The DLM Difference: Prima® Peaches

If you’re like me, one of the things you love about summertime is all the fresh fruit we have at peak condition. Think fragrant, juicy melons, plump plums, and nectarines. Nature’s candy jar of fruit is overflowing. For many years here at Dorothy Lane Market, we’ve brought in something so wonderful and perfect for summer that we call it a “PARTY” when it arrives and we celebrate its flavor. What is this summertime food that’s so good it has us grinning from ear to ear? Peaches! But we’re not talking just any peach, we’re celebrating the Prima® Peach! They’re so sweet and juicy, you may not even notice the delightful nectar running down your chin. It makes my mouth water just thinking of that first bite … so delicious! Enjoy!

Prima® Peaches Are Perfect As-Is

They’re also great cooked (try poaching, baking, and even grilling) or over top of a salad. when cooked, the sugar caramelizes resulting in an even sweeter peach!

**Always rinse you peaches in clean water, rubbing the skin gently with your hands or a vegetable brush right before you’re ready to eat or prepare them.

Why We Love Prima® Peaches

  • Tree-Ripened to Peachy Perfection

Tree-ripened means that these peaches are left on the tree longer and picked at their peak to maximize sweetness (aka a high Brix). This also results in a superb mouthfeel.

**Did you Know: Although harvesting prematurely ensures less blemishes on a peach, it will never reach its ultimate sweetness. Great care is taken with each tree-ripened Prima® Peach after they are picked to preserve the peaches’ integrity.

  • Premium Packaging

Prima® Peaches arrive individually cradled in a special single-layer box to protect the prized fruit within. Each box is then personally signed by the individual who packed it.

  • 12+ Brix Level

Brix is a way to measure the innate sweetness. All Peach Party Prima® Peaches have a Brix level of 12 or greater!

  • Making the Grade

Once a Prima® Peach is carefully harvested, it is also graded. A very small percentage will make the cut to be sent to our Peach Party.

 

Check the Sign

When the tree-ripened peaches arrive at DLM, our Produce managers carefully inspect them once more and measure the Brix. Check our Brix sign to see what it is today!

Look for “Ready Today” & “Ready Tomorrow” signs on our Peach Party display so you can plan your peach feast accordingly. We recommend that you utilize our sign system when picking your peaches.

**Look for products throughout DLM, from the Bakery to the Deli, featuring this sweet summer fruit! Get a sneak peek at some of the peachy products we have during our Peach Party.

DLM Partners with 80 Acres for New Salad Blends

We are excited to work closely with Cincinnati-based 80 Acres, the next generation of fresh and locally grown produce, as DLM partners with 80 Acres. Not only are their lettuces, microgreens, and tomatoes grown year-round thanks to indoor farming techniques, but they use zero pesticides, food miles are kept to a minimum, and they use 100% renewable energy.

Big vision, right? Well, they’ve done it and they call it 80 Acres. The name comes not from the number of acres it takes to grow, but in how much food can be grown in a smaller space utilizing vertical farming techniques. This is a super-efficient method for growing that yields the equivalent of a farm with 80 acres of land, give or take.

It’s easy to see why we became fast friends. When talking to 80 Acres founders Mike Zelkind and Trish Livingston as well as Samantha Bergman, one of the first 80 Acres team members, it’s clear that they are doing what they love. Samantha joined the company when it was just a big vision—nearly 4.5 years ago. She had an immediate connection to 80 Acres Farms’ mission. Years ago, while living in Chile, Samantha experienced the benefits of fresh, locally grown food as she shopped in the markets. She felt better physically, but she also developed a deep emotional connection to the community that grew it. She knew that 80 Acres Farms was her opportunity to make that magic happen in her own community while making a positive impact on the planet.

Samantha was the first grower at the farm in Cincinnati. As the farm grew, she moved into the farm manager role and eventually found the path to business development. She realized that as much as she loved the plants, what she really enjoyed was finding the perfect partners for 80 Acres products and building relationships with them. From the early beginnings, she knew that Dorothy Lane Market would be a great partner and now she’s very excited to bring 80 Acres into the family of Dorothy Lane Market’s brand.

