The Weekly Produce Update
What’s Good, What’s Fresh, What’s Hot!
Friday July 31st, 2015
Produce subject to change without notice.
We like to keep our produce FRESH by keeping our stock limited and receiving deliveries daily.
If you're looking for a large quantity of something, give us a call, and we'll do our best to set it aside for you! (734) 663-7848.
The Locally Grown List
English Peas, Red and White Candy Onions, Hard Neck Garlic, Broccoli, Currants, Red Leaf Lettuce, Green Leaf Lettuce, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Kale, Radishes, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Romaine, Mini Carrot Bunches, Tart Cherries
Michigan Blueberries are in the house!!
The flavor of these “Duke” variety berries is super pure with a gentle muskiness, pronounced sweetness, and little to no sourness! Savor a few berries in your mouth at once, and you’ll notice a light cinnamon-y warmness underlying the sweet, blueberry flavor. Blueberries are simply fabulous when served atop Greek yogurt or eaten out of hand, but have you ever tried soaking your bluebs in a few tablespoons of sugar and a drop of good balsamic? Once the fruit gets juicy, spoon it over vanilla ice cream or pound cake for a delightful, not-too-sweet dessert!
Our blueberries are also available in 5-pound boxes! How many would you like?
It’s prime time for Michigan Cherry Season!
We've spent countless days traveling all over the state, taste testing at numerous farms and orchards to bring you the very finest locally-grown cherries! Grab these sweet cherries right now! Their color is deep ruby red and flavor subtly sweet with that lovely tartness we all crave in a Michigan cherry! Have you ever soaked cherries in wine or brandy, skewered them then tossed on the grill? DELICIOUS over vanilla ice cream!
Michigan-Grown Sweet Corn is now in season!
With candy-sweet kernels that pop in your mouth when you take a bite, this bi-color sweet corn can’t be skipped! The first Michigan sweet corn of the year always reminds us to slow down and enjoy the beauty and bounty of summertime! Whether you’re grilling out or preparing a simple supper, grab yourself a few ears of corn. Plan on one ear per person. Try this recipe for Bitter Greens with Sautéed Corn and Shallots from Bon Appetit!
Michigan Tomatoes are summertime essentials!
These local tomatoes from Petersburg, Michigan have proven to be some of the most delicious we’ve seen this summer. Get ready for a rush of flavor! They taste of REAL tomatoes. These plump beauties are ideal for slicing, so grab a few tomatoes, a bunch of basil and a couple of balls of Produce Station mozzarella and you’re in business! Don’t forget to snag a couple of colorful Heirloom Tomatoes! Their sweetness and color will brighten up sauces, salsas and salads!
Michigan-Grown Basil is finally here!
One of the most widely used culinary herbs, basil’s botanical name is “Ocimum basilicum”, which basically translates to the “king of herbs”. Across continents, chefs and home cooks alike personify freshness in their dishes with the addition of basil leaves. If you haven’t tried incorporating this herb into your cooking yet, now’s the perfect time! This Michigan basil is leafy and easy to chop and also incredibly flavorful, making it a non-intimidating initiation into the fresh herb game. Full disclosure: we are pesto-addicts. Grab your blender or food processor and combine a cup of roughly chopped basil with ¼ c. toasted pine nuts, ½ c. grated parmesan, 2 cloves of garlic, the juice of one lemon and about 1/3 c. olive oil. Blend until well-combined and smooth. Toss with pasta, top a pizza or soup, drizzle over grilled bread, use as a vinaigrette, combine with mayo for a sandwich spread… the possibilities are endless!
Michigan Pickling Cucumbers are lookin’ fine!
Our customers have been desperate for crunchy, crispy, blemish-free cucs for weeks now. Well, get your brine and jars ready folks, ‘cause our Michigan pickling cucumbers are simply perfection! Test your skills in this recipe for Spicy Dill Pickles! If you consider yourself a serious pickler, grab a few bunches of our Michigan-grown Pickling Dill while you’re here!
A Rainbow of Fresh Beans!
