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Here’s Your Summertime Grilling Guide

posted on June 18th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Although we've been experiencing some of that sweet SoCal  sunshine for a few weeks now, tomorrow is the official start of summertime. So if you haven't already, it is due time you light up the grill and load it up with all of your friends’ and family’s favorites! And whether you're feeding a bunch of burger lovin' buddies, steak connoisseurs, or a crowd of health nuts at your various summer gatherings, we've got you covered with the best of best when it comes to outdoor grilling. Here's our guide for all things grilled for your Summertime shindigs... Steak for a Crowd: Bristol Farms' Very Own Big Time Tri-tip If you're feeding a crowd, and you're set on grilling up some steak, think no further than our Big Time Tri-tip. Easy on your wallet, this juicy and tender USDA choice natural cut is marinated in our Big Time marinade for 24 hours, locking in perfectly smokey, peppery, and sweet flavors. This marinade is locally made and hand-crafted especially for our tri-tip too (but… 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

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

SugarFina Candy: Boutique Candy For Adults {And Kids too!}

posted on October 13th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

There’s a good chance you’ve seen a shiny and colorful candy “shop” in at least one of our stores. If you’re familiar with Sugarfina, then you mostly likely stopped short and took a few minutes to peruse the beautiful boutique candy selection. Sugarfina has become somewhat of a household name these days to candy lovers in Southern California. But aside from the dozen Sugarfina stores, we are one of the very few vendors of the gorgeous gummies and chocolates, which are often filled or infused with champagne, tequila, rum, or dessert liqueurs. Sugarfina began in 2012 as an online store for high-end adult candy. Then, in 2013, they opened their very first retail store in Beverly Hills, and have since grown to a dozen locations, six of which are in California. The idea for the Sugarfina concept came on the founder’s third date during a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. They asked. “Why should children have all the fun?” They then went on a quest to… 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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