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Produce News articles

  • 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-...

  • Winter is here again! Despite our unusually long and warm autumn, December is finally upon us. This is made clear as one scans the produce section. Gone are the days of local...

  • It’s the season, and we’re not talking about the holiday season. We’re talking about summertime and the local fruit and vegetable season. So long storage crops, it’s time to start eating fresh!...