University of La Verne

Do College Students Need More Life Skills?

It all started on the golf course. Early last year, I attended the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. As I was wandering around the clubhouse, I ran into Mark Brian Smith, the filmmaker who produced and directed “Fear No Fruit,” the documentary about my mom and our family business. He had with him a longtime personal friend Simon, a banker. As per usual, we shook hands and exchanged business cards. So I guess I was a little surprised when six months later I received an email from Simon, who had changed banks, inviting me to be the keynote speaker at a CEO summit. As it turns out, his new bank, Union Bank, is a sponsor of the CEO Summit at the Continue Reading

Blood Oranges are in season

When my youngest daughter Sophia rants that “there is nothing to eat in this house,” I always ask her the same thing: “What fresh produce would you like me to buy for you?” This morning, I got the same answer she always gives me: “Bring me some Blood Oranges.” I was so excited… because this time, Blood Oranges are in season! “Blood” Orange is the general name for oranges with red flesh. They actually have varietal names like Moro, Tarocco and Sanguinello. Moro Blood Oranges are the most commonly grown … Continue reading

Your produce manager

  If you’re like me, you probably frequent two or three different grocery stores each week. But I do have a regular store where I buy my produce, and I bet you do, too. Do you know your produce manager? Have you ever spoken with him or her? I recommend you get acquainted! Having a relationship with your produce manager has its benefits! For example, if you are planning a party and want to be sure to have a special fruit or vegetable, if you know your produce manager, you … Continue reading

The new half a plate strategy

Did you know that two weeks ago, the USDA and Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans? This may sound like a non-event for the average consumer, but it actually was a monumental announcement. For the first time, these once-every-5-year guidelines, included a pretty strong message: “Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.” Of course, this is quite exciting for us in the fresh produce industry. But, what this means for the average American, is that they will have more healthy choices. For kids in … Continue reading

What I did on Valentine’s Day

(Sorry guys, in honor of V-Day, this one’s a bit of a chick blog.) My husband had to go out of town for a few days for a funeral, so I was home alone all weekend. On Sunday afternoon, I was trying to figure out what I should do on the “love, chocolate and roses holiday.” This was the first Valentine’s Day, in my recollection, that I was not expecting anything, and thus not disappointed with anything. And it was the perfect day to spend time with a few special … Continue reading