Summer is nearly here! One of the things we’re looking forward to the most is the fresh fruit. How satisfying it will be to take that first bite of freshly harvested strawberry, peach, or melon on a sunny summer day. There’s a lot of ways to enjoy these natural sweet treats. Courtney from marketing likes to add a little chili powder and lime to her watermelon. Molly from reception enjoys her apples with some local honey. Elizabeth from CSA will use her fruit to make a granita, often with peaches or watermelon. A great way to utilize under-ripe fruit is to throw them on the grill with some honey or glaze, YUM!
During the spring, when abundance of fruit in our area is most dependent on seasonal weather patterns, shares will start off with delicate spring favorites such as strawberries, rhubarb, cherries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. As summer ensues, we begin melon season! Seedless watermelons, canary melons, French heirloom cantaloupes, and many other heirloom melon varieties are harvested, sure to please your palate. With autumn on the horizon, the shares will turn to grapes, kiwi berries, pears and apples all sourced from our member farms and local and regional partners. All fruit is either Certified Organic or raised using the environmentally sensitive IPM (Integrated Pest Management) standard. Occasionally, when varieties are less plentiful, we will supplement fresh fruit items with locally-prepared jams, sauces, and fruit butters. Get your taste buds ready for some sweet summer fruit!
2016 Summer Fruit Share
2-3 fruit items per week, beginning Week 6, for a total of 21 weeks.
Some of the vaireties of fruits you will see include: Apples, Black & Red Currants, Black Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Kiwiberries, Grapes, Cranberries, Elderberries, Garden Huckleberries, Red Gooseberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Sunberries, White Cranberries, Dark Sweet Cherries, Heartland Cherries, Sour Cherries, Yellow Emperor Cherries, Athena Cantaloupe, Canary Melon, Cantaloupe, Charentais French Melons, Crimson Sweet Watermelon, Golden Gem Watermelon, Heirloom Cantaloupe, Heirloom Watermelon, Honeydew, Honeyloupe, Little Baby Flower Watermelon, Moon & Stars Watermelon, Orange Honeydew, Orange Seedless Watermelon, Red Seeded Watermelon, Red Seedless Watermelon, Sangria Watermelon, Sugar Baby Watermelon, Tigger Melon, White Sugar Lump Watermelon, Yellow Doll Watermelon, Yellow Seeded Watermelon, Yellow Seedless Watermelon, Nectarines, Blueberry Jam, Strawberry Jam, Donut Peaches, Peaches, White Peaches, Yellow Peaches, Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Spartlett Pears, Fortune Plums, Stanley Plums, Rhubarb
Example of Fruit Sizes:
- Strawberries – pints
- Raspberries – pints or half pints
- Blueberries – pints
- Cherries – pints or quarts or .5-1lb bags
- Kiwiberries – half pints
- Melons (cantaloupes, watermelons, heirloom melons) – 1 melon
- Apples – 2.5 – 4lb bags
- Peaches – roughly 2.5lb bags
- Grapes – 1lb bags
- Pears – 2lb – 4lb bags
- Rhubarb – 1lb bunches
Examples of the 2-3 Items in a Share:
- 2 pints of blueberries
- 3lbs apples and 3lbs pears
- 3 half pints kiwiberries
- 1 quart of cherries and 2 half pints of raspberries
- 1 watermelon, 1 quart of cherries, 1 canary melon