Happy Memorial Day!  We hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! This weekend really kicks off summer, and that means that pretty soon we’ll have grapes, nectarines, cherries, and more blueberries and peaches and a host of other summer fruits.

Enjoy the fruit your brain will thank you.  

Everett Myers

In Your Box: All Organic Fruit Blueberries, Pink Lady and/or Fuji apples, Valencia oranges, Pixie tangerines, Rio Star grapefruit, D’Anjou pears and the first of peaches.

Coming Soon for Main Season: More varieties and colors of Summer fruit Grapes, Nectarines and Cherries

Storage and Ripening
Your apples, Pixie tangerines, Rio Star grapefruits and Valencia oranges will keep for at least 2 weeks in the coldest part of your refrigerator.   I like to place peaches on the counter until they give to thumb pressure. Eat your blueberries first and place any left-over in the refrigerator right away.  They like to be cool and dry. Make sure to dry off any condensation the blueberries may have picked up during the delivery and place them in the refrigerator.

What It Takes
The Valencia oranges come from Bill. He has been working with several of his organic orchard friends since the 1980s to grow delicious citrus and avocados.  The Valencia oranges are super juicy and are perfect for squeezing a glass of fresh orange juice. Just cut them in half, cross-section, and squeeze the juice into a glass.  It is the perfect way to start the day. They also make a great snack but can be difficult to peel, so your best bet is to slice Valencia’s into wedges. They do have some seeds so watch out.

We continue to enjoy apples from Keith and his twin sons, Mark and Kevin. Their farm in Washington’s Cascade Mountains has always been a family affair, ever since their family emigrated from Norway in 1894 and planted apple trees on their homestead. Mark is the third generation of family farmers, and his sons make up the fourth consecutive generation working the same land. The orchard has grown over the years to include not only apples but also pears, cherries, pluots, and plums.

Lou’s blueberries won’t be ready until the middle to late June, but they are peaking in California right now and we know you’re ready to eat some summer berries.  We hope you enjoy these from John France. John has been producing organic tree fruit since 1989. His father purchased the ranch in 1938 and started a small dairy operation; John still has the original milk delivery truck. The Frances also planted cotton, olives, citrus, and walnuts. When John took over the farm in 1976, he increased the acreage and began experiencing the dangers of pesticides firsthand. His concern for the health of his family and employees caused him to begin converting his farm to organic production. By 1989, he had successfully converted his farm to organic production. Since then, John has seen the health of his soil improve, and birds and insects return to the orchard. Though he no longer has any cows, he does have 18 different types of fruit trees in production and these blueberries which he started cultivating within the last 10 years.  

We are excited to include peaches in your box today.  These are some of the first stone fruit of the season.  The size of these is smaller than what you will get later in the season but early season fruit is always smaller.  Ignacio “Nacho” Sanchez and his wife, Casamira, provided the peaches in your box. For Nacho and Casamira, farming started as a hobby in 1989 when they bought their first 6-acre orchard in Cutler, California. But over the next four years, Nacho’s orchard expanded rapidly, and he made his passion for farming into his full-time job. When their twin girls were born in 1991, Nacho and Casamira named their orchard Twin Girls Farms; and when their third daughter arrived, Nacho named some varieties of peaches after her. Having converted to organic farming practices in 1999, Nacho uses beneficial insects and cover crops in place of conventional chemicals. He gets great satisfaction from the knowledge that no harmful chemicals can affect his family, his workers, or his customers.

Recipe
This week’s box is really best consumed fresh.  Each fruit on its own is a perfect snack to quell your appetite or thirst.  Think about slicing your fruit up in a fruit bowl for a picnic or add some to a salad.