Jillian's blog

Meet Cody Lehman

Cody Lehman grew up near Burbank California where he worked for his family's construction company. He and Brittany Jackson got married in September of 2006 and Cody began working for his father-in-law Brent to learn the ropes of farming. This summer season will be his 7th season of growing fruit. I met with Cody to ask him a few questions at his home in Kingsburg about farming.

Memorial Day

Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.

Wallace Bruce

On May 23, Arlington will transform into waving rows of red, white and blue in preparation for Memorial Day. In the following days, thousands of flags and candles will grace the graves of those who have fallen in service of our country.

The History of the Apricot

The sweet smell of apricots tells us summer has arrived here in the central valley of California! These small golden fruits originated in China and were later introduced to Europe and Armenia. In 1720, the apricot tree made its way to Virginia but it wasn’t until 1792 that the tree became popular in North America. Apricots not only taste good, they are also packed with good nutrients! Some of the nutrients found in apricots include: vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and potassium, which can help protect your eyes and heart as well as your digestive system.

New Harvest Update

We're only a few weeks out from starting the 2013 stone fruit season, and we couldn't be more excited! Here is a slideshow of how the fruit is looking so far!

Global Traditions: Chinese New Year & Chap Goh Mei

The Chinese New Year is one of the most important of Chinese holidays, as it welcomes Spring in the lunisolar calendar. It is celebrated officially in over 9 countries, as well as unofficially in Chinatowns around the world. It begins on the first day of the lunisolar calender - this year, February 10th - and ends on the 15th day (Feb 24th) with the Lantern Festival. In Malaysia and Singapore, the 15th day is also viewed as a variation of Valentines Day called Chap Goh Mei. Single women write their number on a mandarin and toss it into a river or lake, and the single men collect them.

Dinolicious Display Contests

Each year, we partner with Military commissaries in various reaches of the globe for our annual "Dinolicious" display contest. We receive many outstanding entries and would like to share their creativity and passion with you here. This slideshow is a collection of entries from 2009-2012 that we displayed at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit 2012 in Anaheim, California. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have!