What’s Fresh!

Fresh Mint means time for Meadow Tea

Fresh Mint is a spring and early summer “fresh-maker”! I love making Meadow Tea from the fresh Mint in my garden. Here’s my recipe:

  1. Add two large bunches of fresh Mint rinsed to large pot with 6 quarts of water
  2. Bring to a light boil then turn off burner but leave pot on stove
  3. Stir in ½ cup of sugar
  4. Add 2 sliced Lemons and 2 sliced Limes
  5. Allow to steep for 30 minutes
  6. Strain then chill and serve

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Big Strawberries, Cotton Candy Grapes for Spring

May and June are peak season for delicious, plump Strawberries from California – conventional and organic. Local Strawberries are in season during late spring in many regions too. Blackberries are outstanding and affordable for May 2020. Plus, the first fresh crop Cotton Candy Grapes are coming into seasons from Mexico in May.


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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 during my time working at Four Seasons Produce has grown into an e-newsletter, website and more.

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!