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Fresh Origins Receives Perfect Scores in Agricultural and Manufacturing Practices for Second Consecutive Year

June 11, 2013

ImageOutstanding Compliance in Greenhouse Operations, Harvest Crew & Packing House

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – February 21, 2013 – Fresh Origins, America’s leading producer of MicroGreens and Edible Flowers, has received for the second consecutive year a perfect score of 100% in their annual third party food safety audit by Primus Labs in the areas of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Fresh Origins is third-party certified for food safety in three main areas of food handling: Greenhouse Production, Harvest Crew and Packing House operations, with separate audits and certificates of compliance in each one. A 100% in each of these areas is seldom achievedPrior years’ scores have been Superior ratings in the very high 90’s.

Fresh Origins is also a proud member in good standing of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). As a member, they are subject to the rigorous standards and mandatory random field audits by USDA State and Federally-authorized licensed inspectors. Fresh Origins is among the smallest of all farms audited by Primus and LGMA. The average is estimated to be over 1,500-2,000 acres compared to Fresh Origin’s 24. 

 “Our family farm is very serious about food safety. This is a discipline and priority that we instill in each member of our team,” says David Sasuga, founder of Fresh Origins. “We are proud to be an example of a small farm that is recognized for excellence in food safety compliance. There is really no reason that small farms shouldn’t be held accountable for the safety of their products.”

Fresh Origins products are available to professional fine dining foodservice venues through specialty produce/food distributors nationwide. In 2013, Fresh Origins will be also partnering with U.S. retailers to offer select products for home cooks to enjoy as well. Visit www.freshorigins.com for more information, photos and recipes, and find us brand on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Fresh Origins Hits the Road: New York, Anaheim & Las Vegas (2X)!

March 1, 2013

March is finally here! This month, we’ll be attending 4 trade shows, back-to-back. Every event caters to a unique group of food professionals. We’ll be showing our Microgreens, Edible Flowers, Herb & Flower Crystals™ and other specialty items to chefs, restaurant owners, caterers, mixologists, foodservice distributors & retailers.

International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of NY:
Booth: 1456
Microgreens & Edible Flowers on Center Stage

We’re starting off at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show: http://www.internationalrestaurantny.com/Show-Info/ in New York. This show is exciting and fast-paced, attracting a huge crowd of industry professionals including high-end restaurant chefs and those who supply them.

Every kind of food product and restaurant supply you can imagine will be on display at this show – from tablecloths to point-of-sale systems, from stoves to lighting. The show also features many great cooking demonstrations & sampling, chef competitions, food service education sessions, and other breakout sessions that restaurant people love.

Many of our customers attend this show, and they’re eager to see & taste our new products, such as our signature specialty Herb & Flower Crystals™. We enjoy having the chance to catch up with our friends and customers – and win some new ones too.

Natural Products Expo West:
Booth: 5758
A New Market for our Microgreens

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After New York, we’ll be traveling back to the West Coast for Natural Products Expo West: http://www.expowest.com/ew13/public/enter.aspx in Anaheim, California. It’s our first time exhibiting at this trade show, where buyers for retail stores attend to see the latest natural, and health-oriented products.

So why is Fresh Origins going to be there? We’ve seen microgreens for sale in a few retail grocery stores recently – and frankly, the quality is poor. We believe there are two reasons for this: first, we think retail store buyers are unfamiliar with quality standards for microgreens, so they don’t know what to expect – or demand. We have always sold to the nation’s top Chefs who demand great quality. Second, the quality of the microgreens is poor due to growing methods and less than ideal growing climates.

We see Natural Products Expo West as a huge opportunity for us to show retail buyers that we offer the very best, microgreens available, and demonstrate that Fresh Origins microgreens would be a great addition to their produce department.

Catersource:
Booth 2536
Microgreens, Edible Flowers & Herb Crystals™: the perfect finishing touch to Wedding Hors d’ oeuvres

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During the second half of March, we’ll be attending not one, but two shows in Las Vegas. We’re old hands at Catersource [http://www.catersource.com/conference-tradeshow/attend], a fantastic show that pulls in at least 7,000 catering professionals from across the country.

Caterers have been especially aware of the benefits of using our Microgreens and Edible Flowers – for them, food has to look as good as it tastes, and taste as good as it looks. Our Microgreens and Edible Flowers are a big draw at Catersource because they are unique and attractive, perfect for special events, especially weddings. Speaking of weddings…our gorgeous Crystallized Flowers are an amazing, all natural addition for cakes & cupcakes.

