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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

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

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