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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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Weather Cooperates
for California Crops

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

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Cara Caras, Asparagus
& an Early Berry Report

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We’re on the downward side of the Tango mandarins that we talked about last time and, as promised, the Nugget mandarins have arrived in all of our markets. They are the peak of their flavor.

This mandarin honors the saying “Ugly is only skin deep” – or is that “Beauty i

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Trip to California
Centers on Citrus

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

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Plenty of Challenges
in Berries and Citrus

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

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Merry Christmas!

Well, it’s already here… Merry Christmas! And then it’s Happy New Year! Wow, that was fast. So in the spirt of a happy holiday season, let’s keep this update on the positive side.

We have really been enjoying the Opal apples in the markets over the past few weeks, and we have more on the way. The apple I am most excited about is the Kiku which arrived this past week. This is a variety of Fuji that is specifically grown and harvested with high color and extra-sweet flavor. To top it off, they are also very crisp!

The next new crop we are buzzing about is California citrus

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Happy Holiday Shopping
and Thanks to You All

Thanksgiving is here and I, for one, am thankful for so much. I’m especially thankful for the entire community at Town & Country Markets, with which I have the privilege and good fortune to be connected. The families, fellow workers, associates, growers and shippers who work together all year long to bring such great fresh produce into our markets are a true gift. Most of all I am thankful for all of you, our guests, without whom there would be no point to it all. You and your families are at the core of our greater community. I wish all of you a happy and joyful holiday with friends

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Here come the Apples,
Sprouts, Mushrooms,
Squash and MUCH more

WOW. I just realized we only have seven weeks until Thanksgiving Day. I know we were just talking about the early end to the summer season, but it didn’t truly hit home until the drive to work this morning. Because today it got my attention – how late the sun is rising and how the colors of autumn have taken hold.

Now that we are in the peak of fall, we’re also in the peak of the Northwest apple and pear season. I think we have more variety than ever this year, especially with a few select heirloom varieties we’ve added to the organic section. In apples, the Spitzenburg, Golden

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Buckle Up for Sprouts,
Pumpkins and ‘Shrooms
(Local Corn is so Over)

Variety Pumpkins 2 Sterino Sept 2015A collection of pumpkins and gourds from Sterino Farms during my visit today (Friday, Sept. 18).

Local corn is the latest casualty of our early fall. Sterino Farms, our long-time partner who grows a lot of corn for us

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