2016: Week 7 at the Source (Week 9 in the market)

Although Week 7 finally brought a reprieve in rainfall with only 54.3 mm (2.1 inches) and higher average temperatures, the consequences of Week 6’s horrendous conditions are evident. Average sugar content slightly declined, while the percentage of fruit with brix below 13.5 – 34 percent – increased. There was also higher than desirable variability in internal coloration (some fruit was found to be pale) and flavor and aroma levels. Weather definitely plays a determinant role in the quality of our fruit and the variability we see this week is a direct result of the conditions reported for Week 6. How do we plan to maintain a good balance between harvest age and the sugar content or translucency (maturity) of the fruit to be harvested during this challenging period? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out! 

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Superbug may have met its match….the Pineapple


The superbugs have been a growing threat for years due to an over reliance on antibiotics. What if I were to tell you that scientists have discovered another weapon to combat the superbug by simply fighting nature with nature?

Turns out the pineapple is a potential key component in the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria, also known as the superbug.  Studies have shown the enzymes, namely bromelain, contained within the stem and the roots of the pineapples can cure diarrhea in pigs. What a relief for both the pigs and the farmers!  This natural solution would reduce the reliance on antibiotics in pig farming while also having the effect of not only diminishing antibiotics in pigs themselves but also reducing the human exposure to antibiotics during consumption.

Scientist believe this may also help reduce diarrhea in humans as well.  So the next time you find yourself spending more time in the restroom than the office, try some pineapple, your organization will appreciate it.

Read more from the Sydney Morning Herald to learn about the natural superbug solution

Bromelain has been widely discussed in our blog read more about it here.

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“If You like Piña Coladas…”


We all know those famous words sang by Rupert Holmes. (Go ahead, click here before you continue reading. We know you want to). Winter is almost over and springtime is near. We can almost see it! Spring Break vacations are currently being booked and for many the thought of a warm and balmy tropical paradises awaits.

Bringing the tropics to you ahead of schedule, here’s a Tropical Pineapple Margarita Slushy recipe you’re sure to melt over, by Whole and Heavenly Oven. Great for a much sooner happy hour with friends, these margaritas can also accompany a nice home-cooked dinner.


Picture courtesy of Whole and Heavenly Oven

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 cups of frozen diced pineapple
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1-1/2 cups tequila
  • 3/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Place it all together in the blender and mix on high speed until smooth. Serve in salt-rimmed glass and viola! You got yourself an early spring vacation in a cup glass.


Dr. Lloyd

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Gimme’ Some Southern Hospitality


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Picture courtesy of Zazzle.com

Welcome Y’all!

Our readers originally from the Southern United States – known lovingly as “the South” – know that there are some items found atop a dining room table that are considered quintessential when it comes to entertaining. Quite frankly, any respectable Southern host or hostess couldn’t bare the thought of inviting guests over without these arguably necessary reception pieces. 

Sure, the list includes, ice cold sweet tea, warm homemade biscuits and crisp, yet creamy pecans. (Pronounced however you like it!)

Yet, what you you might not realize was also considered a very Southern adornment to the table was…you guessed it, a pineapple! Plenty more pineapples than flowers greeted guests to a family’s home during the 1600s and 1700s.

In fact, during America’s colonial days, a hostess’s ability to have a pineapple for an important dining event said as much about her rank as it did about her resourcefulness. The pineapple served as the ultimate table display and was a conversation starter. Even more interesting, the glowing, golden centerpiece was…rented. That’s right! As this post form Apartment Therapy explains, there is quite a story in the history of the hospitable pineapple.

Yes ma’am. People sure did go to great lengths to be charming and most importantly mind their manners. Now, if that’s not southern hospitality, we don’t know what is.

Y’all come back now, ya hear!

