Weekly Availability List

Posted 1/17/2017 12:17pm by Emily Best.

Inauguration DC update: We will be delivering as per usual for customers in DC as we have heard from many of you that plan to be open (and busy)!  Please note: we may have more difficulties than usual with traffic. We will be able to predict our times a little better on Thursday PM and if any timeslots are much different than usual, we will be in touch with you directly.  

Did any of you see Natalie at FHCASA or the Arcadia Farmer-Chef Happy Hour? This time of year is such a contradiction as production and sales slowdown but the events ramp up, and suddenly we’re driving all over the place to attend as much as we can! It’s always great to be out and about and meet as many of you as we can face-to-face!  

This may be the last coversheet from me (Emily) in a while as I will be starting my leave at the end of this whether the baby has come or not! See you in the spring!

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CABBAGE: Our own growers have finally run out of cabbage so we are bringing some in from Porter Farms in NY. We will have both green cabbage and red cabbage available.  

RED ONIONS: The red onions on the list are also from Porter Farms in NY!  

JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES: Folks, it’s time to put these on your menu! It’s mid-January. If not now, when? If you don’t want to spark political controversy, just call them sunchokes!  

RUTABAGA: Another classic winter vegetable, the rutabaga is always forgotten. Mash with potatoes and celeriac, roast with carrot, carve like a pumpkin if you’re feeling nostalgic for Halloween.

Posted 1/13/2017 10:29am by Emily Best.

In light of next week’s inauguration, we are trying to determine what to do for our DC customers – deliver or not? If you regularly order on Fridays, and are planning to be closed this Friday, please us know. It will help us plan out our week! At this point, we will probably still make our usual Friday deliveries, although the schedule might be a bit different. Please, DC customers, be in touch! This should not affect VA/MD deliveries whatsoever, for those of you located outside DC.  

Our annual meeting was a success. We reviewed the past year – the ups and downs, how we can improve, how we’ve changed. One big change this year is that Jim Crawford, owner of New Morning Farm and founder of Tuscarora, is stepping down as president as he moves toward retirement. We wouldn’t be here without Jim and we are all so thankful for his vision and leadership over the years!  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

COLLARDS: Our friends at Eastern Carolina let us know that their growers are harvesting a lot of collards for this week and so can offer them at a discounted price. We dropped our price accordingly! We also have a lot of these available so can do a special 5+ case discount. Please let us know if you’re interested! We don’t have many other greens available so collards it is!  

BABY LEEKS: Farmer Jarrah Cernas at Chicano Sol harvested her baby leeks from the high tunnel this week and they are gorgeous! And what a great item to have available this time of year. Not many cases available – when they’re gone, they’re gone, so get them now.  

GOLD POTATOES: The gold potatoes available now are PA grown! We managed to scrounge some up from an affiliated grower.

Posted 1/10/2017 10:27am by Emily Best.

  We’re getting the list out quickly today as we are headed out of the office this afternoon for our annual meeting. We’re hoping to see over 35 of our member growers in attendance, and plan to vote to add two new members (who’ve been growing with us for at least a couple years already). And just to add a bit of fun to the morning, it snowed an inch around here! So will make for some exciting travel (don’t worry, we’re all cautious drivers round here).  

We’re expecting another batch of russet potatoes to arrive by Thursday but just in case they don’t arrive, you’ll find them on the tentative list.  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

FAVA and SUNFLOWER SHOOTS: We’re pleased to be able to offer these delicate shoots grown by Salina Peachey at Greenbriar Farm. We just lowered the price as she’s harvesting a lot so try them out this week!  

BABY LETTUCE HEADS: We’re a bit low on our greens this week but Mark Stanley at Help From Above Farm has a good supply of baby lettuce heads available in both green and red romaine. Very cute, tender, and tasty.  

PARSNIPS: Haven’t featured these yet this year as I wasn’t sure what our supply would be like. But fortunately looks like we’ll have them around for a while. Looks like a carrot but tastes oh-so-sweet. Great for roasting.  

PURPLE DAIKONS: Grower Solomon Beiler grew some specialty purple daikons and we’re happy to add them to the list this week. They’re an elongated purple radish, with a great radish flavor.  

WINTER SQUASH: The farmers at New Morning Farm realized they had more Sweet Dumplings and Acorn Squash than they needed, so now we get to sell it! The Acorn squash is mature so the outer rind is now golden. We’re confident these are still good to eat and should be quite tasty!

Posted 1/6/2017 10:40am by Emily Best.

Well, we got our first real snow here last night: a full two inches! Fortunately it came down early enough that it didn’t affect our deliveries or our commutes.  

Winter greens update:  we will be short on sweet & spicy going forward (until it regrows). For this week, look for baby spinach, baby lettuce heads, and baby/young kales and chards.  

