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How Chestnut Hill Farms Partner The Fructus Foundation is Creating Change in Costa Rica

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From Scholarships to Business Opportunities, The Fructus Foundation is Supporting Our Costa Rican Community

As a company, one of our core values is giving back. We’re always looking for new ways to support our community through both sustainability efforts and social programs. That’s why we’re proud to be long-time partners of The Fructus Foundation, or Fundación Fruktus, a local charity established in Costa Rica. This group works to implement a wide variety of programs in the country, from developing infrastructure to providing scholarships to supporting local low-income families. Through their initiatives, they seek to build and support sustainable communities while creating opportunities for the future. Read on to discover just some of the fantastic projects The Fructus Foundation completed in 2019, as well as some of the goals it has planned for 2020.

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Putting Community First: How Chestnut Hill Farms Gives Back

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Chestnut Hill Farms Donates Almost 70,000lbs of Pineapple to Food Banks

At Chestnut Hill Farms, we believe in putting people first. During this pandemic and beyond, we have strived to give back to our community at every opportunity. Through partnerships with organizations across Costa Rica and the United States, we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, and we’re eager to continue supporting our people, our communities, and our futures.

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De-Bunking the Pull Apart Pineapple

Setting the Record Straight on this Prickly Life Hack

Last week, pineapples stepped into the internet spotlight when a viral video claimed Twitter fame. Twitter user Dennis Naghizadeh started the pull apart pineapple craze with a video from Tik Tok. The video features a pineapple being pulled apart with ease for a seemingly effortless snacking experience.

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Giving Back to Our Costa Rica Community

Growing More than Food in Costa Rica

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Here at Chestnut Hill Farms, we are passionate about what we do. Our first customer began with a handshake and a contract written on a table napkin, and we continue that relationship-based model of business to this day.

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Where the Perfect Pineapple Grows

Eco-Friendly Farming & Rainforest Protection

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Here on Chestnut Hill Farms, we have the pleasure of working in paradise everyday. No, we don’t mean to brag, but we are thankful. Our farms are located in Guapiles, Costa Rica, right over the hill from Tortuguero National Forest. Living and working in such a lush, ecologically diverse environment has allowed us to grow more appreciative of our surroundings. This is why we bear in mind rainforest protection and remain eco-conscious of the impact of our farms while growing the perfect pineapple.

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A Perfect Pineapple Holiday Season

Perfect Pineapple Gift Ideas

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Not only are our perfect pineapples available year-round, they can make for the perfect gift this holiday season! As the days of family get-togethers quickly approach, it’s time to start thinking about what presents to give to the ones that you love most. Historically, the pineapple has always been viewed as being a symbol of welcome, friendship, and hospitality for events. If the fruit were displayed during colonial times when the fruit was expensive and rare, guests knew that no expense had been spared to make them feel honored and welcomed. Make your guests feel welcome this season with these perfect pineapple gift ideas!

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Fall in Costa Rica

Our Perfect Pineapples Are Available Year-Round!

our perfect pineapples are available year-round

While most areas of the world are familiar with the four seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall, the Costa Rican climate typically falls into two categories: rainy season and dry season. This rainy or “green” season, typically lasts from May to November, with November being the most unpredictable month when it comes to rainfall. Here at Chestnut Hill Farms, our farms are located in the fertile valleys of the Roxana de Guapiles and Villa Franca regions of Guapiles, Costa Rica. The soil of our farms has a relatively low pH, meaning that our perfect pineapples are available year-round.

Dry Season in Costa Rica

Looking toward the fall and winter months in Costa Rica, we are leaving the rainy season behind and entering the drier months. However, don’t let the term “winter” fool you, as our average temperatures are a tropical 82°F (28°C) all year long! There is some fluctuation in this temperature from area to area, as lower lying areas such as the Pacific and Caribbean regions will be slightly warmer, and northern zones with higher elevations will experience cooler temperatures. There are also factors that can bring on the dry season earlier in some years than others, including El Niño activity. Overall, September and October are typically the rainiest months in the country, while November is the transitionary period between the rainy and dry seasons.

Luckily, even during the rainy season, most areas in Costa Rica will experience sunny mornings and days with showers in the afternoons and evenings. With our farms being located just over the hill from the Tortuguero National Park, or the “Costa Rican Amazon”, we are nestled perfectly near the port city of Limon. This is where the majority of our pineapples are exported to the United States and Europe. Year-round pineapple production is key to the Costa Rican economy, as a 2017 study conducted by the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE) found that the pineapple business sector of the country employed approximately 32,000 individuals directly. Not only this, but pineapples constitute 10% of the country’s total exports, making it the main agricultural export.

