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Fall Pumpkins Are Here!

posted on October 2nd, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

If there's one sign that Fall is here, it's the humble pumpkin. What was once a crop just used for pies and jack-o-lanterns is now a symbol - and ingredient that has quite the cult following. Pumpkin Spice lattes, pumpkin pastas, pumpkin pastries, and of course, pumpkin beer...it's all part of the pumpkin "worshiping" that starts in September and goes through Thanksgiving. Our Fall pumpkins are here and they are as beautiful as ever. They're brought down to us from Van Groningen & Sons, a farm located in Northern California. The farm was started in 1922 by Henry Van Groningen, who had immigrated from the Netherlands to America in 1910. Over the years the farming operation took different shapes and today, is ran by his children, nephews, and grandchildren. From melons to corn to nuts, Van Groningen & Sons do it all. But when Fall comes, they are all about their "pamper'd pumpkins." Boasting traditional carving pumpkins as well as exotic varieties, they take great pride in… Read More

Let’s Talk Peaches

posted on July 16th, 2017 by John Savidan

One of our favorite things about summer is that it means we’ve got an abundance of organic peaches in store for you. Our favorite stone fruit ranges in flavor from the super sweet and juicy to the tart and tangy. While eating them straight from the hand, with ice cream, or in a cobbler is always appropriate, we’ve found that peaches are remarkably versatile for all types of more savory summer dishes: salsas, chutneys salads, meat marinades, and more. How to Pick the a Perfect Peach Nothing’s more disappointing than biting into a bland peach. So how do you pick the best? Well, when you shop at Bristol Farms, you’re already halfway there. That’s because our farmers leave fruit on their trees two to three weeks longer than an average grower, which means the fruit’s sugar levels and maturity are at their absolute peak. Here are a few more perfect picking tips: Good Scent Pick up a peach and give it a sniff. Good peaches smell, well, good. Like a peach… Read More

Peace, Love, & Avocados!

posted on June 20th, 2017 by John Savidan

Could there be a more perfect food than the glorious avocado? Nope! And lucky for us, it’s now officially avocado season, and we’ve got all summer to enjoy these green beauties. Haas avocados are the classic West Coast-grown variety, full of buttery, nutty flavor and dense with nutrients. In fact, just one little avocado has 20 vitamins and minerals, as well as a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat (that’s the good kind!). But don’t stop at just one! Stop by Bristol Farms all summer long and keep the avocado love going. Whether you grill, scoop, dip, or slice, there are countless ways to enjoy avocados! Here are some of our favorite preparations below. Grilled Avocado This may sound strange, but believe us - grilled avocados are tasty! Start by selecting avocados that aren't fully ripe, but give just a little when gently squeezed. The trick is to grill a semi-ripe avocado so it does not soften too much on the grill. Simply slice in half and remove the seed, place the… Read More

4th of July Dessert Recipe: Cherry & Peach Galette

posted on June 20th, 2017 by John Savidan

When it comes to fruit here in California, it's easy to say we are spoiled. You can enjoy most of your favorite fruits pretty much any time of the year as you please. Cherries, however, are only here for a limited time: in the late spring and summer months. Whenever we get our first cherry delivery of the year, the entire produce team shouts for joy. That’s not just because we miss them when they’re gone, but because we know that we’ve picked the very sweetest and most flavorful varieties for you. Perfect for 4th of July celebrations, this rustic Peach and Cherry Galette is an artisanal showstopper of a dessert that will wow your guests. Only you’ll know how ridiculously easy it is to prepare! Galettes are really the no-fuss sister to pie. Rustic, very forgiving, and a cinch to make. Enjoy this sweet recipe and cherry season while it lasts! Cherry & Peach Galette Ingredients for pastry: 12 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed 3 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp… Read More

Grilled Peaches!

posted on May 26th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Your Summer Dessert Secret Weapon: Peaches on the Grill It’s not summer if you’re not firing up the grill, and lucky for you there’s some seriously great meat on special to kick off the party. And to finish things off sweetly, we have a secret tip for something special: grilled peaches. When you grill peaches (or other stone fruits), you perform a kind of magic. The heat of the grill makes the natural sugars caramelize, creating a new sweet and smoky flavor that will make you an instant fan. And you don’t have to serve the peaches warm to get the full flavor impact. Grill them up in advance, pop them in the fridge, and serve when you’re ready. And though you can use the grilled peaches in an endless variety of ways, some of our favorites are the simplest: Just top with whipped cream, Mascarpone cheese, cinnamon, chopped nuts, honey, or all of the above! How to grill fruit Our favorites for grilling: Peaches (of course!), nectarines, bananas, pineapple, strawberries… Read More

