What's in Season August 2013

Here’s a preview of the fresh fruits and vegetables being harvested from some of our farms in August, from The FruitGuys regional produce buyers. To see what’s being delivered this week, visit fruitguys.com/mix and choose your region.

East

plums-beechwood-We’ve got plums in all kinds of colors, red skin and flesh, red skin with yellow flesh, yellow all around!  All of them are sweet and local!  We are starting to see the wonderfully juicy(and slightly larger) yellow peaches coming out of the local orchards here in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  The rain took away our chances on local cherries, but August is the time to make up of it: Apricots, Plums, Yellow Peaches, White Peaches, Yellow Nectarines, White Nectarines, and Donut Peaches from Beechwood Orchards and Three Springs Fruit Farm, both in Adams County.  We should be seeing some delicious organic blueberries from Little Buck Organic Farm in Hammonton, NJ this month.

Regional Take-Home mix is back!  We have lots and lots of tomatoes; all shapes and colors, cucumbers, and squash.  Time to make those pickles and all of that sauce, so you can enjoy fresh tasting produce on those cold winter nights!

Midwest

squash-granorOur seasonal regional box is back! You will find an abundance of stone fruit, berries, herbs, radish, tomatoes, and bell peppers from Nicholas Farm and Iron Creek Farm.  Mick Klug Farm will give us their favorite varieties of peach, nectarines, plums and blueberries. Towards the end of August we will see a trickling of local apples as apple season kicks off! Sweet Corn and eggplant will be in abundance from Growing Home, the Chicago urban farm.  Genesis Growers in St. Anne, IL and Granor Farms in Three Oaks, MI  are already planning out their squash crop just for us! Isn’t summer the greatest?!

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

West

hale gravsHeirlooms galore in August! Heirloom tomatoes, heirloom peaches, heirloom eggplants, oh my! And colors galore! First of the season California Bartlett pears from Johnson Family Farms in Ukiah and organic Bartletts from Steamboat Orchards in the Sacramento Valley will be in the Harvest Flyer and Staples crate mixes.  You will see Gravenstein Apples starting the second week of August. Stone fruit season is still going strong, plus grapes galore--such a bodacious bounty! Shelling beans will be in our TakeHome boxes, don’t forget to dry them if you don’t get to them fresh! August is also a great time to start planning your own veggie plantings and production for fall!

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