Your weekly update on what's cookin' in your Field Goods bag. Overview of contents, plus recipe suggestions for your perusing pleasure. 
Theme: Listen For The Punk
This week's baby-sized watermelons are a little bit wild, a little bit wacky heirloom varieties. The Blacktail Mountain variety is nice and sweet and from North Carolina. We've also got Orchid watermelons, so you'll get one or the other. These Orchid melons have orange flesh (told ya- wild and wacky watermelon week) and are also super sweet. These melons should be small five pounders so they don't break the bag. To tell if it's ripe, flick it and listen for a 'punk' sound. If you hear 'pink' or 'pank,' wait a little bit for ripening. Try grilling some slices! Summer's not over yet. 

Looking for an easy way to raise money for your school PTO or non-profit organization? The Field Goods fundraiser program is simple. We list the organization on our website, your supporters sign-up and we collect for you a $1 or $2 for each delivery. What a great alternative to calendars, candy and candles! Learn more... Taconic Hills CSD & the Robert C. Parker School are raisin' funds, as well as John Jay Futbol Club. 
In The Store & News
FOODIES and FOOD WRITERS: Check out this very cool event happening Sept. 13 weekend in Berne, NY, hosted by Longhouse Food Revival, the brain-child of Molly O'Neill the brilliant NYTIMES food critic. Great food, interesting presentations & workshops. FIELD GOODS SUBSCRIBERS GET 50% OFF THE FANCY DINNER!
NEW PUBLIC DELIVERY SITES: Pure Mountain Olive Oil in Rhinebeck, Bronxville, & Tarrytown. TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!
Lots of extra items to add to your bag this week, check out the Order page

White Eggplant These are smaller, denser, creamier and less bitter than purple eggplant, though the skin may be tougher and might need to be peeled. Makes great chips and spreads. Here's an article from Livestrong on ways to prepare white eggplant: How To Cook a Small White Eggplant Barber Farm (OG)
 

 
Leeks A member of the lily family with a mild, slightly sweet onion taste. Think giant scallion. Our guilty pleasure is leeks baked in cream—trim the leeks and slice the white parts in half lengthwise, then rinse and arrange on a baking dish, cut side up. Mix 2 cups of heavy cream with a pinch of Dijon mustard and pepper, then pour over the leeks. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top and bake 30-45 minutes or until leeks are tender and the top golden.
Roasted Parmesan Leeks:
Slice leeks lengthwise, brush with olive oil, place in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, remove and toss, top with Parmesan and cook for 15 more minutes.
Leeks can be quite sandy. To clean, cut the roots off, slice the leek down the middle almost to the bottom,  then pull the leaves apart and wash between them.
Green Mead Farm (OG) 
Tomatillos Considered a staple in Mexico, tomatillos, or “tomate verde”, have a white, meaty flesh with a tangy, herb-like taste. The fruit of the tomatillo is about the size of a cherry tomato, covered with a delicate husk that should be removed before eating. Don’t worry about peeling or seeding these—the texture softens when cooked. Tomatillos can be eaten raw like tomatoes, though we recommend cooking to mellow the acidity. Here are some fun ideas for using yours up. Grilling is our favorite – direct heat brings out the sweet notes of the tomatillo. Cut into wedges, coat with oil, season lightly, and cook for just a couple minutes on each side. For a real summery dish, serve with warm tortillas, scallions, chile, and grilled shrimp or shredded chicken. Also try roasting, sautéing or stewing. Migliorelli Farm (IPM)

PS we're also throwing in a jalapeño or two
Red Potatoes These are good roasted or mashed. Redskins are delicate and thus cook more quickly than other types of potatoes. On the table in no time. Barber Farm (OG)
Kale Easy to cook and incredibly healthy. For a quick dish, cook kale for a minute in a pot of boiling water. Drain, squeeze out excess water, and sauté with olive oil and garlic for just a couple minutes. Remember to try kale chips if you haven't yet. Just strip the leaves off the stems, place in a plastic bag with a little oil and soy sauce mixture (by little we mean enough to lightly coat—worse thing you can do is add too much), shake the bag, and place in the oven at 280 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Ironwood Farm (OG)

How to Kale FEAR NOT THE FIBROUS LEAVES OF KALE, FRIENDS.


Watermelon Second to the tomato in lycopene-rich foods, watermelon is also full of anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants. A ripe melon will feel heavy for its size. Watermelon mixed with thinly sliced red onion, salt and black pepper makes a great warm weather salad.
Blacktail Mountain Green Mead Farm (OG)
Orchid watermelon Stewardship Farm (OG)
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. LETTUCE WRAPS! Markristo Farm (CO)

Additional Subscriptions

  • Herb & Allium: Vietnamese Coriander Common Hands (OG), Tropea Onions -beautiful red onions- Barber Farm (OG)
  • Fruit: White Sevelle Grapes Tousey Vineyards (FAM) 
  • Cheese: Parmesan Palatine Valley Dairy 
  • Bread: Semolina Cafe Le Perche
  • Pasta: Kale Pappardelle Knoll Crest 

Recipes
White Eggplant
Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Stacks
Smoky Eggplant Spread
Szechuan Spicy Eggplant
Leeks
Baked Penne with Cheddar and Leeks
Potato Leek Soup
Caramelized Leeks and Noodles
Sauteed Leek Greens
Buttered Leeks and Radishes
Irish Oatmeal Leek Soup
Tomatillos
Mini Tomatillo Empanadas
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Salsa Verde
Tomatillo Gazpacho
Red Potatoes
6 Ways to Prepare Redskin Potatoes
Oven-Roasted Herbed Redskin Potatoes—slip chopped shallots in the roasting pan and sprinkle with snipped chives right before serving.
Kale
Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums
Spicy Soy Kale Salad
Lemony Kale Salad
Tomato, Kale and Mozzarella Sandwich With Parsley
Baked Kale Chips
Grilled Kale
Kale Chips
Kenyan-Style Kale and Tomatoes

Storage
  • Tip: Any item you would cook, you can also freeze.
  • Pasta people! Keep it in the fridge 4-5 days or freeze it.
  • Any green needs to be as dry as possible, wrapped in a paper towel in a plastic bag and kept in the fridge crisper.
  • Potatoes can hang out in the pantry.
  • Leeks refrigerate 1-2 weeks. Don't wash until ready to use.
  • Tomatillos should last 2-3 weeks refrigerated in a paper bag. 
  • Eggplant: wrap in plastic and refrigerate. You can freeze it if you blanch medallions with water and lemon juice to keep from discoloring. 

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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