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Mango Mania 2019

August 14, 2019

 

Customers blew our minds with awesome displays of  #MuchosMangoes

The Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania #MuchosMangoes promotion is the collision point between Nayarit and Sinaloa peak mango production, happening in the height of consumer demand,  SUMMERTIME. For two months, usually starting to build volumes and displays in June, building up to  gigantic consumer sales and buzz in July, a mango mania frenzy takes over the nation.  The promotion happens when the orchards are at their most copies and this year we not only had over the top quality and a vast array of sizing options, but we had more participants in our annual display contests that we hold in conjunction with our wholesales and retailers.

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Featured, Kitchen

Fresh Summer Thai with Mangoes

July 30, 2019

Make vibrant and tasty  Thai dishes in a flash

This past weekend I re-discovered the beauty of some old recipes I had written years ago for Ger-Nis while re-purposing them for a mango cooking class I taught at the Sacramento Natural Foods Coop, which also happens to be one of my favorite grocery stores in the country.

The class,  part of Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania events, Fresh Summer Thai, featuring mangoes- reminded me of how lucky we are to have Mexican mangoes in peak season in the dead of our summer time. It also reminded me how Thai inspired recipes are some of the tastiest, healthiest and easiest recipes to whip up when it’s hot. I tend to forget how hot it gets throughout the USA and Canada, because I live in the one part of the country where cool foggy summers are the norm, where hot soup feels comforting  to eat on the 4th of July.

These recipes were revamped from one of my most popular classes back in Brooklyn, where hot steamy summers were the norm and these refreshing, mango-centric dishes offered a cooling and joyful effect.  By using them in the class myself, I  was able to make some new alterations to the recipes and improve them. Making them even more tastier and even simpler than they were before!

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Foretelling the Mexican Season Wind Down

July 29, 2019

It’s  complicated depending on who you ask…..

Currently Crespo Organic is on the downside of  peak of Kent season from Sinaloa. The Nayarit region has finished and all packhouses in that region have closed. Our orchards in Sinaloa, which dot the surrounding area of our hometown El Rosario and encircle our main packhouse, Empaque Don Jorge,  are brimming with ample volumes and varied sizes.  We are currently harvesting Kent mangoes and, in a few weeks, will be harvesting Mexico’s final variety- the Keitt.  The best news to report is that the outstanding quality we have seen all season long  is currently looking to trend the same through most of August, more than that,  I find the foretelling of the end of the Mexican mango season difficult.

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Bolinas Summer Mango Mania

June 16, 2019

#MuchosMangoes are coming to Bolinas….RIDE THE WAVE…..

The Crespo Organic Kitchen, the culinary education arm of Crespo Organic Mangoes and part of my produce, marketing and education company- Ger-Nis Culinary  & Herb Center  is located in the beautiful northern, surf and art village of  Bolinas, California. This summer we are celebrating mangoes BIG TIME in our own backyard. Giving back to the many lovers we have discovered here and even some we may have had part of building. The town of Bolinas throws a gigantic weeklong party to celebrate the 4th of July and we thought there was no better time to provide them with and celebrate Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania! Between July 3rd and July 7th Bolinas will be dripping in sweet organic mangoes…. we encourage you all to come, join in and ride the wave.

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A Celebration of Mexico & Mangoes

June 14, 2019

 Bolinas Summer Mango Mania celebrates authentic Mexico cuisine and  local organic farmers with Ger-Nis Supper Club, join in……..

During the weekend celebration that is Bolinas Summer Mango Mania ( July 4th – July 7th) we are offering up a special treat as the Crespo Organic Kitchen and Ger-Nis Culinary partner up to host their second annual, A Celebration of Mexico feast. The Ger-Nis’ Sunday Supper club, held seasonally and typically on a Sunday- moves to Saturday and  not only features a totally mango-centric menu but a PURO-MEXICO experience utilizing the hyper-local and organic produce around from a remote little beach village in northern California, called Bolinas. . The supper club is a unique eating and educational experience that showcases the goods of local, organic, sustainable and fairly traded farm products and aims to better educate consumers about farming and farm culture through unique food experiences.. This summer we celebrate the Crespo family by offering up  the seafood rich cuisine of the coastal Sinaloa region where the Crespo family calls home- El Rosario.  Educational will seep in through your taste buds.

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Summertime Crop Update

June 13, 2019

 

 Mexican organic mango season prepares for great peak. We will all be dripping in sweet mango mania.

I do a fair amount of writing work in addition to all my other doings…. This article was originally written for and published (in edited form) by Organic Produce Network, to see the edited version on OPN’s weekly newsletter- click here.

Consumers are having an excellent Mexican organic mango season, larger than normal displays of great looking and tasting fruit are bountiful and prices have been incredibly appetizing. This mango mania is expected to continue as the season has completed the transition into the most voluminous northern producing regions of Nayarit and Sinaloa. Reports of orchards of abundance  mangoes will surely bring ample promotions over the hot summer months when consumer cravings are most copious.

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The Crespo Organic Kitchen Celebrates Summer Mango Mania

June 12, 2019

 

Muchos mango-centric events are coming. Are you all ready?

Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania is here and The Crespo Organic Kitchen, partnering with Ger-nis are going to make it extra special this summer.  The Crespo Organic Kitchen is essentially the test kitchen for all things Crespo Organic, managed by my company Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center ; a small food  education,   sales & marketing  and media company;  specializing in local, organic, fairly traded,   sustainable food and agricultural. Ger-Nis  supports small global growers around the world in with a bevy of services, skills and connections.

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My Sipsong Indira Mango Magic

June 8, 2019

It’s not for the simple minded, its weird and fun and complex, as I like it!

I often hear that my recipes seem complicated. I also hear once given a chance and actually made, they are easily executable, work well and are enjoyable to make.  In the kitchen (and maybe life) I teeter between the quick-and-easy and the more-steps-than-usual (but still easy). It’s kind of like walking many miles; the walking part is easy; the many miles part takes  simple action and will.

This recipe is seemingly complicated. It has a lot of steps and many ingredients. It offers deeply exotic rewards, but requires will… and work. Sometimes I get a weird idea, and it unravels into something even more weird. But as my therapist always says about my unraveling, I always land somewhere pragmatic. This recipe is just that.

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Empaque Don Jorge (Agricola Crespo)

May 22, 2019

Mango Holding Area, Empaque Don Jorge, El Rosario, Sinaloa Mexico

Boasting the most efficient and modern mango pack house around

Disclaimer: This is a boastful and prideful post about a packing house that I truly believe in. I’m one of a few globally well-traveled industry folks with an extremely diverse make up of commodities, markets, cultures and systems. I have seen a lot of packing houses and “sheds” in my travels and this one is my personal favorite- which is why I’ work with them. Boasting this facility and the Crespo’s is the natural outcome of my true beliefs.

 

We don’t talk enough about packing houses in our business yet this is the one place that usually solves and/or causes most problems in terms of product quality and food safety. Most fruits and vegetables are harvested and then brought to a packing house or shed where they are then packed into various bulk or retail packaging. These large and small sorting/packing hubs serve as the distribution outlet for the farm  and/or the farmers. These facilities can be modern, elaborate, high tech, clean and simple, dirty and even  bare bones covered (shaded) tables where things like fresh herbs are packed right out of the field.

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