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Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes December 30th

Mexico is bracing for a cold weather front over the weekend. Temperatures are expected to reach as low as 35 degrees in the growing regions of Sonora and Sinaloa. Warm veg items including cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and summer squash are all expected to be tight next week.

Cold weather is also expected in the California desert and Yuma, AZ growing regions. Organic Girl is expecting heavy lettuce ice through the weekend. However, with the exception of mache and romaine leaves, they are in good shape on all items next week.  Stay tuned for weather related updates from your Earl’s Sales Rep.

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Earl’s Organic Produce Buyer’s Notes December 16th

The first land of Forbidden Blueberries out of Santa Maria is here! Coming soon- Buddah Hands and Page Mandarins from Cunningham Farm located in a secluded valley next to the Cleveland National Forest between Fallbrook and Temecula in San Diego County.

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Forbidden Blueberries Expanding Program

Sandy Newman and James Ontiveros

Sandy Newman and James Ontiveros

We are very excited to announce that after 13 years Forbidden Fruit Orchard is expanding its organic blueberry program. After years of mastering her craft, grower Sandy Newman of Forbidden Fruit has partnered up with 9th generation California producer, James Ontiveros. James has a long history of growing both wine grapes and blueberries and has a dedicated love of farming and the land that supports Sandy’s like-minded mission. These growers both focus on producing low-chill blueberry varieties in the coastal, sub-tropical microclimates of Lompoc & Santa Maria. As these farms grow on the shoulders of California’s central valley blueberry season they provide local, California blueberries year round. More importantly, the flavor is outstanding! The Lompoc farm will continue to produce high quality blueberries in both late spring and early fall while the Santa Maria ranch harvests from mid-fall through spring. With this new and invigorating partnership expansion, we expect to provide many more months of certified organic California blueberries.

Forbidden Blueberries out of Santa Maria landing as early as Tuesday this week! Ask your Earl’s Sales Rep for more information.

Earl’s Organic Produce Buyer’s Notes December 9th

We are very excited to announce that after 13 years Forbidden Fruit Orchard is expanding its organic blueberry program.  After years of mastering her craft, grower Sandy Newman of Forbidden Fruit has partnered up with 9th generation California producer, James Ontiveros.  James has a long history of growing both wine grapes and blueberries and has a dedicated love of farming and the land that supports Sandy’s like-minded mission.

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Cranberries are America’s Original Superfruit

All fresh cranberries are dry harvested once a year between mid-September through early November.  Cranberries grow on vines planted in bogs with a mixture of moist acid peat soil and sand which allows them to thrive in harsh weather conditions. Unlike wet harvesting where the cranberry bogs are flooded so that the fruit can be harvested while floating, dry harvest vines must be completely dry.  The pickers drive self-propelled harvesters (think vibrating lawn mower with conveyor belt to burlap bag attachment) over the dry vines.  The fruit is then taken to the packing shed to be graded and screened based on color.  Lastly, the berries are bounce tested.  Good berries will bounce because of their air pockets and the soft berries that do not bounce are discarded.

Cranberries were introduced to the English settlers when arriving in Massachusetts in the early 1800’s. Over half of the United States crop is grown in Wisconsin. Massachusetts is the second largest producer followed by New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.  Canada is also a big player with more than 80% of the organic cranberries are grown in Quebec. Eastern Canada’s cooler weather is especially ideal for growing organic cranberries. Earl’s Organic Patience cranberries are grown in Quebec and the Greenbelle biodynamic organic cranberries are grown in Wisconsin.

Cranberries on the vine

Cranberries grow on vines planted in bogs

Fun Facts:

  • Cranberries will last for a year in the freezer and can be frozen in the package they come in.
  • Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to North America and many of the cultivars have been propagated directly from these ancient wild super-foods.
  • They were initially called ‘craneberries’ because the flower, stem and calyx resembled the neck, head and bill of a crane.
  • Cranberries boast many nutritional benefits including promoting urinary tract health, protecting beneficial gut microbial and providing a wide range of phytochemical and micro-nutrient for overall immunity and health. Learn more on the health benefits.
  • Organic cranberries are free and devoid of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers.

Recipe Ideas: 

*Toss a handful of fresh cranberries with pears or apples for a delicious sweet/tart salad
*Muddle fresh cranberries with your favorite vinegar and blend with olive oil for a tangy salad dressing.
* Make a holiday shrub with cranberries, sugar and vinegar. Perfect for cocktail parties and the perfect hostess gift.
* Dip fresh cranberries in milk chocolate and freeze them for 5 minutes.

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