Willamette Valley, expanding local options with nutritious, storable foods that were used for centuries to get through the winter. Jeff Broadie and Kasey White of Lonesome Whistle Farm even offer a “Bean CSA.”
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USDA to Allocate Additional Funds for Fruit and Vegetables in Schools

When I was a child we really did get milk and graham crackers, but the fruit and vegetable selection was pretty dismal. Applesauce and corn relish seem to stick in my mind after all these years. The USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a great program to help ensure that all children have access to good food and are given healthy choices. Two thumbs up for good food!
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