Category: What’s Fresh

Raspberries & Peaches Coming Soon

The Pick-Your-Own season is going off without a hitch! We have FINALLY wrapped up Pick-Your-Own strawberries, which surprisingly lasted into the second week of July! A first here at Bishop’s, we were able to sustain such a long season due to a later variety of strawberries coming in, and coming in strong. They were delicious and such a sweet surprise! As soon as we wrapped up the season, Pick-Your-Own blueberries was ready to start the next day!!

Our blueberry season usually lasts through late August, with approximately a six to seven week harvest period. As with our strawberries, we grow several varieties of blueberries that continuously ripen throughout the season. Blueberries have always been a small, mighty treat!! They are very versatile and great for cooking, freezing, or simply snacking on them at the beach or at summer camp. We are currently right at the peak season where the flavor is unreal! When picking make sure the berry has a full blue color. This will guarantee a sweet flavor, instead of a sour taste.

Blueberries are one of the easier fruits to store. Keeping them fresh is easy, simply arrange the berries (without washing) on a paper towel-lined tray and cover with plastic wrap. Make sure to not rinse or remove the stems until you are ready to serve. Blueberries should be kept in the refrigerator and can store well up to one week! If you are looking to freeze your berries, wash them gently and drain on a paper towel. Once dried, sort them over and remove any small stems. Place all your berries on a cookie sheet in a single layer and place in the freezer to quick freeze. Once they are frozen, place them into a plastic bags. Leave ½” to ¾” head room in the bags. When you are ready to use, remove them from the freezer and defrost ONLY long enough to thaw. Frozen blueberries can store well up to 3 months.

As we head into August, you will see our own peaches available for Pick-Your-Own sometime in the middle of August, and raspberries towards the very end. So much flavor is still yet to be seen, and we are excited for you to get a taste! Remember, if you don’t have time to make it out to our Pick-Your-Own fields, you can always head to our Farm Market where plenty of our own Bishop’s produce is available. So much is in season right now and we have the PERFECT recipes to pair with our produce. You can find recipes online at our Bishop’s Cookbook, but in the meantime, here are a few to highlight with the upcoming crop!

Blueberry Dessert Smoothie

With extra fruit on hand, make this tasty fruit smoothie with a base of blueberries.

Makes 2 Servings

  • 1 cup ice cream
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ½ cup peaches
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup yogurt

Place all ingredients in a blender. Cover and mix until smooth, about 30 to 45 seconds. Yields 2 servings (about 1 ¼ cup per serving).

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

This simple cobbler uses fresh peaches and frozen blueberries covered by the easiest crumble topping, so you can have a taste of summer all year.

Makes 6 Servings

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 5 cups peaches
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ⅓ cup light cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • whipped cream

For filling, mix sugar with cornstarch and toss with peaches and blueberries.  Transfer to the bottom of a lightly buttered shallow baking dish (9” or 10” pie plate or 8” square). Preheat oven to 425°.  For dough, in food processor, combine flour, baking powder and salt; cut in chilled butter and process with cream to make a dough.  Roll out to about ½-in thick into a shape to fit your baking pan. Or, cut into biscuits touching each other over fruit. Drizzle with melted butter and sugar and bake for 40 min. or until biscuits are golden and fruit is bubbling. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature, with or without ice cream

Grilled Peach and Bell Pepper Salsa

A colorful topping that will add sweet peaches and crisp peppers to your flaky fish or moist chicken entree.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 2 teaspoons mint
  • 1 garlic
  • 1 ¼ peaches
  • ⅓ cup bell peppers
  • 2 teaspoon cider vinegar

Prepare grill or turn on broiler. Combine first four ingredients and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Lightly brush cut side of peaches with half of oil mixture. Grill or broil peaches about two minutes on the cut side only until golden. Do not allow to burn. Transfer to a rack to cool. Chop peaches and combine with remaining ingredients and oil mixture in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss.

#PickBishops Campaign

As if spending an hour or two with family and friends at Pick-Your-Own isn’t appealing enough, we at Bishop’s Orchards run a contest to go along with the season. Our “#PickBishops” campaign was created as a way to share our customer’s experience, while also rewarding them for their continued patronage. What is the importance of a hashtag you might ask? Hashtags are used to categorize online content, making the detection of new or related content easy to do! At Bishop’s we enjoy using our customer’s materials as a way of promoting our family friendly experiences on the farm. Whether that be an image off Facebook, or a blog written about a CSA Share! If you see something you posted, reused by us, it was most likely found because of your hashtag!

The #PickBishops contest is simple and easy, only extending your social media posts by one word! While you are out at one of our Pick-Your-Own locations, simply snap a picture of your experience and upload it to either Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag, “#PickBishops!” You can also “tag” us in the photo by using the following usernames, Instagram- @BishopsOrchards and Facebook- @Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market. A random winner is chosen every week and notified to stop into the Farm Market to pick up their prize! At the end of the Pick-Your-Own season (approx. October 31st), all the winners from each week are pooled together and out of those, the winner of the Grand Prize is chosen!!

So this summer when you are out at Pick-Your-Own, snap a picture, and share your experience with us on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag, #PickBishops. Every week there is a new winner chosen, so why not you? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of this “trending” campaign. For further details on the #PickBishops contest click here.

New Chef, New Meals

Lately, exciting things have been happening at Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market. Going into 2018 we wanted to communicate with our customers a little more, discovering what they were and were not coming in for. We have heard our customers and acknowledge the need for a strong, versatile, Prepared Food Department. In sprucing up the department, we hired a NEW, local chef, bringing his flavors back into the community. Chef Michael Aragon is most known for his eclectic menu from Whitfield’s On The Green. His contributions to our team have been mind blowing, both in taste and team morale!

Michael brings with him his very own recipes, made with clean, all natural ingredients. Some of his newest dishes include a Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with a Mustard Seed Glaze, Beef and Vegetable Lasagna, Meatloaf, Chicken Pad Thai, Crusted Pork Chops and plenty of side dishes like Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Cauliflower, Spaghetti Squash and our Bishop’s Own Asparagus Medley, just to name a few. The feedback has been incredible, with the price and ingredients being just right! The best part, whenever possible, Chef Michael features Bishop’s ingredients or items in his dishes, like our seasonal asparagus or our heirloom tomato marinara.

Roasted, Free Range Whole Chickens are coming out of our kitchen. A dry rub is used for seasoning these 2.5lb chickens. They are the perfect size for a family of four, providing leftovers for lunch the next day. Our Roasted Chickens are also used in a NEW Chicken Curry Salad. It is great when served over a bed of greens, or simply by itself, with seasoning just right so as to not overwhelm. Along with our complete meal line-up, our Grab & Grill Meals have been remade with new recipes, different cuts of meat, and fresh made sauces on the side. Featured meals have included Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes, Ahi Tuna with Squash and Peppers, Chicken and Asparagus, Sausage & Peppers, Peppered Salmon with Mushrooms, and Flank Steaks with Potatoes. Everything you need, still in one bag, with a sealed separation from the meat and vegetables.

Everyday we are amazed to see the continued efforts from this department in creating new dishes. You will start to see even more growth in our desserts, including our NEW Edible Cookie Dough flavors!! The direction we are headed in is more fresh and trendy than ever!! Jump on board this shopping experience!!