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Sonoma Brinery Pickles

posted on July 31st, 2012 by Roger Arechiga

Sonoma Brinery™ was born seven years ago out of the love of the perfect “half-sour” kosher pickle. David Ehreth, the owner and founder of the company, left his hi-tech career to fill a missing need on the shelves of grocers in the western states; the real barrel fermented, half sour kosher pickle. Beginning in his garage in Alexander Valley near Healdsburg, CA, David made kosher pickles and drove them to local grocers around the Sonoma and Napa area. Pretty soon, the product line included two completely unique bread and butter pickles and fresh, raw sauerkraut. Since its founding in 2005, Sonoma Brinery (formerly known under the brand “Alexander Valley Gourmet®”) has grown in size and now serves most of the western and southwestern states. Today, Sonoma Brinery is located in the picturesque town of Healdsburg, in the heart of California’s northern wine-country, producing fresh products daily. If you’re looking for the perfect accompaniment to a grilled Reuben Sandwich… Read More

Bristols Own Guacamole and Hot Salsa Roja

posted on July 31st, 2012 by Michelle Salatino

At Bristol Farms, we are known for our fresh approach to food.  This is apparent in our authentic Guacamole made fresh in our kitchen with all natural ingredients; avocados, tomatoes, onions, Serrano peppers, Habanero peppers, garlic, cilantro and a splash of lime. This guacamole is sure to please. In the mood for salsa? We make our delicious hot fresh salsa with ripened tomatoes, white onions, green onions, cilantro, lime juice, and Serrano and Habanero chilis for a bit of heat. This fresh salsa is full of flavor, and has a nice heat to it that is not overbearing. Both our guacamole and salsa pair well with tortilla chips and your favorite beer and are a perfect snack on a hot afternoon day Read More

Plumcots, Pluots….

posted on July 26th, 2012 by John Savidan

The Bristol Farms Partnership with Family Tree farms continues to grow each and every year as does the ever popular plumcot category. David Jackson and his family are constantly working with fruit breeders from California and around the world to help find the newest exciting flavors that we can in turn offer to our customers. It is good to note that many of the newest varieties of plumcots, the proven winners so to speak, are still in the research stage at the Family Tree Farms nursery anxiously awaiting their graduation into the market place. The Birth Of The Plumcot Plumcots are a hybrid fruit, the result of carefully controlled cross-pollination between plums and apricots. Different varieties of plums, crossed with different varieties of apricots have yielded a wide array of plumcot varieties, with more arriving every year. Each variety has a relatively short window of availability, about three weeks on average, and each variety has its own unique appearance and flavor… Read More

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Western Book Signing Tour

posted on July 25th, 2012 by Aaron Jones

As ice cream lovers at Bristol Farms and fans of all things artisinal, natural, and handmade, it was an easy decision for month's featured vendor. Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, has honed her ice cream-making skills every day for more than 15 years. Drawing from her traditional pastry training and a pantry of exceptional ingredients, the Columbus, Ohio, resident continues to perfect the frozen desserts for which her company, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, is known. Bauer and her small, dedicated team operate eight elegant scoop shops in central Ohio, one in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and one in Nashville, Tennessee, with individual pints available online and in freezer aisles throughout the United States. The hands-on crew at Jeni’s makes every small-batch ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt in their kitchen in Columbus using cream from grass-fed Southeast Ohio cows, Ohio honey, and whole fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as well as carefully sourced ingredients… Read More

Crave Brothers Les Freres

posted on July 23rd, 2012 by Michelle Salatino

Crave Brothers are a special breed of cheese makers.  Their cheeses are produced using 100% green power and they practice water conservation and recycling. The cheese is made at their state-of-the-art farmstead cheese factory, with milk from the Crave Brothers Dairy Farm. One of our favorites is the Les Freres (pronounced lay frair). This lovely cheese was developed to reflect the Crave Brothers Irish-French heritage.  It is a wash rind cheese with an earthy, fruity flavor.  Les Freres is a semi soft cheese and melts wonderfully. Enjoy it on crusty bread with a glass of wine, or try melting it on top of roasted mushrooms. This cheese can easily be melted on your grill using one of our Barbeclettes from Boska.  Just take your Barbeclette, lay a slice or two of the Les Freres on the Barbeclette and put it on top of the grill.  In minutes you will have a beautiful melted cheese to add to your roasted vegetables or hamburgers. This wonderful cheese pairs nicely with full-bodied… Read More

Pasture Raised Chicken is here!