We also enjoy this show because we see so many of our customers here. It’s very social for us – lively and lots of fun. We also like the fact that we really stand out at Catersource, since we’re offering such unique and beautiful products there.

Nightclub & Bar Convention:
Booth 628
Herb & Flower Crystals™ for Mixologists

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Another first-time event for us, the Nightclub & Bar Trade Show http://www.ncbshow.com/why-attend-0 is where we will introduce a new product line: our Mini Herb Crystals™ & Mini Flower Crystals™. This is a finer-grained version of our popular Fennel, Rose, Basil and Mint Crystals that chefs and caterers use as an exciting & versatile ingredient in all kinds of dishes.

We’ve met several mixologists who love the garden-fresh tastes, new textures and beautiful colors they can introduce into their drinks with our new Mini Herb & Flower Crystals™, fresh Edible Flowers and even our fresh Microgreens.

We designed our new Mini Crystals for rimming cocktail glasses. The smaller granules adhere to the glass rim better than our larger Flower and Herb Crystals™, offering mixologists a way to accent drinks with color while injecting a blast of amazing flavor and exciting crunch.

mini crystals

We’ve researched other sugared products out there, and none compare to our crystals, with their naturally pure vibrant colors, our intense flavors and crunchy texture. That’s right – we add nothing artificial to our crystals. All the color and flavor comes directly from the fresh herb or flower.

If you’re planning to be at any of these shows, we’d love to see you! Please stop by our booth, sample some of our Edible Flowers, Microgreens and our Herb and Flower Crystals. Tell us what you think! We want your feedback, and we love kicking ideas around with our Chef & foodie friends.

Asian style Herbs & Greens

January 11, 2013

Fresh Origins has a wide variety of Asian style herbs & greens. Great flavor additions for noodles & rice! Float some Petite Thai Basil on Pho to add an intense herb essence. Micro Red & Green Shisos are wonderful when paired with fresh sushi. Seared rare ahi loves to be topped with our Micro Wasabi. Add some Gold Edamame Shoots™ to your stir-fry to add color, crunch and a yummy legume taste. Red Kaiware Shoots™ & Micro Benitade add a stunning color and spicy flavor to Kalbi short ribs or sesame chicken.

What would you do with our Asian products??

Asian Products

Happy New Year! Cheers to healthy eating!

January 4, 2013

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LA Food Wine Festival!

December 7, 2011

Fresh Origins was proud to be a sponsor of the First Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival in October 2011! The creators and producers of the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast proudly presented the next great culinary and live entertainment playground, where celebrity met celebrity chef. There were 58 Different events and 141 Chefs that participated! Some of the nation’s Top Chefs used our Microgreens & Edible Flowers on their dishes! Some of the Chefs included: Bradley Ogden, Daniel Boulud, Sam Choy, Roy Yamaguchi, Elizabeth Falkner, Johnny Iuzzini, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, & Masaharu Morimoto.

http://www.lafw.com

Masaharu Morimoto with Julie Sasuga of Fresh Origins

 Clam Chowder Congee, oyster cracker, Fresh Origins Micro Celery

LEXUS GRAND TASTING – SUNDAY 10/16 12:00-3:00PM

Chef Masaharu Morimoto—known to millions as the star of Iron Chefand Iron Chef America—has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western andJapanese ingredients.  He has effectively created a signature cuisine that has gained worldwide appeal and positioned him as one of the foremost chefs today.  Morimoto is executive chef at Morimoto Philadelphia,Morimoto New York, and Wasabi by Morimoto.  In July 2010, chef Morimoto opened his first West Coast restaurant, Morimoto Napa, in downtown Napa’s new Riverfront development, followed by the fall 2010 debut of Morimoto Waikiki in Waikiki EDITION, the new luxury lifestyle hotel developed by Ian Schrager and Marriott.

Sam Choy of Sam Choy’s, Hawaii with David & Julie Sasuga of Fresh Origins

Island Style Poke, Fresh Origins Micro Intensity Mix™

RED CARPET PREMIERE THURSDAY 10/13  7:00-10:00PM

Sam Choy’s colorful personality and welcoming smile have drawn customers to his multiple restaurants over the last 30 years, but it is his award-winning cooking that keeps them coming back.For the last 16 years, Sam has appeared on his weekly cooking show, Sam Choy’s Kitchen, on the Hawaiian Island’s local NBC affiliate. He has authored 16 cookbooks, has a frozen food line with a major international distributor, has his personal recipe sauces and dressings available in national food store chains and has designed first and business class menus for American’s Airlines International Flights. Choy is a four-time nominee for the James Beard Best Pacific Regional chef award, winning in 2004. He is often credited as the “Godfather of Poke” and the Culinary Ambassador of the Big Island. Sam also enjoys catering for private events and donates his time to support multiple charities.

