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Cuyama Orchards Locally Grown Organic Apples

posted on November 3rd, 2017 by John Savidan

Cuyama Orchards is nestled in the uppermost part of the Cuyama Valley in a rugged mountainous corner of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.  The orchards are surrounded by towering peaks and National Forest.  At 3300’ in elevation, and on the interior of the Sierra Madre Coastal mountain range, Cuyama Orchards enjoys ideal weather for growing sweet, crunchy, juicy apples that are bursting with flavor.  The warm days late into the fall along with cool crisp nights mean that Howard and Jean Albano (pictured right) can harvest their fruit with a full flavor at the peak of ripeness. Bristol Farms is proud to feature our local growers from Cuyama Orchards and we look forward the following varieties of apples arriving this fall: Crimson Gold:  Howard’s favorite apple is the Crimson Gold, a tiny little apple discovered over 100 years ago by famed California homesteader/apple grower Alfred Etter, in the rugged hills of Humboldt County.  The Crimson Gold is very highly flavored… Read More

Produce You Can Stand By…

posted on October 17th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Anyone who’s picked a homegrown tomato knows how a little soil, sun, and water can amaze! And that’s why we walk the LA Produce Terminal Market everyday, buying directly from farmers who share our passion for the straight-from-the source goodness of fresh fruits and vegetables. Whether we’re gathering locally grown avocados or importing exotic tropical fruits, our produce folks are constantly working to make delivery times as fast as possible so our 400 varieties of organic and conventionally grown produce are as fresh as possible. So next time you’re squeezing a melon in our stores, you can feel good knowing you’re the final step in very thoughtful selection process. We look for the freshest, highest quality organic items that are not only unique and delicious, but offer pristine value. Buying locally grown organic fruits and vegetables offers us the ability to visit farmers and hand select items for our customers. We are proud of our locally grown organic relationships… Read More

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

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