Awesome to the Core: Fresh Local Organic Apples Are Here!

Did you know that in spite of global competition and other agricultural pressures, farmers here in Sonoma County continue to grow a variety of apples? Sure, you might know about Gravensteins, which are one of the first to ripen each year, but there are many other types being picked and delivered to our stores.

Through our relationship with the F.E.E.D. Cooperative, we are able to offer our customers an outstanding selection of local, organically grown apples this year. Through F.E.E.D. Cooperative, small, local farms connect with buyers in retail and commercial markets. We are thrilled to feature all local organic apple varieties this week at $2.99/LB.


Note: Prices in effect from October 11-17 at all four Oliver’s Market Locations in Sonoma County.

Apples are so easy to enjoy in myriad ways, and they are good for you, too! (An apple a day…) They work well in both sweet and savory dishes, juiced (with or without fermentation!), or just eaten out of hand.

The Apple of Your Eye

We have all kinds of cool varieties to share, and there is truly an apple for everyone in this collection! Check out the list, all organic and grown locally here in Sonoma County, and see which apple(s) catch your eye! (Note: Due to supply limitations, not every variety may be at every location.)

All of the featured local, organically grown apples are grown by local farms and brought to us via F.E.E.D. Cooperative.

Local Organic Fuji Apples, Grown by Gold Ridge Farm in Sebastopol, CA via F.E.E.D. Cooperative, $2.99/lb.

Tangy and sweet, with a firm crisp texture and a complex flavor. These apples are best fresh, but they hold their texture well when cooked. Slice for apple pies, cobblers, muffins,
tarts or fritters.

Local Organic Gold Delicious Apples, Grown by Devoto Gardens in Sebastopol, CA via F.E.E.D. Cooperative, $2.99/lb.

Golden Delicious apples are renowned for their bright yellow skin and sweet, crisp flesh. They originated in West Virginia in the early 20th century and remain a popular choice for snacking and baking.

Local Organic Mutsu Apples, Grown by Devoto Gardens in Sebastopol, CA via F.E.E.D. Cooperative, $2.99/lb.

These apples have a yellow green hue. Underneath the surface, the flesh is ivory to white, subtly crisp but still soft, grainy, and aqueous, encasing a central core filled with tiny, black-brown seeds. Mutsu apples are known for their sweet-honeyed flavor mixed with sharp, tangy, and acidic notes.

Local Organic Honeycrisp Apples, Grown by Devoto Gardens in Sebastopol, CA via F.E.E.D. Cooperative, $2.99/lb.

Honeycrisp is a medium-to-large sized apple, with a light green/yellow background largely covered with red-orange flush with strong hint of pink if grown in good sunlight. The skin may be flecked with occasional russet dots. They are great in salads, sauces and pies.

Organic Ambrosia Apples, Grown by Filigreen Farm in Anderson Valley, CA via F.E.E.D. Cooperative, $2.99/lb.

These crisp, sweet apples have a low acidity and are a beautiful red with yellow patches. They don’t brown quickly, making them perfect for slicing and snacking.

Maximum Apple Enjoyment

Grab a couple of each type and have an apple tasting with friends. Add a variety of cheeses (and some wines) to take it all up a notch (or two)!

There are of course many classic apple pie, apple cake, and applesauce recipes, but our team rounded up some other interesting recipes to try. For starters, how about Apple and Butternut Squash Soup, a riff on traditional Butternut Squash soup? If you want a heartier soup, give this Brie Cheddar Apple Beer Soup a try. For entrees, we have Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin on the traditional side, and if you’re feeling more adventurous, try this Mac N Cheese with Prosciutto and Apples.

This is the week to celebrate the harvest of local, Sonoma County organic apples at Oliver’s. We are thrilled to work with talented local farmers via F.E.E.D. Cooperative to honor these historic apple varieties and share them with our customers. They are truly awesome to the core!


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  1. Good for you Oliver’s produce for featuring the beautiful diversity of local apples

    Comment by Paula shatkin on October 11, 2023 at 7:04 am

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