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Pixie Tangerines are back at Bristol Farms

posted on March 10th, 2011 by John Savidan

Bristol Farms Locally Grown Ojai Pixie Tangerine season has begun and we are hoping to stretch these great eating tangerines into the first part June. Our Pixie tangerines are known for their sweet consistent flavor, low acidity, and their easy peel almost “zipper like” skins. Pixie Tangerines are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber. These versatile tangerines are great in salads, can be juiced, or even used as an eatable garnish, however our favorite way to enjoy these is right out of the peel. We hope you enjoy them too! Read More

Bristol Farms’ Own Corned Beef

posted on March 9th, 2011 by Rick Stidham

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! (Saint Patrick’s Day Blessings Upon You!) Did you know that corning is a form of curing; it has nothing to do with corn. The name comes from Anglo-Saxon times before refrigeration. In those days, the meat was dry-cured in coarse "corns" of salt. Spices and pellets of salt, some the size of kernels of corn, were rubbed into the beef to keep it from spoiling and to preserve it. This is why corned beef has such a unique flavor and texture. Besides finding our recipe at the end of a rainbow…our corned beef is a cut above…Literally! Unlike our competition, we use the lightly marbled flat cut brisket, which is located above the fatty point cut. Bristol Farms’ buyers have our own USDA Choice Natural Beef cured for you, so you can enjoy the highest quality corned beef money can buy. Catch our corned beef while it's on sale for an amazing price of $4.99lb!! Effective March 9-21, 2011 Read More

Grow Your Own Superfruits with our Potted Berries

posted on March 7th, 2011 by Kristin Lares

Plant your own Superfruits right in your backyard! Our potted berries are back! How can something so delicious be so good for you? Blueberries are among the highest antioxidant food you can eat and antioxidants are a direct link to better health. They are a low calorie food high in Vitamin C, Manganese, Potassium, Vitamin E and dietary fiber. The high antioxidants in Blueberries fight cancer, cardiovascular disease, and can protect your vision. The latest discovery health benefit for blueberries is helping to improve the digestive system. In addition to the blueberries, we offer potted berries in varieties such as raspberries, blackberries, and grapes. Come into Bristol Farms and buy your assorted potted berries…They are simply fabulous and good for you too!! Blackberry •  Rich in Vitamin C, Fiber, Folic Acid, and other nutrients. •  Naturally low calorie and low fat. •  Large, sweet berries are great for fresh eating, canning, freezing or jam. Red… Read More

The Freeze on Crops

posted on March 4th, 2011 by John Savidan

With the recent severity of freezing weather conditions in Mexico, Texas, and Florida, there continues to be numerous product challenges related to fresh produce product procurement. If this wasn’t bad enough, throw in pounding local rains coupled with record low temperatures in the Coachella and Central Valley growing districts. Towards the first part of last week, we thought we were possibly going to see a little relief and then the market shot up even further than we were expecting. We are seeing just about every vegetable commodity being affected some way or another by these horrific weather conditions and some products sadly tripling in costs. The produce industry challenges that lie ahead will include suspect product quality as well as unbelievable cost implications for approximately another 30 days, if not longer. To read more, visit www.producenews.com Read More

The Health Benefits of Cocoa

posted on March 3rd, 2011 by Carl Smith

There have been many studies linking cocoa and dark chocolate with health benefits. Cocoa and chocolate contain a large amount of antioxidants (flavonoids). Cocoa and dark chocolate may keep high blood pressure down and reduce the blood's ability to clot, thus the risk of stroke and heart attacks may be reduced. The darker chocolate with the most concentrated cocoa will be the most beneficial. According to an Italian study, a small square (20 g) of dark (bittersweet) chocolate every three days is the ideal dose for cardiovascular benefits. Eating more does not provide additional benefits. You can achieve optimum nutritional benefits with Dark Chocolate versus Milk and/or White Chocolate. So, look for chocolate with more than 55% cocoa content. Brands that we carry that have the best nutritional values in this range are Scharffenberger, Valrhona, Vosges, Lindt, Godiva and Moonstruck Chocolate. Fat Cocoa beans contain approximately 50% fat. It is primarily comprised of two saturated… Read More

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