posted on July 20th, 2012 by Rick Stidham

Do you ever wonder what ever happened to the image of the iconic chicken who has the freedom of wandering in open fields foraging for food?  Do these types of pasture chickens even exist anymore in the marketplace; where one could take one home and prepare a good old fashioned chicken meal straight off the farm? Believe it or not, you really can!  Bristol Farms is proud to introduce our own locally grown truly pasture raised, pure bred, whole chicken in our meat departments. These unique birds are given total freedom to eat, perch, and roam however they please, in a wide open pasture designed especially for them. Now, these chickens are limited and do take twice as long to mature due to the nature of this program, but you will still be able to speak with our butchers and they will have one on hand and ready for you should you like to try one.  Stop by this week and take advantage of our special $6.99 pricing on this item. As always… We are continuously looking to provide you… Read More

Beemster Cheese

posted on July 19th, 2012 by Michelle Salatino

At Bristol Farms, we love Beemster and the wonderful cheese they produce.  Beemster cheeses have been produced from a farmer's co-op in the Netherlands for over a century.   Beemster’s Master Cheesemakers follow traditional (secret) recipes handed down for generations and use only natural ingredients. Vlaskaas is one of their many cheeses, and was originally made once a year to celebrate the Flax Harvest. It is now made year round, and has a creamy sweetness that is loved by all. This cheese pairs nicely with beer and white wines. Beemster Goat Cheese is a wonderful addition to our cheese shops.  The Beemster goats graze on the same lush land as their cows, making their goat milk just as special. Our Goat Gouda is aged for 10 months, and has a clean sweet taste and smooth texture. Different than a fresh chevre, this goats milk cheese is the perfect introductory cheese for consumers new to the goat category. Come on in to sample these wonderful cheeses! Read More

Local Partner Family Tree Farms

posted on July 13th, 2012 by Keith Tsuchiyama

Bristol Farms is proud to introduce Family Tree Farms, a family owned fruit farm nestled in the central San Joaquin Valley of Fresno. Dave Jackson, owner of Family Tree Farms, is a true visionary farmer with a passion for producing exceptional fruit. While most other growers focus on the quantity and how well fruit holds up during shipping, Dave has kept his focus on providing consistent sweeter, riper, and more flavorful fruits. Family Tree Farms was also one of the first to grow plumcots, a cross between plums and apricots. With hundreds of varieties of plums and apricots, the distinct flavor, appearance, color, and size possibilities are literally countless. Each plumcot variety, branded “Flavor Safari”, is only available for a few short weeks at a time before the next unique assortment arrives, so be sure to look for them each time you visit Bristol Farms. Bristol Farms is proud to be able to bring you a summer’s worth of quality, flavorful fruit, grown with you in mind by… Read More

Weiser Farms' Heirloom Melons

posted on July 12th, 2012 by Keith Tsuchiyama

At Bristol Farms, we have the luxury of procuring your natural, fresh, local products from all farmers, large and small. We are proud to support the farmer that cannot provide the quantity of produce required for the mass nationwide chains yet produces just enough for our markets. This “small box” buying enables us to provide you with the unique varieties often found in the local farmer’s markets yet bring the quality and flavors you have come to expect from Bristol Farms. And so with that, we invite you to get acquainted with Heirloom Melons. Heirloom Melons - Back in 1977, Sid Weiser decided to pack up the family and follow his dream of working off the land. In 1982, his son Alex joined the family business by selling at local farmer’s markets. During his experience, he encountered chefs, the public, and specialty produce buyers who wanted seasonal, high quality, and superior tasting produce. Listening to this input, Alex began to focus on creating a bio-diverse farm… Read More

Rombauer Napa Valley Reds

posted on July 12th, 2012 by Michael Cristillo

Mention Rombauer Winery and one usually imagines their very popular chardonnay. But yes, Virginia, they do make reds as well. The Rombauer family winery, founded in 1980, is located on the northeastern edge of the Valley on a secluded tree-covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. Their philosophy of wine and food goes back to owner Koerner Rombauer's ancestors from the wine growing region of Reingau, Germany, where wine is considered an essential complement to a meal. This “Joy of Wine” mantra is a direct connection to their desire to hand-craft and nurture their wines from the vineyard to bottle. Their Merlot hails from the Napa Valley side of Carneros (as well as a small portion from the Sonoma side) and offers up enticing, lively red color; beautiful aromatics with black cherry and ripe plum. On the palate, a purity of blackcurrant, cedar, and mint flavors blend together seamlessly. Soft and supple, this wine has a medium-bodied mouth-feel with plush tannins that integrate… Read More

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