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Archive for June, 2020

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.

Sun Valley Raspberries

Sun Valley Farm Organic Raspberries are an Earl’s exclusive! Now peaking on gorgeous high color tasty fruit locally grown in the Pajaro Valley. Rogelio Jr, Stephen and Rogelio Sr. Ponce have been farming in the Pajaro Valley for three generations with a focus on berries. The Ponce family is both skilled in growing multiple varieties and types of berries but they also have a seasoned and honed eye toward quality. The Ponce family now manages their own independent family farm. Sun Valley Farms specializes in growing high quality non-proprietary raspberries and strawberries along with broccoli, baby broccoli, chards, kales, white, purple and orange cauliflower, parsley and cilantro. They hire permanent, year-round labor, excel at crop planning and management and take huge pride in what they do and it shows in everything they grow!

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