This Week in Produce

Updated every Friday

Last Updated: July 25, 2014

Welcome to the weekend, everyone! We've had lots of exciting additions to our department this week and even more on the way.

Local, organic heirloom tomatoes began rolling in this past week, which is so awesome. The heirlooms from Scenic Valley come in a gorgeous variety of tried and true favorites. I love, love, LOVE the purple Cherokees! I just slice them and add a pinch of salt. And be sure to check out the gorgeous speckled roman tomatoes from Gardens of Eagan this weekend as well. Speckled romans are a wonderfully versatile heirloom roma variety. Perfect for sauces and canning, they're also able to hold their texture without getting too mushy, making them a great salsa tomato as well.

And don't forget, Gardens of Eagan will be certified organic on August 1st—just one week away! Join GOE and the Wedge in our celebration of their 3rd birthday at the new farm location, and the completion of the certification process! For more information, check out the Gardens of Eagan website. We'd love to see you there!

Speaking of Gardens of Eagan, we're expecting their gorgeous broccoli this weekend. Packed with vitamins and full of flavor, GOE broccoli is always one of my favorite summer treats. Great for steaming, chopped raw into salads, or tossed in frittatas and other savory breakfast dishes, this broccoli provides boundless opportunities for culinary creativity.

While the Featherstone broccoli takes a break for little while, a new exciting item is taking its place... LOCAL SWEET CORN. Yes, that's right, Featherstone's famous sweet corn is here just in time for the weekend. Perfectly sweet, these beautiful ears of corn will make a lovely addition to your barbecue or camping trip. Sure, I love to grill and eat it right of the cob, but if you can hold back your enthusiasm, grilled corn also makes a wonderful addition to salads, chilled soups or your favorite salsa recipe.

Is there really any other produce item as quintessential to Minnesota summer as fresh local sweet corn?

Barnard Bing cherries have been in for the last week, and I have hardly seen anything move so quickly right out the door. These cherries are the very best for flavor and texture, and are a customer (and staff) favorite year after year. Haven't tried any yet? Don't worry, we've got plenty in stock for the weekend, so be sure to grab a bag on your way through the department. They are too good to pass up.

Naturally Northern's wonderful raspberries are continuing this week, and now we have local blueberries from them as well. I'm thinking the only other ingredient I am missing now is vanilla ice cream!

Last but not least, Wisconsin Growers has local and organic hot peppers for us this week, including green cayenne chilies, hot wax peppers, and gorgeous jalapeños. You know that salsa I keep alluding to? Well this is just the heat you need to make it. We've got all the other local items you need for it as well, including Keewaydin Organics red spring onions and bunched cilantro.

We hope to see you this weekend. Don't hesitate to ask our friendly produce staff for recommendations and ideas for the best ways to use all of the incredible local food we have this week. We love to help!