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Week of October 16, 2017

Valley Dream Farm Tisbert Family
 

Featured Farm

Based in Cambridge, the Tisberts bought Valley Dream Farm in 1992 with a mission of honest, hard work, and a passion to be the best stewards of the land. This family-run farm grows a wide variety of organic vegetables, and flowers. They're known for hosting fun on-farm dinners over the summer! For the Tisbert family, it was love at first sight when they found their farm and its breathtaking views in the Pleasant Valley. “We had found the farm of our dreams — hence the name 'Valley Dream Farm.'" Valley Dream is truly a family farm, with two generations actively running it and bringing a diverse array of skills and knowledge to the table. 

Check out the Valley Dream Farm archive of recipes, collected for peak-season cooking year round! 

 

In Our Baskets This Week

* Certified Organic|  ** Eco Apple Certified|  Meet Our Producers

 

Vermont Vegetable Package

  • Carrots* | Pitchfork Farm, Burlington, VT
  • Chioggia beets* | Pitchfork Farm, Burlington, VT
  • Gold potatoes* | Valley Dream Farm, Cambridge, VT
  • Brussels sprouts*** | Lewis Creek Farm, Starksboro, VT
  • Baby spinach* | Diggers' Mirth Collective Farm, Burlington, VT/Hazendale Farm, Greensboro, VT
  • Asian pears** | Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, VT
  • Regular Size Only: Mesclun* | Diggers' Mirth Collective Farm, Burlington, VT

***Lewis Creek Farm is not Certified Organic. However, they follow Vermont Ecologically Grown Standards, use only pesticides certified for organic growing, and do not use fungicides or herbicides.

 

Omnivore Package

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

  • Pasture-raised pork sausage, Andouille | Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, VT
  • Feta goat cheese* | Does' Leap Farm, Fairfield, VT
  • Applesauce** | Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, VT
 

Localvore Package

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

  • Pasture-raised pork sausage, Andouille | Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, VT
  • Feta goat cheese* | Does' Leap Farm, Fairfield, VT
  • Applesauce** | Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, VT
  • Waitsfield common bread* | Red Hen Baking Co., Middlesex, VT
  • Pasture-raised eggs | Besteyfield Farm, Charlotte, VT
 

Waitsfield Common*

Red Hen Baking Co., Middlesex VT

Cheddar Cheese

Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

Pasture Raised Eggs

Besteyfield Farm, Charlotte, VT

 

Recipes and Cooking Tips

Browse our Recipes page for more ideas

Eat This First:

  • Baby spinach is a versatile green that can be used in so many different dishes, but be sure to use this rather quickly so it doesn't have the chance to go bad! Making sure your baby spinach is dry before storing it can help to extend its shelf life. Enjoy in a salad, cooked down in soups or pastas, or sauteed with garlic.
  • Pears will ripen much more quickly if left on the counter, so put them in the fridge if you want them to last longer. Use in salads, on top of oatmeal for breakfast, or try our baked pears with feta as an appetizer or dessert!

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

Fresh Spotlight

This week's basket is (as always) filled with locally sourced, nutritious goodies! Eating these plants will help you, your family and your community maintain healthy bodies and minds. While none of these fruits and veggies can cure serious illness, a healthy dose of this produce will help support mindful and intentional eating. So go ahead, open your basket and cook up a storm; your body will thank you!

Asian Pears:

Just like apples, pears are nutrient-dense fruits that pack a punch when it comes to providing us with antioxidants and Vitamin C. In this week's basket, you will find these wonderfully sweet and dainty fruits. They are especially helpful for satiating sweet cravings by providing the body with natural sugars. Pears also have high levels of potassium. Potassium is important because it is a naturally occurring electrolyte that helps maintain healthy fluid function and nervous system function.

Brussels Sprouts:

Sprouts are great for helping out your bones. They are rich in Vitamin K and help your body absorb and use calcium from other foods. But sprouts aren't just great for your bone health. They also leave you with healthy, glowing skin by providing large amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Healthy from the inside, out!