Former Owner of Florida Produce Business Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion
A Florida man was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison for tax evasion, at a proceeding in federal district court in Miami. In March 2015, Gomez filed a 2014 corporate tax return for Fleischmann’s, which falsely reported $896,951 in personal gambling expenditures as cost of goods sold, thereby overstating total business expenditures. The next year, Gomez caused a 2015 corporate tax return to be filed, which again falsely characterized $1,051,213 in gambling expenditures as cost of goods sold. Because the information on the corporate returns flowed through to his individual tax returns, Gomez also substantially underreported his personal income for 2014 and 2015. In total, Gomez caused a tax loss to the IRS of over $545,000.justice.gov
Former Owner of Florida Produce Business Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion
A Florida man pleaded guilty today to tax evasion in federal district court in Fort Lauderdale. According to court documents, Alejandro Gomez, of Broward County, operated Fleischmann’s Produce, a company that imported fresh herbs for wholesale distribution. Gomez spent approximately $896,951 in 2014 and $1,051,213 in 2015 gambling at a Broward County casino. The next year, Gomez caused a false 2015 corporate tax return to be filed that again falsely characterized his gambling expenditures as cost of goods sold. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S.justice.gov
Here are the Ann Arbor area farms offering subscriptions at upcoming virtual CSA fair
ANN ARBOR – The Michigan Statewide CSA Network will be hosting an upcoming virtual CSA fair featuring Michigan farms on Feb. 26. A Community Supported Agriculture share is a subscription program to a local farm in which you pay a farmer upfront for a regular delivery or pickup of their harvest. The CSA fair will consist of two drop-in Zoom sessions: one at “lunch hour” from noon to 1 p.m. and a “happy hour” session from 5-6 p.m. Regional breakout rooms will be available so you can learn more about which farms offer shares in your area. Here are the Ann Arbor area farms offering CSAs this year:Interested in participating in the fair?
Support local businesses while checking off your grocery list with these food boxes
Grocery shopping is something everyone does around the holidays, but instead of going to the store, there is a unique way you can support local businesses and farmers by ordering fresh produce that will come packages especially for you. It’s happening at Eastern Market, a place well-known for it’s high quality produce and handmade products. Caroline Michniak, the Grow Eastern Market Program Manager, joined Kim DeGiulio to discuss the curbside food boxes you can get and how you can get them. Watch the video above to hear what foods you can get in the boxes.
Romaine lettuce heads sold at Walmart stores test positive for E. coli
Michigan residents are being urged not to consume a brand of romaine lettuce sold at Walmart stores after it tested positive for E. coli. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) warns Michigan consumers that single heads of romaine lettuce sold by the brand Tanimura & Antle have tested positive for a strain of E. coli. Anyone who purchased the product, sold at Walmart stores, is urged to throw it away or return it at the point of purchase for a full refund. The lettuce heads were sold in a zip-top clear plastic bag with a blue label and white lettering, officials said. Symptoms of an E. coli infection can include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting and sometimes a fever.
Stock up on Michigan-made products for the holidays
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. This article is sponsored by Westborn MarketIt’s Michigan Food Week on Live in the D! They also have the Michigan Food Dome at their Berkley location which includes all Michigan-made products. Westborn Market also wants to help you prepare for the holidays with gift baskets with all Michigan products. Westborn Market has four locations around the D including Berkley, Dearborn, Livonia, and Plymouth.
Woman hands out produce, milk to thousands of families every Friday in Hamtramck
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – Every Friday, a woman sets up shop in Hamtramck to give boxes of produce and gallons to milk to anyone who needs them. Like many people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Erica Owens wanted to help. She learned through Food Rescue Detroit that she could pass out boxes of food to people in need. “The real reason was Mohamed,” Owens said. “When I got a buck her her, like, ‘You need some help?’ Like, volunteer and stuff like that,” Mohamed Abdulla said.
Small Biz Saturday: Argus Farm Stop adds larger online inventory, makes changes during pandemic
The farm stop had to buy more refrigeration to accommodate the new inventory and to hold online orders. Sample also said the success of the Argus Farm Stop online orders was due to its customers. (Argus Farm Stop)Additionally, Argus Farm Stop implemented grocery delivery for its customers. Currently, both Argus Farm Stop locations are open to customers but are limited to only five at one time. Visit Argus Farm Stop at 325 W. Liberty St. and at 1200 Packard Rd.
Metro Detroit grocery service offers quick delivery, pickup of fresh produce
LIVONIA, Mich. A new Metro Detroit grocery service is offering to deliver local produce to residents doorsteps the day after its ordered. Produce at grocery stores can sometimes be more than a week old, and its possible many people have already touched it. John Sitko and Brad Berry came up with the idea of Farmstop before people were afraid to go to grocery stores because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The flavor is there.The Farmstops model became even more relevant after the pandemic hit. Our customers dont have to worry about going into a store, how many people are touching (the food), Sitko said.
Ann Arbor YMCA expands free produce box distribution sites in Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR The Ann Arbor YMCA has expanded its distribution sites of free produce boxes across Washtenaw County as it continues to participate in the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program. Originally planned to last for the month of June only, the Ann Arbor YMCA will be continuing distribution of the free boxes through August. It has also expanded from one site to eleven locations across the county. According to Ann Arbor YMCA President and CEO Toni Kayumi, staff distributed roughly 1,400 boxes last week to families in need. The Ann Arbor YMCA staff team distributed about 1,400 boxes of USDA fresh produce today to families in need during the coronavirus crisis.
Heres where Ann Arbor YMCA will be distributing free produce boxes on Thursday
ANN ARBOR The Ann Arbor YMCA will be distributing free produce boxes on Thursday afternoon to meet rising community needs. Now in its second week, the Y will be handing out the boxes from national, regional and local suppliers whose business has been deeply impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is part of the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program. The boxes are 15 pounds and 25 pounds and contain apples, oranges, pears, grapefruit, carrots, potatoes, onions and lettuce. Sign up for our email newsletter here!
Ann Arbor YMCA to distribute produce boxes in Ypsilanti Township Thursday
ANN ARBOR The Ann Arbor YMCA, in partnership with Detroit-based Lagrasso Brothers Produce, will be distributing boxes of produce to anyone in need on Thursday in Ypsilanti Township. The property is across the street from the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office Ypsilanti Township Law Enforcement Center. The effort is part of the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Our YMCA will be receiving a weekly shipment from Lagrasso Brothers Produce in Detroit and collaborating with several of our existing community partners to deliver and distribute produce boxes at their locations," Ann Arbor YMCA President and CEO Toni Kayumi said in a news release. "Each free 15 pound box of produce will include items such as potatoes, onions, apples, oranges, peppers, cucumbers, asparagus and lettuce.
Want to get more use out of your groceries? Here’s how you can!
Are you finding your groceries aren’t standing the test of time? There are ways you can extend the life of your produce and stretch how many your recipes will feed. Bethany Thayer, a nutritionist for Henry Ford Health System, spoke to Tati Amare about ways you can make your groceries last longer and go further. Also, freeze fruits and veggies when getting close too ripe. Consider cooking the fruits and veggies before freezing and purée them or freeze them whole.