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Week of October 2, 2017

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Featured Farm

Maple Wind Farm, Huntington and Richmond, VT

Maple Wind Farm is a 150-acre diversified farm owned by the husband and wife team of Bruce Hennessey and Beth Whiting. Bruce and Beth began their careers in farming after they fell in love with an old, inactive dairy farm with beautiful views on the road where they lived. In addition to growing certified organic vegetables, Bruce, Beth, and their crew also focus on a management-intensive grazing strategy for clearing and maintaining pastures and raising livestock. They raise Angus cows, sheep, pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, and turkeys, and use draft horses to maintain the farm. Maple Wind Farm is diversified in their energy suoorces, too - two 10kW wind turbines supply about 30% of the farm's energy, earning the "wind" in Maple Wind Farm. 

 

In Our Baskets This Week...

Meet Our Producers

 

Vermont Vegetable Package

This week, Regular Size and Single Size Vermont Vegetable packages have the same items, but there are smaller quantities of some items in the Single Size.

  • Carrots* | Pitchfork Farm, Burlington, VT
  • Shallots* | Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, VT
  • Sweet Peppers* | Maple Winds Farm, Huntington, VT and Intervale Community Farm, Burlington, VT
  • Romanesco Cauliflower* | Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, VT
  • Lacinato Kale* | Valley Dream Farm, Cambridge, VT
  • Mesclun* | Pitchfork Farm, Burlington, VT
 

Omnivore Package

The Omnivore Package includes the Vermont Vegetable Package above, plus..

  • Grass Fed Ground Beef | Health Hero Farm, South Hero, VT/Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, VT
  • Chin Clip Cheese | Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Morrisville, VT
  • Kimchi* | Flack Family Farm, Enosburg Falls, VT
 

Localvore Package

The Localvore Package includes the Vermont Vegetable Package above, plus...

  • Grass Fed Ground Beef | Health Hero Farm, South Hero VT and Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, VT
  • Chin Clip Cheese | Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Morrisville, VT
  • Kimchi* | Flack Family Farm, Enosburg Falls, VT
  • Cyrus Pringle Bread* | Red Hen Baking Co., Middlesex, VT
  • Eggs | Betseyfield Farm, Charlotte, VT
 

Cheddar Cheese

Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

Cyrus Pringle Bread*

Red Hen Baking Co., Middlesex VT

Pasture Raised Eggs

Betseyfield Farm, Charlotte, VT

 

Recipes and Cooking Tips

Browse our Recipes page for more ideas

Eat This First:

  • Mesclun is best when crisp and fresh, so be sure to use this up quickly! It's full of vitamins and minerals and features a blend of baby greens. Use it as a base for a salad and top with your favorite salad ingredients.
  • Sweet Peppers are also best fresh - and they make for delicious snacks! If you don't add them to your roasted red pepper hummus, then be sure to use them for dipping.

Below are the original recipes that our team created to use all of the ingredients from this week's basket! 

Fresh Spotlight

 

Fall is finally here! This week's featured foods are hardy, fall veggies. The baskets are (as always) filled with locally sourced, nutritious goodies! Consumption of these plants will help you, your family, and your community maintain healthy bodies and minds. Happy cooking!

Shallots:

Although shallots are not well-known for their fortifying healthy properties, that doesn't mean they don't have essential vitamins and minerals! Aside from being a great ingredient to add to any stir fry or sauce, shallots are high in the minerals iron and copper. Iron is important for the production of hemoglobin, the component of red blood cells that carries oxygen to your lungs. Copper is essential for the iron absorption in the body to take place. Therefore, eating shallots supports production of hemoglobin and a healthy functioning body.

Lacinato Kale:

Kale has been trendy at grocery stores, farmers markets, and upscale restaurants for a few years now. But why is this leafy green so trendy on the health-food scene? Kale has several health benefits. It is high in Vitamin K, which helps reduce inflammation and is an important agent in bone health and blood clotting. The omega-3 fatty acids found in kale are also important for promoting healthy heart function - and decreasing risk of heart disease. It appears as though this veggie is worth the hype!

Romanesco Cauliflower:

Not only is romanesco cauliflower one of the coolest looking veggies, but it also fuels our bodies with important nutrients. Romanesco cauliflower is high in Vitamin C - a vitamin that encourages healthy immune system function. This special veggie also contains high levels of folate and Vitamin B. Both of these constituents work to promote the generation of new cells.