Living out here in California doesn’t give me the chance to make it on these shipments anymore, although I really do miss them and all of you. Over the years that I ran the Peaches and other produce, I developed many good relationships with many of you and I miss seeing you. I also miss working with the farmers, and seeing this great country from the highway, mile after mile. But until I finish my nursing programs here in California, this is where I’m going to be.
I began Your Freshest Food in a personal quest to bring to people fresh and wholesome grown produce that otherwise had limited access to it, but after doing that for a couple years I saw that it’s not only food that people lack in their efforts to be healthy, but often times they lacked the knowledge, or options needed in order to be healthy. Living out here in San Diego I’ve seen that people are very good at being healthy and they have the tools needed: there is a farmers market 3 times a week year round with produce that my friends live exclusively on, there’s several parks that thousands of people use to maintain fitness without ever stepping into a stinky gym, there is also a great availability of information on personal health from many sources (the owner of WebMD lives here). These are just a few examples of how I perceive, the population here has many options to have a heathy lifestyle that I’ve seen many in the USA don’t have (the list could go on to include beaches, and 365 days of perfect weather but we won’t go there).
I decided to refocus my efforts on going back to school to become a healthcare professional, specifically a nurse practitioner and to use that as my base to further my mission on making people’s goal of living healthy a reality. I can’t say with certainty how exactly I’m going to do it, but to be healthy people need knowledge and an ability and the tools required to act on that knowledge.
I am also working on a side project, writing a novel about the Inca Empire, which has involved much research and brought me to Ecuador, Colombia and Peru earlier this year. During which time I visited 13 archeological sites, over 20 museums, and tons of contact with the ingenious population. Peru is one of the most facinating countires, and I love going there because of the assortment of fruits that they have....most of which I have never heard of and can't pronounce, but they taste amazing. I think it would be great to bring some of these exotic fruits to the US in the future.
And there are my reasons why I won't be activity participating in this years peach shipments.
I wish you happy and healthy seasons in 2019 and be sure to thank my family for the hours spent getting you good produce.