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...
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.
My favorite fall apple is the Fuji. I like the sweeter varieties when it c...
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...
Lots of promising fruit-and-weather news this week: It’s the very beginning of berry season, we’re looking at great grapes, early asparagus, promising cherries and, thanks to trees taking their proper winter naps at long last – an excellent stone fruit season.
It looks like we’re finally coming into a good period when it comes to strawberries. We’ve struggled this year with the weather – it’s been holding back California strawberries. But I think we’re out of those woods and should see good quality and supply over the next several weeks.
In blueberries, we’re o...
I was on a plane this past week to visit the California citrus-growing region near Visalia. It was a great trip and proved there are many things still to learn – even after 35 years in this business!
California has been in a long and severe drought, so it was great to see all the snow in the mountains as we flew in. It was a stark contrast with last year’s lack of snowpack – in fact, it looks like they’ve been getting their fair share at last, and that is a good thing! It is not going to completely fix the drought situation, but it sure helps.
Of course, snow in the mo...
We’ve been spoiled with good weather and an early start to the California strawberry season for the past couple of years. But not this year, which is why we haven’t been able to provide fresh strawberries over the past few weeks.
The few available old-crop strawberries have been fair at best – I’m not sure they even deserve being served no matter how deep the whip cream or other topping you could try to bury them in. We check every day, and had hoped the new-crop strawberry season would be well under way by now. But we suffered another setback Tuesday, Jan. 5, when yet another...