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People love to drink and eat pumpkin “flavored” everything, right? Well, if you’re hoping to make some recipes that call for REAL pumpkin, but want to try preparing pumpkin on your own instead of just opening up a can, Organic Pie Pumpkins are the way to go.

Big pumpkins for carving jack-o-lanterns? – those are too watery and stringy for baking. Organic Pie Pumpkins, on the other hand, are small – maybe 5-10 inches in diameter – and have a sweet, smooth flesh which is ideal for baking and cooking. Be warned:  The big carving Pumpkins you buy for decorating or for decorating or making jack-o-lanterns are too watery and stringy for baking – they’re almost inedible. Organic Pie Pumpkins, on the other hand, are small – maybe 5-10 inches in diameter – but have a sweet, smooth flesh which is ideal for baking and cooking.

Pro Tip: A four pound Pie Pumpkin will net you about 1½ cups of pumpkin puree.

How to prepare fresh Pumpkin for use in recipes

Be sure to have a sharp, sturdy knife and some leverage to cut Pie Pumpkins.

  1. Slice the Pie Pumpkin in half, remove seeds and pulp
  2. Bake halves face-down on a baking sheet for 45-90 min. at 350 degrees until flesh can be easily pierced with a fork
  3. Allow halves to cool enough to handle, scoop flesh from the shell
  4. Puree baked flesh with a blender, strain puree if you’re going to make velvety soups. As this is a pumpkin, you might need a powerful blender for this, which you can find on unclutterer.com.

Now you’re ready to bake and cook for fall – Pumpkin Pie and Desserts, Pumpkin Breads and Muffins, Pumpkin Soups, and a favorite of mine – Pumpkin Pancakes.

Can you bake with jack-o-lantern pumpkins? What about other pumpkins? Jon chats about a few pumpkin varieties, which are good for baking, which are not, and touches on how to prepare them to be used in pumpkin pie. Peanut Pumpkin? Sugar Pie? Baby Pam? Golden Hubbard Squash?

How To Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Wait! Don’t throw out those squash and pumpkin seeds. Toasted Organic Pumpkin Seeds are great for a home-made savory snack food and are excellent for topping salads. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Scoop seeds and pulp from any variety of Hard Squash or Pumpkin
  2. By hand separate most seeds from pulp
  3. In a strainer, run hot water over the seeds to clean them
  4. Remove any remaining pulp that is in the strainer
  5. Toss seeds in 1 tbsp olive oil in a mixing bowl then spread the seeds on a baking tray
  6. Season with coarse salt and black pepper, or your favorite seasoning blend
  7. Roast at 250 degrees for 40-60 min. or 350 degrees for 25-35 min.
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Organic Gala Apples

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Organic Honeycrisp Apples

The best snacking apple out there?

Juicy, crispy, flavorful Organic Honeycrisp Apples are now at their best from orchards in Washington and surrounding areas of the Pacific Northwest.

Organic Delicata Squash

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Organic Butternut Squash

Organic Butternut Squash is now in peak season from many areas of US, including from Amish and Mennonite organic farms near where I live in Lancaster County, PA.

September, October and November

Organic Starkrimson Pears

So colorful, so sweet – Organic Red Pears are easy on the eyes and easy on the taste buds. The 2018 fresh crop season from Oregon and Washington

Bartlett Pears

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Green Seedless Grapes

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Honeydew

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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

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Organic Fresh Figs

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Organic Thomcord Grapes

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Organic Green Seedless Grapes

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Organic Yellow Nectarines

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Organic Heirloom Tomatoes

Organically grown Heirlooms Tomatoes are now in peak season from small and medium sized farms across many parts of the country.

Organic Cantaloupe

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Organic Sweet Corn

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Organic Red Seedless Grapes

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Yellow Nectarines

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Shishito Peppers

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Vine Ripe Tomatoes

That time of year when you have a good-old-fashioned Tomato Sandwich like every other day of the week …maybe even more? It’s here!

Red Seedless Grapes

August is shaping up to be a great time to enjoy Red Seedless Grapes with a pleasing texture and flavor, all at a reasonable price. Peak season is here from vineyards in California!

Blueberries

Great-tasting Summer Blueberries are at their best – flavor, quality and price – through mid to late July. Get some at their peak!