As both producers and consumers, we are thankful that the Costa Rican climate provides the perfect weather for growing perfect pineapples year-round. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to enjoy your pineapple this season, check out some of our favorite fall recipes here!

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Healthy Halloween Treats

Celebrate with These Healthy Halloween Pineapple Recipes!

On a holiday where candy reigns supreme, it may be strange to hear the words “healthy” and “Halloween” used together. While your little ones may be set on reaping the benefits of an evening spent trick or treating, this doesn’t mean that you can’t add a bit of nutrition to the holiday. Juicy, fresh pineapple can add a healthy twist to your mini monsters’ cuisine this Halloween and with it’s sweet flavor, they’ll swear it’s just as good as candy! With just a little bit of innovation, you are bound to trick your little monsters into loving these healthy treats. Check out some of our favorite healthy Halloween pineapple recipes below.

Candy Corn Granola Bars

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Ingredients: 

• 2 cups rolled oats

• 1 cup sunflower seeds

• 1/3 cup honey

• pinch of salt

• ¼ cup chopped fresh dried Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple

• ¼ cup chopped dried apricots

• ½ cup whole-milk plain yogurt

Directions: 

1. Our first step is to prep the dried pineapple. Slice your pineapple into chunks, and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set your oven to 225°F and bake each side of the pineapple chunks until dried, about 25-30 minutes on each side. 

2. Preheat your oven to 400°F. 

3. Spread oats and sunflower seeds on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until fragrant, 5 to 8 minutes.

4. Coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray. Cook honey in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, without stirring, until large foamy bubbles form, 2 to 4 minutes. (The bubbles will start out small and increase to about ¾ inch or larger when the honey is done.)

5. Immediately pour the toasted oat mixture and salt into the honey; stir until completely coated. Quickly press the granola into the prepared pan using a heat-resistant spatula coated with cooking spray. Top the granola with a circle of pineapple pieces in the center of the pan and then create a ring of apricot pieces around it, stopping about 2 inches from the edge. Gently press the dried fruit into the granola. Let cool for 30 minutes. Cut into 8 wedges and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the wedges on the pan and spoon 1 tablespoon yogurt onto the bottom third of each wedge. Place in the freezer until the yogurt hardens, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail

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Ingredients:

• Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple, cut into bite-sized chunks

• Oranges, cut into bite-sized chunks

• Whipped cream

• Candy corn

Directions: 

1. In a clear glass, layer pineapple, then oranges and top with whipped cream and a couple pieces of candy corn. Serve right away or refrigerate until ready to serve. It’s as easy as that!

Candy Corn Popsicles 

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Ingredients:

•  1/4 cup cream of coconut

• 3/4 cup coconut water

• 1 cup pineapple juice from fresh Chestnut Hill Farms Pineapple

• 1 cup mango juice

• red food coloring

Directions:

1. Combine the cream of coconut and coconut water in a measuring cup. Pour into 10 3-ounce or 8 4-ounce ice-pop molds, dividing evenly.

2. Freeze until set, at least 2 hours.

3. Mix the mango juice with 1 drop of red food coloring in a measuring cup. Pour on top of the coconut mixture, dividing evenly. Insert the ice-pop sticks, pushing gently into the coconut mixture. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.

4. Pour the fresh pineapple juice on top of the mango, dividing evenly. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours and up to 4 days.

Want more fun ways to use pineapple during the holidays? Learn how to make your own pineapple jack-o-lantern here!

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 41

·Increase in precipitation recorded this week – 54.5 mm (2.15 inches)
·Very stable harvest pattern continues
·Quality improvements are notable – improved sugar content, internal and external color
·Public employees continue strike into its fourth week
·Talks between parties continue stalled
·Courts have declared strike illegal so some employees are returning to work
·Ports operating almost normal, only delays caused by roadblocks
·Volumes are back to normal levels

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How to Cut a Pineapple

Easy Steps for How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple

No matter what way you slice it, a fresh pineapple’s exterior isn’t nearly as tough as you’d think. Although this peculiar looking fruit may look intimidating to break down with its tall crown and spikey skin, a fresh Chestnut Hill Pineapple can be sliced into bite-sized chunks in a matter of minutes. Check out these easy steps on how to cut a fresh pineapple for a healthy, affordable, quick snack. Then check out the short video below to see just how easily this can be done!

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