Week of February 26, 2018

Fields at Valley Dream Farm

Fields at Valley Dream Farm

In Our Baskets This Week

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

Please Note: This week is the FINAL delivery of our 2017 Fall/Winter Season! If you have not already done so, please join us for Spring!

Vermont Vegetable Package

  • Apples (Liberty)**  |  Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, VT
  • Rainbow Carrots*  |  River Berry Farm, Fairfax, VT
  • Scarlet Turnips*  |  River Berry Farm, Fairfax, VT
  • Gold Creamer Potatoes*  |  Valley Dream Farm, Cambridge, VT
  • Pea Shoots*  |  Pitchfork Farm, Burlington, VT 

Omnivore Package

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

  • Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon Fillet |  Starbird Fish, Burlington, VT 
  • Cultured Butter   |  Ploughgate Creamery, Fayston, VT
  • Basil Pesto  |  Vermont Bean Crafters, Waitsfield, VT

Localvore Package

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

  • Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon Fillet |  Starbird Fish, Burlington, VT 
  • Cultured Butter   |  Ploughgate Creamery, Fayston, VT
  • Basil Pesto  |  Vermont Bean Crafters, Waitsfield, VT
  • Seeded Baguette*  |  Red Hen Baking Company, Middlesex, VT
  • Pasture Raised Eggs  |  Besteyfield Farm, Hinesburg, VT
 

Bread: Seeded Baguette*

Red Hen Baking Co., Middlesex, VT

Cheddar Cheese

Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

Pasture Raised Eggs

Besteyfield Farm, Hinesburg, VT

 

Cooking Tips

Eat This First: Pea Shoots! These delicate little sprouts have all the flavor of fresh spring snap peas. Enjoy them as a crunchy snack on eggs, sandwiches, soups, hummus dip, or in the spring roll recipe we featured this week. 

Apples, Carrots, Turnips, and Potatoes will store best in your refrigerator. For longer-term storage, it's helpful to vent the plastic bags or include a piece of paper towel in the bag to help with moisture. 

Turnips, Apples, and Carrots are delicious to pair together - and you can do so using a few different techniques. First, all three are delicious for a crunchy, refreshing snack, or sliced thinly for a colorful slaw, or shredded to top a green salad -- especially if you're getting weary of comfort food!

That being said, they're a great combination when roasted or braised, too. We'd cut them into cubes, toss with some oil and roast until they're soft. Then, toss them with some maple syrup or honey, balsamic vinegar, and some salt and pepper. Serve over grains like rice, farro, or quinoa for a simple lunch or dinner.

For full comfort-food-mode, you can always use your gold creamer potatoes for a big batch of mashed potatoes. (Don't forget to add in LOTS of butter!!!)

 

Recipes

Week of February 19, 2018

Apple Crates at Champlain Orchards

Apple Crates at Champlain Orchards

In Our Baskets This Week

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

Vermont Vegetable Package

  • Apple Cider**  |  Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, VT
  • Red Cabbage*  |  Intervale Community Farm, Burlington, VT  and Pete's Greens, Greensboro, VT
  • Parsnips*  |  River Berry Farm, Fairfax, VT
  • Red Onions*  |  Valley Dream Farm, Cambridge, VT
  • Sweet Potatoes*  |  Burnt Rock Farm, Huntington, VT 

Omnivore Package

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

  • Pasture Raised Sweet Italian Sausage |  Thornhill Farm, Greensboro Bend, VT (New to the Food Hub!)
  • Chin Clip Cheese   |  Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Morristown, VT
  • White Beans*  |  Vermont Bean Crafters, Waitsfield, VT

Localvore Package

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

  • Pasture Raised Sweet Italian Sausage |  Thornhill Farm, Greensboro Bend, VT (New to the Food Hub!)
  • Chin Clip Cheese   |  Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Morristown, VT
  • White Beans*  |  Vermont Bean Crafters, Waitsfield, VT
  • Mad River Grain*  |  Red Hen Baking Company, Middlesex, VT
  • Pasture Raised Eggs  |  Besteyfield Farm, Hinesburg, VT
 

Bread: Mad River Grain*

Red Hen Baking Co., Middlesex, VT

Cheddar Cheese

Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

Pasture Raised Eggs

Besteyfield Farm, Hinesburg, VT

 

Cooking Tips

While apple cider makes for a delicious beverage, we also love to use it in cooking! We've paired it with this week's red cabbage for a braised cabbage dish. It's one of our favorite winter recipes. The vivid purple color is a lot of fun, and the tender texture of the cabbage is delicious. You can also use the cider-braising technique to cook other root vegetables, like parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets. The sweet flavors will compliment each other well.

You can also use your apple cider in dressings or vinaigrettes (you could try a red cabbage slaw with some apples and carrots if you have some extras in your fridge). 

At the Food Hub, our go-to cooking method for parsnips and sweet potatoes is fries. It's really easy, and everybody loves them! If you're not sure about parsnips, definitely try this recipe for Parmesan Parsnip Fries (maybe add some garlic, and use whatever fresh or dried herbs you like - rosemary is a good one!) Here is a great recipe for Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries too. When it comes to making fries, some people like them crispy, while others like them soft. If a good crispy fry is important to you, cut your fries thin, and be sure to watch and rotate them in the oven, and on the pan, so you get a nice even crisp.

As for the red onions - you may go through onions quickly, but if you feel like they are piling up, you should definitely make a batch of caramelized onions. You can put them on anything, and you won't believe how much they cook down. Try this recipes for Caramelized Onions.

