Month: November 2021

Most Popular Menu Applications for Peaches

Peaches are incredibly versatile. They can be grilledbaked,  and sauteed.

Peaches are very popular among restaurant owners simply because they are delicious and healthy

If you are looking for delicious and fresh fruits, you can head to our main website at Wawona. We will supply you with everything you need to have for your restaurant.

Don’t know what type of dish you can add to your menu? Consider the following dishes ideas to get your inspired:

  • Grill the peaches to pair with pork chops or serve in a cinnamon-spiced dessert.
  • Use them as glazes on entrées
  • Blend frozen or fresh peaches into a creamy smoothie.
  • An ingredient in a fresh salad.
  • Chop peaches into a sweet-and-spicy salsa.
  • Try pairing peaches with berries and a bit of dark chocolate for a healthy dessert.
  • Add sliced peaches to oatmeals, salads, or yogurt for a sweet treat.

Related: Wawona Peach Recipes 

Most restaurants and bakeries advertise them as a healthy dessert option to eat after their main dish.

Restaurants also use peaches on their menu because they are a moderate source of vitamins and minerals, especially:

  • Potassium.
  • Vitamin C.
  • Vitamin A.

Are you looking for healthy new dishes to add to your restaurant menu? Send us a message and we will help you come up with new ideas today!

The Benefits of High Quality Pastries

A pastry is an extremely popular morning option. It is a traditional breakfast menu item that is typically paired with a steaming cup of coffee or tea. As the demand for on the go breakfast items increases, pastries become more valuable for restaurants. They are a convenient, easy to hold option for customers looking for a quick bite to eat on their way to work. A high quality pastry selection will help restaurants and cafés stand out from their competition. Add Wawona’s frozen fruit into your pastries to help add a little bit of health and freshness into your dishes, too!

Pastries have varying shapes, tastes, and textures that help appeal to all types of customers. Here are four breakfast items that are often labeled as pastries, and would be great with fruit:

  • Bagels
  • Croissants
  • Muffins
  • Danishes

Several of these options require very little prep time. A blueberry muffin, chocolate croissant, and an almond danish are three items that can be heated up and served to customers within minutes. Using frozen fruit in pastries is also a smart option. The opportunities are endless with what types of fruits that you can incorporate into your pastries.

Wawona Frozen Foods can supply your restaurant with high quality frozen fruit to implement into your delicious pastries in order to provide customers with delicious morning meals.

Contact our team today for more information about how our products can improve your menu!

The Best Ways to Use Peaches in Holiday Desserts

Peaches are the unsung heroes of holiday foods. Juicy, sweet, and versatile, peaches make the perfect addition to your favorite holiday desserts. Not to mention, they can be beneficial for your health

Classic Peach Cobbler

Perhaps the best way to use peaches is in a classic peach cobbler. Peach cobbler is the perfect dessert for finishing off a hearty holiday meal, and it goes great with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

We recommend sprinkling the peach cobbler with some cinnamon or brown sugar for the finishing touch. 

Peach Tart

Peach tarts make another great holiday dessert. Light and fluffy, they’re the perfect dessert to add to a menu for customers who don’t want something super heavy. 

Peach tart also goes great with a cup of tea, making it the perfect afternoon snack. 

Related: Wawona Peach Recipes

Peach Pie

Pie is a staple holiday dessert. Peach pie offers a unique alternative to more classic holiday pie dishes, such as pumpkin pie or apple pie. 

Other Options 

Other peach dessert options for the holidays include peach crumb bars, peach parfaits, or peach shortcakes. 


As you can see, peaches make a great addition to many holiday dishes. Are you looking to purchase peaches for your restaurant? Check out Wawona’s peaches

Bill Smittcamp Honored as 2021 Agriculturist of the Year

From the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, October 25th, 2021

Is there anything more delicious on a hot summer’s day than a chilled peach? With their bright red and yellow hue, intoxicating aroma and sweet flavor, peaches are a favorite among fruit lovers. Perhaps that is why they have become a staple in public school lunches across the country. But school children might not be able to enjoy the juicy fruit snack in their school lunches were it not for Bill Smittcamp, CEO and President Wawona Foods.

Under Smittcamp’s leadership, Wawona Foods grew to become the largest processor of frozen peaches in the United States, processing over 65 million pounds of peaches along with 20 million pounds of strawberries and other fruits.

The company also supplied more than 100 million peach, strawberry, and mixed berry fruit cups to schools across America as of 2020 through the USDA school lunch program. Collectively the company ships more than 125 million pounds of frozen products annually, supplying major pie, yogurt, ice cream, food service and retail trade customers with fresh frozen fruit.

