Spotlight on the Understudies

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“The show must go on!” is the biggest trope in theater. Some movies about theater, from All About Eve to The Little Rascals to Waiting for Guffman, have great nail-biting third acts. Yet in real life, the show does go on—because behind every great star is a great understudy. Many go unnamed, but some famous ones include Luciano Pavarotti, who made his stunning American debut as an understudy; Shirley MacLaine, who was signed to Paramount Pictures after understudying musical theater star Carol Haney; and Anthony Hopkins, who was understudy for Laurence Olivier. Hopkins not only got curtain calls, but a knighthood.

The FruitGuys employs understudies too. We are committed to our local farmers every season; however, in the winter and especially early spring (when we’re waiting for blooms to turn into summer fruit, and the main spring-specific fresh fruit available is strawberries), variety can wane. Because we are sensitive to your interests in having variety (and not just all winter citrus), we sometimes look to understudies to keep your mix interesting. They are the beautiful fruits from our continental neighbor Mexico and our neighbors two doors down in South America, where it’s summer during our winter.

“We import certain kinds of fruit to provide variety when it’s unavailable locally or domestically,” says Rebecca North, The FruitGuys’ national buying manager. Some of our south-of-the-border offerings include colorful mangos, pineapples, and guavas, along with grapes, plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, some varieties of melon, and more.

If you ever have questions or concerns about imported fruit, please let us know—we can provide you with more information and/or make adjustments for you ASAP.

Currently we are eagerly waiting and watching for the blossoms in our local farmers’ orchards to turn into sweet fruit. We’re looking forward to sending you their lovely late spring and summer produce as soon as it’s ripe, along with writing about some of these farms and their delicious offerings.

Ultimately, we like our audience to get a good show—a variety of colors, nutrients, and flavors in every case. So today, ladies and gentleman, the part of Plum is being played by... [curtain rises to thunderous applause].

As always, check our mix pages to see what’s in your case and where it came from.


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