The Source

The Source is our weekly produce update, including our list of locally grown items and a spotlight on changes within the global market. The Source is published every Thursday afternoon.


The Latest Source: August 16, 2018

Heirloom Tomatoes

Pretty much all home gardeners plant a few tomatoes in their summer garden. With the hot summer sun, warm nights, and some regular watering anyone can grow at least one tomato and feel a great sense of pride.

Some gardeners, like myself, don’t even have to plant them and they appear anyway–usually right in a pathway or in a random place that last year’s tomato harvest lost one on the way to the kitchen. It’s an adventure watching them grow and seeing what variety you might win!

The other fun part is creating meals with them before they go bad. This precious time period from vine to plate is an important piece that gets debated frequently. I’ve never let my tomatoes enter a refrigerator, simply because it always ruins the texture. Cooling tomatoes makes them weepy and sandy in texture and kills most of the flavor.

Here at PCF we keep our tomatoes in a special room that stays between 40 and 50 degrees, to allow them to slightly ripen but not get overripe, or too cold. Without being able to realistically lengthen the shelf life aside from cooking them, it doesn’t leave much time to ponder which recipe to make with them! So here are a few of my go-to ideas. Everyone loves a BLT with big freshly sliced tomatoes and thick crisp bacon. Maybe you enjoy a more stylized Caprese with balsamic glaze, EVOO, and basil. Nothing soothes my soul quite like Puree of Tomato soup with a toasty grilled cheese, pico de gallo, or Grandma’s spaghetti sauce. If I get really overwhelmed with too many options, I might cook them down for hours turning them into paste, ketchup, or a sweet jam. Truthfully though, I am a purist and love them just as they are–because when the cool weather comes back, they’ll be gone!

– Sara Strong, Assistant R&D Chef

26984, Tomato Heirloom Mix, 15#

23009, Organic Tomato Heirloom Mix, 10#


Item Num Pack Vendor State
Apple Fuji Usxf 26796 125Ct Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Fuji Waxf 19985 64/72Ct Portland Fruit Co Llc OR
Apple Fuji Waxf3 24691 72/80/88Ct Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Gala Euro 95Ct 27084 27# Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Gala Pre 23847 80/88Ct Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Gala Usxf 20001 125/138Ct First Fruits Of Washington WA
Apple Gold Del 26985 113/125Ct Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Gold Del Wa Fcy 26128 72Ct Portland Fruit Co Llc OR
Apple Gr Smith 26811 12/3# Bg Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Gr Smith Pre 20011 80/88Ct Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Gr Smith Usxf 20018 125Ct Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Gr Smith Usxf 26129 64/72Ct Portland Fruit Co Llc OR
Apple Gr Smith Waxf 23848 100Ct Portland Fruit Co Llc OR
Apple Honeycsp Waxf 24279 80/88Ct Portland Fruit Co Llc OR
Apple Honeycsp Waxf 25349 72/80Ct Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Koru Euro 50/56Ct 27050 27# Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Pink Lady Usxf 24958 125Ct Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Pink Lady Waxf#3 20036 80/88Ct Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Red Del Pre 20042 80/88 Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Red Del Waxf 20044 125Ct Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Apple Red Del Xf 20046 150/175Ct First Fruits Of Washington WA
Org Apricot 2Lyr 20058 64/72 Oneonta Trading Corp WA
Apricot 20057 24# Vf Ew Brandt & Sons Inc WA
Bean Fava 20227 25# Trapold-Columbia Farms, Llc OR
Bean Green Nw 23857 15# Montecucco Farms OR
Bean Yellow Wax 23859 15# Hilltop Produce Farms OR
Org Beet Gold Bnch 20245 24Ct Dharma Ridge Farm WA
Org Beet Red Bnch 20258 24Ct Dharma Ridge Farm WA
Beet Gold 20248 25# Bg Hilltop Produce Farms OR
Beet Red 20262 25# Bg Hilltop Produce Farms OR
Beet Red Bnch 20253 12Ct Carpinito Brothers Inc WA
Org Berry Blue 20282 8/18Oz Rainier Fruit Co WA
Org Berry Blue 23951 12/6Oz Bridges Produce OR
Berry Straw Unger 26163 6/1# Unger Farms Inc OR
Broccoli Crown Nw 25801 20# Valley Pride Sales Llc WA
Org Cabbage Green 20394 45# Ralphs Greenhouse WA
Org Cabbage Red 20407 45# Ralphs Greenhouse WA
Cabbage Green 20392 45# Trapold-Columbia Farms, Llc OR
Cauliflower Nw 25867 12Ct Valley Pride Sales Llc WA
Org Chard Green Bnch 20520 24Ct Dharma Ridge Farm WA
Org Chard Rainbow Bnch 20523 24Ct Willie Greens WA
Org Chard Red Bnch 20528 24Ct Willie Greens WA
Org Cherry Red 9.5 Row+ 24222 18# Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Cherry Red 10.5 Row 25741 18# Portland Fruit Co Llc OR
Cherry Red 9.5 Row 25673 18# Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Org Cilantro 20612 30Ct Siri & Son OR
Cilantro Nw 20617 60Ct Sterino Farms WA
Org Collard Bnch 20643 24Ct Ralphs Greenhouse WA
Cucumber 20704 24Ct Montecucco Farms OR
Cucumber Bin Nw 23870 360Ct Montecucco Farms OR
Cucumber Pickle 20718 4/7 Bshl Delta Farms Dba Pumpkin Patch OR
Org Fennel 20907 12Ct Ralphs Greenhouse WA
Berry Cran Frz 20290 2/5# Scenic Fruit OR
Garlic Scape 25701 25# West Union Gardens Inc OR
Org Kale Green Bnch 21289 24Ct Willie Greens WA
Org Kale Lacinato Bnch 21293 24Ct Willie Greens WA
Org Kale Purple Bnch 21295 24Ct Dharma Ridge Farm WA
Org Kohlrabi Purple 27200 10# Dharma Ridge Farm WA
Org Kohlrabi Purple Bnch 27217 12Ct Dharma Ridge Farm WA
Org Leek 21336 20# Ralphs Greenhouse WA
Org Leek Scape 21337 12Ct Ralphs Greenhouse WA
Org Leek 27189 12Ct Ralphs Greenhouse WA
Org Lettuce Green Leaf Dharma 23958 18Ct Dharma Ridge Farm WA
Org Lettuce Red Leaf Dharma 23959 18Ct Dharma Ridge Farm WA
Org Lettuce Romaine Dharma 23960 18Ct Dharma Ridge Farm WA
Lettuce Butter Nw 21362 12Ct Sterino Farms WA
Lettuce Iceberg Nw 24440 24Ct Sterino Farms WA
Nectarine Nectafire 23937 44Ct + Ew Brandt & Sons Inc WA
Nectarine Yellow 2Lyr 23939 40/42Ct Ew Brandt & Sons Inc WA
Org Onion Green 21747 48Ct Siri & Son OR
Org Parsley Curly 21884 30Ct Siri & Son OR
Org Parsley Italian 21887 30Ct Cal Farms Llc OR
Peach Galaxy/Donut 2Lyr 25743 44Ct+ Ew Brandt & Sons Inc WA
Peach Maryhill Gift Box 27186 11/12Ct Gunkel Orchards WA
Peach Yellow Maryhill 2Lyr 23992 42Ct+ Gunkel Orchards WA
Pear Anjou Fcy 27090 80/90Ct+ Peterson Fruit Co Inc WA
Pear Red 50/60Ct 24424 22# Chelan Fresh Marketing WA
Pepper Anaheim 21936 1-1/9 Bshl Imperials Garden WA
Org Radish Bnch 22533 24Ct Siri & Son OR
Radish Bnch 25094 24Ct Hilltop Produce Farms OR
Org Braising Green 20351 3# Willie Greens WA
Org Dandelion Red Bnch 20728 12Ct Ralphs Greenhouse WA
Org Spinach 22724 24Ct Siri & Son OR
Spinach Bnch 22722 24Ct Hilltop Produce Farms OR
Tomato Green 23007 20# Imperials Garden WA

