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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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)

Apple Price Comparison November 2013

Apple Price Comparison November 2013

We’d like to show you what we found when comparing the nearby supermarket apple prices and our truckload apple prices.

Apple Price Comparison

Do you know what an orgapple is?

Do you know what an orgapple is? You may want one soon!
by Jason Coon
Orgapples! Organic Apples

Definition- org·ap·ple

/o-rg’apel/

noun
1.  USDA organically certified round fruit of a tree of the rose family, which typically has thin red or green skin and crisp flesh. Many varieties have been naturally developed as dessert or cooking fruit or for making certified organic cider.

2.  a word we made up to cleverly let you know we will be opening the last apple order of 2013 in a few days AND with the truckload of IPM apples it will ALSO include certified organic apples and organic cider!
The Dec 5th and 6th ORGAPPLE Order will be opening soon.  We’ll email you in a few days when we are ready to take orders- 

Has the price of apples changed since last year

Has the price of apples changed since last year?

One question we hear a lot lately is.. Have the prices of apples gone down since last year?

Last Year:
If you remember, last year’s apple growers throughout the North and Northeast had a terrible time with their apple crop. An early warm spell followed by heavy late frosts nearly wiped out much of the harvest. The Michigan family farm we are getting our apples and Concord grapes from on the current order form reported an 85% loss in apple harvest last year, not to mention other areas of the country were experiencing record drought. Washington state had a bumper crop until hail damaged a high volume of their crop. These factors drove the demand for apples around the country – and the prices – through the roof.

This Year:
The apple season is looking great this year and we’re hearing positive reports from our farmers.  Our farmer’s prices have gone down significantly from last year. However, if you were to swing by the supermarkets in our area, you wouldn’t notice it much of a difference in price compared to last year. Here are the approximate price comparisons we’ve observed from last year and this season so far…

Jason's Grocery Store ApplesLast year: Supermarket Prices-
$1.79-$1.99 per pound
$70-$80 per bushelBulk Natural Foods Prices-
$0.70-$0.80 per pound
$27.50- $31.50 per bushelThis year:

Supermarket Prices-
$1.57-$1.99 per pound
$62.50-$80 per bushel

Bulk Natural Foods Prices-
$0.55 per pound
$22.00 per bushel

We are really excited to be able to work directly with the farmer and bring these great values on truckloads of fresh, unwaxed, IPM fruits to your neighborhood. And in our opinion, these fresh-off-the-trees apples taste so much better than any you could pick up at the store.

Tim & Erin
931-593-2616 – Feel free to place your order by phone.

Deadline To Order:  September 30th at 9:00 a.m. (or whenever our truck is too full to hold any more fruit)
Pick Up Date:  Thursday & Friday, October 3rd & 4th, depending on location
Click this link to order:  http://bunchesmore.com/index.php?action=guest-app-cart&cid=106

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

Local Butternut Squash Sweet Potatoes And Pie Pumpkins

Local Butternut Squash Sweet Potatoes And Pie Pumpkins

One of our Amish neighbors is doing an experiment that involves you. Yep. He wants to know if you guys like squash, pie pumpkins, and sweet potatoes. If you do, he plans to grow more of these vegetables for us next year. For now, there are just a few cases of each available, so they’ll sell out fast. You’ll find them on our Pear, Plum, and Peaches order form.

The squash and sweet potatoes we roasted over the weekend were buttery sweet and a beautiful deep orange, and the pumpkin has become a pie for our supper tonight.

One thing to notice here is that the sweet potatoes and butternut squash are odd shapes and sizes; some pretty big and others very small. So if you’re looking for uniformity, please don’t order these local vegetables. Both will come in 25 pound boxes. Also, the sweet potatoes will not be washed as this helps to keep them fresh.

Squash Pumpkins & Sweet Potatoes

Pears, Plums, and Peaches

Remember, there’s less than one week left to order Stanley plums, Bartlett pears, Baby Gold peaches, and freestone peaches. Occasionally, the timing works out with one of our growers for us to get more pears later in the fall, but otherwise, this will be the only time this year that we’ll offer plums and pears, and the last time we’ll offer peaches this season.

Deadline To Order:  Monday, September 9th at 9:00 a.m. central time
Pick Up Date:  Thursday or Friday, September 12th or 13, depending on location
Click this link to order:  http://bunchesmore.com/?action=guest-app-cart&cid=104

The grower sent these pictures of our fruit, still growing on the trees at the orchard…

Summer Fruits On The Trees

Feel free to order by phone at 931-593-2616.

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

Applesauce

By Emma & Erin Otto

Every time we get a box of apples, we make some of them into applesauce. The kids love it, it’s fun to make, and with the help of a sauce maker, it’s easy too because there is no need to peel or core the apples. This is the sauce maker I use  –  or rather, this is the updated version of the one I use. Mine is old and red.

Apple-sauce maker

 

You can use any sauce maker, but this one is extremely simple, inexpensive, and has served us well. You can buy it on Amazon here, but you’ll see that it has some pretty negative reviews about the suction cup. In our experience, the suction cup stays put most of the time, but you really can’t count on it, so one of us holds it while another person cranks. No big deal.

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Almost any kind of apples will make great applesauce; and a mix of apples is usually better than just one kind. If you’re buying a box of apples specifically to make applesauce, we’d recommend either Golden Delicious or Mutsu apples. The applesauce made with either of these varieties turns out sweet and light-colored with a nice flavor.

What You’ll Need:

Apples (rinsed)
A large saucepan or stock pot (it really just needs to be big enough to hold the apples you plan on using)
Sauce Maker

Directions: Add water to your saucepan until it’s about 1 inch deep. Cut your apples into quarters. Don’t worry about the peel or seeds – they will be removed by the sauce maker later.

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Add the apples to the saucepan, cover it with a lid and simmer on low for about a half hour, or until the apples are very soft. (The amount of time will vary, depending on how low the “Low” setting on your stove is.) Keep an eye on the apples – you may need to add more water to keep the apples from burning. We never do, though, because the juice from the apples starts to fill up the pot and keeps the apples from burning.

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Put the apples through the sauce maker, and your applesauce is done! You can serve it warm or cold or use it for recipes like these Whole-Wheat Apple-Walnut Muffins.

 

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It’s also very easy to store your applesauce in the freezer for later. Just put it in a Ziploc bag, seal tightly and freeze. Thaw it for 12-24 hours before serving.