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Granny Smith Apples
Approx 132 count

 

These are firm and juicy with thick skin and tart, sweet, slightly acidic flavor. This is a great time to stock up and process snacks for the summer! Dried apples, apples sauce, fruit rolls, apple pie filling (for pies or crisps!), apple butter! Plenty of options to make some healthy and delicious snacks and treats!

 

Fresh Sugar-Free Applesauce is easy and delicious! In a stovetop or electric pressure cooker, put in:

-Apples (at least 10, up to enough to fill your pot to the Max line
-1/2 cup water
-Optional: Cinnamon to taste (we do about a Tblsp)
-Optional: Vanilla (we do about a tsp)

 

Peel and core your apples, fill pot to Max line (I’ve thrown in a couple of pears, too), pressure for 10 minutes, release the pressure if you’re in a hurry, natural release if you’re not, and blend – I like my stick/immersion blender as it easily allows me to keep some chunkiness. Adjust seasoning as desired – more cinnamon, splash of vanilla, some sweet spice blend, whatever. Throw in your refrigerator and enjoy all week!

Any kind or mix of apples will do, though using only Granny Smiths will be tart. I tend to do a max of four Granny Smith per full pot of apples for sauce without adding a sweetener like maple syrup, honey, or sugar.

Brussels Sprouts
Approx 25 Lb

 

So excited about this long time favorite of mine showing up as a featured item! Whether you serve them boiled, or steamed or roasted with onions and bacon like yours truly, these are a for sure pleaser!

 

Try Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Feta or Brussels Sprouts with Onion, and & Figs for easy and delicious side dishes!

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Persimmons

Approx 10 Lb

 

These are the squat shaped persimmons! They are enjoyed while still firm and crisp. Enjoy raw, peeled and sliced in salads (lovely flavor and great color) or roasted! They have an almost pumpkin-like mild flavor.

One of the most festive fall and winter sites as a child was seeing bright orange persimmons on bare persimmon trees. They always looked like Christmas ornaments to me!

Here’s an awesome appetizer using prosciutoo – perfect for the upcoming holidays!
http://blog.bountifulbaskets.org/2013/10/20/prosciutto-wrapped-persimmons-with-a-kick/

 

This recipe is very similar to my Gran’s. She served persimmons this way with a nice pork loin. Delicious! 
https://www.thespruceeats.com/roasted-persimmons-2217051

Pineapple
Approx 6 count

 

Delicious sliced fresh and in smoothies, add to jams, and bottle chunks! Freezes beautifully for future smoothies or later processing. We make smoothie kits with our favorite fruit and veggie combos for dump, blend, and run mornings! Juice some up with oranges or mango for a super special and delicious breakfast beverage. Have you tried dehydrated pineapple? So easy and delicious! A perfect summer-y, sweet, and healthy snack at home or on the go.

My kids love Virgin Pina Coladas as a special treat, and they’re pros at making them – even my 8yo! Into the blender goes chunks of pineapple, coconut milk, and just a squeeze of lime. Add ice to make it a frozen dessert – No sugar or dairy required!

Pomegranates
Approx 30 count

 

These delightful healthy treats are one of my favorite was to occupy my children. Sit them outside with a pomegranate and a cup and they’ll be busy for an hour and get healthier by the moment! I freeze the arils on a sheet pan and then throw in a freezer bag, ready to top salads, include in recipes, and enjoy out of hand – they freeze beautifully! – and of course there are faster ways to get them out of the fruit than picking! Check out You Tube for some fun videos.
 

The pomegranate has strong symbolic meaning throughout history in Greece and is present in many Greek dishes and sauces. And they’re gorgeous in any display!

 

Try this Pomegranate Apple Crisp for a beautiful and festive twist on a comfort dessert.

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