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Source for mail order apricots?

Janet Calvin May 23, 2001 02:49 PM


Does anyone know of a good source for apricots that can ship to Rancho Santa Fe, CA specifically?

My aunt was bemoaning the fact that she has not bothered to buy apricots for 20 plus years due to the poor quality available. I would love to be able to give her the (real!) taste of apricots again.

Thanks in advance for any replies.

-Janet Calvin

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    Nancy Berry RE: Janet Calvin May 23, 2001 05:54 PM

    C J Olson in Sunnyvale, CA ships incredibly good dried Blenheim apricots. They are known for their fresh cherries (which they also ship,) but their dried fruit is also great.

    Here's the link to their website:

    Link: http://www.concentric.net/~Bings/

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      Janet Calvin RE: Nancy Berry May 23, 2001 06:00 PM

      Hi Nancy,

      Thanks for the reply. Seems I was remiss in not requesting a source for fresh apricots. I will contact Olson's and see if they can point me in the right direction. Thanks again.

      -Janet Calvin

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      Nancy Berry RE: Janet Calvin May 23, 2001 05:57 PM

      I was just thinking -- these aren't mail-order, but if there's a Trader Joe's near either you or your aunt, they also sell excellent dried Blenheim apricots and they are much less expensive than Olson's. You could probably buy them there and ship them to your aunt yourself for a lot less than Olson's would charge you.

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        Brandon Nelson RE: Janet Calvin May 23, 2001 11:46 PM


        Most fruits have a state board or council. The website for Californias is Califapricot.com. There will be a list of shippers. Also, Harry and David (.com) also ships apricots. Please let me know about the quality of the fruit you receive.


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          Janet Calvin RE: Brandon Nelson May 24, 2001 02:54 PM


          Wow! Informative site. I'm not sure if shipping my aunt 25lbs of #4 grade apricots was exactly what I had in mind. ;-)

          I figured Harry and David was an option; I was hoping for someplace local (norcal) and possibly organic. When making a request like this, I find it best to cast the net as wide as possible. Since I will be driving down to the southern regions of the state in a few weeks, I may just buy it at the farmers market and transport it myself.

          I'll post info on what, where and the quality of the fruit, probably in about a month. Thanks for your post.

          -Janet Calvin

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          gini RE: Janet Calvin May 23, 2001 11:56 PM

          I'd recommend Knoll Organic Farms in Brentwood, their apricots are fabulous. Rick and Kristie farm 10 acres biodynamically and usually sell at Marin and Ferry Plaza Farmer's markets. They have a web site set up for mail order fruit. See link below.

          Link: http://knollorganics.com

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            Janet Calvin RE: gini May 24, 2001 03:01 PM

            Hi Gini,

            I've seen Rick and Kristie at the ferry plaza market. I'll try to find them this weekend.

            I'm on the trail and in this instance, I think the hunt will be as fun as the destination. I'll post what I find out.

            Thanks for your post.

            -Janet Calvin

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