At Bert's Red Apple our pears are fresh-picked from the trees at just the right time, allowing the fruit to hang on the tree until they are ripe, full of flavor, deliciously juicy and ready for our loyal customers to eat. Our goal is to bring you all the local varieties of the pears Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc and more from orchards in Washington and Oregon. They arrive fresh, sweet, delicate in flavor and perfectly ripe at their peak of the season during the cold months of winter. That means the season is just started and you have plenty of time to enjoy pears in your lunch box, baked for breakfast, in salads, tarts, poached and more. You can depend on Bert's Red Apple's consistent quality fruit throughout the year.
Pears ripen from the inside out, so try carefully squeezing the neck of a pear to test for softness. If there is a little give then you know a pear is at its peak and ready to eat. Not only are pears delicious, but they are also great from a nutritional standpoint as an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C.
Traditionally, Bartletts are known as a canning pear, but they are so much more. Try eating right out of your hand like an apple for a healthy snack, fresh sliced into a salad or present pear slices on a platter with cheeses and nuts. Bartletts are great for baking into a tart or quick breads. For a warm way to start the day, try them in the morning poached or baked in a ramekin. Bosc or Bartlett pears give our baked pear recipe the best flavor. For baked pears, set in a ramekin whole, and with core removed. Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar into the cavity, dot with 1/2 tablespoon butter, chopped nuts, and sprinkle with ready-made pumpkin spice (available in our spice section) or sprinkle with your favorite spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or any combination of those. Then bake in the oven at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes. Top with whipped cream or sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar. Serve with toast to dip into the juices that surround the pear. This is a great way to start any day, but especially on these cold mornings!
This Thanksgiving, relax a little and spend more time celebrating the joy of the bountiful season with your family. Instead of creating every dish from scratch and spending hours in the kitchen, start your shopping at Bert's Red Apple where we have many delicious, "Oven-Ready" dishes that we prepare on-site with the freshest ingredients by the the most dedicated cooks you could ever hire. We have oven-ready mashed potatoes, 2 kinds of stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy. We can also cook your turkey for you, all you need to do is reheat and it's ready! It's best to place your order in advance so we can get it prepared for you to pick up. We guarantee an indulgent comfort food experience for your holiday meal.
For pre-dinner, we have some wonderful cheeses in the deli and exceptional wines to start the conversation. Be sure to peruse our huge wine selection, for wine with dinner or for a hostess gift. Pick up the freshest produce at Bert's for any of the traditional family recipes you're creating. We also have lots of fresh-baked pies available which would be a perfect ending to the meal, topped with whipped cream and served with gourmet coffee.
Nothing says Fall like pumpkin and Bert's Red Apple has dazzling pumpkin desserts like Uncle Seth's pumpkin cookies, all individually wrapped. For a dramatic harvest table centerpiece, try the subtle sweetness of pumpkin cream cake, which is a pre-sliced, ready-to-serve pumpkin pound cake with whipped cream frosting. Rich pumpkin cheese cake cookies, pumpkin scones and classic pumpkin pie are all ready to pick up for the office party or neighborhood get-together. Oh and don't forget Jody's favorite, Dreyer's pumpkin ice cream; she says it's the best.
Bert's Red Apple has been a fixture in the Madison Park neighborhood for generations. When Bert first started his grocery business in the late 1930's, he was founding a family run business that would not only be dedicated to providing excellent products and service, but also to serving the Madison Park community. Bert set the standard of a caring and compassionate small-business owner that we strive to match every day. Learn more about the history of Bert's Red Apple on our About Us page.