Safeway’s Produce Brings a Whole New Meaning to Farm Fresh with Carpinito Brothers Farm

When you go into a grocery store do you every wonder where their produce comes from?  I just assumed most came from California or basically no where local.  Thats until I went to Carpinito Brothers Farm for a tour.  Turns out that the Safeway’s in the Seattle use their produce in their stores.  I had no idea.  No wonder why I have always loved Safeway’s produce!

Carpinito Brothers Farm has been a place that I have shopped at many years ago (when I lived closer to them). 1511421_10152625498070638_8253345856600335217_n They have a stand… but it is huge!  They are open year round and provide the best tasting vegetables and fruit that I have ever tasted.  Even have Christmas trees during winter and pumpkins in fall with a huge pumpkin patch.  Their flowers are beautiful and always perfect.   They take time and care into everything they do.  Located in the Kent/Auburn area.

So, Safeway receives a lot of their produce from Carpinito Brothers Farm!  WOW!   So that’s just in my area (Seattle).  But they do this all over country with other local farms.  They try to be local and support the community with healthy produce so you can receive quickly.  They hand pick the produce and then ship it right off to a main hub.  From there it then goes out in distributing trucks to the stores.  So from the time that its picked and to the actual store is 2 days!   So amazing.

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Seeing all the vegetables growing in the fields was amazing.  Not going to lie.  Considering my garden doesn’t look that good.   So I got a few secrets (well, probably not secrets but more like tips).   Found out that Celery is the hardest to grow.  Pumpkins are the most expensive because of how long they grow and the maintenance.   Kale is one of the easiest because of not needing hardly any water and you can pick off the leaves and it will grow more.  I need to grow some kale!  However, due to the popularity of Kale lately every farmer has been having a hard time getting the seeds that they want.  Has been a shortage.  Who knew that once a plate decoration that now we would be eating it.   Oh…  italian flat leaf parsley is probably one of the healthiest things you can eat.  Smells really good too!

Here is Kale.  On the left you can see leaves have been pulled and will wait to be grown again.  They say just a few days!!  Amazing!

Here is Kale. On the left you can see leaves have been pulled and will wait to be grown again. They say just a few days!! Amazing!

Celery...  I was most amazed on how this looked.  I was picturing it growing different.

Celery… I was most amazed on how this looked. I was picturing it growing different.

 

Watching them pick radishes.  Such nice people!

Watching them pick radishes. Such nice people!

Picking greens in the field.  You could hardly see them cause the greens were so big!

Picking greens in the field. You could hardly see them cause the greens were so big!

Growing and growing...

Growing and growing…

One of their seeding machines.  Makes it super easy and places each seed precisely.

One of their seeding machines. Makes it super easy and places each seed precisely.

 

Their lettuce is huge and color is amazing!

Their lettuce is huge and color is amazing!

Then we got to see how they clean and package the produce up to ship off to the hub so it can get distributed to the stores!

Here they are washing and placing in a waxed box.

Here they are washing and placing in a waxed box.  Most of the time they will use the plastic crates you see in background.  They will get returned to them and also makes for easier packing.  But not all produce goes in it.  More fragile ones still go in the box.

Radishes get a very heavy wash.  Those things were in the dirt so need a good clean.  Then they get shipped on a bed of ice so leaves don't wilt.

Radishes get a very heavy wash. Those things were in the dirt so need a good clean. Then they get shipped on a bed of ice so leaves don’t wilt.

Here is one of my favorite about to head off... Cabbage!

Here is one of my favorite about to head off… Cabbage!

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This system flashes this with water but a special kind of water that turns them really cold. Gives them a ice coating. Helps prevent wilting.

This is the boxes that they use for some produce but most get put in plastic crates.  Produce that bruise easily get placed in boxes.

This is the boxes that they use for some produce but most get put in plastic crates. Produce that bruise easily get placed in boxes.  (this is the Kale…  looks like mini palm trees right now because they just picked off the leaves.  But give it a few days and it will be ready to pick again!)

We get to sample out the fine vegetables!  So delicious right from the garden.  YUM!

We get to sample out the fine vegetables! So delicious right from the garden. YUM!

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Had so much fun and learned a lot about the process that went into bringing the produce Safeway.  I’m so glad that stores are going local with their food and taking advantage of this.   Who knew that I was eating corn from a place that I used to shop at!   I will be paying more attention to the labels and where my produce is coming from.

#SafewayFresh

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http://www.carpinito.com

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