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Now In Stores! Copper River Salmon

posted on May 19th, 2016 by Craig Tsuchiyama

We've long awaited this prize-winning salmon and it's finally here! Copper River season officially opened up on Monday of this week, and we have already received our first allotment of this delicious, lean, ruby-red salmon with a subtle and mild flavor that you're sure to love. This is the perfect fish to enjoy for the summer paired with bright flavored salsas, chutneys, and sauces. Sockeye Salmon fillets are being offered in our seafood departments, but stay tuned for updates on the Copper River King variety. Call your local Seafood Department for availability. So what's the hype about Copper River? The Copper River derives its name from the rich copper deposits found along the riverbank. First used by the Alaska native population, and later by settlers of the Russian Empire and the United States, this massive body of water has 13 major tributaries, is a mile wide and runs at 7 miles per hour. Dropping an average of 12 feet per mile and draining 24,000 square miles, it is the 10th… Read More

Irish Soda Bread

posted on March 11th, 2016 by Lauren Pepin

Serve up a slice of the Emerald Isle this St. Patrick’s Day with Bristol's Own Irish Soda Bread! Irish Soda Bread was a traditional staple in Irish households, or farms to be correct. Since these homes were isolated and spread out, they had their own hearths for baking, and being a poor country, they ate bread with every meal. The hearth method of baking created a tender and dense bread with a hard crust and a slight twang in flavor. The Irish Soda Bread of today has been enhanced to have a slightly sweet flavor and it has raisins in it. Warm it up, slap some traditional Irish Kerrygold butter on it and you have a meal! At Bristol Farms we believe Irish Soda Bread to be an everyday item and you can find it in most of our locations. If you are like me though, sometimes if you see it every day you may not realize just how special it is. I can remember the first time I tried our Irish soda bread - I was a cashier at our Newport Beach store for a few years, but didn’t think this… Read More

LOV Organic Teas

posted on February 23rd, 2016 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

If you are a lover of tea, then you are going to love Løv Organic teas! I was first drawn in to the Løv Organic line of teas through their beautiful tin can packaging in vibrant colors, but then I tasted the teas and felt I discovered something truly special. Each flavor is so delicious - below are a few flavors we offer in store: Mango Passion Fruit - Organic white China tea A delicate White Downy tea with an enchanting taste of mango and acidulous hints of passion fruit, strewed with marigold flowers. This blend, presented in an elegant green and iridescent tin that evokes the wild nature of the Tropics, is an invitation for an exotic getaway! Linden-Rose - Organic herbal tea This unique brew combines the sweetness of flowers and linden leaves, the delicate fragrance of rose and a hint of mellow and sunny lavender. Perfect in the afternoon for a moment of refined pleasure. Almond Roobois - Organic herbal tea Very popular in its native South Africa, rooibos, a plant which has a… Read More

In Season – Satsuma Mandarins!

posted on December 18th, 2015 by Keith Tsuchiyama

Set in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley in the shadow of the Tehachapi Mountains, Johnston Farms is a four-generation farming operation dedicated to giving our customers a taste experience that’s second to none – fruits and vegetables that don’t just look good but provide a flavor experience our customers will remember. Known as “unshu mikan” in Japan and “wenzhou migan” in China, the name Satsuma, by which it has become known, is credited to the wife of a United States minister to Japan, General Van Valkenberg, who sent trees of it home in 1878.  Satsuma is the name of a former province, now Kagoshima Prefecture, on the southern tip of Kyushu Island, where it is believed to have originated. Our Satsumas ripen completely on the tree which brings out their rich, sweet, citrus flavor. Their loose, easy-peel skin and seedless sections make them a perfectly delicious easy to eat, healthy snack. The skin is smooth to slightly “bumpy.” Satsumas are often sold with… Read More

Locally Grown Organic Fuerte Avocados

posted on November 20th, 2015 by John Savidan

The Fuerte avocado is considered a medium to large fruit that can weigh up to one pound. Its shape is elongated and pear-like. The Fuerte has a smooth easy-peeling thin skin with a deep grass color and dark speckles throughout. Its flesh is dense, pale yellow in color and marginally oily. It has a rich, creamy flavor with notes of hazelnuts and a clean, grassy finish. The history of the Fuerte avocado starts in the year 1911 in Puebla, Mexico, 80 miles east of Mexico City. On behalf of the West Indian Nursery in Altadena, California, American, Carl Schmidt, 21 at the time, traveled to Mexico City and Puebla in search of quality avocados, specifically avocado trees. He cut budwood from the best trees, numbered them and shipped them back to Altadena. Most of the buds refused adaptation to the soil and climate, but number 15 flourished. It survived the greet freeze of 1913 and hence it was given its name, Fuerte, Spanish for "strong". That single tree is responsible for spawning… Read More

