Summer Is Here

Summer heat has arrived and the first summer vegetables are showing up in farmer's markets.  At LOKAL we partner with our farmers and help when they need an extra pair of hands.  This helps us understand how they grow their products and offers us access to products that most restaurants and cafe's wouldn't use. 

Peter and Irene Churins at Charles City Fruit Company are farmers we worked with since we opened.  They grow amazing stone fruit along the James River where they provide a dynamci example of what farming is all about;  they farm where you shouldn't be farming stone fruit due to humidity and weather fluctuation which causes them to make decisions.  They work all year long in maintaining a varied orchard of over 75 trees.   Last week LOKAL helped to thin peaches on their already fully loaded trees.   As Peter notes in the video, they thin 10 peaches for everyone they keep.