Apples

Nutrimill Price Decrease

Nutrimill Price Decrease

Nutrimill grain mill and wheat

 

Want to make your own FRESH flours and baking mixes?
This week Monday, the price on the popular Nutrimill grain mill was reduced significantly! Check it out – just $219.99 for this top-of-the-line grain mill!

Order now through this link, and we will ship it to your door for free!

Or order for local pick up on our current dry goods & apples order.

The Nutrimill will turn any grain (like wheat, oats, or barley) or non-oily seed (like quinoa, millet, amaranth, etc.) into flour. Make your own whole wheat flour FRESH and experience the night and day difference in the flavor of your bread. Or mill your own healthy gluten-free flours. It’s tons cheaper than buying ready-made mixes, and much better for you because it’s fresh.

Seriously Fresh Flour

You know how good apples taste when they’re picked fresh off the tree? Well, when you mill your own flours fresh, it’s kind of like that. Pre-milled flour has been sitting on the shelf for who-knows-how-long, and once that protective outer layer of the grain (or seed, as the case may be) is broken, the natural oils inside begin to become rancid. But when you mill your own, you’re in control, and you’ll notice a big difference in the taste because of it.

Gluten Free?

One of the nice things about owning a grain mill is that you can create your own gluten free baking mixes. These blends can be expensive! So why not mill your own from grains and seeds you buy in bulk? Here is a quick video guide from GlutenFreeGirl that will get you started.

Just be sure to come back to Bulk Natural Foods to order your whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds at great bulk prices!

Dry Goods For Your Pantry

Now about those grains, beans, nuts, and seeds… You’ll find these items and more on our current Dry Goods order form. Goodies like dried fruit and organic chocolate, good healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, and ghee, and of course your storage container of choice, the beautiful and functional glass gallon jar.

Deadline To Order:  February 19th at 9:00 a.m.
Pick Up Date:  February 27th or 28th, depending on location
Order Form
Printable Price List

Fresh Cameo Apples in Basket

 

Apples!

We are delivering our first February shipment of apples today and tomorrow, and they are GOOD! Nice and crisp, sweet, and juicy!

There’s still time to order apples for our late February shipment. After this, we won’t have any more apples until fall. Be sure to plan enough for applesauce, pies, and still have some left for your snack basket.

Deadline To Order:  February 19th at 9:00 a.m.
Pick Up Date:  February 27th or 28th, depending on location
Order Form
Printable Price List

Tim & Erin

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February Apple Varieties 2014

February Apple Varieties 2014

In case you didn’t know, our two February apple orders are in full swing! We have an excellent variety of apples available, all of which are minimally sprayed, and all have been stored in special storage to keep them fresh since they were harevested in the fall.

APPLES
Deadline To Order:  February 10th at 9:00 a.m.
Delivery Date:  February 13th and 14th, depending on your location
Click here to order

APPLES, DRY GOODS, AND LIVESTOCK FEED
Deadline To Order:  February 19th at 9:00 a.m.
Delivery Date:  February 27th and 28th, depending on your location
Click here to order

Empire AppleWith parents like Red Delicious and Macintosh, Empire apples are a refreshing blend of sweet and tart. And they’re multitaskers in the kitchen, too. Grab for an Empire when you’re making applesauce, baking pies, or just when you need a mouthwatering bite to munch. These beauties are even good for freezing. Just peel and core them, dip them in a blend of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per cup of water to keep from browning, and store them in zip top bags in the freezer.Fun Fact: Ever have McDonald’s apple dippers? Well, those are Empire Apples!

Flavor: Wonderful blend of sweet and tart. Juicy.

Bite: Crispy

 

 

 

 

Cameo AppleHave you tried the Cameo apple yet? Its uber crisp sweetness has made it one of our most popular apples. The Cameo has actually been called a “poor man’s Honeycrisp” by one of our growers because of its shattering crunch. Cameo apples are best eaten fresh or made into applesauce, but they also do fairly well in pies.

Customer Review:  Our order of cameo apples are being devoured!  We are so excited to have fresh tasting apples in the middle of winter. [February 2013] This bushel is so much better than our order from the fall.  Not sure if it came from a different orchard but we are loving them.  No bruises on any of them! -Ally

Flavor:  Mostly sweet with a hint of tart.

Bite: Crispy

 

 

Golden Delicious AppleGolden Delicious apples may be one of the most practical apples we sell. They taste amazing, and they’re good for virtually any purpose: cooking, baking, applesauce, cider, freezing, and of course, eating out of hand.

Customer Review: I was never a golden delicious or red delicious lover before – I find them a little “soft”.  I understood there was a bad harvest this year [2012] and this was going to be my only opportunity for apples, so I decided to order some golden delicious from you.

