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Archive: Sep 2017

  1. Boys & Girls Club Early Literacy Program Kicks Off New School Year

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    The Boys and Girls Club (BGC) and Taylor Farms have a shared dedication to inspiring and enabling young people to reach their full potential in life. We believe literacy and teaching children to be great readers are essential to building a strong educational foundation.

    According to BGC statistics, 60% of children in the Tracy Unified School District are not proficient in reading by end of the third grade, and that children who don’t read at the proficient level by the end of third grade have a much higher risk of dropping out of high school.

    We believe in the power of knowledge and education, which is why Taylor Farms is pledging $50,000 for the third year in a row to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy Early Literacy Program.

    Pictured are Robin Lopez, Community Relations, Taylor Farms Pacific and Tom Pulley, President, Taylor Farms Pacific with a group of eager BGC reading program participants!

    Last year (2016-2017), the program was hosted at three different BGC sites in Tracy, CA three days a week from October through April. The program supported 63 second grade participants and 65 third grade participants, who were helped by 13 volunteers. There were also external learning opportunities and projects and three “Parent Literacy Nights” to help get the family involved.

    The results of these efforts were outstanding:

    • 93% of participants improved in decoding
    • 90% of participants improved in comprehension
    • 94% of participants improved in fluency

    To see this program and all of its successes continue, Taylor Farms has continued support to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy for the 2017-2018 year.

    “It is because of donations like this that we have been able to not only continue the program but also expand it to three sites with over 130 children annually benefiting from this program,” says Yauna Throne, Development Coordinator for Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy. “We are excited to be able to continue creating positive change and influence on the lives of these young children & the future of our community for years to come!”

     

  2. Enter to Win the Ultimate Salad Kit from Taylor Farms & Primal Kitchen!

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    We’re partnering with Primal Kitchen on a new giveaway, and the deadline has been extended! Enter this week for your chance to win the Ultimate Salad Kit filled with products from Taylor Farms and Primal Kitchen.

    Primal Kitchen cooks up “Primal-inspired” salad dressings and condiments full of healthy-fats, superfoods, and antioxidant-rich herbs and spices. It’s perfect to pair with our healthy salad blends!

    We’re both companies that aim to deliver delicious, fresh food to fit into your lifestyle, which is why we’re excited to come together to give you the opportunity to enter this awesome giveaway.

    One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a $200 Sprouts Farmers Market Gift Card, $200 in Primal Kitchen Products, and a Taylor Farms Variety Package. Five (5) bonus winners will get a $25 Sprouts Farmers Market Gift Card, a 5-pack of Primal Kitchen Dressings, and a Taylor Farms Variety Package.

    Enter here by Midnight PT on Sunday, October 1. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 2.

    Official rules.

  3. Taylor Farms Honored with McDonald’s “Self-Managed Excellence” Award

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    This month Taylor Farms was honored with McDonald’s first ever “Self-Managed Excellence” Award for outstanding leadership in food safety, quality, and sustainability.

    During the awards ceremony, McDonald’s highlighted a few other reasons behind their selection of Taylor Farms for the award:

    • Bruce Taylor is challenging the entire industry to address labor pressures, from field to facility to transportation labor, and challenging his team to be industry leaders in engineering and the use of automated harvesting machines in an effort to not only reduce the amount of labor but just as importantly, provide employees a more comfortable work environment.
    • Taylor Farms recognized years ago that diversification of growing regions is critical for assured supply. Its built-in contingency plan now covers all of North America with a focus on smaller growing windows.
    • Taylor Farms has an agile supply chain that has supported McDonald’s not just in the US, but also in other areas all over the world.

    “McDonald’s is focused on pushing suppliers to lead the way, think long term, proactively pursue solutions to issues, and strategically plan for the future. This award is an amazing recognition for all the work our teams do across the system”, said John Millwater, Account Manager, Taylor Farms. “Our leadership team, our ag team, our quality team, our plants, our national teams, are all the reason why we won.”

    The more than 20-year partnership between McDonald’s and Taylor Farms stems back to Taylor Farms’ beginnings in South Bay Florida, when we first started supplying McDonald’s with iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, and we’re honored to be their partner.

  4. Celebrating Autumn with Delicious Recipes

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    It’s the first day of Fall which means comfy sweaters and comfort foods! Here are some of our favorite recipes to help you kick off this season.

    WARM KALE DIP

    Sautéed Taylor Farms Fresh Leafy Kale Greens with yogurt, feta, scallions, and soup mix (leek or onion) served warm in a sourdough bread bowl is the perfect appetizer for your weekend football tailgate. Serve with baguette slices and fresh Taylor Farms Organic Broccoli & Cauliflower for dipping.

    Full recipe here.

    BROCCOLI BISQUE

    Using Taylor Farms Organic Broccoli Florets and Taylor Farms Organic Baby Spinach as the base for a delicious Broccoli Bisque is a great way to incorporate some greens into your dinners this season.

    Full recipe here.

    VEGGIE & CHICKEN POT PIE

    Make a rich and satisfying Pot Pie including Taylor Farms Green Beans and Taylor Farms Cauliflower Pearls. Just right for a cold Fall evening!

    Full recipe here.

    BROWN SUGAR BUTTERNUT SQUASH

    The brown sugar sprinkled on our Taylor Farms Butternut Squash Cubes and caramelized in the oven make this side dish perfect for chilly Autumn nights.

    Full recipe here.

    Bon Appétit, and have a happy and cozy Fall!

