(Side note: You know what I love about blogging most? It’s the connections I make with people that I otherwise might not have met either in person or online and the various topics I get to learn about. Like apples.)
Last week I was invited to attend a blogger event hosted by Cub Foods featuring apples. And more apples. And even more apples! One could say it was apples galore.
Did I mention there were lots and lots of apples /grin?
Good thing my family and I love apples..we’ve been enjoying delicious (and free!) apples all week-long! Thank you, Cub!
The Actual Event
A handful of Cub employees greeted us warmly at Cub Headquarters located in Stillwater, MN.
I was expecting a nondescript building on the flat outskirts of Stillwater but was pleasantly surprised when my drive took me into the heart of Stillwater (so quaint..love all the Victorian homes!). And their building is anything but nondescript! Imagine an older brick middle-school turned gorgeous corporate headquarters building complete with an atrium where the outside entrance of the school used to be. Right? Pretty cool!
It was gorgeous. I may want to work there someday. And the people were really nice!
After getting over the shock and awe of the welcoming space, my eyes honed in on the table of apple upon gorgeous apple spread out before me.
Including my family’s favorite…the Honeycrisp!
I couldn’t help myself…I had to munch into one…
(Side note: Wow is my hair gray!)
We were split into three groups for the night and I was assigned to the Cortland group.
Lee at Fit Foodie Finds beat me to a great write-up of the all the nuggets we learned at the various stations (seriously – check it out because there’s a ton of great information she captured!) but my main takeaways for the night were:
- Research has shown that most of the antioxidants are in the skin so don’t peel your apples! Embrace the skin /grin
- How consumers choose apples changes from time to time; currently consumers are more interested in taste than appearance but that’s not always been the case
- Wash your apple right before you eat it and no sooner as washing the apple speeds up ripening and spoiling
- The supply chain for apples is quite complicated and takes lots of thorough planning and collaboration around the globe
- Cub works with local (MN and WI) orchards like Wescott Orchards to improve and streamline processes from orchard to store. I love knowing that Cub supports local food producers! When we support local, everyone wins.