Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The FruitGuys Review & Giveaway

~~~THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED~~~



About The FruitGuys!
Information from website.

The FruitGuys is the industry leader in providing farm-fresh produce to the American workplace.

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in San Francisco, The FruitGuys has pioneered this fast-growing category that provides viable solutions to the ever-challenging workplace health crisis. The company was founded on the premise that bringing healthy brain food to the office can boost productivity, improve wellness and help companies improve their bottom lines.

The FruitGuys provides fresh seasonal fruit from local farms to thousands of American businesses, from small family-run businesses to major Fortune 500 corporations. The FruitGuys has been called upon by some of the most well-known businesses in the nation, including Littler Mendelson, Yahoo!, Yamaha, VMWare, Wells Fargo, among thousands of other industry leaders.

We consider ourselves fortunate to work with customers who share our ideals about health, the environment, and our communities. The FruitGuys launched our Farm Steward Program in April 2008 to support sustainable small family farming. We donate 88,000 pounds of fresh fruit a year (more than 7,000 pounds a month) to non-profit groups and regional food pantries nationwide, such as Somethin' Fresh. With your support, we sent over 7,000 pieces of fresh fruit to food-banks and programs for families in need over the winter holidays with our Donate-A-Crate Program.

The FruitGuys named one of the fastest-growing services in the US in 2008 and 2009 according to Inc.com.

How The FruitGuys Works!
It’s where you live, work, learn and give: For 12 years we’ve been delivering fresh fruit to offices as a way to help keep employees at worksites healthy. Then it hit us – sure folks spend lots of time at work but staying healthy is about staying consistent – especially with your diet and physical activity. We needed to come up with a way to help people access fruits and veggies in all the places they are during their day. Thus our home, school and gift programs began to bloom. Throughout our website you may see some maps that we ask you to click on to determine what products you see. This is because we believe in trying to localize as much as we can about our fruit and veggie mixes and thus work with different farmers by region (season permitting). You’ll be able to see what’s in your mix by area. We’ve also tried to make it easy for you on an administrative level by creating a structure that allows for standing orders and emailable billings. As always if you have any questions just let us know. Our phone is easy to remember. Just put your fingers together and dial 1-877-FRUIT-ME.

Offices: If you’re at the office and want to replace the unhealthy junk food in your break-room with healthy fruit, or if you just want to add a healthy option for those end of the month birthday celebrations, then our Office fruit program is for you. Learn more about fruit for the office.

Homes: If you’re an individual who is working long hours and would like to shop organically but just don’t have the time, or if you are someone who really doesn’t cook but would like to learn and would like to use ingredients that are healthy and natural then our home or take home delivery program is for you. Learn more about our TakeHome fruit and veggie program.

Schools: If you are a superintendant, a nutrition service provider, a principal or the educator charged with administering the USDA FFVP program, then we encourage you to check out our FFVP program that has been designed to meet the stringent requirements set forth by the USDA. Learn more about The FruitGuys FFVP program.

If you have a college student that you want to send fruit to as a way to keep them healthy at school, learn more about our DormSnack program.

Are you in a PTA or PTO and want to find out how to bring healthy fruit to the class rooms in your school so the kids have a great snack during their day? Contact us at 877-FRUIT-ME or email info@fruitguys.com.

Gifts: Want to send a personal and memorable gift or are you representing a company that wants to customize or co-brand something organic, sustainable and environmentally friendly. Learn more about our gift programs.

The FruitGuys Experience!
As you've read before on my blog about 90% or more of the foods I buy are organic. Our local grocery store (which is a 15 minute drive) does carry a few organic products including produce. However, the produce is very limited. I travel 30 minutes (one way) once a week to Whole Foods to do my grocery shopping. I stock up on produce during my one week trip. With organic produce it is difficult to buy enough to last a whole week without spoiling. When I came across The FruitGuys online I thought it was such a fabulous business! You can live anywhere and get fresh organic produce delivered to your door. No traveling and no hauling kids to the store, brilliant idea! What is even better that you are getting organic produce is that you are eating local, in season fruits and veggies which is the best way to eat.

The FruitGuys generously sent me the large Fruit and Veggie TakeHome Pack. The TakeHome Pack came in a large heavy duty box. This eco-friendly box is made of 75% post-consumer recycled cardboard and printed with soy-based inks. Only the safest materials used to get your fresh organic fruits & veggies to you!
Ethan ready to dig in!

Everything was packed nicely and had no bruising. The whole box smelled divinely of strawberries, they were so ripe! I laid it all out on a tray so I could see what we were sent. 

  • 2 pears
  • 4 Pink Lady apples (my favorite!!)