Rainier Cherries

Some crave the best quality tuna freshly caught for hand crafted sushi. Some crave specially aged beef prepared with an expert’s touch. Me? I crave big, sweet, juicy Rainier Cherries!  On the 3rd of July I ate some huge, plump and delicious Rainier Cherries that made me exclaim, “That’s what I call ‘sushi-grade’ fruit!”

Dark Sweet Cherries

Nothing like a delicious bowl of sweet and flavorful cherries to slow down with, to enjoy – indulge! The 2018 Northwest Cherry season is here and if love this special fruit treat – mid-June through July is your time! Get them while they’re at their peak. By mid-August they’ll be all but gone until next summer.

White Peaches

Peach fruit growers in the San Joaquin Valley of California are now harvesting some of their varieties of White Peaches here in July and that will continue into mid-August. Local White Peaches will come into from Pennsylvania and New Jersey this for late-July and August.

Sweet Corn

Peak season for Local Sweet Corn has arrived in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Mid-West regions and will continue through Labor Day weekend.

Organic Rainier Cherries

July is Organic Cherry season! And this year we are fortunate to be enjoying a bumper crop of jumbo sweet and juicy Organic Rainier Cherries!

Organic Blueberries

Organic Blueberries continue in peak season from local harvests in New Jersey, plus from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia through July. Expect plump, flavorful and sweet Blueberries that are large in size.

Organic Yellow Peaches

Organic Yellow Peaches are now in peak season from California. The fruit coming off the trees is juicy and has nicely balanced sweet-tangy flavor. That flavor and sweetness is getting better each week of the summer. Enjoy!

Organic Dark Sweet Cherries

July is cherry season! Certified Organic Dark Sweet Cherries are at their best flavor and availability for the 2018 summer season this month, but before you know it – as in, by late July – they’ll be gone until next year! Try some while they’re still available.

Organic Apricots

Organic Apricots are in season from California during June. This year has been a much better growing season on the organically grown fruit with better quality and volumes than 2017!

Organic Strawberries

Strawberries are a family favorite. It is an indulgence that virtually guilt-free for kids and adults, alike! For all you Strawberry lovers out there – go for it – peak season is in full swing!

Organic SunGold Kiwifruit

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Organic Donut Peaches

Donut Peaches have white flesh that is low in acid allowing them to be deliciously sweet when they are firm and crunchy AND when they ripen longer to become soft

Leaf Lettuce (local)

Local watch! Red Leaf and Green Leaf Lettuces are in peak season from vegetable farms in New Jersey and from other organic and conventional farms throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast here in June.

Tuscan Cantaloupes

A truly flavorful Cantaloupe is quite special for those of us who are Melon Lovers, but it can seem like an elusive search sometimes. Good news: there is a consistently delicious melon out there for you to look for this summer: USA grown, Tuscan-style Cantaloupes.

Athena Cantaloupes

Athena-style Cantaloupes are in peak season from farms in Georgia and the Carolinas now through early July. Local Athena’s will peak in late July.

SunGold Kiwifruit

Sweet and mellow? Sungold Kiwifruit are a hit! Peak season SunGold Kiwifruit from New Zealand during the summer are available in the US produce departments with broad variety during June through September.

Strawberries (California)

Add Strawberries to your shopping list! Harvests of California Strawberries in now in peak production. Woohoo! Snacking, smoothies, salads, breakfasts, desserts – the possibilities are so fun! Everyone loves fresh Strawberries.

Organic Leaf Lettuce (local)

Local watch! Affordably-priced Red Leaf and Green Leaf Lettuces are in peak season from vegetable farms in New Jersey and from other organic and conventional farms throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast here in June.

Vidalia Sweet Onions

The 2018 Vidalia Sweet Onion crop is at its best! Peak season started in late April, and May and June are the best months to enjoy this seasonal favorite. Fresh Vidalia Sweet Onions will remain in peak season through July and retailers will promoted them frequently.

Apricots

Orange-skin Apricot varieties are in season from California during late May and June. The Apricot varieties I’ve enjoyed so far are fairly juicy and sweet when softened at room temperature, but more tart when purchased firm.

