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I’m excited about 2013!

That’s right, the many prospects that are sure to present themselves in 2013 have got the Santa Fe Frog leaping up and down!

But before I get into what’s happening next I would like to say a Great Big Thanks for all of the support and encouragement over this past year.

2013 promises to be another busy year.  It will really kick in with me attending a tradeshow in Vancouver on January 27th and 28th.  This show, put on by the CFRA (Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association), is the BC Foodservice Expo.  Part of this show is a Chef’s Competition, of which, I’m proud to say, Santa Fe Food Company is one of the participating product sponsors.

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Harvest is done; processing is done; Christmas is next!

And what a fine harvest it was!  The days were long; the nights were short; the work was hard.  But, the end results were certainly worth it.

A great big thank you to those of you who helped.  To my sister, Norma Grace for driving truck, overseeing the sorters and just keeping peace; to my Mom (Miss Ellie) for bringing lunches to my help; to the help themselves, and, to the parents of my help, for getting them up so early in the morning to make it to work. We all worked hard to get them off and in the freezer for the winter processing. Thank you.

Recently the “crew” turned many of those pounds of Carmine Jewel Sour Cherries into more fine Santa Fe Food Company products.  This, of course, included Rib N Wing Sauce, Chertney; and Chelish.  By the way, my ” CREW ” is made up of the greatest family and friends a man could hope for. You know who you are, and I will never forget. THANKS CREW, you’re the best.

There will be plenty of opportunity for you to stock up for Christmas at the upcoming shows, or at many fine retailers.  Santa Fe Food Company products make wonderful gifts, or are great for your own use to help make that perfect Christmas snack.

The uses are so varied and many, that, “Your Imagination is your Limit”.

 

 

 

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Harvest time is now!

When you last heard from the Santa Fe Frog, we had just introduced the latest sour cherry product “Chelish”.

Since then the cherries have been growing, and developing.  Beautiful plump Carmine Jewel Cherries, growing row by row.

Although, when the photos were taken, the cherries weren’t quite ready for harvest, but the extreme heat with no rain in July, has brought it on very quickly.

 

This is a very busy time of year, finding help that can work the long hours to help package and freeze the cherries as soon off the trees as possible.   Days are long, work is hard, but the rewards are endless.  Just think of how may bottles of Chelish, Churtney, and Rib N Wing Sauce these beautiful “jewels” will produce, with a small mention of the very healthy  Santa Fe Sour Cherry Juice that will soon be available.

I can taste it already!

So, if you are looking for me, please be patient.

I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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Sour Cherries

Don’t let the name fool you!

Carmine Jewel ( Prunus ‘Carmine Jewel‘) is the first in a series of cherries being released by the University of Saskatchewan’s hardy cherry development program. As an edible, it has all the delicious qualities of the tart cherry – the same bold taste with a deep red color.

 

 

 

This variety is recommended as the best for preserves, and makes incredible, and unique, sauces and dressings.

 

Carmine Jewel is quite the ornamental, too – an abundance of white flowers in spring,  showy red fruit in summer, and a pleasing orange/yellow fall color, with the deep red stems of the cherry throughout the winter.