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Fresh Origins Receives Perfect Scores in Agricultural and Manufacturing Practices

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petite-hearts-on-fire-growingSAN DIEGO, CALIF. – February 21, 2013 – Fresh Origins, America’s leading producer of MicroGreensand Edible Flowers, has received for the second consecutive year a perfect score of 100% in their annual third party food safety audit by Primus Labs in the areas of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Fresh Origins is third-party certified for food safety in three main areas of food handling: Greenhouse Production, Harvest Crew and Packing House operations, with separate audits and certificates of compliance in each one. A 100% in each of these areas is seldom achievedPrior years’ scores have been Superior ratings in the very high 90’s.

Fresh Origins is also a proud member in good standing of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). As a member, they are subject to the rigorous standards and mandatory random field audits by USDA State and Federally-authorized licensed inspectors. Fresh Origins is among the smallest of all farms audited by Primus and LGMA. The average is estimated to be over 1,500-2,000 acres compared to Fresh Origin’s 24. 

 “Our family farm is very serious about food safety. This is a discipline and priority that we instill in each member of our team,” says David Sasuga, founder of Fresh Origins. “We are proud to be an example of a small farm that is recognized for excellence in food safety compliance. There is really no reason that small farms shouldn’t be held accountable for the safety of their products.”

Fresh Origins products are available to professional fine dining foodservice venues through specialty produce/food distributors nationwide. In 2013, Fresh Origins will be also partnering with U.S. retailers to offer select products for home cooks to enjoy as well. Visit www.freshorigins.com for more information, photos and recipes, and find us brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Recipe: Citrus Ceviche with Flower Crystals™ Fennel

By | Herb & Flower Crystals™, Recipes | 914 Comments

 

Citrus, Seafood & Fennel! A perfect Ménage à Trois. 

Citrus Ceviche with Flower Crystals_ Fennel

Yield: 10 standard portions (10 cups –  1 cup per serving)

Ingredients: 

  • Shrimp .5 lb
  • Scallops .5 lb
  • Red Snapper .25 lb
  • Tomatoes, Heirlooms Mixed Colors 3 ea.
  • Tomatoes, Cherry 1 package
  • Onion Red Large .5 ea.
  • Cilantro .5 bunch
  • Jalapenos 1 or 2 ea. (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • Avocados 1 ea.
  • Tangerines 4 ea.
  • Lime Juice 16 oz
  • Lemon Juice 16 oz
  • Orange Juice 8 oz
  • White Wine .5 cup
  • Tobasco 1 tsp
  • Salt, Pepper, Paprika TT

 

Directions:
Chop up seafood, onions, tomatoes, & avocados into small dice. Mince cilantro. Peel tangerines and chop into small dice. Add citrus liquids to a large bin/bowl, add all other ingredients and make sure they are covered in citrus liquid. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve cold. Top with 1 tbsp of Fresh Origins Flower Crystals™ Fennel per serving.

Ceviche

The intense fennel flavor pairs great with seafood, while the sweetness is a nice contrast to the sourness of the ceviche. The bright yellow all natural color of these crystals really stands out! 
Recipe by Kelly Sasuga