Your weekly update on what's cookin' in your Field Goods bag. Overview of contents, plus recipe suggestions for your perusing pleasure. 
Theme: Mind Your Peas and Cukes
 
Genius pun, right? We've got more peas for you this week from right here in the Hudson Valley. Nothing like fresh peas on a summer day, and cucumber to keep you cool, well, as a cucumber. For Shelling Peas: After you shell these peas, do not eat the shells! They're too tough to eat, so we like to save them for stock instead. We consider it a travesty to eat these any way but raw. If you feel you must cook them, put in boiling water for just a couple of minutes or they become dis-peas-ing... Peas and mint pair well together. Melt butter, then mix in finely chopped mint and add to peas. Sugar Snaps: Sugar snap peas are all about texture, sweetness and crunch. They don’t take long to cook—1 to 2 minutes max. Resist overcooking—you’ll end up with sad, limp peas. Cut your snaps in thirds crosswise, or halve lengthwise on a long diagonal. Cut them before or after steaming. If boiling, cut them afterwards or else the tumbling action of boiling water will free the peas from their pods. For a super quick fix, loosely cover, put in microwave for 30 seconds +/-, add a bit of butter. Enjoy raw for a snack.
In The Store & News
Heads Up: Next Sunday July 14th we will be launching some new features on our website. The website will not be available for several hours Sunday morning. If you have bookmarked the ACCOUNT page, you will need to delete that and bookmark the new account page.
Foodies/Writers/Bloggers! Check out these retreats in Rensselaerville w/ important people Bread, Potions & Pie (7/11-13) & Food Media Bootcamp (7/17-20)
Portobello Mushrooms
Assorted Cheeses
POPCORN ON THE COB (TA-DA!)
HEADLINE NEWS! CANOLA OIL WRONGLY ACCUSED
Word is all canola oil is bad -- so wrong.  Our canola oil is a very healthy alternative to the stuff in the store, which is crazy processed with hexane & other scary stuff. This is expeller pressed, unrefined oil that's absolutely healthy!
There's sunflower & canola oil in our grocery (canola sale!)
 

Bonita Squash aka Grey Zucchini A smallish heat restistant zucchini squash that possesses a delicious flavor, Grey Zucchini has been a favorite of vegetable gardeners since the 1950’s. This type of zuke is often found in the Southwest and Mexico, but was grown here by Rexcroft Farm (IPM)
Cucumbers Slice cucumbers thinly and toss with vinegar, olive oil, shallots and salt & pepper for a beautiful, cool summer dish. Add in chives, dill or parsley. Barber Farm (OG)
Shelling Peas Do not eat the shells! Eat these raw, they're perfect. Migliorelli Farm (IPM)
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. Markristo Farm (CO)
Carrots are the best. You love carrots. Everyone does. Munch on them with homemade ranch dressing. Kilpatrick Family Farm (CO)
Blueberries A sweet, simple snack. Greig Farm (OG)
Spring Candy Onions are sweeter, milder onions, though not quite as tooth-achey as their name implies when used raw. Spring onions come with the stalks which you can use like giant chives or scallions. These are phenomenal if roasted or put on the grill wrapped in foil and butter--incredibly sweet! Barber Farm (OG)

Additional Subscriptions

  • Herb & Allium: Parsley & Dill Pleasant Valley Farm (OG), Candy Onions Barber Farm (OG)
  • Fruit: Blueberries Greig Farm (OG)
  • Cheese: Hudson Gold Cheddar Nuggets Twin Maple Farms
  • Bread: Sourdough Cafe Le Perche
  • Pasta: Lemon Basil Orecchiette Knoll Crest 

Recipes
Squash & Zucchini
Squash Ribbons
Roasted Summer Squash
Summer Squash Sauté
Zucchini Boats
Grilled Sliced Grey Zucchini
Zucchini Parmesan Crisps
Spinach
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Spinach with Nutmeg and Lemon
Garlic Sauteed Spinach
Blueberries
Blueberry Muffins
Peas
Snap Peas with Fresh Mint and Whipped Ricotta English Peas with Mint
Fresh Pea Salad
Snow peas with toasted almonds
Garlic stir-fried snow peas & pea greens
Spicy snow pea & sesame stir-fry
Fresh snow pea salad with pancetta & pecorino
Cucumbers
Tomato Cucumber Salad
Cucumber and Mint Salad
Easy Chilled Cucumber Soup
Cucumber Avocado Salsa
Cucumber Noodles and Peanut Sauce
Herby Cucumber Salad
Storage
  • Tip: Any item you would cook, you can also freeze.
  • Pasta people! Keep it in the fridge 4-5 days or freeze it.
  • On the peas: don't want to wash until use. 
  • Any green needs to be as dry as possible, wrapped in a paper towel in a plastic bag and kept in the fridge crisper.

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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