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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 Produce Proud To Be Helping Local Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Francisco, CA

Since April 1st Earl’s Organic has donated a total of over 100 tons of produce to various organizations in the Bay Area on a weekly basis. It is with gratitude that we thank our donation partners, volunteers and local businesses for coming together to feed their communities in this time of health safety.  A special thanks to our generous growers, Chelan Fresh, Covilli Brand Organics, Del Cabo, Divine Flavor, Equal Exchange and Homegrown Organics for their direct donations.

The donations come at a time when national food supply chains have come under tremendous stress yet remain strong, vibrant and able to serve and be accountable in times of crisis. Earl’s Organic is committed to eliminating as much concern about one’s food supply as we are able.  Earl’s Organic continues to donate on a regular basis to local organizations in need. 

Earl’s Organic Driver Jose Valladares delivers donation to Gazalli’s Supermarket in East Oakland

International Faith Ministry Food Bank in partnership with BriarPatch Food Coop in Grass Valley
Alameda Country Community Food Bank
Alameda Food Bank
Gazzali’s Supermarket East Oakland– Hands out free produce to seniors and low income people in East Oakland.
NOW Hunters Point- In partnership with the SF Produce Market and support from the SF Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax Funds, fresh produce is distributed to Bayview Hunters Point families.

NOW Hunter’s Point Donations San Francisco

River City Food Bank Sacramento
San Francisco African American Faith Based Coalition (SFAAFBC)-  In partnership with the SF Produce Market and support from the SF Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax Funds. Every other week they put together hundreds of bags of produce to low income and vulnerable families in the Bayview neighborhood.
San Francisco Food Runners– Eliminating food waste and alleviating hunger in SF by delivering meals to neighborhood food programs.
Unity Council East Oakland- They work with 5 senior centers in alameda county providing fresh produce to people vulnerable to Covid-19 and unable to leave their homes. They also give out produce to vulnerable and low income people in their community once a week
WISE Health SF San Francisco- Distributes weekly produce kits to isolated seniors and under served families.

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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