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September 17, 2018

Mailorder Fruit: Where to Find the Best Fruit

by Anne Paddock

Grocery stores are filled with fresh fruit – peaches, plums, apples, and more – that looks great on the outside but is often mealy, flavorless, or dark on the inside (indicating the fruit was picked too early and put in cold storage).

I can’t tell you how many peaches, nectarines, and apples I’ve thrown out over the past few months. And, it’s not just from ordinary grocery stores; I’ve purchased awful peaches and nectarines from Whole Foods and Fresh Market on numerous occasions. Often times, this is because the fruit is technically out of season – grown in a faraway place, cooled, and transported – but in the summer and early fall, there is no excuse. We should be able to buy peaches, nectarines, and apples that are juicy, flavorful, and delicious during the summer and fall.

Farmers Markets are often reliable sources of high quality, locally grown fruit but if these are not an option, consider ordering fresh fruit from Frog Hollow Farms – a certified organic farm that grows peaches, nectarines, apricots, pears, pluots, cherries, avocados, and more.

Frog Hollow Farm grows unbelievably delicious organic fruit.  A 10 pound box of organic yellow peaches (24) is $79.99  or a 5 pound box (12 peaches) is $43 – about twice what you would pay in a grocery store (last week organic peaches were $3.99 a pound in many grocery stores) but you are guaranteed fresh, tree-ripened super juicy peaches that arrive perfect at your door. 

Organic Emerald Beaut Plums are also currently in season. These crisp, sweet, and juicy plums are the best of the best. A 5 pound box is $43 while a 10 pound box is $79.An Organic Mixed Fruit Box (5 pounds for $43 and 10 pounds for $79) are also available. Each box includes 2-3 different types of seasonably ripe organic fruit (a recent order contained peaches, plums, and pears).

Shipping is very reasonable with a flat rate charge o $7.75 to many western states. For the east coast, I placed an order for 20 pounds of fresh fruit and the shipping was $25.

If 10 or 20 pounds sounds like a lot of fresh fruit, consider freezing the fruit or making a pie (the peaches make an unbelievable fruit pie). I often buy large quantities of organic fresh fruit, wait until the fruit ripens to its sweetest and juiciest, and then cut and freeze the fruit, using it for pies or smoothies later.

Below is a fruit availability chart for Frog Hollow Farm. And, remember, fruit makes a wonderful, wonderful gift for the holidays or any special occasion.

To read more about Frog Hollow Farm or to place an order, go to the company website:  www.froghollow.com.

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