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 tangerine
  • 1 orange
  • 2 peaches
  • 3 zucchini
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 1 head of orange cauliflower
  • several mushrooms
  • 3 pieces of rhubarb
  • 1 package of basil
  • 1 package of strawberries
The mushrooms were the freshest I have ever seen! I love mushrooms and put them in an omelet the next morning for breakfast.  Everything else we ate pretty much raw (except for the zucchini and rhubarb) and it was very ripe and delicious!

Overall the quality of the fruits and veggies were great. I think considering the cost of the tray is a good deal especially when you figure in your TIME and MONEY spent on gas going to get these items. Some of these items I can not even get at my Whole Foods such as the orange cauliflower (that I was dying to try out but all WF still carries is conventional!)  and rhubarb. This is a great way to get organic produce to you anytime, anywhere.

Stay tuned soon for a yummy smoothie recipe I whipped up with my fresh The FruitGuys strawberries! (hint: you may even get extra entries for commenting about it ;-)


BUY IT! You can purchase directly from The FruitGuys.


WIN IT! The FruitGuys is giving away 1 Large Fruit & Veggie TakeHome Pack  to a Take Time to Smell the Rose reader! 


You have the chance to enter several entries by the doing the following. Each one counts as 1 entry unless otherwise specified. I am now making it a requirement to follow my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect to enter my giveaways.
  • MANDATORY ENTRY(You also must be following my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect)-counts as 1: AND Look around at The FruitGuys to see what they offer. Tell me which region your TakeHome Pack would come from & what interests you the most in this weeks mix. 
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    • Did you earn the extra 10 entries for blogging & adding my button? Read here for details. Leave a comment for each entry below as "Qualified for 10 extra entries #1", "Qualified for 10 extra entries #2", etc. 
        • Grab my  Take Time to Smell the Rose button. Leave URL where it is posted.
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          • Follow Smell_the_Rose  AND FruitGuys on Twitter AND tweet about this giveaway. After initial "tweet" you may gain an extra entry each day. Limit 1 tweet a day.  Leave URL where you tweeted in your comment. 
          • 'Like' The FruitGuys on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall that I sent you to them. 
                  • Make a comment on any non-giveaway Healthy Living Event post. (one comment per post- but unlimited posts). Click here to see the list of posts. There will be lots of non-giveaway posts throughout the month! One comment on a post can qualify for all giveaways.

                                    Please copy and paste this for your tweets: 


                                    Win an #organic tray of Fruits & Veggies  from @FruitGuys and @Smell_the_Rose. #HealthyLivingEvent  http://tinyurl.com/TheFruitGuys


                                    **Leave your email on each comment. You must do this in order to win!**

                                    Giveaway ends Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 9:00 p.m.(CST) Winner will be drawn by the random number generator at Random.org and will be notified by email. Winner will also be announced on this blog. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.

                                    This giveaway is open to USA residents ONLY . Must be 18 years old or older to win.

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                                    saturdaynightfever said...

                                    Central region; I like the Organic Staples!

                                    edgenemmers@gmail.com

                                    TXsunlover said...

                                    I follow on GFC. I am in Central and I like the yellow peaches and pink lady apples in this week's mix.
                                    Thanks for the chance to win!
                                    proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

                                    Light474 said...

                                    I'd love to try their Organic Fruit & Veggie takehome. I can't believe that it's only $24 dollars for the whole case. It's a great deal!

                                    Jennifer M said...

                                    Mine would come from Chicago and I like the organic regular fresh fruit.

                                    sherri419 said...

                                    Mine would be East Coast and the item I am most excited about would be the white peaches! Yummy!

                                    sherri419 at gmail dot com

                                    annemarie562000 said...

                                    I follow via Google. It would come from the Eastern Region. The Apricots intrest me the most!

                                    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

                                    annemarie562000 said...

                                    I subscribe via email.

                                    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

                                    annemarie562000 said...

                                    I follow Smell_the_Rose and FruitGuys on Twitter. I tweeted:
                                    http://twitter.com/annemariez3/status/16042500518

                                    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

                                    annemarie562000 said...

                                    I like The Fruit Guys on Facebook and wrote on their wall. (Annemarie Zito)

                                    http://www.facebook.com/thefruitguys?v=wall&story_fbid=399711039579&ref=mf

                                    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

                                    annemarie562000 said...

                                    I signed up for The FruitGuys Newsletter. Post 1.

                                    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

                                    annemarie562000 said...

                                    I signed up for The FruitGuys Newsletter. Post 2.

                                    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

                                    annemarie562000 said...

                                    I signed up for The FruitGuys Newsletter. Post 3.

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                                    js22 said...

                                    I'd get the package from the East coast arear. Strawberries would be my favorite!!
                                    You ate the rhubarb raw???!

