The Latest Source: December 7, 2017
I learned something about produce and farming today. You see, there are primary and secondary crops produced at farms. At the beginning of the year, farmers figure out what they want to plant. This is a primary crop. A secondary crop would be anything they can also harvest from the primary crop that will help offset some costs and make a little more money per crop or acre. Despite all our misconceptions, farmers take a lot of risks and often just scrape by, so getting a little more from a crop may just mean survival for them.
I learned this while talking about the farm, Pride of the Umpqua. They are a small Oregon Tilth Certified Organic farm located—you guessed it—along the Umpqua River just outside of Roseburg, Oregon. Farmers Harmon and Noreane Walker have been at it since 1978 and take great pride in the fruits of their labors. They grow a variety of crops and you will be seeing their name a lot more.
Right now, they are in the middle of their Brussels Sprout season and offered us one of their secondary crops, Brussels Leaves. These are the top leaves that grow on the stalks between the sprouts. They are rather large leaves at 6 to 8 inches across and 10 inches long resembling, Collard greens but more flat. Not to toot our horn but I also found out that we are one of the very few produce companies that would even discuss secondary crops, let alone bring in a secondary crop.
The Brussels Leaves were so new to us that we needed to try them out. Cooked, they were much more tender and sweeter than most winter greens. They did turn brown pretty quick—must be the sugars. Being more tender and milder than Kale, we also enjoyed them raw. The stalks, to our surprise, were delightful and on the sweet side. My hands started to itch now—how were they as a chip? I grabbed a leaf and gave it a light spray of oil. I threw it on a sheet pan and in a 275°F convection oven it went for about 15 minutes. Finished with a little Kosher Salt and Tada! Brussels Leaf Chips! It had that wonderful subtle spout flavor and was crisp. I liked it better than Pringles!
If you are looking to start making your own local organic Brussels Leaf chips—the item number is 26605 for a 24 ct case.
—Peter Ross, Salesperson
Next Week’s Local List
|Organic Apples Fuji||24951||40#||First Fruits||WA|
|Organic Gala||24055||40#||First Fruits||WA|
|Organic Jonagold||24383||40#||Columbia Valley Fruits||WA|
|Organic Apples Golden Delicious||24296||40#||First Fruits||WA|
|Organic Granny Smith||24305||40#||Chelan Fresh||WA|
|Organic Honeycrisp||24307||40#||First Fruits||WA|
|Organic Red Beets||20258||24ct||Ralph’s||WA|
|Organic Gold Beets||20245||24ct||Ralph’s||WA|
|Organic Collard Greens||20643||24ct||Ralphs||WA|
|Organic Red Chard||20528||24ct||Dharma Ridge/Ralphs||WA|
|Organic Rainbow Chard||20523||24ct||Dharma Ridge/Ralphs||WA|
|Organic Green Chard||20520||24ct||Dharma Ridge/Ralphs||WA|
|Organic Fennel||20911||24ct||Dharma Ridge/Ralphs||WA|
|Organic Brussels Leaves||26605||24 ct||Pride of the Umpqua||OR|
|Organic Green Cabbage||20394||45#||Siri & Sons/Ralphs||OR/WA|
|Organic Red Cabbage||20407||45#||Siri & Sons/Ralphs||OR/WA|
|Organic Parsley||21884||30ct||Cal Farms||OR|
|Organic Parsley Italian||21887||30ct||Cal Farms||OR|
|Organic Pear Anjou||24348||70/80ct||Chelan Fresh||WA|
|Organic Pear Bosc||22052||80/90ct||Chelan Fresh||WA|
|Organic Pear Starkrimson||24682||22#||Columbia Valley Fruits||OR|
|Organic Radish||22533||24ct||Cal Farms||OR|
|Organic Yellow Onions||21804||40#||Columbia Basin||WA/OR|
|Apples Braeburn 72/80||24449||40#||Chelan Fresh||WA/OR|
|Apples Fuji 80/88||19989||40#||First Fruits||WA/OR|
|Apples Galas 80/88||23847||40#||Oneonta||WA/OR|
|Apples Gold Delicious 80/88||20004||40#||Chelan Fresh||WA/OR|
|Apples Granny Smith VF||26175||34#||Kiyokawa Orchards||OR|
|Apples Granny Smith 80/88||20011||40#||EW Brandt||WA/OR|
|Apples Honey Crisp VF||26174||34#||Kiyokawa Orchards||OR|
