This weeks boxes look like this:
Half Share: 12 oz Local Spinach, Sweet Red Bell, Half Pound of Green Beans, Pound of Carrots, Small Cucumber, Half Pound of Sweet English Peas, Local Baby Bok Choy, Tomato, Two Fuji, Two Pink Lady, Two D'Anjou Pears, Two White Nectarines and a Yellow, Star Ruby Grapefruit and a Kiwi.
Half Share Fruit: Four ea Fuji and Pink Lady, Two D'Anjou Pears, Two White Nectarines and a Yellow, Three Valencia, Kiwi Fruit
and a Honeydew Melon
Half Share Veggie: A Variety of
, Pound of Spinach Leaves, Sweet Red Bell Pepper, 3/4
Pound of Green Beans, Pound of Carrots, Cucumbers, Half Pound of English Peas, Spring Onions, Asparagus, Baby Bok Choy
Full Share: A Variety of
, Pound of Spinach Leaves, Sweet Red Bell Pepper, Beautiful Local Beets
, 3/4 Pound of Fresh Green
Beans, Pound of
Carrots, Cucumbers, 3/4 Pound of
English Peas, Spring Onions, Asparagus, Local Baby Bok Choy
, Tomatoes, Three ea Fuji and Pink Lady, Two D'Anjou Pears, Two White Nectarines, Five Valencia, Two Star Ruby Grapefruit and Two Kiwi.
Juicing Box: Two bags of
Local Leaf Lettuce, Pound of Spinach Leaves, Sweet Red Bell, Six Pounds of Carrots, Pound of Mini Cucumbers, 3# Fuji Apple, Two lemons.
Local Organic Fare includes: A variety of
, Spinach, Asparagus, Spring Onions, Baby Bok Choy
and other local veggies will be used in this weeks boxes.
Next week we are looking forward to more local greens (hoping for more of the Gorgeous Spinach!), Beautiful Green Beans, Sweet Bell Peppers, Avocados, Spring Onions, Carrots, Apples, Nectarines, Valencia Oranges, Kiwi, Pears andpossibly some Wonderful Local Organic Strawberries! Not sure what else will be on the menu at this point... there are several veggie spots still open.
This weeks Tip:
Make sure to wash your fruit and veggies!
Fill your sink or a bowl up with cold water. Add about a quarter cup more or less of raw apple cider vinegar like Braggs. Add your fruit and/or veggies and soak for up to 20 minutes.
To clean your spinach or lettuce and give them new (and added) life... put a handful of ice into a large stainless steel or glass bowl... add cold water and a scant 1/4 cup of Braggs ACV (apple cider vinegar). Let it sit for 10 - 15 mins, stirring with your hand occasionally to move the leaves around a bit making sure that all air pockets are eliminated. Drain in a colander or salad spinner. Spin out and rinse with fresh cold water using a salad spinner til nearly dry. At this point you may eat or store your 'leaves', as our children call salad... in a glass bowl with a lid on it. I will put an old large yogurt lid that I have cut holes in and around the edges on the bottom of the bowl to allow any excess water to drain out to the bottom without causing the leaves to touch it and become soggy or wilt. If you tend to your lettuce all at once and prepare it for storage in this manor you will have fresh salad at a moments notice! Talk about "fast food".
We are headed into the HOT months of summer. We do everything in our power to make sure that your lettuce stays fresh, but some things are beyond our control. You may have noted that your lettuce is not trimmed and 'pretty' on the outside at times. I do that on purpose... at times lettuce will arrive here with slightly wilted outer leaves. I don't remove them as a store does for their shelf because they act as a protective layer for the leaves toward the inside when we are transporting them to you. If you find that your lettuce or other greens have lost their zip... simply fill your sink or a large bowl with ice and water and put them in for a soak. Produce departments employ this trick all the time to freshen the stock on their shelves!
A few weeks ago you may have noticed a root ball on your lettuce. The lettuce was hydroponically grown by a local grower in Republic MO. Alen at MOPro Farms suggests to leave the rootball on your lettuce and place it into a bowl or mug of water. You can then leave it in your refrigerator or even on your counter out of direct sunlight. It will continue to grow and lengthen the life of your lettuce. Cool eh?!
When I pack the boxes I do all the things that can be done the night before and set the boxes into a cold room... lettuce, beans, mushrooms and other items that require lower temperatures stay in the walk in cooler until the boxes are heading out the door. If you are one of our "cooler deliveries" please be sure to have ice packs in your cooler and place your cooler in a location that offers shade throughout the day.
Thank You! Blessings!
PS. We avoid white vinegar for two reasons. 1) most are created using petroleum. 2) Heinz... the one we know isn't pet based... is corn based... GMO corn based. So, we don't use it.