July 12, 2012

Berries, Berries Everywhere
and Even More to Come!

(Photo: While you’re enjoying your Sterino red and gold raspberries and blackberries, be sure to save room for Sakuma Brothers’ gorgeous blueberries from Skagit Valley. I took this last year, when they were as big as quarters!)

(July 12, 2012) Now is the time to get your Sterino Farms red raspberries, blackberries, gold raspberries and variety berries!

The weather could not be any better than it is as I write this. These warm, dry, sunny days are expected to continue well into next week and they are bringing on the berries fast!!!  I expect the July Tulameen Raspberries (Tulameen is a place in eastern British Columbia – this berry was bred in Canada and is super popular for its bright red, larger-than-usual berries and excellent flavor) to come and go quickly this year, so don’t miss out!

These are the raspberries you’ll want to eat fresh (by the handful!), freeze or jam.  We’ll also have fall variety raspberries, also from Jake Sterino – those will start in September, weather permitting.

You can read more about our partnership with Jake Sterino here.

The blackberries are coming on fast as well. We expect a good supply well into September because Jake grows several varieties on his farm in Fife.

Oregon blueberries are in full swing as we speak (write?). We expect the first arrivals of our Sakuma Brothers blueberries from Skagit Valley to come the week of July 16. Watch for these berries to make it to our Big Board Buys – we always try to get these beauties on our Big Board when we’re fortunate enough to get the “go ahead” from farmer Richard Sakuma. These berries are one of his biggest and best varieties and at this point, it’s looking like a July 25 Big Board.

Just a couple other outstanding items for this next week are melons from Turlock Farms in California – cantaloupe, heirloom cantaloupe, honeydew and orange honeydew! Turlock consistently grows the most flavorful melons of the year, and never harvests before the “old man” says it’s time! He says to expect the canary, casaba, santa claus and and crenshaw melons to follow soon!

First-of-the-season Hermiston (Oregon) Seedless Watermelon arrive just in time for the weekend of July 20! Again, hot dry weather should produce exceptional flavor in these melons this year.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the “plumogranate pluots” that are now available. This is a cross between an apricot and a plum and it’s incredible! Please ask for a sample – our crew would be happy to let you taste this.

Last but not least, Washington peaches are coming soon. I’ll keep you posted!

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