This Week in Produce







This week in produce, Tomato King has brought in his famous bell peppers and his amazing mild salsa. Look for the peppers by his red and yellow cherry tomatoes in bulk and his red and yellow slicing tomatoes. Tomato King salsa is famous in this produce department, and it sells out very quickly. If you see it in store, pick some up! It's made fresh on his local, hydroponic farm and delivered direct to our shelves. If you're looking to expand your local produce base, give Tomato King salsa and peppers a try!

Galia melon is new this week, and it's one of my favorites of the season. If you love cantaloupe or honeydew, give the galia a try. Its flesh is usually green like honeydew but when it's perfectly ripe its flavor is sweeter and brighter than the best cantaloupe. Don't miss it!

Orange honeydew melon is new this week as well. It has a slightly sweeter flavor than its green counterpart, but on the whole is very similar. Try a fresh fruit salad with orange honeydew, galia, and some local, organic spearmint from Wisconsin for your next summer picnic!

Sweet corn is here already! It's from Florida, and has been getting very positive reviews from customers. It's on sale this week and your grill is calling! Eating fresh sweet corn on the cob outside on a perfectly sunny day is a chance you only get when the corn is actually fresh. T'is the season; pick some up today!

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This week in produce we have local, organic rhubarb from Driftless Organics in Wisconsin, and from Breezy Hill farm in Minnesota! Rhubarb is great for making jam, preserves, pastries, and pies. Rhubarb combined with fresh strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries is especially delicious; try some today and flex your spring baking muscles!

This week you can also check out local, organic bunched herbs from Wisconsin. We have fresh mint, oregano, thyme, and tarragon. If you don't already have your own spring herb garden to start tending, grab some of these fresh, local herbs! Keep them wrapped in a damp paper towel in a sealed plastic bag in your refrigerator to extend their life.

Local, organic asparagus is also here from Produce Acres farm in Minnesota. This asparagus is tender and sweet right from the box, even before it's cooked. Combine with morels, green garlic, and ramps for a terrific pasta primavera!

We have organic, bunched watercress from Keewaydin farm in Wisconsin. Watercress is one of the most nutritious greens you can possibly eat; it's chock full of vitamins and minerals. This watercress is spicy and delicious, not to mention super local. Try it today; fresh watercress season is quite short!

Also in this week are organic cherries, organic red and black grapes, organic nectarines, and organic white peaches. My personal favorite is the white peach. It's still a bit early for stone fruit season, but the peaches, cherries, and nectarines are sweet now and only getting sweeter. Give them a try!



Beautiful, local, organic ramps are here

April showers bring May flowers, and local, organic chives from Wisconsin! This week in produce, we have a spring bounty to get you excited for that warmer weather that is just around the corner. Fiddlehead ferns, spruce tips, ramps, wild onions, and morel mushrooms are all available this week, but of course they won't be here forever. Add some chives to your weekly haul and you've got a heck of a spring Sunday dinner ahead of you!

Local, organic ramps from Harmony Valley Farms in Wisconsin are on sale through next Wednesday, May 4. Ramps are a wild leek that taste like a cross between garlic and onion, so give these a try if you would normally reach for one of those in your next dish. They're only around for a couple of weeks in the spring, so get them while you can!

We received a new stock of wild-crafted morel mushrooms from Oregon this morning, and they are on sale through the weekend! Now is the time to try these little delicacies. Our morels are wild-harvested in Oregon and shipped overnight to us so you can be assured of their freshness. One came in today with a mossy piece of the forest floor still attached to the stem. Try them with fiddlehead ferns, asparagus, and ramps in a spectacular pasta primavera!


Fresh morel complete with moss

We received another exciting delivery this morning: cherry tomatoes from Minnesota! Tomato King has started his annual reign of the cherry tomato world, and you can buy as many as you want in bulk. Try the darkest red tomato if you can get a few. Their sweet, juicy, slightly tart flavor will knock you over!

Conventional cherries from California are here today! They are a bright shade of red, ready to ripen a bit if you prefer them extra sweet. But you won't have to wait long; these babies are already really sweet, even if they're not very dark in color.



Make Spring Vegetable Risotto featuring Fava Beans!

It's another beautiful spring week, and Produce has a few exciting items that have returned for the season!

Organic yellow peaches from Mexico are on sale this week. These are the first peaches since last summer, and they have amazing flavor. We've been trying them even before they reach peak ripeness and they still taste great. They're also plenty juicy, so beware if you like to let them get super ripe or you might just have to eat them over a sink.


