“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!”
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 sacfoodcoop.com/citruspeel.
Ginger Orange Dressing
Orange and Parsley Salad
Orange Cream Melt-aways
Orange & Spice Salad
Beet, Orange and