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October 30: This week's harvest!

Items (Ct/Bag)

Honeydew melon (1)

Asian pears (2)

Organic celery (1)

1/2 lb snow peas

Suntan bell peppers (2)

12 oz cherry tomatoes on the vine

Sweet potatoes (2)

Green cabbage (1)

Replacement Items


Jumbo mango (1)

1 lb rambutans

Bundle of Rainbow carrots (1)

Eggplant (1)

Flash Sale Items


2 lb red seedless grapes

Avocados (2)

“What on earth are Asian pears, and what do I do with them?”

What it is:  Asian pears are a specific species of pear native to East Asia.  They are round, with yellow, green, or brown skin that has more of a matte texture than the shiny pears you may be used to.

How it tastes:  Asian pears are fragrant and sweet, very juicy with a crisp texture.

Health benefits: Asian pears are high in fiber, low in calories, and contain a number of micro-nutrients that are beneficial for blood, bone, and cardiovascular health.

Storage tips:  Store them in the refrigerator and they will last several weeks.

How to eat:  Their high water content means they’re not great for baking, but they are excellent for snacking on or including raw in dishes like salads.  

“What on earth are Rambutans, and how do I eat them?”

What it is:  Rambutans are tropical fruits native to Southeast Asia, related to other tropical fruits such as lychees.  They are a round- or oval-shaped, single-seed berry with red leathery skin covered with fleshy pliable spines.  They look pretty weird! Once you peel away the skin, the flesh is translucent white or very pale pink, and so juicy!

How it tastes:  Rambutans have a texture and sweet, mildly acidic taste very similar to grapes.

Health benefits:  Rambutans have lots of Vitamin C for a healthy immune system, as well as copper and iron which contribute to red blood cell production, and can help you feel more energized.

Storage tips:   Store rambutans in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and they’ll last for up to 2 weeks.

How to eat: Since the spikes are soft, you can grab them easily, and peel the rambutan like an orange.  Then bite into it! But don’t bite too hard! Be careful of the hard seed in the middle.

Really Yummy Recipes

  • Carrots are great for so much more than veggie trays.  Make these Chipotle-Maple Roasted Carrots or check out Chop Chop magazine’s Carrot Fries recipe.  And don’t forget the greens! You can actually use carrot tops in a variety of ways -- chop them up and add them to soups or salads, blitz them into a tasty Carrot Top Pesto, or check out Chop Chop’s recipe for Carrot Top Chimichurri.

  • Grab some sweet potatoes and cherry tomatoes this week, and celebrate the transition from summer to fall with these Savory Roasted Sweet Potaotes with Cherry Tomatoes recipe.

  • Trying to add more veggies to your morning meal?  Grab some sweet potatoes and celery and batch prep this easy Sweet Potato Hash -- then just add eggs any style each morning for a healthy breakfast!

  • Looking for a way to lighten up candied yams for this holiday season?  Try this recipe for Sweet Potato Mash with Oat Crumble Topping!

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