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Banana Waldorf Salad – And All About Bananas

Can you eat bananas in a salad? Sure, if it’s this Banana Waldorf Salad. This “salad” is really more like a fruit salad, with heartier components. Think walnuts, raisins, grapes, and Greek yogurt. But why bananas? Let’s take a look. All About Bananas First things first: Bananas are one of the first foods we eat […]

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Real Food: Making Chocolate at the Theo Factory

Chocolate?!? Sure, we’ll happily eat it, but does it belong in our “real food” series? The good news: Yes – if it’s made the real way. To get the scoop on real, pure, honest-to-goodness chocolate, we visited the Theo Chocolate factory in Seattle. Theo is the first organic and Fair Trade chocolate company in the […]

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Real Food: Honey and Urban Beekeeping

Sure, you’ve seen plenty of bee hives out and about, but how does urban beekeeping really work? To answer this question, we took a visit to an urban bee farm in Seattle. Where Does Honey Come From? The idea for visiting a bee farm came from a perfectly innocent question. When one of our kids […]

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Real Food: Olive Oil and Olive Farming

We are olive oil addicts in the Jolly Tomato household. And yet olive farming has always been something of a mystery to us. Sure, we use olive oil in just about every meal. But how do you get oil out of a bunch of olives? That’s a question that we were determined to answer as […]

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Real Food: The Peach Picking and Packing Process

Peaches are a summer favorite, but unless you have your own peach tree you have to rely on farmers to get peaches to you. How does the commercial peach picking process work? Given that California grows 70 percent of U.S.-grown fresh peaches and 93 percent of fresh nectarines and plums, we thought we should learn. […]

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Blueberry Picking and Packing

You may buy countless plastic clamshells of blueberries, but have you ever wondered about the blueberry picking and packing process? How do those blueberries actually make it from the plant to the package? We took a Real Food Summer road trip to Berry Lady Farms in Kingsburg, CA (along with friends from the California Farm […]

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