|Apples Honey Crisp 80/88||20024||40#||Chelan Fresh||WA/OR|
|Apples Pink Pearl 64/88||26567||40#||Chelan Fresh||WA|
|Apples Jazz 80/88||23850||40#||CMI||WA/OR|
|Appels Jonagolds 72/80||24301||40#||L&M Company||WA/OR|
|Apples Lady Alice 27# Euro||20031||27#||Rainier Fruit||WA/OR|
|Apples Lady 11#||24688||11#||Oneonta||OR|
|Apples McIntosh 80/88||24401||40#||Oppenhiemer||WA/OR|
|Apples Nikita 80/88||24453||40#||CMI||WA/OR|
|Apples Red Delicious 72/80||20042||40#||Chelan Fresh||WA/OR|
|Apples Red Romes 72||25023||40#||Chelan Fresh||WA/OR|
|Apples Smitten 80/88||20052||40#||CMI||WA/OR|
|Mushroom Oyster||21621||5#||White Forest Mushrooms||OR|
|Mushroom White Large||21596||10#||Yamhill Co Mushroom||OR|
|Mushroom White Medium||21598||10#||Yamhill Co Mushroom||OR|
|Mushroom White Sliced||21645||10#||Yamhill Co Mushroom||OR|
|Pears Anjous 70/80||24235||44#||Naumes||OR|
|Pears Bartletts 70/80ct||24994||44#||Naumes||OR|
|Pears Bartletts 110/120ct||23997||44#||Naumes||OR|
|Pears Golden Bosc 70/80ct||22051||44#||Naumes||OR|
|Pears Comice 60/70ct||24246||44#||Naumes||OR|
|Pears Red Starkrimson||24425||44#||Naumes||OR|
|Pears Red Anjous||26124||44#||Chelan Fresh||WA/OR|
|Pears Seckels 90/99ct||24416||22#||Oneonta||OR|
|Potato Russet 10/5||22351||50#||Basin Gold||WA|
|Potato Russet 50ct||22389||50#||Basin Gold||WA|
|Potato Russet 80ct||22394||50#||Basin Gold||WA|
|Radish Red||22534||48ct||Aurora Farms/Hilltop||OR|
Hot & New
Organic Brussels Leaves
We have to rave about these just a little more. This “throw away” product is a true hidden gem, the leaf being full of sugar and the base of the stem (where it was cut) eat like candy and taste like sweet peas. Seriously, the raw stems melt in your mouth and are loaded with sugar. I can’t stress enough that this is a leafy green that does not need to be destemmed. The leaves themselves are extremely pliable and, with their large size, they are ideal for doing wraps and rolls.
Pink Pearl red fleshed apples are in stock now. We also have conventional and Organic Opal non-browning apples in stock in a couple of different sizes.
We have Honeydew Radish in from Coke Farms, they’re long like a Diakon and cut like a Watermelon Radish, just green instead of red/pink. We also have Watermelon, Easter Egg, and French Breakfast.
We have few items on Special Order from our growers out of California: Crosnes, Flat and Curly Spigarello, Sprouting Broccoli, and Spring Onions. These can be 3-5 days of lead time, however quality on these items are outstanding and thus well worth the wait.
Kumquats are hot right now, as are Cara Cara’s (Organic Cara Cara’s will be here next week). We still have Satsuma Tangerines and Organic Clementines. For specialties, we’re still bringing in Pink Variegated Lemons, Fingerlimes, Meyer Lemons, and Buddha’s Hands. Grapefruit is also going strong.
Landing this week are Kent varieties Mangoes.
Fuyu and Hachiyas are looking great.
Organic and Conventional are in stock.
Chanterelles are in stock and look great, we also have a list available for special order (2-3 days): King Oyster, Black Trumpet, Hedge Hog, Morel, Piopponi, and White Truffle are some of the highlights.
Quality & Shortage Issues
Berry country in California is on fire right now and we’re experiencing delays from all our shippers in that area. Thankfully the fruit doesn’t seem to have been hit, but facilities down there are out of power and thus coolers are shutting down and generally making it impossible to load. Stay tuned…
Blood Oranges will be gapping as we switch from Aussie to US grown.
The Avocado market is still in flux due to the actions of certain growers in Mexico. We’re doing our best to source out of other areas including California, Chile, and Peru, however, Mexico does represent the majority of the Avocado market. It’ll take a while for the politics of this situation to play out, so hold on tight…
Out & Done for the Season
Local Quince is done, however, we still have some available from California.