Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for Home Delivery Available A La Carte

Stay-At-Home orders and social distancing requirements are our new normal for the foreseeable future. As we adapt to the COVID19 crisis, our services are changing to better meet people’s needs. We are pleased to announce a la carte ordering for fresh fruits and vegetables for home delivery.

 

In addition to convenient and affordable packages, home delivery customers can now select individual items and receive the quantity and mix that works best for them. The minimum order for home delivery remains only $19 and the delivery fee is $5.

The following items are available a la carte:

  • Jazz apples
  • Gala apples
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Dole bananas
  • Clementines
  • D’Anjou pear
  • Avocado
  • Mango
  • Navel orange
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Grapefruit
  • Blueberries (1 dry pint)
  • Strawberries (16 oz clamshell)
  • Red seedless grapes (1 lb bag)
  • Green seedless grapes (1 lb bag)
  • Cherry tomatoes (1 dry pint)
  • Russet potato
  • Sweet potato
  • Onion
  • Garlic (1 head)
  • Carrots (1 cello bag)
  • Celery (1 head)
  • Green bell pepper

As always, our fresh fruit and vegetables are supplied by our trusted wholesale partners. This means our produce is never exposed to the public! Because we are not shopping for produce at the local grocery store, we are not contributing to shortages in our communities.

Thank you for supporting our small business! Thank you for your patience and your grace! We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve our neighbors and keep our employees working during this turbulent time.

Orchard Home Delivery Available in DFW Metroplex!

 

 

Expanding To Meet The Needs of Our Community

As more cities across North Texas enter mandatory Shelter At Home periods, Orchard Home Delivery is expanding to meet the needs of the community. From the addition of fresh vegetables and coffee to partnering with a local pie bakery, we are adapting to the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape.

Serving Seniors in North Texas

Our commitment to serving seniors has led us to create smaller fruit packages and a fresh fruit and veggie combination package that is ideal for couples or people who live alone. Since many seniors are not accustomed to ordering over the internet, we now offer telephone ordering. It is our pleasure to spend several minutes connecting over the phone with people who are isolated and lonely. Call us at 972-295-9091 and we will help you place an order.

A week’s worth of fresh produce delivered!

Serving People With Health Issues

Because we know that the coronavirus can survive on surfaces for an extended period of time, it is vital that people with compromised immune systems avoid exposure. Our fruit and vegetables are supplied by our trusted wholesale partners and come directly to our refrigerated warehouse in sealed cases from the distributors. This means our produce is never exposed to the public! Deliveries are made to the doorstep in a new, recyclable paper grocery bag to ensure adequate social distance is maintained and delivery professionals never enter a customer’s residence.

 

Serving Families with School-Aged Kids

Most families in the Metroplex are suddenly homeschooling since schools are closed for an indeterminate period. Parents are juggling remote work responsibilities and children’s learning needs. Bored and antsy kids are gobbling up snacks at an unprecedented rate. Orchard Snack Box features healthier versions of kids’ favorite junk foods. Unboxing a snack box filled with healthy treats is exciting and fun. It helps break the monotony and boredom of sheltering in place. It also saves parents a trip to the store!

Exciting, healthier snacks delivered to your door!

Serving Other Small Businesses

Orchard Home Delivery is proud to partner with another family-owned and operated local small business, Humble Pies. We are now delivering delicious, freshly made pies across the DFW Metroplex!

Humble Pies is owned by Sean and Erin Jett, a couple Orchard knows through our partnership with Dallas Running Club. Having a particular fondness for pie, Sean and Erin began gathering family recipes, perfecting their product, and finally, brought their dreams to fruition when they opened Humble Pies in May 2018.

“Pie is comforting and reminds us of our grandparents and holidays and family dinners,” says Erin. “Pie evokes memories. It’s simple food that is beautiful.” Order a beautiful, freshly made Humble Pie and get it delivered to your house!

Freshly baked Humble Pies delivered right to your door!

Delivering Locally Fresh-Roasted Coffee

Orchard Home Delivery is also partnering with Addison Coffee Roasters to deliver bags of fresh-roasted ground coffee. This exclusive, high-grown coffee has a bright, lively taste with plenty of fruit, and a hint of buttery caramel in the aroma, roasted to medium and ground for drip. A great all-around favorite, this coffee is perfect to homebrew at your own Café Quarantine. 

