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September 21-23
Big 10 Owner Appreciation Discount Days

 

October 21
Annual Meeting 

 

 

 

Owner Benefit: 20% Off Organic Produce Weekend
October 25, 26, 26

Co-op + Heal the Bay Beach Cleanup  sign-up!
October 26

 

10% Off Bulk Weekend
November 1, 2, 3

Produce Notes: August 7, 2019

We all love watermelon and tomatoes, but have you tried the other great organic produce this season has to offer? Our good-looking squash selection looks even better with our Super Fresh Deal on Zucchini this week! Did you know that while squash are indigenous to the Americas, this particular variety was first developed in Italy in the early 19th century? Rich in vitamins A and C, this fruit (technically!) is wonderful in many preparations and great for your gut. Try it raw, on the grill, or sauteed with your other favorites - try roasting your Zucchini and Eggplant and Red Bell Peppers (also on our Fresh Deals!) with some garlic, rosemary, and olive oil for a deconstructed ratatouille - perfect for late summer meals! Eggplants are another versatile, nutrient dense fruit with a good amount of fiber and plenty of antioxidants, but it can be tricky to cook well. Because its spongy flesh tends to soak up excess oil, this can be especially true when you want to fry your eggplant. Try salting the flesh in advance (20-30 minutes), make sure any cooking oil is at least 365°F, and be sure not to overcrowd your pan, as this will lead to a drop in temperature. 

 

In addition to the plentiful squash of summer, and the cucumbers (as promised!), kale supply is strong, and most lettuces are looking great! Broccoli supply has tightened up, as has cauliflower supply, while corn has remained elusive. California avocado prices are softening, to the relief of avocado lovers - our California supply should last through the end of summer, with Mexican avocados ripening and ready to go. Tomatoes are generally steady, but they won’t last forever, so pick up some summer beauties ASAP! 

 

Rounding out our Fresh Deals are Tuscan Melons, Black Plums, and Dapple Dandy Pluots. Tuscan Melons are a relatively new kind of especially sweet cantaloupe with distinctive grooved skin: dark green grooves indicate a sweet, almost crispy flesh, while lighter grooves indicate a softer texture and richer flavor. The firm flesh of the Tuscan Melon will hold up well in fruit salads, but don’t feel limited to sweet preparations! Melons are wonderful paired with salty cheeses and charcuterie. As apricots wind down, look out for a more limited supply of peaches and nectarines, but know that  Black Plums and Dapple Dandy Pluots here for all your stone fruit cravings! Plums are impressively high in nutrients, containing over 15 vitamins and minerals in addition to fiber and antioxidants; enjoy these tiny powerhouses out of hand, in salads, or even in smoothies! Keep an eye out for Santa Rosa Plums when you’re in store - our Produce team can’t get enough of their amazing flavor! Dapple Dandy Pluots (a hybrid of about 70% plum and 30% apricot) are also known as “Dinosaur Egg” or “Dinosaur’s Fruit” for their distinctive mottled skin. Dapple Dandy Pluots have especially sweet, pink flesh and are ready to eat when they give to gentle pressure - be careful, as they bruise easily when ripe! Pluots are especially sensitive to ethylene-producing fruits and vegetables like tomato and green onion, so take care to store them separately. 

 

In other fruit news, look out for California apples and pears in the next few weeks! Strawberry supply remains steady, as does blueberry, though not for much longer. Blackberries are in somewhat limited supply. Figs have now transitioned from their breba crop to their main crop. Seeded watermelon are slowing, but seedless bins are in strong supply and mini seedless are looking great. All kinds of grapes are plentiful and in steady supply - check out our new grape packaging the next time you stop by your Co-op!


Produce Notes: August 7, 2019

We all love watermelon and tomatoes, but have you tried the other great organic produce this season has to offer? Our good-looking squash selection looks even better with our Super Fresh Deal on Zucchini this week! Did you know that while squash are indigenous to the Americas, this particular variety was first developed in Italy in the early 19th century? Rich in vitamins A and C, this fruit (technically!) is wonderful in many preparations and great for your gut. Try it raw, on the grill, or sauteed with your other favorites - try roasting your Zucchini and Eggplant and Red Bell Peppers (also on our Fresh Deals!) with some garlic, rosemary, and olive oil for a deconstructed ratatouille - perfect for late summer meals! Eggplants are another versatile, nutrient dense fruit with a good amount of fiber and plenty of antioxidants, but it can be tricky to cook well. Because its spongy flesh tends to soak up excess oil, this can be especially true when you want to fry your eggplant. Try salting the flesh in advance (20-30 minutes), make sure any cooking oil is at least 365°F, and be sure not to overcrowd your pan, as this will lead to a drop in temperature. 

 

In addition to the plentiful squash of summer, and the cucumbers (as promised!), kale supply is strong, and most lettuces are looking great! Broccoli supply has tightened up, as has cauliflower supply, while corn has remained elusive. California avocado prices are softening, to the relief of avocado lovers - our California supply should last through the end of summer, with Mexican avocados ripening and ready to go. Tomatoes are generally steady, but they won’t last forever, so pick up some summer beauties ASAP! 

 

Rounding out our Fresh Deals are Tuscan Melons, Black Plums, and Dapple Dandy Pluots. Tuscan Melons are a relatively new kind of especially sweet cantaloupe with distinctive grooved skin: dark green grooves indicate a sweet, almost crispy flesh, while lighter grooves indicate a softer texture and richer flavor. The firm flesh of the Tuscan Melon will hold up well in fruit salads, but don’t feel limited to sweet preparations! Melons are wonderful paired with salty cheeses and charcuterie. As apricots wind down, look out for a more limited supply of peaches and nectarines, but know that  Black Plums and Dapple Dandy Pluots here for all your stone fruit cravings! Plums are impressively high in nutrients, containing over 15 vitamins and minerals in addition to fiber and antioxidants; enjoy these tiny powerhouses out of hand, in salads, or even in smoothies! Keep an eye out for Santa Rosa Plums when you’re in store - our Produce team can’t get enough of their amazing flavor! Dapple Dandy Pluots (a hybrid of about 70% plum and 30% apricot) are also known as “Dinosaur Egg” or “Dinosaur’s Fruit” for their distinctive mottled skin. Dapple Dandy Pluots have especially sweet, pink flesh and are ready to eat when they give to gentle pressure - be careful, as they bruise easily when ripe! Pluots are especially sensitive to ethylene-producing fruits and vegetables like tomato and green onion, so take care to store them separately. 

 

In other fruit news, look out for California apples and pears in the next few weeks! Strawberry supply remains steady, as does blueberry, though not for much longer. Blackberries are in somewhat limited supply. Figs have now transitioned from their breba crop to their main crop. Seeded watermelon are slowing, but seedless bins are in strong supply and mini seedless are looking great. All kinds of grapes are plentiful and in steady supply - check out our new grape packaging the next time you stop by your Co-op!

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