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Cooking with Pears


When we think of pears, we conjure up images of decadent pastries, pies and cakes. However, pears hold their own in many savory dishes as well, and fall is the perfect time to get into the kitchen and cook up some of these warm and toasty recipes featuring the versatile pear. Looking for something different on Taco Tuesday? Try our sweet and savory Pear Pomegranate Salsa with feta cheese. Serve this pear salsa with your favorite tacos instead of traditional salsa, or try it on a salad for a refreshing crunch. Our Butternut Squash and Pear Soup is a luscious way [...]

Cooking with Pears2019-10-10T19:12:25+00:00

Concorde Pear and Pomegranate Salsa


Pears are not just for desserts; they also add a wonderful complexity to so many savory dishes as well. This fall we made a sweet and savory pear salsa with Concorde Pears that is not just for tacos. This versatile salsa can be served alongside any roasted meats, seafoods or can be added to mixed greens for a delicious fall salad. Created by: Meg Raines YIELD: 4-6 INGREDIENTS  Juice of 1 lime 2 Concorde pears 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 teaspoon of finely diced jalapeño or [...]

Concorde Pear and Pomegranate Salsa2019-10-10T19:03:52+00:00

Chelan Fresh Provides Portable Breakfast/Salad Bar Carts to Schools, Serving an Estimated 1.1 Million Meals


Fuel Up to Play 60 and Chelan Fresh Collaborate to Help Increase Student Access to Nutritious Food Choices in Schools Pasco, WA, October 1, 2019 – Fuel Up to Play 60 and Chelan Fresh are increasing student access to more nutritious food choices in schools. Chelan Fresh, one of Washington state's largest suppliers of apples and pears and the nation's largest provider of fresh cherries, will provide Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation's leading in-school wellness program, 10 portable breakfast/salad bar carts to be used in 9 Fuel Up to Play 60 schools in 3 states across the country. In [...]

Chelan Fresh Provides Portable Breakfast/Salad Bar Carts to Schools, Serving an Estimated 1.1 Million Meals2019-09-30T21:06:13+00:00

Pacific Coast Kids in the Kitchen Event


How do you get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables?  You take one produce company who is passionate about produce and helping communities, you bring in boxes of produce from local farms, add five creative chefs from the region, throw in a group of 25 kids and then you begin to chop, cook and inspire your way to healthier kids. Pacific Coast Fruit Company recently put on their first ever Kids in the Kitchen event that set out to do just that - inspire kids to eat more produce and try new things. PacCoast with the help of [...]

Pacific Coast Kids in the Kitchen Event2019-09-30T20:18:07+00:00

First Annual Kids in the Kitchen Event


Chelan Fresh is proud to donate Bartlett pears to this event and educate children on the pears' uses, qualities, and nutritional benefits. Our Marketing Coordinator, Lorinda Oscarson, will serve as Chelan Fresh's supplier representative and competition judge. PACIFIC COAST FRUIT COMPANY`S KIDS IN THE KITCHEN OVERVIEW WHY: Pacific Coast Fruit Company continually seeks to have a positive influence in the communities we serve and to support our food industry. Our first annual Kids In The Kitchen event brings together local kids, chefs, and produce growers in hopes to inspire kids to eat healthy and to learn skills applicable for a successful [...]

First Annual Kids in the Kitchen Event2019-09-23T16:31:26+00:00

Vanilla Lavender Concorde Pears and Fig Jam


If you are a pear lover, then surely you need to add Concorde pears to your list for fall fruits to pick up at the market. Concorde pears are smaller in size with a long narrow neck. They can be enjoyed at all stages of ripeness, but their flavor does mellow as the fruit gets riper. The firm texture and hint of vanilla notes make this variety the perfect pear for our lovely vanilla lavender jam. Not your typical morning toast jam, this version is best served with salty cheeses such as parmesan or feta on crusty bread, or alongside savory [...]

Vanilla Lavender Concorde Pears and Fig Jam2019-09-13T18:37:57+00:00

Women in Agriculture – Rosa Rivera


Many of the Chelan Valley orchards 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 checked in with Rosa Rivera, who owns and operates a family orchard with her husband in the Chelan Valley. Rosa is a pillar in her community; not only does she help manage the family orchard but also works outside the home and has raised thoughtful young adults who contribute to the world around [...]

Women in Agriculture – Rosa Rivera2019-09-13T17:16:03+00:00

How to Add Fruit to Every Meal


The Produce for Better Health Foundation has declared September National Fruits and Veggies Month and we couldn’t be more thrilled to help them celebrate. Adding an additional serving of fruits and vegetables to every meal will up your nutrition for the day, and it’s easier than you think. Here are our suggestions on how to participate in the September “eat more fruits and veggies” #HaveAPlantPledge with some delicious ideas for every meal of the day. Breakfast Start your day off on the right foot with our Apple Berry Smoothie Bowl, made with KORU® apples.  It’s loaded with fruits and veggies as well as natural fats [...]

How to Add Fruit to Every Meal2019-09-06T18:53:08+00:00

Chocolate and Pumpkin Pear Brownies


Pumpkin, pears and chocolate make a lovely flavor combination in these decadent flourless brownies. The texture is rich and velvety thanks to the pumpkin puree, and the ripe Bartlett pears lend a subtle sweetness to the dark chocolate. Perfect for lunch boxes, or afternoon snacks, these brownies will become your new favorite treat for fall! Created by: Meg Raines Yield: 12-16 brownies INGREDIENTS   3/4 cup pumpkin puree  1 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)  1/2 cup cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)  1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt\1 teaspoon pure vanilla [...]

Chocolate and Pumpkin Pear Brownies2019-09-04T20:07:41+00:00

How to Ripen Pears – Kitchen Hack


Most store-bought pears will be firm and often need to be ripened a little before eating. But what is the best way to ripen pears at home? For starters, make sure to select firm, unblemished pears with zero bruises or torn skin for best results. Also, avoid refrigerating unripe pears as it can stunt their ability to ripen. Here are our three principle methods for ripening pears: The slow method: Kitchen counter  Pears will happily ripen on your kitchen counter in 4-7 days. Place them in a bowl and check on them regularly to see when they’re ready to eat.  The [...]

How to Ripen Pears – Kitchen Hack2019-08-19T21:03:55+00:00