Hooray, it's local berry szn
And we're celebrating
GG1 cherries from Murray Family Farms. Steven Murray calls these “black gold.” They’re incredibly large, plump, and super deeply-colored. The flavor is high acid and high sugar and holy moly we’re so lucky to be gettin’ these because no one else is growing this variety. We’re so pumped!!! And we hope you are too for these tiny-but-giant morsels. These come and go so quickly that last year we blinked and we missed the season. Extremely popular down in SoCal farmers markets, we’re so dang lucky to be eating these cherries up here in the Bay Area. We wish all cherries tasted like this.
We heard you all that the Chandler strawbs from Swanton Berry Farm were really hittin’ last week, so we decided to 2X it. Volume has been soooo slow along the cool misty coast of Davenport, but the few berries we are getting taste so, so good. This week’s harvest is from second year plants. In most commercial strawberry production, new plants are planted every year because first year plants produce bigger berries. Not many growers keep plants beyond the second year crop because the berries tend to be smaller and the plants decline in production after an initial burst. But it’s more sustainable to keep plants in the ground for a bit longer. Besides, we generally prefer the flavor of second year berries.
Early adopters of the fan club might have noticed that the Snowchaser blues from Coastal Moon are getting bigger every week. Still yummy as ever, those jewels are just a burst of flavor! We’re eating them by the handful these days, and we’re so grateful to have such a bounty available to us while the inland Central Valley blueberries are just barely starting up. We’ve got a few more weeks with the Snowchasers before we move into the next fun variety!
Pakistan mulberries from Habitera Farms: we got you both the white and purple varieties this week because they're so strikingly different, and we thought it would be fun to taste them side-by-side! There are only two rows of white mulberry trees on the farm, so enjoy these as they’re super limited. Despite their greenish-yellow hue, they’re not just under ripe purple berries. The white mulberry is a distinct variety, but the jury’s still out on whether it’s a true Pakistan varietal, Morus macroura, or an elongated version of another white mulberry, Morus alba. Either way, enjoy the unique flavor profile each one offers.The white has a cucumber-y honeydew vibe, and the purple makes us think of a grape-y raspberry. Like a cherry or strawberry, you can eat the whole berry and ditch the tiny green stem at the top. They’re quite perishable so we recommend inhaling them upon receipt. Send us a note and share what they taste like to you! 🙂