Artichokes

It is “prime time” for in season Artichokes from California! Artichoke lovers should have plenty of opportunities to enjoy large sized, tasty Artichokes. Ever make fresh Artichokes at

Organic Red Raspberries

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Organic Watermelon

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Organic Vidalia Sweet Onions

Organically grown genuine Vidalia Sweet Onions are in peak season during May and June!

Organic Blackberries

Organic Blackberries continue in peak season harvests here in late May and early June from farms in Mexico.

Organic Rhubarb

Beautiful Organic Rhubarb is now in peak season from Oregon and Washington. Local harvest of Organic Rhubarb will be at their peak during May in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.

Ataulfo Mangos

Creamy, golden Organic Honey (Ataulfo) Mangos from Mexico are in peak season. The Ataulfo variety is often smaller than most other red and green skin varieties, but it also has a much thinner seed in the middle so you get more yummy fruit to enjoy.

Organic Gold Pineapples

Organic Pineapples from Costa Rica with sweet are in are period of peak harvests right now. Quality and flavor are very good and prices are at their lowest so far this year!

Organic Sweet Baby Broccoli

Sweet Baby Broccoli is sold by several names including: Broccolette, Broccolini and Aspiration. Organic Sweet Baby Broccoli is in peak season from southern California. Try it!

Ataulfo Mangos

Creamy, golden Organic and Conventional Ataulfo Mangos (Honey Mangos) from Mexico are back in season! I can’t get enough of this seasonal Spring treat, and neither can my family!

Sweet Mini Peppers

Convenient and snackable Sweet Mini Peppers are in peak season for spring. Look for specials on 1lb pouch bags. Find out why they’re becoming so popular!

Mini Seedless Cucumbers

Mini Seedless Cucumbers are becoming the “baby peeled carrot” of Cucumbers. With mild flavor, crisp texture and small size – they’re a hit. Mini Seedless Cucumbers are in peak season during the Spring months from greenhouses across North America. Try some!

Cluster Tomatoes

Fresh is a beautiful thing! And here in early Spring, new crop Cluster Tomatoes are now in peak season harvests from the greenhouses of Ontario, Canada and Great Lakes states like Ohio, New York and Michigan.

Seedless Watermelon

The smell of a good, freshly cut ripe, juicy and crisp Red Seedless Watermelon can attract a crowd when the weather is mild. What a sweet pick-me-up treat!

Blackberries

Late summer-crop Blackberries are now in-season from California, plus local farms are picking their Blackberries too. These is some of the sweetest and best tasting Blackberries of the year flavor.

Organic Blood Oranges

The fine wine of citrus fruits – Blood Oranges are a variety of orange with red flesh that has rich flavors of berry and pomegranate to complement its sweet citrus taste – and they are in peak season now.

Organic Minneola Tangelos

What are those oranges with the weird knob at the end? Those are juicy, tangy-sweet Minneola Tangelos! Organic Minneola Tangelos are in peak season from California during late January, February and March.

Organic Sweet Mini Peppers

What a fun little veggie! Organic Sweet Mini Peppers from winter harvests in Mexico are in peak season this winter. Look for specials on 1lb pouch bags.

Sweet Red Peppers

There are some really great deals on Sweet Red Peppers available right now! Growers in Mexico are into their peak harvests fresh crop field-grown Sweet Red Peppers. Sizing is big and prices are low (compared to other times of year).

Minneola Tangelos

What are those oranges with the weird knob at the end? Those are juicy, tangy-sweet Minneola Tangelos! Minneola Tangelos are in peak season from California during January, February and March.

Red Grapefruit

If you only eat one fresh Grapefruit this year – do it between now (January) and March. Why? Yeah, eating Grapefruit has lots of health benefits, but that’s not the main reason. Flavor

Blood Oranges

The fine wine of citrus fruits – Blood Oranges are a variety of orange with red flesh that has rich flavors of berry and pomegranate to complement its sweet citrus taste – and

Organic Kumquats

Organic Kumquats from small organic citrus groves in Southern California are in peak season during January, February and into March. Just given them a rinse under cold and you’re ready to use

Organic Colored Bell Peppers

This January through February is shaping up to be a great time to snack and cook with Red, Yellow and Orange Bell Peppers.

Organic Rainbow Carrots

Colorful and delicious Organic Rainbow Carrots are back into peak season for the winter crop, make now an excellent time to cook with them.

