The Weekly Produce Update
What’s Good, What’s Fresh, What’s Hot!
Friday August 29, 2014
Locally Grown Michigan Red Haven Peaches!
Michiganders know well that this year has been especially tough for locally grown fruits and veggies. The intense winter coupled with a chilly spring led to less than ideal growing conditions here in Michigan- to say the least. But fear not, our produce team pulled some major strings with local farmers to bring in the finest Michigan grown Red Haven Peaches the season has to offer. These peaches are truly a gift from the fruit gods considering the struggle they've gone through to make it to our baskets. These are the real deal, Michigan summertime treat we all look forward to but were afraid wouldn't happen this year. Oh... and they're eat-over-the-sink-while-the-juices-run-down-your-hands-and-chin D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S!
Stop by this weekend, and grab a few, or if you are feeling energized, grab a half-bushel for canning purposes. Either way you will be pleased! Also check out our Michigan Donut Peaches, their flavor is SUPERB!
We went a little crazy this week and brought in HEAPS of gorgeously juicy Michigan tomato varieties! Check it out!
•Michigan Grown Slicing Tomatoes from our friends in Petersburg, Michigan. We love their tomatoes because they pick them dead red! Get your Caprese salad on with Produce Station House-Made Mozzarella!
•Michigan Grown Baby Roma Tomatoes are the trademark tomato for making pasta sauce!
•Michigan Grown Yellow Roma Tomatoes are distinguishable by their golden hue and torpedo shape. They’re mild tasting with low sugar and acid contents making them great for raw eating. However, their sweetness is amplified when cooked, so try tossing them in your next tomato sauce!
•Michigan Grown Heirloom Tomatoes Did you know a seed variety has to be over 100 years old to be considered an heirloom? We love the unique shapes, colors and sizes of heirlooms we find this time of year! Here a few of the rotating varieties we’ve got in the house now:
- Cherokee Chocolate: rich flavor and lovely mahogany color
- Green Zebra: tangy flavor with a deep yellow blush when ripe
- Red Zebra: known as the best tasting striped tomato
- Red Brandywine: fairly large fruits with rich and distinctively spicy flavor
- Dester: a beefsteak variety, great slicer
- Rose: meaty, smooth flesh, large, flavorful
- Rosso Sicilian: the ultimate stuffing tomato, looks like red-petaled flowers
- Jaune Flamme: apricot colored with a fruity flavor, sweet and tart
- Black Krim: outer flesh will darken in the sunlight, bold and smoky flavor
- 4th of July: small in size, very red, early ripeners
ALSO CHECK OUT OUR MIXED QUARTS OF HEIRLOOMS! SIMPLY GORGEOUS!
•Michigan Grown Half-Peck Tomatoes are perfect this time of year! These are salad slicing sized tomatoes in a nice handy carrying box. I can’t get enough this time of year, so I keep a box of these Michigan tomatoes on my counter at all times in case of emergencies!!
•Michigan Grown Canning Tomatoes If you are a canner, you know these are perfect for making your secret family recipe pasta sauce. Come grab a half-bushel or two today and get to work!
•Michigan Grown Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes are always my favorite! Grab a pint of these gumball sized tomatoes and you are in for a color explosion on your plate. Pair them with fresh Michigan basil, balsamic glaze and cherry sized fresh mozzarella!
Michigan Blueberries! NOW is the time to buy a 5 pounder!
The season is winding down quickly! Our Michigan blueberries are sweet, large and have a deep blue 'bloom' protecting them from the fiercest elements and holding in their true blueberry flavor. NOW is the time to buy blueberries by the 5-lb box to store in your freezer! The season will be wrapping up shortly, and you won't find better MI blueberries than right now! Trust us, once you go 5-pounder, you never go back!
Michigan Nectarines and White Peaches!
Ann Arbor fruit lovers are getting lucky once again! Our produce buyers struck gold and found the most juicy, ripe, outstanding Michigan grown Nectarines from Traverse City and White Peaches from Benton Harbor! Trust us, these guys are a real treat considering the difficult growing season! Yes, you can throw them into a pie, crisp or tart and it would be wonderful- but we suggest stationing yourself outside, grabbing a peach or nectarine, and letting those juices run down your hands and face as you go to town! Make sure you eat your White Peaches quickly- we only bring them in when they are at their prime, and they don’t last long!
