Organic Spring Garlic, PRIMAVERA, Vista, CA
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 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 spring garlic wrapped in a bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Organic Motley Kale (blend of Dino, Red Russian and Redbor Kale,) TANGO, California
Kale belongs to the same super food family as cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, and is considered one of the healthiest and most nutritionally dense vegetables.
Redbor is a curly kale with a mild sweet flavor. Long simmering brings out its distinct flavor and a delicious broth to combine with sausage or beans and to sop up with bread.
Dino kale also known as Lacinato or Tuscan kale is robust and hearty with an unusual blue-black hue and a fun "prehistoric" look. Add to soups and stews for complex flavor and a boost of nutrition.
Russian Red Kale is exceptionally hearty, thick and savory. Remove the thickest stems before cooking and discard. Use Russian Red as a complement to grilled steaks and chops.
Store Kale only a few days in the refrigerator, lightly wrapped in damp towels. Kale should always be rinsed and drained well before cooking.
Organic Rutabaga, COKE FARMS, San Juan Bautista, CA
The root vegetable rutabaga developed as a cross between turnips and wild cabbage. With a delicious peppery sweetness grated raw in salad or slaws, or a warm creaminess when roasted or sautéed, rutabagas are a staple of traditional Northern European cuisine.
About the size of a grapefruit and colored shades of light yellow and purple, rutabagas will last several weeks stored unwrapped in a cool, dark place. Rich in minerals such as calcium and potassium, before cooking remove the skin with a vegetable peeler or sharp knife.
The International Rutabaga Curling Championship takes place annually at the Ithaca (Greece) Farmers' Market on the last day of the market season.
Organic Black Radish, COKE FARMS, San Juan Bautista, CA.
Radishes were first grown in the Americas in 1629 by the Pilgrims. Historically radishes have been a significant cultivated food crop through most AD European history and as well as grown in ancient Egypt and China.
Black radishes have a dull, dark brown or black skin and a smooth crisp interior, and can grow as large as a turnip. With a vibrant and peppery bite, radishes can add liveliness to any salad or raw dish, or slice and sauté in olive oil as a tasty side dish.
Remove any radish greens (cook right away as you would any other bitter green), and then store unwashed radishes in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Organic Broccoli, BONPACK, Chowchilla, CA.
America's most popular green vegetable, broccoli is a nutritious addition to any meal. Available year round, but seasonally sweetest in early spring and late fall, broccoli has a clean, bright, and crisp flavor. Rich in Vitamins C & K, plus folate, fiber and many minerals, use broccoli raw in crudités or as a quick snack, added to pasta or on top of pizza, or simply steamed and served with a little fresh lemon to assist your body in absorbing all those healthy nutrients. A member of the cruciferous family known for its anticancer properties, store broccoli loosely wrapped in the fridge for several days.
Vegetarian: Local Honey, Clifford Family Farm, Provo, UT
Omni: Local Honey, Clifford Family Farm, Provo, UT, and Liberty Heights Fresh own Frody's Mild Italian Sausage (2-pack) made from Christiansen Family Farm locally raised sustainable Berkshire Pork.
Omni Plus: Local Honey, Clifford Family Farm, Provo, UT, and Liberty Heights Fresh own Frody's Mild Italian Sausage (4-pack) made from Christiansen Family Farm locally raised sustainable Berkshire Pork.
Extra Fruit: Murcott Tangerines, Tule Specialty, Porterville, CA
Organic certification is provided by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). CCOF has been helping to create and maintain extremely high standards in organic farming since 1973.