June: A Cherry Good Month for Fresh Produce

One of the best things about summer is the abundance and availability of fresh produce. Although it is now easier to buy fresh produce year round, to get the best deals on fruits that you love you should buy them when they are in season.

Right now is a great time to buy and enjoy California Cherries. Cherries are a versatile ingredient for pies, desserts, and more! They are also a sweet treat by Fresh_Cherry_Asparagus_Salad.jpgthemselves. For a delicious cherry and asparagus salad recipe to try this summer, click here! Even more awesome recipes that incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables can be found at the Fruits and Vegetables More Matters website.

Grapes, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are also in season during the summer months. Remember to always try and fill half your plate with fresh produce, and to take advantage of the bountiful amount available during the summer! Check back at our blog throughout the summer for more yummy recipes!

Savannah Millburn

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~Grandma Wheezy’s Sweet Grape Salad~

 

“This grape salad works as a salad or a desert!  Guaranteed someone will want to know who made it.” – Grandma Louise

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • BASE

8 cups King Fresh grapes (Red grapes are best, the rest are good!)

  • DRESSING

8 oz. cream cheese

8 oz. sour cream (You can use plain Greek yogurt as a healthier option)

½ cup sugar

  • TOPPING

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup chopped pecans (Pecans are best, other nuts are good!)

DIRECTIONS:

Wash and de-stem the grapes.

wheezy grapesMix room temperature cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar into a bowl. Stir dressing onto clean, DRY grapes.

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Mix brown sugar and chopped pecans and sprinkle heavily on top of grape salad and serve. (Grandma Wheezy stirs toppings into grapes and then covers the top again for extra sweetness!)

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There is usually dressing left over so make sure you use enough to cover grapes well. Then you can add more grapes, if necessary…if not the dressing stays great in the refrigerator.

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A Healthy & Sweet Treat! …Bon Appetit!

This Family Recipe was Contributed by:  Paige Wilson (granddaughter of Louise)

The Value of Youth Labor in the Fields

Keith Wilson, owner and operator of King Fresh Produce told his three sons early on that they could earn money working and contributing to the operations of the King Fresh Produce, the family business. Initially the boys thought their contribution would start in the office; filing, running errands, and doing other tasks, however, their father said no. According to Keith, to fully understand the business it starts in the field–working the dirt, planting, growing the crop, and harvesting. The sons were told “Field work begins in the morning so be at there at 5:30 AM tomorrow morning.” Keith told them to not forget a hat and to wear a long sleeve shirt to not get sun burned.

“Working in the fields helped me learn the value of a dollar. It makes me think if I buy something it took me this many hours to earn what I am purchasing.” Zachary Wilson, 15 years old said.

Working in the fields can be overwhelming. These young men have to wake up early in the morning since it is over 90 degrees by 10 or 11 AM.  After working in the fields for King Fresh for two summers now, Zachary is interested in working in other parts of the company.

“Working in the fields makes me realize how much an education is worth. I need to go to college because I do not want to limit myself to a manual labor job. I love working outside but having to crawl into a grape vineyard doesn’t sound appealing to me to do for the rest of my life.” Brenden Wilson, 16 years old said.

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Adolescents understand that the jobs available today if only receiving a high school degree are likely to be filling orders, manual labor, and moving boxes.  More and more teens believe that receiving a bachelor’s degree is the first step in moving up in the social and economic ladder.

This generation sees education in a different light compared to the older generation who decided to go to work right out of high school. It seems necessary to earn a higher education to open the door to more prestigious jobs and higher earnings. The focus on earning a higher education’s provides our generation with a feeling of security.

Working in the fields at King Fresh Produce as  young adults has been a beneficial experience for Brenden and Zachary. They enjoy seeing their projects through and visualizing the positive effects they have on the company. They realize the small things they are accomplishing can have a huge effect on the company. They will carry the lessons they learned in the field with them throughout their life and never forget their summers spent in the fields.

-Paige Wilson

National THANK YOU Day 2014

Today’s the day! Every one of us has had many instances and encounters – good and bad – with people who deserve our thanks. Every person has impact on our day to day lives with acts of kindness.

When:
September 15th every year

Why thank people?

We should all remember to be grateful for all the little things in life everyday. In case we are busy and forget, September 15th is the designated day of the year when we remember and thank every one who has made a difference in any way – big or small.

We should also remember to appreciate people who love us and do things to support us and make our lives more comfortable and easier to live. Even though people may get paid to do things for us, it is still a good idea to thank them for their services and help!

It is quite common for people to get caught up in their busy lives and to forget to be grateful for things like our health, our friends and family, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances etc.

So here’s your chance–get out there and use this day to say “Thank You” to all the people who have impacted your life in any way.

We should take a moment and thank loved ones–the people who have been there through it all and who have proven their dedication through unconditional support and love. It is most important to let these people know how much they truly mean to us, and how they have made a positive and significant difference in every part of our struggle.

Thank You Day Quotes
•”If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
•”A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.”
•”We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
•”The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
•”The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”
•”Thank you, I appreciate you, and I wish you well on your journey!”
•”I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”
•”A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.”
•”Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
•”Saying thank you to the person who makes your life miserable is the way of saying thanks to the Lord for the strength in coping up the pain.”
•”Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”