Organic Russian Red Kale, SHINGAI, San Juan Bautista, CA
Red Russian Kale can survive even a cold, Russian winter. Hardy yet delicate, the pretty, frilly leaves show a beautiful silvery green and purple hue, contrasting to the often deep red stems. No amount of cooking will make the stems soft, so it is best to remove them before cooking! Rinse well before using. Store loosely wrapped in the refrigerator, for about 3 days.
Russian Red is thick, chewy, and full of flavor. Blanch in salted water, then sauté in olive oil or butter with pancetta as an excellent pair to smoky grilled sausages or lamb.
Organic Red Onion, LILLY'S, San Juan Bautista, CA
A storage or "dry onion," red onions are sufficiently sweet to be eaten raw as a colorful addition to salads, or work nicely sautéed or grilled. Finely dice red onions to add a sweet crunch to raw sauces, or use as the base for almost all full flavored dishes. Onions, when cooked with garlic, round out the flavor and provide needed depth to slow-cooked dishes. Store out of the fridge in a cool dark place for several weeks.
Organic Purple Potatos, HEIRLOOM ORGANIC GARDENS, Hollister, CA
Moderately starchy, purple potatoes add a pop of color to recipes that call for traditional white potatoes. Roast, bake, boil or fry into chips for a pretty side dish.
With a deep, dusty purple-violet color, purple potatoes are more nutrient dense than white potatoes, due to the presence of anthocyanin, an antioxidant thought to boost the immune system and assist in fighting some cancers.
Purple potatoes are a century's old staple in a Peruvian, Ecuadorian and Bolivian cuisine.
Organic Anaheim Peppers, CATALAN FAMILY FARM, Hollister, CA
Anaheim chiles are also known as Chiles Colorado. With a bright green thick flesh and long shape, Anaheims are most commonly used to make Chile Rellenos, but also are wonderful in any dish that calls for a mild, sweet chile. Anaheims are especially delicious roasted in the oven or on a grill.
Anaheim Chiles were so named in the late 19th century when farmer Emilio Ortega brought seeds of the chile to Anaheim, California where he opened a pepper cannery. The pepper is actually just a transplanted New Mexico green chile, which grows larger in the milder California climate.
Organic Purple Bell Peppers, CATALAN FAMILY FARM, San Juan Bautista, CA
Purple peppers achieve their vibrant purple hue from a pigment called anthocyanin, which also give it high antioxidant properties. With the typical "bell" shape and crunchy flesh, purple peppers can be used in any recipe that calls for bell peppers, although the flavor will be closer to green peppers and slightly less sweet than its red, yellow or orange brothers.
Additional Fruit: Zee Lady Peaches, ALLRED FAMILY ORCHARDS, Payson, UT
Vegetarian: Goat's Milk Yogurt, DRAKE FAMILY FARMS, West Jordan, UT
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.