Smittcamp’s success as President and CEO of Wawona Foods is one of multiple reasons why he is the winner of the 2021 Agriculturalist of the Year. Besides overseeing Wawona Foods, Smittcamp is also among the most active community leaders in Fresno. He has served on several local boards, including the California Health Sciences University Board of Trustees, Board of Governors of Fresno State, Central Valley Community Bank Board, Garfield Water District Board and Board of Trustees for Valley Children’s Health Care, where he also served as the Board Chair. He has also been a leader in state and national organizations such as California League of Food Processors and the American Frozen Food Institute.

Smittcamp demonstrates a tradition of giving back to the community. He donates to several local nonprofits that serve multiple community needs, ranging from child health care to education. On an annual basis, the Smittcamp family provides student scholarships for the Smittcamp Family Honors College. Smittcamp also created a campaign to fundraise for Valley Children’s Hospital, in which he encourages Wawona Foods employees to give what they can. Every dollar donated is matched by Wawona Foods and then matched again by the Smittcamp Family.

“Bill has always been just a phone call away for anything I or Fresno County Farm Bureau has needed,” Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen said. “He is a community steward whose name is synonymous with local agriculture, having self-proclaimed Clovis as the Peach Capital of the world!”

Smittcamp learned the value of community and hard work from a young age. His father, Earl Smittcamp, a decorated marine veteran who served in World War II, taught the young Bill that early mornings and a strong work ethic were essential to a life of success. He took his father’s lessons to heart and went on to graduate from Fresno State in 1975 and became President and CEO of Wawona Foods in 1983. The rest is a history of success. Smittcamp has been recognized for his excellent leadership and dedication to the community on several occasions, including in 2016, when the Chamber honored him with the Leon S. Peters Award.

Despite his many accomplishments and accolades, Smittcamp is well known for his humble attitude. He is always, “Thinking Peaches,” as his famed tagline says.

“I am honored and truly humbled to be even considered for this award. So many names come to mind of those who have been awarded before me: Phil Larson, Manuel Cunha, Mark Borba,” Smittcamp said of winning the 2021 Agriculturist of Year Award . “Agriculture in California, peaches specifically, has been in my blood all my life. I am just happy to be a part of the agriculture industry here in the valley.”

The Health Benefits of Frozen Fruit

It’s important to eat healthy and maintain a diet chockfull of fruits to provide your body with all of the components it needs to function correctly. Here are some of the health benefits that come from enjoying a daily dose of frozen fruit.

Vitamins And Nutrients

Frozen fruit contains several essential nutrients and vitamins that are necessary for hundreds of functions within the body, from repairing cellular damage to converting food into energy.


A large part of what makes frozen fruit so good for you is that it is all-natural and comes directly from mother earth. 

Weight Loss

Consumption of regular frozen fruit can help encourage weight loss. So if you’re primary goal is to drop a few pounds, consider sticking to essential fruits and veggies.

Adds Delicious Flavor To Any Dish

Besides being healthy for you, frozen fruit also offers the benefit of adding a crisp, moist flavor to any dish you use them in.

Are you a restaurant, hotel, or caterer looking for a new source of superior quality frozen fruit? Contact our team today to learn more about our complete line of high quality frozen fruits.

Image courtesy of Blendtopia.

How to Utilize Fruit in a Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays in the country. In fact, 85 percent of Americans take part in Thanksgiving dinner every year.  Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people. There are many great ways to utilize fruit in a Thanksgiving meal but below are the three we believe are the best.

Related: Use Wawona’s Fruit in Fall Dishes!

Fruit glazes on top of turkey

There are several fruits to choose from when it comes to fruit glaze recipes for Thanksgiving turkey.  A Fruit glaze enhances the flavor of the turkey, making for an overall better Thanksgiving dinner.

Fruit-forward desserts

Although pumpkin pie is a traditional favorite for Thanksgiving, fruit-based desserts can also be a great choice. Peach cobbler is a favorite. It’s warm, delicious, and it’s perfect during the winter season. Check out this Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler recipe, and It’s delicious.

Fruit dressing for a fresh salad to complement the other rich dishes

The right Salad Dressing can heighten the flavor of any salad, making it more appetizing and improving the appearance. Fruity salad dressings are so colorful and have a bright taste of fruit which balances the sharpness of the vinegar, which is used in many salad dressing recipes. Using a fruit salad dressing in your Thanksgiving menu can truly brighten up the plate.

Need frozen fruit for your holiday feast? Wawona Frozen Fruits has the delicious products you need for a festive, fruit-forward holiday season!

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