Patrick’s Picks: Pluots

June 16th, 2021 / 0 comments

If you like plums, you’re in for a real treat, Pluots are now available! Pluots are a hybrid between an apricot and a plum, that was developed in the 80’s. Store them in a refrigerator, but not for too long (watch my video to find out why). To ripen, let them sit out for a […]


Patrick’s Picks: Red Seedless Grapes

June 9th, 2021 / 0 comments

California Grapes are in full swing. My favorite is the Red Seedless. Did you know that Red Seedless Grapes weren’t even a thing until 1950’s? Most of the varieties grown for consumers today are seedless. Green, Red & Black being the most popular. Store in the refrigerator, freeze for a great refreshing snack!

Portabella Mushrooms

Patrick’s Picks: Portabella Mushrooms

June 2nd, 2021 / 0 comments

For me there is nothing better than a grilled portabella mushroom. I grill them all summer long, making a perfect plant-based cheese burger! They are delicious!! Our mushrooms come from River Valley Ranch in Burlington, Wisconsin. A great, local, third generation family farm.


Patrick’s Picks: Peaches & Nectarines

May 26th, 2021 / 0 comments

Stone fruit is in full swing now! Last week it was Cherries, this week is Peaches and Nectarines!! Have you ever tried grilled peaches? First, I get the grill hot. I cut a peach in wedges and brush a little canola oil on it and put it on the grill for 1 minute on each […]

Hot dog

Own the Grill: Hot Dogs & Sausages

May 26th, 2021 / Comments Off on Own the Grill: Hot Dogs & Sausages

  Hot Dog & Sausage Tips & Tricks How to grill a great hot dog? Some of the local iconic hot stands in Chicago are famous for their Char Dogs (think Wiener Circle). You can replicate this at home on your own. Some simple tips. Most all hot dogs are fully cooked already, all your […]


Own the Grill: Burgers

May 19th, 2021 / Comments Off on Own the Grill: Burgers

  Burger Tips & Tricks There is no better experience than a freshly grilled burger on the grill! Here are some tips and a quick recipe for your grilling enjoyment. Tip 1: Start with fresh ground meat, we love the Meats by Linz 85% lean ground beef as it is the right blend of fat […]


Patrick’s Picks: Cherries

May 19th, 2021 / 0 comments

How far can you spit a Cherry seed? The world’s record is 93 feet 6.5 inches (I’m full of hot air but not that much). My grandmother used to love Cherries. She would always ask her grandchildren (all 8 of us) to bring her cherries when they came in season. That love for cherries, cherried […]

Produce Mash Smoothie Kit

Patrick’s Picks: Produce Mash Smoothie Kit

May 12th, 2021 / 0 comments

Looking for a healthier snack for you or your kids? We’ve built the perfect solution! Our new Produce Mash Smoothie Kits are made with all healthy, simple & fresh ingredients. Best of all, we premeasured and pre-packaged everything so that you can make it in 30 seconds or less! No need to snack on anything […]

Vidalia Onions

Patrick’s Picks: Vidalia Onions

May 5th, 2021 / 0 comments

I promise this onion won’t make you cry! Every Spring, Chicago chefs have asked me for Vidalia Sweet Onions. Its sweet flavors are unlike any other onion. I always thought it was one of the best-kept secrets in the produce world. Great in salads or on the grill. Sold by the piece or cleaned and […]

Avocados and Guacamole

Patrick’s Picks: Avocados

April 28th, 2021 / 0 comments

My first memory of Avocados was as a boy working at my Dad’s Produce company located on Chicago’s Produce Market. The vendors for breakfast (which for us was at 4:00am) would cut avocados with their produce knife, squeeze a little lime on it, salt it, and eat it – that’s it. It was delicious! I’ve […]