The Beet Blog

What is an Heirloom Tomato?

Walk through any natural grocery store or farmer’s market in the summer and you would be hard pressed to not see rows of beautiful brightly colored heirloom tomatoes. Heirlooms have become increasingly popular and are more readily available in the past few years. What exactly is an heirloom and how is it different from a […] Read Post »


Cornology

It’s hard to think of summer without thinking of delicious fresh sweet corn. But what is it and where did this popular crop come from? Sweet corn is a variety of maize with high sugar content. Unlike field corn varieties which are harvested when kernels are dry and mature, sweet corn is harvested when immature […] Read Post »


In Their Words: Veritable’s Bu Nygrens and Karen Salinger

Reposted from the Organic Produce Network on June 29, 2017 Beginning in the early 1970’s, Veritable Vegetables (VV) became part of a movement that sought to bring low-cost, nutritious food to neighborhood co-ops and community storefronts. These collectives, called The People’s Food System, extended throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and provided a large-scale […] Read Post »


Pluot: The New Summer Fruit

In the stone fruit world, there are many types including unique hybrids that combine varieties of plums and apricots. Pluots, plumcots, apriums, apriplums—the possibilities are endless. Pluots are a relative newcomer to the summer hybrid fruit lineup—but it has quickly become a favorite! Pluots refer to a large number of varieties that have a higher […] Read Post »