Fava Beans are a little work to prep, but very worth it!

We have fresh, organic fava beans from Mexico now available. Fava beans (also called broad beans) have a meaty flavor, and the fresh beans have a waxy coating that needs to be removed before cooking fully. Blanch them for thirty seconds after the initial shelling, then transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking. The coating should peel right off, and your favas are ready for your recipe! Check out our article on Fava Beans for cooking instructions and recipes ideas, like Spring Vegetable Risotto. Pick up a nice Chianti and give them a try today!

We have cuts of organic seedless watermelon from Mexico this week. Just in time for this warm spring weekend that invites picnics and grilling. Speaking of picnics, check out our new display of pre-cut fruits and vegetables that are ready to go. We also have a new packaged guacamole in this cooler and it's a hit with staff and shoppers!

We're very excited to have organic local spinach back from Harmony Valley Farm in Wisconsin! We have 8 oz. bags and bulk spinach available. This spinach has been overwintered and it's extra sweet and nutty tasting.

This weekend keep your eyes out for ramps and the return of the fiddlehead ferns! The fiddleheads should be coming in from Oregon today, and the ramps are on order for this Sunday. We're so excited to be celebrating spring with so much fresh, new produce!



Fiddlehead Ferns!

Last week we celebrated the return of the morel mushrooms. This week in produce, we have even more to celebrate: wild onions and fiddlehead ferns have returned for the beginning of spring!

Wild onions, also known as spring onions, resemble scallions in many aspects. The main difference is the leafy green part of the plant. Wild onions have long, delicate leaves, while scallions have stiffer, cylindrical greens. If you're looking to forage wild onions, look for those long, leafy greens accompanied by a familiar onion scent. We should have these available for the next couple of weeks.

Fiddlehead ferns are also a forager's favorite in the springtime. These curly vegetables are actually the yet unfurled fronds of a fern. They are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, potassium, iron, and fiber. If you're new to cooking fiddleheads, you can treat them just like green beans or asparagus. It is recommended that fiddleheads are washed thoroughly and cooked before consuming. Sautee them in butter and add a bit of lemon juice for a delectable spring side dish!

We have new varieties of organic fresh mushrooms from Oregon. Check out the selection of brown and white beech, maitake, king oyster, and oyster mushrooms. We haven't had the room to stock these varieties before this point in the remodel, and are excited to have our new cooler cases!

We are filling our newly installed coolers this weekend with new and old products alike. Look ahead to more varieties of organic bagged apples, conventional apples, lemons, and limes, and a new case devoted entirely to pre-cut fruit and vegetables. Happy spring!

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Micro Greens

This week in produce it's finally that time again: morel mushroom time! We got our first shipment of the season in from Oregon this week. These wild-crafted delicacies are definitely a must-buy when they show up in the produce department. Since morels are only gathered from their natural habitat, instead of grown for consumption, they are truly transient and prized when they arrive. Their texture is firm and tender; their flavor is savory and woodsy, and is best highlighted by butter or good oil. Grab some today, and make sure you cook them thoroughly!

Red plums are here, the first stone fruit of the season. They are sweet and tender, especially after ripening completely. Give them a couple of days out on the counter after you buy them, and they'll be perfect!

Check out our new line of conventional micro greens grown in St. Paul, MN by MyTerra Farms. Microgreens are small young greens with 4x to 40x more nutrients than the adult plant. With their potent flavor, these tasty treats are sure to add a healthy pop to any dish. Enjoy fresh, as a garnish with soup, salad, sandwich or any hot dish. They are delicious in smoothies or juiced. Give them a try before they're gone for the summer!

Our hydroponic, locally grown basil is back from Living Greens farm, home of our vine-on hydro tomatoes and hydro cucumbers. We will have farmer Steve Klingbeil's basil, tomatoes, and cucumbers all through the summer. Stock up today!

Produce is expecting a few new cases to arrive next week. They'll be placed in the south end of our department and should be up and running by next weekend. Bulk has temporarily moved to the west side of the store, where the registers lanes were, until its permentant location on the east side of the store is complete in phase 2 of the remodel. Follow along with all the changes with our Remodel Updates page and subscribe to the email newsletter for the latest Wedge news, specials, events, new products, and more.

Check out the latest issue of the Share newsletter for a Phase 1 Update, and a timeline and overview of the upcoming phases.

Need some kitchen inspiration?

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Seasonal recipes are pinned to our This Week in Produce board. Wedge created recipes from our bi-weekly Freshly In Flyer and quarterly newsletter the Share can be found on the Freshly Made at the Wedge board.


