Eat more vegetables.
Theme: A sense of humor...

was needed this past week of the fauxstorm and so your faithful veggie lady and writer is penning (metaphorically speaking) this epistle with a moderately-priced glass of pinot grigio on late Friday afternoon. 

What you are about to learn about the rutabaga will make you (and your glass of moderately-priced pinot grigio) the life of the party.  Rutabaga is thought to have evolved from a cross between a wild cabbage and a turnip...woo-hoo! It has a delicate, mildly sweet flavor well-suited for stews and roasts. We like cooking and mashing rutabagas like potatoes. In fact, potatoes are going to seem awfully bland after you have imbibed the 'baga.

Now, rutabaga trivia...

  • Which of the following is true?
    • Before the invention of the colored Easter Egg, children hunted for rutabagas.
    • Before the industrial revolution, bad children received rutabagas in their Christmas stockings.
    • The precursor to the Halloween pumpkin, was the Halloween rutabaga.

Here are some fun Rutabaga facts:

  • The precursor to the Halloween pumpkin was the Halloween rutabaga (ANSWER to the above)
  • Rutabagas are also known as swedes and neeps
  • Rutabagas contain 42% daily recommended amount of Vitamin C.
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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.  
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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

Microgreens Microgreens are tiny, edible greens—the next living stage after sprouts. Totally jam-packed with vitamins! Eat raw and add to salads, sandwiches, dressings, etc. Stonebridge Farm (Hydroponic)

Storage: Refrigerate, eat within the week. 
Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Microgreens 
Arugula, Microgreens, Spinach, and Three-Cheese Pesto

Rutabaga Shall we continue about the merit of the much maligned?  Yes she is pretty darn ugly but as we know it is personality that counts and this little lady is sweet.  This hunk 'o vegetable is also known in the rest of the world as swedes.  Ironwood Farm (Organically grown by 3 of the most beautiful woman farmers in Columbia County)

Rutabaga Mash
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 thats 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 Sage Ironwood Farm (OG), & Red and Yellow Onions Shaul Farm  (FAM) & Garlic Honey Dog Farm (OG)
  • 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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