Fall Has Arrived
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we all woke up Saturday morning with dark clouds outside our windows followed by heavy rain all day. Fall is in the air and we can feel the seasons changing as we wake up to cooler mornings. Soon many vegetable growers will move their operations from Northern California down to the desert in the Coachella Valley where the weather is warmer. We will track the transition as it begins to happen.
Peaches and nectarines are done for the season. You’ll have to wait until next year unless you made pickled bourbon peaches like Kathy from Earl’s.
Plums and pluots are winding down and will still be around for the next few weeks.
Melons are ending soon and we will have the last of the Cantaloupes, Galia, Charantais, Honeydew and watermelon varieties for another week or so.
It’s time to savor those sweet sugary figs one final time before the season ends. Best eaten when soft at room temperature. Supplies could possibly last a few more weeks depending on the weather.
Fall produce abounds
Have you noticed pumpkins popping up everywhere? Earl’s has edible pumpkins with romantic names such as Fairytale, Rouge d’Etamps and Sugar Pie that are great for baking. Think homemade pumpkin pie.
Our warehouse is full of beautiful bins of mixed squash in all shapes and sizes including Acorn, Butternut, Buttercup, Carnival, Delicata, Kabocha, Red Kuri, Spaghetti, Sweet Dumpling and Turban.
Pomegranates are here and the seeds are delicious in a spinach salad.
Varieties of pears are plentiful including Tosca, Bartlett, Bosc, D’Anjou, the cute and tiny Seckel and Starkrimson.
Persimmons are just around the corner. Sweet Fuyu’s can be eaten like an apple but the astringent Hachiyas need to wait until they are super soft like jelly before eating.