Piñata Apples

Looking for a new or interesting apple to break you out of your normal routine? During the winter months, grower-shippers of Apples open up controlled atmosphere storage rooms and begin packing some of their premium, specialty varieties they harvested in the fall. Here’s one to look for this December and January: Piñata Apples.

Organic Fingerling Potatoes

Organically grown Fingerling Potatoes are now in season from prime-organic-soiled growing regions in Colorado, Washington and Oregon.

Organic Hass Avocados

Remember those news stories from the late summer and early fall of 2017 about outrageously high prices on Avocados? Good news! Organic Avocados from Mexico are once again plentiful this late November and December so expect reasonable pricing, maybe even sales and in-store specials – great for game-day snacking or homemade meals.

Green and Red Anjou Pears

Peak season Green and Red Anjou Pears are readily available during late Fall and early Winter. Anjou Pears are good for just about any purpose – snacking, cooking, baking

Hass Avocados

Affordable Hass Avocados are back! Hass Avocados from Mexico are once again plentiful and priced reasonably for December! Avocado toast, salad and sandwich topping, guacamole – let’s party!

Fuji Apples

Sweet. Fuji Apples are one of the later harvested varieties of apples during the Fall. They are now in peak season from the local orchards around the US (like NY, PA, MI, MN) plus Organic Fuji are in season from the Pacific Northwest!

Fennel

November is an outstanding month to try some recipes that feature Fennel. This crisp, flavorful veggie is in peak season from California and Arizona for fall cooking and salads.


Roasted Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries

Organic Turnips

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Organic Honeynut Squash

Be on the lookout for a cool new variety of hard squash this September and October from organic farms in Pennsylvania and New York – Honeynut Squash!

Organic Bosc Pears

Like a crunchy pear? Bosc is the right variety for you! Organically-grown Bosc Pears are now in peak season as orchards in Oregon and Washington begin to pack their fall harvest.

Organic SweeTango Apples

You won’t find these everywhere, but if you do find them at a natural foods store, food co-op or other specialty retailer – be sure to try them this October: Organic SweeTango Apples from Washington.

Baby Potatoes

Fall is a great time of year to cook with Baby Potatoes! Harvests in prime growing areas around the US and Canada (like Bakersfield, CA and Prince Edward Island, Canada) are producing high quality, tasty and convenient small-sized Red, Gold, White, Blue and Purple Baby Potatoes for culinary enjoyment.

Organic Rutabagas

Fall and winter are peak seasons for Organic Rutabagas from many regions like New England, the Upper Mid-West and the West Coast – so expect good quality and value pricing.

Gold Pineapples

Gold Pineapples from Costa Rica and Honduras are plentiful this Fall. Expect to find some advertised and in-store specials at stores during late September and much of October. Take advantage!


Delicata Squash With Apples

Organic Black Seedless Grapes

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Spiced Butternut, Apples and Kale

Organic Asian Pears

Sweet, crisp and juicy Organic Asian Pears are in peak season from September through November from organic orchards in California, Oregon and Washington.

Ginger Gold Apples

September is for Ginger Gold Apples! Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York are already into peak harvests, and other orchards around the country are picking and shipping Ginger Golds too.

Seckel Pears (Sugar Pears)

Early fall is Seckel Pear season, and these little guys are super sweet! The fresh crop of Seckel Pears is in season from local orchards and from the pear growing regions of the Pacific Northwest.

Eggplant

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

Heirloom Tomatoes

Summer Vine Ripe Tomatoes are awesome because they have flavor. For those that what even more intrigue for their taste buds, August is prime time for Heirloom Tomatoes.

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.

Organic Champagne Grapes

Organic Champagne Grapes taste rich and deeply sweet with a hint of tanginess underneath. Try a pack of these this August just for fun.

Organic Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes

Here’s a seasonal product full of flavor to keep an eye out for during August from local farms: Organic Mixed Cherry Tomato Medley, also called Organic Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes.

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 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.

Tommy Atkins Mangos

Organic Mangos are in their peak season from Mexico.  Harvests are plentiful this June so expect some great deals on Organic Mangos through early July on the popular “Tommy Atkins” variety have dark red blush over dark green skin.

