Update 10/3/11: Giveaway winners are: The Duo Dishes, Jody – Fit at 53, @somerskys, LB, and 444. Congrats!
When the Green Giant called on me to enter into his valley of vegetables in Minnesota, I assumed he is a gentle creature, so I agreed to go. He’s a vegetarian, after all; not a hungry carnivore in search of a human buffet. Just look at how he towers over those trees. Go on….wave to him.
As you can see, I was very excited to not only meet the Giant, but also to wear a helmet and get access to the test plant to see how fresh corn goes from the cob into the can. Their Niblets happen to be the corn of choice I’ve been shoving into the Greedy Family’s food trap for years now, so seeing those Niblets get canned was like meeting a celebrity food.
What I appreciated more than anything was the enthusiasm of the people who work for Green Giant. The food scientists are really smart and truly dedicated to bringing the best product to our hungry tables. I honestly did not think there were companies out there that still cared. But guess what. Green Giant has respect for the consumer. It’s evidenced in how they do their jobs. Not only that, but they have respect for the land the food is grown on. Before I went on my trip, Health-hater Husband and I just happened to get into this crazy
debate about how one day, our land wouldn’t be able to produce enough food to feed the explosion in the greedy population (but I disagreed). And alas! What I learned from the Giant is that they are harvesting more food from the same amount of land (compared to prior years) through their sustainability efforts.
From Green Giant’s Sustainability webpage: “Through farming techniques and better seed hybrids, we’re getting more vegetables from every acre of land. In fact, over the last 35 years our farmers have been able to double the amount of sweet corn they can produce on the same amount of land. That means more food for the world and fewer acres dedicated to agriculture.”
Booyah! Josie wins that debate. Health-hater is the loooser!
So I brought a little bit of the valley back home with me to share with you. Five commenters will each win one coupon for a free package of Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen vegetables. Because free food is fun. And vegetable-ing is good for you.
5 random winners will be announced on the right sidebar of the blog on Sunday, October 2nd. Green Giant paid for my travel and expenses. I was not required to write about the event, nor was I compensated for this blog post. Photos courtesy of Green Giant Veggies.