Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Skinny on Skinny Avocados

Excerpts from the Notes from Readers section in the Cook’s Illustrated, January and February 2014 edition. I recently heard someone mention “skinny” avocados. Does such a thing really exist? Becky Chapel Hill, N.C. Yes, in fact, it does. Florida avocados … Continue reading


Early Chinese New Year bodes well for shippers of fresh produce

Excerpts from a Produce Retailer article written 12/19/2013 02:03:00 PM by Andy Nelson “We always find increased demand for the holiday,” said Peter Leifermann, director of sales and fruit procurement for Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals LLC. “Retail sales are growing in … Continue reading


Papaya can be worth the effort to grow

Excerpt from an article in the Tallahassee Democrat written by Trevor Hylton. A lot of nurseries around here sell papaya plants. They are, however, highly frost-sensitive, limiting their production to tropical climates. Our shortened season does not usually permit this … Continue reading


You can’t go wrong with papayas

Excerpt from an article in the Orange County Register written by Cathy Thomas Papayas are a nutritional giant among fruits. The brightly hued flesh – salmon, pink, bright orange or canary yellow – forms an eye-popping contrast to the shimmery … Continue reading


Tropical Holiday Wreath

It’s the 2nd year we’ve done a holiday wreath made out of tropical fruits and vegetables. This year everything we grow and sell are part of the wreath. You have to really look to find the individual pieces, but that’s … Continue reading