Elizabeth Faulkner of Citizen Cake & Soma SF with David Sasuga of Fresh Origins

Baby summer squash, fig, uni, lemon olive oil, Fresh Origins Micro Basil

RED CARPET PREMIERE THURSDAY  10/13  7:00-10:00PM

With her spiky platinum hair and unstoppable creativity, Elizabeth Falkner has become one of the most recognizable faces of the Bay Area culinary world on Bravo, Food Network and beyond. She has been a frequent contestant, judge, and guest on Top Chef Masters, Top Chef, Iron Chef America, Sugar Rush, Tyler’s Ultimate with Tyler Florence, Rachael Ray’s $40 a Day, Martha Stewart Living, and more.

Falkner is the owner and Chef of two Michelin recommended restaurants in San Francisco. Citizen Cake patisserie, restaurant and bar in Pacific Heights, along with the popular SOMA restaurant bar and lounge Orson. Once known as the go-to for all things pastry, Elizabeth’s expertise is now widely acknowledged to have bridged the gap between sweet and savory.

Johnny Iuzzini of Jean-Georges, New York

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, Curry Mayo, Chocolate dirt, Fresh Origins Micro Sorrel

DECADENCE HOSTED BY SHERRY YARD   SATURDAY 10/15  10:00-2:00AM

Johnny Iuzzini, Executive Pastry Chef at award winning Restaurant Jean-Georges and café Nougatine in New York City, hails from the Catskills in upstate New York. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with twenty years of kitchen experience since the age of 15, he boasts a heavy list of experience at highly lauded dining locations such as The River Café in Brooklyn, NY, Daniel, Payard and Café Boulud in New York City.  His enrichment continued during a journey around the world in 1998 as well as to study pastry at some of the finest patisseries in France including LaDuree under Pierre Herme.

Chef Iuzzini was deemed “Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation in 2006, followed by accolades such as “10 Most Influential Pastry Chefs in America” by Forbes Magazine, “Best New Pastry Chef” by New York Magazine, and named one of the “Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America” two years in a row by Pastry Arts and Design Magazine. Iuzzini is the head judge of Bravo’s new culinary competition series “Top Chef Just Desserts” and the author of Dessert Fourplay: Sweet Quartets From A Four-Star Pastry Chef.

Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant

Main Lobster Dim Sum, chantarele mushroom, lobster foam, Fresh Origins Tiny Veggies™ Radish & Petite Shiso Red

LEXUS GRAND TASTING – SUNDAY SUNDAY 10/16  12:00-3:00PM

Based on childhood memories of the feelings and flavors of Hawaii, Roy invented what he refers to as “Hawaiian Fusion® Cuisine” — a tempting combination of exotic flavors and spices mixed with the freshest of local ingredients, always with an emphasis on seafood. Thusly inspired, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York at the age of 19, where, after several years of intense training, he became a Master Chef.

Yamaguchi is now regarded as a pioneer who mastered a distinctive style, which brought his cooking to the forefront of contemporary gastronomy. As testimony to his success, there are now 31 Roy’s, including 23 in the Continental U.S., 6 in Hawaii, 1 in Japan and 1 in Guam.

Honored early in his career with the prestigious James Beard “Best Pacific Northwest Chef” Award, Yamaguchi has hosted six seasons of the PBS-TV show, Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi seen on more than 300 stations in all 50 states, as well as in over 60 countries. Equally notable, he was a featured chef on the acclaimed TV Food Network program, My Country, My Kitchen which takes viewers back to his roots in Japan.

Happy Halloween! Pumpkin Soup Recipe.

October 13, 2010

Pumpkin, Lemongrass & Corn Soup with Petite Pumpkin Greens!

Ingredients:

4 cups pumpkin puree or mashed cooked pumpkin

1 fresh lemongrass stalk

1 onion, diced

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

2 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels

1 clove of garlic

4 tablespoons chopped parsley

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup heavy cream

3 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg

Directions:

Cut off the top and bottom of the lemongrass stalk and remove outer layers.  Then smash stalk with the side of a large heavy knife.  Cook lemongrass, onion, and garlic with salt, in butter and olive oil in a medium pot over medium-low heat, until onion is softened, about 10 minutes.  Add pumpkin, corn, tomatoes, with salt, pepper and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally.  A few minutes later, add cream, parsley, chicken stalk, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Simmer for another few minutes.  Then puree the soup either in a blender or using a hand-held blender.  Strain soup through a fine-mesh sieve into a large heatproof bowl.  Garnish with Fresh Origins Petite Pumpkin Green and MicroFlower™ Micro Marigold™!

