Apricots, plums, blueberries, nectarines, peaches... but it still cherry time through June. So enjoy some Bing and Rainier cherries but don't forget to try Brooks and Tieton. My family has been enjoying all of these varieties.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
At the FM, I was eavesdropping (to learn of course) on another cherimoya newbie. The vendor described it as a mix of mango, pineapple, and banana. After seeing our interest, he broke out a knife and gave us a sample. Yum-o, just like candy.
When I purchased my cherimoya, it still needed a day or two to ripen until it felt like a ripe avocado. I think mine was alittle over ripened. This variety of cherimoya had thin smooth skin.
Once cut, it gave off a refreshing sweet aroma to reveal dime-sized brown seeds nestled among the white flesh. The texture was kind of mushy (might of been over ripened) but melted in your mouth. It tasted very sweet and tropical but not like a pineapple, mango, or banana. Maybe I should make myself a smoothie to see if it taste like all three because none of those flavors stand out it in a cherimoya.
My whole family thought it was very tasty, but by the end we were alittle overwhelmed by the fruit's sweetness. Maybe as a sherbet or mixed in a fruit salad next year.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Want a peek at who's there? This list is based on my observations while chasing a two-year old hoarding strawberry samples, so it is not exhaustive.
- Berumen Boyz Farm
- Berumen Farm
- Orange County Produce Conventional & Organic Fruits & Vegetables
- Ricardo Salazar Produce
- Fruits (Bakersfield)
- Rosendahl Farms (Fresno)--aprium, pluots
- Hopkins Agriculture (Bakersfield)--Roasted/Seasoned almonds & rainier cherries
- Ray's Ranch of Temecula--Organic fruits, raw honey, bee pollen, free range eggs, goat's milk
- Roasted Peanuts (Santa Ana)--roasted peanuts, prepackaged nuts and dried fruits
- Bolani East and West Foods Afghan Foods (Concord)--Bolani, sauces, hummus
- Mangi Con Amore (Irvine)--gelato, ravioli
- The Taste of Real Bread (San Clemente)--fresh bread packed in brown bags
- SMART Fish Co.--seafood
- Baba Foods (San Diego)--hummus, Mediterranean food
- Gourmet Tamales (Santa Ana)--Fresh prepackaged gluten-free tamales, chips, salsa
- Jumbo Tamales (Inglewood)--Cooked tamales
My Deal of the Day
2 free oranges and $1.00 huge red leaf lettuce
Monday, May 17, 2010
I love the idea of food growing out of ground with just soil, water, and sun. Well then, why not grow my own food? Alas I live in the suburbs with what can hardly be called a front and side yard, more like a L-shaped alley. But in this little space my husband, the gardener, has managed to grow in containers: herbs, swiss chard, bok choy, tomatoes, and our new addition of a blueberry bush which I'm sure my 2 year old will consume before all of them ripen. Even with my husband's best efforts, none of it goes very far with a growing family, so I rely on farmers' markets (FM) and they rely on me.
A certified California FM means everything is grown in California and by the farmers who are selling it at the market. Food is frequently inspected by the county agricultural commissioner; growers and their farms are inspected to see if what is sold is actually grown at the farm. If the farmer is a certified organic grower, then probes are also used to test produce for pesticides. How's that for quality control!
Farmers' Markets offer a variety of fruits and vegetables compared to what is commonly sold in supermarkets and often times you'll learn that the peaches you're buying were just picked that morning when they were ripe. It's also local and grown with little or no pesticides used and to me, fruits and veggies just taste better and are healthier.
8lb cabbage $1.00