Produce

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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 Experts.

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  • Produce at its Peak: It's Apple Season

    Crab apples were the only apples growing reliably in Minnesota before the mid-1800s, but years of experimentation and tree losses from harsh winters have resulted in our state producing some of the most flavorful and unique apples you will find. A short growing season and variable pest problems in local apple orchards make Midwestern organic apples rather rare. We are fortunate to be in...

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  • Produce At Its Peak: Local At Its Peak

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    Peak harvest time is upon us! Midwest farmers are toiling in the fields from dawn to dusk and we are reaping the fruits of their labor with fresh, local produce deliveries daily. Stop by and browse our vast selection of produce and nourish your family with something local!

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  • Produce At Its Peak: Summer Squash

    Summer Squash

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    Did you know summer squash is not really a vegetable? The many varieties of summer squash are a type of “pepo”, or hard-walled berry that are harvested while the rind is still tender and edible. Summer squash is in season now and we are carrying at least five varieties (green and gold...

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  • Produce at Its Peak: Stone Fruit

    Stone fruit season has begun! Peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, apricots, and cherries peak from June-September and the harvest spans warm climate regions.

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  • Produce At Its Peak: Gardening and Rhubarb

    Container and raised bed gardens are a great way to plant herb and vegetable gardens on different scales with very little investment.

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  • Produce At Its Peak: Tomatoes

    One of my absolute favorite fragrances is the scent of a fresh ripe tomato still on the vine. It’s the vine itself that carries the smell I love, and during the spring, Living Water Gardens’ fresh picked tomatoes arrive with pristine green vines. Living Water Gardens, located in Wells, MN, is a hydroponic growing operation that provides us with tomatoes, basil and English cucumbers...

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  • Produce At Its Peak: Basil

    Local produce can be in season year round with some products and basil is one of them. We sell basil from numerous different hydroponic and outdoor farms including Urban Organics in St. Paul, Featherstone Farm in Rushford, MN, Wisconsin Growers Co-op near Mondovi, Wisconsin, Living Waters Gardens in Wells, MN, and this upcoming summer from Sin Fronteras Farm in Stillwater, MN. We are currently...

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  • Produce At Its Peak: Asparagus

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    The month of March is a time where we see a juxtaposition of fresh, spring vegetables coming from California and Mexico and winter storage crops available from local farms. A perfect pairing of spring and winter crops can be enjoyed with the following recipe; Creamy Asparagus Soup. It’s vegan; the cream comes from one...

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  • Produce at Its Peak: March on Mangoes

    As we enter into the month of March many of us are craving tropical fruits and the warm, sweet sunshine they bring to our kitchens. I am reminded every year by Travis, the produce manager at our Franklin store, that March is mango month. I then remind him that mangoes don’t really come into season until April or May and that we should call it “May-ngo” month instead. I like...

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  • Produce At Its Peak: Citrus and Avocado

    When we began discussing a fair trade avocado program with Equal Exchange, we were told that not only were the avocados organically grown by PRAGOR, a small, farmer-owned cooperative–therefore P6– they were supposedly more delicious than other organic avocados on the market from both California and Mexico. Satisfying our values and our palettes is something for which we...

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  • Produce at Its Peak: Beets and Blood Oranges

    Blood Oranges and Beets

    There are a few fruits that I look forward to all year and when they are finally in season, I eat as much of them as I can as often as possible. Not only eaten out of hand, but added to dishes sweet and savory alike. In the winter, during citrus season, the blood orange is my fruit of choice with its sanguine flesh and raspberry...

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  • Produce At Its Peak: Turnips and Rutabaga

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    People often joke about how much Minnesotans like to talk about the weather. When it comes to produce, however, weather is not just small talk–for the most part, it is the reason we have or do not have produce to sell.

    This is true locally – a late frost in spring can wipe out an entire autumn apple crop...

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  • Produce at Its Peak: Brussels Sprouts

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    For the most part, even a light frost signals the end of the growing season across the north. But for many members of the brassicaceae family (Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, collard greens), cooler temperatures trigger a survival response that...

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  • Produce At Its Peak: Chestnuts

    Chestnut trees once made up a significant portion of North America’s hardwood forests. The nuts were widely eaten by Native Americans and later by European immigrants, until the chestnut blight of the 1930s, which nearly eliminated the American chestnut tree.

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  • Produce at its Peak: Winter Squash

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    Of the many reasons to love eating with the seasons, I find the anticipation of the next season’s harvest perhaps the most satisfying. The feeling of excitement for the return of certain fruits and vegetables after months away – when they are in their prime and often when we like to eat...

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  • Produce at its Peak: Late-summer Offerings

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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