For that, we are grateful. We are excited to debut three new varieties of DLM Salad Blends as DLM partners with 80 Acres. The Gem City Mix has crispy green ice lettuce and radish microgreens. Buckeye Bliss features green incised lettuce, green frilled lettuce, green and red romaine, with a dash of Dijon mustard microgreens. Then we have Frilly Leaf—green incised lettuce that will remind you of a frisée lettuce.

Pumpkins, Gourds, & Squash, Oh My!

Beauty. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of the 180 acres that make up Branstrator Farm, located in Clarksville, Ohio. It’s from this land that our friend Jon Branstator has brought us pumpkins, gourds, and squash for about 7 years and counting.

Jon is quite frankly one of the coolest guys I know. Not only is he knowledgeable in agricultural (among many other topics), but he collaborates with several different agricultural and educational organizations, such as The Ohio State University.

As we step into the fall harvest, we can start to see the orange bursts in the fields, waiting to be picked. Jon waits for just the right time to pick his pumpkins and gourds, bringing the biggest and best to our stores.

The varieties Jon selects is a big deal as he spends a lot of time studying catalogs in the winter. Decisions range from the size—giant, large, medium, and small—to hybrid or heritage. Jon chooses varieties not typically available at other retailers. Large sizes with well-attached handles are important, not to mention disease resistance.

Jon also loves to use old-fashioned seeds, as they set the foundation for the harvest in addition to soil integrity (something he is very passionate about).

Some of Jon’s favorites you can look forward to this fall are Waltham Butternut Squash and Long Island Cheese Squash. In addition to the gamut of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, he also grows the best pie pumpkins which are great for decorating or making some fresh pies.

 

Check out some of our favorite pumpkin and squash recipes:

Hasselback Butternut Squash

Pumpkin Pancakes

Butternut Squash Soup with Garam Masala, Yogurt, and Lime

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Bars

Apple Must-Eat List for the Fall

Fall is in the air in Dayton, Ohio. You can smell the crispness as the heat disappears, the fall breeze blows in, and the leaves change color. You’ll see that fall is welcomed with celebration and creativity in our Produce departments as you will be lost in the beauty of one of our favorite fall treats—apples. We are biting in this October by celebrating some of the fall varieties of the fruit that have us feeling apple-y ever after.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “We are born believing. A man bears beliefs like a tree bears apples.” At DLM, we believe that there is no better way to welcome in fall than indulging in the most flavorful apples from the east to the west, and October is when it all begins.

With so many varieties out there in the growing apple industry, our goal is to source and provide apples with the best flavor. Start with your favorite and then move on to something new that you’ve never tried before. Trust us, it’ll be good, which is why we’ve created a fall apple must-eat list below. From the most perfect baking apples to the best for making homemade applesauce, you’ll want to try them all. And don’t worry, we also included the best for eating, too.

Apple Must-Eat List

KANZI®

A cross between Gala and Braeburn apples, the Kanzi® Apple is full of flavor with a perfect sweet and tangy balance. It has an unparalleled complexity of flavor that has caused it to rise in popularity throughout the U.S. We love using this apple for a variety of dishes. From apple pies to salads, this apple is one of our newest favorites.

AMBROSIA GOLD®

Ambrosia is a sweet apple, but this is one that even tart apple fans will love because of its juiciness and crunchy texture. The unique honey flavor makes this apple great for baking or serving on your cheese board, accompanying mild cheese and white wine.

FUJI

One of the sweetest apples, Fuji is a hybrid created from Red Delicious and Ralls Janet varieties. As you bite in, you’ll notice a nice crunch paired with a creamy inside. Try using this apple in homemade applesauce!

GRANNY SMITH

With a distinct green color and a crunchy bite, Granny Smith apples are delightfully tart and our #1 choice for making apple pie. Dunk this variety in caramel too for a sweet yet tart treat.

HONEYCRISP

One of our favorite varieties! Honeycrisp apples are ultra juicy and super crisp. Its beautiful flavor makes with perfect for baking and adding to salads. Not only is this a great addition to a number of recipes, but it’s one of our snacking go-tos.

