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Theme: This Isn't Your Mother's Iceberg

Fourth of July is a time for remembering and eating… and remembering eating, and so we bring you food nostalgia in the form of iceberg lettuce. Once the ONLY lettuce, this maligned ball of crunch has taken quite a fall from its position in the ‘30s as an icon of ingenuity and in the ‘70s as the symbol of the Salad Bowl Strike, the largest farm worker strike in history. Iceberg lettuce got its name and its glamour from the marketing savvy of Bruce Church, founder of Fresh Express. He shipped lettuce in trains from west to east year-round by packing heads of lettuce in ice. The trains would arrive to cheers of “the icebergs are coming” as encouraged by Mr. Church’s clever campaign. Wedges of iceberg were soon found year-round on plates, particularly at upscale steakhouses.

Our iceberg this week, however, isn’t your mother’s iceberg. Much more green than white, it is a New York State heirloom variety called Deuce that delivers crunch and nutrition.

Old-timey Lettuce Salad
Lettuce hearts
1 clove garlic
1/4 teaspoonful dry mustard
1 saltspoonful salt
1 saltspoonful paprika
3 tablespoonfuls vinegar
Olive oil
3 tablespoonfuls Roquefort cheese
2 hard-cooked eggs

"Place the lettuce hearts in a salad bowl which has been rubbed over with the cut clove of garlic. Mix together the mustard, salt, paprika, vinegar, and beat in olive oil until thick; then gradually add the cheese and the hard-cooked yolks of eggs rubbed through a sieve. Pour over the lettuce and serve garnished with the whites of eggs." Neil, Marion Harris. Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing Dish Recipes. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1916, p. 214.

Here are some handy mushroom tips!
Storage: Keep in a loosely closed paper bag in the refrigerator. Cooked mushrooms can be frozen -- just sauté them in oil or butter for a few minutes and then place in a container.
Tips: Most edible mushrooms can be eaten cooked or raw, though Shiitake mushrooms in particular are best cooked. Mushroom stems are edible though you may want to remove parts if they are too woody. Mushroom stalks make great stock! Brush the dirt off the mushrooms and, if you must, use as little water as possible as mushrooms absorb water. On the topic of dirt…
Our Motto: Dirt is Good, No Dirt No Food. We do not wash the produce you receive. We deliver it to you exactly as it comes from the farm, which means that most of the time it is rinsed. Most vegetables do best if they are not washed until you are ready to eat them. However, some farms do triple wash their loose greens.

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Iceberg Lettuce
Fledging Crow Farm (OG)

A variety of lettuce with crisp leaves which grows in a spherical head resembling cabbage, Iceberg lettuce has a mild flavor and firm, crunchy texture, making it a good choice for salads and sandwiches. It also lasts a long time in the refrigerator, making it an economical choice since it minimizes spoilage and waste.

8 Iceberg Lettuce Recipes
Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce
50 Salad Dressing Recipes
Portabella Mushrooms
Bulich Mushroom Farm (OG)

The Portabella is the prime rib of the vegetable world! Tastes fabulous grilled—brush with olive oil, add garlic or soy sauce if you like, then grill for about 3-5 minutes on each side. Can also be eaten raw.

Grilled Portabella Mushrooms Stuffed with Leeks & Spinach
Pan-Seared Portabella Mushrooms
Sautéed Portabella with Balsamic and Butter Sauce 
Ziti with Portabella Mushrooms
Swiss Chard
Barber's Farm (OG)

Cooked chard is a great stand-in for spinach. The stems can be steamed or grilled like asparagus. While Swiss Chard is naturally bitter, cooking mellows the flavor. Unless the stems are tender, remove them and just prepare the leaves. You can prepare chard in a jiffy by sautéing it in olive oil with some garlic—toss in some chili for a little zip.

Swiss Chard with Olives and Lemon
Asian Style Swiss Chard
Grilled Tomato, Mozzarella and Swiss Chard Wraps
Garlicky Sautéed Swiss Chard
Red and Green Kohlrabi
Rexcroft Farm (IPM)

Shockingly sweet, the key to Kohlrabi is peeling away the skin and any hard layers until you reach the light layer of crisp flesh. Kohlrabi can be eaten raw, boiled, roasted, mashed, and fried. It can also be stuffed, steamed, or added to soups.

Kohlrabi Fritters
Butter Braised Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi Soup
Kohlrabi Fries — Trust us, your children will thank you for making these!
Kohlrabi Slaw
17 Kohlrabi Recipes

Green Kale or Red Russian Kale
Fledging Crow Farm (OG)

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!
How to Kale
Tuscan Kale Caesar Slaw
Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums
Spicy Soy Kale Salad
Lemony Kale Salad
Tomato, Kale and Mozzarella Sandwich With Parsley
Grilled Kale
Kale Chips
Kenyan-Style Kale and Tomatoes
Juniper Hill Farm (CO)

Also commonly referred to as "rocket", arugula has a rich, peppery taste. Raw or wilted arugula tastes fantastic on pizza. Makes for a delicious pesto, especially if you mix with basil and/or parsley.

Wilted Arugula
Arugula Pesto
Warm Bean and Arugula Salad
Mixed Citrus and Arugula Salad

Additional Subscriptions

  • Herb & Allium: Scallions and Parsley from Letterbox Farm (OG)
  • Fruit: Sour Cherries from Love Apple Farm (IPM)
  • Cheese: Andes from Vulto Creamery
  • Bread: Cinnamon Twist from Bread Alone
  • Pasta: Traditional Radiatore from Flour City Pasta (CO)
  • 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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