Other Food News: Summer 2012

Apple Blossoms from Maria The Fruit Lady's Trees

While we are celebrating with the delicate produce of Spring, farmers are already working on Fall crops. Maria the Fruit Lady, who supplies our local food coop with incredible organic fruit from western Washington, recently shot this apple blossom photo. “The one in the middle is called the king bloom, and comes out first. It is the strongest flower, and if pollinated properly, will be the biggest piece of fruit in the cluster. It is left on the tree when thinning for that reason. But not all king blooms are left on. They have to be spaced four inches apart, for two reasons: one, for size, and two, so it doesn’t break the limb. Also if the apples touch, critters tend to hide and live in between them. Enough of a lesson for today.”  Betcha didn’t know that, huh?



Emily, the source of the rich raw milk that Heritage Farm sells, has a new baby bull, named Backstrap. We’re betting that it won’t be long before Backstrap will be sharing momma’s milk with San Juan Island Food Coop patrons.

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