Tag Archives: Produce Notes

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 »


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 »


The Grape Debate

Grape season is underway and a plethora of varieties are hitting the market. Not only are grapes among the healthiest foods, they are also one of most colorful. Grapes range from blue-black to purple to red to green to very light green. While there are dozens of varieties, most people simply know them as red, […] Read Post »


Watermelon Mania

Watermelon is often synonymous with the first inklings of summer. Refreshing, delicious and healthy, this popular fruit has a deep history that goes back thousands of years. The origins of watermelon traces back to the deserts of southern Africa, where it still grows wild today. Its ancestor is a tough, drought-tolerant plant that was used […] Read Post »