Locally-roasted, fresh ground coffee delivered to your door!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working To Save Jobs

Orchard At The Office employs 24 North Texans in addition to being the sole source of income for the founders’ family of 6. However, our business is by no means in a unique situation during this crisis. We are deeply grateful for the support we are receiving from the DFW community. THANK YOU for supporting our small business and please continue to patronize the small businesses in your area. We are determined to emerge from this crisis stronger and kinder. BE POSITIVE AND STAY NEGATIVE, NORTH TEXAS!

Fitness Snacks: Exercise for the Busiest People

 

The average American works longer hours and faces longer commutes than a decade ago. The advent of cell phones and text messaging means that many of us can never really have guaranteed time away from work. Could a fitness snack break be a solution for busy employees?

Trying to accomplish the American Heart Association’s recommendations for physical activity is a struggle for many. Finding 30 minutes to exercise each workday can seem impossible, much less securing an hour each day to achieve weight loss and shape transformation goals.

There’s Always Time for Snacking

That solid 30- to 60-minute block for a workout might be far-fetched for you. The solution is taking little fitness bites throughout the day. Think of them as fitness snacks.

High intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are the James Brown of fitness– you hit it and quit it. Sets are 20 to 90 seconds each, but they engage multiple muscle groups and rely on your own bodyweight for resistance. This gives you more bang for your fitness buck and can be a lot more productive than 30 minutes on the treadmill.

We suggest taking five minutes at the end of each hour of your workday (except lunch) for a fitness snack. (If you have a wearable device that reminds you to get moving, that’s a great reminder to take your “snack.”)

Your Fitness Snack Buffet

Just like you choose healthy snacks at work, you can incorporate physical activity into your day. Try one exercise per hour over the course of your day. Increase the duration or reps as you get stronger. Rotate through the list for a full-body workout.


Plank
– Start with 10-second increments and work your way up to two minutes. Daily Burn demonstrates the dos and don’ts of planking. This is an easy exercise to do in a cubicle.

 

 

Tricep Dips – Start slowly and with few repetitions. Very Well Fit shows how do tricep dips. Make sure you have a stationary chair and you’ll have arms like Michelle Obama from this fitness snack in a few months.

 

 

Lunges – Do a few slowly while paying close attention to form before increasing your reps. Greatist has lunging basics and a few variations to keep it interesting. Lunges are like tricep dips for your lower body. Hold onto a chair for balance if needed.

 

Mountain Climbers – This is one the most physically aggressive exercises on our list, which means it burns a nice little bundle of calories and could make you break a sweat. The New York Times has a video to help you get started.

 

Dance Break – Pump up the jams and get your body moving. This is also a great stress-breaker. Freestyle to your favorite tune. Learn the moves to a fun music video from your youth. (We dare you to try out some New Edition choreography.) One song should do the trick for each fitness snack.

Pay Attention to Your Body

Before starting your snack, prime your body for each bite. Stand up, roll your shoulders and bend your knees a few times. After you finish each round, stretch your hands above your head and take deep breaths until your breathing is normal. Gently stretch the area you just worked. Grab some water to stay hydrated.

As in all things fitness, listen to your body. Speak with your doctor if there may be concerns about taking on an exercise program. If it hurts more than a challenging stretch, stop.

 

Now get to snacking!

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus

Washing hands with soap and water in bathroom to protect from coronavirus and viral illnesses like flu
Handwashing is the first, best defense against viral illnesses

Headlines are hopping with news about the coronavirus outbreak in China this month. With world travel so easy in our modern world, it is no surprise that cases of coronavirus are appearing in the United States. Understanding this virus and taking preventative actions are your two best measures to protect yourself from coronavirus.

What is Coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the current outbreak is of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV for short. Symptoms may appear two days to two weeks after exposure to the virus and people are contagious prior to becoming symptomatic.

2019-nCoV has a reported range from zero symptoms to severe illness and death. Common pneumonia-like symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

How is Coronavirus Transmitted?

This particular virus does not seem to have animal transmission like many other coronaviruses. Person-to-person transmission likely occurs through respiratory droplets. Coughing, sneezing and exhalation carry a virus in the tiny droplets that are expelled.

While people may not be breathing directly on one another, they may leave these carrier droplets on surfaces that others touch. In short, it spreads like the flu.

Take Action to Protect Yourself and Loved Ones

Your first, best defense against coronavirus and other viruses is to wash your hands. It may sound too simple.