                                    Thanks for the giveaway!
                                    email in blogger profile.

                                    js22 said...

                                    i follow Smell_the_Rose AND FruitGuys on twitter - js22222222 .
                                    tweet: http://twitter.com/js22222222/status/16045831616
                                    email in blogger profile.

                                    Erica C. said...

                                    I'm a GFC follower :)
                                    Mine would be the East Coast delivery (from Philadelphia). I'd probably eat the cucumbers first, but I'd most look forward to trying the Apricots, since I've actually never had one!

                                    Valancia said...

                                    I'm East coast and the Romano Beans and red onions interested me.I follow your blog also.

                                    skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

                                    Valancia said...

                                    I Subscribed by email. skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

                                    Valancia said...

                                    I have Your Take Time button http://skyxsky27.blogspot.com/

                                    Valancia said...

                                    I have Your Take Time giveaway Sunday button http://skyxsky27.blogspot.com/

                                    Valancia said...

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                                    Valancia said...

                                    I Like TheFruitGuys on facebook. id- Valancia Arrelya

                                    Valancia said...

                                    #1 I subscribed to TheFruitGuys newsletter with this email- skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

                                    Valancia said...

                                    #2 I subscribed to TheFruitGuys newsletter with this email- skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

                                    Valancia said...

                                    #3 I subscribed to TheFruitGuys newsletter with this email- skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

                                    Robin said...

                                    Mine would come from the central region (Chicago), I would love to try their Yellow Peaches

                                    OneDayItWillBeAlright said...

                                    I'm following you on GFC.

                                    My Fruit & Veggie box would come from Philadelphia.

                                    I think the White Peaches would be a nice treat, I've never seen them here.

                                    OneDayItWillBeAlright said...

                                    I'm an email subscriber.

                                    Amber said...

                                    Tweet:
                                    http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/16072616146

                                    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

                                    Susan said...

                                    I would be in the central region, and the organic strawberries would be wonderful.
                                    Susan
                                    mama2rob at yahoo dot com

                                    js22 said...

                                    tweet: http://twitter.com/js22222222/status/16074697560
                                    email in blogger profile.

                                    js22 said...

                                    I 'Like' The FruitGuys on Facebook-Joanne Schultz.
                                    and posted that you sent me
                                    http://www.facebook.com/js2222
                                    email in blogger profile.

                                    dddiva said...

                                    Central & Organic Yellow Peaches look good.

                                    susan1215 said...

                                    I'm in the Central region and I look forward to trying the oranges and peaches.

                                    susan1215 said...

                                    I 'Like' The FruitGuys on Facebook-Susan Smith
                                    and posted that you sent me

                                    s2s2(at)comcast(dot)net

                                    susan1215 said...

                                    follow both via twitter susan1215

                                    http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/16079027102

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                                    Carolyn G said...

                                    mine would come from the east coast region and I love the white peaches, romano beans and organic lemons from this week's basket. Can I just say thanks for this giveaway. What a cool company this is!

                                    Carolyn G said...

                                    tweeted http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/16082011269

                                    Carolyn G said...

                                    subscriber

                                    Carolyn G said...

                                    Follow Fruit guys on Facebook

                                    Carolyn G said...

                                    subscribed to Fruit guys entry 1

                                    Carolyn G said...

                                    subscribed to fruit guys entry 2

                                    Carolyn G said...

                                    subscribed to fruit guys entry 3

                                    Sue E said...

                                    Daily Tweet
                                    https://twitter.com/suebaby05/status/16083281783

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                                    Pamela S said...

                                    I'm in the central region and I'm excited about the yellow peaches! Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

                                    Pamela S said...

                                    Signed up for The FruitGuys Newsletter. #1 Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

                                    Pamela S said...

                                    Signed up for The FruitGuys Newsletter. #2 Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

                                    Pamela S said...

                                    Signed up for The FruitGuys Newsletter. #3 Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

                                    Jeanine said...

                                    my region is the east coast. the white peaches look great!

                                    neenee838 (at) yahoo (dot) com

                                    ShesAnAngel said...

                                    I am following you via google connect...and I checked out The Fruit Guys stuff...I am from the West Coast and the Organic Cherries interest me the most, yum!

                                    justine417@comcast.net

                                    ShesAnAngel said...

                                    I subscribe via email

                                    justine417@comcast.net

                                    ShesAnAngel said...

                                    I'm following both of you via twitter and I tweeted

                                    http://twitter.com/ShesAnAngel417/status/16091672820

                                    justine417@comcast.net

                                    ShesAnAngel said...

