Peaches 101

We learned something new recently. Ellen Knoernschild of Centennial Farms told us that they picked a bunch of peaches a lot less ripe than they normally do because of the rain. Anyone know why? Well, let us tell you now that we're in the know. As peaches are coming ripe, their skin softens, and when they get rained on, it can make the peaches swell and the skins split (and that's no bueno).

If you get some not-quite-ripe peaches, just tuck them aside in the fridge or leave them on the counter and they'll be ripe in no time. Patience, Grasshopper, it will be worth the wait.

Tip: Expand Your Green Horizons!

These two greens are in the chicory family, and add a sharp bitter character to salads, but mellow and sweeten up a bit when cooked. If you aren't a big fan of the bitter greens, I suggest cooking them to minimize the intensity. They are delicious braised slowly in a broth or caramelized with a high heat saute...Read more

Testimonials

Del Carmen has been a vendor for Fair Shares for 3+ years now.  We have developed a quality relationship based on trust. Our communications have been seamless. In addition, Fair Shares and its members have been great marketers for our products.  As a (very) small business, we are unable to advertise or market our products, so we have to rely on word of mouth.  Many of our customers are, were, or know Fair Shares members who have recommended our products.

Del Carmen has also benefitted from valuable ideas for use of existing products and suggestions in product development from the Fair Shares community.  I go to them for feedback, knowing I will get good, reliable and useful information.

We thank you, Fair Shares, for your support and commitment to del Carmen. We wish you much continued success.  After all, your success also helps the success of del Carmen and other local vendors and farmers.

Estie Cruz-Curoe, del Carmen Beans, St. Louis, MO