Summer's Stone Fruits

Summer's Stone Fruits

9/19/2016  By Jenifer Smith


Fall is here in Washington, but I wanted to share some of the late summer stone fruits I taste while in CA. Stone fruits include, apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and plums. Along with tasting great stone fruits are a excellent source of vitamin c and vitamin a. 

I had the opportunity to attend IFBC- International Food Bloggers Conference. I have attended the last couple of years conferences here in Seattle and networked with many local food bloggers and industry people.  This year the conference moved to Sacramento, CA rightfully named the "farm-to-fork" capitol of U.S. This was my first time to visit Sacramento and see what a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that are produced in this fertile agriculture belt.  

Highlights of the conference included an excursion to Capay Valley Ranches. Our tour group was treated to a seasonal lunch in a lovely converted barn. Capay Valley Ranches produces three varieties of olives Albequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki to press for olive oil. Along with olives they also produce almonds, walnuts, pistachios,grapes and even honey. Our hosts and owner Chris Steel and Farm Manger Joe Armstrong joined us for lunch which was really a treat to put a personal face to what is produced on the farm. 

Fruit highlights from lunch included; 

Grilled Chicken with Mango Sriracha Infused White Balsamic Vinegar BBQ Sauce served with peach salsa.

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Sorbet, this had an amazing smooth texture because of the added olive oil.

These are great ways you could incorporate our juice concentrates into future developments.

My final impression of Sacramento was Sunday morning visit to the farmers market. I have to say their market blew me away. The stone fruits where plentiful with various varieties of Apricots, Plums, Peaches all for $2.00 lbs. Here is the PNW this year, Cherries had an early season this year due to a mild winter and spring. The bulk of cherry crop this year was done by mid July. Freestone peaches also had an early harvest this year and not as plentiful due to lack of water in CA.

Tomatoes where also bursting with  many varieties and some varietals I have never seen before. Fresh herbs for $1.00 bunch, squash blossoms for $1.75 other local olive oil producers. My one regret was not having anymore room in my suitcase to bring home more fruit. All in all, I really enjoyed most tasting and putting a personal face to the people that produce a large portion of the fruits and vegetable that we consume here in the U.S. 

Below is a list of Stone Fruit Juices and Blends Northwest Naturals has to offer as well as recipes to help inspire your next summer meal.  For any questions please contact our customer service team or sales group.  If you want to request some samples please visit our sample request page

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Peach Juice Concentrate WONF

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