Welcome to Rincon Tropics: Subtropical fruit from me to you

Welcome to Rincon Tropics, an online, direct to consumer farmers market experiece! After months of web development and almost 2 years of planning the best way to easily offer our fresh produce to customers Nationwide, I am thrilled to be announcing the launch of our website and online store here at rincontropics.com ! What started out as Direct Messages from customers who missed me at the Santa Monica Farmers Market during the start of Covid in 2020, to a friend introducing me to and helping set up a Google form for local deliveries and the start of shipped boxes, has turned into a growing web of customers in all of the lower 48 states! It is thanks to you all, who have tried out our fresh produce boxes, sharing them with friends, family and neighbors, that the network keeps expanding and people are discovering what a difference farm to doorstep quality really means. By cutting out several unnecessary (and often damaging to the fruit) steps, we are able to now offer farmers market level freshness and directness to you, home cooks, families, restaurants, and fruit connoisseurs nationwide. 

Rincon Tropics currently is a single member team, me, but I could not have gotten to this point without the help and guidance of a few key people, who I won’t list here, but know that I am grateful for your help.

One of my first jobs as a kid was working in my family’s packing house, California Tropics. My job was to put the label stickers on each individual fruit, which is required for all fruit sold in a store/supermarket. I was quick, and had nimble fingers, and I enjoyed the work.  I loved being a small but key part of the efficient assembly line of cleaning, sorting, packing, labeling, boxing, stacking and prepping fruit for the journey across the country and across the world to their destinations in warehouses and stores. We still operate the packing house seasonally, but on a much smaller scale. One of the benefits of buying directly through Rincon Tropics though is that the fruit will have a much more direct journey to you. I now do all of these same steps, but the fruit only touches my hands before it touches yours 2-4 days later. No refrigerated trucks zapping the fruit of flavor from the extreme cold, no warehouses, no ethylene gassing to ripen fruit, no stacking fruit on the grocery shelf for anyone to squeeze and bruise. It goes from me, to you.

My two older sisters and I all went to college out of state, and while it was a great experience for learning and gaining perspective, it also meant no good fruit… This was really where the boxes of fresh fruit from the farm originated for us, because our parents would send us seasonal boxes to remind us of home. These were the BEST mail days, and it didn’t take long for friends and neighbors to catch on either! I know firsthand just how exciting it is to open up a box of freshly picked fruit, knowing it’s going to be better than anything I could get in the store. Rincon Tropics fruit boxes are a great way to treat yourself, a family member, friend or neighbor, and it is sure to be a memorable experience of delicious subtropical fruits.

The goal of Rincon Tropics is to continue to offer the freshest, tastiest and highest quality subtropical and unique produce to as many people as we can. The farming, cooking, and creating world that I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of has resulted in some amazing things so far. I will be featuring recipes created by some truly talented chefs, who’s recipe blogs easily walk you through the steps to make their delicious creations using our produce. Fun and informative podcast episodes, talking about history, food, farming, and more! And this blog page here will be a sort of “Farmers Journal” where I plan to keep you all informed with what I’m up to, what I’m growing, what’s in season, and more! While I can’t grow every delicious fruit out there, I would love to hear from you, see what you’re making with our produce, and I especially enjoy hearing about the memories our fruit invokes for you all. Food is such a powerful thing, and I will do my best to continue offering only the best experiences I can with Rincon Tropics produce. Please feel free to follow along and tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Tiktok, all of our socials are @RinconTropics. I can’t wait for you all to get your first box and to see what you make with our fresh and seasonal fruit. Thank you for your support!

-Nick

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