Eat more vegetables.
Theme: Squash/Zucchini Blossoms & Bee Alert

Seldom seen in American grocery stores, squash blossoms make a generous appearance in many countries, especially Italy, where they are often stuffed and deep-fried. In Mexico, squash blossoms are called flores de calabaza and can be found in everything from soups to quesadillas! To prepare, gently rinse, open the petals, shake out the pollen, and remove the pistil. These babies are easy to stuff--think cheese, mushrooms, and peppers. Zucchini blossoms can also be eaten raw and thrown in salads for a beautiful, healthy garnish. Still not sure where to start? Scroll down to check out our squash blossom ideas and recipes.

Did you know? Bees are the prime pollinators of one-third of all crops worldwide. Honeybees’ pollination services are estimated to be worth $10 billion to $15 billion a year. Scientists have noted a sharpening decline in bee population in combo with poor bee health. Here's how you can help: wild flowers! Honeybees need varied diets just like we do. For our region, good stuff to plant and scatter includes thistle, milkweed, wild geranium, goldenrod, and wild bergamot. Keep our bee buddies buzzin'!
BEE ALERT! In the past, we've gotten some intel that the zucchini blossoms may have slumbering bees in them. The blossoms are picked early in the morning when the cool air makes the bee sleepy. Talk about farm fresh! These blossoms are so good the bees don't wanna give 'em up.
Bring your bag to a Free-Bee Zone and gently shake the bag. Open the bag and let the bee make its escape so it can go back to work saving the planet.

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Cassaday Farms (IPM)

A staple that can easily be played up. For a quick dish, sauté with soy sauce, oil, garlic and almonds. We like roasting broccoli with a few chiles and a bit of lemon…yum. Store unwashed broccoli in a plastic bag. You should keep it dry.

How to Cook Broccoli
Roast Broccoli with Lemon
Pureed Broccoli Soup (cream optional)
Broccoli with Parmesan Sauce
Sautéed Asian Broccoli
Broccoli Olive Pasta

Whistledown Farm (CO)

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.

5 Ways to Use Lettuce Besides Salads and Sandwiches
50 Salad Dressing Recipes
Apple Cider Vinegar
Little Tree Orchards (IPM)

Fresh-pressed apple cider from the orchards, fermented into a delicious vinegar! Add to dressings for tremendous health benefits, and explore entertaining (and useful!) alternatives.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette
5 Drink Recipes with Apple Cider Vinegar
40 (Alternative) Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
Zucchini Blossoms
Rexcroft Farm (IPM)

A delicate Italian favorite that is often fried. Learn more up top in this week's theme! Storage: Like all edible flowers, use as soon as possible.

Five Ways to Eat Squash Blossoms
Italian Fried Squash Blossoms
Stuffed and Fried Squash Blossoms
Squash Blossom, Lettuce, and Avocado Salad
Squash Blossom Tortillas

Napa Cabbage
Rexcroft Farm (IPM)

There is nothing better than roasted Napa Cabbage. Drizzle a mixture of soy sauce and oil over cabbage sliced into thin discs, sprinkle with red pepper, and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Keep cooking until discs become crunchy. Anything you can do with regular cabbage you can do with Napa!

Stir-Fried Cabbage
Napa Cabbage Rolls
Asian Slaw
Green Beans
Cassaday Farms (IPM)

These cook in under 10 minutes. Add lemon, garlic and butter. Easy. Do not wash until ready to use. You can freeze green beans—blanch for 3 minutes, plunge in cold water for 3 minutes, drain, drop in a plastic bag, and in the freezer they go.

Garlic Lemon Green Beans
Braised Green Beans and Summer Vegetables
Herbed Green Beans with Feta
Pesto Green Beans and Tomatoes
Summer Green Bean Salad

Additional Subscriptions

  • Herb & Allium: Garlic Scapes, Sorrel, and Dill from Sparrowbush Farm (OG)
  • Fruit: Sour Cherries from Fix Brothers Farm (FAM)
  • Cheese: Cheddar from Palatine Cheese
  • Bread: Roasted Garlic Country White from Cafe Le Perche
  • Pasta: Bon Vivant Orzo from Flour City Pasta (CO)
  • Yogurt: Whole Milk 32 Ounces from North Country Creamery (OG)

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  • 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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