Spring is Here!
With Spring we start thinking of fresh produce again. But don't let your senses fool you!
Local fresh produce won't start until later in May, and that is only when it starts to trickle in. Mid-June is when we, and the rest of New Jersey, can source most of our vegetables locally. Please remember this if you are joining us now, expecting fabulous fresh local produce. The anticipation seems to make it all the better!
Actually, spring is when there is the least fresh produce available in the US. Most of what you get in the grocery store is from outside the country. Florida is finished producing and is planting for the new season. California still has some fresh items, but for the most part, if it's local, everyone is still living on last season's root vegetables and fruit from cold starage. We tend to supplement our baskets this time of year with the delicious tropical fruits that are otherwise not part of living locally.
As Spring progresses the leafy vegetables and sprouts (including asparagus) first become available gently teasing us. Peas, strawberries and blueberries start to flow, then beans, chives, and garlic scapes finish out the spring. In Mid-June, summer brings the rest of the fabulous array of fresh produce we all love.
It is also for this reason I tend to take my vacations in the Spring. I have one vacation week planned so far - April 14th there will be no baskets.
Enjoy your Spring! - Marnie, Co-op Manager
Mountain Lakes Organic Co-op is a local co-operative for buying organic fruits, vegetables, dairy and some meats at below supermarket prices. Read about the produce and then How it Works. We have weekly and biweekly pickups in Mountain Lakes, Rockaway, Madison, and Denville. Find out more about our pickup sites on their webpages too.
During the growing season, the produce is grown in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York States. During the winter and spring we source from as close as possible within the United States, except bananas and periodic tropicals. We always try to purchase the more locally grown produce over that from further away. For example,the citrus comes from Florida before California. For an idea of what may be in the baskets at a given time of year visit our Harvest Seasons and Availability chart.
Our baskets are well rounded with leafy greens, seasonal salad vegetables, cooking vegetables, and a nice variety of seasonal fruits and berries. The quality of the produce is a matter of pride, and our prices are below supermarket prices for comparable items.
Please keep in touch with us through our Newsletter and on our Facebook page. We post recipes, describe the more unusual produce, post Actions we can take to secure a less toxic environment, and we also post the latest Co-op happenings.
Try a Trial Basket before you join and enjoy the fresh organic flavors and the convenience of the Co-op, while knowing your eating habits are working toward a Healthier Earth. When you know it's the right thing for your family Join the Co-op!