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Archive for May, 2014

New Leaf Pleasanton Celebrates 1 Year

New Leaf Community Market Pleasanton threw a one year birthday party this past weekend.  New Leaf has been offering some of the best local and organic food on the Central Coast since 1985 and recently has opened two new locations in Pleasanton and San Jose.

A huge crowd turned out to celebrate with a live band, wellness education booths, kids activities and samples from many beverage and food vendors. Earl’s Organic had a booth in the produce department and grilled up a bounty of delicious Coastal View Produce. Brian Violini is a 3rd generation farmer and his family has been growing organic asparagus in Gonzales, CA for the past 40 year. Click here for a video of Brian on the farm explaining how asparagus grows.


New Leaf also celebrated the beginning of stone fruit season with a stunning display of peaches, nectarines and apricots. Look for different varieties of white and yellow peaches and nectarines arriving from Earl’s each week.


With Memorial Day less than a week away, think about adding grilled asparagus and grilled stone fruit to your menu. Asparagus just needs a little olive oil, salt and pepper and then grill for 5-7 minutes.  Grilled stone fruit goes great with in a salad with a honey goat cheese dressing.

Apriums Seasonal Eats

Apriums look similar to an apricot but they are a hybrid of approximately 75% apricot and 25% plum.

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Burkart Apriums (8)



Apriums look similar to an apricot but they are a hybrid of approximately 75% apricot and 25% plum. They have a very sweet flavor and are only available for a short time during the early stone fruit season. We expect apriums from Burkart Farms in Dinuba, CA, to continue for the next 2-3 weeks. Don’t miss out on this special fruit.

Burkart Apriums (4)

There is no hard and fast rule on how to know when stone fruit is ripe and ready to eat.  This applies to all stone fruit whether it is a plum, apricot, peach or nectarine. The difference from one day to the next can be the difference between ripe and overripe. The best advice we at Earl’s can give is to try eating your fruit on different days and experiment by trial and error.  Store the pieces of stone fruit you plan to eat within a few days on a natural cotton cloth to allow the air to circulate and to prevent bruising. In very warm weather the fruit will ripen more quickly so be sure to check your fruit each day. If you need to refrigerate your stone fruit let it reach room temperature first to get the fullest flavor.

Organic Rising The Movie

Organic Rising is the first food movie to focus on organic as the solution to our food system crisis, and because while it lays out the problems we face, it offers a positive, solution-oriented educational experience with compelling storytellers from all parts of the organic sector. This documentary film takes an in-depth look at the rise of the organic movement and what the future holds. It examines the rise of America’s organic food movement, while envisioning a new and healthy American food system through the eyes of seasoned pioneers, up-and-coming farmers, food activists, top chefs and high-powered investors. Organic farmers from around the country, including many local people from Santa Cruz, are interviewed in depth about their organic practices and beliefs.

The film is directed by the highly awarded Pulitzer and Emmy winner Anthony Suau. As a TIME magazine contract photographer for twenty years his images have been published and exhibited worldwide.

Organic Rising

Earl’s Organic is a proud supporter of this film. Please help us by sharing this link and by visiting the Indeigogo campaign page to help Organic Rising reach their goal of $50,000. While you are there you can submit YOUR music for the ORGANIC RISING soundtrack! If it is chosen for the film your name will appear in the film’s credits. Your covers are also welcome!

Watch the Organic Rising trailer here.


Burkart Stonefruit Season Begins

Peach and nectarine season has begun!  The season generally starts around May 1st and can continue into November as the production areas move into Oregon and Washington.  Burkart Orchards has some of the most flavorful stone fruit and is located only four hours south of San Francisco in Dinuba along the northern border of Tulare County. We can look forward to the many varieties changing about every 1 to 2 weeks.

The peaches we typically see early in the season are the sweet cling variety which means the fruit “clings” to the pit unlike a freestone peach where the fruit falls away easily from the pit. The bottom of the peach comes to a tapered point with a cling stone peach unlike a free stone peach that has a flat bottom.

Fun Fact:

The only difference between peaches and nectarines is that peaches are covered in a light fuzz.

Burkart Orchards had a little bit of rain earlier this week which may cause some nectarines to crack. Until Richard Burkart gets into the orchard to pick and pack, he won’t know the result of what the rain might have done to the fruit. Stay tuned for updates on the stone fruit crop and the many delicious, juicy and sweet varieties we can look forward to.

Free stone peach with a flat bottom

Free stone peach with a flat bottom


Cling Stone Peach with a tapered end


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