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Berries and Cherries
on Summer Horizon

One of the first signs we see as we move through the month of May and steam toward summer is the approach of sweet cherries from California.

cherres-in-hand-copy-2Our first deliveries arrived this past week and what we’ve seen so far looks good. They’re a little lighter in color but they eat well for early California fruit. We see cherries getting even better as we approach Mother’s Day week

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Citrus and Row Crops
Disrupted by
California Floods

 

California flooding during the second half of February interrupted the citrus and strawberry harvests so it has taken some hard work by our partner buyers to wade through those interruptions and find high-quality fruit for our markets.

The past several days, we’ve moved on to organic strawberries out of Arizona to escape the flooded fields and poor quality fruit we’re finding in California. We are starting to see some drying and warmer temperatures in the area, so we are hoping to see both supply and quality of California berries improve over the coming days.

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Rain, Rain Go Away
But Just for Harvest
(Not For a Decade)

When it comes to rain, it seems there’s either too much or too little and rarely just the right amount.

Rain halts the harvesting of citrus fruit, and then it generally takes a couple days of dry weather for the fruit to dry before harvesting can resume due to many reasons. For one thing, it’s difficult to move equipment around a muddy orchard. Then you’ve got blemishes that can occur when wet fruit is handled during harvest, increasing what is called clear rot. This is a spot on the fruit that is very difficult to see because it’s virtually transparent at first. But once boxe

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Month and Markets
Chock-Full of Holidays

Let’s get cracking and enjoy what’s great in the markets now through the end of the year – since we were just talking about Thanksgiving. It’s nearly Christmas and Hanukkah already. As soon as we blink, it will be New Year’s.

We have several excellent Northwest apple varieties from which to choose. My favorite is the Fuji and we have brought in an extra-large size just for this holiday. They make great stocking stuffers (and take up lots of room, which Santa appreciates)! Other varieties that top my list at this time of year are the Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Braeburn, Opal and

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Stocked and Ready
for Thanksgiving Eats

What happened to October? We are on the threshold of Thanksgiving and it seems like time has been flying over the last few weeks. So before any more time slips by, here’s the scoop in fresh produce:

Apples and pears are old news, but still excellent quality. The Honeycrisp, Opal, Kiku and Pink Lady apples are among my favorites at this time of year. But I do have to mention the Granny Smith because if apple pie is on your holiday menu, it’s a great choice. And we still have a wide selection of Northwest-grown pears to

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It Looks a Lot Like Fall
in our Produce Markets

Our Produce Markets are full of the dark reds, deep greens and orange tinges of autumn.

The Northwest’s autumn apple and pear season is well under way with several varieties to choose from in both conventionally farmed and certified organic.

Fuji Apple

The Fuji – my personal favorite.

My favorite fall apple is the Fuji. I like the sweeter varieties when it c

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Hatch Chiles
On Their Way and
Other Seasonal Goodies

hatch chile 3Hatch chiles arrive in the markets this coming week (Wednesday or Thursday – sign up for our “This Just In” emails and you’ll be the first to know!).

This year we will have both organic and conventional farmed chiles to choose from. Each market will have a weekend roasting event – weather permit

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Rain Calls Abrupt Halt
to Hayton Strawberries

It’s raining pretty good up in Skagit County this morning, bringing a swift end to the local strawberry season from Hayton Farms.

We had an excellent season this year and I hope you were able to enjoy them often over the past three weeks. Unfortunately the early start (May 23) meant an early end this year. Hayton Farms does have organic red raspberries and blackberries that are just now ramping up, but with the rain, their availability may be hit or miss over the next few days. These berries are picked fresh each day and delivered the following morning after they have had several ho

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Quick! Local Berries
Picked Fresh Daily

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The local strawberry season is very sweet – and very short!

Local strawberries – picked fresh and delivered daily from Hayton Farms in Mount Vernon – are here!

Locally grown strawberries are as swe

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NW Berries Nearer
as we Move into May

Berries. The last time we talked, I said I thought we were out of the woods on California strawberries. I was wrong.

Black and Rasp BerriesWe have continued to struggle with cool, wet weather in California strawberry fields. In particular, it’s been difficult to get the quantity we would like to hav

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