The Weekly Produce Update
What’s Good, What’s Fresh, What’s Hot!
Friday August 22, 2014
The Michigan Grown List
Pinto Beans, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Red Potatoes, Green Beans, Bean Sprouts, Oyster Mushrooms, Pickling Cucumbers, Dill, Kohlrabi, Opo Squash, Zucchini, Golden Zucchini, Patty Pan Squash, Mini Carrot Bunches, Kale, Red Leaf Lettuce, Green Leaf Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Seeley Farms Lettuce Mixes and Long Green Onions (Grown in A2!), Red Radish Bunches, Rhubarb, Yellow Wax Beans, Roasting Peppers, Boston Lettuce, Sweet Bi-Color Corn, Basil, Pristine Apples
Local 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! Also check out our Michigan Donut Peaches, their flavor is SUPERB!
Michigan Nectarines and White Peaches are making their first appearance!
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!
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 Sweet Cherries are simply divine!
Although the season has had a slow start, Michigan’s favorite fruit crop has officially hit The Produce Station! The season is short, so grab these sweet cherries 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 Sugar Plums are bursting with sweetness!
Our Michigan plum selection is growing daily! Right now we’ve got some gorgeous Simca Plums, 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! And be sure to ask one of our produce team members for your sample! Check out this recipe for Autumn Spiced Plum Jam!
We are crazy about Michigan Grown Tomatoes!
All summer long we crave great tasting, real tomatoes! You know-the ones with real flavor and that nice stoplight red color! Some might say we are obsessed with Michigan tomatoes (in a good way). Currently, we’ve got five different kinds!
•Michigan Grown Slicing Tomatoes from our friends in Petersburg, Michigan. We love their tomatoes because they pick them dead red! It’s Caprese salad time!
•Michigan Grown Baby Roma Tomatoes are perfect for making pasta sauce or slicing over salads.
•Michigan Grown Heirloom Tomatoes Did you know a seed variety has to be over 100 years old to be considered an heirloom? Choose from Cherokee Purple, Pink Brandywine, Yellow Brandywine, and many more!
•Michigan Grown 4th of July 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 are one heck of a deal! Grab an entire half-bushel for a low price this weekend.
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! If you’re looking for a unique treat, give one of our Charentais (French Breakfast) Melons a sniff! These luxurious cousins of the cantaloupe will have a sweet, strong aroma when ripe. The richer the smell, the richer and sweeter the flesh on the inside! Michigan Yellow Doll Watermelons are especially delicious right now! They are a gorgeous shade of pale yellow with very few seeds and are absolutely bursting with sweet flavor!
Michigan Apricots are back!
With their burnt orange color and super floral aroma, our Michigan Apricots from Traverse City are hard to deny! Look for fairly firm apricots that don’t give much when gently squeezed. These apricots are delicious on their own but can also be used in sweet and savory dishes! Try them in this recipe for Chicken and Apricot Skewers from Bon Appetit!
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
Other Cool Stuff Worth Checking Out:
California Nectarines & White Nectarines, Peanut Potatoes, Tomatillos, Concord Grapes, Pui Saag/Chinese Spinach (try it raw in salad or tossing into a stir fry!), 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!