Over the years, we've had several ways of making sure our eating is healthy and "farm-fresh." First, we try to grow some food at home - whether some berry bushes, herbs, tomato plants, we always have something from the garden each summer/fall on the table!
We also have been members of a local CSA (community-supported agriculture) where we travel to a local farm each week to pick out a bagful of fresh, organic produce. Yum!
With rising gas prices, a weekly trip to the farm got too expensive, so we switched to visiting farmer's markets in our area, and also going to the local Pick-Your-Own farms to get fresh berries and other items!
We take every chance we get to talk to the farmers about how they grow their crops, and make sure we're buying from farms that use sustainable, chemical-free practices. And with our two-year old, we include him in all our gardening and farm trips, and talk up the whole process of growing food while we eat or travel around!
And then, there are just some things we will never be able to get at a farm here in the Northeast. Orange juice is one item we need to get at the store - and my favorite over the years has been Tropicana Pure Premium.
Did you know that Florida is the oldest grower of orange trees? Yep, as far back as the 1560's - nearly 150 years before any other U.S. State!
Tropicana Pure Premium is 100% Pure Florida Orange Juice - and the single largest buyer of Florida fruit! They use two main orange types in their blend - Valencia and Hamlin oranges. Each orange adds a little something extra to the flavor of Tropicana juice. Valencia gives a rich color and flavor, and Hamlins add sweetness!
And, because Tropicana buys from growers in central and southern Florida, they can take advantage of fruit ripening at different times, meaning they buy fully mature fruits all throughout the growing season. That's probably why their juice tastes soooo good!
If you'd like the chance to taste Tropicana 100% Pure Florida Orange Juice right in the grove, visit Tropicana on Facebook and enter their Perfect Pick Sweepstakes! Someone will win a trip to Sarasota, Florida and an orange grove.... or a year's supply of Tropicana orange juice! Mmm... that would be hard to decide between!
Do you love the fresh, sweet taste of Tropicana Pure Premium 100% Pure Florida Orange Juice?
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