Fresh This Week Tips 9.26.2010

DAPPLE DANDY PLUOTS STORE: Your pluots will continue to ripen once off the tree. Turn them upside down and leave them on the counter away from the sun. When ripe, store them unwrapped in the refrigerator for up to three days. PREP: If stored in the refrigerator, remove your pluots before eating and let them…

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The Spring and the Fall: 
Assorted musings from the farmer

The spring and fall farm seasons are similar in many ways, especially with the erratic weather patterns.  The big weather difference, however, is that now the days are getting shorter and the soil getting wetter verses in the spring when the day length is increasing and soil is getting warmer. That subtle change, now magnified…

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Smashed Potato and Leek Soup

Adapted from www.soupchick.com Ingredients: 2 large leeks 1 lb new potatoes, washed but not peeled 2 strips no nitrate bacon 2 tsp olive oil or butter 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus a few extra for garnish 4 cups homemade chicken stock (or low-sodium store-bought broth) Kosher salt, if needed (taste first; if you’re using…

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Know Your Produce: Kiwi Berries

Berry meet kiwi. Kiwi meet berry. And you have kiwi berries! They are the peel-less, fuzz-less cousin of the more well-known kiwifruit. Brought from Asia to the United States in the 1800s, the kiwi berry packs a big nutritional punch as the most nutrient-dense of all major fruits. One berry has five times the vitamin…

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Honey! Bar the door! We’ve got ourselves a crawler!

I know it’s inevitable. At some point in time every little one gets mobile and life changes, but I was secretly hoping for a few more months of “stationary” play! Officially, she began crawling at 5.5 months. This isn’t our earliest. Her sister, Emily, started crawling at the same time 17 years ago and she…

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Fresh This Week Add-Ons: It is cooking greens season!

If you like ratatouille…this is a great time! We’ve got basil, zucchini/yellow summer squash, red bell peppers,  garlic & onions available to go with! For a great Ratatouille recipe, go tohttp://smittenkitchen.com/2007/07/rat-a-too-ee-for-you-ee/

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Know your produce – tips for storing & preparing produce

KIWI They’re a really good source of Vitamin C and dietary fiber and very low in calories. Kiwi fruit can also be used for certain fruit preparations where kiwi is used a meat tenderizer. For a delicious Kiwi Raita visit : http://www.foodgal.com/2010/09/kickin-with-kiwi/ ◊ ◊ ◊ BEETS Store: Before refrigerating, separate the beets from the leaves. To…

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Fresh this week 09.14.2010

Gala Apples: A superb dessert apple that is excellent for fresh eating and baking! Enjoy them raw, cooked, roasted or in vegetable platters. How to store: To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator. Apples do not freeze until the temperature drops to 28.5 degrees F. Green Bell Peppers Bell peppers add fresh flavor and…

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