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Archive for February, 2021

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes February 14, 2021

Earl’s Exclusive! Covilli Fair Trade Purple Brussels Sprouts are back! Beautiful shades of purple ranging from a deep, dark purple to a bright violet. Purple Brussels are a little sweeter and have a more mellow flavor than green brussels sprouts. Purple foods are full of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which help fight free radicals, and may offer anti-inflammatory benefits and help to improve cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The great news is that they keep their purple color after cooking!  Download this week’s buyer’s notes for all your organic produce updates and a delicious Roasted Purple Brussels Sprouts Salad with spiced seeds recipe.

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes February 7, 2021

New this week! Crespo Mexican Ataulfo and Tommy Atkin Mangos are now available in convenient grab and go 7/3# net bags. Learn more about these two varieties and download a delicious and easy mango salsa recipe in our buyer’s notes this week. Gold Nugget Mandarins have bumpy skin, are very aromatic and easy to peel. Fruit is seedless with a rich and sweet flavor. Season starts in San Diego County and overlaps and finishes in the foothills of Fresno County. Golden Sunrise Papaya from Mexico are very sweet, Mini Seedless Watermelons from Mexico are back! Don’t miss the Nopales Cactus Pads, they make a delicious salad or taco.

California Fuerte Avocado

Avocados originated in south-central Mexico sometime between 7,000 and 5,000 B.C.  In the early 1900’s avocados began being grown commercially and by the 1950’s there were at least 25 different varieties being grown in California.  The Fuerte was number one and built the avocado industry, accounting for more than two-thirds of the California avocado production.

So why is it that the Hass avocado is everywhere and we don’t see the Fuerte very often anymore?  Although the Hass variety was discovered in the early 1930’s by a postman from Pasadena it had a very undesirable look with its thick bumpy skin that turned almost black when ripe.  In the 1970’s large scale production, transportation and marketing efforts convinced the consumer how delicious the Hass was with its high oil content.  Now the Hass makes up 80% of all avocados consumed in the entire world.

The Fuerte is a cross between the native Mexican and Guatemalan species and means strong in Spanish because it can withstand temperatures as low as 26 degrees Fahrenheit.  The medium sized pear shaped fruit is easy to peel and has smooth green skin that stays green after ripening.  The flesh is a creamy pale green with a light smooth taste that compliments any salad. Now available from Stehly Farms Organics in San Diego County.

Today, California is the leading producer of domestic avocados and home to about 90 percent of the nation’s crop. Most California Avocados are harvested on approximately 52,000 acres from San Luis Obispo through San Diego by nearly 5,000 growers. San Diego County, which produces 60 percent of all California Avocados, is the acknowledged avocado capital of the nation.  (The California Avocado Commission CAC


Kumquats- A Powerful Sensory Experience

Kumquats are a unique member of the citrus family and are thought to come from China.  The two main varieties of kumquats are the sweet and tart oval shaped Nagami and the sweet round Meiwa.  There are many other varieties of kumquats and hybrid kumquats including the Mandarinquat.

Kumquats are very hardy and can withstand cold temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. For that very reason hybrid kumquats were developed by a researcher in Florida who wanted to grow citrus farther north where citrus such as lemons, limes and oranges can not grow.  These hybrids can be substituted for lemons or limes and make great marmalades.

The versatile bite sized kumquats are small and fun to eat.  They don’t need to be peeled which makes them perfect for snacking. They are on average about an inch long and are completely edible including the seeds.

You are in for a powerful sensory experience as the ZING of the sourness hits your taste buds and your mouth puckers up.  The rind is sweet and the flesh is tart. I recommend slicing it up and adding it to your favorite salad. It goes particularly well with a quinoa salad.

Sweet rind and flesh with a good spicy flavor. It is the best kumquat for eating out of hand.

Meiwa Kumquat

A cross between a Kumquat and a Mandarin. They are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Eat them whole, seeds and all. Fragrant orange flesh has a sweet tart flavor. Bite into the sweet rind for a tangy, sweet and super juicy sensory experience! 


How to eat a kumquat:

Let the fruit come to room temperature and then gently rub the kumquat between the palms of your hand to get the juices and oil going, releasing the amazing citrus fragrance. Pop them in your mouth and enjoy!

Kumquats can be hard to find at times but worth searching out. California leads the nation in production.  Northern San Diego County is where many farms focus on specialty crops such as kumquats but they can be found growing as far north as Placerville, north of Sacramento.

Now Hiring Controller

Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout
Northern California, seeks a skilled Controller for our San Francisco
Wholesale Produce Market headquarters. 

The Controller oversees the daily accounting operations, including accounting,payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and administration.


  • Accomplish Accounting and Administrative strategies by determining accountabilities, communicating and demonstrating values,policies and procedures; training, coaching, counseling, disciplinary, planning, monitoring, appraising and reviewing jobcontributions;
  • Manage and supervise accounting functions including: General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, accountreconciliation, financial reporting and analysis;
  • Perform timely month-end and year-end closings;
  • Plan, organize and coordinate year-end processes with external auditors;
  • Ensure compliance with applicable Generally Acceptable Accounting Principles and regulatory requirements;
  • Supervise the completion of Federal and State tax reporting requirements, insurance reports, and other reports required by government regulations;
  • Ensure successful completion of the company’s tax filings are completed by the outside consulting firm;
  • Plan, budget and authorize expenditures and, where appropriate, monitor costs and expenses;
  • Hire and train competent accounting staff;
  • Supervise the processing of bi-weekly payroll while handling timekeeping and compensation issues;
  • Prepare financial forecasting reports and internal financial statements;
  • Evaluate and maintain adequate insurance policies to safeguard assets and minimize risks;
  • Collaborate with Human Resources and other available resources for annual benefits renewal decisions and benefitsadministation;
  • Serve as liaison for company business partners (law firm, service companies, brokers, );
  • Supervise compliance and maintenance of business licenses and permits;
  • Plan and coordinate administrative procedures and systems and devise ways to streamline processes;
  • Ensure smooth and adequate flow of accounting and administrative information within the company to facilitate other businessoperations;
  • Assist in the management of project schedules and deadlines when needed;
  • Monitor inventory of office supplies and the purchasing of new material with attention to budgetary constraints;
  • Keep abreast of all organizational changes and business developments;
  • Perform other duties as directed, developed or assigned.




  • Education and/or Experience: A./B.S. in accounting or finance; 5-10 years’ hands-on experience in accounting; including managerial experience.
  • Language Skills: Excellent Communication skills including reading, writing, and verbally communicating effectively andprofessionally with other business departments, customers, and Ability to diplomatically deal with difficult situationsand people while exhibiting a consistent level of professionalism.
  • Technical Skills: Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to think independently and to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of different situationswithout set Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, report or schedule form.
  • Other Skills & Abilities: Ability to analyze/evaluate data and make appropriate decisions/recommendations. Ability to multi-task in a time-pressured Excellent organizational skills. High accuracy in work with attention to detail. Positiveapproach to alternative points of view; an ability to create agreement. Understanding of the importance of positive accountability. Strong strategic sensibility. Full understanding and working knowledge of GAAP.


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 works to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment.

• 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. 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Job Type: Full-time


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