Thankful for Purple Pie

As we are now a week from Thanksgiving and finalizing exactly what we are going to cook and feast on for the holiday of thanks (myself included), I can’t help but share what I plan to serve for dessert at my Thanksgiving dinner. First, a little background. Obviously, I love vegetables. In fact, for a few Thanksgiving dinners in the last decade, I prepared and served more than 10 (yes, 10) different vegetable dishes. Admittedly, 10 was probably a bit much. In the last few years, my daughters, Alex and Sophia, have joined me in my cooking adventure. So it’s become quite fun to hang out in the kitchen while preparing dinner. Each year we make a few family favorites—roasted root vegetables and Stokes Continue Reading

Millennials, Baby Boomers, Traditionalists, and Gen Xers — Oh My!

April is our company’s anniversary month; we launched on April 2, 1962. So one of our traditions is that we sponsor our local produce organization luncheon each April as a way to celebrate our anniversary and give back to the Fresh Produce & Floral Council. My daughter Alex Jackson represents us as our spokesperson and she gave a five-minute talk. I want to share some of the highlights. The audience at the luncheon is made up of produce people from age 20 to 92 (my mom, Frieda, was there), so … Continue reading

Eating by Example

As an employer, I always wonder what should or could be my role in helping the people who work for Frieda’s make healthier food choices. It’s kind of a difficult position to be in. When people join a company, they don’t expect to have their employer help them make better food choices. But this has been something I’ve been struggling with for a number of years. Like most companies, we have a community lunchroom—with vending machines. One has refrigerated beverages, offering Coke, Pepsi, iced tea, and water. The other one … Continue reading

‘Fifty Shades of Kale’

Well, if that title doesn’t catch your attention, then I don’t know what will. Last weekend while attending a produce conference in San Antonio, Texas, I was able to meet and hear Drew Ramsey, M.D., who co-authored the cookbook “Fifty Shades of Kale.” His day job is as an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. He is also a leading proponent of eating for brain health. After hours, he is better known as the co-founder of National Kale Day, which is celebrated every year … Continue reading

Love Your Produce Manager…Texas Style

Tomorrow, April 2, is a very special day. It is “Love Your Produce Manager®” Day, a national day first celebrated in 2012. I usually make a point of going into my local Ralphs where I shop and saying a special “thanks” to my produce manager, Paul. Last year, I even wrote about one of my produce guys, Carlos. This year, I am in San Antonio, Texas, attending a produce trade show called “Viva Fresh.” It’s mostly Texan and Mexican growers and buyers having conversations and displaying their produce. I arrived … Continue reading