Monday, November 24, 2014

San Francisco Zoo Coupon - One FREE Child Admission with One Paid Adult Admission...

One Free Child Admission with One Paid Adult General Admission.
Expires 12/31/2014. Printable coupon. Print coupon in advance.

CLICK HERE for San Francisco Zoo Website.

CLICK HERE for Coupon Link from the Visit California Fun Spots website.


(415) 753-7080

And...if you're in San Francisco, head on over to Pier 39 for FREE Aquarium of The Bay Tickets, FREE Garage Parking, Dinner and much more. CLICK HERE for those details. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Persimmons. Donate fruit to feed the hungry!...

Persimmons are ripe and ready for harvesting all over the Bay Area. Thousands of Fuyu and Hachiya persimmon trees thrive in our Contra Costa climate.

I see trees everywhere in Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek, Martinez. Please don't let your harvest go to waste. Food pantries and families in need truly appreciate the kindness of strangers who wish to share fresh fruit. Local fruit needed to feed those who are hungry at local food pantries, churches, seniors, families, and children!

Let's help nourish the Contra Costa Community together.

For Harvest Help, Fruit Pick-up or delivery, please contact:

Cell: (510) 406-1625

Office: (925) 672-1988

Find a Food Bank or Food Pantry, Nationwide: CLICK HERE.
Find a Food Pantry in Concord, California: CLICK HERE.

Lemons and Limes - One of The World's Healthiest Foods...

Most frequently asked question:
What does everyone do with all those lemons?

Answer: Here's a great website, a wealth of food related history and nutrition information, very entertaining A-Z foods list to search favorite fruits and vegetables. For those with a passion in health and nutrition, this site can be a real time zapper, yet worth every minute in educational value, inspiration and menu-planning ideas.

As reported on "The World's Healthiest Foods" website:
Health Benefits
Phytonutrients with Antioxidant and Antibiotic Effects

Like many of the fruits and vegetables featured on our website, lemons and limes contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Of special interest in limes have been flavonoids called flavonol glycosides, including many kaempferol-related molecules. While these flavonoids have been shown to stop cell division in many cancer cell lines, they are perhaps most interesting for their antibiotic effects. In several villages in West Africa where cholera epidemics had occurred, the inclusion of lime juice during the main meal of the day was determined to have been protective against the contraction of cholera. (Cholera is a disease triggered by activity of the bacteria called Vibrio cholera).

Researchers quickly began to experiment with the addition of lime juice to the sauce eaten with rice, and in this role, lime juice was also found to have a strong protective effect against cholera. Several other fascinating research studies on the healing properties of lemons and limes have shown that cell cycles-including the decision a cell makes about whether to divide (called mitosis) or die (apoptosis-are altered by lime juice, as are the activities of special immune cells called monocytes. In addition to their unique phytonutrient properties, lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants in nature....

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ABC7NEWS.COM Video, 'Lemon Lady' comes through in tough times...


July 3, 2009 7:33:13 PM PDT
She calls herself "the lemon lady" because of all the backyard fruit she collects and delivers to bay area food pantries. But Anna Chan does much more than that, as her way of giving back to her community in these tough economic times.
Anna Chan couldn't stand all the waste -- wasted fruit that is.
"I used to drive around the neighborhood and I'd see all the fruit ripening on the trees," said Chan.
So the stay-at-home mom decided it was time to get out, and do something about it. Now, Chan is known in her Concord neighborhood and beyond as the "lemon lady."
She goes house to house and with the owner's permission, harvests home-grown produce and delivers it to local food pantries.
"It's about nutrition," said Chan. "Fresh oranges, lemons, tomatoes, avocados, zucchini. These are all things that we take for granted, but they're not available to someone on a limited income," said Chan.
Homeowner Bonnie Wright gave Chan oranges that would otherwise have gone to waste.
"It seemed like just the perfect use for my oranges. Plus I have two apple trees that are about to begin dropping dozens of apples that I can't keep up with either," said Wright.
Over the past year, Chan estimates she's personally collected at least 5,000 pounds of produce from yards and gardens and driven it to food pantries that rarely receive such fresh donations.
Anna Chan brings much of what she collects to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Concord, where demand for food has increased dramatically.
"We have seen a double increase in comparison to last year. Last year we were handing out about 200 food boxes per month and this year, it's double that, upwards of 400 just last month," said Stefani Varpi from the Salvation Army.
That's why Chan believes what she's doing is so important. Besides the hands-on gathering, Chan created a website to spread the word about what she does, and how others can help.
She's also organizing a community garden to grow fresh produce for families in need.
"Lots of local pantries need fresh fruit donations, Fruit is accepted. Everyone thinks can and boxes. Fresh fruit -- think fresh, think outside the box," said Chan.
ABC7 salutes Anna Chan for her dedication to her community.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Apple Season. Donate Apples From Your Tree. Share Fruit. Join "the lemon lady" mission . . .

My daughter joyfully harvesting apples for the hungry.

Food Pantries and Hunger Relief organizations struggle to meet the demands of the poor economy. Sometimes the person struggling is the FAMILY NEXT DOOR. Together, we can SHARE THE LOVE. SHARE FRUIT. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are an abundant harvest, yet a real luxury for most on a limited food budget. Perhaps you know a family struggling with unemployment or a health crisis. Let's boost nutrition to our neediest neighbors! Please, I ask that you take action today. Join me. Find a tree. Share Fruit.

In Concord, California, donating fruit from Summer 2014 harvests is easy! Apples, peaches, plums, oranges, lemons, the summer fruit is endless.

Do you have a fruit tree? Do you wish to donate fruit?

Register your fruit tree before it is too late!

"The Lemon Lady Foundation" and Volunteers offer FREE Pick-up and Delivery service to hunger relief organizations in Contra Costa County, California: Concord, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Martinez, Pacheco and other cities by arrangement.



For NATIONWIDE donation locations, Visit Feeding America.

The Lemon Lady Foundation's mission connects Gardeners and Tree Owners across America to food pantries and county food banks. Any Town, Every Town, USA. Where to deliver fresh garden produce:
Feeding America
Donate excess garden produce, tree-ripened homegrown fruit to any of thousands of food banks, food pantries, Salvation Army, Churches, Homeless Shelters, Soup Kitchens Nationwide. From California to the Carolinas, New York to Florida and every state in between.