Grilling weather has arrived! I hope you’ve been enjoying it as much as I have. Mother’s Day grilling with my friends and family included grilled pineapple,mushrooms,asparagus,and sweet onions. I love the way ripe pineapple caramelizes when you roast it over a medium-hot fire. A light brushing of Takaya Teriyaki sauce rounds out the sweet pineapple with some salty savoriness. Leftover grilled fruit &veggies will become salsa tonight!
What’s local: We are experiencing a bit of a lull when it comes to fresh greens. Arrugula and radishes need a few weeks to ripen up to harvest size. However,Organic Leeks,Rhubarb,Asparagus,and Cauliflower are in good supply.
What’s not-so-local: Thank goodness for good weather in California and Mexico,because it means lots of fresh fruits &veggies for those of us in the Northwest. Along with fresh greens,lettuces,broccoli,and cucumbers,Organic Sweet Corn will show up this week. Organic Green Grapes found their way into the store this morning,Red Grapes will follow soon. Organic Melons have been truly excellent and prices are finally starting to come down. Organic Watermelon is 79¢ lb this week. Organic Apriums and Peaches are expected soon. Texas Sweet Onions are here,sweet enough to eat raw,but even better thick sliced and cooked on the grill.
We had a complaint last week about the “cold storage”flavor of Bunny Luv’s Juicing Carrots. We’ve switched over the Earthbound Farms Juicing Carrots and they are much better. I made half a gallon of juice yesterday and think they are pretty good. They aren’t as sweet as the Nantes variety we get from Ralph’s Greenhouse late summer-winter,but are very good quality considering it’s not carrot season. The carrots are small enough that they don’t need to be sliced before pushed through the juicer. They are tender enough to be eaten straight up,as well. Here’s a tip for those of you new to juicing:for the most juice and best taste,scrub the carrots the day before and let soak in cold water in the fridge overnight. Not only do the carrots absorb some of the water,resulting in more juice per carrot,but the soaking helps neutralize any of the off flavors that build up during storage.
This Week’s Top Produce Deals:
Organic Watermelon 79¢ lb
Organic Sweet Onions 89¢ lb
Organic Valencia Oranges 99¢ lb
Organic Red Bartlett Pears $1.99 lb
Organic Green Bell Peppers $2.29 lb
Organic Red Bell Peppers $2.49 lb
posted by Jenny,May 14,2012