Weekly Availability List

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.

Posted 12/9/2016 10:55am by Emily Best.

Emily is making the rounds in the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia area today. I heard rumors that she may be enjoying some kombucha on tap (not that I’m jealous or anything...). While I’m not sure what the weather is like out her way today, it certainly is a cold, windy day here at the cooperative. I keep thinking about our growers and how tough they are, working hard to harvest and pack the produce we sell and deliver to our wonderful customers! Check out our list today, as there are some surprises on there! 

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  

SMALL HEAD BROCCOLI: We still have a lot of these adorable little nuggets on our list. Not only are they cute, they are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare (less chopping!).  

GARLIC: We still have a strong supply of red and purple striped garlic. The other night I made a delicious batch of garlic hummus using some of our red garlic. Yum yum!    

GREENS: Tis the season for baby greens! We have lots of arugula, wildfire, mesclun, sweet and spicy, and my personal favorite of the moment- purple mizuna (which I’ve been putting on pretty much everything!). Salad anyone?? We also have more bunched kales and collards from Eastern Carolina Organics in North Carolina. What a treat!  

INTERESTING PRODUCE: For Christmas, my family is exchanging “unusual/rare food items” instead of conventional presents. This is great for me, since I just might know some people who grow produce such as salsify, scorzonera, purple kohlrabi, celeriac, yacon, claytonia, and burdock root.  

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.  

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania *Kauffman’s Fruit Farm (KFF)-Bird In Hand, PA *Homestead Organic Farms (HOF) – Homestead, Florida *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Cranberry Hill Farm (CHF) – Plymouth, Massachusetts *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes - ME *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farm – Elba, New York

Posted 12/6/2016 11:03am by Emily Best.

It’s officially been a year since Natalie and I started at Tuscarora! What a year it’s been…we’ve weathered the great heirloom tomato flood of 2016, found a new cranberry supplier at the last minute, invented new pack sizes to help move more produce, and learned a lot about our coop, our growers, and our customers. Thanks for making it such a special year. We are looking forward to the year to come!

Mark your calendars: 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  

FRESH PEANUTS: Elim Beiler at Breezy Hill has been trialing peanut growing and his harvest this year is in! We’ve got a few cases of raw peanuts to move – it’s a one shot deal, but a great item to have available!  

GARLIC: Lots of garlic left to sell this year! Red, purple striped, and a little bit left of white – all varieties are flavorful and pungent.  

BUNCHED RED KALE & COLLARDS: Our order from Eastern Carolina Organics came in yesterday and everything looked amazing! The green kale sold quick and so we’ve still got lots of red Russian kale and collards to move. Plus bunched green onions, too!  

BABY GREENS: Debra Brubaker at Village Acres has had a big harvest this week of several greens, including baby red Russian kale, baby arugula, and baby mesclun greens. Other grows also have had big harvests so check out our baby greens availability. We are happy to pack in 5 lb cases if interested, but please let us know by WEDNESDAY 3 pm if you want 5 lbs. Limited availability.

Posted 12/2/2016 11:06am by Emily Best.

This is the time of year when we start running low on some popular items. Vegetables go out of season, after all. But there are some things that are staples, which aren’t totally out of season, but just a little bit out of reach for our growers in our climate. So we start looking beyond local produce—we start looking at what is regional. Some years, we bring in cabbage and onions from Porter Farms in NY. We may have to do that this year, but we haven’t yet. We’re already bringing in potatoes from our friends at Wood Prairie Farm in Maine. And this year, we are trying something we haven’t done in many years – bringing up bunched greens (and a few cases of spring onions) from Eastern Carolina Organics, in Durham, NC. These items will be indicated on the price sheet with (NC), so you can distinguish them from any of our growers’ own produce.  

While supporting our LOCAL farmers is most important, we can’t do everything all year long - so it becomes vital to support REGIONAL agriculture. Yes, these greens traveled a bit farther than our usual produce. But the farmers in NC are good growers, serving us well. And by supporting us, and the farmers at ECO, you continue to support our cooperative and our farmers, instead of taking your dollars elsewhere (like to CA kale, for example).  As always, I’m happy to answer any questions or hear out your concerns about this product. Thank you!  

HIGHLIGHTS  

CELERIAC: I’ll probably feature this one about every two weeks, as it’s a standard item for us every fall/winter, and surprisingly versatile. I added some to mashed potatoes recently – delicious.  

BABY ROMAINE HEADS: Mark Stanley at Help From Above Farm grows these adorable lettuce heads every December – they’re only available for a short time as head lettuce doesn’t like our dark winter days.  

SPINACH: Always reliable in the winter, spinach is a great addition to our line up – our tender young and baby are both perfect for salads and more.

Posted 11/29/2016 11:41am by Emily Best.

Back in the swing of things! We’re working hard to inventory our winter products to see what’s out there. It’s looking like a thinner year than last for many root veggies, but we do have some items in large quantity to sell. Please keep us in mind if you are looking to buy celeriac, winter radishes, butternut squash, or Long Island Cheese Pumpkins in bulk. We also have a comfortable supply of Purple Top and Sweet White Turnips, Jerusalem artichokes, rutabagas, shallots, sweet potatoes, and orange carrots (#1 and juice).  

