North Carolina Apples
Apples grown by Deal Orchards in the Brushy Mountains of North Carolina are starting to arrive! We have gala, ginger gold, and honeycrisp available now and new varieties will be added weekly throughout the season. Look for mutsu, rome, fuji, arkansas black, stayman, cameo, jonagold, pink lady, and granny smith. Available for 1.49/lb; the brown co-op totes fit about 4 lbs and are $4.99.
Marion Farms Biodynamic Grapes
Delicate, sweet grapes from Marian Farms arrive in our stores each fall. These grapes are truly special, grown biodynamically with no growth hormones. Read more.
Eating muscadine grapes in the late summer and early fall is about as southern as it gets. The flesh is rich, deep, and sweet, the skins and seeds (if you choose to eat them) are tart. They are also a great source of polyphenolic antioxidants, fiber, and minerals. Enjoy them while they’re here!
North Carolina blackberries are in stores. Why not make this yummy honey blackberry shrub punch recipe?
The quintessential fruit of summer, East Coast watermelons are here! Chop them in cubes to toss in a salad or eat them straight from the rind. Try this recipe for Watermelon Salad with Mint and Mozzarella.
Nothing refreshes like a cool, crisp, marinated cucumber salad! It’s a great alternative to the usual mayo-based picnic salads and a great way to use a pile of cucumbers. Ours come local and either organic or pesticide free from Four Leaf Farm, Red’s Quality Acre, or Nourishing Acres.
Local Summer Squash and Zucchini
With the onset of warm weather always comes an abundance of local summer squash and zucchini! Some of the most versatile veggies out there, these can be enjoyed sauteed or roasted with onions, marinated and grilled, cut unto raw zucchini “noodles,” or in more advanced endeavors like squash casserole or zucchini parmesan. Ours are local and either organic or pesticide free, and come from one of several different farms: Red’s Quality Acre, Nourishing Acres, or Cottle Organics.
Local Organic Sweet Potatoes
We have organic NC sweet potatoes year round! They’re in the ground the entire summer, harvested in the fall, and left to cure for a week or two in pack houses. Close to 100 percent of our sweet potatoes come from North Carolina, specifically Triple J Produce in Sims, NC. Read more.