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Archive for June, 2020

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!

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes June 14, 2020

NEW! Cotton Candy grapes are very limited but we should see them this week along with the excellent Sweet Sapphire.  Red, Green and Black California grapes are all available this week! We are starting to see the first of the California breba fig crop rolling in, also known as the first crop. Nopales, also known as the prickly pear cactus are packed full of antioxidants, can regulate blood sugar levels and help lower cholesterol. Learn how to prepare nopales step by step and make a delicious salad in our latest buyer’s notes.

First Crop of California Figs

We are starting to see the first of the California breba fig crop rolling in, also known as the first crop. The breba crop grows on last year’s tree shoots and harvest is usually around the end of May or beginning of June.  The breba crop lasts for a few weeks and hasn’t yet developed the honey sweetness we associate with figs.  We will experience a short gap before the second, more flavorful crop starts up in July. The first land of Black Mission Figs is coming from Madera in the central San Joaquin Valley.

The large fruit is the Breba or “first crop”, while the small fruit is the second crop.

Figs love the hot days and warm nights and are grown mainly in the central valley around the Fresno/Madera area to up north of Sacramento in Corning.  Maywood Farms in Corning, CA, Stellar in Madera, CA and Susie Bee farms from Chowchilla, in the central Joaquin Valley, bring you some of the best organic figs. California ranks #1 in US production of figs and produces 100 % of the USA’s dried figs and 98 % of fresh figs.

There are hundreds of varieties of figs but the most popular are the Kadota with light green skin and sweet white flesh, the Brown Turkey ranges in color from brown to copper with a very fragrant flavor and the Black Mission has a deep purple to black skin with sweet pink flesh.

Now Hiring QA/IC Specialist

You are self-motivated through curiosity with a passion for organic produce and an intense desire to learn. Detail-oriented with an eye for appreciation describes your work. A fast-paced, changing environment with a need to be an adaptable team player allows your true strengths to shine. In moments of chaos, you rely on your ability to communicate effectively to get you through the most demanding situations with an energized & generous spirit. If you are interested in personal success through humility, humor and responsibility, then Earl’s Organic produce is the place for you!


  • Maintain strict adherence to Good Handling practices;
  • Coordinate inspection of product – (incoming and in-house) – to ensure high quality standards at all times;
  • Review and appropriately respond to e-mail requests and directives from Purchasing and Sales departments – generated instructions for product handling and conditioning;
  • Stage inventory to sell time-sensitive product on a first-in-first-out basis appropriately process;
  • Consistently monitor strategic management of product storage;
  • Review and address condition and ripeness levels of all commodities;
  • Respond to questions from night and morning shift warehouse personnel regarding specific product lot selections for customer’s orders;
  • Actively support other Operations team members;
  • Regularly communicate ideas and concerns to Quality Assurance Supervisor;
  • Ensures work is performed safely at all times;
  • Punctuality and regular and reliable attendance.

Position requirements include:

– Minimum high school diploma required

– HAACP training and SafeServ certification preferred

– Pallet jack experience required

– Minimum two to three years hands-on fresh produce experience, retail merchandising, inventory control, sales or product handling role required

– Ability to maintain logs and records

– Strong communication skills

– Excellent customer service ability

– Ability to respond to feedback from others

– Ability to maintain respect and composure in stressful situations

– Attention to detail

– Desire to support other team members

– High energy!

– Desire to grow individually and to learn how to best support other team members

– Ability to lift up to 50 lbs on a regular basis

– Ability to read, write understand English

– Basic warehouse experience

The above is only a basic description of the position and it does not, nor is it intended to, outline all of the specifics of the responsibilities expected to be performed.


Salary negotiable depending on experience.


Earl’s Organic Produce provides a highly competitive compensation package, including medical, dental, vision, LTD and voluntary life, plus a company-sponsored retirement program and paid meal breaks. After one year of employment, we pay 100% of medical benefits for employee only. 

Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We work to embrace diversity in all its forms and strive to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Change Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a resume and three references via e-mail to hr@earlsorganic.com or come directly to:

Earl’s Organic Produce

2101 Jerrold Ave, Suite 100

San Francisco, CA 94124

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes June 7, 2020

Exciting new things arriving this week! Cotton Candy grapes from Mexico, Green California Grapes join the Red Flames from Anthony’s Vineyard, Dwelley and Tutti Frutti specialty beans are top notch, the first crop, or Breba crop, of Turkey and Mission figs will start trickling in and Burkart peaches (an Earl’s exclusive) are in abundance. Summer is one of our favorite times of the year. Discover all the delicious produce in season in our weekly Buyer’s Note and download Earl’s California Stone Fruit calendar to help track the varieties throughout the season.


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