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Fragrant Galia Melons

Galia melons are a hybrid melon developed in Israel with a yellow-green flesh. They are a cross between a cantaloupe and a honeydew. You can tell when it’s ripe by the Galia’s intense fragrance. Choose melons with a golden-green color.  They are rich in potassium which is essential for proper hydration. Perfect for summertime!

How To Tell If A Melon Is Ripe

California melons are at the peak of flavor! California melon season begins around Memorial Day in El Centro at the southern end of the Imperial Valley in the desert. As the weather continues to get warmer, melon production moves north to the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley to Bakersfield and Coalinga. By July melons are coming out of the northern end of the San Joaquin Valley in Firebaugh and Los Banos and by mid-July melons will move up through the San Joaquin Valley into Yolo County near Sacramento.

Picking a ripe melon is very difficult and is not an exact science. Melons ripen on the vine and do not get any sweeter once picked although texture and flavor can improve.  Netted varieties such as muskmelons, Galia and Charenteis will “slip” off the vine when ripe.  There will be a slight cracking in the area around the stem and the melons will separate from the vine naturally.  The skin under the netting will slightly change to yellow.  Other melons with hard smooth skin such as the Honeydew melon or Casaba will change color and have a waxy feel when ripe. The best way to tell if they are ripe is to cut one open and taste it.

Galia Melon

There are no hard and fast rules but you can use these suggestions as guidelines when shopping.  Melons covered in netting such as a Cantaloupe, Galia, or Haogen will be very fragrant when ripe. Make sure to smell the stem end before buying.  You can check the ripeness of most melons by gently pressing on the blossom end of the melon, the end opposite of the stem.  A melon should be ready to eat when it gently yields to pressure.  If your finger breaks the skin of the melon it is over ripe and past its time to eat.  As mentioned above melons with hard smooth skins are harder to tell when ripe. The Honeydew  melon for example will become waxy and almost sticky when ripe. Your best bet is to cut them open and taste them.

Watermelons are too thick to do the press test.  One way to try and determine the ripeness of a watermelon is to thump on the rind with your knuckles and listen for a dull thunking sound. The juiciest melons will be heavy for their size. Picking watermelons in a field by ripeness is an art and not a science.

Melons that have been well tended to will have a small area called a couche that has been flattened and is discolored from sitting on the ground. If the couche is too prominent or large it means the melons were not turned over or propped up during the growing season.

Three Sisters Champagne Grapes

Organic mini seedless Champagne California grapes are bursting with flavor. These delicious grapes look beautiful in a glass of bubbly, are the perfect topping to a summer cake or tart or have fun pulling off small clusters of grapes with your teeth. Johnni Soghomonian from Three Sisters Organic says “You can eat them in little clusters, stems and all.  You get a little fiber and fabulous flavor!”

Three Sisters Organic has been growing this specialty grape in Fresno since the 1980’s. Champagne grapes are also dried for raisins and are known as zante currants, commonly used for scones and baking. The season was a fast one this year and Three Sisters will be done harvesting by the end of July so don’t miss out!

Fun Fact: It is estimated that consumption of fresh table grapes in California is about 7 to 8 pounds per person annually. I bet that doesn’t include this fantastic grape!

Second Sweeter Crop of Figs

Now is the best time of the year to eat fresh figs. The first crop arrives in June and hasn’t developed the honey sweetness we associate with a delicious fig. There is a brief break during July before the 2nd crop arrives around the end of July.  Figs develop their peak flavor from the middle of August to around the middle of September. In our opinion it is worth waiting for that delicious, incredibly rich and sugary fig.

Figs have been around for thousands of years and are believed to have originated in Eastern Asia, spreading through all of Europe and eventually brought to California by the missionaries in 1769.  By 1867 there were over 1,000 acres of fig trees in the Sacramento Valley and 35 acres in the San Joaquin Valley.  Figs are still 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.

