Category: Produce



Dipping Sauces For Steamed Artichokes

Once you’ve mastered the art of prepping and steaming artichokes (get our instructions and tips for the perfect steamed artichoke here), you still have some tough decisions ahead: whether to serve them warm or chilled, and which dipping sauce to serve with your artichoke.

We took a survey around the Mollie Stone’s office to find out everyone’s favorite dipping sauces for those tasty artichoke leaves. Here are some great ideas based on what people said:


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How to Steam Artichokes

One of the most unusual vegetables, nearly 100% of all artichokes grown in the United States are grown in California, and nearly two-thirds of those come from the fog-shrouded fields surrounding the small town of Castroville in Monterey County. They are typically available two times a year: early March through May, and late September through October.

They are often steamed and served warm or cold with a dipping sauce (click here for our favorite dipping sauces).

Here are a few of our more


Try Citizen Chef for Easy, Healthy Meals

We’d all love to cook amazing, fresh, healthy dinners every night, but busy schedules often get in the way. Citizen Chef offers a simple solution by providing freshly cut vegetables, delicious gourmet sauces and wholesome grains all in one dinner kit now available in Mollie Stone’s produce department.

Think of Citizen Chef as your “personal sous chef” – everything is measured in perfect quantities and the prewashed veggies are cut to cook evenly and quickly. Simply add your choice of meat, more


Mollie Stone’s Visits Del Rey Avocado Company

Mollie Stone’s Director of Produce Operations, Tom, recently took a trip to the heart of San Diego County’s avocado growing region to visit Del Rey Avocado Company. Del Rey is a family owned business located in Fallbrook, California, that has been growing, packing and shipping avocados since 1969. The company partners with local growers from San Diego County north to San Luis Obispo county to source California avocados and currently packs 25-28% of all organic avocados grown in California.

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Sumo Citrus: “Enormously good to eat!”

A bright orange, extra-large variety, the Sumo citrus is super sweet, juicy, naturally seedless and easy to peel. Each Sumo has a distinctive top-knot and weighs about 10 ounces, making it the largest seedless mandarin available.

Family farmers in California’s Central Valley successfully harvested the United States’ first Sumo trees last year. The Sumo may be in only its second season here, but took 30 years to cultivate in Japan.

Keep reading to learn how it was developed, and how to choose more


Meet the Piñata apple

Mollie Stone’s has a new crop: Piñata apples! The Piñata is crisp and juicy, exemplifying the classic apple flavor that you love with a unique tropical finish. The bicolor Piñata was bred in Germany during the 1970s-80s using heirloom parentage to create its distinctive flavor – it’s a cross between Russia’s Duchess of Oldenburg, England’s Cox’s Orange Pippin and America’s Golden Delicious varieties.

The Piñata first arrived in the US in 2004, and is now grown exclusively in eastern Washington by more


Citriburst Finger Limes Are “Citrus Caviar”

What is a finger lime?

Finger limes are a micro citrus discovered in the Australian bush by the aborigines and domesticated about 30 years ago. The first tree came to California as a donation to UC Riverside, and the trees were released to California nurseries about eight years ago. Mollie Stone’s finger limes come from Shanley Farms, which has nurseries in Morro Bay and Visalia, California.

Available August/September through January, finger limes are not techincally part of the lemon or lime family. more


Fresh Picks From The Pumpkin Patch

Did you know pumpkins are a member of the Cucurbita family of squash and cucumbers? The varieties seem to be endless, from “One Too Many” (which looks like a bloodshot eye) to Cinderella (we all know where that name comes from) to White, Ghirardelli, Acorn, Mushroom and Big Mac, to name a few.

Mollie Stone’s carries as many as we can find – up to 10 varieties! Our pumpkins are sourced locally from Pescadero, Suisun Valley and Brentwood; our trucks go more

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Look For Organic Apples From Stemilt Growers This Season

As fall gets into full swing, you’ll find as many as 16 different kinds of apples in Mollie Stone’s produce departments.  The majority of our apples will come from Stemilt Growers, which has been owned and operated by the Mathison family for over 100 years.  They are pioneers in organic farming, with orchards in eastern Washington in arid regions such as the Colombia basin and the Upper Wenatchee River Valley.

Whatever type of apple you choose to bring home (don’t miss more

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Back To School Tips For Busy Families

At Mollie Stone’s we understand that the start of the school year affects the entire family, whether it’s getting quick and healthy breakfasts, keeping up energy during the afternoon in after-school activities, or just getting dinner on the table for the whole family. Our goal is to help find ways to make all of the fall family challenges more convenient and healthy.

Starting the Day Right with a Nutritious Breakfast

Good breakfasts are important to start the day, especially for our kids more