MNP tonight with Farmer Al from Frog Hollow

Thanks to everyone who made it out for last week’s inaugural Monday Night Produce stand!  It was a huge success, although what did we expect handing out samples of Swanton Berry Farm’s fresh-picked Chandler strawberries along with mini Bi-Rite Creamery shortcakes?

Oh, the golden memories of last week's Monday Night Produce stand

For anyone who missed it (or didn’t get enough), today promises to be just as memorable. Join us on the sidewalk in front of the store from 4-8 pm to meet one of our favorite producers: Farmer Al from Frog Hollow Farms! Swing by to say hi or ask him a question and get to know a local farming legend. And while you’re here, enjoy a taste of some of Frog Hollow’s  delicious cherries (we’ll have both Rainiers and Brooks).

Cherry season is finally here, and with it comes visions of brandied cherries, cherry pies, and clafouti as well as the question of how to pit all of those juicy cherries. The latest issue of Cook’s Illustrated has a great comparative breakdown of the top cherry pitters on the market. Even more helpful, though, they give instructions for a terrifically easy D.I.Y. cherry pitter. Just place the cherry stem-side up on the mouth of an empty wine bottle. Plunge the tip of a chopstick through the top and voila! You’ll be snacking on a bowl full of cherries in no time.

Remember, we’ll be hosting Monday Night Produce events every other week for the rest of the summer. Keep checking our calendar to see what’s coming up next!

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