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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, who were the first to bring California organic blueberries to market. They begin their season in the beautiful San Joaquin Valley of California and move 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 theydo it all without any extra chemical “help.” Homegrown Organic Farms’ blueberries are grown using only… Read More

Meet Our Local Peach Growers: The Sawatzky Family

posted on June 27th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

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 built a packing… Read More

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

posted on June 13th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

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 those savings… Read More

Your Best of Summer Local Fruit Guide

posted on June 4th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Summer officially begins on June 21st but summer fruit season is already here. These oh-so succulent and healthy snacks and "desserts" are ripe and ready for eatin' too. Whether it's a fruit bowl dreamed up for your friend's summer BBQ, a reduced fruit sauce for your weekend ice cream fix, or a green salad topped off with your two favorites, these summer fruit varieties are going to get your mouth watering, guaranteed. Because Bristol Farms stops at nothing to get the very best organic and/or non-GMO fruit pick from our local California farmers each and every season. We work tirelessly with these dedicated farmers to make sure our pick is the sweetest and the juiciest. That means you can rest easy knowing that when you grab a peach, nectarine, or carton of cherries from the shelf, they're going to be juicier and sweeter than any variety you'll find elsewhere. Here are the top 5 summer fruits you should be scooping from our stores now and some recipe ideas to go along with… Read More

Only the Best Farm Fresh and Organic Produce at Bristol Farms

posted on April 17th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Anyone who’s picked a homegrown tomato knows how a little soil, sun, and water can amaze. That’s why we walk the L.A. Produce Terminal Market daily, buying directly from farmers who share our passion for the straight-from-the source goodness of fresh fruits and vegetables. And 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. Rather than being picked early to ripen during the truck ride to the distributor’s warehouse, our produce is harvested and delivered to our markets at the height of freshness, ensuring optimal nutritional value and flavor.T he average journey from field to fork for most produce is nearly 1,500 miles –… Read More

Winter Citrus is Here!

posted on February 20th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

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

Tasmanian Cherries: In Stores + Worth the Hype

posted on January 18th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

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

Comice Pears For the Holidays

posted on November 21st, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

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 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

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