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Newsletter | Week of August 27, 2018

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In Our Baskets This Week

*Certified Organic | Meet Our Farmers and Food Makers

Vermont Vegetable Package

  • Cucumbers* | Shadow Creek Farm in Fairfax & Valley Dream Farm in Cambridge
  • Mesclun (salad greens)* | Diggers' Mirth Collective Farm in Burlington
  • Sweet Corn* | River Berry Farm in Fairfax
  • Slicing Tomatoes * | Intervale Community Farm in Burlington & River Berry Farm in Fairfax
  • Red Onions* | Burnt Rock Farm in Huntington
  • Variety Size only: Basil* | Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg
  • Variety Size only: Swiss Chard* |  Miskell's Premium Organics in Charlotte

Omnivore Package

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

  • Wild Alaskan Halibut Fillet | Starbird Fish, Burlington
  • Cultured Butter | Ploughgate Creamery in Fayston
  • Black Beans* (frozen & cooked) | Vermont Bean Crafters in Waitsfield

Localvore Package

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

  • Wild Alaskan Halibut Fillet  | Starbird Fish, Burlington
  • Cultured Butter | Ploughgate Creamery in Fayston
  • Black Beans* (frozen & cooked) | Vermont Bean Crafters in Waitsfield
  • Bread: Mad River Grain* | Red Hen Baking Company
  • Pasture Raised Eggs |  Besteyfield Farm

 

Weekly Subscriptions

Bread: Mad River Grain*

Red Hen Baking Co.

Cheddar Cheese

Shelburne Farms

Pasture Raised Eggs

Besteyfield Farm

 

Cooking & Storage Tips

This week's basket is an amazing summer picnic waiting to happen! All of the items store fairly well, so you can wait until the weekend to make most of these dishes, if you need to. 

  • Eat this first: Mesclun, Sweet Corn, (and Basil if you have the Variety Package)! For the best nutrition, texture, and flavor, treat yourself to a fresh green salad for dinner the same night you get your basket! Sweet corn will start to get tougher as the sugars turn to starch after it's picked, so we recommend steaming or grilling sweet corn sooner than later.
     
  • Tomatoes will have the best flavor and texture if you keep them out of the fridge - just be sure to eat them within a couple of days when they've reached perfect ripeness, so they don't spoil. 
     
  • Store cucumbers in a bag in the fridge with a paper towel to prevent too much moisture from building up. Remember that these make a great snack sliced up with just a sprinkle of salt!
     
  • Leafy green Swiss Chard should be stored in plastic to keep it crisp, but with a paper towel to prevent moisture build up (or eat it sooner!) We love sauteing chard with butter and serving with pasta for a super-simple, delicious meal. Add sausage for an omnivore version!
 

Recipes

A few other recipes for inspiration:

Quick-Pickled Red Onions (great for topping salad, burgers, and tacos)

Blackened Halibut Tacos with Bean and Corn Salsa (Another option for the Omnivore and Localvore Packages)

Basil Butter (Use up & preserve your basil before it goes bad - store in the fridge or freezer and use to top veggies and bread!)

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