We’re freshly stocked with Michigan-grown green beans, yellow wax beans, French beans (USA-grown) and purple bush beans! When stocking up on fresh beans, look for blemish free, smooth bodies that snap when you break them. A benefit of all these beans is that they’re great raw or cooked. Green beans are ideal for serving raw for an amazing textural contrast. Try tossing them in a salad of romaine, almonds, fresh feta, pickled beets and lemony dressing. Yellow wax beans have a distinctive soft butter-yellow hue and a snappy texture. Similar in flavor to regular green beans, these guys are slightly heartier so they’ll stand up to cooking nicely. Try them in this recipe for Warm Yellow Wax Beans in Bacon Vinaigrette via Food and Wine. French beans are a little tenderer than regular green beans. Known for their daintiness, we recommend preparing them whole for an attractive dish. If you really want your bean dish to stand out, opt for our purple bush beans! Underneath their gorgeous matte purple color is a green, stringless interior with small green peas. To best accentuate their striking color, roughly chop them and toss the raw beans atop some peppery arugula, chopped figs, chives, and goat cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette!
California Stone Fruit is now in season!
Are you on team nectarine or team peach? For us, it’s a tie every time! California Yellow Peaches are synonymous with early summer around here. Undeniably less juicy than the southern varieties, if you’re partial to firmer, more intensely perfumed peaches, I think these from Cali are for you. With their flowery, honey-like fragrance and golden pink skin, it’s nearly impossible to resist these California Nectarines! This crop has got an ideal sugar-acid balance with a little pleasant tartness. Try adding a few slices of nectarine to a salad of arugula, avocado, and caramelized shallots! While you’re here, grab a taste of our White Nectarines too! These pale pink beauties are true sugar bombs! Their floral aroma and sugary flesh make them ideal for topping ice cream or baking into a rustic crisp. Grab a few Apricots while you’re here and try grilling them for a juicy and flavorful dessert!
Learn more about picking out the perfect stone fruit in this article from Bon Appetit: How to Buy Peaches, Plums, and Other Stone Fruit at the Market!
Mustard yellow Golden Treat Plums have got some intense sweetness! Their sugary, honey-like flesh is complimented by their taught skin that SNAPS when you take a bite! We love a flavorful plum that still has a little firmness, how ‘bout you? Our Black Plums and Red Plums are also splendid right now! There’s nothing quite like the drama of midnight-purple plum slices adorning a rustic galette! Try this recipe from Food & Wine!
It’s Melon Season!
The word ‘summer’ inevitably evokes images of water, sunshine, barbeques, and the quintessential summertime food: Watermelon. Grab a whole seedless watermelon this weekend and go to town! If you can’t finish all the slices, try pureeing it in the blender with some lime juice, ice, simply syrup and rum, garnish the glass with mint for an icy smooth drink! Also try our Lemon Drop Melons! Known for their low sugar content, Lemon Drop melons stay true to their name with a sweet-tart flavor similar to lemons. Subtle hints of honeydew, melon and squash accent the nicely savory flavor of these small, cornflower yellow melons. Don’t miss the Golden Honeydew Melons! Similar to regular honeydews, these melons are set apart by their bright golden hued skin. Look for melons with a faintly sweet aroma and a slight opening at their blossom end, these factors indicate ripeness.
Also worth checking out:
Shishito Peppers, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Snow Pea Sprouts, Fava Beans, Artichokes
The Locally Grown Season is here!
Did you know that between Michigan, Ohio and Indiana there is a grand total of 37 million acres of farmland? Well, our Produce Buyers know all about it. Rain or shine, we’ve been hitting the road hard this season in search of the finest produce available. From farm to farm to farm, we’ve smelled, tasted and analyzed too many fruits and veggies to count… cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, onions, blueberries, raspberries, corn, greens, basil, melons, and the list goes on. Before you’ve even awoken for the day, our crew has been across the state and back to Ann Arbor, hauling the very best locally-grown produce, ready to unload it on eager employees and customers alike. This relentless quest to find the freshest, best tasting local produce is a true labor of love that we look forward to year after year.
This year, our quest has proved fruitful. The Produce Station is a feast for the eyes, nose and mouth right now. Savor the aroma of a plump, ruby red Michigan berry, wipe the sweet stone fruit juice off your chin, take that otherworldly first bite into the first real-tasting local tomato of the season, and you’ll know what we’re talking about!