Winter Week 6 (Feb. 15-16, 2012)

Yellow eye beans

This week is for Family and weekly Couple winter shares, and weekly egg shares.

Howdy, Folks!

This week, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, Horse & Buggy Produce is offering locally-grown Virginia beans in your shares. And not just any regular beans, but the beautiful Yellow Eye Bean – so pretty, you, might want to string them and wear them as a necklace.

Read on to learn about:

*what’s in your share
*what’s a la carte
*how to use and store your food

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What’s In Your Share

*Bibb lettuce (ORG S)
*frozen blueberries (CONV)
*cornmeal
*sorghum molasses – FAMILY shares
*potatoes (LOW S)
*kale (S-FREE)
*dried Yellow Eye beans (S-FREE)
*broccoli (S-FREE) – COUPLE shares
*cucumbers (ORG S) – FAMILY shares

PRODUCE KEY:

CONV – conventionally grown
S-FREE – spray free
LOW S – low spray
ORG S – organic sprays
ORG – certified organic

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What’s A La Carte

Due to the limited amount of items in the winter, we strongly suggest that you pre-order a la carte items online.

Apple Cider – frozen $5.95 1/2 gallon
Apple butter $5.50 pint
Apple butter $8.85 quart
Apples – Granny Smith (CONV) $1.45 lb
Apples – Pink Lady (CONV) $1.45 lb
Apples – bulk (CONV) $0.95/lb for 10+ lbs or $28.78 for a bushel (40 lbs)

Blackberries (frozen) (S-FREE) $44.95 flat of 12 pints
Blueberries (frozen) (CONV) $39.95 10 lb box
Beef – ground $6.45 lb
Beef – grass-fed ground $8.00 lb
Beets – loose $2.25 lb
Bread – baguette (frozen) $1.95 ea
Bread – Dutch apple (frozen) $2.50 ea
Bread – Honey Wheat (frozen) $4.95 ea
Bread – Wholesome Harvest (frozen) $5.50 ea
Cabbage (LOW S) $0.75 lb
Chicken – pasture-raised $3.67 lb
Concord grape juice $9.95 quart
Cornmeal – large bag (2 lbs) $3.75 bag
Cornmeal – small bag (1 lb 4 oz) $2.50 ea
Cucumbers (ORG S) $2.50 for 2
Eggs $4.10 dozen
Granola $6.95 ea
Kale (S-FREE) $2.50 lb
Kettle corn – large bag $4.50 ea
Kettle corn – small bag $3.50 ea
Lettuce – Bibb or Romaine (ORG S) $2.25 ea
Maple Syrup – small bear $6.65 ea
Molasses – sorghum $6.25 ea
Mushrooms – oyster (S-FREE) $8.00 .5 lb
Potatoes – cougar gold (LOW S) $1.00 lb
Pork – ground $5.95 lb
Pork – sausage $6.75 lb
Spinach (S-FREE) $2.45 .5 lb
Squash – striped (LOW S) $1.25 lb
Sweet potatoes (LOW S) $1.65 lb
Tofu – organic (frozen) $2.88 lb
Tortillas – Corn $1.20 8 count bag
Tortillas – Corn $6.95 2 lb bag
Trout $7.95 lb
Turnips (S-FREE) $1.50 lb
Wheat Berries (ORG) $1.25 lb

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How to Use and Store Your Food

Bibb Lettuce

STORE: Place the roots in a small cup of water, cover with a plastic bag and refrigerate. It will last like this for 2-3 weeks.
USE: Add to tacos, sandwiches, and salads.

Frozen Blueberries

STORE: Frozen blueberries should be stored in the freezer.
USE: Throw some frozen blueberries in the blender with yogurt, ice, and honey. Or throw them into your muffin or pancake batter. Use instead of fresh berries in Blueberry Ricotta Cake or any of these mouth-watering baked goods.

Cornmeal

STORE: In an airtight container. Refrigerate or freeze to make it last longer.
USE: If you have little time and fewer ingredients, make some biscuits out of your cornmeal. If that sounds boring (and you’re not from the South), make some Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Corn Bread, or Sweet Potato Corn Bread, or Blueberry Corn Bread.

Sorghum Molasses

STORE: In a cool, dry place with the lid tightly closed. Can be refrigerated, but must be allowed to warm before using (otherwise it will be too thick).
USE: Molasses is what makes brown sugar brown. It’s a great source of calcium and a strong sweetener, but has a distinct taste that not everyone appreciates in tea or coffee, so save your molasses for cooking: try Tomato Baked Beans (great with corn bread) or Molasses Cookies.

Potatoes

STORE: In a cool, dry place AWAY from onions.
USE: Toss with olive oil, rosemary and salt and roast at 400F until crispy and golden (about 45 minutes). (Cover with foil for softer potatoes.) Or boil until tender, then mash with whole milk, butter and salt for mashed potatoes (whip with a hand mixer for a creamier texture). Combine them with onions, cream and anchovies to make a traditional Swiss gratin.

Kale

STORE: In the refrigerator, in a perforated or open plastic bag.
USE: Kale is best sauteed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and minced garlic, but since you’re also getting beans and potatoes in this share (and probably have cabbage left over from last week), we recommend you try Portugese Kale Soup which uses ALL these ingredients.

Dried Yellow Eye Beans

STORE: In a VERY DRY, airtight container. They will last for 30 years like this (we are not kidding).
USE: Yellow Eye beans are dense, creamy, and hold their shape well. Soak them overnight to speed up cooking time (this trick works with your grains, too). Try substituting them for kidney, black, navy and pinto beans in your favorite recipes. Try them in the Portugese Kale Soup (under “Kale”), which ordinarily calls for white pea beans, or in the Tomato Baked Beans (under “Molasses”). Other options are Yellow Eye Bean Curry or Rustic Rancho Gordo Soup.

Broccoli

STORE: In a perforated (or slightly open) plastic bag in the refrigerator.
USE: Steam until tender, then toss with melted butter and salt for a simple side dish. Combine with potatoes and cheddar cheese for a filling, delicious soup or with pasta for a simple, 3-ingredient dish.

Cucumbers

STORE: In the refrigerator.
USE: Cut into circles for salads (like this one with potatoes and radishes) or lengthwise for sandwiches. Combine in a food processor with yogurt, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, mint and salt to make tzatziki sauce (great for grilled meat or dipping vegetables).

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