On the local front:Organic Lettuce is still being harvested at Skagit Flats Farm
and they continue to have enough to keep our deli’s salad bar supplied,as well. Locally grown Organic Onions,Organic Greens, and Organic Potatoes are in excellent supply and reasonable prices. Locally grown Organic Cauliflower is done for the year. but we are still getting a trickle of Organic Bell Peppers from local growers. Locally grown Organic Winter Squash is hitting it’s stride,with enough sunshine these past two weeks to ripen up the late crop. Organic Green Beans are finished,but rich,red Organic Fall Raspberries are here from Mother
Flight Farm. Mushroom lovers will be glad to see a freshly picked crop of Wild-Harvested Chantrelle Mushrooms in the store today –$9.99 lb.
The list of Washington Grown Organic Apples continues to grow with many varieties coming in from our favorite grower,Brownfield Orchard. Here’s the current list:Organic Gala $1.99 lb,Organic Pinova $2.19 lb,Organic Honeycrisp $2.99 lb,Organic Jonagold $1.49 lb,Organic Northern Spy $1.49 lb,Organic Florina $1.49 lb (from Moonbeam Farm on Guemes Island),Organic Ambrosia $2.49 lb,Organic Braeburn $1.69 lb,Organic Granny Smith $1.49 lb,Organic Fuji $2.19 lb.
We’ve got some interesting produce items in the store this week.
Our produce manager,Ben,is particularly excited to see Organic Passionfruit, as these tropical gems don’t show up very often. Usually they are picked when they are smooth-skinned and allowed to ripen in storage,but they came to us this time perfectly ripe. Purple,wrinkled,oblong,and about the size of a golf ball,you can split them open and slurp up the goopy yellow “flesh”and crunchy black seeds. They are a little tart,but the flavor is incredible. Buy your kids some for a “gross-out”Halloween treat,slice them in half and serve as a side to a light dessert,or throw them in your juicer for a delicious tropical drink. Don’t be intimidated by the $8.99 lb price,they are light little guys,averaging about 8-10 fruits per pound.
Not everyone enjoys Okra,and I will admit it is an acquired taste,
with a fresh “green”flavor,and tendency to cook into slime. But,some of us love it and are glad to see these tender little green seed pods in the store. Originating from West Africa,Okra has become a common ingredient in dishes from around the world. In the American South,Okra is fried and served as a side dish and is an important ingredient in Gumbo. In India,Okra is added to Sambar (a spicy stew). The Japanese use Okra in Tempura. In France,Okra is sliced and added to Ratatouille. Cooking Okra with acidic ingredients like tomatoes or vinegar,reduces the slime factor significantly. $5.99 lb and it’s Organic!
This Week’s Top Deals:
Organic Kiwifruit $1.99 lb
Organic Pineapple $1.79 lb
Organic Jonagold Apples $1.49 lb
Organic Artichokes $1.79 each
Organic Red,Green,and Yellow Peppers $2.49 lb
Organic Zucchini $1.69 lb
Organic Celery 99¢ lb
Organic Beets $1.89 bunch or $1.19 lb
Organic Radicchio $2.79 each