JAPANESE TURNIPS From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
This sweet turnip is delicious raw. It doesn’t even need to be peeled, but can be simply scrubbed, sliced, and enjoyed. , these quick growing, pretty little globe-shaped roots have crisp, pearly-white flesh. Enjoy their mild flavor sliced up for green salads and crunchy snacks or quickly stirfry, sauté or roast them whole in the oven – they cook in minutes. Mikado’s tasty and nutritious tops make fine cooked greens.
RECIPE: Japanese Turnips with Miso
Organic Rainbow Chard From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
Considered to be one of the more healthful and nutrient dense vegetables, chard is a vibrant and fun winter green to add to soups, stews and sautés. Any tough stems and ribs should be removed and cooked separately or discarded. Rich in Vitamins A & C, iron and protein, chards grows best in a cooler growing season. Wrap loosely in damp towels and store for two to three days in the refrigerator. While all chard leaves are green, the stems and ribs can vary from pale white to bright orange to fuchsia or deep red. Chard was given the name “Swiss Chard” to distinguish it from several varieties of spinach in early French seed catalogues. Considered to be one of the more healthful and nutrient dense vegetables, chard is ideal for steaming or sautéing, or added to soups or pastas. The crisp stems should be removed and cooked separately. In season in late spring and early winter, chard is rich in Vitamins A, C & K plus fiber, iron and protein. Wrap loosely in damp towels and store for two to three days in the refrigerator.
RECIPE: Lemon-Garlic Rainbow Chard
White Sweet Corn From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
White corn is a sweet corn variety. Its ear is wrapped in layered green to white husks. Both the kernels and milk of white corn are white in color. It has a very high percentage of sugar and water in the composition of the kernels. When at its prime (the milking stage) the kernels will be tender, sweet and succulent. As the ear matures the water decreases, the sugar turns to starch and the kernels become tough with a doughy consistency. At its prime milk stage, the less time white corn is cooked, the better the flavor and texture. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil; carefully add husked ears; cook or steam until desired tenderness. Steaming preserves flavor, but takes longer. To grill, the ears may be soaked in water in the husks to prevent burning, but will have a steamed taste rather than a grilled flavor. Cook directly on the grill without husks about three minutes on each side. Brush with melted butter while grilling over medium heat. Flavor with a spicy chili-flavored butter for a snappy change of pace. Corn is best used immediately after purchase because its sugar rapidly turns to starch.
Organic Basil From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
Native to Asia and Africa, basil is now cultivated worldwide and year round. It was brought to Europe from traders in the 16th century and then to the Americas in the 17th century. A member of the Lamiaceae family, basil is a cousin to mint, rosemary, thyme and oregano. Highly aromatic, basil’s flavor has notes of fresh citrus, with warm spicy flavors of clove and cinnamon. Basil has also been historical used as a digestive aide. Enjoy whole leaves with fresh slices of tomato and mozzarella cheese in a lovely summer Caprese salad, toss with warm pasta or serve on pizza, or puree with pine nuts and Parmesan to make a delicious pesto. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Organic Zucchini From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
Although most would identify zucchini as a vegetable, it is actually a fruit. Native to the Americas and growing as long as three feet in some instances, zucchini has a delicate flavor with mildly sweet and floral notes. With both potassium, fiber and Vitamin A, use zucchini grated into muffins or breads, sliced raw on salads, or lightly steamed and topped with butter for an easy kid-friendly side. Store zucchini in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Organic Porcelain Garlic From COKE FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
Porcelain garlic bulbs are an heirloom variety with thick parchment like wrappers hiding fat cloves. A hard neck garlic variety, the flavor is generally more pronounced and “hotter” than other garlics. Store in a cool dry place for up to a month.
Organic Red Raspberries From SWEET ORGANICS, Sweet, ID
Raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, folate, iron, potassium, antioxidants and disease-fighting ellagic acid. Ellagitannins, a family of compounds almost exclusive to the raspberry, are reported to have anti-cancer activity and contribute to the raspberry’s antioxidant power. They are also a great source of fiber, which has been found to lower cholesterol levels. The beautiful red color is from anthocyanins, an antioxidant. Fresh raspberries are fragile and highly perishable. Keep them in your refrigerator and use within two days. Avoid washing raspberries before serving. Instead, gently spray with a fine mist to avoid crushing them.
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BEEMSTER GOAT GOUDA FROM THE NETHERLANDS
The Netherlands was once a swampy area, and in 1608 the Dutch started reclaiming land from the sea creating polders. In 2007, Beemster began making a premium goat's milk cheese, made with milk from just 11 farms. With a snappy clean taste, this handmade goat gouda will occupy a creamy place in both your heart and palette.