Strawberry Season

posted on March 22nd, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

It's strawberry season! Strawberries are naturally sweet and full of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. Right now, organic strawberries are $3.99 each (save $2.00 each) at your local Bristol Farms. These berries are easy to incorporate into any meal at any time of the day. The following five dishes will inspire you to start and end your day with strawberries. Breakfast: Strawberry Smoothie Blend strawberries, banana, yogurt, and milk (can substitute for almond or coconut). Protein powder optional. Once fully blended, add ice cubes and blend until smooth. Lunch: Chicken & Strawberry Wrap Add lettuce, shredded chicken, sliced strawberries, and avocados in a large tortilla. Roll and wrap, then cut in half. Snack: Rice Cakes Top two rice cakes with any nut butter and sliced strawberries. Dinner: Spinach & Strawberry Salad Combine spinach, sliced strawberries, walnuts, and goat cheese. Add protein of your choice: chicken, salmon, or tofu. Top with… Read More

Winter Citrus Margarita

posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

When you think of margaritas you might be reminded of summer. But with all the winter citrus fruits at their peak right now, it's a perfect excuse to make a fresh hand squeezed margarita. Feel free to adapt the recipe below and make it your own. The beauty of winter citrus is that they are all unique in flavor and are great to mix and match! Ingredients to make 4 mason jars: 3 limes 1 Cara Cara Pink Navel 1.5 Pink Grapefruits 1 Tangelo 1 Clementine 6 oz Tequila Sparkling water (optional to cut juice) Ice Salt for rim (optional) Instructions: Squeeze the juice from desired citrus into bowl Strain out pulp and seeds In a small pitcher mix citrus juice and tequila Add sparkling water to taste (If salting rim) Rub lime wedge along rim of glass and then dip glass in rimming salt Fill mason jars or margarita glasses with refreshing beverage Garnish with a bright slice of citrus Read More

Winter Citrus

posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

There is a lot to love about winter in California, but our very favorite thing is the abundance of fresh and delicious Winter Citrus: sweet Sumo mandarins, bright Persian limes and everything in between. Add these ripe citruses to your drinks, salads, and or enjoy on their own! NAVEL ORANGES Navel oranges are the happy little “belly-button” oranges you’ll find in our produce section when the weather cools. Pretty much everyone agrees that navel oranges are the best and most beloved of all: they’re sweet, seedless and can be peeled and segmented easily by even the littlest hands. In season: November through May At peak: January through March Produce Guru tip: Green-tinged oranges are ripe and still taste sweet (it’s just the chlorophyll helping protect the orange from sunburn!).   VALENCIA ORANGES Though Valencias start coming into our store in February, they’re actually a summer orange, and as the “orange-juice orange,” they’re the most… Read More

The Paleo Diet

posted on February 15th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

You may have heard about the Paleo diet or know someone who follows it. This diet is inspired by our ancestors and how they used to consume their meals with clean food, free from additives with nothing processed or not found in nature. With Paleo, there is no calorie counting or portion control (unless you are trying to lose weight then you should limit the amount of fruits and nuts you eat or just enjoy them as snacks). Acceptable foods on the Paleo diet: Meat (grass-fed), poultry, fish, eggs Vegetables & sweet potatoes/yams Fruits Nuts Natural oils (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil) Foods Paleo discourages: Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) Grains (no rice, pasta, barley) Grain-fed meats Sugar Legumes (peanuts, kidney beans) Sodas & packaged juices   Read More

New Year, New Flavors

posted on January 4th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Spice things up this year by bringing new flavors to your favorite meals. Not only do spices add extra flavor to your meal, they each have their own benefits. Turmeric: Try it in: soups and smoothies Flavor profile: Peppery Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, natural pain reliever Cumin: Try it in: vinaigrettes Flavor profile: Smoky Benefits: Rich in iron, boosts immunity Tarragon: Try it in: mac ‘n’ cheese Flavor profile: Similar to basil or anise Benefits: Rich in Vitamin A, C, and B-6.   Read More

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