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For years friends and family who know I work in fresh produce wholesaling have asked me, “Hey, Jon, what’s good right now?” I always loved answering that question and trying to help whomever is listening with some insider tips about what to look for at their local produce department. These tips were derived from talking to growers, produce buyers, supermarket chains and produce inspectors, not to mention seeing truckloads of produce arrive from all of the world. And sampling – lots of sampling! What started as a quick email to friends has grown into an e-newsletter, website and more.

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Fresh Produce

Best if used by September 14th

Bartlett Pears

Fresh crop Bartlett Pears are back in season! – you know, those pears with the classic light bulb shape. Fresh crop Bartlett Pears are at their seasonal peak for flavor, quality and affordability during late August, September and October. Enjoy!

Green Seedless Grapes

Summer crop USA Green Seedless Grapes are in an August harvest flush on the Sugarone variety, plus there are plenty of newer premium varieties peaking like Princess and Esteem from the San Joaquin Valley of California. Time to enjoy!

Honeydew

Honeydew can sometimes taste like cucumbers. How disappointing. But then there’s peak season, vine-ripened California Honeydew during August and September.

Chili Peppers

Heighten your senses. Get a rush. Spike your endorphin levels this month with some natural heat. Chili Peppers are in peak season at local farms so there’s no better time to try spicing things up! Fresh salsa, relishes, sauces, salads, grilled, roasted and stuffed – go for it!

Pluots

I’ve written about Pluots earlier this summer and I’m still excited about them! Why? The red, speckled, yellow, black and green varieties available during late August and early September are some of the best of the season. Then, they’ll be out of season until next summer.

Organic Produce

Best if used by September 14th

What is Organic Produce?

Certified Organic Produce meets a set of standards for growing, handling and labeling that is governed by the USDA’s National Organic Program.

Organic Fresh Figs

Organic Fresh Figs are here! August and September will be the peak season for Organic Fresh Figs from California. The main variety you’ll find in organic produce sections and natural foods stores right now is the classic Black Mission Fig with charcoal black skids and sweet flesh. Sticky-sweet green skin varieties are also available – a must try for fig lovers.

Organic Thomcord Grapes

In season now: Organic Thomcord Grapes. Do you love that classic flavor of Concord Grapes, but find the seeds and thick skins not so easy to snack on? Try Thomcord Grapes!

Organic Green Seedless Grapes

Forget the artificial fruit snacks. Give your family (and yourself) the ultimate REAL FRUIT SNACK for back to school: fresh, in-season grapes!

Organic Bartlett Pears

The 2018 USA harvest of delicious Organic Bartlett has been underway since early August. Picking is mostly completed at orchards in California.

Organic Vine Ripe Tomatoes

Delicious Organic Vine Ripe Tomatoes are in a harvest flush from farms like Lady Moon Farms in Chambersburg, PA.

We Believe

Fresh fruits and vegetables at their peak season taste better, cost less, and can help pave the way towards an improved lifestyle. – Jonathan Steffy & Justin Reber

Fresh fruits and vegetables can help us live and feel better. Americans need more fresh, whole foods in their diets and less processed foods. But will it taste good? Will my kids like it? How do I choose a good one? When is it ripe? How do I prepare it? With some simple answers to these questions you can enjoy more good, healthy food. There is so much wonderful variety and so many flavors to explore!

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