Eat more vegetables.
Theme: Water and Weather

Three cheers to our greenhouse growers!  While this crazy cold means they have to crank up the heat in the houses, the biggest challenge is the light.  As we know the days are short in January and February but added to that snow-spewing cloud cover and you have...well...even less light and light is what gets the plants growing.  No light, no photosynthesis, no leaves.  But, our lettuce guys pulled it off!   We generally buy this time of year from Rexcroft Farm and Continental Organics.  Rexcroft grows its lettuce using a hydroponic system, which uses mineral nutrients (organic) in water without soil.   This sounds simple, but it is not.

Continental Organics uses aquaponics which is hydroponics powered by fish...more or less.  From wikipedia...In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrification bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system. So this is a completely indirect way of saying that the fish poop is fertilizing the plants.  (Now completely forget about that.) A main component of the fish "by-product" is nitrogen, which is loved by lettuce.  The lettuce sucks it up and then the nitrogen-free water is sent back to fish for the next round.

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  • BTW -- we gave cheese curds on sale in the store and cranberry lovers get them while you can.  

Please don't WASTE food and energy.  
Tuesday delivery: Saturday 11:59 pm
Wednesday: Sunday 11:59 pm **new for 2015**
Thursday: Monday 11:59 pm
Friday: Tuesday 11:59 pm
  • Tip: Any item you would cook, you can also freeze.
  • Tip 2: A dull knife conspires against you and slows you down. A sharp knife makes your food taste better (and look better, too). NY Times
  • Any green needs to be as dry as possible, wrapped in a paper towel in a plastic bag and kept in the fridge crisper.

Frozen Butternut Squash Puree Hurray!  We love this as a replacement for a liquid in baking.  For example, use it instead of milk in corn muffin mix.   Thaw this out and you're well on your way to a delicious soup! Flash frozen by Winter Sun Farms
Storage: Toss in the freezer.
Butternut Squash Soup - Heavenly!  If you haven't used coconut milk in your cooking before, try using it instead of butter in this recipe.  You will be able to whip this up in 15 minutes.

Frozen Green Beans  No snapping, no washing, no worries -- just defrost in hot water and fry-up with honey, sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic and you have Stir-fry Green Beans.  (2 bags for standard and family -- so stock up). Flash frozen by Winter Sun Farms.
Storage: Toss in freezer.
Green Beans and Red Peppers with Almonds
World's Easiest Garlicky Green Bean Stir-Fry
Sauteed Green Beans and Mushrooms

Hyrdoponic Lettuce Put fresh salads on your table as often as you can. For a more filling and flavorful boost add roasted nuts, died cranberries, roasted sunflower seeds, shaved parmesan, or chick peas. Rexcroft Farms (OG)
Storage: 3-4 days in the fridge but probably longer since they are live plants.
5 Must Know Salad Dressings

Carrots A colorful, versatile standard. Roasted, steamed, marinated, or raw, you can't go wrong with some orange on your plate. Try carrots a new way this week—maybe pureed in this delicious and easy Carrot Ginger Curry Soup pre-tested on fussy kids. Juniper Hill (CO)

Storage: Keep dry in a plastic bag up to one month in the fridge.

Roasted Balsamic Carrots
Sesame Carrot Salad
Butter Roasted Carrots with Thyme (or sage or rosemary)
Honey-glazed Carrots
Simple Carrot Soup
Baked Carrot Oven Fries

Roasted Red Peppers  This is our first round of roasted red peppers. We loved 'em in the taste test, but be sure to let us know how you feel about them! Defrost and eat -- that's all she wrote.

Try Butternut squash soup with garlic and roasted red peppers

Vermont Bean Crafter (CO)... As far as we are concerned, Vermont is the Silicon Valley of Vegetables. 
Storage: 1 month in the fridge or freeze.
Melrose Apples  The  official apple of the state of OHIO.... now that's something! Firm, coarse, juicy creamy white flesh. Slightly acid flavor. Very good cooking and dessert qualities. Best after Christmas when it develops it's fruity aroma. It's February so these are good to go. Samascott Orchards (FAM)
Storage: Up to 3 days in the pantry or up to a month in the fridge. 

Additional Subscriptions

  • Herb & Allium: Fresh or Dried Sage, Dried Rosemary, Dried Thyme Ironwood Farm (OG) and Sparrowbush Farm (OG), & Red and Yellow Onions Shaul Farm  (FAM) & Garlic Honey Dog Farm (OG) ... basically a bunch of different things because it is no small things to get herbs this time of year. 
  • Fruit: Mutsu Apples Migliorelli (IPM) and Asian Pears Evergreen Farm (IPM)
  • Cheese: Miranda Vulto Creamery
  • Bread: Rustic Country White Loaf Cafe Le Perche
  • Pasta: Red Pepper Shells Knoll Krest Storage: Use within a week, or freeze for 1 month.

Any questions? Email

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)
  • FAM - Family farm (farm often uses organic and IPM methods but may also use chemical fertilizers and pesticides. As a general rule small farms use far fewer chemicals than large industrialized operations).
  • Non-GMO - None of our products are GMO.
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