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2013 Produce Trends

by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy New Year! Each year as I replace the old calendars on the walls in my office, I reflect on twelve months that just sailed by. It seems these most recent months passed slightly faster than the previous twelve, a feeling I am certain will repeat next year.

The year 2012 was one the most exciting years for produce I have seen! It was full of new and exclusive items that brought some of our produce categories to a whole new level. What’s so wonderfully fun about these items is they brought a little seasonality back to the produce department.


Peaches – summer’s ‘fuzz’ word

by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Monday, August 6, 2012

We have officially entered into the dog days of summer - sweltering heat, weekend afternoons at the beach and the anticipation of local fairs are at the top of everyone’s minds and conversations. With the 4th of July behind us and the berry season coming off its peak, we can all look to one of the best fruits available all year: peaches!

There’s something about peaches that evokes a strange feeling of nostalgia in me that I can’t explain, and I don’t think I am alone. I have no “stand out” memory of eating fresh peaches as a child, no experience that I can remotely look at to explain this feeling. But every time I bite into a peach, I suddenly envision myself sitting on the back of a farm wagon eating a whole wooden box of fresh peaches, juice running down my hand, and grandma cleaning the light blue glass Ball jars for canning. Now, none of this ever happened, but there’s something strangely familiar about it.

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