Our favorite citrus fruits are officially in stores and we're feeling pretty excited over the selection of insanely juicy and sweet varieties! From the funny-looking but irresistibly tasty and easy-to-peel Sumo Mandarin to the juicy, tangy, and sweet Texas Grapefruit, to the delectable and gourmet Meyer lemon, our produce department is currently boasting a wide array of the very best local and organic citrus fruit of the season. What makes our selection the best? We work closely with our farmers to stop at nothing to ensure we’re only getting the sweetest and juiciest fruit of the harvest.
Here are a few of our most-loved citrus fruits of the season:
Sumo Mandarins - These giant and juicy mandarins are easy-to-peel and make for a very hearty snack. They're locally grown in Southern California and have quite the fan following too!
Heirloom Navel Oranges - These beauties are especially large this year and exude an incomparable sweetness!
Texas Grapefruit -… Read More
Sweet, ripe cherries in January? You read correctly. And these aren’t just your average cherries either. These oh, so plump and juicy dark red beauties are flown in from our mates in Tasmania, Australia every winter. The amazing fruit is grown on the awe-inspiring orchards by the way of the Hansens, a 4th generation family farm who specialize in Tasmania cherries.
If you haven’t had a chance to try these cherries yet, ask for sample the next time you’re in our stores. Be prepared to be blown away. They are quite addictive.
They’re amazing on their own for snacking but we’re pretty fond of chopping them up and adding them to vanilla bean ice cream, Greek yogurt, a craft cocktail (cherry Moscow mule anyone?) or even burrata cheese with some crushed pistachios Read More
Pears are the quintessential holiday fruit, and we get ours from Duckwall Fruit, a 100-year-old, family-owned company in Hood River, Oregon, a region known for its amazing pears. Comice pears are juicy, sweet, and have a smooth, creamy texture that’s perfect for eating out of hand or creating your favorite holiday recipe.
Our Comice pears are beautiful with festive red and green colors. Six pears come wrapped in gold foil and green tissue paper in a box and make a delicious holiday gift! Read More
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
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
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
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:
Pick up a peach and give it a sniff. Good peaches smell, well, good. Like a peach… Read More
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.
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
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
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