Fresh Forecast: Local organic asparagus expected by the weekend
Joe Hardiman is the produce merchandiser here at PCC, which makes him privy to an immense amount of random factoids about fruits and vegetables. He knows which melons are ripe, how hail, high heat, windstorms or frost will affect the flow of produce into our stores and which types of vegetables can survive beneath snow yet flourish come spring (certain varieties of cauliflower and leeks, for example).
So stay tuned to Stir-fry for regular produce reports I'll gather from Joe. You never know what we're all going to learn together. And if you come across an especially great recipe for fresh and local produce, feel free to share it here. It's always good to have more options in our cooking arsenals!
Local organic asparagus en route: That hard frost we felt last week nipped the organic asparagus crop in the bud, literally. Local asparagus already is in stores but the local organic crop should be in by this weekend from the Yakima Valley, Hardiman says.
On the strawberry front: Strawberries from the berry farms of Watsonville, CA are arriving. But that endless winter we've endured here could delay our local berry harvest to later June, just like last year. The best hope for a normal harvest is for this unseasonably (and absolutely lovely) warm weather to linger for long stretches throughout May.
Broccoli is back in "stalk" (har har).
From Full Circle Farm in Carnation: Spinach, radishes and arugula!