Fresh Produce

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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 9th

Seedless Watermelon

Summer + Sweet, ripe Seedless Watermelon = smiles for the whole family! Seedless and Seeded Watermelons are in peak season from farms in the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West during August.

Green Bell Peppers

What’s your favorite recipe with Green Peppers? Stir-fry, sauté, grill, stuff or slice up for a salad some Green Bell Peppers this week! Why? Farms in growing areas like New Jersey and Pennsylvania (and many other states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West)

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

Eggplant

Fresh, local Eggplant will be an excellent choice from farms in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other Mid-Atlantic states during August and early September as growers are into their peak summer harvests.

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!

Honeydew

Throughout much of the year, the search for really flavorful and sweet Honeydew Melons can be a crapshoot, yet from mid-August through late September it is actually difficult to find one that isn’t delectable!

Green Grapes

Green Seedless Grapes taste really good in late August and September. Most of the season I prefer Red Seedless Grapes, but back to school time means great-tasting Green varieties too! 

Organic Produce

Best if used by September 9th

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 Kent Mangos

Last call? Some of the most delicious Organic Mangos of the year are the late season Kent variety from Mexico during August. Get some before they’re gone!

Organic Thomcord Grapes

Organically grown Thomcord Grapes from California are in season for a short window of time during late August and into September. Keep an eye out for Organic Thomcord Grapes at co-ops, natural foods stores, organic markets and produce departments that stock a broad selection of organic fruit.

Organic Shishito Peppers

Organic Shishito Peppers are in season during late summer from specialty produce growers in California along with some local growers on other parts of the country.

Organic Eggplant

It’s a great time to experiment with some Eggplant recipes since Certified Organic Eggplant is in peak season now through late September from local farms in the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West, like Lady Moon Farms in Chambersburg, PA.

Organic Vine Ripe Tomatoes

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

Organic Roma Tomatoes

Full-flavor. Here in August and into September, you’re likely find vine-ripened Organic Roma Tomatoes grown in the Mid-Atlantic. These Organic Roma’s are a softer and redder than the ones you find in stores during the winter, and you can taste the difference – rich, acidic Tomato flavor – making them fantastic for homemade Tomato Sauce.

Organic Honeydew

Sweet and flavorful Organic Honeydew melons are now in season from California’s Central Valley. The melons right now are small in size, but are dense, juicy and have small seed cavities – giving you more melon for the money. The Organic Honeydew right now have

Organic Cantaloupe

Certified Organic Cantaloupes are back in season! The late summer crop of Organic Cantaloupes from California’s Central Valley are coming in nicely.

Organic Galia Melons

Organic Galia Melons are in season from California’s Central Valley during late summer. It is still a specialty product so you won’t find them just anywhere, but if you come across Organic Galia Melons at your health food store or food co-op – they’re certainly worth a try!

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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