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August 1, 2017

Sweet Corn

Michigan sweet corn is at its peak for sweetness in August and September. The corn that is harvested at the end of the season is always the sweetest of the year and can’t be beat! We have a great group of local farmers growing a large variety of homegrown vegetables for our stores during the su  more...

March 21, 2017

Winter Treats!

Wow, what a mild winter we have been having here in Michigan, right!? Well, it’s not quite over yet! There is a bit of a misconception about the amount of fresh produce this time of year. Despite the grey days and colder temperatures, winter has plenty of seasonal delights. What qualifies as “w  more...

February 7, 2017

Fresh Ginger

The Truth About Ginger Root People have been using ginger root for thousands of years, not only in cooking but also as a tonic for treating a wide variety of health conditions. I think it’s interesting that despite its long starring role in kitchens and health treatments, its name is something of  more...

October 21, 2016


What is a persimmon you may ask? Persimmon means “fruit of the gods” in Greek and comes into season in the fall. Persimmons have a sweet pumpkin-like flavor. The two most common persimmon varieties are Fuyu and Hachiya. Fuyus can be eaten raw on the other hand Hachiyas are typically used in baki  more...

September 21, 2016

Coconuts at Nino’s

Coconuts are a powerhouse of nutrition. The water in it is extremely refreshing and the milk that it produces will add amazing flavor to your dishes. We carry a variety of coconuts at Nino's all year long. Here are a few: Brown Coconut: You can use this coconut for a number of dishes, but it is  more...

September 6, 2016

Give me Grapes!

If you’re anything like me, you probably wish “good for you” food items tasted more like candy. Luckily some grape farmers have the same mind set. They have begun creating sweet, tasty, and candy-like grapes. The days of only red or green grapes, seedless or seeded are long gone. If you’v  more...

August 23, 2016

Dried Herbs

Dried herbs can really bring out the flavor of your favorite foods. Crumble them over a tasty stew or soup dish, sprinkle them on your salad, include them in dry rubs, or use them to add flavor to roasted vegetables. We all have our favorite ways to use them and our favorite places to buy them (hint  more...

August 16, 2016

MI Seasonal Fruits & Veggies

Berries, beans, and melons - Oh My! These are just a few of over 29 Michigan farm fresh items currently brought in daily. We take pride in our state’s booming farming industry and are proud to partner with the farms such as: Ruhlig Farms, Leitz Farms, Wolak Farms, Rudich Farms, Campbell Farms, and  more...

July 19, 2016


Mushrooms are fungi that we gladly welcome in our refrigerators. From the Middle East to Europe and Africa to America they are utilized in many different culinary traditions and in a variety of different ways. So when you walk into Nino’s you will find that we carry many different varieties of mus  more...

June 24, 2016

The Tomato: A Star Among Produce

To-may-toe or to-mah-toe? No matter how you pronounce it, the tomato is a star among produce. The fruit, often misunderstood and called a vegetable, is nutrient-packed, tasty, and versatile. I recommend keeping it on your menu all year round. Tomatoes are widely known to be a good source of nutri  more...

June 9, 2016

On About Onions

Onions may give you something to cry about when you’re dicing and slicing the bulbs, but the tears you cry should always be for happiness and health. This vegetable comes in many varieties, each with its own flavor and texture, making each one good for particular dishes. However, all provide healt  more...

May 20, 2016


Spring-Summer is upon us and I am excited to tell you that sweet red cherries are here. These cherries are bursting with potassium and they taste amazing. We carry many different varieties to make sure that you have a vast choice. So whether you are eating them just raw for a nutritious snack or usi  more...

May 3, 2016

Nino’s Outdoor Floral Sale Begins May 5th!

Well, it’s that time of year again. If our weather is cooperating, and let’s hope it is, the difficult task of choosing the perfect selection of beautiful annuals is upon us. Luckily, you have our staff here at Nino’s to help you with this fun, satisfying project that you can start enjoying no  more...

May 3, 2016

Hot Right Now: Nino’s Selection of Fresh, Hot Peppers

I’m proud to say that we carry over 10 different varieties of peppers here at Nino’s. You will find these peppers in our produce section marked as “Specialty Peppers.” We have also placed a small tag, which displays the basic information about that pepper, on each selection to help you make   more...

April 5, 2016

Wild About Bananas

It’s hard to hate bananas. First of all, they’re just plain good for you. Each bite of banana provides a healthy dose of vitamins like vitamin A, B-6, and C, and such minerals as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and copper. But even better than that is the taste. A nice, swe  more...

