Local Organic Blueberries
The first local blueberries are coming this week (5/29) and they taste great! This summer, our blueberries are coming from Southern Belle Organics in Whiteville, NC. Farmer Brick Rooks has been working on blueberry farms since he was nine years old and put that experience to good use starting his own farm. We’re also buying them from the Vollmer family in Bunn, NC, which transitioned from conventional tobacco farming to growing organic produce. Watch a video of Russ Vollmer in the blueberry patch here.
Fresh, crimson stalks of rhubarb are here. Use them to add a delicious tart edge to your spring pies and cakes. Rhubarb can be stewed with sugar for an easy dessert or ice cream topping. Get the recipe here.
Asparagus, like most vegetables, is available year round from somewhere on the globe, often from Peru. But asparagus lovers know that springtime is the best time for this tasty and tender treat. As the weather warms, the harvest goes from Peru, to Mexico, to California, then finally to Washington or New York State in the late spring. March through May is the best time to enjoy fresh asparagus, when the distance it has to travel is a little less.
Vollmer Farm gets an early start on the tomato season with their greenhouse tomatoes. They’re picked vine-ripe and ready for your sandwiches and salads. Read more about the Vollmer Family.
Valencias are considered the “summer orange” due to their availability March through July, and are prized for their high juice content and sweet flavor.
Ataulfo mangos are appearing in stores. These are the yellow mangos with the creamy flesh and thin pit. One of the sweetest varieties of mangos, the Ataulfo is great for eating fresh or blending with milk or yogurt to create smoothies, lassis, and parfaits. When fully ripe, their skin is deep golden yellow and they are soft to the touch like an avocado. Leave them on your counter to ripen. To cut, slice off the two “cheeks” on either side of the flat mango pit, cut a crisscross pattern into each “cheek” without cutting through the skin, and scoop the cubes with a spoon.
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.