  • Delicious fresh squash flavor. Grown from pumpkin seeds.
  • Vibrant green color will brighten fall plates and traditional holiday fare.
  • Good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and iron.
  • Get creative with the first ever Pumpkin seedling garnish!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

February 24, 2010

Luck of the

Irish Martini!

Fresh Origins Petite

Lucky Shamrocks™

½ oz Midori

1 oz Melon Vodka

½ oz Melon Juice

½ oz Sweet & Sour

Chilled Martini Glass

You don’t have to be Irish to get lucky with this fun cocktail! Add ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake vigorously, strain into martini glass. Garnish with Fresh Origins Lucky Shamrocks™.

Petite Lucky Shamrocks™

Perfect for St. Pattie’s Day; it’s time for Petite Lucky Shamrocks™ to dazzle March dishes! Extraordinary three, four, and five leafed clovers!  These large green leaves have a striking burgundy and white central pattern, and measure about one to one and a half inches in diameter.  Yummy clover taste.  Ideal for cocktails and salads.  Top meat and poultry entrées or use as a beautiful edible bed for seafood.  Dress up cakes and upscale pastries or float on soups.  Add a touch of luck to any plate!

Emmy’s appetizer September 2009.  Petite Lucky Shamrock™, Petite Hearts on Fire™, & Petite Nasturtium Leaf.

Fabulously Fresh: PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™

November 6, 2009

Petite Season's Mix TM

Executive Chef Andres Banuelos of the fabulous Hawthorn’s Restaurant is especially partial to fresh locally grown produce. Appreciating the bounty of California’s rich agricultural community, Chef Andres marvels at the superior quality of locally grown PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™. One of his favorite fresh greens, this premium Mix boasts brilliant colors, delectable textures and rich flavor. Chef Andres tells Specialty Produce that PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™ beautifully and deliciously enhances a variety of his outstanding specialties and offers limitless versatility.

Truly a gorgeous signature item of Fresh Origins Farm, San Marcos, California, glorious PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™ is a very impressive colorful blend of most all of Fresh Origins’ locally grown PetiteGreens and fresh greens. Not only luscious eye candy, complementary flavors are combined that absolutely delight the palate.

PetiteGreens are hardier, offer more flavor and are harvested much larger than MicroGreens. The next step beyond MicroGreens when it comes to color, texture and taste, nutritious PetiteGreens are cut when they are about three to five inches tall and about four to six weeks after planting. Larger than MicroGreens but smaller than baby greens, PetiteGreens are used mainly for fresh eating. As an edible garnish or added to fresh salads as a flavor accent, PetiteGreens are never tough or bitter, unlike mature cooking greens and herbs.

Offering exceptional color, texture and height, PetiteGreens contribute overall flavor and a very striking presentation. Favored by chefs for culinary versatility, PetiteGreens add a sophisticated touch to entrées, appetizers, crudités, hors d’oeuvres, hot or cold beverages, cocktails and desserts which definitely adds gourmet glamour to the fine dining experience.

Specifically grown for fresh eating, striking PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™ adds a flavor combination that makes the taste buds stand up and take notice. Drizzled with light vinaigrette or balsamic vinegar dressing, this lovely mix turns into a taste sensation. As a substitute for the superb goodness of PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™, choose PetiteGreen Primavera Mix™ or PetiteGreen Asian Mix. Create your very own flavorful blend by combining several varieties of premium PetiteGreens. The flavors of red amaranth, purple mustard and cinnamon basil are especially compatible. To store, refrigerate in a sealed container. Use promptly for optimum freshness.

Start spreading the news as Fresh Origins Farm at San Marcos, California, owned and operated by David Sasuga, is reputed for an outstanding selection of locally grown edible PetiteGreens and MicroGreens.

PetiteGreens are especially creating quite a buzz among chefs. Chefs praise the consistent quality and freshness of these truly remarkable versatile greens. Over grown microgreens are sometimes marketed by growers as Petites but Fresh Origins Farm’s PetiteGreens require an entirely different growing process than their MicroGreens. Fresh Origins Farm’s PetiteGreens are grown much differently than MicroGreens, resulting in superior form, color, flavor and uniform size. Overgrown MicroGreens may be less expensive but they tend to be stringy, too soft, have poor size uniformity, a reduced shelf life and lack flavor. Supplying area restaurants daily and year round with top quality PetiteGreens, Specialty Produce emphatically supports our local growers and farming industry. PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™ is available year round!