HOT & NEW

Hatch Chilis

Literally Hot & New.

ORGANIC Local BI-COLOR CORN

From Siri & Sons

ORGANIC GREEN BEANS

From Dharma Ridge.

ORGANIC PATTY PAN SQUASH

Available by Special Order.

LOCAL STARKRIMSON PEARS

In now.

Local Organic Heirloom Tomatoes

From Inaba.

Local Organic Mixed Medley Cherry Tomatoes

From Pride Of The Umpqua.


STEADY

LOCAL PEACHES

Gunkel Farms is still going strong on these exceptional peaches. If you don’t want a full 42ct case, we also have 11/12ct “Gift Boxes” available.

LOCAL APRICOTS

From E.W. Brandt.

PLUMS & PLUOTS

Organic Black Plums & Organic Yellow Pluots from Wawona Farms, and Flavor Grenades from Family Tree Farms in stock now with more varieties coming soon.

ORGANIC LEEKS

From Ralph’s Greenhouse.

LOCAL ORGANIC CAULIFLOWER & BROCCOLI

From Valley Pride in Mt. Vernon, WA.

VARIOUS MELONS

Canary, Crenshaw, Hami, King Of The West Honeydew, & more are all still going strong.


COMING SOON

COTTON CANDY GRAPES

Coming soon but will be only one shot and then they’re gone, due to a tough growing season. We have a variety of other grapes available, though.

GINGER GOLD APPLES

Coming Soon.

Organic Golden Crush Cantaloupe

From Capay Organic.


QUALITY & SHORTAGE ISSUES

Broccoli Florettes

Supplies may be tight in the coming weeks.

LEMONS

Still very hard to get lately and market prices are reflecting that.

LOCAL BERRIES

Slowing down.

PAPAYAS

Gapping.


OUT & DONE

LOCAL BI-COLOR CORN

From Trapold Farms

LOCAL CHERRIES

Done.


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