What’s in Season?
Shop our 99%+ Certified Organic Produce Department.
At BriarPatch Food Co-op, supporting organic local and regional farms is at the heart of what we do. We are a community-owned cooperative and understand the importance of direct farmer relationships to build a resilient food system. At the Patch, you’ll find a colorful array and diverse selection of beautiful, fresh and delicious fruits and veggies all year long. We take great pride in knowing our farmers by name. How do we define what is local?
The most commonly used herb in the U.S. Peppery with a mild anise flavor, Italian basil is a relatively sweeter than its purple counterpart. Sweet green basil is largely featured in dishes from Italy (pesto) and Southeast Asia (green chicken curry). Purple basil gives you an amazing piquancy and visual “pop”. Whichever one you use, for maximum flavor, add the leaves at the end of cooking.
Floral and herbal-scented leaves reminiscent of oregano and thyme from the bay laurel plant, an evergreen shrub that grows slowly in warm climates. Available whole – fresh or dried – or ground into a powder, add to slow-cooked recipes like soups and sauces; be sure to remove whole ones before serving!
These deep-green hollow stems that look a lot like lawn grass lend a refreshingly light, oniony taste to whatever you add them to, helping cut down on the heaviness of rich foods such as risotto or blue cheese salad dressing. When finely chopped, a sprinkling is like edible confetti.
This lil’ lacy, delicate herb elicits some strong reactions, either “clean” and “grassy” or “earthy” and “tangy”. Often associated with Scandinavian cuisine (Gravlax, anyone?), it’s found around the world in other dishes such as tzatziki (Greece), corn (India) and borscht (Eastern Europe). Besides giving pickles their trademark flavor, also great with potatoes or in dips that use sour cream or mayo.
Makrut Lime Leaves
Different from regular limes, with a very bitter taste and bumpy skin, and mainly used in producing household cleaning products. The leaves are very aromatic with a bright and distinctly citrus bouquet, a wonderful addition to many Thai and Southeast Asian dishes. Find ’em fresh, dried or frozen. To use, thinly slice or cook after removing the rib.
Looking to add some warmth to a dish? Oregano combines a hint of sweetness with spiciness. Mediterranean (Greek) oregano is typically milder than the Mexican variety; the former being used in pizza seasonings and the latter sometimes called for in chili recipes.
This unsung hero can do more than just garnish a plate. Many a stock, soup or stew calls for it as part of a bouquet garni. Generally, flat parsley’s got a peppery bite, while the curly type is relatively bland. The clean, light flavor cuts through the heavy creaminess of egg and pasta recipes.
Native to the Mediterranean region, it gained popularity in Tuscan recipes like chicken cacciatore. Its strong, even pungent, pine-like fragrance and flavor pairs well with pork chops, poultry and grilled fish. Also great with potatoes or, for an unusual sweet-savory treat, try rosemary shortbread cookies.
With a delicate anise flavor that’s more sweet than strong, it’s often paired with foods that easily absorb other flavors, such as chicken, scallops and eggs. Use it quickly – it doesn’t last long once it’s picked – or place it in a bottle of vinegar to let the flavor go further.
Local = Watershed
Our definition of local Flows as we grow
We’ve recently redefined what local means to us. For many years, we’ve defined local relative to our flagship store in Grass Valley. As we grow, our definition expands, too.
Grown with love.
Keeping the bees alive and healthy without the use of synthetic chemicals is one management practice that sets them apart.
Kristen and William have been independently farming conserved land in the rolling foothills of El Dorado County since 2019
Starbright Acres Family Farm
Starbright Acres Family Farm delivers a diverse array of veggies to BriarPatch.
Mountain Bounty Farm
Founded in 1997 by John Tecklin, Mountain Bounty Farm is a 50-acre organic family farm located high on the forested contours of the San Juan Ridge near Nevada City, California.
Stone’s Throw Farm
Meet Steven and Bryanna Eisenhut of Stone’s Throw Farm, nestled in the outskirts of Colfax.
Super Tuber Farm
BriarPatch Food Co-op is proud to carry delicious potatoes, carrots, cabbage and beets from Super Tuber Farm.
Photo by Akim Aginsky