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Demo Center

“Gretchen and I feel very lucky to have the Co-op there for us. They know we have good product, and they are happy to have what we grow. People drive by the alley and ask, ‘Are you a farmer? Do you sell here?’ That kind of interaction only happens at the Co-op. It’s great!”

—John Ceteras

Since 1985, Blue Heron Farm has brightened up dreary winters for Co-op shoppers in the form of sweet, juicy and bright citrus fruits.

Farmers John and Gretchen Ceteras live and farm in the tiny Capay Valley community of Rumsey, about 60 miles from the Co-op. John makes deliveries to the Co-op every week during the season – if you happen to see a farmer wearing overalls and a smile on his face, it’s probably John bringing us his delicious oranges.


Oranges help to tone and purify the entire system. They aid digestion, stimulate the activity of the stomach glands and provide purifying energy for both body and mind.

Oranges are low in calories and full of nutrients. One orange provides 130% of daily vitamin C needs, and it is a good source of B-complex vitamins, high in minerals like potassium and calcium, and an excellent source of dietary fiber.

Possible health benefits of consuming oranges: stronger immune system, lower cholesterol, optimal heart function, lower risk of disease, improved vision, and healthy skin.

Fruit vs. Juice
Orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, but to enjoy its benefits, juice it yourself and drink it quickly. Orange juice may lose all of its vitamin C within half an hour of being squeezed. Unlike juice, a whole orange provides fiber and a powerful antioxidant called glutathione. Eat the whole orange to get the full benefits from the fruit.

Don’t forget the peel!

Thinly sliced oranges, peel and all, make great dried fruit; just put them in the dehydrator. You can also make candied orange peel or dry chopped peels to use for tea and cooking. Check out more uses for citrus peels at


Ginger Orange Dressing

Orange and Parsley Salad

Orange Cream Melt-aways

Orange & Spice Salad

Beet, Orange and Walnut Salad

Sautéed Chickpeas with Broccoli over Brown Rice

Vegetarian Bean & Barley Soup

Lemon Baked Tofu

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Lemon and Garlic

The Co-op Community Kitchen Program partners with community organizations serving low-income populations to provide free experiential nutrition & cooking education classes focused on how to eat healthy and prepare delicious meals on a limited income. Learn more about this program and how to get involved or sponsor classes in the community here on the co-op site.

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