At ThirdLeaf NW, we love to bring you fresh and local fruit. Lucky for us, there are so many different types of fruit grown right here in our home state.
You might be wondering, why is it so important to buy local produce? The quick and easy answer is that it is fresher and actually healthier. Fruits and vegetables start to lose their nutrients within the first 24 hours that they are harvested, so when they travel across the country (or sometimes overseas), the produce you eat is not providing as many nutrients as it could. The fastest we can get it from farm to table, the greater health benefits you will receive – and not to mention, the greater flavor, too!
From apples to peaches to figs, Washington state has an abundance of fresh produce Here are some of our favorites, which you may see in your office deliveries sooner rather than later!
If you were thinking of planting an apple tree, this is your sign to do it! Washington state produces over half of the United States’ apples, but Washington residents get the freshest and most nutritious of the crop! Washington also produces a wide variety of apples, from Red Delicious to Fuji to Honeycrisp and more.
If you’re planting an apple tree, you might as well plant a pear tree while you’re at it! Like apples, Washington produces many variations of pears. A few names you may recognize are Bartlett and D’Anjou, but there are many more where those came from.
Apricots + Plums
Washington produces some of the best stone fruits as well (though, we’re biased). Not only will apricot and plum trees provide you with quick and sweet snacks, but these trees also produce blooming flowers that will make a great addition to any garden.
Peaches + Nectarines
Continuing with the stone fruit trend, we have been loving our peaches and nectarines lately and hope you have, too! Another sweet snack, Washington grows white and yellow peaches along with white and yellow nectarines. A bonus of planting on of these trees is that they do not require much space, so if you’re looking for a tiny tree, look no further!