Eat more vegetables.
Theme: Long Table Harvest, Smoothies, and New Goodies

Our friends at Long Table Harvest have just launched their IndieGoGo fundraiser and we would love for you to support them. Plus, they're offering some fantastic perks!

"Long Table Harvest is a new farm-food rescue program serving Columbia County, New York. The Hudson Valley is an extremely fertile region - we have over 52,000 acres of farmed land and an abundance of high-quality, local produce in Columbia County alone. However, even amongst this abundance, 7,000 of our county’s residents are food-insecure and another 10,000 live below 200% of the federal poverty line. On average, 20% of produce doesn’t make it off of the farm. We created Long Table Harvest to serve as a bridge to connect this abundant and edible resource onto the plates of people in our community."

What is the big deal about smoothies? How are they different than juices? Simply put, smoothies are made of fruits and vegetables that are blended. This means they retain the fiber while juicing removes the fiber from the mix. Smoothies will fill you up while juices give you an instant hit of nutrients. The downside to fruit-based juices is that they are loaded with sugar. Vegetable-based juices aren’t. A study done by the BMA showed that people who consumed whole fruit as compared to fruit juices had a significantly lower risk of diabetes. Bottomline, smoothies are probably a better meal option while vegetable juices will leave your vitamin pills in the dust.

Several of our frozen items are obvious smoothie ingredients —  strawberries, blueberries, kale. But you may not have considered using the diced sweet peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, or butternut squash! Here is an exciting bit of news about using frozen veggies in smoothies: the freezing process helps break down some of the fiber making it less necessary to use a super blender like a Vitamix. It truly is a fabulous blender that can also be a backup for your 5hp fishing boat motor.

Googling smoothie recipes brings up 1.9 million results. Clearly, smoothie recipe options can be overwhelming. The common denominators are blenders, ice with raw fruits and/or vegetables. After that all bets are off. You can add just about anything: yogurt, tofu, coconut water, seeds, sweeteners, spices, etc. Yes, it is possible to make smoothies without bananas! Here are a few uniquely tasty recipes: Tomato SmoothieBroccoli Green SmoothieSweet Corn SmoothieRed Pepper & Apple SmoothieButternut Squash Smoothie (who knew? FYI our butternut squash is cooked).

NEW Pasta supplier this week! Flour City Pasta makes dried pasta and this week's offering is their Bon Vivant Orzo, which is a special mix of wild mushroom, saffron, spinach and cayenne. Orzo is a short-cut pasta made in the shape of a piece of rice, often used in pilaf.

NEW Items in the web store! We're now offering fantastic roasted peppers as well as delicious pre-cooked beans, and they're flying fast. Joe, Founder and Owner of Vermont Bean Crafters, soaks the beans overnight which begins an enzymatic process to release compounds just waiting to be energized. The net result of the soaking process makes the beans more digestible than if they were not soaked. Pretty cool, right?

Frozen fruits and veggies are in the web store for endless smoothie-making adventures!
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Tuesday delivery: Saturday 11:59 pm
Wednesday: Sunday 11:59 pm
Thursday: Monday 11:59 pm
Friday: Tuesday 11:59 pm

Blueberries - Frozen
Blueberry Bill Farms (FAM)

Like summer in winter (is it spring yet?). If you eat them frozen they're like mini sherbet bites. Otherwise thaw, then drain liquid and add to yogurt, pudding, muffin, or pancake mix, whatever!

Blueberry Kale Smoothie
Blueberry, Banana, and Peanut Smoothie
Easy Blueberry Sauce
Banana-Blueberry Pancakes with Cinnamon-Vanilla Butter

Green Beans - Frozen
Markristo Farm (CO)

Simmer with tomatoes, minced garlic, onions, olive oil, salt and pepper. Or, go simple with lemon, garlic and butter. Can't use them all at once...close the opening as tight as you can and put them back in the freezer.

Fabulous Frozen Green Beans
Baked Parmesan Green Bean Fries
Garlic Lemon Green Beans
Running Creek Farm (OG)

AKA spinach mustard, but we think its proper name is more fun to say! This mild, hearty Asian green can be used in place of spinach. Lightly steam or sauté, wilt the leaves with a warm dressing, or add to a soup.

Steamed Spinach with Balsamic Butter (substitute tatsoi)
Chilled Wilted Tatsoi
Tatsoi with Avocado and Egg
Browned Butter Pasta with Tatsoi
Spring Onions
Blooming Glen Farm (CO)

Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are young onions harvested before onion bulbs have matured. Spring onions taste great raw in salads; they can also be grilled, roasted, or stir-fried. We recommend grilling, especially with some balsamic vinegar and oil. Both the slender green tops and white bulbs are edible.

Braised Spring Onions
Zucchini Ribbons with Caramelized Spring Onions
Creamy Spring Onion Soup
Grilled Spring Onions
Katchkie Farm and Petronglo Farm (CO)

Spinach is best when eaten raw or lightly braised. To braise, toss with hot oil and garlic for a few minutes and then add splash of liquid. We like to add Parmesan cheese. If you choose to steam the spinach, wash and steam for just 5-10 minutes. This preparation method preserves nutrient content.

Strawberry Spinach Salad
Spinach with Nutmeg and Lemon
Garlic Sautéed Spinach
Perfect Spinach Salad


Corn - Frozen
Dusty Lane Farms (IPM)

Delicious in chili or corn chowder, and for something out of the ordinary just add sautéed garlic and curry. This corn is so sweet that our favorite way to prepare is to boil in the bag and add butter and salt... tastes like it's right off the cob.

5 Great Ways to Cook with Frozen Corn!

Cortland Apples
Yonder Farms (FAM)

These sweet and refreshing apples are good for eating, juicing, drying, as well as cooking. If you eat'em fresh, just chomp right into one, or you can cut up to top a green salad or toss in a fruit salad!

Old-fashioned Apple Crisp
Apple Pie Cheat with store bought crust (one for the bottom and one for the top), and no one will be the wiser.
Apple Turnovers
Apple Pancakes

Additional Subscriptions

  • Herb & Allium: None this week
  • Fruit: Acey Mac Apples from Yonder Farms (FAM)
  • Cheese: Plain Curds from Palatine Valley Dairy
  • Bread: Rosemary Country White from Cafe Le Perche
  • Pasta: Bon Vivant Orzo from Flour City Pasta (CO). Storage: use within 1 week refrigerated or freeze for 1 month!
  • Yogurt: Whole Milk 32 Ounces from North Country Creamery (OG)

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Key for Growing Methods
  • CO - Certified Organic
    Farm uses organic methods and is certified.
  • 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. Small farms use far fewer chemicals than large industrialized operations.
  • All of our products are non-GMO!
    GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism.

Veggie Guarantee and Tips!
  • Our Veggie Guarantee: If you have an issue, let customer service know! This is one way to reduce waste. Items are subject to change depending on weather and farm availability. 
  • Tip 1: 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
  • Tip 3: Any greens need to be as dry as possible, wrapped in a paper towel in a plastic bag, and kept in the fridge crisper.
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