Figs need the hot Mediterrean weather to grow. The sweet spot is between 85 to 105 degrees. When temperatures go above 105 degrees the tree goes into shock and shuts down to survive. The fig season continues through September as long as the weather holds.

Buying Figs
Look for the figs that are not too hard and not too soft. A fig that is too firm is an indication that it was harvested too immature. Figs are the only fruit that ripens on the tree. Once the fruit is picked that is as sweet as it’s going to get.

Storing Figs
We recommend that you don’t refrigerate your figs. Buy only what you can eat within 2-3 days and buy often. Place them on a counter on a cotton cloth and let them dry up a little bit. The flavors and the sugars will become more concentrated and intense. They are like honey nectar!

Fun Facts

  • Figs are considered a fruit but the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself
  • California produces 90% of the fresh figs grown in the United States

Fig Varieties

Brown Turkey: Large sized fig with a brownish-dark purple skin, light pink flesh and a mild flavor. They are commonly used in desserts.

Kadota: Has thick light green skin with sweet white flesh tinged pink at the center.

Adriatic: Light green or yellowish skin with beautiful strawberry colored flesh.

Figs in a row

 

Now Hiring Regional Class A Driver

Must be meeting performance expectations and no safety incidents. Applicable taxes apply.

Employee gets 100% paid benefits after (1) year of employment. 50% of dependent coverage after 3 years!

REFER a friend receive $500 bonus!

401 K with 4% matching

Paid Meal breaks

Free produce to take home.

Schedule: Schedule Dispatch Sunday at 11pm, return Tuesday by 1pm, Dispatch Wednesday 11pm return Thursday by 1pm.

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Come work for a company that’s at the forefront of the organic industry!

Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California for over 30 years, seeks a skilled and safe Regional Class A Delivery Driver for our San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market headquarters.

The Regional Class A Delivery Driver position is responsible for delivering palletized orders to EOP’s customer in Central and Southern California and other parts of the West Coast.

 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

 

Will be required to operate all types of equipment to perform all safety functions, including, but not limited to, operating manual transmission, chaining tires, etc. and must be skilled and qualified to drive in all types of terrain, routes and environmental conditions;

Responsible for safely operating a tractor-trailer in the transportation of freight with Company, Federal, State and Local laws with regard to run times and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations;

Must adhere to FMCSA requirements of those holding a Commercial Driver’s License.

Maintain records required with compliance with local, state and federal regulations;

Ensure security of equipment and cargo;

Conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections to ensure safe working conditions of the tractor and trailer prior to each trip and at the end of each trip;

Check gauges and visual indicators for malfunctions, ensure seal or lock on trailers and conducts inspection of vehicle before and during trips to determine problems that may be occurring;

Promptly report all maintenance problems to the Transportation manager or supervisor;

Provide professional and courteous service to our customers and the general public;

Punctuality and regular and reliable attendance.

Position requirements include:
– Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
– Class A California driver’s license required
– Able to operate an electric Pallet Jack

– Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. on a regular basis
– Able to operate a hand truck
– 2-3 years delivery driving experience, preferably with a fresh produce company but not necessary
– Ability to read directions and use a street map to plot delivery route
– Ability to maintain logs and records

– Strong communication skills
– Excellent customer service ability
– Ability to respond to feedback from others
– Ability to present oneself professionally in customer-facing situations
– 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 read, write and 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.

BENEFITS

Earl’s Organic Produce provides a highly competitive compensation package, including: • medical • dental • vision • LTD voluntary life insurance • 401K with 4% Matching • paid meal breaks • Quarterly Incentives

After one year of employment, we pay 100% of medical benefits for employee only. After 3 years we cover 50% of dependents costs.

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 Chance ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Pay rate: Talk to us, we want to work with you. We want quality, experienced, safe drivers to join our team!

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email or come directly to:

Earls Organic Produce
2101 Jerrold Ave., Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94124

Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Job Type: Full-time

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