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Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes July 5, 2020

Earl’s Exclusive! La Granjita from Gonzales starts their season with  Serranos, Poblanos and Anaheim Peppers and the much awaited Watermelon Gherkins! Also known as Mexican Sour Gherkins, they are the size of haba beans, look like watermelons, but are sour on the inside. Great for salads, salsas and pickling!

Comanche Creek in Chico was founded as an organic operation by father-and-son team Jim and Brandon Miller in 1997. Earl’s Organic carries a gorgeous line of Comanche Creek vegetables including Burgundy and Green Okra, Mixed Squash, Lemon Cucumbers and Caprese, Heirloom, Sweet 100 and Red Cherry Tomatoes. Burgundy Okra adds a pop of color!  It is best eaten raw or even better, try pickling it!  It’s never to early to think about holiday gifts. The beautiful red color disappears when cooked and the pods turn green.  Okra is a good source of vitamin C, A, magnesium, potassium, calcium and a good source of dietary fiber. See what other delicious organic fruits and vegetables are in store for you in our Weekly Buyer’s Notes.

Top Tips for Choosing Corn

Top tips for choosing the best ear of corn without peeling back the husk! Feel for plump kernels through the husk. Look for brown and sticky tassels sticking out of the top of the ear. Black or dry tassels mean the corn is old. A bright green husk is a sign of fresh corn. Dwelley Farms corn from Brentwood . Grown less than 2 hours from San Francisco!

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes June 28, 2020

NEW! Terra Bella Yellow Gypsy Pepper-Ideal for stuffing, the thinner skin cooks more evenly. Riverdog Yellow Fin Potatoes-Golden yellow with a creamy texture, great for roasting. Candy Heart grapes- Red seedless grapes-Sweet and delicious with a muscat flavor and new crop Honeycrisp Apples from Chile. Rain in the Pacific Northwest  is slowing down the cherry harvest.  We will have another land of Rainier cherries on the front side of the week. Burkart, Earl’s exclusive,  had a surprise picking of delicious Patterson Apricots. Cloverleaf Farm, an 8 acre organic orchard and farm outside of Davis, is picking delectable Blenheim Apricots. Check out the wonderful varieties of stone fruit below that we can look forward to this week! Don’t miss an update on our Weekly Buyer’s Notes

What is the Secret to Dwelley’s Organic Corn?

Growing in Brentwood since 1921, Dwelley Family Farms has taken great pride in offering a large variety of premium fruits and vegetables.  Brentwood’s unique microclimate of hot valley days combined with the cool coastal evening breezes creates a perfect condition for growing produce. Sustainability farming practices and how they impact the environment, has allowed the Dwelley’s, generations of producing the healthiest and best tasting produce.  It is said that for the entire Dwelley family, farming has never been just an occupation.  It is a way of life!

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Robert Lichtenberg, Director of Purchasing for Earl’s with Patrick Johnston of Dwelley Farms

Dwelley Farms in Brentwood will have a good supply of Blue Lake Beans and Zucchini throughout the season. Also look for their gorgeous French beans, Romano beans, Yellow wax beans, Gold Bar, Sunburst and Yellow Crookneck Summer Squash and sweet Corn.

Organic corn is difficult to grow because of a major pest, the corn earworm. Patrick Johnston, owner of Dwelley Farms, shares their secret for keeping the corn earworm away!

 How to choose corn without peeling back the husk

  • Feel for plump kernels through the husk
  • Look for brown and sticky tassels sticking out of the top of the ear.  Black or dry tassels mean the corn is old
  • A bright green husk is a sign of fresh corn

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes June 21, 2020

NEW! Dwelley Corn from Brentwood, Calo Russets and delicious creamy Reed Avocados! Summer is time for pickling and canning! Local pickling cucumbers from Comanche Creek in Chico are gorgeous! Lion’s Mane mushrooms on a preorder basis! Sun Valley family farms out of the Pajaro Valley is rocking on local raspberries. Sun Valley is an Earl’s exclusive! Read about the Ponce family in our latest buyer’s notes.

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