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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?
What’s that you say, there are over 3,000 varieties of pears worldwide? Their history dates back to about 1,000 BC, so they’ve had some time to be enjoyed by countless folks over the centuries… including that partridge in a pear tree! Baked, roasted, poached or blended, pears are an awesome stealth ingredient in all kinds of sweet and savory recipes.
In Japan, Asian pears were once believed to ward off misfortune. Their large trees were often planted at the front of the house gates as a symbolic guard for the family, and they were grown in the corners of properties to protect against evil. Also a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and vitamin K.
They don’t grow in water, but thanks to the small pockets inside them where air seeps in, flooding the growing zone allows them to bob to the surface where they’re scooped up when harvest comes. Swap out your cooked sauce for a fresh cranberry relish for a bright trimming to your holiday meal this year.
With their sweet, rich and somewhat earthy flavor, and the dynamic duo of hachiya (creamy and custardy) and fuyu (firm and crisp) you’ll be amazed at how many ways you can feel the love. Persimmon bread, jam, crumble pie, cobbler, persimmons in your autumn salads. Persimmon risotto?
The name means “apple with many seeds”. Pomegranate trees are native to the Middle East, grow mostly in hot, dry climates and can live over 200 years! The arils are a good source of vitamins A, C and E, as well as folic acid. Sprinkle them on salads and desserts, or float them in drinks.
Is a pumpkin really a fruit? Heck, yeah! And with the holiday season coming, here’s your chance to create your own gourd-geous desserts. Of course, there’s pie, but what about cheesecake, brûlée, a frosted sheet cake, or some heavenly waffles to get the day started off right.
Fig trees have no blossoms on their branches – they’re inside the fruit! Many tiny flowers produce the crunchy little edible seeds giving figs their unique texture. Fig purée can be a great replacement for fat in recipes, so go ahead and sub out the butter in muffins or quick breads. Also a great source of calcium, one half-cup has as much calcium as one half-cup of milk.
Just one of those things that evoke pampering, and a nice big bunch of ripe, plump grapes is a great way to treat yourself or your sweetie. Savoring these juicy gems one by one, frozen on a hot day or sitting alongside charcuterie and cheese on a celebration platter as a textural and taste foil for all things rich and creamy, is absolute pleasure.
The true “crown jewels” of the date world. Plump, juicy and full of a wide range of flavor experiences, from fruity and floral to honey-kissed and slightly cinnamon-spiced. They’ve got quite the range of sweet and savory possibilities as well, depending on what you stuff ’em with, or wrap around ’em.
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