Week of September 25, 2017

Harvesting Asian Pears at Champlain Orchards

Featured Farm

Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, VT

Champlain Orchards consists of several neighboring orchards and organic farm land, which Andrea Scott and Bill Suhr have collected, tended, and nurtured over the years since they first began in 1998. Champlain Orchards has a beautiful view of Lake Champlain toward the Adirondack Mountains. There, they grow a wide variety of fruit, including raspberries, blackberries, cherries, plums, pears, peaches, and over 40 varieties of apples! The orchard is home to a bakery, a cider mill, the farm market, and pick-your-own, and they host special seasonal events.

About Champlain Orchards Growing Methods: "Eco Apple Certification is third-party verified by the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America. The IPM approach features the most eco-sensitive, minimally treated, natural methods possible. For example, instead of extensive spraying, we use wood chips from pruned branches as mulch around the trunks of our trees in order to increase plant health. Damaging pests are managed through the introduction of natural predators, mating disruption, and trapping, rather than pesticides. These methods keep our trees, staff, and you safe." 


In Our Baskets This Week...

Meet our Producers

  • Delicata squash | Burnt Rock Farm, Huntington, VT
  • Red Onions | Hazendale Farm, Greensboro, VT
  • Asian Pears, Shinsui & Kosui | Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, VT
  • Cherry Tomatoes | River Berry Farm, Fairfax, VT
  • Baby spinach | Hazendale Farm, Greensboro, VT/Diggers’ Mirth Collective Farm, Burlington, VT
  • Regular Size Only: Romaine lettuce | River Berry Farm, Fairfax, VT

Vermont Vegetable Package

This week, Regular Size and Single Size Vermont Vegetable packages receive similar baskets, but Single Size includes less delicata squash and no romaine lettuce. 

  • Chicken breast | Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, VT
  • Cultured butter | Ploughgate Creamery, Fayston, VT
  • Frozen Berries | Adam’s Berry Farm, Charlotte, VT

Omnivore Package

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

  • Chicken breast | Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, VT
  • Cultured butter | Ploughgate Creamery, Fayston, VT
  • Frozen Berries | Adam’s Berry Farm, Charlotte, VT
  • Bread | Polenta on Tues & Thurs,  Olive on Wed - Red Hen Baking Co, Middlesex, VT
  • Eggs | Besteyfield Farm, Charlotte, VT

Localvore Package

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


Cheddar Cheese

Shelburne Farm, Shelburne, VT

Polenta (Tues & Thurs), Olive (Wed)

Red Hen Baking Co., Middlesex, VT

Pasture Raised Eggs

Betseyfield Farm, Charlotte, VT


Recipes & Cooking Tips

Browse our Recipes page for more ideas

Eat This First:

  • Baby spinach is best when eaten fresh, so make sure to use it right away for the best taste! Try our fall spinach salad recipe or wilt some spinach and scramble it with eggs for extra greens in the morning. Avoid washing spinach until you're ready to eat it to extend shelf life. 

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! Consumption of 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!

Delicata Squash:

As we part ways with the warm summer months, squash becomes an important staple in our baskets - keeping things local and seasonal. Squash is packed with different pigments that are called carotenoids - a special type of antioxidant. Carotenoids found in squash help protect cells against free-radicals; potentially harmful agents such as radiation, pollutants or even stress.

Red Onions:

Onions are a kitchen staple. They are versatile and flavorful, as well as an important source of nutrition. Red onions contain compounds called flavonoids. These compounds are known for having neuroprotective properties, meaning they can aid in the health of the body's neurological system. Onions are also great to pair with tomatoes, as they help increase the body's ability to use lycopene - a wonderful antioxidant.

Baby Spinach:

Not only is baby spinach a versatile veggie that can be thrown into almost any salad or smoothie, but it is also nutrient dense. Baby spinach is packed with Vitamin K and Vitamin B9. Vitamin K is full of a protein called osteocalcin, which helps promote strong bones. Vitamin B9 helps support neurological health.