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
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 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 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
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