Here’s a preview from The FruitGuys regional produce buyers of the fresh fruits and vegetables being harvested in January by some of our farms. To see what’s being delivered in your box this week, visit fruitguys.com/mix and choose your region.
January on the East Coast brings a new year full of possibilities and a bounty of hearty and nutritious vegetables: leeks, broccoli, kale, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, and beets are coming out of New Jersey and Pennsylvania farms. We need only look slightly south to our Floridian friends for a mouthwatering selection of citrus, including Minneola tangelos, tangerines, navel oranges, kumquats, mandarins, and various types of grapefruit. Meanwhile, our Eastern farmers are still providing last-of-the-season apples and pears from Frecon Farms and Beechwood Orchards.
We experienced a bit of a frost here recently, which brought an end to our fall fruits and veggies. But never fear, because January brings us more local special citrus. We will be sourcing satsumas from four different local farms. You can also expect to see Cara Cara navel oranges, blood oranges, Ojai Pixie tangerines, Gold Nugget mandarin oranges, kumquats, and a variety of local murcotts. Local vegetables, such as mushrooms, celery, Brussels sprouts, green onions, and potatoes, will be available right on time for you to use in hearty, comforting meals this cold season.
Happy New Year! This month, we can expect more veggies from the root cellar. January is a time when farmers prepare for spring plantings and rest, and as a result, we enjoy their greenhouse veggies and roots from the 2013 growing season. Iron Creek Farm continues to provide us with a variety of potatoes and beets, while Genesis Growers will spice up our kitchen with dried poblano, pepperoncini, and jalapeño peppers. In the winter, we mix things up a bit with local organic flour from Breslin Farms, and River Valley Ranch continues to provide us with delicious, earthy mushrooms. These seasonal items are perfect for making a hearty stew to keep us warm and cozy!
With new beginnings on the horizon and resolutions to prepare for, January brings a plethora of amazing citrus to the Southwest region. So plan your juice feast using abundant, locally grown citrus from The Orange Patch. Everything from Red Rio Grapefruit to pink-flesh grapefruit to Arizona navel oranges and Algerian tangerines will make their appearance. January will also see the beginning of the harvest for local Orlando tangelos — a unique and tangy hybrid between a tangerine and pomelo.