Robbie’s Produce Tips: What’s Hot for Labor Day

  • Robbie SigonaNew crop of local apples are just coming in from California, including Galas from the Stockton area and Gravensteins from Mendocino County.
    • Vince Gizdich is on deck with his local apples in early September. He usually starts with Galas, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious.
    • We expect his exquisite Black Twig and Winesap heirloom apples to start in October.
  • New crop of California pears (Bartlett and Bosc)  are here from Lake County.
    • We’re expecting some of our best-tasting pears to arrive from Medford, Oregon in October.
  • Late summer is a great time for melons so get ’em while you can. We still have a good variety of organic and commercial heirloom melons that are all eating fantastic.
  • In addition, there are great heirloom tomatoes from Chiala Farms in Morgan Hill. We also have organic Beefsteaks from Phil Foster in Hollister.
    • And we can’t fail to mention all the specialty cherry tomatoes, including sweet 100s, mix medleys, sungold mini and charm) coming south of Santa Maria.
  • Our stone fruit is still good. We’re getting some phenomenal fruit from Andy Mariani in Morgan hill as well as some mountain fruit from Placerville.
    • The shift is on from Fresno to Washington on the stone fruit.
  • Cherries are coming out of Canada and are supposed to make it until September.

– Robbie Sigona is our produce buyer. He works with local farmers and scours the market for the very best in fresh fruits and vegetables — some you won’t find anywhere else.

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