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for peaches & apricots
Frog Hollow Farm
This organic farm in the Northern California's Sacramento River Delta has a huge fan base -- some of this nation's finest chefs including Alice Waters (Chez Panisse), Judy Rodgers (Zuni Cafe), Thomas Keller (French Laundry) and Daniel Boulud (Daniel) use Frog Hollow Farm fruits in their culinary creations. Famous for its peaches, apricots and plum-apricot hybrids.

for cherries
The cherries sold at gourmet superstore ChefShop come from Batch's Best Family Farm in Central Washington and are only available in July. After tasting their Bing cherries, NY Times' Marian Burros raved "I thought I had died and gone to heaven."

for pears
Harry & David
Harry & David have been selling their juicy Comice pears, which they sell under the trademarked name "Royal Riviera" pears since the 1930s.

for grapefruit
South Tex Organics
Good Housekeeping says, "we've never tasted grapefruit as sugary as this organic citrus" (12/07). In addition to their Rio Star grapefruits, they also sell oranges and Meyer lemons.

for exotic fruits & veggies
This is the place to go for exotic and hard-to-find fruits and veggies, including cactus pears, pluots, Hawaiian apple bananas, lychees, loquats, heirloom tomatoes, chiles, and wild mushrooms. Also carries organic and dried fruits.

for heirloom fruits
Andy's Orchard
Andy Mariani's Morgan Hill farm, near San Jose, specializes in heirloom fruits - rare, non-commercial varieties that you usually can't find in your local market. He's known for his heirloom Blenheim Apricots as well as Baby Crawford peaches.