Produce News

Welcome to our “Produce News” page where we’ll keep you up-to-date on the “extra special” produce currently at the Corner. “Extra Special” to us means in-season, organic, local, and particularly tasty! It also means offering discounts on orchard/farm packed boxes and obtaining #2 stone fruits whenever possible for additional savings. #2 stone fruits may have superficial blemishes or be smaller in size, but otherwise they have the same great taste and are sought after for canning, dehydrating, or freezing.

There are several ways to keep track of what is in season and what special offerings are available:

    1. Our website’s ”Produce News Page” (updated frequently – connect by clicking the Produce News widget in the right margin of our website)
    2. Our Facebook page (be sure and “like” us to make sure you receive our Facebook announcements)
    3. Our general and produce newsletters. (make sure you are on the produce newsletter mailing list by clicking here)
    4. Contact us with any questions by calling 360-732-0107

 

October 4th, 2017 update:  Someone flipped the switch – FALL is here. The valleys experienced their first freeze last night. Bad for tender greens, but great for concentrating the sugars in all the root crops and hardy greens.

APPLES: (No added wax on any of the apples that we have for sale. The dullness on some of the apples is actually a natural protective wax that the apple makes. They polish up nicely with your t-shirt!)

  • Organic Apples from Tonnemaker’s Farm, Royal City, WA – New varieties picked and delivered weekly! Available by the pound and 20 lb boxes.
    • Golden Delicious – Super good when picked fresh as these are. We’ll only have them another week and who can argue with the price! Buy NOW for 99 cents/lb!
    • Empire – Iconic red fleshed apple with reliably Mac-like flavor — clean, sweet and tart. Small in size and crisp in texture makes it perfect for grab and go snacking. Just arrived. Only one delivery so try them while you can!
    • Ambrosia – Low acid apple, thin skinned and easy to digest with a bright, pleasant flavor and crunchiness to boot. Perfect in fruit salads or greens salads as it doesn’t brown easily.
    • Gala – One of Washington’s most popular apples. Firm and crisp, mildly sweet with a vanilla/floral flavor profile. Has a thinner skin than many varieties – perfect for kids.
    • MacIntosh and Ruby Johns – Both of these varieties are tart and crisp when they’re fresh as these are. Considered by many to be the best for pies and applesauce, they’re also great eaten straight. These apples don’t keep long term and we’ll only be getting one shipment so now’s the time to give them a try.
    • Jonagold – Product of a Jonathan and Golden Delicious cross. A generously proportioned apple with an equal balance of tart and sweet. Versatile too — stew it, juice it, bake it, eat it!
    • Heads-up: Coming soon are Tonnemaker Fujis and Cameos. Alas, the Tonnemaker Honeycrisp crop was very light this year, very likely meaning NO HONEYCRISPS 🙁
  • Local Apples from the Olympic Peninsula – The neighborhood apples are marching in. Here’s your chance to try all sorts of less common apples as the season progresses. From Solstice Farm in Chimacum we have Wealthys, Bramleys, and Libertys!

PEARS: 

  • Organic Red Bartlett Pears from Tonnemaker’s Farm, Royal City, WA. There are no other Bartletts that compare with these. Grown on a north facing exposure, the pears experience more “cold hours” which is the time when sugars and flavors develop. Tonnemaker’s was the first farm in Central Washington to plant this way. Available a short time longer by the pound and in 20 lb boxes.

PLUMS:

  • Organic Italian Prune Plums from Tonnemaker’s Farm, Royal City, WA.  Super nice flavor. New shipment yesterday.

WINTER SQUASH: Our Peninsula winter squash has arrived! – Currently, we have Acorn, Butternut, Buttercup, Delicata, Red Kuri, Kabocha, Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Blue Hubbard, Black Futsu, Spaghetti, and Lower Salmon River varieties coming from Midori, Dharma Ridge, Red Dog, Solstice, Finnriver, and Wildwood farms. More varieties arriving soon!

TOMATOES:

  • BLTs (Best Local Tomatoes): End of a spectacular sunny hot tomato season! Cherries from SpringRain and Finnriver Farms.  Beefsteak Slicers from Dharma Ridge.
  • Striped Roma Tomatoes from Tonnemaker’s Farm, Royal City, WA – New shipment yesterday. Got enough marinara to get you through the winter? Available by the pound and in 10 lb boxes.

LOCAL ONIONS & GARLIC: 

  • Organic Hard and Soft Neck Garlic from Cloudview EcoFarm, Royal City, WA – High quality. Cloudview grows seed garlic for both Johnny Select and Highmowing Seeds.
  • Yellow and Red Onions from Wildwood and Midori farms.

LOCAL POTATOES: They’ve started! Come check out the assortment.

RHIZOMES: Our first farm-direct shipment of fresh white ginger from Kolo Kai Organic Farm, Kauai, HI just arrived. White ginger is tender and milder than yellow ginger. Commonly used in Asian style soups and stir-fries. Turmeric usually follows in a couple weeks.

OTHER EARLY FALL LOCAL VEGGIES: The mix changes a bit day to day depending on what the farmers bring in, but for the most part this is what you can expect to find in our coolers at this point in the season. The local farms we are sourcing from include Dharma Ridge Farm (Quilcene, WA), Finnriver Farm (Chimacum, WA), Midori Farm (Quilcene, WA), Red Dog Farm (Chimacum, WA), SpringRain Farm (Chimacum, WA), and Solstice Farm (Chimacum, WA).

  • Celery
  • Kales – Green, Lacinato, and Curly Red
  • Chards – Rainbow and Red
  • Spinach – Bunch and Bagged Loose Baby
  • Cabbages – Napa, Green, and Savoy
  • Bagged Salad Mix
  • Lettuces – Romaine, Green Leaf, Red Butter, Batavian, and specialty lettuces as they arrive
  • Radishes – Red, Pink, Easter Egg, French Breakfast. and Spanish Black – Season winding down
  • Beets – Red, Golden, Chioggia, and Cylindra
  • Broccoli 
  • Bunch Carrots – Orange, Purple, and Rainbow

HIDDEN TREASURES: Seemingly every day, some local farmer comes in with something to sell. These offerings come and go, and usually don’t make it onto this “Produce Update” page, but a trip to the Corner will always surprise and reward you.