I have to say the golden delicious apples I just picked up are the most delicious “delicious” apples I have ever tasted.  They are not soft at all, very crispy and delectable with a wonderful flavor.  We are going to use your suggestion for storage with paper towels and bags, but I don’t think we have to worry about long-term storage too much – they will be gone too quickly!

Flavor:  Sweet and mild

Bite: Medium crisp

 

 
Rome AppleIf you’ve enjoyed perfect fried apple slices or a beautiful baked apple, they were probably made with Rome Apples. These superb cooking apples retain their shape beautifully as well as their tart flavor. And their drier flesh makes them an excellent choice for dehydrated apples too.

Nickname:  Baker’s Buddy

Flavor:  Mild and tart with some sweetness too

Bite:  Dense and hard, cunchy

 

 

 

 

 

Fuji AppleWow! The Fuji apple has it all: super sweet, super juicy, and super crisp! Fuji apples are best for eating fresh and for making applesauce and salads. Despite their good looks and great flavor, Fuji apples don’t stand up well to cooking and baking, but if you like a sugar-sweet, crunchy, juicy apple, try the Fuji.

Customer Review:  We’ve ordered the Fuji apples every time. They are the best Fuji apples we’ve ever eaten. They are so fresh, crisp, and sweet. We’ve been drying the ones we don’t get to right away, and sharing them. Thank you so much for making them available to us!  These are wonderful! – Donna

Flavor:  Sweet

Bite:  Crisp

Apples in February? You Bet!

Apples in February? You bet!

Quick question:  Did you store orchard-fresh apples this fall? Are they all used up by now?
Or if you didn’t, don’t you wish you had? It sure would be nice to bite into a crisp, juicy apple right now.

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Last February, we did something for the first time that turned out really good.

So we’re going to do it again.

We’re going to offer APPLES… in February!

Bulk Natural Foods is offering apples in February!
So how do you get nice, fresh, crispy apples in February?! You get them out of CA storage! Check out this natural, common, and (we think) very cool storage method by reading our article here.

The Nitty Gritty

  • There will be two deliveries in February: one on Feb. 13th and 14th, and the other on Feb. 27th and 28th.
  • We’ll start taking orders this week sometime. The February 13th/14th order will have a relatively short ordering period, so jump on this one quick if you want apples.
  • The February 27th/28th order will also include a full array of livestock feeds and dry goods; pantry items like all kinds of dried fruits, nuts, grains, flour, oils, and more. (The February 13th/14th order will have SOME dry goods too, but not a lot.)
  • Neither of the order forms are open yet, so watch your emails and our facebook page for updates. We’ll let you know when it’s time to order.

Tim & Erin

Maggies First Apple Pie

Maggie’s First Apple Pie
Do you have a special breakfast on Saturday mornings? We usually have some kind of yummy egg scramble with sausage and peppers and cheese. But this last Saturday when we woke up, there were no eggs in the fridge at all. None.Now apple pie may not be on the healthy breakfast list, but when our nine year old volunteered to make one all by herself, we decided that it would be okay to cheat just this once. (I can’t imagine where she got the idea of apple pie for breakfast in the first place.)

Maggie's First Apple Pie
Have you ever made a pie crust from scratch? A lot of people find it to be tricky, and it can be. Our recipe is a little different, easy enough that our nine year old was able to pull it off with fabulous, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth results. If you’d like to impress your Thanksgiving guests with a completely-from-scratch homemade pie, you’ll definitely want to give this recipe a go.Apple Pie Recipe

How To Make A Flaky Pie Crust (Video)

Coming Soon: Apples And Concord Grapes

Coming Soon: Apples & Concord Grapes
by Erin Otto

Hey! It’s almost apple & grape time!

Next week, we’ll open the order form for our next order cycle: apples & Concord grapes. The harvest is bountiful! And the fruit is beautiful.

For this load from Michigan, we’re sure of these varieties: Gala, Macintosh, Cortland, Ruby John (a type of Jonathan). We think a few of the popular mid-season apples will be available then too – we’re just not sure yet which ones they’ll be. Watch your emails next week. We’ll send you a link to the order form once it is open.

Apples and Concord Grapes Coming Soon

Concord Grapes

Did you ever wonder why grape flavored candies taste almost nothing like common grapes? Those grape candies are made to taste like Concord grapes – the deep purple, slip-skin, sweet grapes that Welch’s purple grape juice is made from. The fresh Concord grapes we get each fall from Michigan are wildly popular for eating fresh and for juicing. And no wonder! They taste fabulous, and they’re super high in antioxidants.

Juice them, make them into jam, or simply eat them all up fresh.

October is the only time Concord grapes will be available. Don’t miss these!

Dry Goods Update

There’s about a week left to place your order for dry goods. This includes a great selection of pantry staples like whole wheat berries, quinoa, chia seeds, local raw honey, and much more. 

