Local Heirloom and Field Tomatoes
We have a rainbow of heirloom and hybrid slicing tomatoes from Cates Corner Farm, Red’s Quality Acre, Braeburn Farm, Bluebird Meadows, and Nourishing Acres.
Peaches from North and South Carolina and from Georgia are in stores. These tree-ripe peaches are picked directly into the basket that you see in our stores and rushed to us. Read tips for ripening them on our blog.
As one food writer put it so well, “anything peaches can do, nectarines can do better”. Nectarines are truly a fruit of the gods, juicy, sweet, and floral. Ours are coming from Deal Orchards in Taylorsville, NC. Get a recipe for vegan, gluten-free nectarine pistachio coconut yogurt tarts 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.
Local Blueberries Are Here
The first local, organic blueberries are here and they taste great! This summer we’ll be getting blueberries from Southern Belle Farm and Uncle Henry’s Organics (through ECO) and Vollmer Farm (later in the season).
Ataulfo mangoes are starting to appear in stores. May is peak season for these mangos from Mexico. 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.
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.
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.