Organic Baby Red Beets From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
Sweet, earthy and colorful, baby red beets are a member of the Chenopodiaceae family, along with carnations, chard, spinach, and Venus fly traps. The deep rich color is due to betalain pigments, which are also thought to support the body's detoxification process. However, betalians are very heat sensitive; cook the roots until just fork tender. The beet roots are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber and many essential minerals. The leafy greens are rich in beta-carotene, iron and calcium. To best store beets, remove and use the beet greens as soon as possible, leaving about a 1 inch stem on the beet roots. Keep the greens no more than 1 or 2 days, wrapped loosely in damp paper towels and refrigerated. Roots will keep for more than 1 week in a bag in the fridge. Before handling either cooked or raw beets, we recommend wearing rubber gloves to avoid staining of your hands.
Organic Green Kale From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
Kale is a boon to lovers of year-round fresh green vegetables! In season during the coldest of months, kale makes a healthy addition soups or stews and as a sautéed side dish. Unlike the current popular vegetable cooking of today, kale is best when well-cooked (not al dente.) Store Kale only a few days in the refrigerator, lightly wrapped in damp towels. Use kale quickly; its bitter flavors develop the longer it is stored. Wash thoroughly before use to remove dirt and grit. When preparing for quick cooking, always remember to remove any tough ribs and stems first.
Organic Red Little Gem Lettuce From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
Little gems lettuces are a head style lettuce and a member of the Romaine family. Red Little Gems have pretty Bordeaux colored leaves on the outside to reveal a light green heart. The red outside leaves have a tender and buttery texture, while the inside leaves are more crunchy and succulent, all with no bitterness. Use as a filling in wraps or on sandwiches or Little Gems shine in salads – they pair well with both hearty creamy sauces and lighter vinaigrettes, can stand up to rich oils or strong cheeses, or shine with light sweet fruit. Store loosely wrapped in the fridge for 3 – 4 days.
Organic Leeks From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
Sometimes called the poor man’s asparagus, leeks are delicate, sweet and succulent. Abundant in the fall and winter, leeks make an excellent addition to soups and stews. They easily serve as a partial substitute for onions in many recipes to add depth and a more subtle nuanced flavor. Leeks pair especially well with fish dishes. Leeks are a member of the garlic and onion family, and are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese, as well as a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Iron and Magnesium. Store leeks for 4 or 5 days in the refrigerator, loosely wrapped in a damp towel in a plastic bag. Leave untrimmed until just before use.
For smaller sized leeks, trim off all of the roots just at the base of the stem. Cut off the tops, but leave several inches of the tender green leaves. Remove the very outer leaves, and then gently separate to rinse in cold water to rinse out any dirt or sand. For larger leeks, cut lengthwise in half before rinsing.
SPRING LETTUCE MIX From SALACIA FARMS, LINDON, UT
A mixture of small, young salad greens, herbs and edible flowers. The greens are a mixture of textures and sweet, spicy and bitter flavors. Among the greens commonly found in the mixture are arugula, dandelion, frisée, mizuma, mâche, radicchio, oak leaf, endive and sorrel. Spring mix is also known as mesclun, mesculum, field greens, spring salad mix, spring mix or field greens. When wrapped in plastic and stored in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator, the greens will stay fresh for a week.
Organic Meyer Lemons From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
The hybrid Meyer Lemon is a cross between a standard lemon and a Mandarin Orange. The result is a sweeter and less acidic citrus with a deep brilliant yellow skin. Meyer Lemons juice is especially suited for making lemonade and in cocktails. Or use in salad dressings, marinades, baking, or in any recipe that calls for fresh lemon. Store Meyer Lemons in a bag in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Organic Strawberries From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
In peak sweet season from April to June, strawberries are considered a nutrient dense super fruit due to their high levels of Vitamin C, potent antioxidants, and potassium. While commonly enjoyed raw as a snack, sliced onto cereal, and in a multitude of desserts, strawberries may also add sweetness and acidity to salads and are perfect in smoothies. Store strawberries unwashed in the fridge for up to two to three days. Strawberries are thought to be so named as, after picking, they were stored in straw lined baskets.
And Organic Blueberries From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
In terms of U.S. fruit consumption, blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries. Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. They are also high in Vitamins K and C, as well as Manganese. Don't wash berries until right before eating as washing will remove the bloom that protects the berries.
Bar of Choice
AMOUR DE BRILLAT TRUFFE From France
Triple-cream enriched, soft complex and flavourful; lined with black truffle, Heart shaped. Brillat-Savarin pairs well with Pale Ale and Champagne and sometimes with a Domaine Chandon Rosé or a Viognier.