Fall's Seasonal Produce
Some of our fall favorites are here! Fresh crop Washington apples have arrived, with Gala, Honeycrisp, and Fuji varieties available now. Varieties like Braeburns, Pink Ladies, Jazz, Raves, Smittens, and Cosmic Crisps will be available in the next few weeks. Pear season is underway, with early season varieties like Bartletts and D'Anjous! Other varieties like Bosc, Red D'Anjou, Comice, and Concorde pears will be available in the next few weeks. Because California persimmons need cooler weather to ripen, we expect a late start to persimmon season. We anticipate Fuyus will be available beginning in November through December. These are one of fall's specialty fruits so be sure to give them a try! Fuyus are crisp like apples and have flavors reminiscent of pear, date, brown sugar, and cinnamon! California apple pears, also known as Asian Pears, have also arrived! With the crisp texture of an apple, and the mellow sweetness of a pear, Asian Pears are a delicious fall treat.
The table grape season is still going strong! Grapes are fresh picked now from California's Central Valley, and then will start being pulled from cold storage. Local green grapes should be available through the end of October with reds lasting into December. We expect steady quality and variety through the end of the season.
Berries are having a tough season. Extreme weather has affected this year's berry crops, making quality very inconsistent. Raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries have had the most consistent quality and price, while strawberries have been particularly rough. Our team works hard to provide you with the best quality berries available. We'll be sourcing berries from California, Mexico, and South America.
Avocados and Bananas
California avocado season is officially over. Avocados are coming from Mexico through January until the California season starts back up in February. Mexican avocados have been of good quality and we expect the quality to continue through the season. Banana quality will remain consistent throughout the season. While all the bananas we receive are the Cavendish variety, origin still has some impact on flavor, texture, and appearance. If possible, taste a banana from each origin and see if you can pick out the subtle differences!
Citrus season should begin in late October through early November. California navels, mandarins, and tangerines are the most popular and make great snacks. Grapefruit from Florida and Texas will also be excellent. Citrus is a cold-weather crop so more varieties will become available in the winter.
Passion Fruit and Kiwi
Passion fruit is currently coming from Stepladder Ranch in Cambria, California. Passion fruit is ready to eat when its skin becomes wrinkly and dark purple. To enjoy a passion fruit, simply slice through the rind and spoon out the flesh and (edible) seeds. Enjoy it as a snack or use it to add some tropical brightness to your morning yogurt, oatmeal, or parfait! Kiwis are currently coming from Chile, but the California crop should hit in mid- October and run through the spring. Feeling under the weather? Kiwifruit is extremely nutrient-dense and packed with vitamin C and potassium.
Stone fruit season has finished, and we're sad to see it go! Say goodbye to summer favorites like apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, and plum hybrids until next year. We're saying goodbye to mangoes too. The creamy red mangoes you've been getting this summer are coming to the end of their season. The last of the fruit has poor quality. Hold off on ordering these until the Mexican season begins next February/March.