Wildly Good Deals:
Sweet Weekly Specials:
Pomegranates $1.69 lb
Cucumbers $1.49 lb
Eggplant $1.99 lb
Meyer lemons $2.79 lb
Green onions 69¢ ea bunch
Fair trade tomatoes $2.99 lb
Green beans $3.29 lb
Local garlic is almost gone. Mandarinquats and limequats have arrived. Be on the lookout for these fun hybrids! Limequats especially pack a powerful punch, tread carefully if you’re new to this tiny, but potent, citrus. Kaffir limes (and galangal root) are still available. Even if you don’t have a reason to use them now, get a few while they’re in, store them in an air-tight container or ziploc bag, and pop them in the freezer! Local chard is done, but Ralph’s came up with another shot of bunched carrots. They’re here now.
Cara Cara navel oranges!
Discovered in 1976 at the Hacienda de Cara Cara in Venezuela, this is a natural mutation, or sport, of the regular Washington variety of navel. It is parthenocarpic, or asexual, and is only propagated through grafting. This means it is the only truly seedless citrus fruit. It has pink flesh because of high levels of the phytonutrient lycopene, also found in grapefruit. It has a grapefruit-like flavor, but much milder and less acidic. These are here now, and we’re welcoming their arrival with a nice price of $1.99 lb.
What’s unique and cool this week in the Produce Department? Black Garlic!
We have some organic black garlic on the way from Wisconsin. It will be in sealed bags of 2 heads, I think $6.49 each. This stuff is way cool. It starts its life a s regular white garlic, but is subjected to a 45 day fermentation process at fairly high heat, with strictly controlled humidity and constant air flow. As I research, it looks like it’s not a true fermentation, just a very slow roast. It just looks like old funky garlic until you peel it– the bulbs are dark, inky black. The sugars are caramelized by the heat, and it is easier to digest, higher in antioxidants, and milder in flavor than raw or roasted garlic. Its predominant flavor is reminiscent of aged balsamic vinegar, with hints of fennel and earthiness. It looks like it got shipped 2-day priority, so we might have it out as soon as Wednesday! - Ben, Produce Manager
Super Sweet Weekly Specials:
Garnet yams $1.29 lb
Green onions 59¢ ea/bunch
More Great Deals:
Granny Smith apples $1.89 lb
Brussels sprouts $5.99 lb
Bulk cranberries from Wisconsin $8.99 lb
Broccolette $2.19 ea/bunch
Mixed mini sweet peppers $3.19/pint
Tomatoes $2.29 lb
Baby bok choi $2.79 lb
Blowout deals this week:
Mangoes 59¢ lb
Baby broccoli, aka broccolette, bunches, $1.29 ea.
Green bell peppers from Oregon and Washington $1.79 lb
Pomegranates $2.19 lb
Seedless grapes $2.69 lb. (red, green & black)
The green will be Biodynamically grown (don’t ask) Thompsons, these have been great in the past–very sweet, and pale yellow-green in color. The black are Autumn King, which have been our favorite black grapes ever.
and the word of the week is… local.
Brownfield Orchard Update:
Gala apples are on, and super cheap starting Tuesday! $1.29 lb. Last Friday, they brought in a few of their killer grapes, Interlaken and Canadice variety, both are seedless and complex in flavor, $4.29/ lb, but well worth it. We also got a few of the brand new Blondee variety apples, they are transitional this year but will be certified next year. Blondees are a sweet, crisp, Gala-type with yellow skin that ripens quite early in the season.
Ralph’s (Mt. Vernon’s own!) is on with red and yellow potatoes, 99¢ lb or $4.49/5lb bag. We should have fingerlings this week from them as well.
Local broccoli is back on in a solid way. Local corn might gap for a few days while we wait for the next varieties to ripen, but we’ve had some really excellent bi-color from Blue Heron for the last week.
We’ve got Chantrelles! Oh, the Chantrelle. With tastes of peach and apricot, this golden mushroom gives early cause for autumn cheers and celebrations. Now, at first glance, a price of $16.99/lb could make one shy away, but give this a try: fill a small paper bag and then weigh it — you’ll find that a bag’s worth is usually about 1/8 lb. When buying Chantrelles, look for ones that are golden in color, with a sweet, fragrant odor. The gills should not be granular, or fraying off the fleshy portion of the mushroom.
Lobster Mushrooms: This wild crustacean of the woods is the result of one fungus parasitizing another. Now, that, coupled with a fire-engine-red color, should be a warning sign. But never fear: they are tasty and fun. Give them a good scrub, dice them up, and saute in butter. Go wild.
Blow Out Deals:
5lb bag Russet Potatoes $3.49 each
Red, Green, Black Seedless Grapes $1.69 lb
More great deals!
Dapple Dandy Pluots, $1.2 9/lb
NW-grown watermelon 59¢ lb
Kent mangoes $1.19 lb
Delicata squash $1.69 lb.
Organic Strawberries from Hedlins
Summer is seriously on its way and our farmers are bring in the goods…
Lettuce, kale, and chard are all local this week! Skagit Flats is on with red leaf, green leaf, romaine, and red and green bib lettuce! Ralph’s on chard and kale! Garlic scapes, radishes,
strawberries, loose leaf arugula and spinach, bunched beets and carrots…the list goes on!
Read more Produce Report June 16 – June 23rd, 2013 …