Thursday, May 20, 2010

The FRUITGUYS Review and Giveaway

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 11:01 PM
 From the website:
The FruitGuys is the industry leader in providing farm-fresh produce to the American workplace. 
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in San Francisco, The FruitGuys has pioneered this fast-growing category that provides viable solutions to the ever-challenging workplace health crisis. The company was founded on the premise that bringing healthy brain food to the office can boost productivity, improve wellness and help companies improve their bottom lines.  
The FruitGuys provides fresh seasonal fruit from local farms to thousands of American businesses, from small family-run businesses to major Fortune 500 corporations. The FruitGuys has been called upon by some of the most well-known businesses in the nation, including Littler Mendelson, Yahoo!, Yamaha, VMWare, Wells Fargo, among thousands of other industry leaders.

We consider ourselves fortunate to work with customers who share our ideals about health, the environment, and our communities. The FruitGuys launched our Farm Steward Program in April 2008 to support sustainable small family farming. We donate 88,000 pounds of fresh fruit a year (more than 7,000 pounds a month) to non-profit groups and regional food pantries nationwide, such as Somethin' Fresh. With your support, we sent over 7,000 pieces of fresh fruit to food-banks and programs for families in need over the winter holidays with our Donate-A-Crate Program.

The FruitGuys named one of the fastest-growing services in the US in 2008 and 2009 according to Inc.com.

The FruitGuys have been delivering fruit, vegetable and fruit and vegetable crates to offices for years as a way of helping employees stay healthy.  They realized that staying healthy meant staying consistent so they came up with the idea of delivering the crates to many of the different places a person would likely be such as home, schools, and a program to send the crates for gifts.  You can do online ordering, call or email.  1-877-378-4863 or info@fruitguys.com.  They delver nationwide Tuesday through Friday, and Monday delivery is an option in many areas.  If they receive your order before 10 am Tuesday through Friday the crate will be delivered the next business day.

The FruitGuys sent me the fruit and vegetable crate which included Cameo Apples, Cara Cara Oranges, Valencia Oranges, Lisbon Lemons, Spinach, Asparagus, Celery, Snow Peas, Avocados, Red Potatoes.  The actual contents of the crates may vary due to seasonal fluctuations. 
                                                                                               Fruit Crate
                                                                                     Fruit and Vegetable Crate
                                                                                           Vegetable Crate

We haven't had everything out of the crate yet but we did have the Asparagus, Spinach, Avacado, Lemon, Celery, and I tried the Cameo Apples.  Outstanding flavor.  We have been buying frozen spinach when we shop close to home at the Giant due to their produce not being such high quality.  The all natural spinach was so good.  We sauteed it with some butter and garlic and it was amazing.  Such a nice fresh spinach flavor.  The asparagus was out of this world.  When we buy it at the grocery store, if it doesn't cost too much, we never really get it fresh, the tips are always brownish and dry.  This asparagus was so fresh, almost all greenish tips and not dry.  So good.  The avocado we cut up and put on sandwiches.  If you haven't had sliced avacado on a sandwich you don't know what you're missing.  The lemon we used on fish and I also squeezed some of it on my spinach.  Yummy!  The celery was fresh.  The cameo apple was such a nice apple taste, fresh not mealy. 

Please visit their Produce Library here.  Visit their Press Page to see all the places FruitGuys have been featured.

I highly recommend the FruitGuys.  I just may start to do my fruit and vegetable shopping at the FruitGuys from now on because I know I will always get fresh, delicious fruit and vegetables.

The FruitGuys are giving one of my readers a chance to win a 25 serving Take Home Crate.  All you have to do is visit The FruitGuys and tell me which fruit or vegetable you are most excited trying. (This entry must be completed for all other entries to count).

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Giveaway open to Continental US only
Giveaway ends June 3rd
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GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED AND WINNER CHOSEN AND CONTACTED!  #66 VIA RANDOM.ORG

DISCLOSURE: I have not received any monetary compensation, however the company did send me the product to review which will be mine to keep, for my honest, unbiased opinion as seen in my full disclosure here.
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