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On the hunt for mail order CA fruit/produce

Alice Patis Nov 29, 2006 09:09 PM

For my parent's Xmas gift this year, I'd like to give them a fruit/produce subscription of sorts, where I choose a really excellent fruit or produce and send them a box once a quarter (ie one box per season). They live in the East Coast, so I want it to be something where I'm sending them a certain fruit or vegetable because the "best" of that fruit or vegetable comes from CA and you can't find a very good one in the East Coast.

I know what to get them for the Winter gift box (CA navel oranges), but I need ideas and mail order sources for the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons. I'm hoping I can decide now so that my little card announcing their gift will say what they'll get each season in 2007.

My ideas so far, please give me more ideas & mail order companies if you know any that send very excellent CA fruit or produce.

Winter:
Navel Oranges from Pleasant Valley farm (I saw a rec by someone on this board): http://www.californiaoranges.com

Spring:
Manila mangoes? (yeah not native to CA and they can get these at Costco now so maybe not
)CJ Olson's Cherries (yeah I know the best cherries don't only come from CA but it's just an idea, I need more ideas)

Summer:
Heirloom tomatoes from ??? (does Mariquita do mail order?)
Strawberries? Can you ship strawberries?

Fall:
Persimmons from ???

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    glbtrtr Nov 29, 2006 10:03 PM

    Limoneira has great products from the "Citrus Capital of the World" in the Santa Paula Valley, California. These are premium producers of citrus and avocados as well as a few other food products:

    http://www.orchardfreshgiftbaskets.com/

    They also let you know what is in season:
    http://www.orchardfreshgiftbaskets.co...

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      Alan408 Nov 29, 2006 10:09 PM

      Cosentinos sells beautiful fruit baskets. Perhaps the produce manager or fruit basket manager could help?

      I like the Bascom location over Silver Creek.

      1. Melanie Wong Nov 30, 2006 04:37 PM

        The most fragrant and delicious citrus I've had was grown by Lisle Babcock. Friends have given me an assorted box the last two years. Here's my post -
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/88577

        For persimmons, I can recommend the amagakis from Twin Peaks in Newcastle. They ship.
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        I think the avocado suggestion is a good one. Also consider summer stone fruit and pistachios.

        1. toodie jane Nov 30, 2006 07:41 PM

          pixie tangerines from Ojai area for early spring

          http://www.tangerineman.com/pages/myt...

          1. PolarBear Nov 30, 2006 10:36 PM

            fancy almonds from the central valley
            dates from the inland empire (or many mediterranean type markets)
            artichokes from Castroville
            tangelos and mandarin oranges

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              FresnoFacts Nov 30, 2006 11:55 PM

              Bouquet of Fruits is based in Fresno. An outgrowth of a local family-owned and operated farming operation it ships California grown gift crates and gift baskets. There is also a fruit of the month club and a retail store in Fresno.

              I believe everything is from California, including the cheeses, chocolates, nut, fruits, wines, etc.

              Since it is California produced, fruits are available when they are in-season in California instead of being imported. Many of the baskets and crates are listed as "seasonal".

              I've had good luck with the products I've purchased in the past.

              http://www.bouquetoffruits.com

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                cleanplate Dec 1, 2006 02:36 PM

                Frog Hollow Farms always has delicious seasonal fruits and jams. Their site is www.froghollow.com

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