We are receiving more produce from Eastern Carolina Organics this week: head lettuce, bunched kale, collards and mustard greens, spring onions, and 1 lb bulk cilantro. We’re excited about these products as it helps keep our team busier and (hopefully!) makes our list a bit more appealing during these sparse winter months.  

In some personal news: I am due to have a baby in just a little over a week, and will be out on maternity leave for a couple of months! Natalie and Taylor, plus the rest of the TOG team, will be keeping things steady here in the office.     

HIGHLIGHTS:  

BLUE OYSTER MUSHROOMS : Don Lake of Lakewood Farm tells us he is having a bumper crop of blue oyster mushrooms! It’s not often we get a bumper crop of anything in January, so try out these delicacies. They’re super nutritious and so beautiful.  

ALL BLUE POTATOES: These taters are coming from Maine, and available in 50 lb cases. They’re blue inside and out and keep their color if you roast them.  

PURPLE STRIPED GARLIC: We’re getting a big delivery of purple striped garlic on Monday from Specktown Green Meadows. This is a very flavorful garlic and so named for the purple stripes on the wrappers and skins. The cloves may be slightly smaller than the red garlic.

Posted 1/3/2017 12:07pm by Emily Best.

Check out the list: I’ve brought back the “winter greens” section on the first page of the sales list, including any microgreens or shoots that we have available. It’s a one stop shop for anything leafy (besides cabbage and herbs)!  

We will have gold potatoes this week from a grower in PA. You’ll notice both red potatoes and all-blue potatoes from Maine are on the tentative list. We are expecting them both to arrive on Thursday but there’s a chance we won’t get them in.  

We’re getting ready to have our Annual Meeting with all member growers next week. It’s our one time each year to gather, discuss the year in the review, and look forward to the next season. We’re also nearly completed with our crop planning for next year, just a few farm visits left to go. Many of our farmers have already begun purchasing seeds, and soon they will begin some of their earliest crops in the greenhouse. The cycle begins anew.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

RED BEETS: We’re seeing a low supply this year in gold beets but the RED beets are strong! Make your new year’s a sweet one with some beets!  

WATERMELON RADISHES: These lovely radishes look plain on the outside but inside they’re a burst of pink. Perk up a plate or salad with some watermelon radishes (and think of actual watermelons while you’re chopping them up)…  

SCARLET TURNIPS: Continuing with the red theme, scarlet turnips can be eaten raw or cooked. Scarlet turnips are a bit more mild than a purple top. We have these available in baby, regular size (1.5-3 inches ideally) and XLG.

Posted 12/30/2016 11:19am by Emily Best.

Happy New Year, everyone! We’re busy lining up production for next year and already we can see that we’ll need more greens for next winter. Our grower Daniel Beiler at Sunny Ridge Farm has a HUGE greenhouse (not the one pictured today, though), with lots of sweet & spicy, but it seems like we could always sell more. We’ll be a bit low on greens for Tuesday (other than sweet & spicy), but we’re calling everyone to try to bring in as many as we can.  

We also won’t have any bunched greens from Eastern Carolina this week as the logistics didn’t work out over the holiday weekend, but we do intend to have those greens on the list. Similarly, we’re a bit low on potatoes for this delivery but we are receiving a delivery of PA grown Gold Potatoes for Friday deliveries and we’ll be restocked on All-Blue Maine Potatoes soon as well.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

BUTTERNUTS: Still good, folks. Lots of butternuts! Warm up your kitchen while you roast your squash. Butternuts are even good for breakfast!  

CARROTS: Our carrots come in all colors! The mixed cases are especially popular. We expect to have lots of baby mixed available for this week’s sales, too.  

SWEET POTATOES: If you didn’t get enough Vitamin A from your carrots and butternuts, try a sweet potato or two. Versatile and tasty. Easy to prep. Delicious!

Posted 12/23/2016 10:25am by Emily Best.

Happy Holidays! This list is for delivery FRIDAY DECEMBER 30th. Feel free to email your order at any time, or leave a voicemail. The office is closed Saturday Dec 24th – Tuesday Dec 27th. We will follow up with orders on Wednesday the 28th.  

Getting into the time of year where greens are very dependent on sunlight and warmth. You’ll notice sweet & spicy on the tentative list – our grower tells us it just depends on how things go. We do plan to have chard, arugula, and baby lettuce!    

HIGHLIGHTS  

MIXED COLOR CARROTS: Grower Daniel Beiler is an expert color carrot producer and he’s ready to sell sell sell these lovely roots. Ask us about special deals/pack sizes!  

BABY LETTUCE: Need some crispy crunch on your plates? Mark Stanley’s baby lettuce heads will do the job. An awesome offering this time of year.  

