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Summer local!

June 9, 2010

Finally, we dare to think about warmth and sunshine!  It’s been a difficult spring for local farmers, and local offerings are still few.  We have super fresh lettuce and other salad greens every day,  but we’ve been longing for local fruit.  Now we can say that berries are coming, and that cherries are ripening!  Here in the state of Washington, we can expect the very best of these.

Farmer Paul Gregory is our reliable source for blueberries, and he tells us that he may be bringing in the first berries of the season in late June.

Rob Story, who now lives in Chimicum, is well known to a number of people in our community as our source for all the precious stone fruits of summer – the cherries, apricots and peaches, and then the marvelous array of apples in the fall.  The fruit he brings to us is all organic, and beyond that, Rob buys from the very best organic orchards for top quality.  He brings the fruit in his refrigerated truck, so that it will come to us exceptionally fresh and in best condition.  These are the fruits we will have for sale this summer.

FreshLocal customers who want case lot quantities of fruit from Rob can order them from us.  We will receive the deliveries and hold them in the store for pickup.

Start Now Farm will be bringing us the first ripe tomatoes of the year VERY soon.  We picked the first one today, and there should be enough to put out on the produce table within a couple of weeks.

Eggplants, peppers and summer squash are blooming, the cucumbers, beans, collards and such are coming along.  The farmers have done their part.  Now we just hope for the weather best and trust that the processes of nature will deliver bounty to us yet again.  As the crops arrive, you will find them at FreshLocal.

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