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More Uses for a Cucumber Than You Can Ever Imagine

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Health and Wellness by Jena Stephens

Cucumbers… I didn’t know this… and to think all these years I’ve only been making salads with the cucumbers…

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your taps, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back theshine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

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Southeastern Fall Produce Shipments are Gearing Up

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If you haul produce in the fall out of Florida, expect weather related small gaps in the early part of the sweet corn season as well as with small harvest and loading delays with green beans, bell peppers, cucumbers and squash.

Volume for  early bean shipments also is expected to be off and on.  However, loads are not expected to be until early December.

On some vegetables, including bell peppers, cucumbers and squash, be on the look out for quality issues resutling from frequent rains durng the growing season.

Sporadic harvesting and shipments could make things interesting for the active shipping period when deliveries for  the Thanksgiving holidays could get a little dicey.  I’m not saying this will happen, but just be aware of the potential problems.

Florida pepper shipments should be in decent volume by the end of  October.

If Georgia experiences favorable November weather, shipments there could continue through Thanksgiving.

However, southern Georgia fall veggies are having some problems with whiteflies.  For example, some yellow squash is looking more like albino (white) squash as the pests suck out the nutrients.  I’d be sure and let my receiver(s) know what you are preparing to load rather than find out if they’ll accept it upon arrival!

Besides squash, the pests also are affecting cucumbers, bell peppers and grean beans.  Sweet corn apparently isn’t being significantly hit.  Lower yields will mean less product for hauling.  Color of the fall vegetables also is being affected.  Unfortunately, color and general appearance often receive as much emphasis as the quality of product in this cosmetic world.

South Georgia vegetables – grossing about $2200 to New York City.



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Southern Georiga Fall Veggie Loads are Starting

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While loading opportunities for summer vegetables in the mid-west and northeast may have been hindered some due to dry, hot weather, loadings are expected to be brisk for this fall in Georgia.  Normal vegetables shipments are expected from the southern part part of the state.  Here’s a look at when primarily fall veggies shipments should be available.

These items should continue providing loads in good volume until the first frost hits, which normally comes in mid to late November.  The exception is cabbage, which is more frost resistant.

Squash –mid September

Cucumbers — late September

Peppers — early October

Corn and beans — mid October

Cabbage — early November

As the fall Georgia vegetable shipments start declining in November, loading opportunities will be increasing in Florida.  However, Florida volume will be light, compared to its most active time of the year, which is spring.

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Georgia Shipments to Increase

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Georgia spring fruits and vegetables are generally a week or more early giving  truckers some loading opportunities a little sooner than normal.  Greens ranging from kale to mustard, collard, etc. are in a steady mode for harvest, packing and shipping.  In the weeks ahead veggies ranging from  beans to cucumbers, squash, eggplant, peppers, etc. will be coming on from central and southern areas of Georgia.

Light shipments of sweet Vidalia onions are underway, with good volume about another week away.

Something not widely known about Georgia is its blueberry shipments have significantly increased over the past eight years or so.  In 2004 it had 20 million pounds of blues and this year it should ship about 50 million pounds, despite half of the crop being wiped out by a February freeze.   In recent years Georgia has ranked anywhere from second to fourth in blueberry shipments, and this is expected to continue increasing.

Georgia peach shipments should be starting around May 10th from the Ft. Valley area.  Volume is expected to be normal for the early and middle part of the season, although the late season peaches could yield lighter shipments if projections hold.  Georgia typically ships peaches into August.

In South Carolina peach shipments should get underway around the third week of May.

Various greens from Georgia – grossing about $2600 to Philadelphia.


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Florida Spring Shipments to Begin Early

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Despite a freeze on January 3-4, which caused some damage to early spring Florida produce, overall it has been a warmer-than-normal winter and most shipments should be one to two weeks earlier.  Florida’s peak spring shipments will occur from late March, extending into May until hot weather begins reducing volume.

Florida spring loadings often involve multiple pick ups of items ranging from bell peppers to squash, cabbage, cucumbers and other veggies.  Loads with multiple pick ups often mean multiple drops at the other end of the haul, so be sure and negotiate your freight rates with this in mind.

Tomatoes are a big volume item from Florida and expect loads to be available a week earlier than usual from the Immokalee and Palmetto-Ruskin areas — starting in early April.

As for citrus, shipments are expected to wind down up to three weeks earlier on items such as tangerines (late March) and grapefruit (in April).  Tangerine loadings normally end in late April.

Florida ships a significant amount of spring red potatoes from the southern part of the state such as from Lake Wales.  Heaviest red potato loadings take place during March and April.

Florida watermelon shipments will get underway in early April.

South Florida red potatoes grossing about $2600 to Philadelphia.


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