Donut Peaches

Flat-out fun to eat! It’s Donut Peach season! Local tree fruit growers in Virginia have started their flat peach harvest and the Pennsylvania harvest will be here by late July. Organic and conventional Saturn Peaches are in season now from California for the summer season.

Grape Tomatoes

The snacking tomato! Local Grape Tomato farms from the coastal Eastern Seaboard to Virginia to New Jersey to Pennsylvania and New England later this month are now beginning to pick their peak summer crop. Mid-July through August will be prime harvest time.

Zucchini

Green Squash, also referred to as Zucchini, is in a peak season plentiful harvest from farms along the Eastern Seaboard and Mid-Atlantic (and my garden!). Keep an eye out for

Cotton Candy Grapes

Here’s an novel treat to taste with your friends and family: Cotton Candy Grapes! This sugary-sweet seedless green grape variety has flavor tone that remind your palate of cotton candy.

Romaine Lettuce

Local Romaine Lettuce is now in peak season from vegetable farms in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Expect affordable prices and fresh quality.

Red Raspberries

Mid-June through early July is for sweet-tasting, flavorful Red Raspberries from California, and at reasonable prices too.

Organic Red Flame Seedless Grapes

Crunchy, fresh crop Organic Grapes for snacking? Ah, what a treat! Organic Grapes are special since you can’t get them 365 days a year – only when they’re in season. That time is now.

Red Flame Seedless Grapes

Fresh crop Red Seedless Grapes are now in peak season from Mexico and just getting started in the Coachella, CA are too.  The crunchy and sweet Red Flame variety is prominent here in late May and June. I love them!  So do my kids.

Organic Romaine Lettuce

Local Romaine Lettuce is now in peak season from vegetable farms in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Expect affordable prices and fresh quality.

Cabbage

Fresh Cabbage from Florida farms is in peak season here in Spring at affordable prices.

Spinach

Fresh Spinach that is full size, the kind sold on the wet veg case of the produce department in bunches with the stem, is in season right now from local farms in New Jersey and other areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic! The NJ Spinach is more of a “savoy” variety with dark-green leaves that are curlier than what is typically grown in California.


Greek Spinach & Mint Salad


Tomato & Basil Frittata


Greenhouse Rainbow Salad


Mini Cucumber Parsley-Cream Cheese Stacks


Homemade Rhubarb Sauce

Rhubarb

Rhubarb = Spring! And even though we’re about to begin thinking summer picnic and BBQs, Rhubarb is now in peak season from local harvest here in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through late June. It is also available from large Rhubarb farms in the Pacific Northwest.

Organic Cluster Tomatoes

Summer-ripe, local Organic Tomato crops are not ready yet in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic.

Organic Carrots

Fall is the time of year when Carrots, both whole and peeled baby-cut, become even more popular in family fridge for snacks, lunches and cooking. And the timing

Mini Snacking Tomatoes

Here’s a delicious and colorful product to keep an eye out for during late Spring: Greenhouse-grown Snacking Tomatoes.


Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bunches


Grilled Asparagus

Organic Crimini Mushrooms

Small and button-shaped with white stems and brown caps, Crimini Mushrooms are basically an immature Portabella – picked before the gills open up wide and before the full-flavored spores fill the gills under the cap as it matures.

Organic Artichokes

Spring is the “prime time” for in season Artichokes from California, but the late winter the harvests in California have been abundant and delicious!

Hothouse Beefsteak Tomatoes

Big, broad-shouldered Hothouse Tomatoes, sometimes called Greenhouse, Beefsteak or Hydroponic Tomatoes, are in a peak season harvest flourish from greenhouses in Ontario, Canada and parts of the Northeast US.

Seedless Cucumbers

What a value! Seedless Cucumbers from fresh crop harvests at Canadian greenhouses are bountiful right now, plus there is still product arriving from greenhouses in Mexico. Keep an eye out for in-store specials on this premium, versatile veggie.

Organic Formosa Papaya

Organically grown Papaya is becoming easier to find in the US lately thanks to a variety called “Formosa” that is being grown in a particular micro-climate of Mexico.

Organic Murcott Mandarins

What’s a good organic citrus fruit that’s highly snackable, easy to peel and sweet? Well, Organic Clementines from California are out of season. But before you shed any tears, there’s some good news.

