I’m back with a recap from the press trip I attended last week in California, hosted by The Alliance for Food and Farming!
A huge thank you to them for having me on the trip, for sponsoring this post-event blog recap, and for covering my travel expenses.
It had been awhile since I went on a press trip – I don’t accept many invitations these days due to not wanting to be away from the little one too often – but the combination of California + the topic of this one, “Facts not Fears”, sounded worth the trip.
The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) is a non-profit formed in 1989 which represents organic and conventional farmers of fruits and vegetables and farms of all sizes. Their mission is to deliver credible information about the safety of produce, and this press trip was part of that!
Here are some of the main takeaways of the trip, plus some of the food and fun excursions I had with the fellow dietitians in attendance.
One of the press trip days was pretty much entirely dedicated to touring farms!
First up, we visited the strawberry fields, and got to enjoy some strawberries fresh from the field! I went on a press trip with the California Strawberry Commission back in 2014, so it was fun to be back. 🙂
Fun fact: strawberries are all hand planted, hand weeded, and hand harvested. It’s incredibly hard work – they are grown on raised beds to prevent moisture issues, but it still requires a ton of bending over for the workers.
Strawberry plants continually produce new fruit throughout their season; during peak season the plants are harvested every three days.
Apparently the plants produce really large strawberries earlier in the season, and then as the plants get “tired”, as they put it, they produce smaller berries. So those extra-large berries are not genetically modified, they are just the early fruit. 🙂
A couple tips for enjoying strawberries at home:
- Don’t wash your strawberries until you are ready to eat them. Put them in the fridge when you get them, then just take out the amount you want to eat, wash them, and eat immediately. If you wash them and then put them back in the fridge they are likely to spoil more quickly!
- Berries are most flavorful when at room temperature, so take them out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you want to eat to let them warm up a bit.
We also saw some gorgeous romaine fields!
We were there when their harvesting machine was doing its thing (with workers ready to sort the…