Fresh From the Field Newsletter – January
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! May the year 2019 be a year of good health, happiness and prosperity for all.
And as we start the New Year, many of us are committed to resolutions that include losing weight and enjoying a healthier lifestyle. So, we wanted to brag about our onions and how they should be a part of your healthy living!
Onions have many health benefits, mostly due to their high content of antioxidants and sulfur-containing compounds. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and have been linked to reduced risk of cancer, lower blood sugar levels and improved bone health.
Onions are one of the most versatile staples in our diet and are commonly used as a flavoring or side dish and in Indian cooking. Onions can be baked, boiled, grilled, fried, roasted, sauteed, powdered or eaten raw in salads. Basically, you add onions to any meal and kick it up a notch!
Raw onions are very low in calories, with only 40 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz). They are high in Vitamin C, are low sodium, fat and cholesterol free. Onions are also a good source of fiber, which accounts for 0.9-2.6% of the fresh weight, depending on the type of onion. They are very rich in healthy soluble fibers called fructans.
Fructans are so-called prebiotic fibers. In other words, the beneficial bacteria in the gut can use them for fuel. This may reduce inflammation, and cut the risk of coloncancer.
So, slice, dice, grill, bake or boil some healthy onions today!
Peruvian Sweet Onions are here!
Sweet Onions from Peru are available through mid-March.
The crop looks great and the onions are available in all sizes. We continue to bring product in each week and they are held fresh and packed to order! Available in 40lb boxes and consumer packs.
Our Mexican Sweet Onions will begin shipment in mid-February.
They are packed in our premium sweet onion label and available in bulk and consumer bags. They are shipped from BDS (Bland Distribution Services) in Donna, Texas which is owned by Bland Farms. They are also packed in Glennville, GA. All sizes will be available and everything looks good. We are expecting a great crop!
Troy Bland – Produce Business- 40 Under 40
We are so proud and want to share our good news with you! Troy Bland was recently selected as one of the “Forty Under Forty” for Produce Business!
Troy Bland has enjoyed a lifelong career in farming beginning at the age of 10. Troy grew up in farming and carries on the family tradition today at Bland Farms in Glennville, Georgia, which is celebrating their 70th anniversary this year.
Troy has worked in numerous disciplines at the farm including Assets & Procurement, Quality Director, Director of Operations and in 2016 was name Chief of Operations where he is over all the packing facilities in Peru, Mexico, Texas and Georgia.
Troy serves as a Chairperson for the Vidalia® Onion Committee and also serves on the Georgia REACH Board which provides academic and social support to at risk students.
Vidalia Onions are in the early stages of growth and on schedule!
We wanted to keep you updated on their growing progress so here is a photo from the field.
New Year Sale!
Get $6 off our Batter-Blossom and 63ct Variety Display Shippers.
Our Baby Blands, Troy Harris and Rubye Kate, are now 8 months old and continue to keep us busy! They are growing just as fast and are just as sweet as our sweet onions!