The Ontario Food Terminal has sprung to life as new growing seasons have commenced with our favourites. We are happy to report that Ontario Asparagus is now at all Vince’s locations and that is normally an indication that the growing season is about to explode with variety. Stay tuned for more updates soon on what is coming into your local Vince’s.
Here is a list of what produce that is in season and should be included in your daily meal preparations.
First of the Season Ontario Asparagus
Unlike most veggies, which are grown as annuals, Asparagus is a a perennial. Once planted, it takes several years to get large and strong enough to harvest, but then will be there to harvest every year for 20 to 30 years or more. The sight of them in the spring is amazing. They look just like asparagus… coming right out of the ground! If you don’t pick the stalks, they quickly shoot up and open to a large, ferny plant that is the general shape of a pine tree, but more airy.¹
Spring Asparagus is the first cut and is often the most tender. As the season goes along and second and third cuts are made, asparagus can get a woody texture and taste. Enjoy now!
A personal favourite, Vince’s is proud to only sell XL and Jumbo sized cherries to our customers. We source the most firm, sweet and consistent cherries available from the Market on a daily basis. California Cherries are our favourite as they provide the largest crop yield (making prices affordable for all to enjoy) and the consistent sunlight produces excellent sugar content. Enjoy all June long!
California Soft Fruit
Peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots… California soft fruit is in my opinion the next best growing region of fruit to Ontario. Enjoy now as the market is full of fresh, seasonally picked product. As the spring turns to summer, the crop yield begins to diminish in California and the result is that over ripened fruit can stay on the market. This is why Vince’s will flip to Ontario product in late June early July as it becomes available. Right now is the perfect time to enjoy your favourite fruits.
Ontario Greenhouse Grown Peppers, Tomatoes and Cucumbers
The beautiful sunshine has helped produce some of the most flavourful greenhouse grown tomatoes we have had in many years. We stock a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Our family is hooked on the Terano Naturally Brown tomatoes from Mucci Farms. Naturally grown, non-GMO tomatoes have an excellent balance and go well in salads or as a base for your favourite piece of soft mozzarella.
As you can see the growing season is progressing very well in Southern Ontario. Consistent temperatures with little unseasonal highs or lows is leading to big potential for yields and flavour! We thank mother-nature for cooperating in this part of the world!
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