The Weekly Produce Update
What’s Good, What’s Fresh, What’s Hot!
Friday July 25, 2014
The Michigan Grown List
Patty Pan Squash, Rhubarb, Zucchini, Summer Squash, French Beans, Green Beans, Seeley Farms Lettuce Mixes (grown in A2!!), Bean Sprouts, Kohlrabi, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Dill, Pickling Dill, Kale, Red Leaf Lettuce, Green Leaf Lettuce, Baby Carrot Bunches, Cauliflower, Pickling Cucumbers
Michigan Grown Blue Crop Blueberries are awesome!
Michigan Blueberry season has started, and it is always anxiously awaited here at The Produce Station. Our buyer, Craig Schmidt has been working hard, spending hours and hours driving from farm to farm on the western side of the state to bring you the best blueberries Michigan has to offer. The Blue Crop variety we have now is ultra sweet and delicious with a delicate, distinctive blueberry flavor. They’ve got a deep blue bloom and are just right for gobbling out of hand! Buy MI Blue Crop blueberries by the 5-lb box if you’re thinking jam!
Michigan Sweet Cherry Season has officially kicked off!
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 Tomatoes are finally ready to eat!
Our first batch of Michigan tomatoes arrives this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited to dig in! These guys are just right for slicing for Caprese salads or layering on sandwiches! Enjoy!
Michigan Grown Honeyrock Melons are here!
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! These “Minerva” variety honeyrock melons that Mark brought in from are jam-packed with flavor right now! What is your favorite way to enjoy a Michigan melon?
It’s pesto time! Michigan Grown Basil is in season!
Pesto season is here and we’d like to celebrate with you. We’ve got basil coming in fresh daily, and I just can’t get enough. Break out your family pesto recipe, mix it in with your favorite salad for a “pop” of flavor or use it to prepare a classic caprese salad, either way you are in for a real treat!
Michigan Grown Sweet Corn is really making it feel like summer!
Another perennial favorite here at The Produce Station, Michigan grown sweet corn has finally arrived. We currently have one of the first varieties available and let me tell you it is sweet as sugar! You can always tell when the corn is good when Mike (our buyer) offers you a bite of a raw ear and even without being cooked – it still tastes amazing!
Give our Golden Treat and Midnight Star Pluots a shot!
The pluot is a mix between a plum and an apricot but it’s distinctively plumier in appearance. These unique hybrid fruits can range in color from yellow to green to purple to orange to peach to red to blush! Their exterior is smooth and shiny like a plum and their insides soft and slightly grainy like an apricot. We recommend eating pluots out of hand to get the most of their floral, candy-sweet flavor.
Check out this article and recipe idea from NPR for Pluot Salsa!
Red Knob Onion bunches are a rad color!
Knob onions, sometimes called bunch onions since they are usually tied together at their long green tops, are a teenage onion growing between young spring scallions and bulb onions that debut later in the fall. As expected, their flavor is also somewhere in between lightly flavored scallions and stronger onions. These Michigan grown bunches are super delicious on the grill, and use their tops- great light oniony flavor for soups and stir fries! Try this recipe for a Grilled Radicchio and Knob Onion Salad from Serious Eats!
Michigan Grown Hard Neck Garlic is so cool!
Did you know that there are many different types of garlic? Most of the garlic bulbs you see in supermarkets are what’s known as “soft neck garlic”. It’s distinguished by its soft, pliable stalk, its many small clustered cloves and lots of white papery wrapping, which inevitably extends its shelf life. “Hard neck garlic” is its complete opposite with a long, stiff stalk or “scape”, very few large cloves and little to no white papery covering. Hard neck garlic is also milder in taste than its counterpart and its shelf life is much shorter so enjoy it fresh!
Calimyrna Green Figs are ripe and ready to eat!
With a bright, lime green exterior and soft pink center, these figs are eye catchers for sure! Top a salad or Crostini with them for the ultimate POP! Calimyrnas are less sugary sweet than their cousins the Black Mission Fig, possessing a nuttier, more well-balanced sweet and savory flavor profile. “The fruit was originally grown in Turkey and dubbed the Smyrna fig, for the famous ancient Turkish city. When California growers began cultivating it, they altered the name to Calimyrna.” Check out the rest of the article and tips from Bon Appétit Magazine!
Also check out our Brown Turkey Figs- just in!
Round and cute Eight-Ball Squash is here!
These round, ball shaped squash are similar in flavor and appearance to zucchini. Right now we’ve got them in small tennis to golf ball size making them PERFECT for use as an appetizer. Simply sautee up your favorite summer herbs with some garlic and chopped tomatoes, fill the scooped out squashes and top with grated parmesan cheese then bake until the squash is soft! Voila!
California Soft Fruits are still rocking!
Check out our Beans and Greens! We've got Purple Beans, Yellow Wax Beans and Pole Beans & Red Swiss Chard, Red Russian Kale, Lacinato Kale and Seeley Farms Organic Red Kale and Swiss Chard- Grown in A2! Gorgeous!
Our grape selection is out of this world!
Choose from Concord, Champagne or super unique Witch Finger grapes!