*Please note that the dry goods order deadline has been changed. It’s now a few days earlier than it had been.

Deadline To Order Dry Goods:  Wednesday, September 18th 10:00 a.m. (central)
Pick Up Date:  Thursday or Friday, September 26th or 27th (depending on location)
Click Here To Order:  http://bunchesmore.com/index.php?action=guest-app-cart&cid=105

Tim & Erin

Fall Preview 2013 And A Note From The Orchard

What’s Next? (and a note from the orchard)

Heads up!

We’ll be opening up our order form for a last load of peaches very soon… should be within the next few days.

And over the next several months we’ll be bringing in some other things too! Here’s a peek at what we’re preparing:

Late Summer and Early Fall Fruits 2013

August:
We’ll be getting a final load of northern peaches and few varieties of summer apples from an orchard we’ve had good
experience with. (See the note from the orchard below.)

September:
Pears, plums, more early apples, and a truckload of wheat, dry goods, and organic animal feed.

October:
Concord grapes, dry goods, and an abundant variety of apples. If you remember, last year was not a good year for apples (Remember how the late spring frost of 2012 killed most of the apple blossoms?). This year is like the reverse swing of nature’s pendulum; apple trees everywhere are heavy with delicious fruit!

Here’s a look behind the scenes into one of our recent emails from the peach orchard we’ll be ordering from later this month.

…We anticipate great quality and volume of peaches through Labor Day so I do not see a problem getting your truck loaded up at the end of August. We will have both yellow and white peaches available at that time. All the fruit that will be shipped to you will come directly from our orchards. We’d need your final order on the 26th. We have been having great quality this year, and as long as we stay hurricane free we should be in good shape.

We do strive to harvest tree ripened fruit that has the maximum sugar content, and typically we try to harvest, pack, and ship to the customer within 48 hours to keep the quality high for end customer. We would have a fuzzy peach in a box that came straight from the field. I think that’s what you’re looking for.

-Maggie

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Postal Delivery & UPS Shipments:

Over the next few months we will be offering more products via postal delivery (several hundred more). If you don’t live in our local delivery range, or if you’d like to have Bulk Natural Foods shipped to your door, we think you’re really going to like this!

We won’t, however, be shipping fresh fruit this year or in 2014. (We haven’t quite figured out how to make that work yet.) Only dry goods items will be ship-able for a while. So, woo-hoo! We’ll keep you posted as we move forward on this.

We can currently ship out about a dozen of our more popular items through our store: things like raw almonds, rapadura, superfood, Celtic sea salt, and the Nutrimill grain mill. (If you’re not already milling your own flour, definitely look into this power kitchen tool. Freshly ground wheat flour or any combination of gluten-free flours take minutes to make yourself, they’re healthier and taste remarkably better than any pre-milled flour you could buy.)

Anyway, we’ll be in touch about the upcoming PEACH order. Watch your emails for more information.

Tim & Erin

From Our Mailbox

My order of peaches was super fantastic! LOVED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM! -Karissa

The peaches were again outstanding. Delicious, sweet, juicy, and perfectly ripe! -Monica

LOVE the peaches. We have been enjoying our first ever order of peaches and blueberries and mango. Peaches by themselves, peach cobbler, peach mango salsa tomorrow. Thank you for the fresh fruit. -Rebecca

The peaches are beautiful and the carrots have more flavor than any I’ve ever tasted! Forty pounds of bananas is a LOT of bananas, but they’re delicious and I’m clearing out enough freezer space to hold them for smoothies and baking for weeks to come. Thank you! -Jennifer

Oh my goodness! The family started eating peaches before I even got back into the car! Sweet, juicy and perfect even though they were 2nds. Wish I had bought 2 boxes so I will have some left to can. Thanks so much for the opportunity to purchase such yummy, healthy food. -Connie

What to do with Golden Delicious Apples

Golden Delicious apples are one of the most all-purpose apples out there. You can use them for baking, eating fresh, making apple sauce, or even apple butter. They’re awesome tasting apples (especially when they’re fresh), and this article is about some of the things I like to do with them.

One of the things these apples are good for is apple pies. You can make a quick and simple pie using this recipe. Or you can make delicious apple dumplings and surprise your family with a great desert (that’s if you can somehow keep them from smelling all the homey smells coming from the kitchen!).

We like to make apple sauce with our apples – and Golden Delicious apples are some of the best for sauce. To do this, simply wash your apples and cut them into quarters (don’t worry about stems, seeds, peel, etc.). Put them in a pot large enough to hold the apples you’ve cut, and cover the bottom of the pot with about 1 1/2 inches of water (the exact amount doesn’t matter). Put the pot on the stove, with the lid on, on medium low. Cook until the apples are tender. When they are nice and soft, we use a Roma sauce maker to make the apples into sauce. I personally love this product, but I’ve noticed from reading the reviews on it that many people have trouble using it. Here are a few tips that help me to have an easy time using the sauce maker:

Making tomato sauce with the Roma sauce maker.

