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What’s in Season July 2013

strawberries peachesHere’s a preview of the goodies being harvested from some of our farms in July, from The FruitGuys regional produce buyers. To see what’s being delivered this week, visit fruitguys.com/mix and choose your region.

Central/Midwest
Calling all stone fruit and berry fans! July is when we see cherries, blueberries, peaches, and apricots (oh my!) from Mick Klug Farm and other farmers in Michigan. Get ready for a scrumptious variety of local fruits, as this is the time for the Midwest to shine! In addition to local fruits, we will see a veritable avalanche of veggies. Get geared up for beefsteak tomatoes, pattypan squash, and luscious bell peppers from Iron Creek Farm, while Genesis Growers will provide zucchini and one-of-a-kind greens.


East
canning peaches blueberries The word of the month is stonefruit! July is when wonderful, local, juicy, sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, and nectarines start showing up. We will have some delicious varieties from Beechwood Orchards and Three Springs Fruit Farm, both in Adams County, PA. All the rain we received in June unfortunately caused most of the local cherry crop to split (burst) but Kauffman’s Fruit Farm, in Bird-in-Hand, PA, is hopeful they will have a large enough crop for The FruitGuys to pack them in the conventional Harvest cases in early July. Plums and pluots will arrive closer to mid/late July.

July also brings summer squash in full force! Hopefully we will see some local broccoli and new potatoes at the beginning of the month with corn and cucumbers showing up later. Plus those famous New Jersey blueberries!

apricots bowlWest
Stonefruit and veggies abound! We will have phenomenal CandyCots from the Britton & Konynenburg Family Farms for only a short time, so get them while they’re hot! Maggiore Ranch’s Angelcots will be finishing up their precious harvest. The  white-fleshed peaches and nectarines this month are also a delightful summer treat. July is a great month for veggies with bumper crops of tomatoes, basil, summer squashes, and eggplant starting up. We will also include some special heirloom tomatoes out of the Capay Valley, a historic hotbed for these gems!

Southwest
Temperatures in the Phoenix area are above 100 degrees–too hot to harvest! Southwest will be providing great produce from cooler areas like California. Look for local products again in late fall. Stay tuned.

 

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