What's in Season April 2013

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fava leavesA preview of what regional farms will be harvesting in the coming month, from The FruitGuys produce buyers. To see what’s being delivered this week, visit  fruitguys.com/mix  and choose your region or enter your zip code.

Spring is around the corner and we have fava greens to prove it. Our TakeHome boxes in March will include these sweet and tender delicacies, reminding us that fava beans will be harvested shortly as well.  Soon to follow are green peas. In the meantime, we’ll have some delicious lettuces, broccoli, kales, and root veggies.There are phenomenal grapefruit, sweet tart kumquats, delectable organic Blood oranges from Beck Grove, and... drumroll, please... Famous Ojai Pixies from our buddies at Friends’ Ranch! We wait for these all  year and are so excited that the Pixie tangerines are here.

pixie tangerines

asparagusWith the end of winter, we are seeing the end of apples. We’ve put our regional TakeHome mix on break until east coast farms begin to harvest, but the organic mix is always available. We should have lettuces, greens, and early peas from our region this month. Otherwise, veggies will mostly be coming from California and Florida for variety. We should have berries and grapes from South America. Apples and pears will soon be back in summer varieties such as Bartlett and Jonagold, first from Washington state then from South America.

The warm months are almost here! As we enjoy spring, we can see farmers using up their root vegetable storage, and surprising us with early asparagus, peas, and spinach from this region.  Other veggies in your box will come from California and Florida in April. Stone fruit and berries will travel up from South America while our citrus will continue strong from the west coast.  Happy Spring!

In cases this month, specialty citrus will be wrapping up with Murcott tangerines and Sanguine Blood oranges. We’ll have apples from Washington and pears are coming from Argentina for a bit here at the end of winter, along with Chilean plums and nectarines. We continue to look for sources in Arizona with organic certifications. Most of the organic veggies are coming from California, such as Haas avocados coming soon. Guacamole anyone?


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