Your weekly update on what's cookin' in your Field Goods bag. Overview of contents, plus recipe suggestions for your perusing pleasure. 
Theme: Aspara-gussied Up
With their bright green stalks and purple tops, these are some glamorous vegetables coming your way. These stalks, along with their kale, spinach, and pear counterparts are all making their way from the magical land of New Jersey. They're just south enough for growing the stuff that's not quite ready yet in our beautiful state because of the long, long, long and cold winter.  The fiddleheads and ramps are from Massachusetts. 

Lots of delicacies this week:  Asparagus, fiddleheads, ramps, & Asian pears.  

Exciting News! Time to kick your friends & coworkers off the fence & onto the veggie train.
The Nutrition Science Department at The Sage Colleges is running a study to learn about the effects of Field Goods on diet. Anyone that signs up from now on can participate & get $5 credit as a "thanks so much". Help us spread the word. The study will go far in promoting healthy eating and small farms.

Field Goods was presented with the Ulster-Greene ARC Employer of the Year at the Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner on May 2nd. 
 
In The Store & News 
-Herb & Allium is back! Update your subscription today.
-Still lots of maple syrup and maple cream in the store!
-8oz versions of the sunflower oil are now in the store.
-Jarred tomato puree in the store

Please remember to return your bags to your pick-up location.

Asparagus comes thick and thin.  If the thicker sort, peel stalk.  Two easy fast options for cooking:  microwave with a bit of water, covered, 2 minutes or blanch by pouring boiling salted water over asparagus, let sit for 10 minutes until bright green and then put in ice water.   To store:  Put the bottom in an inch or so of water and then in frig.  Use as soon as possible. .here are pictures. Sheppard Farms (IPM)
Kale is from a New Jersey family farm started in the 1970s. Kale is all the rage because it is so versatile and children like kale chips.  Try raw kale salad, key step is massaging the kale to soften it up.  Marolda Farms (IPM)
Spinach is on the menu this week. Get your Pop-Eye muscles a-workin' and start your spring cleaning (but only if you want to.)  Marolda Farms (IPM)
Asian Pears are not apples, though they kind of look like enormous versions of golden delicious. These are best raw, due to their super crunchy nature. Fantastic in salads. Evergreen Farm (OG) 
Popcorn on the Cob is a wild and crazy snack! Put this ear into a paper bag and microwave for about 3 1/2 minutes until fully popped. Every cob is different!  Barber Farm (OG)
Radishes are a great addition to any salad with their peppery zing, but can hold their own as a side dish or in a soup! Formisano Farms (IPM)
Aquaponic Lettuce for all your salad needs. More huge heads of red and green bib.  Continental Organics (OG)

Additional Subscriptions

  • Herb & Allium: Ramps Lakeside Farm (Foraged!) & Garlic Pleasant Valley Farm (OG)
  • Fruit: Golden Delicious Apples Yonder Farm (CON)
  • Cheese: Chevre R&G
  • Bread: Rosemary Country White Cafe Le Perche
  • Pasta: Whole Wheat Penne Knoll Krest

Recipes
Asian Pears
Asian Pear Slaw
Asian Pear & Arugula Salad (add the chevre!!)
Spinach
Spinach & Fruit Smoothie (don't tell the kids about the first part)
Savory Bread Pudding w/ Spinach & Mushrooms
Speedy Spinach Pesto
Kale
Kale Chips
Raw Kale Salad (raw food & vegan diets)
Sauteed Kale
Massaged Kale Salad
Asparagus
Roasted Asparagus (easiest thing ever, so tasty)
Grilled Asparagus w/ Pepper Zabaglione (very fancy, but not difficult)
Fiddleheads, Ramps 
How to Cook with Ramps! Many Ways
Sauteed Fiddleheads, Asparagus


 
Key for growing methods:
  • CO - Certified Organic
  • OG - Organically Grown (farm uses organic methods but does not have Certification).
  • IPM - Integrated Pest Management (methods used to reduce the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers)
  • CON - Conventional farming (farm will use chemical fertilizers and pesticides but as a general rules small farms use far fewer chemicals than large industrialized operations)
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