KIKU®

apple

A direct descendant of the Fuji family, this exotic apple has become a fast favorite. Crunching into this variety, you’re met with an incredible sweetness and a fresh apple flavor.

GALA

gala appleGala apples are made from crossing Kidd’s Orange Red and Golden Delicious apples. It has a mildly sweet and slightly floral flavor making it a great everyday apple.

Produce Passport

Let the flavors of Thailand shine bright with each bite of these fruits & veggies that are commonly used in Thai cooking.

1. Cilantro

Wonderful herb used around the world, including Thailand. Did you know that cilantro can help cut down on sodium intake?

2. Dragon Fruit

Also known as Pitaya, this is packed with vitamin C, B1, B2, and B3! It’s also a great source of protein.

3. Bok Choy

This is in the cabbage family with its long white stalks and dark green leaves. Used in a variety of Thai dishes or as a side dish.

4. Turmeric & Ginger Root

Hailing from the same family, these both add great nutritional value to so many dishes and even drinks.

5. Lemongrass

Great health benefits including lowering cholesterol. Its citrus flavor adds a nice addition to many teas, soups, and curries.

6. Thai Chilies

Also known as the bird’s eye chili, these long, skinny peppers pack a big punch with flavor and heat, registering between 50,000-100,000 Scoville Heat Units.

7. Thai Young Coconut

The young coconut meat is mild and sweet. Unlike mature coconuts, you’ll be delighted with the sweet flavor and refreshing water.

8. Green Papaya

The papaya tree grows up to 12 feet tall. Yellow and green in flesh, this fruit makes for a great Thai salad. You can find it whole or shredded in our Produce department.

9 Ways to Bite Into Our Citrus Celebration

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON! Crank up the vitamin C volume and vivid colors—come celebrate citrus with us this January! We consider ourselves so lucky to be able to flood our stores with the beauty of all the colorful citrus we bring in this time of year. We have some of the freshest flavors from jumbo navels to Texas red grapefruit. We love how all the varieties of citrus are bursting with colors and will bring wonderful flavor as well as provide many health benefits during these cold winter months. Here are nine ways to bite into our Citrus Celebration (and don’t hesitate to enjoy some of the many citrus samples and recipes we’ll be featuring).

1. NAVEL ORANGES. These are the sweetest you can find, providing ample amounts of vitamin C for an added bonus!

2. CARA CARA PINK NAVELS. Among some of the prettiest citrus, these have a pink flesh and extremely sweet taste.

3. BLOOD ORANGES With an unmistakable deep red flesh and dangerously sweet taste, you won’t be able to resist! Both this variety and the Cara Cara are great low-acid options with the same healthful benefits as a Navel orange. To really unleash the flavor of a blood orange, try the Sicilian Citrus Salad recipe.

4. DLM FRESHLY SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE. It’s made from the juiciest Valencia oranges and is made fresh in our Produce departments. We love it because it is extremely smooth to taste and is ultra fresh. We will also treat you with Cara Cara and Blood Orange Juice throughout this celebration, which is a true treat.

5. SWEET SCARLETTS TEXAS RED GRAPEFRUIT. These are the most colorful of all ruby grapefruits. These luscious grapefruits are grown in Texas where the hot sunny days and cool nights help these Texas reds become as sweet as can be.

6. PUMELO. This is a very large citrus that’s similar to grapefruit. It’s a Vietnamese staple and used in many dishes. Health benefits include boosting immunity (thanks to that vitamin C), improving digestion, and lowering blood pressure.

7. SPANISH CLEMENTINES. These sweet and easy-to-peel treats are a wonderful option for a great breakfast or snack option.


8. SUMO CITRUS. First developed in Japan, these are now grown on family farms in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Loaded with vitamin C, these will sure to be the citrus star! It sets itself ahead of the pack in popularity due to its easy peel and low acid levels. Because it’s low in acidity, it’s a great option for those with a sensitive stomach.

9. Cocktail Grapefruit. About half the size of the average grapefruit dressed in a yellow-green colored peel, Cocktail grapefruit is incredibly sweet, bright, and juicy.


Looking to add some citrus zing to make you sing? Try this Sicilian Citrus Salad recipe.