by Jessie Knoles, Downtown Produce Department
Summer is officially here and so begins local fruit season in Washington.
Starting with berry season featuring juicy, ripe berries delivered fresh throughout the week to our produce departments, we’re hoping to make this summer your tastiest yet.
Later in the season, we’ll begin to see stone fruits such as peaches and nectarines delivered from some of the same experienced growers.
Photo by Habiba Sial.
Start your summer off with fresh local and organic cherries and raspberries.
summer is the best season to be working (and eating!) in the produce department
We have a plethora of cherries available this season—Attica, Bing, and Lapin. Our selection offers a host of flavors spanning from sweet to tart. Each variety is unique and has various uses: eat straight by the handful, bake a dessert, try a cherry soup, or even a smoothie or cocktail.
Stocking these seasonal fruits has given me an appreciation for the character of local cherries and the local growers the Co-op is lucky to work with.
With fresh deliveries arriving regularly, summer is the best season to be working (and eating!) in the produce department.
Pro-tip: because berries are so delicate, be sure to grab yours earlier in the day, to ensure the best quality.
Our Organic Berry Growers
Our produce departments provide high-quality organic cherries, delivered “farmer direct” by the growers themselves—allowing your co-op to work firsthand with the folks that grow our food. Our produce departments see the labor of love and hard work that goes into caring for the orchards, growing and harvesting the fruit at the peak of ripeness, and delivering each batch direct to our stores. We appreciate our experienced and dedicated farmer-direct growers!
- Brownfield Orchards near Chelan has been growing premium fruit for generations. Produce staff always look forward to the arrival of their organic cherries, peaches, and apples.
- PDQ Farms, a one-acre family farm in Zillah, takes pride in delivering their delicious cherries to our stores. They love to make the trip together as a family and are sure to stop by the deli for a meal after each delivery.
- The Okanogan Farmers Co-op, in Okanogan County, is a collective of five small organic family farms and believes that by working as a collective, sharing knowledge and resources, they can offer much more than they could as individual farms. Go, co-ops!
Local cherries and raspberries will start your summer fruit season with a punch of flavorful and unique eating and cooking opportunities.