This Week in Produce

Updated every Friday

Last Updated: December 19, 2014

The holidays are officially here and I want to wish each and every one of you a relaxing and happy week! I am so grateful for all of you who read 'This Week in Produce', as it brings me much joy to be able to share my nerd-love of produce with more than just my reluctant friends and family.

The really big news this weekend, especially if you are hosting or entertaining, is that we are having a super sale on whole pineapple (while supplies last)! Pineapple is a perfect holiday season food, for using on top of baked hams, in fruit salads and on fruit trays, in cocktails and smoothies, in desserts and fruitcakes, or as a topping for our favorite breakfasts. Sweet, tangy, and refreshing, and now a steal of a deal, pineapple is always a holiday staple in my home holiday celebrations.

For those of you who are saying, "But Callie, I don't want to do all of the work cutting up a whole pineapple!" do not fear; the sale also extends to pre-cut pineapple as well! Yes, that's right, pre-cut chunks, rings, and whole cored pineapple are also on sale this weekend.

Kumquats are finally in stock, and just in time for the holiday parties this weekend. Not sure what to do with kumquats? Personally I can't just eat them, even with the sweet peel the inside sourness is just too much for me.

I've been told this year by a few different people that I should try candied kumquats, which I did, and they are wonderful! And so so easy, I couldn't believe it. Here is the recipe I followed for candying the kumquats. This recipe will also work well for the limequats and centennial kumquats we have in stock.

We still have the local and organic cranberries and chestnuts in stock. I was trying to come up with a way to incorporate both of these items into the same dish, and then I found this recipe. It's a wonderful side dish that allows you to highlight the local produce that is still available this time of year, is easy to make, and looks festive. All around winner!

Don't forget about some of the other seasonal items that we have available such as a beautiful selection of organic dates, the non-organic dried kalamata fig wheels and bulk mixed nuts.

And if you are looking for a good snack to keep the kids or guests occupied until the big dinner, we have a huge selection of gorgeous and delicious citrus in stock. Satsumas, clementines, navels and cara cara navels, plus tangerines and grapefruit!

Lastly, we have a beautiful range of holiday house plants, bouquets and arrangements, perfect for decorating or gift giving. If you're needing to put together an unique gift for that difficult person in you life to shop for, pick up one of our DIY gift basket kits. Fill it with treats or trinkets and wrap it yourself, everything you need to assemble the basket is included, creating a completely original gift made just especially for them.

Happy Holidays everyone, we'll hopefully see you soon!