WEEKLY HARVEST-January 9, 2011

Hello everyone, this is the list for the Weekly Harvest food subscription for January 9, 2011. Enjoy.
-Maddie

PRODUCE
2 Organic Grapefruit (U.S.)
2 Organic Pears (U.S.)
1/2 lb Organic Spinach (Earthbound Organics,U.S.)
Local Harvest Cafe, St. Louis, MO1 pkg pickled okra If I remember correctly, the okra came from a farm near Columbia, MO. Clara, the main chef at our cafe, is a master pickler! Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
Claverach Farms, Eureka, MO
1 pkg Sunflower shoots
Double Star Farms, Bluford, IL
1 butternut squash

PROTEIN
Hinkebein Hills, Cape Girardeau, MO
1 lb ground beef Carlios has recently started keeping some of his cows on a strictly grass diet. Yea. We are excited to support these efforts. Carlios Hinkebein raises hogs and cows all on pasture and is dedicated to raising animals on land–not in confinement.
Local Harvest Cafe, St. Louis, MO
1 pkg chorizo crumbles These are Molly’s creation. Molly is a vegan and one of our cooks at the cafe. She is always concocting yummy vegetarian and vegan dishes! These are great in all sorts of dishes–omelets, as a chili topping, tossed in with a vegetable stir fry, in beans, or as a taco ingredient.
Heartland Creamery, Newark, MO
Heartland Legacy 1/2 lb Heartland Creamery used to be our main milk provider, but now they are focusing only on their cheeses! Legacy is a soft cheese with a gouda-like texture! Hope you enjoy as much as we do.

OTHER
Dry Dock Farms, Silex, MO
1 lb flour The folks at Dry Dock distributed this flour to us. I am still learning all the farms they work with, but rest assured that this is a high quality flour made from wheat grown without the use of pesticides. Mark of Dry Dock Farms suggests that you keep this flour refrigerated until you use it to maintain nutritional value.
Bellews Creek, Hillsboro, MO
2 lbs popcorn This cold weather is great for popping some popcorn and relaxing with a good book or movie. Popcorn is easy to make on the stove and only requires a small amount of oil and a heavy saucepan.
Goshen Coffee, Edwardsville, IL
1 lb of Goshen Coffee for those of you who signed up as coffee only people!
Traveling Tea, St. Louis, MO
2 oz Guayusa   Kateri, owner of Traveling Tea tells me that Guayusa is “an amazon cousin to yerba mate, that is much smoother tasting, has health benefits of a green tea and has more caffeine than a black tea (or yerba mate)” It sounded too interesting to pass up. Let me know how you like it!

RECIPES/SUGGESTIONS

  • One quick idea I want to share this week. A few weeks ago, we had a bag of sunflower shoots at the store that was on its last legs. Feeling sad for the little guys (and because I love them) I took them home for dinner and made one my “Jazz Cooking Meals” which means I use whatever I have at home–which oddly for a grocer wasn’t much that night. I sautéed some tempeh and onion with a little bit of tamari and garlic and then set aside. Next I sautéed lightly the sunflower shoots and about three carrots I had prepared using my vegetable peeler—I wanted long , thin strips of carrot. I cooked these until they were barely wilted and then tossed with a bunch or grated ginger, a little tamari and some chopped cashews. I served it on rice, and topped it off with the tempeh. The sunflower shoots have a nutty flavor which adds a wonderful and distinct flavor to any stir fry, salad or sandwich.
  • Hint for Butternut squash: Peel the squash using a medium-sized paring knife, then chop into large chunks (obviously be sure to remove the seeds first). While you are prepping the squash, pre-heat your oven to 375. Toss the squash with some olive oil and salt and then bake for 30-40 minutes. The roasted squash is so sweet. Eat as is, or puree with stock or cream for an easy soup. If you have a lot of sweet potatoes, you can roast those with the squash as well. Both are great in soup, as a side dish or consider using them as a main ingredient for a burrito or quesadilla.
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