Here’s a preview from The FruitGuys regional produce buyers of the fresh fruits and vegetables being harvested in October by some of our farms. To see what’s being delivered in your box this week, visit fruitguys.com/mix and choose your region.
Jackets have come out of the closets, and fruit is coming off of the trees! We have so many varieties of apples and pears available each week, it is hard to keep up. You should see Seckel, Bosc, and D’Anjou pears; Honeycrisp, Jonathon, and Fulford Gala apples. We will start seeing JunoSan, SuSan, and LilySan varieties of Asian pear from grower Subarashii Kudamono (which in Japanese means “wonderful fruit”). On the veggie side of the field, we bid adieu to tomatoes and summer squash and usher in fall with turnips, winter squash, and cabbage. We’ll also see the return of some spring favorites, like cauliflower, broccoli, and radishes.
The month of October brings local apples and pears of all kinds and colors. First came fresh crop Bartlett pears and now other varieties like Bosc and Comice pears are being harvested. A bumper crop of Asian pears from Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol remain strong and tasty as well. For apples, we are still sourcing from Sebastopol (Sonoma County) and Philo (Mendocino County), where the crop remains well-diversified and delicious. Pomegranates have come into season and itty bitty kiwi berries – available for just a few weeks per year – have arrived
Fall is a special time for produce in the Valley. Gardens that have lain scorched and fallow for the better part of August and September begin to produce new life. In October, as the heat of summer finally dissipates, fruits such as apples, pears, and pomegranates begin to flourish. As the end of October ushers in the cooler nighttime temperatures, we’ll be reaping a bounty of persimmons and passion fruit from Southern California.
Autumn in the Midwest brings winter squash of all kinds.This month we will see Delicata and Acorn squash from Genesis Growers, while Iron Creek Farm will provide vibrant Red Kuri and aromatic Butternut squash throughout the month. The Michigan fruit belt had an excellent summer, and we are excited about Mutsu and Gala apples from Mick Klug Farm, as well as organic Empire apples from Earth First Farms. October is full of harvest time excitement – mini pumpkins may even show up at your door!