                                    I 'like' The Fruit Guys on facebook and I left a note on their wall that you sent me!

                                    http://www.facebook.com/thefruitguys?v=wall&story_fbid=399914059579&ref=mf

                                    justine417@comcast.net

                                    ShesAnAngel said...

                                    I signed up for the Fruit Guys newsletter #1

                                    justine417@comcast.net

                                    ShesAnAngel said...

                                    I signed up for the Fruit Guys newsletter #2

                                    justine417@comcast.net

                                    ShesAnAngel said...

                                    I signed up for the Fruit Guys newsletter #3`

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                                    tina reynolds said...

                                    Mine would come from the west coast, those peaches and pears look so so good. thanks for the chance, I follow on gfc

                                    tina reynolds said...

                                    i subscribe to your blog

                                    tina reynolds said...

                                    I signed up for the fruitguys newsletter 1/3 eaglesforjack@gmail.com

                                    tina reynolds said...

                                    I signed up for the fruitguys newsletter 2/3 eaglesforjack@gmail.com

                                    tina reynolds said...

                                    I signed up for the fruitguys newsletter 3/3 eaglesforjack@gmail.com

                                    Ardy22 said...

                                    follow you google (ardy22)

                                    Mine would come from east coast. I like their Organic Fruit Case best.

                                    Their peaches look yummy in this weeks mix

                                    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

                                    Ardy22 said...

                                    subscribe to you via email

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                                    Ardy22 said...

                                    have take time to smell the rose button

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                                    Ardy22 said...

                                    have Take Time to Share Your Giveaway Sunday button.

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                                    Ardy22 said...

                                    have Healthy Living Event button

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                                    Ardy22 said...

                                    follow both twitter and tweeted

                                    http://twitter.com/Ardy22/status/16097769353

                                    Ardy22 said...

                                    facebook fan of them and left comment

                                    rich hicks

                                    Ardy22 said...

                                    signed up for their newsletter no.1

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                                    Ardy22 said...

                                    signed up for their newsletter no.2

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                                    Ardy22 said...

                                    signed up for their newsletter no.3

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                                    barbara.montyj said...

                                    Following your blog publicly.
                                    I'm in the Central region.
                                    & most interested in the blueberries.
                                    I love to freeze them!

                                    barbara.montyj at gmail dot com

                                    naynays1 said...

                                    I follow your blog with GFC and my pack would come from the central region. This week the organic blueberries sound so good.

                                    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

                                    barbara.montyj said...

                                    Your main button is on my blog.
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                                    barbara.montyj said...

                                    Your Take Time to Share Your Giveaway Sunday button is on my blog.
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                                    barbara.montyj said...

                                    Your Healthy Living Event button is on my blog.
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                                    Eric said...

                                    i would get the east coast fruit & veggie mix. It has parsnips and I love fried parsnips

                                    FDP 4 Life said...

                                    mine will come from the east coast, i can't wait to try the avocado
                                    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

                                    FDP 4 Life said...

                                    email subscriber
                                    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

                                    FDP 4 Life said...

                                    i like them on facebook tony l smoaks
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                                    FDP 4 Life said...

                                    signed up for their newsletter #1
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                                    FDP 4 Life said...

                                    signed up for their newsletter #2
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                                    FDP 4 Life said...

                                    signed up for their newsletter #3
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                                    marcia goss said...

                                    Tweet.
                                    http://twitter.com/mgoss123/status/16110152704
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                                    Swtlilchick said...

                                    I am following you on GFC
                                    (Charlene) and I would be receiving
                                    basket from the eastern region and I
                                    am interested in the organic peaches

                                    CharlieGurl57(at)aol(dot)com

                                    Swtlilchick said...

                                    Following Smell_the_Rose AND FruitGuys on Twitter (@Swtlilchick)
                                    Tweet:http://twitter.com/Swtlilchick/status/16111843811

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                                    Swtlilchick said...

                                    I Like The FruitGuys on Facebook
                                    and left comment on their wall
                                    (Charlene Kuser)

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                                    Swtlilchick said...

                                    I signed up for The FruitGuys Newsletter

                                    CharlieGurl57(at)aol(dot)com
                                    #1

                                    Swtlilchick said...

                                    I signed up for The FruitGuys Newsletter

                                    CharlieGurl57(at)aol(dot)com
                                    #2

                                    Swtlilchick said...

                                    I signed up for The FruitGuys Newsletter

                                    CharlieGurl57(at)aol(dot)com
                                    #3

                                    Gianna said...

                                    Now following with GFC.
                                    MN
                                    Strawberries

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