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Featured In This Weekend’s Shares: Local Spinach & Turnips / Strawberries / Japanese Sweet Potatoes

March 8th, 2012

Here are some of the produce items planned* to be in this weekend’s co-op style produce shares…there are many more items, but this is just a sampling!

*When working with fresh produce, availability can sometimes change last-minute.  We do our best to let you know what’s coming ahead of time, but sometimes things do change, especially when working with local farmers.  Thanks for your understanding!

Jacky & Cindy Morrison at Urban Acres "Meet Your Farmer Day" on Feb. 18th

Spinach. * LOCAL

Our friends Jacky & Cindy Morrison from Morrison Organic Farm planted it just for us!  How ’bout that for special?  It’s pretty amazing spinach, too.  Very thick and flavorful!

Recipe ideas…

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Purple Top Turnips. * LOCAL

Another lovely offering from Morrison Organic Farm.  If you were ever traumatized as a child by being forced to “eat your turnips,” we urge you to give them another chance!

Recipe ideas…

Another great way to eat turnips?  Steam them until tender and eat with butter and sea salt.  Simple.  Delicious.

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California Strawberries.

It’s the beginning of strawberry season (the peak is in April), and these berries are so bright and juicy!  Add them to smoothies or muffins or salads or pancakes, make sauces with them, or just eat them whole.  Luckily, strawberries also go very well with spinach (see above)!

Recipe ideas…

Strawberry Shortcake Stacked Pancakes | ohsheglows.com

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Japanese Sweet Potatoes

They’re baaaack…for now!  To us, Japanese Sweet Potatoes are much sweeter than a regular orange sweet potato.  Store them loose in a cool drawer or cupboard for up to a few weeks.

Recipe ideas:

Featured In This Weekend’s Shares: Japanese Sweet Potatoes, Rio Star Grapefruit, Mustard Greens, Radishes, Turnips

January 12th, 2012

BRRRRR!  A major cold front blew in!  Warm up with some winter recipes featuring some of the produce items planned* to be in this weekend’s co-op style produce shares

*When working with fresh produce, availability can sometimes change last-minute.  We do our best to let you know what’s coming ahead of time, but sometimes things do change, especially when working with local farmers.  Thanks for your understanding!

Japanese Sweet Potatoes.

They’re baaaack!  Just for a limited time though, so enjoy them while you can!  To us, Japanese Sweet Potatoes are much sweeter than a regular orange sweet potato.  Store them loose in a cool drawer or cupboard for up to a few weeks.

Recipe ideas:

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Rio Star Grapefruit. * LOCAL

Straight from the Texas valley, Texas Red Grapefruit are sweet, juicy and tree-ripened, literally stored on the tree to peak of perfection.  The Rio Star grapefruit combines the two reddest varieties – Rio Red and Star Ruby grapefruit. It has an overall blush on the exterior peel with a deep red interior color which is 7 to 10 times redder than the Ruby Red.

Recipe ideas…

Or juice it and add it to a smoothie for a little tang!

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Purple Top Turnips. * LOCAL

If you were ever traumatized as a child by being forced to “eat your turnips,” we urge you to give them another chance!

Recipe ideas…

Another great way to eat turnips?  Steam them until tender and eat with butter and sea salt.  Simple.  Delicious.

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Mustard Greens.  * LOCAL

The cholesterol-lowering ability of steamed mustard greens is second only to steamed collard greens and steamed kale in a recent study of cruciferous vegetables and their ability to bind bile acids in the digestive tract.   No matter how much time you have (or don’t have), it’s easy to add some zesty mustard greens to the dinner table.

Recipe ideas:

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Red Radishes.  * LOCAL

Radishes and radish leaves are an excellent source of vitamin C. Globe radishes are a very good source of the trace mineral molybdenum and a good source of folic acid and potassium.  The radish belongs to the brassica group of vegetables, which include cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli. Numerous studies suggest that brassica vegetables are protective against cancers of the lungs and alimentary tract.  Score!

Want some incredibly tasty ideas for how to enjoy those beautiful fresh radishes?  (Warning, you might become addicted to the radish sandwich!)

Recipe ideas…

Local Sweet Potatoes Come Full Circle!

November 11th, 2011

The co-op style produce shares tomorrow will include these beautiful Japanese sweet potatoes from Morrison Organic Farm in Cleburne, TX.   But here’s the really cool thing…we actually gave The Morrisons organic Japanese sweet potatoes from our store, and they cut them up and sprouted them and planted them in their fields.  And, VOILA!  A whole new crop of organic Japanese sweet potatoes to feed hundreds of people!  That’s the true cycle of growing and sharing food…our store, to the field, and back to our dinner tables. 

The shares will also include an assortment of local peppers from Austin, TX…so get your recipes ready!

Try These Recipes…

Japanese Sweet Potatoes

October 1st, 2011

We wanted to issue a slight correction on the purple sweet potatoes in the co-op style produce shares for today…

The shares actually include Red Japanese Sweet Potatoes that have dark red/purple skin and a creamy, white flesh inside.  Not the purple-fleshed variety like we said in this post.

Here in the U.S., Japanese sweet potatoes are a fleeting fall crop, so enjoy them while you can!  To us, they are much sweeter than a regular orange sweet potato.  If you like their delicate, sweet taste, store them loose in a cool drawer or cupboard for up to a few weeks.

Also, we ran across this recipe from Mark Bittman of the New York Times – Shredded Sweet Potatoes with Browned Butter and Sage.  Yum.  Let us know how you like them!