Dr. Lloyd

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2016: Week 6 at the Source (Week 8 in the market)

What we were reluctantly anticipating finally happened – Week 6 brought a very significant turn in weather patterns. How significant? For the past three reports we’ve had an average of about 40 mm (1.6 inches) of rainfall each week. Raining every single day, Week 6 brought a total of > 200 mm (8 inches) of rainfall! And it wasn’t just the rain. Minimum and average temperatures each dropped by 2 degrees C, while strong winds and dense cloud coverage canvased the farms. This was definitely the strongest cold front of the year thus far. How will we evaluate NDF and what do we know so far as a result of the conditions? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out! 

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It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s the Superfruit!

Pineapples are one of nature’s superfruits. These powerful pieces of produce are loaded with numerous vitamins and minerals. But do you know just how many vitamins and minerals make up the pineapple’s secret identity?

With almost x-ray vision,  the Authority Nutrition gives us a closer look at these golden, foot-sized nutritional heroes:


  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C is disease’s nemesis. Great for your immune system, Vitamin C also gives you glowing skin. Just one cup of pineapple contains 132% of Vitamin C. KAPOW!
  • Manganese –  An essential trace mineral, 76% of your daily required manganese intake is found in just one cup of pineapple. BOOM!
  • Copper – Pineapples also have good levels of natural copper, a co-creator in red blood cells. ZAP!
  • Folate (B9) – A Vitamin B complex, Folate is important for tissue growth and cell function. Especially for women who are pregnant, plenty of Folate is found in a serving of pineapple. WHAAM!

Listen to your body and make sure to feed it right. When it’s time to head to the market, just be sure to call on this superfruit. It’s always here to help!

Enjoy your pineapples!

Dr. Lloyd

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2016: Week 5 at the Source (Week 7 in the market)

The name of the game this week is – patience. Here’s where much of CHF’s skill is put to the test down on the farm. With a significantly drier January than the previous two years, we’re experiencing some variability. We’re strategically balancing harvest age and fruit maturity with pre-harvest sampling that is valid and reliable in order to stay ahead of the curve caused by developing cold fronts. Just how much potential stress are we trying to mitigate by this challenging weather coming next week? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out! 

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Chestnut Hill Farms Participates in Fruit Logistica


Chestnut Hill Farms and Procomer, a public Costa Rican institution who promotes the exportation of Costa Rican goods and services throughout the world, participated last week at Fruit Logistica 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Fruit Logistica is the leading trade fair for the international fresh produce trade. Fruit Logistica unites the fresh produce industry once a year and give’s industry makers the opportunity to approach potential business partners.

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2016: Week 4 at the Source (Week 6 in the market)

Last week’s cold fronts continue to roll in from the north, and while favorable weather continues with an increase in warmer temperatures, we are concerned about possible stress to plants brought on by last week’s slight drop. However, we suspect that because of the continued minimum precipitation we should expect less incidence of NDF than assumed from the temperatures alone. We will just have to wait and see what Week 5’s reports will show. In the meantime, fruit quality continues at Perfect Pineapple levels! How does this affect volumes moving forward? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out! 

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Pineapple is in the air!

In case you missed it, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. And everyone plays cupid differently. Some couples keep it traditional with flowers and chocolate, while others are just crazy for an elaborate date night.

Admittedly, we at CHF tend to fall in the latter category. Romantics? Possibly. Passionate? Definitely.  But what exactly makes our hearts melt? How about forget-me-not…dinners! 

The key to our cherished little hearts is an outrageously enchanting meal. So in the spirit of affection, here are some recipes that are sure to make you fall in love:


Image from Zazzle.com

To set the mood, try whipping up this refreshing Pineapple Cucumber Salad by Mom On Time Out. It’s light enough to leave plenty of room for a few more delicious courses.

As your entree, Carls Bad Cravings’ Thai Pineapple Peanut Chicken Satay and Pineapple Coconut Cashew Rice will impress your S.O. and showcase your (possibly, newly-found) cooking skills.

End the night with Dashing Dish’s Pineapple Whip. A perfect serving size for two, this delectable dessert will have you wanting more. (More sweets, of course!) 

Whether you have a romantic dinner at home or a picnic by the beach, we wish and your loved ones a very happy Valentine’s Day!


Dr. Lloyd

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