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  • One of the most fun things in Produce is the changing of the seasons. As the seasons change, so do our offerings. We constantly rearrange our displays to accommodate for...

  • Is your produce packing a punch? As Owners of the Co-op, we know you value high quality, organic, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Eating healthy is not a trend, it’s...

  • It’s surprising how many questions the Produce staff fields on onions. After all, they’re a staple culinary ingredient, admired by almost everyone around the world for their...

  • Over the years, produce departments have become the star attraction for grocers, especially for those of us in the natural foods business. Designers strategically place produce...

  • It’s time to start planning! I’m not referring to the holidays. I’m talking about the 2009 local season. Throughout the 2008 season, we provided over 150 locally grown items...

  • PART 1: ROOT VEGETABLES

    As I write this, it is the last day of September. Though you will not read this until November, I must get this article off to press. So I sit in the cozy basement of the Co-op...

  • It sure seemed like a short local season this year. The cold, wet spring and heavy rains in June pushed a lot of crops back a couple of weeks. Add to this a few soggy and cold...

  • Integrative Pest Management (IPM), Certified Organic, Locally Grown—these are just a few of the marketing terms used in today’s ever-growing produce industry. They provide the...

  • The beginning of the local season this spring was a bit topsy-turvy! Early crops like asparagus, morel mushrooms, and early spring greens enjoy temps in the low 70s with a lot...

  • As stone fruit season approaches, I think now is a good time to address many common questions people have regarding how to choose perfectly ripe fruit. We sell fruits in...

  • A MINDSET CHANGE

    Many of you have seen Oké bananas at Willy Street Co-op, but do you really know what’s Oké is about? Oké is a pretty unique company. Its ownership structure is a bit complex,...

  • It seems that buzzwords in the food industry are endless. If you have been paying attention, it is likely that you have heard terms such as “organic,” “conventional,” “all-...