Friday, March 30, 2012

From the Farm to Our Table - #TropFloridaOJ

The importance of bringing farm fresh foods to the table is well understood by my family. My husband is a farmer. He puts his heart and soul into what he grows because it is what we feed to our family.

We may grow the vegetables that we eat and collect our own eggs, but luckily you don't have to. There are great ways you can enjoy your own local farm fresh food in the community you live in.

Find out what your area known for. With the warmer weather comes back the seasonal farmer's markets. Look around, meet the growers in your area and get to know what is available. You might be surprised what the people around you have for sale. You may find everything from the best fingerling potatoes to local honey.

Check with local farms to find out if they offer U-pick options. Not only is it an inexpensive way to bring fresh produce to your table, but it is also a great way to get the whole family involved with your food. We love picking our own Strawberries and can't wait to get out with our buckets soon. I will freeze our extra berries so we can enjoy them year-round.

With the rise of urban chicken coops, fresh eggs might be closer to you than you think. Ask around. I always have a surplus and know many chicken enthusiast who are happy to sell their excess bounty.

Of course, I can't buy all of our food locally. We don't grow citrus in Oregon. Luckily, Tropicana Pure Premium is 100% Pure Florida Orange Juice and it is readily available at the grocery store. This puts my mind at ease.

When I think of orange juice, I immediately think of Tropicana. The company is committed to using the best fruit to produce a great product with the nutrition my family needs. Each 59oz container of Tropicana Pure Premium® has 16 fresh-picked Florida oranges squeezed into it and an 8oz glass gives you 100% vitamin C to help you maintain a healthy immune system. And should I add, my family loves it?

Looking at pictures of the Florida orange groves reminds me of our orchards. I understand the pride that goes into making a great tasting product. Sweet and satisfying, it is a great addition to our breakfast routine.

So what makes Tropicana Pure Premium Blend such a great juice?

By combining two major orange types, Valencia and Hamlin the juice combines both of their best characteristics. Valencias typically have a more intense color and flavor, while Hamlins add a sweetness into the mix. This all adds to the unique taste of the Tropicana Pure Premium blend.

Head over to Tropicana's Facebook page and enter the Tropicana Perfect Pick Sweepstakes. 

From now until April 20th, Facebook fan can enter for a chance to WIN a trip to Sarasota, Florida to visit a real orange grove. Other winners will receive a one-year supply (12 coupons) of Tropicana Premium 100% Pure Florida Orange Juice. That is a chance at 100 Florida prizes! For more details head over to  Good luck!

Thirsty yet?

Fresh local produce always makes me hungry. Why not wash down your local fare with a ice cold glass of Tropicana? How do you bring the farm to your table? I would love to hear your tips in the comment section below.

*Disclaimer - I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Tropicana blogging program, to earn My SocialMoms Rewards Points. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.

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