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In Season: What to make with SugarBee® apples

Posted by Meg Raines and Elizabeth Williams on Nov 16, 2018 1:18:34 PM

The SugarBee® apple is a new variety that owes half its parentage to the fan-favorite Honeycrisp apple. Harvesting starts at the start of October, so SugarBee® apples are available in time for the holiday season. 

This premium-grade apple variety is bright with a crimson skin that ranges from 30%-100% red. The firm skin and creamy white fresh offer a nice snap with each bite. Its juicy sweetness is balanced by just the right amount of acidity. 

This crisp and juicy apple makes an excellent raw snack but is also very versatile in the kitchen. The SugarBee® holds its shape well when cooked, making it a great variety for baking and roasting.

All in all, SugarBee® apples are a wonderful all-round variety. Here are some of our favorite SugarBee® apple recipes:

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Topics: Recipes, apple

Cozy savory fall recipes with apples and pears

Posted by Meg Raines and Elizabeth Williams on Nov 9, 2018 9:20:14 AM

Leaves are turning golden and a cool breeze has made its way into the evening, prompting warm knits and soft flannels to start sneaking out of the closet. There’s no mistaking the gentle beginnings of autumn.

As the weather chills, we’ll be warming our hearts and bellies with seasonal comfort foods like soups, stews and other hearty dishes. Apples and pears make a wonderful addition to savory fall dishes, adding fiber and vitamins, as well as acidity and a touch of sweetness.

Here are a few of our favorite savory fall recipes with apples and pears.  They can be enjoyed curled up in a blanket on a quiet night in or shared with loves ones at the family dinner table.

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Topics: Recipes, apple, pears

An apple a day: What makes apples so healthy?

Posted by Meg Raines and Elizabeth Williams on Oct 23, 2018 9:20:29 AM

You’ve probably heard the proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This saying was first recorded in Wales during the 1860’s with the original wording “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”  Clearly apples have been recognized as a health food for a very long time, and for good reason.

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Topics: Recipes, apple

Chelan Fresh provides 15 portable breakfast/salad bar carts to Fuel Up to Play 60 schools across the country

Posted by Lorinda Oscarson on Sep 28, 2018 8:26:24 AM

Chelan Fresh began its support of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in 2011, and since that time has provided more than $750,000 in funding and in-kind resources to support increasing student’s access across the country to nutritious foods including fruit, vegetables, dairy and whole grains.

Pictured above: Breakfast cart kickoff in Hahnville High School, St Charles Parish, Louisiana

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Fall spice recipes with apples and pears

Posted by Meg Raines and Elizabeth Williams on Sep 17, 2018 1:25:39 PM

Autumn conjures up images of stunning foliage, warm cardigans, gorgeous seasonal produce and Fall spices. Heartwarming spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, not to mention the ubiquitous pumpkin spice blend, pair beautifully with this season’s abundant apple and pear varieties.

Fall spice recipes are popular with adults and kids alike. Here are some of our favorite cozy Autumnal recipes featuring apples, pears and Fall spices.

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Topics: Recipes, pears, apple

Women in Agriculture - Nita Pace

Posted by Meg Raines on Aug 31, 2018 10:34:06 AM

Many of the orchards in Chelan valley are a family affair, with women playing a critical role in running smooth operations and growing the business. In our “Women in Agriculture” blog series we sit down with them to discuss their roles and thoughts on the industry.

This month we checked in with Nita Pace who works at Chelan Fruit.

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Topics: Meet the Grower

In Season: What to make with Bartlett pears

Posted by Meg Raines and Elizabeth Williams on Aug 28, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Bartlett pears are at their peak in late summer when they are plentiful and easy to find. Raw or cooked, Bartlett pears are a healthy addition to any meal as they are loaded with fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. You’ll know your Bartlett pears are ripe when they turn from green to yellow.

This tasty, grainy, and juicy pear variety has a true “pear flavor” is very versatile in the kitchen. Here are some of our favorite ways to eat Bartlett pears:

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Topics: Recipes, pears

Cool summer recipes with pears, apples, and cherries

Posted by Elizabeth Williams on Aug 23, 2018 10:13:27 AM

We’ve been making full use of the gorgeous seasonal produce to create original recipes that are cool and tasty. With only a few weeks of summer left, why not try one of the following recipes? 

If you have a hard time getting your hands on fresh cherries, just use frozen! (Check out our tips for storing and freezing cherries)

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Topics: Recipes, cherries, apple, pears

Kitchen Hack: How to Pit Cherries

Posted by Meg Raines and Elizabeth Williams on Jul 18, 2018 10:36:13 AM

Nothing beats using fresh cherries while they’re in-season and plentiful but pitting them can be a challenge. To help you learn how to pit cherries like a pro, we’ve put together five different methods to pit cherries without a pitter.

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Topics: cherries

Women in Agriculture - Gwynne Godwin

Posted by Meg Raines on Jul 5, 2018 2:14:27 PM

Many of the orchards in Chelan valley are a family affair, with women playing a critical role in running smooth operations and growing the business. In our blog series “Women in Agriculture” we sit down with them to discuss their roles and thoughts on the industry.

This month we spoke with Gwynne Godwin of Box Canyon Fruit in the Okanogan Valley.

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Topics: Meet the Grower