Sweet Baby Broccoli, a not-so-new FAV!

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We don't know about you, but when it comes to recipe inspiration, we're always looking. You want fresh, seasonal, and COLORFUL, right? One of our favs, (not so new, by the way) is Sweet Baby Broccoli! You might not recognize the name, as Sweet Baby Broccoli has a few different aliases. This close cousin of broccoli is also known as broccolini and aspiration. So what is this delightful veggie and how does it compare to good ol' broccoli?

Sweet Baby Broccoli is actually a cross between traditional broccoli and Chinese kale. The mixture results in a slightly sweeter taste and a nice soft texture. 
Not only is this bright green veggie delicious, it also boasts big nutritional content! Sweet Baby Broccoli is high in vitamin A, C and potassium.

So, it's obviously no secret we're a fan! So how do you prepare? We love to simply saute in olive oil for maximum flavor! Of course, you can always opt for a fancier recipe. 

Try our one of our favs from The Snack Magazine here!

How to de-seed a pomegranate!

It's Pomegranate season! These fall fruits are not only beautiful, but also delicious and nutritious to boot! Pomegranates are high in essential vitamins and minerals, and packed with antioxidants! Read more about health benefits here: https://www.livestrong.com/article/35664-pomegranate-nutrition/

The issue with this wonder fruit is that they can be messy and hard to de-seed. We partnered up with our friends at My Produce Club to show you how to easily (and effectively) remove those amazing pomegranate seeds. (PS - if you haven't checked out My Produce Club, you need to!!) 

Watch the video below for the three easy steps at de-seeding a pomegranate! 
1. cut pomegranate in half
2. gently pull at the sections, being carefully not to pull the pomegranate apart completely.
3. high the back of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon.
Easy as 1, 2, 3!! 

Early Fall availability update - October 17, 2017

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Fall is always a transition period in produce, and this year is no different. Growers are shifting their production south to Arizona, Southern California and Mexico. 

Expect higher prices on berries as availability out of California starts to come down. Import production of raspberries and blueberries will start to begin. 

Apples from the Pacific Northwest will continue to come in with good flavor and color, due to the cooler temps.

California and Pacific Northwest pears are staying steady with good flavor and quantity.

Oranges are short right now. The storms in the south really hit these crops hard and have put a damper on supply. Other citrus is being affected as well.

Local winter squash coming in with good quality and supply. Pricing varies due to demand and normal seasonal trends. 

Independent truckers are on strike, causing some issues for loads out of the northwest for potatoes, pears and apples. Be prepared that this could cause a slowdown on delivery of some of these items.

Due to the extreme heat in the last couple months, carrots will remain in limited supply. Grimmway gave an update that pro-rates will begin this month and are expected to last up to a month. 

What does this mean for our end consumers? This will most likely mean a lack of product at the retail level - as well as higher prices. It's a good time for consumers to get creative with produce and recipes!