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Honeynut Squash

The cute stout Honeynut squash is about 6″ tall and looks just like a mini butternut squash. The outside has a deep honey color and the flesh has an intense sweet flavor that becomes almost caramel like when roasted. You won’t want to add maple syrup or brown sugar to this naturally sweet variety. The skin is similar to the delicata squash and does not need to be peeled, and they have three times the amount of beta-carotene!  The Honeynut is grown for its flavor, rather than yield, and personal serving size.  Roast at 425° for 20-30 minutes until tender. If you feel like getting a little fancier try this savory recipe for Honeynut Squash with Radicchio and Miso!

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/honeynut-squash-with-radicchio-and-miso

 

Kiwi Berries

If you like Kiwi’s then you will fall in love with the Kiwi Berry. Kiwi Berries taste exactly like a Kiwi but they are the size of a grape, fuzzless and completely edible.  Cut one in half and the inside flesh looks just like a Kiwi. This no mess snack is fun to eat and perfect for the whole family. Learn more about the delicious Kiwi Berries.

How to eat – Just pop them in your mouth!

The Second Crop of Figs is the Sweetest

Maywood Farms organic figs are grown in Corning, about 2 hours northwest of Sacramento. Figs love the heat and are always picked ripe. Varieties include Kadota, Adriatic, Brown Turkey and Black Mission. 

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!

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!

California Cherries

California cherries season has started. The fruit is sweet with a beautiful deep red color. California has a combination of nutrient-rich soil, abundant sunshine and mild temperatures, producing sweet fruit. We expect the California season to be shorter than usual due to the heavy rains we had this spring so don’t miss out!

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Nagami Kumquats

One of my favorite fruits this winter is the versatile tiny Kumquat.  It is unique in its size, averaging about an inch long and in its flavor, where the sweetness comes from the rind instead of the flesh You don’t have to peel them and they are small enough to pop in your mouth.  I also love to slice them up and mix them in a salad, salsa or a smoothie.

The oval shaped Nagami is the most commonly sold with a sweet rind and very tart flesh.  You are in for a powerful sensory experience as the ZING of the sourness hits your taste buds and your mouth puckers up.

First U.S. Grown Fair Trade Certified Stone Fruit

Homegrown Organic Farms is proud to represent the first-ever, US-grown Fair Trade Certified stone fruit; grown by none other than Vernon Peterson. Vernon and his family have been farming for over 30 years in Kingsburg in the central San Joaquin Valley.  For Vern, being a part of the Fair Trade movement goes beyond price, beyond organic, and has become about people and the communities surrounding farms that grow the fruit consumers enjoy.

Breba Fig Crop Starts Up

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.

Stone Fruit Season Is Here

Peach and nectarine season has begun!  Generally speaking we start seeing peaches around May 1st and the season can continue into September. We can look forward to the many varieties changing about every 1 to 2 weeks. The only difference between peaches and nectarines is that peaches are covered in a light fuzz.

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