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Rainier Cherries

It is finally the first day of July! And, as we settle into our lazy summer days, don’t be so relaxed that you forget to buy and enjoy Rainier Cherries.  The season is, if we’re lucky, 6-7 weeks!  Unlike other fruits, they can only be bought and enjoyed in the summer.  July 11th is National Rainier Cherry Day, the only nationally recognized day to commemorate a cherry variety.  If you assumed it was named after Mt. Rainier, the 14k + volcano/mountain just outside of Seattle, you would be correct!  This blushing variety was developed in 1952 by cross-pollinating two cherry varieties, the Van and the Bing.  The result was an exceptional new cherry!

 

Although Rainiers can be more expensive, they are worth their weight in gold! The delicate Rainier tends to be a little more work for growers.  They are not only loved by humans but birds too!  Who can blame them?  Growers go to great lengths to cover trees and deter birds from oversampling in their groves.  Rainiers are prone to bruise more easily, which makes it easy for us to pick good fruit, but presents added challenges for growers.  They are also more likely to be damaged by the weather, like rain or wind, than other varieties.  Here’s the big BUT…they are naturally larger and sweeter than other varieties.  They have a higher Brix level, which is the amount of sugar in the fruit.  Basically, one-fifth of each cherry is sugar!  Yes, Rainiers are beauty queens, but they are not just a pretty face.  They have a complex flavor that is intensely sweet, sometimes a little bitter, but with a caramel type finish.  Oh and the texture!  The Rainier has a smooth and creamy texture in your mouth.  As the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for!”  Rainier cherries will not disappoint!  

 

These gorgeous little stone fruits won’t be around for long.  Buy them by the bag full each week, and enjoy them while you can!  They are just perfect for eating out of hand, and if you’re feeling generous…sharing!  

 

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Currently, the Northwest cherry crop has been running approximately 5-7 days behind schedule due to cold weather and rain. Luckily, there is warmer weather for the coming week!   We expect to see the pressure on the supply side lighten up a bit. 

Rainier Cherries

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Serrano Peppers from Baja

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Imported Citrus

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Northwest Cherries

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California Stone Fruit

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Vidalia Onion and Tomato Conserve

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Summer Berry Cream Pie

Summer Berry Cream Pie Prep: 30 mins Cook: 11 mins (depending crust recipe) Serving: makes one 9 inch pie    Ingredients: One frozen or homemade crust 1 pint heavy whipping cream 6 oz of softened cream cheese 1 tsp vanilla ⅔ cup of powdered sugar 4 cups of...

Roasted Baby Red Potatoes with Chives

Roasted Baby Red Potatoes with Chives Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins  Serving: Makes approximately 13 small potatoes   Ingredients: 1 pound of small red potatoes in similar sizes.   1 tablespoon of salt 3 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup of shredded parmesan cheese 3...

CHERRIES

Are you ready for the “sweetest six weeks of summer”?  We have the first crops of the California cherries available now.  Eagerly anticipated worldwide, the California cherry is the first variety to be available each season. They can cause quite a frenzy when they hit...

Westlake Weekly Update 5.6.20

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ORGANIC

Check out our organic offerings of winter favorites! California Organic Citrus Orange navels Cara Cara navels Grapefruit Lemons

AVOCADOS

Another big event is happening in a couple of short weeks...the Superbowl! Now Westlake won’t publically back either team, but we can all back the presence of guacamole at any 49ers or Chief’s party! Avocados from California (don’t worry Chief’s fans they’re not from...

SPECIALTY PRODUCE

The dragon fruit market is stable and remains consistent for Chinese New Year, starting Saturday the 25th. It is important to prebook these shipments with Westlake.

BERRIES

It may be cold in California, but the strawberry market is heating up! Pricing is going up due to the weather, but there is also not enough supply to cover retail needs on both the East and West Coast. As for the growing regions, Mexico continues to ship strawberries...

LATIN

Look out for the red Fresno chili arriving biweekly from Florida! Westlake has plenty of peppers, and the market remains strong. We are watching the FOB prices in Nogales slide down just a little.

POTATOES

In other citrus news, California is offering the best fruit currently. All varieties are perfect eating and availability is there for promotion. Florida is offering the Orri mandarin and Juicy Crunch tangerine. They are outstanding quality, but supplies are limited....

CITRUS

In other citrus news, California is offering the best fruit currently. All varieties are perfect eating and availability is there for promotion. Florida is offering the Orri mandarin and Juicy Crunch tangerine. They are outstanding quality, but supplies are limited....

MELONS

Westlake has moved our honeydew growing region to Southern Mexico! These melons from the south are looking better than their Northern cousins. Honeydew volume is still low as offshore dews have not fully come into season. We expect this to trend for the next few...

TROPICAL

Lime volume is picking up! Westlake has fruit from our growers coming in from Mexico via Texas, shipping to the East and West Coasts. Pricing is in the teens on 175s/200s/230s, call us now for promotional pricing! We are all done with our Mangoes out of Ecuador, but...

APPLES

Chinese New Year is coming January 25th, demand increases for large Fuji apples. As we welcome in the Year of the Rat, we say goodbye to the Cosmic Crisp apple. Call us now for your apple needs!

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