Archive for April, 2010
Through times dating back to Ancient Greece and Rome there have been many days set aside to honor Mother’s and women of many different cultures, creeds, and tribes. Traditionally in Europe, certain Sundays were reserved as a special day to honor those women. Under different names like Mother Day, Laetare Sunday, and other varying descriptions, the legacy of celebration transcends centuries.
More recently the Holiday that we celebrate in the United States of America was started in 1909 and was known as International Women’s Day. In 1912 Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases “Second Sunday in May” and… Read more1 comment
|Mother was born in 1934 to a wonderful family in Salt Lake City, Utah. My Father, Wayne, met my Mother in 1956 and after a short courtship, they married and left for the Pear Orchards of Oregon. Mom certainly took a risk in that day, believing that fruit farming would be a good environment to raise a family. She was right and learned to love every aspect of the new farm life. She served as the bookkeeper for Webster Orchards for years and was Dad’s most trusted confidant. She was extremely talented with grammar and corrected all correspondences for the business.
She was always the “can do” strength in our home. You could always count on Mom for her ability to treat each of her eight children so personally that each of us, I believe, thought we were Mom’s favorite. She was truly the apple of my eye and the strength of my life. She encouraged all of us to get as much education as possible. She also was insistent that those who enter the family business not only finish at least a four year degree, but also get experience with another company before coming back to the family business. As my education culminated with an MBA from Duke University, she was right. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I can remember how excited I was to show Mom my diploma, and I’ll never forget the look on her face. I felt like I had made her proud. Read more
I remember when I was young one of my goals was to ride a bike. Now, for some it just comes naturally: finding that perfect control of balance and knowing when to lean and brake. For me it was not as easy. Apparently the young version of me could not grasp the whole balancing concept. Knowing how much it meant to me, my mom decided it was time for me to do it. Instead of using the bike I had had the entire time, she was able to borrow a 1972 Schwinn bike. It was a true blast from the past. She spent a week mentally preparing me for its arrival. According to her this bike was special and easy to ride and learn on.
The day came when my Father unloaded it out of the car. I will admit, next to my BMX bike this was quite the clunker. Noticing my slight disappointment, Mom continued to build up the excitement, and we started our training. Amazingly enough, my Father was able to escape during these intense bike training sessions. Apparently he had to ‘work’; a likely story. Read moreNo comments
We decided to do something a little different for our latest recipe post. While we have gathered quite a collection of fruit recipes over the years, seldom have we tried the recipes ourselves and commented on their taste, accuracy, and use of our favorite ingredient, fruit. As food connoisseurs and fruit experts, we feel it is our duty to provide insight on how to best use our fresh fruit. Plus it is a whole lot of fun!
This time around, we chose Baja Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa. This fun, fresh treat is a great way to start the summer. It was 75+ degrees in Hood River Oregon yesterday, so I am hoping the rain, ice, and snow are finished and summer is upon us. Even if you are not a fan of fish tacos or mango, I beg you to try this recipe. It is rich in flavor, but none of the ingredients are over powering. It is light, healthy, easy to make, and considering that the recipe makes 24 tacos, it costs about $1 per taco. Read more3 comments
For all those long hours, dedication, and as a recognition of great work and appreciation, the country celebrates Administrative Professionals Day. Since 1952 this holiday has been honoring office workers across the country for the work that they do.
Its has developed into a great way of showing thanks to those you work with or employ. Showing your gratitude is as easy as speaking a few words of appreciation, or giving a fun gift that will brighten a day if not a week. Traditionally the entire week is spent showing your coworkers appreciation. Office parties, Donuts, Gift Baskets! All are great ideas. Here are just a few gifts we think anyone will enjoy from The Fruit Company™! Read moreNo comments
Exciting news for the local Columbia Gorge area! The National Endowment for the Humanities will be presenting an exhibit honoring farming and the farm families for their contribution to the past, present, and future of the industry. This wonderful experience will be presented at the Hood River County History Museum starting March 25 running through June 20. Read moreNo comments
Isn’t it amazing when someone does something wonderful for another person? There is such a wonderful sentiment when one goes out of the way to the betterment of another. Many times going unnoticed, it happens so often and is easily missed. I know for me personally its hard to figure out a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them going above expectation or being there when they didn’t have to be. Many times its a friend, coworker, or loved one that does this. Read more1 comment