Michigan Sugar Plums are bursting with sweetness!
Our Michigan plum selection is growing daily! Right now we’ve got some gorgeous Elephant Heart Plums and Prune Plums! Our produce buyers are bringing in plum varieties that look and TASTE the best! Look for more interesting varieties throughout the season! Also be sure to grab a sample of our Honey Punch Plums from Cali- they are soooo sweet and juicy! Check out this recipe for Autumn Spiced Plum Jam!
Michigan Roasting Peppers
We love these peppers and so will you! Grab a container of Michigan mixed roasting peppers, hit them with some olive oil and throw them in a hot oven! Get a nice char on them and they are ready to go! You’ll end up with a variety of sweet and mild flavors that are perfect to spice up a salad, pair with a steak, or serve on a sandwich. You’ll find poblanos, banana, hot and sweet roasters and sweet orange peppers in your container- just to name a few!
Michigan Grown Apples are starting to arrive!
Paula Reds are here! Don’t miss this late summer apple! Available only into October. Pleasingly tart flavor and good aroma. Great in back-to-school lunches or early season baking. Discovered in Sparta, Michigan! Michigan Zestar Apples are super crisp with an exciting zesty flavor with a hint of brown sugar on the palate! Pristine Apples have a sweet-tart flavor with just a little spice, making them perfect for fresh eating or applesauce!
Melons are the rock stars of summer produce!
If you are tired of the tasteless melons that some stores sell throughout the year, it’s time to come on over to The Produce Station. We take TASTE seriously, and it’s our first priority here folks! The “Minerva” variety Michigan Honeyrock Melons that Mark brought in are jam-packed with flavor right now! New to us, Michigan Sprite Melons are firm with a crisp, white, apple-like texture. Their flavor resembles a cross between a pear and a honeydew melon. Interestingly, Sprite melons’ sugar content is about 25-30% higher than that of most common melons! You can’t call yourself a real melon lover if you haven’t dove face first into one of our Personal Size Michigan Watermelons! Our Michigan Yellow Doll Melons have a bright yellow flesh and an unexpectedly uber-sweet flavor! Try any or all of these melons on their own, with salty prosciutto or in sweet & savory salads!
Rose Apriums are scrumptious!
This hybrid apricot-plum fruit is super sweet when ripe, with a brightly tart finish, making them ideal for fresh eating. They’ve inherited a nearly translucent outer fuzz from their apricot parent and a juicy flesh and dark rosy purple color from their plum counterpart. Get the best of both worlds with delicious Rose Apriums! Also check out our Flavor Grenade Pluots! Learn more about plum-apricot hybrid fruits from this article via The New York Times!
The Michigan Grown List:
King Oyster Mushrooms, Bi-Color Sweet Corn, Japanese Eggplant, Knob Onions, Yukon Gold Potatoes, White Potatoes, Red Potatoes, Quarts of Beets, Roasting Peppers, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Genovese Basil, Purple Opal Basil, Green Beans, Yellow Wax Beans, Fava Beans, Pinto Beans, Broccoli, Boston Lettuce, Kale, Kolhrabi, Mini Carrot Bunches, Red Leaf Lettuce, Green Leaf Lettuce, Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, Endive, Escarole, Dill, Pickling Dill, Pickling Cucumbers, Oyster Mushrooms, Bean Sprouts, Seeley Farms Baby Kale and Salad Mixes
Other Cool Stuff Worth Checking Out:
California Nectarines & White Nectarines, Palmer Mangoes, Peanut Potatoes, Tomatillos, Concord Grapes, Brown Turkey Figs, Kadota Figs, Black Mission Figs.
Benton Harbor Fresh Market Season is here!
Did you know that The Produce Station is the only store in southeastern Michigan to travel three hours to the Benton Harbor Fresh Market in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Why do we go to this extra effort? This is the way we bring you the priceless peaches, amazing apples, and many other specialty items you won’t find at most stores. The Benton Harbor Fresh Market showcases the produce of over 1,000 family farms. This market is the largest 'Cash-to-Grower' wholesale produce market in the world. We don’t mind making the trip because we know it’s worthwhile to bring you premium Michigan produce. When the truck arrives back at our store from Benton Harbor it is an exciting time. Employees anxiously wait to help unload the truck and see what beautiful, unusual treats Craig and Mark have brought back for us!