Happy first snow of spring, everyone! This week in produce, we have a few great deals to catch your eye:

The Organic asparagus from California is large and tender, perfect for grilling if you're up for it, or roasting if you're not! Use it in a tasty seasonal salad! Try Roasted Asparagus Salad and Asparagus and Spinach Salad.

Organic strawberries from California are sweet and juicy, a great preview and a great price before they peak in the summer.

Organic garnet yams would make a great side dish alongside the asparagus, perhaps with some of the strawberries for dessert with a bit of cream or sugar!

Local carrots are back from Wisconsin; it's too hard to say goodbye to their sweetness just yet. Get them while you can, because they most likely won't be back again for awhile!

Spring daffodils are here from Canada. It's officially spring when the daffodils open up, right? Encourage the snow to keep melting and bring home a bunch or two today!
Brighten up with spring blooms from our floral section. Find local Len Busch tulips, Forsythia branches, blooming potted plants, and WedgeMade Easter Floral Arrangements to bring the season indoors. For gardeners ready to get started we have seed packets and spring bulbs. Let's get growing!

Produce is expecting a few new cases to arrive in early April. They'll be placed where the bulk section has been for the past couple months. Check out our Remodel Updates page to stay up-to-date with all the changes around the store, and subscribe to the email newsletter for the latest Wedge news, specials, events, new products, and more.



WedgeMade Floral Arrangements are handmade by Jaime, our resident florist and produce buyer

Our "This Week in Produce" column has taken a temporary winter/Wedge remodel vacation, but we're finally back just as spring has sprung! Produce has plenty of new products already and even more on the way as the weather keeps warming.

Organic red spring onions are here from California, a sure sign that we are in the midst of seasonal change. Spring onions have a larger onion bulb on the bottom, and a more intense flavor in their greens than scallions. Use them like pearl onions, grill them, or roast them whole. The onion bulb is sweeter and mellower than a regular onion which makes them a great substitute for a Walla Walla or Vidalia onion.

Conventional hydroponic tomatoes from Living Waters farm in Minnesota are finally back! These tomatoes are grown without synthetic pesticides and are delivered direct by the farmer. They taste like summer!

Conventional hydroponic cucumbers are back, also from Living Waters farm. These are the first and only local cucumbers currently on our shelves. We in produce like to slice them up and eat them fresh with a pinch of kosher salt. Give them a try if you're looking for English cucumbers; they're a perfect substitute.

Organic micro greens from River Root Farm in Decorah, Iowa returned just this week from winter hiatus. Choose from micro versions of sugar peas, kale, arugula, and a colorful mixture of everything. You won't be disappointed!

Organic Temple oranges from Arizona are here now. If you're looking for something different than a Valencia for your morning OJ, the Temple is a great new choice. These oranges may not look as pristine on the outside, but their sweet flavor and high juice content make them perfect for juicing. Give them a try before citrus season is over for good!

This year, try coloring eggs naturally with ingredients you can find in produce, or you may already have on hand. Use our handy D.I.Y Guide for instructions, decorating ideas, and tips.

Brighten up with spring blooms from our floral section. Find local Len Busch tulips, Forsythia branches, blooming potted plants, and WedgeMade Easter Floral Arrangements to bring the season indoors. For gardeners ready to get started we have seed packets and spring bulbs. Let's get growning!

Wedge produce would like to thank all of our customers for bearing with our resets and numerous moves during our first phase of remodeling. We appreciate your good spirit and positive attitude!

Check out the latest issue of the Share newsletter for a Phase 1 Update, and a timeline and overview of the upcoming phases. Want to know more? Check out the Remodel Updates page and subscibe to the email newsletter for the latest Wedge news, specials, events, new products, and more.


This week in produce we are very busy planning and prepping for the remodel construction that begins next week. Our display cases in the middle will be turned lengthwise and produce from south facing cases and in the root rack will be merged into the middle and north facing cases. This includes moving the potatoes, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, hot peppers, berries, etc. We're very excited for the remodel and can't wait for the all the changes coming up. Just ask us if you're having trouble finding something. We're happy to help!

Want to know more? Check out the Remodel Updates page and subscibe to the email newsletter for the latest Wedge news, specials, events, new products, and more.

Need some kitchen inspiration?

Check out the Wedge on Pinterest!

Seasonal recipes are pinned to our This Week in Produce board. Wedge created recipes from our bi-weekly Freshly In Flyer and quarterly newsletter the Share can be found on the Freshly Made at the Wedge board.


