Ahhhh spring. The sound of birds chirping in the morning, the sight of bees buzzing around newly flowering trees, and the scent of asparagus gently floating in the air. Yes, we said asparagus. While we’ll have showy newcomers like ramps and floral bouquets this season, we want to take the time to reintroduce you to some of the spring produce you thought you knew well.
Meet our Asparaguests
Once upon a pre-COVID time, undersized asparagus went to restaurants, hotels, and other foodservice settings. But now, with so many businesses shuttered or seeing reduced traffic due to the pandemic, a whole lot of little asparaguses are at risk of going to waste.
Always the supporter of the little asparaguy, we’re proud to be an option for growers who have produce they can’t sell elsewhere. And in our opinion, smaller produce just means more flavor and exciting new culinary uses!
Mangoes with a juicy story
For most growers, keeping the bugs out is the main concern. But at Ciruli Brothers orchard, it’s all about keeping the “beneficial bugs” in. Critical to growing their beloved Champagne ataulfo mangos, pollinators like bees are free to set-up shop throughout the orchard. The bees build their buzzing hives in the tree canopies, and in return for shelter and an abundance of food (all mango diet, anyone?), the bees pollinate the flowers, which grow into plump, juicy mangoes.
To keep their bees happy and aplenty, the growers must keep the soil healthy, the waterways clean, and the wildlife corridors protected. So next time you’re cutting into your ataulfo mango, remember how much went into making it mango-nificent!
What’s that Brown Spot on my Artichoke?
What brown spot? Oh, that one, it’s nothing! Ok, lettuce explain. Some of our artichokes experienced a touch of frosty weather which left the tips of their leaves a little worse for wear. But who among us could spend a night out in the cold and come out unscathed? Not so frosty, but imperfect in their own right, we’ll also have teeny little artichokes and rather large purple ones from JAS Family Farm.
All these artichokes almost went to waste for their “frost-kissed” leaves and undesirable sizes, but what’s it to us if they’re just as delicious? After a little trim and a quick roast in the oven, you won’t be able to tell the difference either.
It’s in our Blood… Oranges
For citrus growers like our friends at Fruit World, between 5% and 20% of a harvest may not live up to grocery stores’ strict cosmetic standards. Too big, too small, uneven color, slight scarring; all this nitpicking keeps tons of delicious fruit from being enjoyed. Even blood oranges, the vibrant summer-salad-stunner, can’t escape the judgment of the Goldilocks grocery buyer. Sweet Harvest offers us their blood oranges that would normally have been left on the tree or sent to the juicer for pennies on the dollar. But when we work together, we get to offer you a sweet deal on premium quality blood oranges, and Sweet Harvest doesn’t lose out on their slightly unsightly citrus.
Well, get a whiff of all of that! We hope you meet and/or reacquaint yourselves with a few of our favorite spring produce items this season.
Jean MarianiSearMarch 17, 2021 at 9:13 pm
I need an alternative to asparagus; I have kidney disease and gout, and both are aggravated by asparagus. Also, I don’t get paid until the 3rd of the month and I have $19 between now and then. If you can’t adjust my delivery date, I have to cancel immediately. Thank you.
Imperfect FoodsMarch 28, 2021 at 9:54 pm
Broccoli is a great substitute for asparagus since they cook similarly. 🥦💚 We unfortunately aren’t able to change the day your order is charged or delivered, please reach out to our customer care team if you have any additional questions or concerns!
Julie K.March 17, 2021 at 10:45 pm
What happened the ramps you promised in your Spring Grocery Preview?
ImperfectMarch 26, 2021 at 9:14 pm
Stay tuned for them!
Brenda GoerkeMarch 27, 2021 at 1:16 pm
Ramps don’t show up in the woods in Michigan until about early May. The same time we get the Morel mushrooms. When you go to the woods to look for mushrooms all you can smell is the green onion/ leek smell of ramps. Spring in the Mitten state!
Tracie DavisMarch 18, 2021 at 12:19 pm
Thanks for the info!
ImperfectMarch 26, 2021 at 9:12 pm
Michelle GarciaMarch 18, 2021 at 2:17 pm
I will be ordering these!! Thank you!!
ImperfectMarch 26, 2021 at 9:14 pm
Yay! Of course!
Lisa ChapmanMarch 18, 2021 at 3:31 pm
Love your notes, stories and pictures! All the information about the farms, storing fruit, etc., offer helpful and interesting information. And, of course, they are FUN to read!
ImperfectMarch 26, 2021 at 9:35 pm
Thanks so much for your sweet support! 💚
LaTasha JohnsonMarch 18, 2021 at 8:04 pm
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Imperfect Foods!! Thanks to you all I have tired new fruits and veggies that I didn’t even know existed. I never even seen or heard of blood oranges and now I am addicted! It tickles my husband how excited I get when my order is on the way. He’s not as daring as me but he has definitely tried some things and loved them also. To me, all of my produce has been imperfectly PERFECT!
ImperfectMarch 26, 2021 at 9:55 pm
We’re so stoked to have y’all in our family and love hearing that you are trying new products! So fun! 💚
WENDY PETERSMarch 21, 2021 at 4:09 pm
So far so good.
But what do I do if I get something gross? Do you want to know? Almost everything has been beautiful. But my last two avocados were little hard black things and when I finally cut them, still hard, they were black inside. I don’t want anything. I just want you to know. Thanks.
ImperfectMarch 26, 2021 at 9:58 pm
Hey Wendy! We’re excited to have you in our family, but we’re sorry to hear about your avocados. We never want you paying for anything you weren’t able to enjoy. Please send our customer care team a note here: bit.ly/385DIoA
LitiannaApril 23, 2021 at 2:38 am
Where do the mangoes come from?
Imperfect FoodsApril 23, 2021 at 11:04 pm
We will always try to source locally when seasonally available, but we do source from out-of-state when necessary and seasonally appropriate. You’ll be able to see where each item is coming from when you customize your box!