March 29, 2016

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Exotic Fruit at Nino’s

One of the best things about fruit is the sheer number of types there are to try. With all the varieties out there, there’s no need to ever get bored. Now, of course, I love our tried-and-true favorites, like apples, oranges, strawberries, and grapefruit, but why not treat your palate to a little   more...

March 8, 2016

Crazy for Kale

I can’t say enough about kale. Pound for pound, it’s one of the healthiest foods you can ever put in your mouth. A dark-green, cruciferous vegetable, with leaves that curl at the edges, it comes packing not only a ton of fiber but also over 600 percent of the vitamin A you need for a whole day (  more...

February 12, 2016

Eat More Beans: The Truth About Cooking With Beans

Let’s face it. Beans get a bad rap. If they aren’t being blamed for bloat, they’re being called a cheap food selection (as if that’s really a bad thing). But I’m here to tell you there are a lot of good reasons to add beans to your menu, and I, for one, count them among my list of favorite  more...

December 15, 2015

December’s Pick of Winter Fruits and Nuts

"It's the most wonderful time of the year." –Andy Williams And Nino’s works hard to keep it that way. Every day of the week, we make sure you have only the freshest, highest-quality produce at your fingertips.The following produce items are available throughout December. They make excellent c  more...

December 8, 2015

Fresh, Quality December Produce

What’s on your produce list this December? Whether you’re looking for the sweetest, juiciest apples; fresh cranberries for your traditional recipes; or plump cherries, we have you covered right here at Nino’s. The following produce items are available in December and make excellent choices for  more...

November 17, 2015

In Season Now: Citrus Fruits

  Embracing fall doesn’t mean giving up on fresh fruit until warmer temperatures return. Nino’s stocks a full selection of fresh citrus fruits, in season during the cooler months, keeping fresh, quality selections at your fingertips. Whether you need lemons and limes for your favorite ho  more...

November 3, 2015

Fresh Produce for the Holiday Season

While Nino’s makes fresh, quality produce available year-round, certain selections play a starring role during the holiday season. Whether you need the sweetest pumpkins for your pumpkin pie or the freshest cranberries for your cranberry sauce, we put only the best produce at your fingertips. Here  more...

September 22, 2015

Michigan Honeycrisp & SweeTango Apples Are Here!

Fall is in the air! It’s that time of the year to start thinking about our delicious Michigan apples. Michigan is the nation’s 3rd largest apple producer. There are more than 9.2 million apple trees in the state covering 36,500 acres on 850 family run farms. Michigan grows more than 16 varieties  more...

August 18, 2015

Melon Picking

One of the most commonly asked questions when I’m traveling our stores is one which I’m sure you have asked yourself a number of times: “How do I pick out a good or ripe melon?”  Whether it is cantaloupe, watermelon or honeydew, every person has a method or trick that they think will en  more...

August 4, 2015

How to Buy Fresh Figs

If you have never had the pleasure of enjoying a fresh California fig, you’re truly missing out. Figs are as sweet as sugar and can be eaten fresh or used in a number of recipes and desserts. In my opinion, the best figs you can buy are the green Calimyrna figs, though the black mission figs ca  more...

July 10, 2015

Peak Season for Produce

Now that the 4th of July has come and gone, it’s time to start thinking about all the delicious homegrown fruits and vegetables on the horizon. It’s peak season for a lot of the produce at Nino’s right now. FRUIT Beautiful California peaches and nectarines are here, tree ripe and ready to ea  more...

May 5, 2015

Outdoor Floral 2015

SPRING IS HERE!!! SPRING IS HERE!!! Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. Hanging Baskets and Patio Planters make great Mother’s Day gifts and Nino’s has a wide assortment of colors and varieties.   Yes, it’s that time of year again. If our weather is cooperating, and let’s hope it is,   more...

April 28, 2015

Summertime Fruits

Now that the weather has started to change, our minds start thinking about the sweet summertime fruit we love so much. May is usually the month when we make the transition from apples, pears and citrus items to fruit like berries, cherries, peaches, nectarines and plums. In the beginning of Ma  more...

April 7, 2015


If you were asked what the most widely consumed fruit in the world is, what would your answer be?  You may respond by saying apples, oranges or even bananas.  Well how about mangoes, yes mangoes are the most consumed fruit worldwide.  Mangoes are eaten diced, they are used in fresh salsas and als  more...

January 6, 2015

Nino’s Organic Produce

With each new year comes new opportunities. This year at Nino's is no different. One of the fastest growing categories in the produce department is our organic fruits and vegetables. Now some of you may have noticed that we have always carried some organic produce at Nino's, others may not. But I  more...

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