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… Read More
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
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
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
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
We've long awaited this rare and prize-winning salmon and it's finally here! Copper River season officially began and we have already received our first allotment of the delicious, lean, ruby-red salmon with a subtle and mild flavor that you're sure to love.
So what's all the hype about? Copper River salmon is very scarce - especially the King variety. This year, the harvest for Copper River King salmon was about a quarter of last year's harvest. With so few caught, we're extremely proud to be a distributor of this rare and decadent fish.
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 largest river in the United States. It is up this… Read More
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
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
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
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