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Produce List for Friday December 1st

Posted 11/28/2017 12:55pm by Natalie Kujala.

Hello from Taylor’s brain and fingers today. Our production coordinator is busy planning with the growers for the 2018 growing season. This process will go on for a while, but it is good for us to start early. We are all excited for what this year has to bring. I am still on a Thanksgiving day roll (ha, bread, get it?), I guess. This time of year, I have some time off from work, so I have been cooking up a storm. I have been cooking far too often, which is out of relation to the number of people with whom I share a home. The things we cannot eat within a reasonable time, I have been putting in the freezer. I may start bringing in dishes to share at the coop!

HIGHLIGHTS:  

HICKORY NUTS IN SHELLS: There are a good number of species of hickory nuts, but over ten are native to the northeastern United States. I do not have much luck shelling these beauties, but I am told there is a pressure point on the top of the nut (near the stem) that when struck causes an even split.  

RUTABAGAS: These originated as a cross between the cabbage and the turnip. For most, the carving season has passed. I read that in the British Isles, they have long carved rutabagas and turnips to ward off evil spirits.

PURPLE TOP TURNIPS: With these cold nights, I have been thinking non-stop about rutabagas and their cousin, the turnip. The purple color usually shades the portion that is above the ground on this root vegetable. I recently saw that some people even add purple top turnips to their macaroni and cheese recipes. I will have to try that recipe with my family.

WATERMELON RADSHES: My go to hummus scooper. I usually have a bowl in the fridge with just cut up watermelon radishes, so that I am always ready to go. In almost everything I eat, I like to have a kick, which makes these beauties perfect for the job. Maybe tomorrow, I will have to take it to the next level. I am planning to make some hummus, so maybe I will roast some watermelon radishes to puree into the mixture! I am already thinking of more things to go into my freezer.  

GREENS REMINDER: We are still experiencing a lull in greens. With the change in season, head lettuces and bunched greens are coming to an end, but do not despair! Many of our growers plant fall and winter greens in their greenhouses, tunnels, and hoop houses, so salad mixes will return. Quickly, we are seeing the return of baby spinach!  

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK. PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.  

*Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – DE *Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms– PA *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm – MA  *Kiwi Berry Organics –PA *Porter Farms – NY *South Tex Organics – TX        

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