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Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes November 18th

Earl’s Organic is donating to victims, families and evacuees that have been displaced by the devastating campfire in Butte County. Last week we delivered 2 pallets of organic produce to Live Life Juice in Chico. We chose items that are easy to eat out of hand, with special thoughts for the kids.  Live Life also handed out healthy juices. This week we will be delivering 10 pallets to the North State Food Bank who works directly with 52 food pantries in the area. Thank you to everyone handing out donations to those in need. Read the full list of  organic produce donations below.

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Satsuma Mandarins

Side Hill Citrus Satsumas from Lincoln, in the Sacramento foothills have the perfect mix of sweetness, tartness and low acidity, with very little pulp, no seeds and taste like they are melting in your mouth

A 2008 U.S. Department of Agriculture study said Satsumas have six to seven times as much synephrine, a natural decongestant, as other citrus. Four or five Satsumas have enough synephrine to equal the effect of a Sudafed tablet, the study said. Satsumas are also naturally low in calories and a single fruit contains 34 percent of the USDA daily recommendation for vitamin C.

Read the full blog here. 

Side Hill Citrus Satsumas Cut

Avocado Strike In Mexico Ends

During the weeks of October 29 and November 5, farmers in Mexico were unable to harvest, pack and ship avocados to the US due to disruptions in the avocado industry at the pack house and in the fields in Mexico. As a result, there were no avocados available for delivery between November 5 and November 17.

Avocado Harvest Resumes photo courtesy of www.thepacker.com

Avocado Harvest Resumes photo courtesy of www.thepacker.com

The avocado industry in Mexico has faced numerous growing pains as it has stretched, both in terms of supply and infrastructure, to meet rapidly increasing demand for avocados in the past 5-10 years. Currently, a group of growers is reacting to various market conditions, including but not limited to price volatility and the impact of ineligible fruit being passed to the market for export. As a result of these disruptions, the majority of shippers have not been able to export fruit from Mexico during the week of October 29 nor during the week of November 5.

Avocado harvest resumes in Mexico
As of November 14th, workers are harvesting avocados in Mexico again, more than two weeks after a growers’ strike dried up exports to the U.S. While the harvest has started, representatives of U.S. importers who own packinghouses in Michoacán have said that it may take up to a week for supplies to hit U.S. store shelves.

You can find more information on the agreements that ended the strike here.

We are happy to share that Earl’s Organic is expecting to be back in action the last week of November!

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes November 11th

Side Hill Citrus Satsumas from Lincoln, in the Sacramento foothills have the perfect mix of sweetness, tartness and low acidity, with very little pulp, no seeds and taste like they are melting in your mouth. Read the full story below.

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Side Hill Citrus Satsumas Delicious from the First Picking

From our frame of reference Side Hill Citrus Satsumas from Lincoln, in the Sacramento foothills have the perfect mix of sweetness, tartness and low acidity, with very little pulp, no seeds and taste like they are melting in your mouth. Rich Ferreira is a 4th generation farmer who started with only 75 trees back in 1975.  Rich has been certified organic since 1991 and now has over 2000 trees. The combination of a higher elevation of 600 feet, nutrient filled organic clay soil, warm summer days and cool nights and using a Satsuma Owari rootstock from China all contribute to growing consistently delicious Satsuma Mandarins year after year.

Satsumas, also called Mikans, are a Japanese variety brought to the US in 1878. Most citrus fruits originated in China and then made their way west which is where the word mandarin comes from.  In the United States Satsumas are grown in places where you wouldn’t normally expect citrus to grow. They need hot summers and a certain amount of chill hours in the winter and can tolerate low temperatures down into the 20’s.  Satsumas are grown in California in the thermal belt which runs from the San Joaquin Valley up to north of Sacramento.  They also grow in some southern states like Texas, Louisiana and Alabama where there are mild winters.

Side Hill Citrus Satsumas Cut

Satsumas have a loose peel that slips off effortlessly like a glove, with no mess and no seeds to deal with.  Satsumas are a perfect snack size that you can eat anywhere without the difficult peeling and complication that comes with eating a valencia or navel orange.

Health Benefits:

A 2008 U.S. Department of Agriculture study said Satsumas have six to seven times as much synephrine, a natural decongestant, as other citrus. Four or five Satsumas have enough synephrine to equal the effect of a Sudafed tablet, the study said. Satsumas are also naturally low in calories and a single fruit contains 34 percent of the USDA daily recommendation for vitamin C.

Buying Satsumas:

Look for fruit with an aromatic smell, firm tight peel, no dented spots and a heavier fruit means they are juicier. They can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator, but not for too long because prolonged storage can dry them out.

Don’t miss the 25th annual Mandarin Festival this year in Auburn, CA at the Gold County Fairgrounds November 16th-18th. 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/

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