1) People say that the little spout that the sauce comes out of is a bit too short, and too close to the counter, to fit a bowl under it properly. In my kitchen, there’s a handy place where we have a higher counter attached to a counter with a regular height. When I use the sauce maker, I attach it to the edge of the higher counter, with the spout hanging over the lower counter. Then I put a bowl under the spout and start cranking. It works great. If you don’t have a place in your kitchen like that, try using a shallower bowl that fits better under the spout. Or put the sauce maker on a cookie sheet to catch any spills.

2) The sauce maker attaches to your counter with a suction cup. Some reviewers say that the suction cup doesn’t hold onto the counter very well. Well, I’ve really never had that problem, but when we make apple sauce, we get everyone helping in the kitchen. One of the kids usually holds the sauce maker still (and holds it to the counter), while another cranks it. It’s kind of like a “mom-and-kids” party in the kitchen!

 

 

Storing your apples: Apples can keep for several weeks, and even several months, if you put them in the refrigerator. If you plan on keeping them for a long time, wrap them in paper towels and put them in plastic grocery bags (about 12-15 apples in each bag). Keep them in the refrigerator. We have used this method, and it works well. However, you might want to keep the bags hidden somewhere in the back of the fridge – we’ve found that the apples somehow disappear by the end of a few weeks if we don’t hide them. That’s why I don’t tell you exactly how long they keep – we’ve never been able to keep them longer than two months before they’re gone! I can’t imagine where they disappear to… :-)

We recently received a comment from a customer who ordered Golden Delicious apples, and it was so fun to read that I thought I’d post it on this article:

I was never a golden delicious or red delicious lover before – I find them a little “soft”.  I understood there was a bad harvest this year and this was going to be my only opportunity for apples, so I decided to order some golden delicious from you.

I have to say the golden delicious apples I just picked up are the most delicious “delicious” apples I have ever tasted.  They are not soft at all, very crispy and delectable with a wonderful flavor.  We are going to use your suggestion for storage with paper towels and bags, but I don’t think we have to worry about long-term storage too much – they will be gone too quickly!

We also appreciate your effort to get us high-quality goods and standing behind your quality when things go awry – i.e. the peach order (seconds).  (We do have to say, though, that the peaches that weren’t bruised were equally, if not more, as delectable as these apples!)

Thank you for all your hard work in getting us these wonderful items.  I’m going to keep my eyes open for any further apples for the next order – I think we’re going to need them!

-Belinda Fenton

I just couldn’t end this article without mentioning the apple muffins my mom makes. They taste wonderful – perfect for a breakfast, lunch, or midday snack. Click here for the recipe.

Emma

Whole Wheat Apple Walnut Muffins

Some muffin recipes call for milk to make up most of the liquid. And that’s fine for those recipes. But this one is all about flavor since the apples themselves make up almost all of the liquid. If you use freshly ground soft white wheat flour, the muffins turn out light and soft, and baked in preheated stoneware pans, they’re heavenly.

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins

Soft White Wheat Flour With Cinnamon and Rapadura

Ingredients

3 or 4 fresh apples, or you can substitute 2-3 cups of applesauce
1/3 c. melted butter
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. soft white wheat flour (use freshly ground flour if possible)1/2 c.
Rapadura (whole organic cane sugar)
1 t. baking soda
2 t. cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 c. chopped walnuts

Apple Muffins in Stoneware Pans

Directions

  • In a blender (or you can do this by hand), blend together the bananas, melted butter, egg, and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, rapadura, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and chopped walnuts.
  • Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and spoon into buttered muffin cups.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Variation: Apple Blueberry Muffins
Prepare as above except use 2 c. of applesauce instead of the bananas, and 1 c. blueberries instead of the nuts.

Over-ripe Mutsu Apples

Christine’s Apple Pie Filling

Canned apple pie filling:  the ultimate last-minute dessert for unexpected company or chilly winter evenings when you’d rather be sitting beside the woodstove than slaving on pies in the kitchen.  If you’d rather, you can freeze this pie filling in quart freezer bags. Enjoy.

4 – 6 quarts peeled and sliced firm apples, like Winesap, Rome, Ida Red or Jonathan (reserved)

4 1/2 cups sugar or rapadura

1 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder

4 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons nutmeg

3 tablespoons lemon juice

10 cups water

In a large pot, cook all the ingredients, except the apples, until thick and bubbly, stirring often.  Remove from heat.

Add as many apples to the sugar sauce as you can, keeping the mixture plenty juicy.

Place the apples into prepared quart jars and process 25 minutes in a hot water bath.   Makes 4 – 6 quarts.