Summer for many of us is tied to the memory of a perfect piece of fruit: the cherry eating contest with your sister you won that June; the first bite of the ripest peach you ever tasted in July; the blackberries you picked at your grandma’s farm on a hot August day. Eating seasonally has its advantages, especially in summer. Our 2020 summer fruit guide gives you a preview of the fruit that you’ll be seeing in our Harvest mix boxes over the next few months.
Seasonality is central to The FruitGuys goal of supporting local farms, regional food economies, and sustainable agriculture. Eating seasonally is also a great way to support your health, as well as the planet. Providing the best quality, freshest fruit available in every region we serve is all about choosing fruit at its natural peak. And summer is the peak season for so many of America’s favorite fruits.
Our Harvest fruit mix (choose organic or conventional) has the full spectrum of seasonal fruits, while the Staples mix is more limited. The exact mix of fruits will vary from region to region, and week to week as our buyers choose the best of what’s available. You can
The FruitGuys Summer Harvest Mix Preview
The fruit it your Harvest box will change slightly each week in order to bring you the best of what’s available. Just enter your zip code to see what’s in your region’s mix this week.
Strawberries and blueberries are off to a strong season in California. For our East Coast customers, we’ve been featuring North Carolina blueberries. Later in June, we will have New Jersey blueberries from the Hammonton region, which will be plentiful into August. Midwest boxes will have Michigan blueberries from Lehman’s Orchards in Niles, MI starting in July. These antioxidant-rich little beauties are a staple of summer eating, and never more delicious than in summertime.
Sweet cherries from Washington state are available through June and into July, so you can expect to see those in your boxes and on the shelves in your local market. Mid-May rains bruised some of California’s late season cherry harvest but thankfully nothing as devastating as 2019. California stone fruit season is producing delicious peaches and nectarines from growers like our good friends at Masumoto Family Farm, located on 80 acres of Certified Organic land south of Fresno, CA. Rebecca North, The FruitGuys Director of Quality and Supply Chain, calls their heirloom Suncrest peaches, “The best I’ve ever had!” Midwest customers will see Regina cherries from Michigan in July and Flamin’ Fury yellow peaches in August. Have too much stone fruit? Here’s how to make an easy stone fruit jam.
Did You Know? Masumoto farm proprietor David Mas Masumoto has authored 11 books on farming, cooking, and the environment, and was featured along with his family members in the documentary film Changing Season on the Masumoto Family Farm, which was broadcast nationally on PBS in 2016.
In the coming months, customers from coast to coast will enjoy the arrival of juicy, aromatic apricots, vibrant tart-sweet pluots, and delectable plums—all high in vitamins C and A, and great sources of dietary fiber. These summer favorites come in so many varieties, we couldn’t possibly list them all. Some of our favorites at The FruitGuys include: Velvet apricots, peacotums, Nectapies & Very Cherry Plums. Mid-Atlantic customers will enjoy Yellow Flat “Pie” peaches from longtime partner Frecon Farms in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Avocados, Apples, & Pears
Starting in July, we’ll have Lamb Hass avocados from southern California’s Apricot Lane Farms (star of the film “The Biggest Little Farm,” which is). These nutrient-dense, fiberful treats are the perfect snack to pick up and give your immune system—and your tastebuds—a quick boost, any time of day. And in late July, look for the start of fresh crop apples and pears.
While we will say goodbye to the navel oranges of winter and spring, we welcome summer’s Valencia oranges, named for the Spanish city. Valencias are thin-skinned, have few seeds, and are considered one of the best oranges for juicing. If you’re not sure about the difference between a navel and a Valencia, an easy tip is to remember that the navel orange has a belly button on its underside, which is where it gets the name.
August means grapes from California! Cotton Candy Grapes! Bronx Grapes! Muscats and Thomchords! Lagier Ranches, growers of the Ark of Taste-listed heirloom Bronx grape, in Escalon, CA, were a 2014 recipient of a $2,500 grant from The FruitGuys Community Fund for their pollinator-supporting hedgerow project.
So that’s the scoop on what could be in your mouth this summer if you receive our Harvest fruit mixes. Want to try us for the summer? No problem! Order now and choose a frequency (weekly, every other week, or monthly) you like and eat the best of summer all season. Already a customer and want to change your box to a Harvest? Contact customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-884-5338 and we will make it happen.