Apple Cheddar Scones with Honey Glaze

Apple Cheddar Scones with Honey Glaze BriannaI’m excited to introduce guest blogger Amy Kritzer of What Jew Wanna Eat to The Stem. Amy is a food writer and recipe developer based in Austin, TX who puts a spin on her Bubbe’s (grandmother) traditional Jewish recipes on her blog. She is equal parts witty and creative, and guest blogging with us this week to explain the connection that apples and honey share in an upcoming Jewish holiday. Whether you celebrate Rosh Hashanah or not, you’ll love this sweet and savory apple scone recipe she dreamed up! Amy will also be hosting our #ApplesnHoney Twitter party on Tuesday September 23 at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST and you’re invited to join in! We’ll be giving away two boxes of fresh Stemilt apples and chatting all about cooking with apples. RSVP here! Take it away

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Pear, White Chocolate & Almond Oatmeal Cookies

Pear, White Chocolate & Almond Oatmeal Cookies Lorie  Pear harvest is underway for Stemilt in Washington State, with delicious, crisp, and juicy pears heading to your stores now. To celebrate, Lorie is back on the blog this week to share a delicious pear and oatmeal cookie recipe with you. Simple to make and the perfect way to welcome fall fruits and cooler weather, share with your neighbors as a gift, or treat your kids when they come home from that exciting first day of school. This low-sugar cookie recipe is also a great way to tame a sweet tooth, while benefiting from the goodness inside each nutritious Stemilt pear. Enjoy! Pear, White Chocolate & Almond Oatmeal Cookies Makes: 3 dozen (2-inch cookies) Degree of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Prep Time: 45 minutes If “healthy decadence” looked like a cookie, than this

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Easy Homemade Peach Sorbet

Easy Homemade Peach Sorbet BriannaIt’s been HOT here in Washington State. In fact, July was the hottest month since weather record keeping started. Since it’s been too hot to venture outside in the afternoon, I decided to keep my son busy by enlisting his help to make a treat that would help us all cool off. Enter the easiest homemade peach sorbet recipe ever! Peaches are my favorite fruit, and Stemilt’s Artisan Organics peaches are something I look forward to all year long. Our entire crop of peaches and nectarines has been grown and certified organic for six seasons now, and the flavor that natural farming methods deliver is truly out of this world. They are juicy, sweet, a little tart, and SO good! A perfect summer treat that my family enjoys often while they are in season in August and September

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Why Cherry Harvest Starts at Sunrise

Why Cherry Harvest Starts at Sunrise TateI often have the privilege of showing visitors around my family’s cherry orchards atop Stemilt Hill. Just like I showed you in this blog post on The Stem, we visit the orchard to see how cherries are harvested (hand-picked!), and the tasks we do after they are harvested to ensure this perishable fruit maintains that fresh-off-the-tree quality we all love. I always enjoy these tours, and any time I get to spend in the orchard, but they do come with a price tag  - a 4:45 AM start time! In this week’s blog post, I thought it would be fun to share with you the importance of harvesting cherries in the early morning hours, and why we’ve been doing just that at Stemilt for over 50 years. In the year 1958, my grandfather, Tom Mathison, received a mere $88 for his 100 ton cherry

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Sweet Cherry & Farro Salad

Sweet Cherry & Farro Salad LorieThere are a lot of things to love about summer, yet fresh fruit… and the sheer variety of such… has got to be at the very top of the list. In the same manner that an artist might be joyous in receiving a whole new range of paints to express his or her creativity, the availability of beautiful, sun-ripened summer fruit can make a cook (and eater!) a bit giddy with delight. Apart from being great cereal toppers, summer fruits are fantastic in soups, salads, sandwiches, and salsas. They can be popped on the barbecue, or slipped into the oven to roast; paired with dessert or partnered with poultry. The options are truly endless. This is particularly so with beautiful Stemilt sweet cherries. While cherries are glorious nibbled fresh, Stemilt’s plump, sweet cherries are incredibly versatile

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7 Secrets of Rainier Cherries

7 Secrets of Rainier Cherries BriannaThey’re golden yellow with a perky pink to red blush and a sinfully sweet flavor. Delicate inside and out and a must to devour by the handful during the few short months they are in season. They are Rainier cherries! And with National Rainier Cherry Day happening on July 11th, we’re celebrating this delicious cherry variety here by unveiling 7 things you might not know about Rainier cherries. 1. Bing + Van = Rainier cherry variety. It still baffles me to think that Bing and Van, two red cherry varieties, were combined to create the golden Rainier cherry that we know and love today. But in 1952, that’s exactly what happened when Harold Fogel and other researchers from the Washington Agriculture Experiment Station in Prosser, WA crossed the two well-known red cherry

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Red, White & Blue Sweet Cherry Bites

Red, White & Blue Sweet Cherry Bites LorieSimple, delicious, patriotic little pops of fresh fruit flavor organically delivered at the end of a graceful stem… sweet perfection! There’s really no need to improve upon a beautiful, ripe Stemilt cherry. Yet… when surrounded by amazing fireworks, festive gatherings, and bountiful picnic offerings it seems only fitting to glaze a few luscious cherries with just a bit of white chocolate and tip them lightly in blue candy crystals to simply raise a hand (and hat) to the occasion. Red, White and Blue Sweet Cherry Bites are simple, elegant little bursts of fresh flavor… tree-ripened fruit dressed for the revelries of the day in all their glory. Red, White & Blue Sweet Cherry Bites The beauty of these fresh little cherry bites is they are simple and easy to prep… whether you

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How Cherries Can Aid in Workout Recovery

How Cherries Can Aid in Workout Recovery BriannaWith summer officially underway, it’s very likely that your calendar of spare time is either full, or filling up quickly. And for good reason! Summer is the season for any and all activities, including those that are outdoors and involve breaking a sweat! Whether you’re swimming laps at the local pool, hiking, biking, or training to participate in an endurance race, this post is going to let you in on a little secret…how one of the best fruits of the summer season – cherries – can help alleviate muscle pain and aid in your workout recovery. In 2011, researchers at the Sports and Exercise Science Research Center at London South Bank University studied the effects tart cherry juice had on the recovery of 10 trained athletes after an intense strength training

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It’s a #CherrySweet Summer

It’s a #CherrySweet Summer BriannaThere’s no doubt that cherries are the sweetest part of every summer at Stemilt. The hustle and bustle that comes with harvesting and packing cherries day in and day out is not only exciting, but also contagious! As we look towards cherry season in the fun world of marketing, we wanted to create something exciting - and special –  for all of the cherry fanatics out there that would also celebrate nutritious and delicious Stemilt cherries. Without further ado, I’m excited to reveal our first-ever sweepstakes for Stemilt cherries to you, and share with you the many cherry goodies that could come your way this summer! Our #CherrySweet Summer Sweepstakes packages new and healthy cherry recipes,  and sweet prizes together. By signing up for the sweeps, you’ll

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Cherry Harvest: Then & Now

Cherry Harvest: Then & Now TateThis year’s cherry harvest is a special one for my family, and the entire Stemilt Growers team. Not only is our company celebrating its 50th year anniversary, but the Mathison family is also marking an important milestone – our 100th year of farming cherries. As you can imagine, things were done much differently a century ago, including the ways in which we harvested cherries. In this post, we’ll look back at the last 100 years of cherry harvest in order to show you how Stemilt came to be, and how the harvesting practices for cherries have evolved through the years. In this first photo, you’re looking at our family’s very first orchard (left) on Stemilt Hill circa 1919. My family homesteaded 160 acres in this high-elevation region of Washington State in the

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