Posts Categorized: Products

Analysis shows Environmental Impact of EcoApple® Orchards

Elly Vaughan Phoenix Fruit Farm

Sixteen Northeast orchards representing 1439 acres of fruit are successfully certified Eco Apple® for 2017. Several of the orchards have now been certified Eco for ten years or more, with additional orchards joining over the past decade. Phoenix Fruit Farm of Belchertown, MA, under the leadership of new owner Elly Vaughan, is certified for the… Read more »

Wild Maine Blueberries

Lynn Thurston started Blue Sky Produce in Maine in response to a simple problem: Less than 1% of wild blueberries are harvested for the fresh market. Since 2006 Lynn has been working to build relationships with growers, distributors and customers. Wild Blueberries are one of North America’s oldest native berries, and have thrived under the… Read more »

Eco Fruit Rocks! New Animated Video from Red Tomato

If you’ve ever tried finding local, sustainably produced fruit at the grocery store, you know it can be a daunting task. Especially if you live in parts of the country with challenging climate and pest issues, like the Northeast! You often have to decide: Do I want sustainable or do I want something grown closer… Read more »

Beautiful Fruit = Much Needed Culinary Inspiration

Like most working people, working parents especially, cooking isn’t always at the top of my ‘can’t-wait-to-get-home-and…’ list. But the past several weeks at Red Tomato have provided such a beautiful bounty of fruit that I was moved to break out my grandmother’s tart pan and do stone fruit some justice. High quality, farm fresh, tree ripened… Read more »

Preserving Summer Fruit: Dried Tart Cherries!

    I requested a food dehydrator for Christmas in 2011 specifically for making dried tart cherries. A few year’s back, I tasted different kinds of dried cherries at a high-end farmers’ market stall in San Francisco and I still remember the intense flavor punch. At Red Tomato, we work with a fabulous orchard in… Read more »

Summer Dining: Grilling and Crisping

  Asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries can only mean one thing: it’s warm weather time! Two of my favorite things about summer are grilling and dining al fresco. Perhaps it’s the simplicity of eating a dinner of charred vegetables and protein, or the fact that at some point in my roots my ancestors were also cooking… Read more »

Reflecting on rain

Ruminating after a wet week Rain is good. Most of the time. In fact, it seems to have something to do with plants growing in springtime, etc. There’s always one guy in the locker room at the Y who moans on about the lost beach day or the rained-out golf game. But most people get the… Read more »

Come taste the best apples the Northeast has to offer!

To celebrate that our Eco Apple network grew this year’s entire crop without oganophosphates (some of the most harmful pesticides out there) – we’re taking to the stores to sample our favorite regional and heirloom varieties. For dates and details go here. Recent studies have found negative impacts of pesticide residues, particularly organophosphates, on fruits… Read more »