The newest of 80 Acres Farm’s three locations, their Cincinnati operation is now growing and delivering produce from their state of the art, GMO and pesticide free hydroponic farm. Built inside a renovated and revamped urban space - as intended - 80 Acres Farm offers a wide variety of produce in an efficient, environmentally friendly and, most importantly, economically friendly way, straight from farm to shelf in a matter of days.
Meant to be as low impact as possible, 80 Acres Farms offer what they call a “Plant Paradise.” Always open - being indoors make weather the least of their concerns - they’re able to use 90% less water than traditional farming, create and implement energy efficient methods to grow considerably more of each crop and deliver high quality, nutritious and delicious produce that is local, and of course, incredibly fresh.
Look for 80 Acres Farm’s in our Produce Department at both Jungle Jim’s locations. We’re excited to share such great, responsible and delicious produce with you!
Greetings, Earthlings! Earth Day is tomorrow, so we’ve put together a little information that might help you live a “greener” life! But before we get into it,let’s dive into what Earth Day actually is, shall we?
Origins and History
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 when thousands of communities, universities, schools and other organizations not only celebrated our planet, but used the day to also bring attention to environmental reform. Over 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day, which was originally proposed by Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin (who was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for being the founder of Earth Day by Bill Clinton in 1995).
Over the years Earth Day supported the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act and several other environmental laws.
While Earth Day was started in the United state,s it has grown into a global holiday. In the year 2000, over 200 million people participated in 141 countries. In more recent times, the focus of Earth Day has shifted to combating global warming. Last year, 120 countries signed the Paris Agreement, a climate protection treaty between United Nations countries. It was the first major step in combating global warming as an entire planet. According to Earth Day Network, more than a billion people across the globe participate in Earth Day Activities.
It’s Always a Bit Greener In The Jungle
Jungle Jim’s International Market’s Natural Food and Organic Produce Departments are among the largest in the entire region. We have thousands of products that will help you live a happy, better and greener life!
In addition to our Natural Food and Organic Produce Departments, we also have a huge selection of “natural” household items, as well. Everything from cleaners to soap, toothpaste, toilet paper and more!
Happy Earth Day, everyone! Get to the Jungle soon and make your life a little greener!
What is Chinese New Year?
This Saturday, January 28, is the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster. Traditionally, the Chinese New Year is celebrated for an entire week. Filled with family, food and relaxation, it's a celebration unlike any other in the world!
With the Chinese New Year - also known as the Spring Festival or the start of the Lunar New Year - there are several fruits that are eaten as part of traditions dating back millennia, and each holding their own specific meaning. Fruits and flowers are a very special part of an already special celebration. At Jungle Jim's, we're proud to offer some of the best produce around - even more so when we know it will be used at times such as these. Take a look at some of the common fruits eaten for Chinese New Year and what they're eaten for, then stop by to pick some up for yourself. Whether you celebrate or not, a little good luck and happiness is always a good thing.
Oranges — Abundance and Happiness
About oranges, ChinaHighlights.com had this to say:
Oranges are very popular and from weeks before Spring Festival, one would see potted plants with miniature oranges (they are real, and may also be Kumquat trees) blossoming.
The orange looks like the sun and is aligned with the yang (positive) principle, thus being a highly auspicious symbol of abundance and happiness.
Potted shrubs are ideal for indoor decorations during Chinese New Year, and are available in all flower markets. They represent 'the lucky tree bearing fruits'.
It is traditional to place mandarin oranges along with a red envelope next to children's pillows in every Chinese household to bring them good fortune. These are also placed in the family's rice container to bring good blessings to the family as well as for gifting.
Plums - Good Luck and Prosperity
About Plums & Grapes, ChinaHighlights.com says:
This group of fruits is symbolic of good luck, wealth, fortune, gold, prosperity and fertility. These serve as holy offerings in Buddhist temples and are also used in cooking, not to mention gifting among relatives.
Pomelos — Good Luck and Family Unity
About pomelos, ChinaHighlights.com goes on to say:
This is an important fruit whether it's green or yellow (ripened). Pomelos are used in cooking when in season, which is right before new year. They are also acknowledged to bring good luck to the household.
It is common practice to decorate the home with a single or a pair of pomelos. A pair is better because as they say — 'all good things come in twos'. This fruit is also symbolic of family unity.
Grapes - Good Luck and Prosperity
Grapes are meant to represent and bring about the same good luck and prosperity as plums, as are jujube (a type of date) and kumquats!
Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? What are some of your favorite traditions?
The holidays are a fun time for everyone at the Jungle. Join us as we explore our stores in Fairfield and Eastgate and check out all of the holiday cheer.
It’s Black Winter Truffle season in the Jungle Jim’s Produce Department! We just received a shipment today and decided to dive into some history and find out more about this elusive fungi. Our takeaway: truffles are weird.
Now, we aren’t talking about those chocolate truffles you might be used to seeing on store shelves. We’re talking about the strange, round, dimpled, dark fungus (mushrooms) that lives beneath certain trees mainly in France and other European countries. Although in recent times New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan, India and even the United States have joined coveted the Truffle Club (we came up with that).
Why are truffles so sought after and so lucrative? For starters, truffles are generally only found in the wild. Some people have pursued farming their own, but at the end of the day Mother Nature makes the rules. Truffles are found living 1-2 feet below the surface among tree roots, and the only way to find them is to use a trained pig or dog to sniff them out. Wait a second - two feet underground and they can still smell them? They can, indeed. Truffles have a strong but pleasant odor. We can’t quite agree how to describe it, but it’s oddly attractive.
So your curiosity is piqued, but you don’t know what to do with these precious little nuggets? Typically truffles are shaved onto finished dishes. They go great on pasta dishes with creamy sauces, as they soak in the essence of the truffles to give you a melody of flavors throughout the entire dish. Chicken, or other poultry, with veggies such as leeks and potatoes is also a fantastic choice. Finally, buttery and cheesy dishes go well with truffles as well as scallops, fish, eggs, salads and soups. Really, truffles work nicely with a wide variety of foods.
Truffles are also used to make a variety of other things such as oils, salts, sauces and even vodka (that’s true). Don’t be fooled, though, as many of these don’t actually contain real truffles! At Jungle Jim’s International Market, however, you can get the real deal, right here, in your own backyard! Want to be the talk of your holiday party? Invite Black Winter Truffles to come along!
Black Winter Truffles are currently available at Jungle Jim's International Market Fairfield
If you're feeling adventurous - or if you've been looking forward to it - we now have fresh Sharon fruit available!
What makes Sharon fruit so special? A variety of persimmon, Sharon fruit is actually a bit easier to eat - it's sweet, fully edible and has no core, so it offers a bit more substance to it. Not only that, it's health benefits are plentiful. It's high in protein and beta carotene, so it's packed with Vitamins A and C.
We love this time of year for so many reasons, and fresh Sharon fruit (not to mention the other seasonal fruits and vegetables making their way to our shelves and your tables) is worth celebrating.
What's your favorite seasonal fruit or vegetable that you can only find this time of year?
Jungle Jim’s International Market is known for our Produce Department (domestic and international), but did you know we have one of the largest selections of USDA Certified Organic and non-GMO produce in the region? We’re proud of the quality of the produce that we’re able to acquire, so when it comes to organic, we make sure to bring in only the best.
So why buy organic? Here are a few reasons to consider:
So next time you’re on the hunt for something to create your next culinary masterpiece with or you just want to give Organic Produce a try, come inside and take a look at what Jungle Jim’s has to offer.