Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California, is seeking a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Answer and direct incoming calls
- Greet visitors
- Fax/email price lists upon request
- Place orders for office, warehouse, and janitorial supplies, & maintain inventory of supplies
- Manage incoming/outgoing mail
- Assist with payroll distribution
- Update internal office documents as needed
- Assist with miscellaneous projects for other departments
- Assist Marketing Manager in developing Earl’s social media and web presence
- Facilitate flow of information throughout the company
- Opportunities for assisting with demos and other events on weekends.
Ideal candidate would have:
- Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, especially Word and Excel
- Experience with Photoshop or Publisher
- Ability to work successfully with limited supervision a must
- Ability to take direction from multiple supervisors and take initiative
- Knowledge of, or at least interest in, organic agriculture/produce
- Experience with various social media platforms
- Excellent time management and organizational skills
- Cheerful demeanor, good interpersonal skills, and a sense of humor!
Position requirements include:
This is a full time position. Hours are 7am – 3pm, Monday through Friday
Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your interest!
Earl’s Organic Produce works to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, thoughtful, and productive environment.
The official groundbreaking took place this morning for the first phase of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Markets $100 million 10 year expansion plan. The new warehouse at 901 Rankin will add approximately 83,000 square feet to the market and will look very similar to Earl’s Organic building. The expansion also includes plans to renovate four warehouses on the market.
The San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market is an organization of dedicated produce and food professionals committed to being the Bay Area’s leading source of produce and produce information. The merchant base is comprised of more than 30 produce and food-related, primarily family-owned businesses, many of which have been in operation for more than 30 years. The Market has served as an incubator for many emerging small businesses, providing infrastructure and a vibrant business environment for entrepreneurs in the food and produce business. (Source: San Francisco Market Corporation)
Earl’s Organic takes pride in being the place to go to for organic produce news. Follow us on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for daily updates on our growers and the seasonality and geography of organic produce.
Satsumas from Side Hill Citrus in Lincoln, California started two weeks early this year. For the first fruit of the season they already have full color with virtually no green and great flavor. We are not exactly sure why the flavor is so developed this early in the season but we won’t complain! We have found the smaller pieces of fruit are more consistent in their flavor although they are not as easy to peel. As the season progresses we can look forward to even more delectable fruit.
Don’t miss out on the Mandarin Festival in Auburn, CA at the Gold County Fairgrounds. November 22nd, 23rd and 24th taste Mandarins from local growers and try a fun variety of Mandarin inspired food including mandarin shakes, chocolate dipped mandarins, mandarin dessert pizza and more. http://www.mandarinfestival.com/
Earl’s Organic is celebrating a few significant milestones this year. We are celebrating our 25th anniversary of sourcing and selling only the best organic produce. Earl started in a single stall on the San Francisco Produce market back in 1988 and now 25 years later as Earl’s continues to grow we will be moving into a brand new larger warehouse by the end of the year. One of the exciting additions to our warehouse and a significant step for us in growing our business, are three brand new banana ripening rooms. Earl’s is the first 100% organic produce distribution house in San Francisco to have our own banana ripening rooms. The construction on the state of the art banana ripening rooms began this week and should be completed in the next few weeks. We will continue to post pictures of the construction in progress on our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN from everyone at Earl’s! Have you carved your pumpkin yet? Perhaps maybe made a delicious soup and served it in individual small sugar pie pumpkins? Pumpkins are great for cooking, roasting the seeds for a delicious snack, carving a creative design on for Halloween, as well as looking pretty on a holiday table or in your entrance way.
All pumpkins regardless of size or color are cultivars of squash but not all squash are pumpkins. Pumpkins along with all other squash are native to North America and part of the Native American Indians “Three Sisters” planting which also includes beans and corn. They are a very old crop and seeds have been found in Mexico dating back to 7,000 BC.
Pumpkins biggest market is for processing including canned pumpkin pie filling. At times the weather will adversely affect the pumpkin crop and many children are sad. Lucky for everyone this year is looking good for supply on the west coast. I personally have a Fairytale, Sugar Pie and a Jack-O-Lantern on my front porch ready for the festivities tonight.