Asparagus

The month of March will be the peak season for fresh Asparagus from Mexico fresh crop harvests at affordable pricing. Then, April will be prime time for the domestic crop from California in April followed by local farms in May and June.

Organic Red Grapefruit

If you only like Grapefruit when it is sweet and mild – February through March is your time! Whoever convinced you that you need to sprinkle sugar on a halved Grapefruit didn’t have peak season fruit.

California Mandarins

True Clementine variety Mandarins are out of season. Now what?

Well, there’s good news for easy-peel citrus fans – from school kids to grandparents. There’s a fresh crop variety of Mandarin now in season from citrus groves in California’s San Joaquin Valley = W. Murcott Mandarins.


Hasselback Idaho Potatoes with Scallions

Organic Kale Greens

Organically grown Leafy Green Kale is in steady supply from farms in Florida, North Carolina, California and Mexico. With all of those areas harvesting right now, expect nice quality at reasonable prices this January and February.

Organic Pink Lady Apples

Consistently dense, crunchy, tart and sweet…and pretty! Organic Pink Lady Apples harvested during late fall in the Pacific Northwest are in high demand right now. While Organic Pink Lady’s typically

Cantaloupes

Are Cantaloupes a good bang for the buck right now during the winter? Yeah, a decent value, I’d say. Many retailers are promoting and the quality overall is decent.

Russet Potatoes

February is Potato Lovers Month, so expect there to be some money-saving sales on what is already an affordable food – Russet Potatoes.


Mango-Blueberry Smoothie

Roma Tomatoes

A chopping tomato ideal for homemade fresh salsa or topping your tacos? Winter harvests in Florida and Mexico are in peak production of Roma Tomatoes. Quality is solid and prices are affordable this January.


Mini Spinach Frittatas


Blueberry Buckle

Organic Baby Spinach

An all-purpose clean green that’s mild in flavor, convenient to use and affordable? You bet!

Romaine Hearts

From the irrigated fields of southern Arizona and northern Mexico, Romaine Hearts are in a period of bumper harvests this January.

Organic Piñata Apples

Looking for a new or interesting apple to break you out of your normal routine? Try crisp, sweet, juicy and fruity-tasting Organic Piñata Apples.

Organic Broccoli

Is Organic Broccoli a staple in your weekly shopping list? If so, you can feel good about using more of it. Prices are affordable this December as organic growers are into abundant harvests from Southern California, Arizona and Mexico.

Broccoli

Broccoli, especially Broccoli Crowns, is in a peak season harvest flush at farms in both Florida and Arizona, creating advertised and in-store specials for many stores. Eat smart and save money!


Sour Cream Mashed Parsnips & Potatoes


Easy Roasted Fingerling Potatoes


Balsamic Grape Tomato & Kale Salad

Granny Smith Apples

Tart, tart, tart!  Fresh crop Granny Smith Apples are in peak season in apple growing region across the country – Northeast, Mid-West and Pacific Northwest.

Organic Concorde Pears

Late October through Christmas is when they are in peak season. Keep an eye out for Organic Concorde Pears at natural food stores, food co-ops and other markets with extensive organic selection.

Organic Cucumbers

Smart buy alert for salad lovers and at home juicers! Organic Cucumbers are in such abundance from organic farms in Mexico (where growers have added acreage this winter) and from Florida organic growers right now that prices are very affordable.

Organic Watermelon Radishes

Organic Watermelon Radishes are in peak season during the fall months.

Organic Zucchini (Green Squash)

Ready to try some new Zucchini recipes? Organic Zucchini, also referred to as Organic Green Squash, is in season from farms in Florida and Mexico. Harvests are abundant in this fall so prices are quite reasonable.


Grilled Zucchini and Arugula Salad

Empire Apples

Apple aficionados in the Northeast appreciate their old-school local varieties. October starts the peak season for one such apple – Empire Apples.


Brussels & Bacon


Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Brussels Sprouts


Power Salad


Shaved Brussels Sprouts Slaw


Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Philly-style Broccoli Rabe & Sharp Provolone Sandwich


Spicy Broccoli Rabe Linguine

Romanesco

Here in October and through early November, Romanesco is in peak season from California.  It’s also the time of year when you stand a better chance than usual of finding it in states like Pennsylvania and New York at farmer markets and stores that carry a broad variety of vegetables.