Additionally, we are seeing a large supply of HERBS, especially rosemary, cilantro, dill, and parsley. We can do these items BUNCHED or BULK.  All of these large quantity items have flexible pricing!  

BTW: we finally have some brussels sprouts. Not many. They won’t last long. Order them ASAP if you’re interested.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

SPECIALTY CABBAGE: We have a great supply this week of SAVOY and NAPA cabbage! Available for a short time only. Coming from several growers, these cabbages are a great addition to your produce line up.  

YOUNG GREEN KALE: We’re out of bunched kale this week but we do have lots of young green kale coming from Mark Stanley at Help From Above Farm!  

KOHLRABI: We have both green and purple kohlrabi available this week! I personally am a big fan of kohlrabi, especially as we get into the winter months. It’s so crunchy and juicy and flavorful. Great raw shredded into a salad, or sliced thin, lightly pickled, or roasted.

Posted 11/22/2016 11:10am by Emily Best.

REMINDER: NO DELIVERY THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25th.  

This availability list is for delivery TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29th.  

Thanksgiving is always a special time for farmers in our area because it usually indicates the transition from the main growing season to the winter. And while some farmers continue to grow and market all winter long, the winter season is always much less hectic than the rest of the year.  When I was an apprentice at New Morning, I came to love the winter times because it was so special: sleeping in a little later, enjoying the sunrise and sunset, and the more languid pace of the work. I know many of our farmers are looking forward to this time of year (and many of us in the office are, too!). We all hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones and that you also get to enjoy some much needed rest! We will be back in action on Monday, November 28th.

HIGHLIGHTS  

CARROTS: Lots of lovely carrot roots available this time of year – maroon, purple, and deep purple are especially delightful for the plate and palate.  

REDBOR KALE: Jarrah Cernas  of Chicano Sol farm has an abundance of redbor kale to offer us this week – we won’t have bunched kale for much longer so this is a real treat!  

PURPLE KOHLRABI: Farmers Cameron and Audrey Fisher-Pedersen of Bending Bridge Farm have grown some awesome purple kohlrabi – we’re offering it in two cases sizes, 10 lb and 25 lb.

Posted 11/18/2016 10:43am by Emily Best.

HOLIDAY DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, November 22: regular delivery.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25th: NO DELIVERIES

Tuesday, November 29th: regular delivery.  

Additionally, mark your calendars for the winter break:

Friday Dec 23rd: regular delivery

TUESDAY, Dec 27th: NO DELIVERIES

Friday Dec 30th and Tues Jan 3rd: regular delivery  

Now that we are into the week of Thanksgiving deliveries, I’m giving in to the fact that it’s time to start featuring the winter veggies…like rutabaga! This photo is from a farmers market last year, when we had a giant rutabaga that just wouldn’t sell. Some of our growers do have XL rutabagas to sell so if you are processing them, please keep the XLs in mind.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

SEASONAL FRUITS: We still have CRANBERRIES available!! Also: we have a small amount of ENGLISH WALNUTS in the Shell available so get those ASAP. And Citrus is back! We are getting Fall Glo Tangerines and Navel Oranges for delivery this week.  

FRESH HERBS: Lots of rosemary, parsley, and oregano available. Smaller amounts of sage.  And mixed amounts of many other herbs. Perk up your holiday meal with fresh herbs!  

DEEP PURPLE SWEET POTATOES: Imagine your favorite holiday sweet potato dish IN PURPLE! Mix it up and get some of those anthocyanins onto your table.  

SPINACH: We finally have an abundance of spinach! Both baby size and tender young cut available. I personally love spinach and am excited it’s finally back in season!

Posted 11/16/2016 1:59pm by Emily Best.

Delivery as usual Tuesday, Nov 22nd.

NO DELIVERY Friday, Nov 25th.

Resume regular schedule on Tuesday, Nov 29th. 

Posted 11/15/2016 12:51pm by Emily Best.

Natalie took this photo last week at Sunny Ridge Farm – farmer Daniel Beiler put up a HUGE high tunnel this past year for tomatoes in summer and greens in winter. The tunnel is so long that you can barely even see the end of it in this photo! Those strips of green will be the baby greens we’ll be selling in mid-winter!  

Still no sign of brussels sprouts, unfortunately. We are seeing more cauliflower coming in. Broccoli is still going strong, as are winter squash. We are getting in another load of spaghetti squash so be sure to stock up if you need it.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

CELERIAC: We’ll have this flavorful root crop all winter long but now’s a great time to start getting it into your stores and menus!  

GARLIC: Shout out to our garlic (again)! We roasted several bulbs this week to use as we wish. We seem to be out of the white garlic but the red and purple striped are in abundance!  

POBLANO PEPPERS: Yes, we still have peppers!  

MIXED COLOR CARROTS: We love this mix of colorful carrots, coming from a couple growers. Root veggies aren’t ALL white (no offense, celeriac), so get your mix on with these carrots.

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