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!
We see a lot of excitement for local produce in the spring, but late summer and early fall is the time of year when local is at its peak from apples to zucchini, and almost everything in between. Right now our Produce departments are carrying over 75 local fruits and vegetables–more if you count the different varieties of hot peppers! Now is the time to make the most of the local harvest’s bounty available at the co-op. This year’s growing season produced ample amounts of vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and zucchini. Tomatoes have been plentiful as well, but some crops didn’t fare so well. One of our farms lost almost all of their watermelon and muskmelon to blight and another lost various fruits including apples because of spring frosts. Partner Farms’ cherry and peach crops did exceptionally well; their peaches are the best I’ve ever had.
Farmers work extremely hard throughout the growing season to provide produce with the utmost quality, and there is no reason this deliciousness can’t be enjoyed year-round. I challenge you this year to preserve the harvest, so you will have homegrown pickles in March and local tomato sauce in February–we have everything you need from the produce to the pickling salt to the canning jars and lids. Did you know we offer discounts on case quantities ordered in advance–10-percent- off for owners and 5-percent- off for non-owners. Another tip for saving money on bulk purchases is to stock up on sale items. Some of the best deals are on Fridays during #FarmFreshFridays when 3-5 produce items are on sale for 25% off. Follow us on social media for #FarmFreshFridays deals.