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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

Bristol Farms Organic Anyone who’s picked a homegrown tomato knows how a little soil, sun, and water can amaze. That’s why we use Produce Terminal Market daily. This brings you product that are bought directly from farmers. They 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, we care about timeliness. Our produce folks are constantly working to make delivery times as fast as possible. This means 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. Our produce is harvested and delivered to our markets at the height of freshness, ensuring optimal nutritional value and flavor. The average journey from field to fork for most produce is nearly 1,500 miles – almost 27 times… Read More

Winter Citrus is Here!

posted on February 20th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Winter Citrus 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 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 Webmaster

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

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