Bristol's Own Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

posted on October 15th, 2015 by John Savidan

Have you tried our Bristol’s Own 100% Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice found in our produce department? Our orange juice has been a customer favorite for years! Bristol Farms has long partnered with Perricone Family Farms to bring you the best quality, fresh squeezed orange juice, and here is why it is so good: For more than 80 years, the Perricone name and quality citrus in California have been synonymous.  The majority of the fruit that goes into our orange juice is grown on family owned farms in California, Texas, and Arizona. Perricone controls the fruit's journey from the trees to the bottle and doesn’t use any fungicide or pesticides that have not been cleared by the FDA. The orange juice is produced under such strict FDA health standards, and is not required to be pasteurized. Consequently, our juice is so fresh and nutritious, it can even be sold on ice vs. a refrigerated shelf. With this high level of freshness and purity, Perricone is fully certified year-round as Kosher… Read More

Cuyama Orchards Locally Grown Organic Apples

posted on October 6th, 2015 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

Cotton Candy Grapes!

posted on August 14th, 2015 by John Savidan

There's no need to visit the fair or circus to get a taste of the sugar-spun treat we all loved as kids. With Cotton Candy Grapes at Bristol Farms, you can now enjoy the sweet taste of Cotton Candy without the guilt of the sugar intake or artificial ingredients typically found in the real stuff. Cotton Candy Grapes get their unique sweet taste the all natural way. Our growers, the Grapery®, feed their fruit with organic-based fertilizers and compost. Unlike many others, they use drip irrigation so the fruit is supplied a precise amount of water and plant food. The process of growing Cotton Candy Grapes in a meticulous one - the Grapery® starts with grape varietals that have been developed over years of natural cross-breeding. The grapes are grown in fields under ideal growing conditions. Finally, they let their grapes mature on the vine until they have reached their perfect flavor - and sweetness - before harvesting them. It's quite the process, but to achieve the incredible… Read More

What's A Good Cinco De Mayo CelebrationWithout Tequila?

posted on May 5th, 2015 by Geoff Nicoll

Tequila, a derivative of the agave plant, is one of the most unique and misunderstood spirits. Not a form of cactus, but more directly related to the amaryllis or lily, the agave plant takes 8-10 years to achieve maturity in order to arrive at the necessary sugar levels (as opposed to the cane and grain spirits which can be harvested multiple times annually.) Upon maturity, the agave are hand-harvested by experienced field tenders called Jimadores, and the 80-100 lb Pina, or "heart", is hauled to the factory where it is split and steamed to concentrate the sugars. Following this ‘cooking’ process, the sections are milled and pressed, breaking the solids and releasing the sap for fermentation. Once this slow fermentation is complete, the juice is sent to the alembic pot stills to collect the vapors that form what we know as Tequila. The spirit is classified in three basic segments: Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo. Blanco, also known as Plata or Silver, is unaged in wooden casks… Read More

New! Camel Milk from Desert Farms

posted on March 26th, 2015 by Roger Arechiga

Guess what day it is! Well, it doesn’t have to be hump day to enjoy a fresh glass of Camel milk at Bristol Farms. Fresh Dairy has always been a staple at Bristol Farms, and this last year we met the good folks at Desert Farms and were introduced to their 100% Natural Camel Milk. It is a delicious drink of pure goodness. The taste is slightly sweet, creamy, and always refreshing! Milk is the heart of Desert Farms’ business, so it’s taken seriously. The milk has to taste great, but Desert Farms also strives to buy from farmers who look after their workers, herds, and the environment. The milk is sourced from US camel farmers only, of all types and sizes (large groups and tiny family farms) with an average herd of 6 camels. Their farmers are asked to use “Good Manufacturing Practices” and abide by fair minimum standards to improve their social and environmental performance year after year. Desert Farms’ strategy is to work with the farmers and help them to get there. About… Read More

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