Consider everything your hands touch in a day. Desks, pens, shared computer surfaces, telephones, conference tables, printers, door handles– the list of potentially contaminated surfaces in an office is too numerous to list in full. Instead of wrapping everything in paper or wearing nitrile gloves at work, just wash your hands.

Review the CDC’s recommendations for handwashing. Wet your hands with clean water. Lather long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” twice, scrubbing under the nails and cleaning the backs of your hands as well. Rinse with clean water. Use a clean towel to dry or air dry.

Viruses seek admittance to your body through your mucous membranes. Don’t touch your face unless your hands have been washed. Wash your hands before eating. Don’t put a pen to your lips or nose to help you think. If you regularly need to brush your hair out of your face, wear it up or back to eliminate possible transmission. Hand sanitizer is no substitute for good handwashing.

Be considerate toward others and stay home if you feel sick. If someone in your office seems to be sick, avoid physical contact completely. Keep a distance of at least three feet when you must be in the same room.

If you do rely on mass transit as part of your commute, wear nitrile gloves and avoid touching yourself above the shoulders until your trip is complete and you can discard the gloves. A thick respiratory mask may help you protect yourself from viruses in a cramped subway car, but a surgical mask won’t offer much protection from flying respiratory particles. You might also consider driving for a few weeks.

Practice Daily Wellness Habits

Because there is no vaccine to protect yourself from coronavirus, it is imperative that you bolster your immune system. Sleep deprivation makes people more susceptible to illness, therefore it is imperative to get adequate high-quality sleep. Good nutrition is essential to maintaining optimal immunity to the germs we are exposed to every day. Choose fresh fruit and vegetables and a lean protein at every meal. Regular exercise such as 30 minutes of brisk walking stimulates the immune system.

Since coronavirus is a lot like the flu, practice standard flu safety. And don’t underestimate the power of handwashing.

 

The New Cosmic Crisp Apple – Everything You Should Know

new cosmic crisp apple variety

A new variety of apple called the Cosmic Crisp became available to the public in December 2019. This highly-anticipated apple has had no shortage of controversy since its announcement and was even embroiled in a legal dispute between Washington State University and Seattle startup Phytelligence.

The New York Times has commented on the apple as being “dramatically dark” and “explosively crisp and juicy”- even going so far as to call it “the most promising and important apple of the future.” Let’s explore why it’s causing so much excitement:

What Is the Cosmic Crisp Apple?

The Cosmic Crisp is a hybrid of the Honeycrisp apple and Enterprise apple. Breeding of this variety began in 1997 in Wenatchee, Washington and is most notably praised for its beautiful appearance. Its light spots against its red skin call to mind a galaxy- hence the name Cosmic Crisp.

It was grown to have the taste of a Honeycrisp but the shelf life of an Enterprise. It takes around 3 years to produce a crop.

History of the Cosmic Crisp

Even though the majority of American apples are grown there, the Cosmic Crisp apple is the first apple variety developed in Washington State (apples are also the Washington State fruit as of 1989).

12 million Cosmic Crisp apple trees were pre-ordered by orchards in the spring of 2017, making it the largest apple launch in history. Washington state growers will maintain exclusive growing rights to the Cosmic Crisp apple variety for the first decade.

Experts are predicting the apple’s large size and juicy flavor will make it a huge hit with consumers. They are also slow to brown even after being cut and are able to maintain their flavor and texture even after being in storage for over a year.

The Cosmic Crisp Apple Lawsuit

Phytelligence was actually a spin-off company from Washington State University, having been founded by one of its professors, Amit Dhingra.

After signing an agreement with Washington State University in 2012 to grow Cosmic Crisp trees on behalf of the school, both parties eventually became locked in a long-standing legal dispute over propagation rights and patent infringement claims. Phytelligence was seeking a license to sell the trees while WSU claimed the startup was selling Cosmic Crisp trees though unauthorized to do so.

In June of 2019, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit against WSU. Eventually, Phytelligence announced in September 2019 that their board of directors unanimously decided to liquidate its assets and shut down the company.

where can I buy cosmic crisp apples?

Cosmic Crisp Apple – Where to Buy

Washington State is promoting the release of this new apple with the largest campaign in apple industry history for a single apple variety. They are estimated to spend over $10 million on marketing efforts, starting with the tagline “Imagine the Possibilities.”

Consumers are able to buy Cosmic Crisp apples in a wide variety of grocery stores since its national release. Orchard at the Office plans to offer this as an office fruit delivery option shortly after its launch.