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Produce News articles

  • It’s easy to take bananas for granted. They’re far and away the top selling item in the Produce department—always expected to be in stock, the perfect yellow color, and inexpensive. Yet the supply...

  • Emblazoned in the collective mind of my generation is an unflattering portrait of the beet: a semi-gelatinous, starchy slice out of a Del Monte can, with a pungent smell and the dreaded “good for...

  • As someone lucky enough to have worked in the organic produce industry for much of the past 15 years, I’ve seen many vegetable trends come and go. Arugula was the “in” vegetable of the early 90s,...

  • Eating local has never been a more valued and storied action in our food culture than it is today. What was once a default, hardly a choice, is now sought after as an ennobling practice and an...

  • No Thanksgiving table is complete without cranberry sauce. When you stop to think about it, it’s a bit odd; nobody cares much about them for the remainder of the year, so how did this extremely...

  • I think most would agree that Willy Street Co-op has some of the best local organic produce around. When I moved to Madison two years ago, I quickly learned of the amazing farm-to-table system and...

  • Here we are at the height of summer; and if you find yourself immersed in more luscious summer berries and fresh vegetables than you can eat fresh, preserve them! You’ll be grateful you did in the...

  • Recipient of Willy Street Co-op’s Vendor Loan Program

    In the almost 10 years that Rufus Haucke of Keewaydin Farms has been growing produce for Willy Street Co-op, his business has undergone many changes.
    He started in 2005 as a part time, one-man...

  • Though we carry locally grown strawberries when we can get them, chances are good that you’ll find certified organic California-grown strawberries on our shelves this month....

  • There’s something magical about the first local greens of the season. What I love most is the juxtaposition of their delicate, tender form and intensely strong flavor....

  • “April is the cruellest month, breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memory and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain.”
    —T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land...

  • We are very proud of our Produce departments here at the Willy Street Co-op, but one of the people who has made our produce so wonderful over the years has never been on our...