Tomato School at Rubinette Produce Market!
Summer is coming to a close, but some of the stars of summer are still bursting off the shelves like a souvenir from our time with sun. If you have ever thought about canning, freezing or preserving some perfect summer flavor to brighten up your winter months, the time to learn is now!
Buy a whole case of the Willamette Valley’s most perfect cooking tomato – the Astiana – and make a slow and easy sauce over the course of a rainy afternoon. Available for the next two weeks or so, cases of tomatoes are approximately 18 lb each and cost $43/box cash or check, $46 with a card (even less if you buy more than three). Just get in touch, we’ll save some for you!
Why the Astiana? Because it is the flavor of Oregon. Bred from seeds saved on a trip to northern Italy, this tomato has been refined through seed saving and selection by Ayers Creek Farm for over a decade, becoming a representation of place. We’ll let Anthony explain.
September is a pepper party.
From Bulgarian Carrot (spicy!) to Sweet Italian (not!), we have every flavor of pepper you can imagine. Whether you want to try your hand at the Oaxacan version of chiles rellenos or just want the easiest appetizer known to man, now is the time to make your pepper plans.
Of course, fall is on the way. We’ve already received our first delicious Zestar, Honeycrisp and Pink Pearl apples from our friends at Kiyokawa Family Orchards. While we are nibbling on slices with cheddar right now, we are making big pie plans!
Dutch still life or your dining table?
The grapes this year are stunning. In moody shades of burgundy, purple-black and rust-tinged green, they flavors range from a deep, rich sweetness here to a light, refreshing juiciness. Try the Grape with No Name from Ayers Creek Farm – green with a complex acidity – or the rich red Reliance from Selah Springs. Your lunchbox never looked so pretty.
Sweet, succulent and almost gone.
Melons are a late-summer sleeper hit. Super juicy and refreshing, we wish they would come sooner, but we are so grateful when their moment finally arrives! From the adorable Tiger Stripe, Kajari and Sugar Cube melons to the big Snow Leopards, there are so many new varieties to try. Take a taste while you can! (and if you are out and about, don’t miss Lovely 50/50’s cantaloupe ice cream sundaes!)
Last call for good corn!
Sweet summer corn is still here – and so easy to cook you shouldn’t miss it. Take a moment to rethink American corn classics, like succotash with fresh shelling beans and tomatoes or fresh corn pudding. Corn after September just isn’t worth your time, so try it now!
Rubinette Produce Market · 2340 NE Sandy Boulevard · Portland, OR 97232 · USA