The Corner Chronicle
Chimacum, Washington, Saturday May 27, 2017
Let’s hear it for #2s!
June 14th, 2016 by Katy McCoy

Number 2 Washington Organic Stone Fruits, that is. So enamored are we of these #2s, we strive to be #1 in offering them.

#2 fruits are fruits that are set aside (and sadly, too often disposed of) only because they are small or blemished. The good news is not only are they of the same high quality when it comes to taste and texture (they come from the same Washington organic farms as the #1s), but we can offer them at a great price making them perfect for preserving —dehydrating, canning, or freezing.

Throughout the summer we’ll be offering deals on #2 cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines as they become available. In mid-June the season begins with both cherries and apricots! Peaches and nectarines will arrive in July with the early semi-cling varieties and continue through August with the premier “freestones”.

Although we sometimes sell #2 fruits by the pound, most preserver types prefer buying their #2s by the box for even greater savings. Please check our “Produce News Page” (updated weekly) to check availability. You can always find it by clicking on the Produce News widget on the right of our website.

In an effort to better serve you, we are no longer reserving boxes of fruit, a complicated system that occasionally led to disappointments. Instead we will be ordering in bigger quantities when available and doubling down on keeping you informed via Facebook, our website’s “Produce News Page” and periodic newsletters as new fruits arrive. Click here to sign up or make sure you are on our bulk fruit newsletter list.

Also keep in mind the availability of #2 fruits varies from year to year depending on seasonal factors. One ill-timed rain may cause cherries to become #2s by splitting. Other years are dry. The verdict on this year is still out, but we do know that Sunnyslope Farm, historically one of our main suppliers of #2 fruits, is having a light yield overall with a high #1/#2 ratio.

Whether you buy #1s or #2s, a ripe organic stone fruit bursting with juicy sweetness is a lovely thing. ENJOY!

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