What's in the bag? SFF for Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Organic Spring Garlic From SANDHILL FARMS, Eden, UT

Spring garlic also known as “green garlic” is the immature bulb and stalk of traditional garlic. If left in the ground, it will grow into a full garlic bulb. With a tall and lanky stalk, a petite and soft bulb, the entire plant is edible. Resembling a scallion, spring garlic is available for just a few weeks’ time in the early spring. Use in place of traditional garlic, or to add depth and a hint of sweetness to salsas, soups, or any sauté. Store wrapped in a bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.  

Organic Lemon Balm from SANDHILL FARMS, Eden, UT

Lemon balm is grown for its aromatic heart-shaped and toothed leaves. When simply touched, pressed or bruised they releases an intense lemon fragrance. Fresh leaves reveal a sweet lemon zest taste with a hint of mint. During summer months the plant matures and small white flowers full of nectar appear. This nectar is harvested by bees for honey making. Lemon balm honey produces citrus flavors with mint undertones, much like the leaves it is derived from. Lemon balm is a strong, aromatic herb used commonly to infused oils, teas, syrups and sauces. It may be prepared fresh, or dried and crushed for rubs and dry seasoning. Pair the strong flavor of lemon balm with more mild tastes such as seafood, honey, citrus, summer squash and cucumber. Keep cool and dry until ready to use.

RECIPE: Citrus Beet Salad with Lemon Balm Pesto Recipe

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. 

Organic 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 Escarole or Romaine From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA

A member of the chicory family, escarole is characterized by its dark green curly outer leaves with a distinct bitterness, that reveal increasingly lighter and sweeter leaves inside. The heartier outer leaves are perfect for braising or in soups, while the more tender inner leaves are the perfect addition to salads. Escarole is a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamins A, C & K Folate, Calcium and Iron. As a dark, leafy green, Escarole is packed with antioxidants and beta-Carotene and believed to have similar anti-cancer properties to Kale and Spinach. Store loosely wrapped escarole in damp paper towels in a bag in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.  Romaine is a member of the daisy family Compositae which, although the second largest family of flowering plants, contributes only a few food plants (including also chicory, endive, escarole and dandelion). It is a cultivar of the common lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and is distinguished by an elongated head; dark green, long, narrow, crisp, stiff leaves and a coarse texture, with a distinctive rib almost to the tip of the leaf. These thick ribs, especially on the older outer leaves, have a milky fluid which is unpleasant, so they should not be used, nor should the leaf-tips, which can be bitter. (Although actually, these dark green outer leaves are the most nutritious). The interior leaves are paler in color, and more delicate in flavor. There is also a milder tasting variety with red tipped leaves and, a sweet romaine, which is even sweeter than regular romaine.

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.

UPGRADES:

Fruit Upgrade:

Arizona Grown Valencia Oranges

The Valencia orange is a large orange variety with a smooth and pebbled surface and a semi thick fragrant skin that is quite easy to peel. Its flesh, when ripe, is supremely sweet, juicy and tender. Though Valencia oranges' primary usage is for juicing, they are also used for fresh eating as well.   Slightly more acidic than the navel orange, it has only a few seeds. Valencia oranges continue to ripen after harvest; the longer this popular orange ripens, the sweeter the taste.

AND Arizona Grown Grapefruit

Most people enjoy grapefruit fresh as a snack or for breakfast. Slice them in half and scoop out the halved sections with a spoon, or peel like an orange and divide into sections. Grapefruit juice is also delicious, and the fruit can be used in salad recipes, with seafood, or in sauces. The best grapefruits are firm, have smooth skins, and are heavy for their size. They should smell slightly sweet. Store them at room temperature for a week or in the refrigerator crisper for up to three weeks.

Chocolate Upgrade:

CHOCOLATE CONSPIRACY MACA BAR

Cheese Upgrade:

Brillat-Savarin From France

Brillat-Savarin is a triple cream dessert cheese with a bloomy rind and an interior paste that is buttery-white in colour. The texture is dense, moist, and slightly chalky with enough lusciousness and creaminess for a triple cream cheese. Flavours are of butter, salt and cream with hints of mushroom, nuts and truffles.

Egg Upgrade:

Fresh Local Eggs from CLIFFORD FAMILY FARMS in Provo, UT

Vegetarian Upgrade:

CAVE AGED GRUYERE FROM SWITZERLAND

RECIPE: Spring Tart with Bacon, Leeks, Green Garlic, and Gruyere

Omnivore Upgrade:

Andouille Sausage From D'Artagnan in Union, NJ + CAVE AGED GRUYERE FROM SWITZERLAND

Omnivore Plus Upgrade:

Ham Steak from NIMAN RANCH in Alameda, CA CAVE AGED GRUYERE FROM SWITZERLAND

Paleo Upgrade:

Ham Steak from NIMAN RANCH in Alameda, CA and Andouille Sausage From D'Artagnan in Union, NJ + Fresh Local Eggs From CLIFFORD FAMILY FARMS in Provo, UT

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