Fun Facts: Pumpkin festivals are all the rage – carve em – chuck em – grow the biggest. The world record is held by Ron Wallace from Greenfield, Rhode Island with a pumpkin that weighed in just over 2,009 pounds! Contrary to popular opinion witches cannot turn you into a pumpkin though Jack-O-Lanterns will protect your house from demons
Sugar pies continue to grow in popularity. They are bred to be sweet dry fleshed with a small seed cavity which means more flesh to eat, at a perfect weight of 3-5lb. Pumpkins can be stored for many months if kept at about 65 degrees F. The orange color of pumpkins tells you that they are chock full of beta-carotene, an important antioxidant. One of my favorite winter recipes is Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup. Please share your favorite pumpkin recipes on our Facebook.
Written by Robert Lichtenberg and Susan Simitz
Earl’s Organic introduces its Safety and Sustainability Committee! Earl’s recognizes the committee as an integral part of our efforts to create a wholesome and sustainable food system that works not only for food producers and consumers, but everyone in between. We believe that everyone must be accountable for the consequences of their own actions. For us this includes being conscious of the social and environmental impact of our business operations. We believe that as a company we have a responsibility to look after our workers as well as the environment at large, and focusing on both personal accountability and teamwork, the Safety and Sustainability Committee has been tasked with the essential duty of increasing the overall health and wellness of our working environment.
You might remember back in the Fall of 2011 when Earl visited Cuyama Orchards in the remote mountainous area of Cuyama, surrounded by the Los Padres National forest in Santa Barbara County. It is that time of year again and Cuyama is growing some of the most delicious California apples on the market. Cuyama is located at an elevation of 3200 feet which brings warm days and cool nights for the dormant/chill hours apples need. In addition the abundant native water supply and rich mineral soil produce quality harvest organic apples.
We have been busy in Earl’s kitchen taste testing Fuji apples from various growers. The Cuyama Fuji apple stood out with a well-balanced flavor that finished strong. It also scored a whopping 21 in the Brix Refractometer test which measures the level of sugar in a piece of fruit. To give you an idea of how high that is, apples are rated on a scale from 6 with low sugar to a high of 18. 21 is off the charts!
The colder the weather the higher color an apple will develop. Earl’s feels that the California Fuji is lighter in color compared to the Northwest Fuji’s because the difference in climate means more chill hours which brings a darker color to the Fuji apple. That being said we feel that the Cuyama apple is one of the best California Fuji apples out there and it continues to make its mark on consumers everywhere. Cuyama also grows Granny Smith, Arkansas Black, Pink Lady and Crimson Golden apples.
As a reminder California apples are winding up. Now is the time to get them! The Oregon and Washington season has already started. If you missed our blog about California apple grower Rider and Sons out of Watsonville, California now is the time to read about their many varieties including the delicious Fuji apple. The cooler weather in Watsonville brings out the vibrant color in apples giving Fujis a deeper red color. Click here for the full blog.
Rainbow Valley Orchards has developed special breast cancer awareness packaging for their 2 lb cello bags of lemons during the month of October. In the past few years RVO has had some very close people in their lives deal with cancer. The RVO family has partnered with The City of Hope to fight cancer through healthy eating. RVO asks you to invest in yourself. Eating an organic diet can help to prevent Cancer and help those who are affected to recover. Look for RVO organic lemon bags in your local retail store.
Pomegranates are native to Persia, now called Iran. They are one of the oldest fruits grown with evidence reaching back as far as 2000 B.C. In the United States they enjoy the drier climates of California and Arizona. Earl’s pomegranates are coming out of Arvin, CA which is about 30 minutes south of Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley. The season typically runs from September to February.
The outside of a pomegranate is very hard and only the inside arils which cover the seeds in a red translucent material are edible. It may seem like a lot of work to get to the arils, but it is well worth it. Cut off the top and bottom of the fruit, score the fruit and then open it into two halves. Place the halves in a bowl of water and use your fingers to gently separate the seeds from the white, spongy membrane. The inedible white membranes will float to the top of the water and leave you all the delicious arils at the bottom. Be careful not to get the juice on your hands and clothes because it will stain.
Look for pomegranates with a full bright red to dark red color. You also want fruit that feels heavy for their size, which means they are super juicy. Drastic changes in temperature from cold to hot or rain can cause the fruit to crack. This is not a bad thing! In fact the fruit will be bursting with juice and ready to go!
Pomegrantes are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which researches believe may help to reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I like to sprinkle arils over a spinach salad. The green and red together make a beautiful salad during the holiday season. Please share your recipes on our Facebook page.