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Cook Your Way Through Winter Citrus Season!

posted on January 22nd, 2019 by Dani Fogel

Winter citrus season is well underway and we’re hoping many of you have already fully enjoyed the beautiful bounty and devoured countless juicy and sweet oranges, mandarins, grapefruits, and more. While you may have enjoyed the fruits as a simple and healthy snack, have you experimented with any citrus focused recipes yet? We’re here to help inspire you with everything from bright and not-too-sweet spritz, to a refreshing grapefruit, arugula, and avocado salad to citrusy sweets. The creations are endless and we’ve only just gotten started! Orange and Mint Boozy Spritz - Makes 4 cocktails For a truly refreshing combination that’ll awaken your senses, look no further than this bubbly orange and mint beverage. We recommend freshly squeezed juice for an unmatched crafted cocktail experience that is natural and light. Cheers! Recipe: 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4  cup freshly squeezed lime juice 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice 1/4 cup simple… Read More

A Lesson in Winter Citrus Fruits

posted on January 8th, 2019 by Dani Fogel

If you’re looking to add a little brightness to these cold winter months, you’re not alone. Although a variety of fruits peak in their sweetness and juiciness in the summertime, citrus shines in all its glory in January and February.  And a huge health bonus for you - citrus fruits are rich in potassium, fiber, and vitamin C, which can act as an immunity booster to keep you from catching a pesky winter cold. From funny-looking Sumo Mandarins to tangy Texas Grapefruit to gourmet Meyer lemons, we have every citrus variety you could ever dream of in our stores right now, all from our trusty and loyal farmers who bring us only the best fruit each and every year. Here's your guide to everything Winter citrus - the look, taste, and texture of the fruits plus recipe tips for a few as well. Mandarins Mandarin oranges are a small, loose-skinned variety that are typically sweet juice bombs much less acidic than a common orange. There are many types of Mandarin oranges… Read More

Winter Citrus Margarita

posted on January 1st, 2019 by Lauren Murphy

When you think of margaritas you might be reminded of summer. But with all the winter citrus slowly making their way into stores, 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

A Tropical Twist on Eggnog

posted on December 20th, 2018 by Dani Fogel

Over the last millennium, spiced and spiked eggnog has taken its spot as a classic Christmas drink. Love it or hate it, the creamy cups of cheer usually make their way to holiday parties as a way to raise spirits. Traditionally, eggnog is made with egg yolks, rum, and warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. This year, we’re introducing a tropical twist that may just get naysayers to change their tune: mango. Before building the beverage, it’s important to find a ripe and juicy mango. Our best tip is not to judge by color, but actually by feel. A ready-to-eat mango will have a slight give, much like ripe peaches or avocados. Then, it’s time to get the party started. Tropical Eggnog Ingredients: 1/4 cup spiced rum 5 cups of milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup mango puree 12 eggs 1/2 lb sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon Directions: Separate eggs and set whites in the refrigerator. In a mixing bowl, whisk yolks until creamy. Gradually add ¼ lb of sugar, beating at… Read More

Spice, Ice, and Everything Nice

posted on December 17th, 2018 by Dani Fogel

Even in the middle of a winter chill, sometimes all it takes is a tropical cocktail to transport you to a nice hammock with a beautiful beach view. This spice and ice drink with succulent mango and plenty of heat might just do the trick. Not only are mangoes juicy and delicious, but they’re also high in vitamins, especially C, and contain no cholesterol or fat, giving you even more reasons to indulge in this fruity and spicy treat. Spice and Ice Ingredients: 2 oz rum 3/4 oz Ginger-Habanero Syrup Adam’s 7 Spice Blend 1 lime, freshly squeezed 3/4 oz mango puree 1 slice fresh mango, for garnish   Directions: Ginger-Habanero Syrup Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to just before boiling point with 1 seeded habanero pepper and 3 oz freshly sliced ginger. Remove habanero 5 minutes after taking off heat. Cool and strain out ginger. Adam’s 7 Spice Blend Whisk together 2 parts ground cinnamon, 2 parts ground fennel, 2 parts ground ginger, 1… Read More