  5. Simple Lunch Ideas for #Snack2School Season!

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    Schools around the country are back in session and parents are getting back into their lunch-packing routines. We know it can be a repetitive and time-consuming task and we want to help! Here are authentic comments from three moms who have been able to make their mornings a little less chaotic this year:

    Meg, blogger from This Mess is Ours, uses Taylor Farms Snack Trays as a base to pack healthy lunches for her kiddos on busy mornings.

    “Some mornings this busy mama needs a little help from her friends to ensure that I get them all out of the door on time with a healthy lunch in hand,” says Meg.

    Source: This Mess is Ours

    Jessica, blogger from Coffee & Crayons, surprises her kids by adding these healthy Snack Trays to their lunches, saving her time and energy while adding a variety of new and exciting snacks, vegetables, or fruits to their lunches each day.

    “For a couple weeks now I have been periodically surprising Octavian with one of these awesome Snack Trays in his lunchbox and each time it comes back empty,” says Jessica. “He also comes back covered in Ranch Dressing… boys.

    Source: Coffee & Crayons

    Laney, blogger from Life is but a Dish, has a kindergartner and a preschooler this year, requiring her to get two kids out of the house one whole hour earlier than she has been for the past 5 years. And for her new kindergartner, she needs to pack a lunch AND a snack, which is where Taylor Farms Snack Trays come in!

    They provide a healthy, colorful, well balanced snack. I don’t have to think about it, and my kids LOVE them!! It’s a win win if you ask me,” says Laney.

    Source: Life is but a Dish

    We’re so glad these ladies and their kids love our Snack Trays so much and that these snacks add a layer of healthy convenience to packing lunches each day!

    We want to help YOU pack healthy, delicious lunches for your kids, too, so make sure to enter our #Snack2School giveaway — only one week left!

    The winner will receive a $100 Target Gift Card, a month of Veggie + Salad coupons, and some of your favorite Taylor Farms Snack Trays!

    To enter:

    1. Share your best #Snack2School Recipe or “Snack Hack” on Instagram
    2. Tag @YourTaylorFarms and #Snack2School in your caption
    3. Follow @YourTaylorFarms on Instagram

    The winner will be announced on October 1, 2017. Happy Snacking!

  6. Happy One Year Anniversary to our Stir Fry Kits!

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    Have you tried our Stir Fry Kits yet? They’ve been on the shelves for one year now, and are just as delicious as ever! Want to know how the Kits are made? Check out this video:

    To celebrate this one-year anniversary, we want to highlight some of our favorite recipes that showcase Taylor Farms Stir Fry Kits!

    The Teriyaki Stir Fry Kit is the perfect accompaniment to this Teriyaki Sirloin Veggie Wrap.

    Incorporate the Sesame Chili Stir Fry Kit into this Pork Tenderloin and Noodle Stir Fry.

    Use the Orange Stir Fry Kit as the base of this Chicken and Brown Rice Bowl.

    Go vegetarian and combine the Ginger Garlic Stir Fry Kit with Baked Tofu and Veggies.

    If you try one of these recipes, or have your own favorite Stir Fry Kit recipe, post a picture on Twitter or Instagram and tag us at @YourTaylorFarms to show us your creation!

     

  7. Thank You, Team Taylor!

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    Happy Labor Day to the thousands of dedicated individuals we are grateful to have as part of our family here at Taylor Farms.

    Our employees care about the quality and name that is on our products. It is through their hard work and passion that we are able to provide high quality, great tasting, fresh foods to families across North America. Our success would not be possible without our team.

    We want to give a big thank you to Team Taylor and wish all a very happy Labor Day!

    Here are a few scenes from the fun company activities Team Taylor has participated in this past year.

    Lisa Borne, Jennifer Golden, and John Meyers of Taylor Farms at our Farmer’s Market benefiting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

    Team Taylor smiling for a picture before the start of the Salinas Valley Half Marathon: Laura Zavala, Alison Kapustka, Theresa Austin, and Sandy Andrews.

    The Taylor Farms Team at Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice Expo.

    Produce industry professionals, Taylor Farms employees, and community members attended a CYCLEBAR class to raise money for the National Salad Bars to Schools initiative.

    Taylor Farms employees and their families at The Heart & Stroke Walk, the American Heart Association’s premiere fundraising event.

    Team Taylor giving the FARMS Leadership program hands-on experience in the fields.

    Team Taylor volunteering at Monterey County Agriculture Education’s Farm Day Experience for local third grade students.

    Our Taylor Farms Sales Team shopped for gifts to donate to the Salvation Army’s “Operation Give Back” last holiday season. Pictured: Joe Meeks, Jessica Clark, Daniel Lord, Juanita Machuca, and Lorena Vargas.

    The Celery Harvester crew in Yuma, AZ, during “Labor of Love.”

    Team Taylor Farms with Mayor Maria Orozco of City of Gonzales, and project partners cutting the ribbon on the renewable and alternative energy system at our facility in Gonzales, CA.

    Team Taylor gives out fully-loaded backpacks at Frank Paul Elementary in Salinas, CA.

    Team Taylor & their families at this year’s Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society.

     

  8. Announcing our #Snack2School Giveaway!

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    It’s Back to School time and while students pack their backpacks, it’s time for parents to start thinking about packing lunches!

    To support you in packing healthy, delicious lunches for your kids, we are hosting a #Snack2School giveaway!

    The winner will receive a $100 Target Gift Card, a month of Veggie + Salad coupons, and some of your favorite Taylor Farms Snack Trays!

    To enter:

    1. Share your best #Snack2School Recipe or “Snack Hack” on Instagram
    2. Tag @YourTaylorFarms and #Snack2School in your caption
    3. Follow @YourTaylorFarms on Instagram

    And that’s it! Easy as 1-2-3!

    The winner will be announced on October 1, 2017. Happy Snacking!