Updated every Friday
Last Updated: March 7, 2014
Happy Friday! Sorry for the absence of an installment last week; I was in Lacrosse, WI enjoying the 25th annual MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainability Education Services) Conference.
The MOSES Conference allowed me to meet with many of our favorite local growers, get up to date on the latest news in the local organic world, and eat some of the best food I've had in a long time. We also got the opportunity to visit Harmony Valley Farm, where they were packaging up the very last of the Soup Mix bags (oh no!) and Featherstone Farm, where they were washing and packing the last of their incredible bulk carrots (double oh no!) But don't give up hope, because both farms were getting their greenhouses all set for their very first plantings of the year. That must mean spring is on the way (fingers crossed) bringing with it the local produce that we all love so dearly.
So now I am back and have lots of exciting news from the produce department this week; including the fact that ORGANIC SEEDS ARE HERE!!
Yes, it is the time of year to start planning our gardens, shaking off this dreary weather, and promising ourselves to have the most beautiful, delicious, and productive yards of all time. High Mowing organic seeds are here and in full stock. Based in Vermont, these are high-quality seeds that come in fun, tried and true varieties. If you'd like more information on High Mowing, be sure to visit their website, which is full of gorgeous photos.
Still on the way are wonderful heirloom varieties of seeds from Prairie Road Nursery. I was fortunate enough to meet them at the MOSES conference, where they won the MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year Award! We are greatly anticipating their arrival, be sure to look for them next time you are in the store. You should check out their website as well.
March is Equal Exchange Banana Month! Have I ever mentioned how much we love love LOVE Equal Exchange here in the produce department? Well, we love them a whole lot, and are so proud to join the fight for fair wages and safe working conditions for our growers, all the while providing our customers with ethically grown, high-quality produce. Want more information on the impact of buying fair trade bananas? Check out their Banana Blog!
New in this week is the long awaited arrival of the organic nectarines. They're still a little firm, but they have a great flavor. Does this mean that more stone fruits are on the way? I surely hope so!
If you have not yet tried the TDE tangerines, what are you waiting for? These are the absolute, hands-down favorite of the citrus varieties year after year. Juicy, tangy, and sweet, easy to peel, and practically seedless—you really can't lose with this one. I cannot (and will not) stop eating them!
Lastly, we've got a few interesting conventional items new in this week, including the Cactus red pear, pepino melon, red bananas, star fruit, and the continuation of the passion fruit (too good to be true). Also, if you've got a hankering for clementines, we've got conventional ones in 5lb boxes.
As always, if you ever have any questions, or need a try a sample, just grab one of our friendly produce staff. We love to give recommendations!