Organic Picks of the Week 06/18/12

Best if Used By 06/25/12

Organic Picks of the week for June 18th, 2012 features
Peaches, Grape Tomatoes, Sugar Baby Watermelons,
Green Cabbage and Rainier Cherries

What is Organic Produce?

Certified Organic Produce meets a set of standards for growing, handling and labeling that is governed by the USDA’s National Organic Program. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use synthetic chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers. The terms “Natural” and “Local” are not the same as “Organic.” Learn more about Organic.

Organic Peaches

PEAK SEASON

Summer officially begins on June 20. Celebrate the longest day of the year with in season Organic Peaches! Growers in South Carolina, along with California out West, are picking the early part of their summer Yellow-flesh Peach crop. Here in mid-June, most Organic Peaches will still be the “cling-stone” variety, meaning the flesh does not easily pull away from the pit, so you’ll have to cut slices off the sides for use in recipes. The fruit coming off the trees right now running smaller in size, yet is juicy and has nice flavor. That flavor and sweetness will keep getting better throughout the summer. Enjoy!

Summer is for Peaches.

Organic Grape Tomatoes

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR

I know bite-sized Grape Tomatoes are supposed to be ideal for salads, but I like a firm, flavorful Grape Tomato. And doggonit, those things are hard to pierce with a fork that’s already stacked with lettuce when the tomato is nice and crisp. The tomato slides all around you plate! What’s my point? Well, I guess I didn’t have one aside from – I LOVE Organic Grape Tomatoes… for snacking, roasting and… halving for salads.

The ones that avoid your fork have the best texture.

The next couple of weeks will be a good time to enjoy flavorful, juicy and FIRM Organic Grape Tomatoes from Georgia. Here are some recipes to keep things fun when you have more Organic Grape Tomatoes than your snacking habits can take care of.

Organic Sugar Baby Watermelons

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR

Organic farms in Georgia have started with new fields of Organic Sugar Baby Watermelons. Late June will be the best time to look for Sugar Babies at natural food stores, coops and organic markets on the East Coast until the Pennsylvania crop is ready in August. These volleyball to basketball sized melons are identifiable by their solid dark green rinds. Inside, the flesh is deep red, sweet and juicy. And yes, they have seeds. But I think it’s fun every now and then to enjoy a big ‘ole slice of watermelon with seeds to spit… makes me feel like a kid again!

They have dark green rinds and seeds AND flavor! Organic Sugar Baby Watermelons.

Organic Green Cabbage

PEAK SEASON | VALUE PRICED

Homemade kimchi? Cole slaw? Or how ‘bout these interesting recipes! Take advantage of peak season late spring crop Organic Green Cabbage from Mid-Atlantic farms this month. Have a cool cabbage recipe? Share it on our Facebook page.

Think green.

Organic Rainier Cherries

BEST FLAVOR

The gourmet candy of fruits, Rainier Cherries are sweet, juicy and bursting with flavor. This variety of sweet cherry is characterized by yellow flesh, high sugar content and gold skin blushed with patches of bright red. They are the priciest of all Cherries, but a seasonal treat to splurge on from time to time. It’s the tail end on the California Organic Rainier Cherry peak season, but that fruit that is in the supply chain right now has tasted phenomenal. Organic Rainiers are just getting started in Washington now too.

Sweet. Juicy. Gold. Organic Rainier Cherries.

Buy Smart. Shop Healthy. Live Organic.

The Produce Geek, Jonathan K. Steffy

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