: to feel great affection for (someone)
: to feel love for (someone)
: to feel romantic love for (someone)
: to like or desire (something) very much
: to take great pleasure in (something)
: to thrive in
: to hold dear
: warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion
: a beloved person
I could go on with the definition, but you get the concept. Such a small word - a few lines and swirls, really - to encompass so much meaning. It is a noun, a verb, a transitive verb, an intransitive...
The Making of the Card
This year we chose to go with a Dynasty themed Christmas card: Duck Dynasty, that is. The Robertson family has been popping up a lot this year with everything thing from chia heads to talking Uncle Si dolls with glowing beards and everything in between. So, we pulled out our camo and our serious faces (and some not so serious ones too) to bring you this year's card - we hope you enjoy!
This year found us winging our team way across the country to the sultry streets of New Orleans. The booth setup went smoothly, all things considered, and we had the opportunity to try the renouned Café du Monde beignets before the opening day was (rather quickly) upon us. The show floor stretched out for over a mile with produce and floral industry members from across the globe gathering to see what new things will be available in the upcoming year. Our VP of Sales and Marketing, Dan Spain, described the feel of...
By association, it would be easy to assume that the Kiwi fruit originated in New Zealand, when in fact, this odd fruit originated in China. Actinidia Deliciosa is the Kiwi’s scientific name but it was also named Mihou Tao and Yang Tao, which means ‘sunny peach’. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century that a missionary named Isabel Frasier brought the fruit from China to New Zealand after she visited mission schools in China. In 1906, the first of many Kiwi trees to come was planted by a nurseryman named Alexander Allison and by 1910 the first...
Once again we were blown away by the creativity shown by our Dinolicious Display contest participants. Thanks for partnering with us to make produce fun! Selecting the winners is always such a tough decision for us, and we appreciate all of the hard work you've put in to make your store stand out and the floor space as well - we know many of you are putting out these fabulous displays with little room to spare!
Nashi. Li. Bae. Nashpati.Prunus pyrifolia. Prunus serotina. Asian Pear. Japanese Pear. Korean Pear. Sand Pear. Apple Pear. There are many names for the deliciously crisp and juicy pear that we grow here at Kingsburg Orchards. And we haven’t even touched on variety names yet. Many consumers are still just discovering this wonderful fruit, and it has been described as one of the “hottest new items since the kiwi.” However, these pears have been a part of Chinese culture for over 3,000 years.
Each year, a selection of our team members travel to the Produce Marketing Association's annual Fresh Summit Convention to meet with buyers, check out the latest in equipment & packaging, and network with the fantastic people who make up the produce world. I've asked each of this year's team members a few questions about themselves and Fresh Summit:
Fall in Central California is such a transitory season. Some years, back to school offers the cool crisp evenings that mark the coming winter;...
Tis the gift to be simple
Tis the gift to be free
Tis the gift to come down where you ought to be
And when we find ourselves in the place just right
It will be in the valley of love and delight
When true simplicity is gained
To bow and to bend, we shan’t be ashamed
To turn, turn will be our delight
Till by turning, turning we come round right
Tis the gift to be loved and that love to return
Tis the gift to be taught and the gift to learn
Established in 1737, the Prince Nursery of Flushing, New York were the first to advertise plums for sale. Prince Nursery is the earliest reference to European plums in America to date. Their scientific name is Prunus domestica. Luther Burbank wrote of plums in his fourth book about small fruits out of a series of twelve. Burbank was behind the propagation of many plum cultivars and wanted to make the fruit more popular. Plum trees were very easy to grow in America because of the stone fruit that came before it. Farmers were familiar with how to grow stone fruit properly and...
This month I’m going to introduce you to Jake. Jake’s my brother and he totally rocks. He’s focused, hard working, adventurous and head-over-heels in love with Kate, my soon to be sister-in-law (yay!). Farming is in his blood, and is not only his profession but also one of his hobbies. He collects different varieties of plumeria trees and grows vegetables in the backyard in the summer. We’re talking drip systems, espalier trained heirloom tomato trellises, cucumber shades, 9+ types of peppers, monster pumpkins, the works. He enjoys woodworking, fishing, hunting, jet-skiing, snowboarding...
Every family has their own traditions, including the types of games they play. Family gatherings for my family have always included games -...
Ah, summertime… the peak of our year… the fruit of our labors are ripe for the harvest. There are many different things going on around here in the summer and the fields and facilities are teeming with people who are picking, sorting, grading, packing, palletizing, forklifting, transporting, cooling, selling, inspecting and shipping our fruit. Not to mention our growers and field managers who are busy checking field health (bugs, soil nutrients, tree health, water conditions), determining when each variety is at its best point for harvest, directing each part of the harvest process, and...
When did you start working at Kingsburg Orchards?
I started with the company in 2004. I worked in the shipping department, on the packing line, and in Quality...
Jeff Eubanks is a long-time field supervisor for Kingsburg Orchards. He has been a farmer his whole life and has dedicated many years working for George Jackson. He enjoys fishing with his wife Colette. When he’s not working in Kingsburg he farms a small ranch east of Dinuba that has been in the family for 3/4 of a century. He has grown a variety of fruits on that land, most recently Peaches and Nectarines. He plans to plant cherries in 2013.
How long have you worked for Kingsburg Orchards?
It has been 20 years as of January 2013. I started in the Apple shed...