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Must-try Fruit of the Winter Season
Monday December 03rd 2012, 9:54 pm
Filed under: Produce



The Tastiest Tomato You’ll Ever Eat.
Wednesday August 01st 2012, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Grocery,Produce

Dirty Girl Produce is a 40 acre certified organic family farm located in Santa Cruz County, Ca. Situated on rich, fertile land between the San Lorenzo River and sheltering Pogonip hills, the farm reaps the blessings of Monterey Bay climate and pristine watershed to produce sublime organic vegetables renowned for their flavor and vitality.

Dirty Girl grows over 20 varieties of fruits and vegetables, and one of our favorites is their Dry Farm Early Girl Tomatoes.  Dirty Girl Dry Farm Tomatoes are grown sustainably using only rainwater from the torrential rains that saturate the soil in Northern California during the winter. The plants are deprived of water after they reach maturity. This lack of water stresses the plant forcing the roots deep into the soil in search of water and focuses its efforts on producing fruit. The result is a smaller tomato and lower yield, but the tomatoes have a tremendous flavor and texture.

Last year we introduced these beauties to our produce department, even though they are typically only sold to California’s Central Coast farmer’s markets.  But because our guests seek the freshest and healthiest organic produce we were added to the list of retailers to carry these bright, juicy tomatoes.

The tomatoes will be here soon, but NOW (for a limited time), you can have access to these favorite tomatoes any time because they’re shipping them directly to our grocery department shelves!  Use them in any recipe that calls for tomatoes—salsa, pasta, casserole, salad, or just eat them out of the jar!  You’re welcome.

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“Little Wonder”
Thursday January 12th 2012, 12:43 am
Filed under: Produce

The seedless Kishu Mandarin is now available exclusively at Plum Market (because we like to be different).

This cute little fruit is one of the tastiest mandarins you’ll find out there.  Best described as juicy, fragrant, and sweet.  They’re smaller than the size of a golf ball and super easy to peel which can lead to eating multiple mandarins (hello, kid-friendly!).  They’re not widely available but growers are producing more and more because of the high demand in California farmer’s markets.

History lesson: The Seedless Kishu derives from an ancient group of small-fruited mandarin varieties that originated in China.  A related seeded variety called Ruju was offered as tribute in 1060 under the Tang Dynasty, and in the Song Dynasty it was considered the best mandarin variety. Today the Nanfengmiju, derived from Ruju, is one of the most widely grown mandarins in China, particularly in Jianxi province, where it originated.

So, fill up your fruit bowl or favorite glass vase with this delightful fruit and watch how fast they disappear.

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Citrus Caviar & Pop Rocks
Tuesday December 13th 2011, 1:29 am
Filed under: Produce

The Calamondin

This small citrus fruit is used to flavor foods and drinks. Despite its outer appearance and aroma, the taste quite sour, although the peel is sweet. Eating the fruit whole has a perfect combination of sweet and sour. Can be used to make Calamondin marmalade.

 

Australian Finger Limes

(Now available only at Plum Market)

One of the rarest and most sought-after fruits, it started showing up in large quantities at California farmers’ markets.  From the outside it looks like a gherkin, but when sliced in half, pearlescent juice vesicles ooze out like citrus caviar.  The clean, fresh, tart lime-lemon taste is enticing enough, but the texture is crunchy and juicy, like citrus Pop Rocks!



Clementina Fina Sodea
Monday November 28th 2011, 10:15 pm
Filed under: Produce

Traditionally grown in Spain, these Organic Clementine are tree-ripened and harvested when color and flavor are at their peak. The Clementina Fina Sodea variety is prized for its outstanding taste.   The pleasing floral scent mingles with the spicy zing of this beautiful, easy-to-peel Clementine. Limited availability and a very short season make these Clementine a rare find in the Midwest and ONLY available at Plum Market.



Don’t Be Intimidated by the Kumquat
Thursday November 17th 2011, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Produce

These olive shaped citrus fruits are widely available during the winter months and many people pass them by, not sure how to eat them or what they’re used for.  The Kumquat is ripe when the color is yellow-orange and can simply be eaten raw.  The rind is sweet and the center is sour (eat them whole, these little guys are juicy!).  If you’re looking to get creative:  slice Kumquats into salads, garnish cocktails with Kumquats (great with pomegranate or cranberry flavors), make a marmalade or preserve, or even candy them for dessert dishes.  So, next time you visit our produce department, don’t overlook this lovely fruit.

*Photo from Wikipedia.org

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When Life Gives You Pink Lemons
Tuesday November 15th 2011, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Produce

Pink lemons have a tangy and tart flavor, a rich lemon scent and very few seeds (if any).  Their leaves are highly fragrant, and are considered the most fragrant among  lemon trees.  Pink lemons become less acidic with age and are used for juice and their zest.   Try using in sorbet and lemonade recipes or make candied pink lemons.


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All About Apples
Friday October 21st 2011, 10:45 pm
Filed under: Produce

Learn about all the varieties of apples…

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Dirty Girl Tomatoes
Thursday September 01st 2011, 5:00 am
Filed under: Produce

Introducing: the tastiest tomato you will ever eat.  Dirty Girl Dry-Farmed Tomatoes are grown sustainably using only rainwater from the torrential rains that saturate the soil in Northern California during the winter. The plants are deprived of water after they reach maturity. This lack of water stresses the plant forcing the roots deep into the soil in search of water and focuses its efforts on producing fruit. The result is a smaller tomato and lower yield, but the tomatoes have a tremendous flavor and texture. Dirty Girl Dry-Farmed Tomatoes are sought out by the finest restaurants and sold at a few grocery stores and farmers markets around the bay area of California. Available for a limited time from Dirty Girl Produce and only at Plum Market.  Be sure to try them for yourself, we’re confident you’ll agree.