Dig In Produce

These dazzling, dark-purple gems came to be as the result of crossbreeding Concord and Thompson grapes. They have the blue-black hue and aromatic flavor of the Concord (think of the grape juice or grape jelly from your childhood), with a touch of Thompson sweetness. And while we absolutely love their Concord grape flavor, we think their very best quality comes from the Thompson side of the family—they’re seedless! Yes, friends, seedless! (You may find a small, edible “trace seed,” much like the white seeds in watermelon, but we promise these are free of actual grape seeds.) If you’re fans of...

Most of us think of certain colors when specific fruits and vegetables are mentioned. You know, Bell peppers - green, carrots - orange, tomatoes - red, etc. But most everyone has seen (or tasted) fruits and veggies that have been cultivated to display unexpected colors. Our Yellow Tomatoes on the Vine are a fantastic example of naturally bred tomatoes with incredible color and remarkable texture and flavor. Our grower—located in Canada (summer through fall), and Mexico (winter through spring)—experimented with over 300 yellow tomato varieties for more than eight years before finally settling on this one. Of course...

The best things come in small packages. At least, that’s what short people say. The leaders in our produce area also say this—though they are varied in height—especially when they are speaking of our Smallish Gems Sweet Lettuce. One of our buyers first encountered Gems in London restaurants and supermarkets several years ago. Today, we’ve seen these small, Sweet Lettuce heads popping up all over the U.S., especially in farmer’s markets and finer restaurants. Based on their notable characteristics, Gems might be described as a cross between butter lettuce and romaine. Technically, they are an...