What's in the bag? SFF for Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Organic Fuerte Avocados From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

The Fuerte avocado is often recognized as the archetypal avocado, green in color, pear-like in shape, and ranging from six to twelve ounces in size. It has smooth, medium-thin skin that peels easily, with dense, pale green flesh. It is marginally oily with a rich, creamy flavor and notes of hazelnut, and it is still considered by many to be the best tasting avocado. Unlike most fruits, the avocado does not ripen on the tree and instead begins to ripen once harvested, and their sugar level actually decreases as they mature. Their skin remains green, and the fruit will yield to gentle pressure when ripe.  The creamy flesh of avocados is most often used raw, such as in salads or dips. It is advisable to avoid exposure to direct heat, such as broiling, and instead cook the avocados only briefly or add them at the end of long-cooked dishes. The high fat content of avocados combines well with acidic fruit and vegetables, such as citrus, tomatoes, and pineapple, as well as with acidic dressings. The flesh can even be used as a substitute for butter, served on toast or added to sandwiches. Try topping a chicken penne pasta dish with thick slices of Fuerte avocado just before serving, mashing a Fuerte avocado together with a little sour cream and lemon juice to spread on crackers, or making a tasty side salad by combining baby spinach leaves, slices of Fuerte avocado, roasted pecan nuts, and grilled pieces of prosciutto. Avocados should be stored at room temperature until ripe, as they will not continue to ripen when they are refrigerated. Whole ripe avocados will keep for two to three days in the refrigerator, while cut avocados will keep for just a day or two.

Organic Sweet MicroGreens From SALACIA FARMS, LINDON, UT

The emerging trend of using Microgreens to create delectable, vibrantly hued, garnishes to salads, sandwiches and soups has become a focus at Salacia Farms. They have worked with experts with more than 20 years of experience to perfect the art of growing these delicious and nutritious baby greens. Microgreens are tiny, tender, edible greens that germinate in soil or a soil substitute from the seeds of vegetables and herbs. Smaller than “baby greens,” and harvested later than “sprouts,” microgreens can provide a variety of leaf flavors, such as sweet and spicy. They are also known for their various colors and textures.   These greens are good for garnishing salads, soups, plates, and sandwiches.

Organic Golden Beets From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

The Gold beet is made up of both an edible root and edible leaves. The root is pale orange, swollen and globular, reaching sizes of up to four inches in diameter. The root's variegated golden-orange flesh is firm, earthy and sweetSteaming and roasting bring out the best flavor that the beet can offer. The skin must be peeled, which is easiest after it has cooked, as it simply slips away from its flesh. Beets pair well with cheese, bacon, apples, fennel, citrus, potatoes, shallots, vinegar, walnuts, smoked and cured fish. Beets will keep, refrigerated, for up to a week or longer if their tops are removed.

Organic Fennel Bulb From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

Native to the Mediterranean, fennel is highly aromatic with distinct flavors of anise.  Intense while raw but subtle when cooked – the bulb, stalks and fronds are all edible. It is used worldwide to create layers of flavor in cooking. Store fennel in the refrigerator loosely wrapped in a damp towel for several days. Fennel is a good source of Niacin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and rich in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Folate, Potassium and Manganese. A relative of dill and parsley, fennel is crunchy with hints of sweetness. The bulb, stalks, fronds, and seeds are all edible and all feature heavily in Mediterranean cooking. Fennel is highly aromatic with distinct flavors of anise; intense while raw but subtle when cooked, it is used worldwide to create layers of flavor in cooking. Store fennel in the refrigerator loosely wrapped in a damp towel for several days.  Fennel is a good source of essential minerals vitamin C and fiber. 

RECIPE: Beet, Fennel and Carrot Salad

Organic Orange Carrots From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

Carrots are thought to have originated in Iran and Afghanistan. A distant relative of parsley, fennel and dill, carrots were originally raised for their aromatic leaves and seeds. Although delicious and satisfying when raw, carrots are actually better for you after cooking – only about 3% of its valuable beta carotene is released when consumed raw! Instead, cook and serve with some oil or butter to access all that nutrition.  Keep wrapped in a bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Organic Fresh Herbs from COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

Herbs like mint, basil, and tarragon have long been prized throughout the world for their curative properties (mint for indigestion, basil for kidney problems, and tarragon for snake bites). This guide focuses on their culinary applications.

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ORGANIC POPPY COT APRICOTS FROM COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

Poppy Cot apricots are a white flesh apricot-plum hybrid, also known as an aprium. These inter-specific apricots are round, medium sized fruits, with a firm, smooth texture. Poppy Cot apricots have a medium thick skin, orange in color with a light blush where exposed to the sun. The pulp varies in color from cream to light orange, is moderately juicy, and boasts a desirable balanced sweet and acidic flavorPoppy Cot apricots are best for fresh eating out of hand or in dessert dishes. Complementary flavors include arugula, shallots, fennel, pistachios, almonds, white balsamic vinegar, honey, plain yogurt, berries, honeysuckle, and mild cheeses such as ricotta, Brie and mascarpone. Store at room temperature to allow ripening then store in the refrigerator for only a few days.

RECIPE:Avocado Apricot Salad

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POCO DOLCE 81% BAR

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Marinated Goat Cheese from Meredith Dairy in Victoria, Australia

Soft, spreadable goat cheese, marinated in blended Australian Extra Virgin Olive oil, Garlic and Herbs. This luxurious cheese is incredibly addictive and very versatile. This product is the most awarded of all Australian goat cheeses.

Serving tips: Serve with roasted vegetables, salads, on crusty bread or with antipasto accompanied with a crisp dry white wine.

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Fresh Local Eggs From CLIFFORD FAMILY FARMS, Provo, UT

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DRAKE FAMILY FARMS PLAIN CHEVRE from West Valley, UT

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Mary's Organic ChickenThighs, + DRAKE FAMILY FARMS PLAIN CHEVRE from West Valley, UT

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Mary's Organic Chicken Breasts + DRAKE FAMILY FARMS PLAIN CHEVRE from West Valley, UT

RECIPE:Goat Cheese, Apricot, and Sage-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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