PT Food Co-op

The Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, Port Townsend, 98368
Port Townsend
Phone: (360) 385-2883

Archive for the ‘Harvest Highlights’ Category

Juicy Chelan Apricots

July 19th, 2012 by Ian

Now in the store… our new crop of certified organic, tree-ripened, juicy, farmer direct, apricots ! These delicious cots are from Mike Brownfield, the first certified organic grower in Washington state. For more info on the Brownfield Orchard, click here.

Organic cherries are in!

July 19th, 2012 by Ian

We’re excited that it’s cherry season! In addition to smaller quantities, starting tomorrow, Friday, July 13, the Produce Dept. offers cases of #2 Lapin cherries for sale to those interested in canning, freezing, drying, and/or just plain EATING!

We will receive 20-pound cases of tasty, juicy, certified organic cherries for the next couple of weeks priced at $38.99, but don’t wait, the season will end before you know it! Need an idea? Try this:


1/2 pound fresh cherries, washed & pitted

1/4 cup red onion, diced

1/2 cup red wine

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

4 Tablespoons sugar

1 Tablespoon peeled, minced ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

pinch of cayenne pepper (optional for spicier chutney lovers)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except the chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low for about 1 hour, stirring frequently to prevent burning and sticking. The chutney is finished once it has thickened and there is almost no liquid.

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper and grill 5-6 minutes on each side until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Remove from heat to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Serving suggestions: A summery couscous salad studded with grilled vegetables makes a great seasonal side dish. The chutney is also delicious on lamb, pork and duck.

Source: National Cooperative Grocers Association

Lapin Cherries for 2012

May 2nd, 2012 by

Word has gotten out in our small town. Where will the PT Food Co-op get our Lapin cherries this summer?  YES… the Burgesses of Burgess Orchard in Tonasket, WA have taken their Lapin cherry trees out … yes, ripped from the ground, gone, burned to ashes and returned to the earth!

Years ago, Peter & Mary moved to the Okanogan Valley to retire from the work on boats that they loved so much in Port Townsend. Well, a Gala apples orchard (removed in the fall of 2010) is now gone and the cherry trees have followed. They still have their famous Artic Jay white nectarines; those will show their faces in the Co-op around the end of August, so we can look forward to them.

So, where are we going to get cherries? Will we replace the Burgess’ cherries with another Eastern WA grower/orchardist?  YES, we will be moving down-valley a few miles (about 500 feet down in elevation) to River Valley Organics (RVO). Apple & George Otte have been growing Lapin cherries along with other delicious apple & pear varieties that we have purchased over the past 2 years.

RVO, due to its elevation, has cherries a week to 10 days earlier than the Burgess crop began. Last year we were able to get a few cases of their Lapins and they were GREAT! Yes, the Burgess Lapins have a following and people feel they are (were) the best cherries EVER! I would have to agree, BUT things do change … including people and their preferences … and I feel that as the distant memory of the Burgess’ Lapins begins to fade over time, the Otte’s Lapins will leave a new, lasting impression in our customer’s minds. Any questions, feel free to email me at!

Bring on Cherry season!

P.S. Thank you to Peter & Mary Burgess for their YEARS of hard work and for bringing the fruits of their labor to our store!

Stone Fruit Season and Hailstorms

April 20th, 2012 by

As we turned the corner on Easter weekend, Spring was rolling right along in California. Sunny skies, warming temps., trees putting on green tender foliage, fruit size increasing, and all was well. THEN, the skies opened and unleashed a hail storm like no other (well, Texas might have had it worse …4 FEET of hail!). Falling from the sky, hail the size of nickels bruised trees, ripped off new shoots and leaves, and pummeled new green fruit to the ground!

Stone fruit season in CA is going to be quite interesting. Not ALL stone fruit was affected in CA, but with this kind of an isolated impact the entire industry will be affected; Organic and Conventional.

Check out the link below for further information.



Midori Organic Veggie Starts!

April 9th, 2012 by

Begin your garden with organic plant starts! Midori Farms, located in Port Townsend, has given you a head start on your veggies. Many options to choose from available at the Co-op just outside the north entrance. Plant today to harvest early.

Also available are lovely rosemary plants. Ummmmmmm, smells so good!

Produce Buyer on WSDA advisory board

February 14th, 2012 by

We’re proud to announce that our Produce Buyer, Brendon O’Shea, has recently been elected to the WSDA Organic Advisory Board. Congratulations to Brendon, and good news for the Food Co-op. Brendon will now be able to bring back news from the “front” of the ag department, he will also be able to bring feedback to the advisory board from us! We need to keep organic standards strong, and now Brendon can be a part of that on behalf of our community.


February 4th, 2012 by

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Recommended by Bev in Grocery
Bev: “produce gets a wonderful assortment of mushrooms, the best in town, from wildcrafting , near local growers, and some as far away as Northern California. You can make 100s of recipes from them and most also have some or lots of medicinal qualities.”

Mushrooms, all kinds, available in the Produce Department (north wall cooler).


February 4th, 2012 by

Recommended by Sue in Produce
Sue: “Sunset Berry Farm’s blueberries are the best and biggest berries ever…you can’t eat just one! We look forward to them every year [and we’ll have to wait until next summer to enjoy them again]! Customers ask for Rick’s blueberries and only buy his by the flat.”

Blueberry update 8/2011: Due to a winter freeze and a cool and wet spring, Rick Eason blueberries will not be available in our store this year. We are very sad.