Eating the Seasons
Why aren’t my raspberries in stock?
You don’t need a food science degree to know that to get the ripest fruit possible you need to eat what’s in season. During the summer in Europe stone fruits and berries are at their peak and bountiful, but as summer in the northern hemisphere wanes, you should turn to the opposite side of the globe to get your fruit fix.
At Little Farms we are committed to sourcing the ripest fruits possible for our customers, so during the next few weeks, from late September through early October, you may see fewer varieties of fruits in stock as we straddle the seasons between Europe and Australia. Don’t panic, it’s just us doing our job of getting you the best food in its natural state!
Peaches, nectarines, grapes, and raspberries won’t be on our shelves because we don’t think the flavour will be optimal. But, plums and blueberries will still be available. You’ll start to see peaches and nectarines, sourced from Australia, again in October.
You’ll see another gap in April when Australian stone fruit finishes its season and we move our sourcing back to Europe. Bottom line — we work closely with our suppliers to bring the best fruit to you in its freshest, closest-to-just-picked condition. That’s just how we roll.
Why do we source the season?
We are committed to shopping for our customers. Because, really, what’s the point of selling a bad piece of fruit with no flavour? We’re totally stubborn on this because we just don’t want to disappoint our community. Our buyers hand-select ripe fruit in Europe or Australia at 4 am. It arrives in Singapore by 10 pm. It’s on our shelves the next day.
And, because we believe in natural ripening, meaning we look for growers who allow their fruit to vine-ripen, our supply is weather dependent. So we can’t always predict when a season-specific fruit will be back in stock.
How do I ripen not-quite-there fruit?
If you do happen to buy a piece of fruit that’s not quite ripe, don’t put it in the refrigerator as cold will hinder the ripening process. Simply put it on the kitchen countertop at room temperature.
What about my veggies?
As for your vegetables, don’t worry, most vegetables are available year-round, including our everyday line of eggplant, capsicum, zucchini, and tomatoes. So you won’t see any gaps there.
So, when should I buy my fruit?
During the transitional period, buy fruit every two-to-three days because that’s how we do it too! Then, you can be sure you’re eating the best, freshest fruit possible — that will have great a-peel!
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