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Citrus from California? Expanding the Definition of Local

Posted on January 12th, 2022 by Harvie Pittsburgh

Grapefruit from California? But I thought Harvie was local? 

We are so excited to have Grapefruit, Lemons & Oranges from Putt Family Farm available this week. In our effort to bring you a full grocery list (so that you don’t have to think about shopping multiple times in a week), citrus has been one of the top priorities. In an ideal world, perhaps everything would be grown & distributed within the confines of our local food system, but, unfortunately, Pittsburgh cannot support orange trees. So, the question becomes, what’s the best way to get oranges?  

Meet Putt Family Farm. Putt Family Farm is a citrus farm in Bakersfield, California & the family is close friends with Clarion River Organics (one of Harvie's top growers)! These Organic oranges & chemical-free grapefruits and lemons are tree-ripened for peak sweetness. In a note from the farm on this year's crop, the family noted “with all the heat we had this summer, they should be good and sweet.”

How do California Oranges fit in with the Harvie sourcing philosophy? 

1. Sustainability- this citrus is grown with sustainable practices. We work with producers who are good stewards of their land and animals.

2. Local Economy- while Putt Family Farm is not in Western Pennsylvania, it has direct ties to it's local economy in Bakersfield. By supporting this small family farm, you are supporting a local economy & food system instead of an industrial food system. 

3. Transparency & Story- We want you to know your farmers! This is the second year in a row we've gotten Putt Family Farm citrus, and each winter, we will probably bring them back. Get to know the family & the delicious citrus. How cool is it that this farm came to us through Clarion River Organics? Small farm connections & systems throughout the country are built off of one another. For small farms to beat the big guys, we first have to transform the Pittsburgh food system & then expand our reach.  

New This Week
Peanut Butter Wonder Bark from The Toffee House
Organic Oranges, Pink Grapefruits, & Lemons from Putt Family Farm
S’mores Pie from Piebird
Organic Dried Mangos, Equal Exchange
Organic Roasted Salted Cashews, Equal exchange

On Sale

Holiday Sale Items: Forgot to get a gift for someone in your life? While supplies last, our holiday items are on sale for 15% off. Gift sets, turkeys, & more! These holiday specials are timeless and are the perfect birthday gift,  valentines day gift or even self-appreciation gift! Look for our Popcorn Kit, J.Q. Dickinson Salt Sampler, Commonplace Winter Solstice blend & Goat Rodeo Caramels and Mug.

New lower prices- You asked & we've delivered! Our Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream, and Pittsburgh Cream Cheese now have new permanent lower prices.

Recipes of the week

These Enchiladas verdes shared by Ocho salsa taste delicious with some tomatillo salsa and corn tortillas from Frankferd Farms. 

Veggie Bowl by Katie, Harvie Customer Success- Quinoa, tofu, veggies, pickles and a tahini sauce! For the tahini sauce: tahini, a lemon, salt, squirt of dijon mustard, couple cloves of garlic, little cumin, bunch of herbs

Citrus Baked Chicken- This recipe is the perfect way to highlight the Putt Family Farms lemons & oranges! 

Citrus Vinaigrette, from the Sixth Season- 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 lime, honey, Champagne vinegar, & Olive Oil.  Pair with some Fifth Season greens, a nut & cheese for a wintery salad.  

Producer Profile
This week, we sat down with Chef Justin Severino, maker of crowd favorite, Salty Pork Bits. Severino stresses the importance of a quality ingredient & is "excited about the sausages that parents want to buy and make their family dinner with.” Read our whole interview with the Chef here!


Tip of the week
Ever missing an item, packaging ripped, quality not what you expected? Let us know at We stand by our products and try to source the best possible quality but sometimes things happen! We are happy to provide a credit for any item not meeting your expectations.

In case you missed it..

Goat Rodeo Bamboozle won ‘Best in Show’ at the cheese competition for the PA Farm Show

Harvie CEO, Simon Huntley will be doing a Facebook Live on Sauerkraut making on 1/13! Tune in & make sure to stock up on pierogies, & sour cream to pair with your homemade kraut! 

Harvie Facebook group members share their favorite dipping sauces for Axel’s pretzels - add yours to the discussion


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