Cauliflower

October is shaping up to be a fantastic time to try out some new Cauliflower recipes. Why? White Cauliflower will be in peak season from local farms in the Northeast.  California grown Cauliflower is also plentiful and likely to be on sale this month too.

Golden Delicious Apples

“I don’t always eat Golden Delicious, but when I do – it’s during October and November.”

Pumpkins

Early October is peak season for Pumpkins.


Rooster Roasted Cauliflower


Cider-Baked Acorn Squash


Simply Baked Gold Apples & Cinnamon

Organic Pie Pumpkins

October is for Pumpkins. Organic Pie Pumpkins are in peak season from local farms in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Mid-West for your cooking explorations!

Organic Fuji Apples

Sweet! Fresh, fall crop Organic Fuji Apples are now in peak season from Washington. October through February is prime time for this delicious snacking apple.

Organic Fennel (Anise)

Organically grown Fennel is in peak season from California farms, plus a few other parts of the country, during October and November and available at reasonable prices.


Easy Roasted Rainbow Carrots


Raw Fennel & Kale Autumn Salad


Winter Fruit Salad

Organic Colored Cauliflower

Fall is peak season for Organic Purple, Orange and Green Cauliflower varieties from commercial organic farms in California as well small regional farms in the Northeast and Northwest.

Organic Golden Berries

Certified Organic Golden Berries from Columbia are being sold in the US. Many natural foods stores, food coops and upscale markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are promoting Organic Golden Berries this fall and winter, sold in the husk or already peeled.

Organic Baby Sweet Potatoes

The harvest of fresh crop Organic Sweet Potatoes, commonly referred to as Yams, is well under way in California’s Central Valley.


Roasted Sweet Potato Taco Fries


Roasted Roots & Brussels Sprouts


Mashed Purple Cauliflower

Apple Cider

Ahhh, nothing says Autumn like fresh Apple Cider. It is like drinking Fall in cup! October and November are the best months of the year to enjoy freshly pressed Apple Cider.

Cactus Pears

Ever see a Cactus Pear, also called Prickly Pear, in the specialty section of a produce department and wonder what it was like? Now is a good time to


Roasted Cauliflower, Carrots and Butternut Squash


Cactus Pear Smoothie

Red Potatoes

Fresh crop Red Potatoes are in peak season from many growing regions around the US during September and October.


Lean Smashed Red Potatoes


Cozy Roasted Red Potatoes and Sweet Onions


Grilled Creamy Red Potato Salad


Spaghetti Squash Casserole


Roasted Delicata Squash with Pecans

Organic Mangos

The Kent variety Organic Mango is now in season from Mexico. These are some of the best-textured, best-tasting Mangos of the season!

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.


Spicy Grilled Veggies Pasta

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!


Blistered Shishito Peppers

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


Rustic Pear Tart


Mexican-style Street Corn Salad with Tomatoes


Peach Melba Milkshake

Organic Pluots (Plumcots)

Mid-summer varieties of Organic Pluots are plentiful during late July and August from certified organic orchards California’s sunny San Joaquin Valley. Growers and plant breeders work tirelessly to come up with the best new varieties of Pluots that are super sweet, juicy and flavorful.


Two Easy Ways to Make Guacamole


Hidden Greens Guacamole

Organic Abate Fetel Pears

Abate Fetel Pears are not a commonly grown variety in US orchards, but in certified organic orchards in Argentina (where it is their fall right now) it is peak season for Abate’s.

Organic Green Beans

Organic Green Beans from south Florida have benefited from good growing conditions this fall. The crops is also good on the West Coast out of southern California and Mexico.


Sunny Citrus Asparagus

Organic Asparagus

March and early April will be the peak season for fresh Asparagus from certified organic farms in Mexico and California.


Roasted Green Beans and Bosc Pears


Creamy-Cool Green Bean and Tomato Salad

Green Beans

Green Beans from south Florida have benefited from good growing conditions this fall. The crops is also good on the West Coast out of southern California and Mexico.

Campari Tomatoes

Campari Tomatoes are perfect for snacking, roasting, salads and for recipes like blender salsa, gazpacho, soups and bruschetta. They make a fantastic Caprese Salad when sliced and served with fresh mozzarella

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