We have several new items in produce this week; most notably is the TDE tangerine, the most famous and patiently awaited citrus product of the season. TDE is a triple cross between the Temple tangor (itself a cross between tangerines and sweet oranges), the Dancy mandarin, and the Encore mandarin. We are currently carrying the Shasta variety of the TDE, and it tastes better than the best citrus flavored candy out there. These beauties are definitely not around forever, so get them while you can. They're won't be back until this time next year.


An Enterprise apple a day helps you live long and prosper.

If you're looking for an easily peeled snack that tastes great and is seedless, look no further than the Kishu mandarin. These tiny little fruits have a great burst of sweet, tangy citrus flavor. They're also the smallest mandarin we've had in stock; peeling and separating the slices make it look like a handful of jelly beans, and they taste just as good!

We have a new variety of apple on the shelf this week called the Enterprise. It's a firm fleshed apple with a sweet flavor and mild tartness. Beam some up if you like McIntosh or Golden Delicious - you'll find the Enterprise a delightful addition to your apple crew.

Sour oranges, or marmalade oranges, are in this week for their brief season. These will only last until about mid-February so grab some now if you're a canning fanatic. They also work wonderfully in marinades, drinks, and for pickling onions. Check out our Pinterest page for some recipe ideas.


African Shaddock Pommelo

Driftless Organics now has 5 lb. bags of organic red potatoes available alongside their 5 lb. bags of yellow potatoes. Hunt these down for a nicely priced bag of local spuds. They're great for boiling, baking, or adding to soups and stews.

The African Shaddock Pommelo is also new this week. It's a different variety of the regular pommelo, with a very complex flavor. It's like a grapefruit with all of the sweetness and less of the bitter sourness. The peel is brighter yellow than its counterpart and has a slightly pointed end, sort of like a pear. Let the African Shaddock sit at room temperature for a few days and its aroma will permeate the room. In fact, this delicious fruit was even used as a room freshener because of the pleasant, subtle fragrance. Once it starts developing spots on the rind, it's at its ripest and its flavor at its finest. Give one a try today!





Johansen Ranch Organic Blood Oranges

January is an exciting time for citrus and we are constantly getting in new varieties. New this week from one of our very favorite citrus growers, we have organic blood oranges from Johansen Ranch, home of the most amazing satsuma mandarins. The lot we have now has a slightly paler color than the conventional blood oranges, and a more pronounced tart flavor. Give them a try for delicious flavor somewhere between a grapefruit and a navel.

We have local organic rainbow carrots in 2 lb. bags from Harmony Valley, and 3 lb. bags of orange carrots from Driftless, both from Wisconsin. I recommend using them for a rainbow carrot and ginger soup to ward off the colder temperatures coming this week.

Driftless Organics has delivered 2 lb bags of organic blue potatoes which we're lucky to have so late in the season. Change up your Sunday brunch routine and make some blue potato hash browns! If that's not your cup of tea, there are still local red, yellow, and russets available from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Organic mango oranges are available this week, and these are just about the sweetest a citrus fruit can get. They have a pale orange flesh, very much like a mango, and a mild, ultra-sweet flavor. Try them for a variation on the typical orange and enjoy this mostly seedless, and wonderfully juicy fruit.

Organic Cameo apples are back this week from Washington. These apples are most likely a cross between a Red delicious and a Golden delicious apple. They have a less firm flesh, like the Golden delicious, along with an aromatic, sweet flavor like the Red delicious. An apple a day helps keep those resolutions on track, right?

The produce department has had an interesting week trying to keep up with several shortages on popular products. The weather in growing regions has been tricky recently with cooler temps almost everywhere we rely on for our winter produce. California had a multi-day freeze and parts of Mexico saw freezing temps and their first significant snowfall in 25 years! We are happy to say, however, that we will be getting many items you might have missed back for the weekend. Organic cauliflower and organic celery are back on our shelves as of today, but we're still waiting on scallions and collard greens to make a comeback. We should see them both again within a week or so.

If we do happen to run out of cauliflower again, we have organic Romanesco on hand for quick substitutions. No spoilers here, but this chartreuse stunner (and nature's only fractal food) has a cameo in the latest blockbuster. Look for it as pub food in a galaxy long ago and far, far away. Organic bulk arugula is also back in stock for the weekend. We will see the return of much more produce this weekend as our warehouse gets our missing items back. Stick out the cold and come to the Wedge to find your favorite produce!