Local, Organic Apples for Fall

posted on October 4th, 2018 by Roberto Lewis

Who doesn't love an apple? As summer fades and the holiday season approaches, we're busy working with our partners and suppliers to bring you a ton of delicious fall-themed produce, and a variety of apples are now in season. Produce can be tricky.  We're committed to bringing you only the freshest and most flavorful produce, so when we find suppliers who share our values, we stick with them. As a case in point, meet the farmers of Cuyama Orchards. Howard and Jean Albano began planting apples in 1993, establishing an orchard on their property in the Cuyama Valley, an hour north of Santa Barbara. The Albanos found that Cuyama Valley's unique climate, high elevation, and plentiful water supply made it a location exceptionally suited to producing a variety of robust and flavorful apples. After moving into organic apples in 2000, Howard, Jean and their son Byron built Cuyama Orchards into the leading grower and shipper of organic apples on the west coast. In a competitive market, the… Read More

Grab the Grapes Produce Extravaganza

posted on July 26th, 2018 by Alyssa Malmquist

Grape this (see what we did there?) - Melissa's grapes, produced locally in California, offer an extensive varietal collection of grape flavors for you to snack on. It's hard to pick just one flavor, so you should probably just try them all. Find all of their flavors at your local Bristol Farms! Muscato Grapes Did somebody say Muscato? We sure did. No, not the wine (which is Moscato). But if you are into drinking Moscato, why not try and snack on these delicious seedless bunches of Black, Red, and Green. The Green Muscato grapes taste bright, crisp, and refreshingly vibrant.  The Red Muscato grapes will give your more crunch, rich flavor, and hints of floral. The Black Muscato grapes can be described as jammy, smooth, and explosively juicy. Add to your favorite cheese plates, top off your salads, or just eat them right off the bunch. Champagne Grapes Time to pop champagne...grapes right into your mouth! Champagne grapes are the caviar of the grape family. Their rich color… Read More

National Pick Blueberry Day Means FREE Organic Blueberries!

posted on July 9th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

One Day Only: Buy One Pint of Organic Blueberries, Get a Pint FREE! GET COUPON HERE! You've probably already noticed that we're pretty obsessed with summer fruit. Peaches, cherries, strawberries, watermelon, and of course....blueberries! Since today is National Pick Blueberries Day, we felt it only right that we offer you a special kinda blueberry deal too! Our delightfully sweet and tangy blues come to us from Homegrown Organic Farms. They were the first to bring California organic blueberries to market. First, their season begins in the beautiful San Joaquin Valley of California. Then it moves north into Oregon as the season progresses. Their southern highbush varieties offer king-size berries too large to believe. California’s dry and sunny climate conditions have proven to grow incredible blueberries that are setting a new standard in flavor and size. And they do it all without any extra chemical “help.” Homegrown Organic Farms’ blueberries are grown using… Read More

Meet Our Local Peach Growers: The Sawatzky Family

posted on June 27th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Keep it Local May we just declare, our local California farmers are the absolute best? We know this because we've maintained loyal relationships with them over many, many years and have learned an incredible wealth of knowledge from every single one of them when it comes to their produce we carry in our stores. Today's farmer spotlight goes to Richard and Lavone Sawatzky - the amazing folks behind our seriously sweet and juicy peaches. Coming from a family of farmed grapes and raised chicken, Richard Sawatzky had never grown nor picked a fruit tree until he met his future wife Lavone, whose family farm of table and raisin grapes would flourish into a tree fruit farm. Growing up, Lavone spent many days working on her family's farm and thus, had great experience and passion for the hard work. During the early years though, her family field packed all of the fruit and her father would drive to LA to sell it, just to make ends meet. It wasn't until later years that they… Read More

A Father’s Day Feast Fit for a King: Grass‑fed Wagyu, Whiskey, + More!

posted on June 13th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

A Day for Dad The king that is your Dad or the king who is the father to your beautiful children or even the king who is the poppa to your pops. Whoever he is, he deserves the very best dinner on his special day. Because this Father's Day, Dad, Grandpa, and/or hubs should sit back, relax, and let everyone else pamper him with luxuries like a frosty pint of beer, his favorite whiskey served neat, and a dinner that he'll remember for years to come. And that's where we come in. Here's your guide to the ultimate Father's Day feast for the ultimate father. Whiskey/Whisky for Sippin' Did you know Scotch Whisky is spelled without the "e" unlike the sweeter American brown spirit that's Bourbon only if it's distilled in southern parts of Kentucky? (The more you know). Well, we have all of the above to wet Dad's whistle. Here's the great news - Knob Creek 9 year Bourbon is on sale for $24.99 and Laphroaig 10 year Single Malt Whisky is on sale for $44.99 right now! Dad will appreciate… Read More

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