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Get Locally Grown Goodness with Top of the Hill's Fresh Picks

Get Locally Grown Goodness with Top of the Hill's Fresh Picks

by Top of the Hill on August 21, 2023

Are you looking to eat healthier but don't know where to start? Top of the Hill has the perfect solution for you! Our fresh produce section offers a wide variety of local, healthy produce that you may not find anywhere else. From sweet dream peaches to wild-picked huckleberries and Yakima tomatoes, you'll be sure to get the freshest and most delicious ingredients for your meals. Let’s learn a bit more about each one of these seasonal treasures, and get some recipe ideas.

Sweet Dream Peaches: A Summertime Treat
Get ready to sink your teeth into the juiciest and most delectable fruit of the season - sweet dream peaches! These freestone, summertime treasures with low acidity are the epitome of lusciousness, with their larger size, vibrant golden color, and velvety skin. What is freestone? It means that you can slice it right down the middle, give it a little twist and the fruit comes right off the pit. Each bite is bursting with a sweet and tangy flavor that will transport you to a sun-drenched orchard. Enjoy eating them fresh, sliced over a bowl of yogurt, or grilled to perfection. There are a wide variety of proteins that go well with grilled peaches. Try them on the side with pork, chicken, prosciutto, beef, salmon, bacon or chicken. For a nice finishing touch to your meal, serve them as a dessert with maple syrup and ice cream, like this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. 

These peaches aren't just delicious; they're also packed with nutritional goodness. They are a great source of vitamins A and C, as well as dietary fiber. They are also low in calories and contain no fat or cholesterol. So not only are you indulging in a scrumptious summer treat, but you're also nourishing your body with essential nutrients.

Local, Wild-Picked Huckleberries: A Nutrient-Rich Addition to Any Meal
These little berries pack a big punch when it comes to flavor and nutrition. Packed with vitamins, and minerals, huckleberries are a nutrient-rich addition to any meal.
Huckleberries have a high antioxidant content which helps fight inflammation and protect against chronic diseases. They are also a great source of fiber, which aids in digestion and promotes a healthy gut.

Huckleberries add a nice surprise of color when added to salads. Blend them into a refreshing smoothie, or incorporate them into a homemade pie. They can be used in combination or in place of blueberries in your favorite recipes. If your mornings tend to be a bit hectic trying to get everyone out of the door to start the day, try making this recipe for crockpot overnight oatmeal, then top with huckleberries. You and your family will enjoy waking up to a filling, healthy breakfast.

Yakima Tomatoes: Bursting with Flavor and Nutrients
When it comes to flavor and freshness, Yakima tomatoes are in a league of their own. These vibrant, juicy gems are bursting with deliciousness and pack a punch when it comes to nutrients. Bite into one, and you'll be greeted with an explosion of taste - sweet, tangy, and full of that classic tomato flavor.
But it's not just about the taste; Yakima tomatoes are also loaded with health benefits. They are a fantastic source of vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants that help boost your immune system and fight off free radicals. Plus, they're low in calories and fat, making them a guilt-free addition to any meal.

Pick up other ingredients in our store, such as herbs, mozzarella and peppers to use with Yakima tomatoes in Rachel Ray's eye-catching caprese salad recipe, fresh salsas, and homemade marinara sauces. If you want to top your burgers with these fresh tomatoes, Top of the Hill Quality Produce also has Painted Hills ground beef available at the butcher counter.

What are some of your favorite recipes with peaches, huckleberries and tomatoes? We would love for you to share some of your ideas in the comments below, or on our Facebook or Instagram pages. 

Supporting Local Farms and the Benefits of Eating Seasonal Produce
Supporting local farms and choosing to eat seasonal produce not only benefits your community, but it also has numerous advantages for your health and the environment. When you buy from local farms, you're supporting small businesses and farmers who work hard to provide you with fresh, high-quality produce. By choosing seasonal produce, you're getting fruits and vegetables at the peak of their flavor and nutritional value. They are harvested at the right time and don't have to travel long distances, which means they retain more nutrients. Eating seasonal produce also helps reduce the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation. Additionally, seasonal produce often requires fewer pesticides and preservatives, making it a healthier option for you and the planet. So next time you're shopping for groceries, consider the benefits of supporting local farms and choosing delicious, seasonal produce.

Don't miss out on these limited-time delights! Head to Top of the Hill in Renton, WA today to savor the sweet dream peaches, along with other locally sourced treasures like wild-picked huckleberries and Yakima tomatoes. 

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