Produce

If you're a shopper who likes knowing which seasonal fruits and veggies are freshest in the Produce Aisle, keep up to date on our series, "Produce at Its Peak," written by Seward's Produce Expert, Jill L.

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  • Produce at its Peak: Late-summer Offerings

    Blue Fruit Farm
    This year we began working directly with Blue Fruit Farm (Winona, Minn.) to bring us a selection of berries and fruits unavailable elsewhere on the market. Earlier this season, they brought us black...

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  • Produce at its Peak: Hot Peppers

    Throughout the year we are able to offer a selection of hot peppers including Jalapenos, Poblanos, Serranoes, Anaheims, and Habaneros. Yet, the world of hot peppers is so much broader and diverse than these five standards.

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  • Produce at its Peak: Garlic & Greentops

    Planted last fall, garlic bulbs won’t be harvested for another week or so. Once harvested, in order to store they will need to cure for at least a few additional weeks. Luckily, garlic plants offer up a scape to keep us sated while we wait.

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  • Produce at its Peak: A Wild-Crafted Spring

    While we anticipate the regional greenhouses and fields to produce in earnest, we are already enjoying an ephemeral bounty from forest and stream with wild-crafted watercress, nettles, and ramps.

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  • Citrus: Brightness When We Need It Most

    When other fruit varieties aren't available in the winter, citrus really shines. Right now, the co-op has a dazzling array of citrus fruits in the produce department.

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  • Produce at Its Peak: Ginger and Friends

    Fresh Turmeric from Kolo Kai in the Produce Department (January 27th).

    Growing up, the only ginger I knew came in powdered form and was most often added in modest amounts to batters for cookies and cakes. Now, decades later, ginger – fresh ginger – has become a staple...

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  • Produce at its Peak: Winter Radishes

    Most of us are familiar with the crimson-skinned, green-top spring radishes, so when a craving sets in, this is the radish we crave. But when those beautiful, red radishes are unavailable, Seward Produce has to turn to winter radish varieties instead. Winter radishes offer an even wider array of colors,...

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  • Produce at its Peak: Seasons Turning

    For the most part, I adore living in a seasonal landscape. Still as I cycled to work this morning pushing against a truly Arctic wind, I felt defiantly not ready for the weather to change. One of our flower farmers dropped off buckets of celosia (cockscomb) and asclepia (Oscar) earlier in the week and he casually mentioned...

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  • Produce at its Peak: Growing Conditions

    by Hannah B., Produce staff

    This week a customer asked me if the local spinach we have right now is a different variety than the kind we had last week, because the leaves are so much thinner and flatter, and also somewhat pointed.

    Meanwhile, I spent some time researching Vidalia sweet...

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  • Produce at its Peak: Signs of Spring

    If it were a “normal” year, by now we’d have lots of local produce: ramps, radishes, a wide selection of tender herbs, watercress, spring mix, etc., etc., etc. But it is gloomy and chilly yet, the trees in Powderhorn Park just barely showing evidence that leaves will exist again. One hundred years or so ago, we’d have been subsisting on sprouting potatoes and sad...

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  • Produce at its Peak

    The Produce department wetrack


    Wednesday, April 9, 2014 --Today, it is 70 degrees outside and sunny, and there is no snow in the ten-day forecast.

    Surely, that means that it really is early Spring, which is one of the most challenging and interesting times of the year to work in a produce department like...

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  • Produce at its Peak

    It’s citrus and citrus and citrus these days - the Produce department virtually glows orange. The varieties change so quickly it’s hard to keep track, but they are, in general, superlatively good. An unusual...

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  • Produce at its Peak

    With the cold, the snow and the somewhat arbitrary marker of the start of a New Year, it’s a good time to try new things, and to make soup. Therefore, I have recently tried to recreate my favorite Thai soup, Tom Yum. It’s fortunate that Seward Co-op has nearly all the exotic ingredients for it right now: organic lemongrass, kaffir limes (an extravagantly fragrant and wrinkled, but...

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  • Produce at its Peak: Colorful Picks

    It’s definitely apple season in Minnesota. A coworker and I were reflecting on how lucky we are to have Hoch Orchard with its nearly infinite number of organic apple varieties. They change by the week, and sometimes we only have the more unusual kinds, like Akane and Golden Russet, for a few days. So if you’re an apple fan, it makes sense to pay close attention to that part of the...

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