 

Recipes

Week of February 12, 2018

Pastures at Maple Wind Farm

Pastures at Maple Wind Farm

In Our Baskets This Week

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

Vermont Vegetable Package

  • Apples**  |  Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, VT  |  Regular: 3 lb  |   Single: 1 1/3 lb
  • Red Beets*  |  Intervale Community Farm, Burlington, VT  |  Regular: 1.5 lb  |   Single: 1 lb
  • Carrots*  |  River Berry Farm, Fairfax, VT  |  Regular: 1.5 lb  |   Single: 1 lb
  • Red Potatoes*  |  Valley Dream Farm, Cambridge, VT  |  Regular: 2 lb  |   Single: 1.5 lb
  • Pea Shoots or Mixed Radish, Sunflower, Pea Shoots*  |  Burnt Rock Farm + Pitchfork Farm + Queen City Acres + Pete's Greens  |  3oz

Omnivore Package

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

  • Pasture Raised Pork Chops |  Thornhill Farm, Greensboro Bend, VT (New to the Food Hub!)
  • Feta*   |  Does' Leap, Bakersfield, VT
  • Black Currant or Raspberry Jam*  |  The Farm Between, Jeffersonville, VT

Localvore Package

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

  • Pasture Raised Pork Chops |  Thornhill Farm, Greensboro Bend, VT (New to the Food Hub!)
  • Feta*   |  Does' Leap, Bakersfield, VT
  • Black Currant or Raspberry Jam*  |  The Farm Between, Jeffersonville, VT
  • Waitsfield Common*  |  Red Hen Baking Company, Middlesex, VT
  • Pasture Raised Eggs  |  Besteyfield Farm, Hinesburg, VT
 

Bread: Baguette*

Red Hen Baking Co., Middlesex, VT

Cheddar Cheese

Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

Pasture Raised Eggs

Besteyfield Farm, Hinesburg, VT

 

Monthly Subscriptions Delivered This Week!

This will be the final delivery of Monthly Subscriptions for the Fall/Winter season.

 

Chicken  |  Maple Wind Farm, Huntington & Richmond, VT

Sausage  |  Sweet Italian and Andouille  |  Maple Wind Farm, Huntington & Richmond, VT

Ground Beef  |  Health Hero Farm, South Hero, VT and Maple Wind Farm, Huntington & Richmond, VT

Tortilla & Bean  |  White Corn Tortillas from All Souls Tortilleria, Warren, VT  |  Black Beans from Vermont Bean Crafters, Waitsfield VT

Bean Burgers  |  Black Bean & Maple Chipotle  |  Vermont Bean Crafters, Waitsfield VT

Wild Salmon  |  Coho Salmon Fillet  |  Starbird Fish, Burlington, VT

Wild Fish  |  Coho Salmon Fillet and Cod Fillet  |  Starbird Fish, Burlington, VT

 

Cooking Tips

Eat This First: This week, we made a few dishes to highlight beets with some new forms and techniques! Try a) roasting beets in round slices for the sandwich, b) cutting beets into "fry" shapes to go with the roasted carrots, and c) slicing beets and potatoes nice and thin for a rich, buttery, cheesy gratin!

 

Recipes

Week of February 5, 2018

Green Cabbage

In Our Baskets This Week

*Certified Organic  |  Meet Our Producers

Vermont Vegetable Package

  • Yellow Onions*  |  Valley Dream Farm, Cambridge, VT  |  Regular: 1.5 lb  |   Single: 1 lb
  • Green Cabbage*  |  Intervale Community Farm, Burlington, VT
  • Butternut Squash*  |  Intervale Community Farm, Burlington, VT
  • Baby Shiitake Mushrooms*  |  Mousam Valley Mushrooms, Maine  |  1 pint
  • Sweet Potatoes*  |  Burnt Rock Farm  |  Huntington, VT  |  Regular: 3 lbs  |  Single: 2lbs

Omnivore Package

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

  • Pasture Raised Chicken Drumsticks |  Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, VT
  • Plain Grass Fed Yogurt*   |  Butterworks Farm, Westfield, VT
  • Chicken Stock  |  Joe's Kitchen, East Montpelier, VT

Localvore Package

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

  • Pasture Raised Chicken Drumsticks |  Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, VT
  • Plain Grass Fed Yogurt*   |  Butterworks Farm, Westfield, VT
  • Chicken Stock  |  Joe's Kitchen, East Montpelier, VT
  • Baguette*  |  Red Hen Baking Company, Middlesex, VT
  • Pasture Raised Eggs  |  Besteyfield Farm, Hinesburg, VT
 

Bread: Baguette*

Red Hen Baking Co., Middlesex, VT

Cheddar Cheese

Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

Pasture Raised Eggs

Besteyfield Farm, Hinesburg, VT

 
This photo is by Take Magazine

This photo is by Take Magazine

Featured Producer

Red Hen Baking Company
Middlesex, Vermont

Red Hen Baking company was founded by Randy and Liza, who have grown their company to include a cafe to accompany their bakery, supported by over 40 employees! They produce premium quality breads and pastries with traditional methods and carefully selected, high quality ingredients. They strive to minimize their impact on the environment, to support the local growers and producers of their ingredients, and to provide the finest baked goods and service to their community.

We love working with Red Hen Baking Company because they prioritize souring local grains and flours in their bread, and they provide a real opportunity to help small, regional grain growers.

Red Hen Baking Company bakes and delivers their naturally-leavened bread seven days a week. Most commercial breads are made with added sweeteners, oils, and preservatives to make them soft, fluffy and chewy. The bakers at Red Hen Company can create delectable bread with only the essentials. To learn more about their process and what "naturally-leavened" means, visit their website

 

Cooking Tips

Eat This First: This week, we recommend peeling & slicing up your butternut squash and sweet potatoes. You can roast them and use them in a whole range of different recipes throughout the week!

Also - the galette recipes is really delicious with a butternut squash filling!

 

Recipes