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Archive for August, 2019

The Second Crop of Figs is the Sweetest

Maywood Farms organic figs are grown in Corning, about 2 hours northwest of Sacramento. Figs love the heat and are always picked ripe. Varieties include Kadota, Adriatic, Brown Turkey and Black Mission. 

 

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes August 18, 2019

NEW! Papalo from La Granjita Farm in Salinas Valley.

Papalo is an ancient Mexican herb with similar uses as Cilantro. It has been described by some as somewhere between arugula, cilantro and the culinary herb rue(characteristically bitter); others say it tastes like a mixture of nasturtium flowers, lime, and cilantro.  If you are a cilantro aficionado, this is a must! It can be used in soups, stews and salsas. It’s also known as Quilquiña, Yerba Porosa, Killi, Papaloquelite and broadleaf in English.

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Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes August 11, 2019

NEW- Maywood Figs from Corning! The second and sweeter crop of Black Mission, Brown Turkey and Kadota are here.  Take a peak into their orchards and packing house. RVO Magenta Dragonfruit just landed. What a wonder luminescent purple and refreshing lightly sweet flavor. Gravenstein Apples from Solano Gold in Sebastopol. Did you know the Gravenstein is on the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste?

California Season Continues with Traceland Avocados

Lucky for us the California season goes on a little longer. Earl’s just received delicious California avocados from Traceland in Morro Bay. Traceland is located in Cayucos near the ocean on the central coast and about 20 miles northwest of San Luis Obispo where the unique geography and climate allows year round growing conditions without high heat or killing frosts.  Cayucos sits in a small area of coastal land defined by the Santa Lucia mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The ocean cools the hot summers and warms the cold winters.  The land is bisected at various places along its length by wild creeks that flow unimpeded from the coast range to the ocean providing the copious amounts of water avocado trees need to fruit.       

Ron Trace-In the middle, Jesse Trace-On the right

Ron, Gail and their twin sons moved to Cayucos in 1998 from Chicago.  In 2005 they planted their 6 acre avocado orchard with a goal to grow organic avocados as sustainably as possible.  The avocado trees are planted on natural slopes and not man made terraces, which affects the drainage.  He also puts down composted manures, organic minerals and wood chip mulches to fertilize the trees.  Cover crops of native grasses are used to produce natural nitrogen, honey bees are used for fruit production and predator insects for biological disease control.  Weeds are pulled by hand and they even trap gophers by hand.

Traceland is also unique because they hand pick all of the avocados and deliver them to Earl’s within 24 hours of picking! The flavor is very creamy and rich in oil content. We feel it is the best eating avocado of the season.

Jesse from Traceland Avocados

Remember that a California avocado will be very mature, high in oil and needs to be eaten firm. Mexican avocados are now starting to show up in your grocery store. Buyer beware! Mexican avocados are the first of the season and will eat differently. They will not be as flavorful as a California avocado and can ripen unevenly.

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes August 4, 2019

Now featuring Traceland avocados grown in Morro Bay along the Central Coast. We feel it is the best eating experience of the season. Freshly dug russet potatoes 90ct in the HOUSE! 80ct are limited and 60ct and 70ct return this week! New crop California Galas are here! Excellent color and flavor right from the beginning of the season. New Zealand Pacific Rose is a cross between a Gala and Spendour. Refreshing, sweet and crisp, the pretty pink hue comes from the Splendour parent. Beautiful high color and delicious high sugar flavor make this apple a very special treat. Read the full update here.

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