Fresh Forecast: Cherries, berries and apricots soon to come; last chance to enjoy spring asparagus
Beyond feeling absolutely amazing, this spate of hot, sunny weather we've enjoyed has accelerated the growing season, counteracting the gloomy, wet early spring. Thus, the first batch of Northwest cherries will be arriving at PCC mid-June (woo hoo!). Our produce guru Joe Hardiman predicts local strawberries will arrive at stores roughly the same week from Rent's Due Ranch, just in time to celebrate Summer Solstice.
Other produce news of note:
- We're in the last weeks of the local organic asparagus crop. Hardiman says. Since it's a sprout, it lingers only so long as it's spring somewhere in our hemisphere. Get thee to a PCC to make the most of the last few shipments
- Local and organic spinach, kale, parsley and cilantro are beginning to arrive at stores
- Back to those cherries: They're the big, dark red Chelan variety. Bing and Rainier will be in stores roughly the first week of July. What's your favorite cherry? I think nothing beats the beauty (and flavor) of fresh Rainiers, but I'm open to debate
- Washington apricots are expected right around June 20, along with leaf lettuce from Rent's Due Ranch in Stanwood and organic spinach from Dungeness Organics out in Sequim
Can't wait for July, August and September, when our stores will burst at the seams with local produce!