It’s summertime, amici, and with the arrival of warmer weather also comes some of our favourite seasonal produce: stone fruit! Join us from July 12 to July 18 for Stone Fruit Festa at Eataly! We’ll be highlighting all of this season’s most delectable stone fruit: from yellow and white peaches and nectarines to plums, apricots, cherries, and more!
FAMILY FARM PARTNERS
At Eataly, we pride ourselves on bringing only the highest quality ingredients to your table, which is why we source all of our fruits and vegetables from producers who share our values.
Kingsburg Orchards includes a group of some of the most reputable stone fruit growers in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Today Kingsburg offers over 200 varieties of fresh fruit including peaches, nectarines, and pluots, all grown, packed, and shipped at peak freshness from May until February. The Kingsburg growers believe in creating new and improved varieties, and growing great eating, long-lasting fruit.
Our friends at Family Tree Farms have been around since the 1930s, and the third generation of Jackson family farmers still runs the operation to this day. The farm’s prime location on the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley offers a unique terroir that provides mild winters, early springs, and protection from coastal winds. Known for their blueberries, the Jacksons also grow gorgeous stone fruits, with an all-out focus on flavor, harvesting fruit based on quality above all else.
FUN FACTS ABOUT STONE FRUIT
1. A cherry tree can be harvested in seven seconds.
2. Astronauts ate the apricots on the Apollo mission to the moon.
3. Alexander the Great brought apricots to Greece.
4. Today, the apricot is cultivated on six continents. Antarctica is the exception.
5. Apricots are members of the rose family. The fruit is also related to peaches, plums, cherries, and almonds.
6. Plums are the second most cultivated fruit in the world.
7. In Georgia, the world’s largest peach cobbler measuring 11 ft by 5 ft is made every year.
8. Georgia grows 130 million pounds of the fruit; however, South Carolina and California produce even more each year.
9. Every year, the United States grows 1.9 billion pounds of peaches.
10. Standard-sized peach trees are 25 ft tall and wide. If you have a dwarf tree, it will only grow 6 ft tall and wide.
11. Peach trees produce fruit for about 12 years.
12. To ensure a peach doesn’t overripe before reaching the consumer, the fruit is rinsed through a hydro-cooler (ice-water bath) to stop it from ripening.
13. The average cherry tree has 7,000 cherries.
Hungry to learn more about stone fruit? Come into our marketplace to speak with our experts and take some home, or shop online so you can enjoy these fruit during their peak seasonality, then try our recipe for Grilled Peach, Mozzarella, and Arugula Salad!