The changing of the seasons is an exciting time at Kimberton Whole Foods, especially in the Produce Department. Throughout the spring, summer and fall growing seasons we begin to see a variety of IPM and organically grown produce from local growers, some of which are just a few miles from our stores. Read on to learn more about some of the seasonal produce you can expect to see at your local KWF!
We’re excited to kick off the month of September with locally grown, hand-selected gourmet Asian Pears from Subarashii Kudomono (wonderful fruit) in Coopersburg, PA. You can find this delicious fall treat at all KWF locations. Stay tuned for details about this unique local producer!
*Enjoy a special three day sale on all Subarashii Kudomono products, September 18th – September 20th!
With Autumn’s arrival comes apple season! Local distributor, Four Seasons Produce, in partnership with the Heirloom Orchards apple program, will provide different heirloom varieties as they are available. Look for IPM or organic apples of the red delicious and heirloom varieties (e.g. Cortland, Orange Pippen, Gala) for fall baking and back to school lunch shopping.
Winter squash, potatoes and root veggies
A large variety of winter squash is now available from local vendors like Lancaster Farm Fresh and Paradise Organics. Much of the squash (e.g., delicata, kabocha, pie pumpkins, red kuri and spaghetti) will arrive from Samuel Stoltzfus Farm in Honey Brook, PA through Four Seasons Produce. Local potatoes are also in good supply beginning in the fall. Look for locally grown sweet and fingerling potatoes beginning in mid-September. We will also see the winter root vegetable selection expand. Root veggies like turnips and rutabagas are two of the basic root vegetables you can expect to find in produce.
Make the most out of autumn’s harvest with these recipes.
Blue Moon Acres (Buckingham, Pa) organic baby salad greens are back this season. Look for Baby Romaine, Baby Spinach, Arugula and Spring Mix at our Ottsville and Kimberton locations. A small selection of micro greens will also be available at our Ottsville store.
If you’re growing your own garden this summer, be sure to check out new plant arrivals from Peace Tree Farm (Kintersville, Pa). Organically raised plants are seasonally available at our Kimberton, Downingtown, Malvern and Ottsville stores throughout the year. Choose from a selection of herbs , veggie starters, strawberry plants, and decorative plants like Coleus (great color for planters and window boxes all season long).
Look for a changing selection of produce from Kimberton CSA (Kimberton, Pa) at our Kimberton store! We recently received beautiful bunches of red kale from this neighboring biodynamic farm.
Beginning in July, you can expect to see heirloom tomatoes and corn varieties from local farms and cooperatives like Lancaster Farm Fresh, Four Seasons Produce and Paradise Organics in our produce section.
Two Gander Farm
We are excited to announce that a variety of farm fresh produce from Two Gander Farm is now available at our Downingtown store. Visit their website to learn more about everything this hyper local farm has to offer!
*Availability of all local produce may vary. While supplies last.
Want to learn more about IPM or biodynamic agriculture? Check out the descriptions below:
What does Biodynamic mean? How is it different from Organic? (via www.kimbertoncsa.org)
The CSA garden is farmed biodynamically. This means that, in addition to following the rules set forth for organic certification and avoiding the use of toxic chemicals for fertility and pest control, (some allowable organic pest controls are used, please ask us we are happy to talk with you about any questions), specific Biodynamic methods and careful stewardship of the land are practiced to ensure the long-term health of the farm’s soil, plants, and animals.
What is Biodynamic?
Kimberton Whole Foods got its start as part of an organic, biodynamic farm. Since our beginning we have promoted sustainability in agriculture and food culture by prioritizing Certified Organic, local and biodynamic products. In its most basic definition, organic farming is an approach to agriculture that protects and sustains our ecosystem. Similarly, biodynamic farming is an approach that seeks to not only protect our natural resources, but to encourage healing of the earth’s vitality. Biodynamic farming is an example of how high quality foods can be produced using humane and sustainable methods with minimal environmental impact. To learn more about about biodynamic farming visit the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association website.
What is IPM?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides. In contrast, organic food production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals.