The weather has been warming up, and May should be an exciting introduction to what is going to be a bountiful summer of local fruits and veggies!
The excitement has started with the first round of Burlat cherries from Ed George’s Orchard in Winters, CA. The Burlat is not as sweet and firm as other varieties, but is a great way to celebrate the start of the local cherry season. Ed also grows the Garnett cherry, often the best cherry of the season! They’ll hit our shelves by mid-May and will only last 7-10 days.
Frog Hollow Orchard in Brentwood, CA will start harvesting their organic cherries at the end of the month and continue into early July. Hidden Star Orchard in Linden, CA got hit by a frost and lost 80% of their crop! The larger cherry growers like Stemilt in So Cal will start harvesting on May23rd.
Local strawberries are about to go off! Mariquita Farm, Swanton, Blue Moon, and Full Belly Farm will be our main growers throughout the summer, and we’ll try to have both the “Chandler” and “Albion” varietals in stock. As the summer heat settles in, the flavor will improve (this also means they’ll ripen a lot quicker once picked).
Local blueberries might start coming in at the end of the month. Hidden Star will have a great crop this year, and Mom Mogannam is fired up to start harvesting the Bi-Rite blueberries in Placerville, CA.
Most of the citrus is starting to wind down, and it’s a perfect time to go mango crazy! We’ll have extra-sweet Haden and Ataulfo mangoes for the rest of the month.
Melons are on the shelves of grocery stores all over the city. The problem is that they taste like “crunchy watery cucumbers” (in the words of our team after tasting a sample of the melons available right now). We’re patient and waiting for the flavor to improve. We do have have organic Orange honeydews with good flavor and texture that will satisfy your melon needs.
More exciting stonefruit like peaches should be in by the end of the month.
Peas of all shapes and sizes continue to be the hot spring item. We’ll have yummy snow peas, snap peas and English peas for the rest of the month and into most of June.
Little Gems from Martin in Salinas continue to be the “go to” lettuce for spring time salads!
Local artichokes are here in all sizes and colors. The baby purple artichokes are beautiful and delicious.
All of the unique spring veggies like ramps, morels, nettles and fiddle head ferns are still available, but will be slowly disappearing as we get closer to June.
They local veggie scene hasn’t quite picked up, but by the end of the month all the local farms will have plenty of produce to satisfy your taste buds.