Culinary Delights, What is Organic

What Frieda Rapoport Caplan Taught me


I never personally knew Frieda Caplan, the woman who is credited with bringing many once-exotic fruits and vegetables to the United States. I knew only of her gifts—kiwifruits, habaneros, jicama and Asian pears. I was just a toddler when she opened Frieda’s Specialty Produce, the first woman-owned wholesale produce business. The ground she covered made it easier for me to open my company in 1996.

Hearing of Frieda’s passing at 96, I was profoundly touched by the outpouring of admiration and sorrow. I reached out to a few of my early colleagues who knew her. I was moved to tears by their stories.

Thus, began a series of revelations about the importance of mentoring and being mentored. Continue reading “What Frieda Rapoport Caplan Taught me”

Culinary Delights, Organic Policy and Regulations, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Dubai: A Gateway to The Middle East Market and Its Flavor


In December, I traveled to Dubai as part of a Trade Mission with the Organic Trade Association (OTA). At the onset, I was nervous about what I had read online. A conservative Muslim culture that I knew nothing about. Well, none of it was what I expected!

I found a vibrant International culture of Westerners, South Asians, and of course, Emiratis all coexisting with tolerance and acceptance. A place of great wealth with an eye towards the future and a market that is hungry for Organic products. Continue reading “Dubai: A Gateway to The Middle East Market and Its Flavor”