RADISHES: A standard and winter classic, lots of colorful radishes are available (and will be, for many months!)  

SWEET POTATOES: Versatile, colorful, and sweet, we have several varieties of sweet potatoes available, including the classic Beauregard (the regular 40 lb cases).  

REMEMBER: NO ORDERS/DELIVERIES TUESDAY DEC 27!

Posted 12/20/2016 11:09am by Emily Best.

Wow. By the time you get your produce this week, it will officially be winter! Hard to believe we’re at that time of year already. While the root veggies are taking their proper place on our list, we still have a nice assortment of greens and other items to keep you interested. Lots of baby salad greens and kales available this week, plus some HEAD LETTUCE! And of course, the ever popular brussels sprouts. We know we’re always short on these tasty bites and we are trying to recruit new growers for sprouts next year.

Reminder: We will be CLOSED for the Christmas holiday Dec 26th and 27th (meaning NO DELIVERIES on Tuesday the 27th). We will be open as normal all other days, included January 2nd and 3rd – we will deliver as usual on Tuesday the 3rd.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

BEETS: While our gold beet supply is a bit skimpy this winter, we do have an abundance of red and Chioggia beets, in all sizes, including baby! We hear our friends at Chaia are cooking up a beet taco these days – definitely on my “to-try” list! We also have a few cases of beets with tops available, what a specialty this time of year!  

BABY GREEN CHARD: A great way to get some greens into your winter menu, this versatile green grows really well in the winter in our region. The rainbow chard always outshines the green but the green is hardier, so keep it in mind for your chard needs.  

YOUNG GREEN KALE: Trapped in the awkward stage between baby and bunched, young green kale is just as tasty and tender as can be. And abundant! We expect to have young green kale available on a regular basis throughout the cold season. Good for fresh salads or cooked.  

REMEMBER: NO ORDERS TUESDAY. Stock up this Friday for the holiday weekend and early next week! Thank you!

Posted 12/16/2016 11:29am by Emily Best.

I recently read an article predicting food trends in 2017 and it specifically mentioned “purple foods” – we’ve got these lovely All-Blue (aka Purple) potatoes from our friends at Wood Prairie Farm in Maine. We also have purple mizuna in large quantities this week – it’s one of Natalie’s favorites these days.

Reminder: We will be CLOSED for the Christmas holiday Dec 26th and 27th (meaning NO DELIVERIES on Tuesday the 27th). We will be open as normal all other days, included January 2nd and 3rd – we will deliver as usual on Tuesday the 3rd.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

GINGER: Still going strong on our ginger supplies. Amazing with butternuts! And a great product for these cold days, always adds an appreciated heat to any dish.  

MIZUNAS: These frilly greens have a wonderful flavor and texture. Daniel Beiler at Sunny Ridge Farm put up a HUGE high tunnel for winter greens and so he’s got a lot of baby greens to offer us! We have both green and purple mizuna available.  

PARSNIPS: This year’s parsnip crop is not the largest we’ve ever had, and we might not have these sweet roots too far into the winter season. But we’ve got a nice supply now, and these would make an excellent addition to your holiday feast!  

TURNIPS: Look, let’s be honest. A turnip is a turnip. Not too special. But still a winter classic! Fire up those ovens and roast some turnips. Lots of options for flavoring and spicing them up! Like some of our garlic!  

CHESTNUTS: We’re bringing up another shipment of VA grown Chestnuts from ECO in NC- what a perfect treat to be able to offer this time of year!

Posted 12/13/2016 12:00pm by Emily Best.

Had a lovely time on my travels last week, though I did battle some rush hour traffic downtown on Thursday night – I don’t know how people do that daily! It makes me love my commute (two stop signs and no traffic). I also visited two great customers – From the Farmer and Hungry Harvest. So interesting to see and learn from our partners in this foodshed, both doing good works in the food realm supporting local farmers.  

Today’s photo reminds me I still haven’t gotten out to visit Each Peach Market in DC, which always posts lovely seasonal displays!

Reminder: We will be CLOSED for the Christmas holiday Dec 26th and 27th (meaning NO DELIVERIES on Tuesday the 27th). We will be open as normal all other days, included January 2nd and 3rd – we will deliver as usual on Tuesday the 3rd.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

SHALLOTS: Lots of lovely red shallots available. Great flavor and much larger than the typical shallot!  

BUTTERNUTS: Had the most lovely butternut soup recently. A classic winter item to brighten your shelves and your plates.  

BROCCOLI: We have local broccoli available in small heads, and larger heads available from NC. What a treat to have broccoli locally in mid-December!  

KOHLRABI: Available in both green and purple varieties. Delightfully crunchy and juicy for winter produce. Especially delicious with carrots and cabbage in a slaw.

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