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Summer Food Box August 13/14

Full Produce Shares will Receive a Minimum of 7 of the Following 9 Items:

Snap Peas - Peas are from Blue Lagoon Organics in St. Francois Xavier. Store in a sealed bag or container in the fridge for 2 weeks. These fresh peas are to be eaten whole, they have a crunchy tender shell and make a great summer snack with dip or hummus. You can chop off the ends and de-string them if desired but not necessary. Another alternative is to add to a stir fry or sauté for a side dish. If you prefer cooked, try this quick easy side dish: Garlic Sugar Snap Peas.  The peas can also be sliced up finely for a snap pea salad or add the pieces to a fried rice. 

 

Beans - Green or Yellow beans are from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You know beans are fresh when they stick to your clothing because they have little fuzzy hairs. I like the beans boiled with potatoes, or steamed/boiled on their own for about 5 minutes. They can also be sautéed for a stir fry mix or baked in the oven with other veggies. Very versatile! Chop off the ends first. Beans can even be eaten raw if you like the crunchy texture. Try an Easy Chicken & Green Bean Stir Fry over rice. 

 

Summer Savory - Herbs are from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store with the stems down in a glass of water or wrapped in damp paper towel in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Summer savory makes a great pairing with the beans in a bean soup or sautéed beans. It has a similar flavour to rosemary so it can be used in replace of that for recipes. It adds flavour to roasted or grilled veggies, meat or chicken marinades or potatoes. 

 

Swiss Chard - Chard is also from Stefan at Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge for about 1 week before the leaves wilt. For best storage, rinse and chop up the leaves and keep them in a sealed bag in the fridge. The bright coloured stems can be used as a crunchy stir fry veggie. The leaves too. You can also use chopped up chard for any egg dish, a risotto, bean soup, or a topping on flatbread/pizza. I don't really like wilted greens so I'm into stuff like this: Swiss Chard Patties. It can also be used as a salad green but in combination with kale or lettuce. 

 

Bunched Onion - Fresh bunched onion is from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge because they have a higher water content and no crispy dry shell. These onions are great for raw eating - slicing thinly for salads, sandwiches, burgers, etc. They come with the top green section which is similar to a green onion and can be eaten. Use the onion in a raw salad with sliced snap peas, or sauté with swiss chard and fennel. Try a homemade Sour Cream & Onion Dip for veggies or chips. 

 

Dinosaur Kale - Kale is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store the leaves off the stems in a sealed bag in the fridge. This variety also known as lacinato kale is a dark green/black color, and its flatter so it has a different texture than the green kale. I like to blend up the kale into a smoothie, it has very little flavour that way. It's also great in combination for a salad or blend it into a pesto sauce with some basil or other herbs. 

 

Fennel - Fennel is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Common in Italian and mediterranean cooking, fennel is a bulb root similar to onion & celery, with green wispy fronds. It has a black licorice taste and can be sautéed, roasted or grilled. Try a Green Bean & Roasted Fennel Salad or slice thinly and add to pasta, or a delicious Fennel, Onion & Chard Pizza. 

 

Grape Tomatoes - Tomatoes are from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store on the counter or in the fridge for about 1 week. Grape tomatoes are just larger than cherry tomatoes so they can be sliced for flatbread, focaccia bread or pizzas. Quarter or half them for salads or chop up for a bruschetta! 

 

Japanese Cucumbers - Cucumbers are from Wild Earth Farm. These type of cukes are long and thin, similar to english cucumbers but they have a thinner peel. Store in the crisper of the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Slice up for salads, sandwiches or burgers. Use a mandolin to quickly slice the whole thing for a light refreshing Asian Cucumber Salad. 

Half Produce Shares will Receive a Minimum of 6 of the Following 7 Items:

Beans - Green or Yellow beans are from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You know beans are fresh when they stick to your clothing because they have little fuzzy hairs. I like the beans boiled with potatoes, or steamed/boiled on their own for about 5 minutes. They can also be sautéed for a stir fry mix or baked in the oven with other veggies. Very versatile! Chop off the ends first. Beans can even be eaten raw if you like the crunchy texture. Try an Easy Chicken & Green Bean Stir Fry over rice. 

Summer Savory - Herbs are from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store with the stems down in a glass of water or wrapped in damp paper towel in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Summer savory makes a great pairing with the beans in a bean soup or sautéed beans. It has a similar flavour to rosemary so it can be used in replace of that for recipes. It adds flavour to roasted or grilled veggies, meat or chicken marinades or potatoes. 

Swiss Chard - Chard is also from Stefan at Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge for about 1 week before the leaves wilt. For best storage, rinse and chop up the leaves and keep them in a sealed bag in the fridge. The bright coloured stems can be used as a crunchy stir fry veggie. The leaves too. You can also use chopped up chard for any egg dish, a risotto, bean soup, or a topping on flatbread/pizza. I don't really like wilted greens so I'm into stuff like this: Swiss Chard Patties. It can also be used as a salad green but in combination with kale or lettuce. 

Bunched Onion - Fresh bunched onion is from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge because they have a higher water content and no crispy dry shell. These onions are great for raw eating - slicing thinly for salads, sandwiches, burgers, etc. They come with the top green section which is similar to a green onion and can be eaten. Use the onion in a raw salad with sliced snap peas, or sauté with swiss chard and fennel. Try a homemade Sour Cream & Onion Dip for veggies or chips. 

Dinosaur Kale - Kale is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store the leaves off the stems in a sealed bag in the fridge. This variety also known as lacinato kale is a dark green/black color, and its flatter so it has a different texture than the green kale. I like to blend up the kale into a smoothie, it has very little flavour that way. It's also great in combination for a salad or blend it into a pesto sauce with some basil or other herbs. 

Fennel - Fennel is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Common in Italian and mediterranean cooking, fennel is a bulb root similar to onion & celery, with green wispy fronds. It has a black licorice taste and can be sautéed, roasted or grilled. Try a Green Bean & Roasted Fennel Salad or slice thinly and add to pasta, or a delicious Fennel, Onion & Chard Pizza. 

Grape Tomatoes - Tomatoes are from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store on the counter or in the fridge for about 1 week. Grape tomatoes are just larger than cherry tomatoes so they can be sliced for flatbread, focaccia bread or pizzas. Quarter or half them for salads or chop up for a bruschetta! 

Full Gourmet Shares will Receive a Minimum of 8 of the Following 10 Items:

Snap Peas - Peas are from Blue Lagoon Organics in St. Francois Xavier. Store in a sealed bag or container in the fridge for 2 weeks. These fresh peas are to be eaten whole, they have a crunchy tender shell and make a great summer snack with dip or hummus. You can chop off the ends and de-string them if desired but not necessary. Another alternative is to add to a stir fry or sauté for a side dish. If you prefer cooked, try this quick easy side dish: Garlic Sugar Snap Peas.  The peas can also be sliced up finely for a snap pea salad or add the pieces to a fried rice. 

Beans - Green or Yellow beans are from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You know beans are fresh when they stick to your clothing because they have little fuzzy hairs. I like the beans boiled with potatoes, or steamed/boiled on their own for about 5 minutes. They can also be sautéed for a stir fry mix or baked in the oven with other veggies. Very versatile! Chop off the ends first. Beans can even be eaten raw if you like the crunchy texture. Try an Easy Chicken & Green Bean Stir Fry over rice. 

Summer Savory - Herbs are from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store with the stems down in a glass of water or wrapped in damp paper towel in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Summer savory makes a great pairing with the beans in a bean soup or sautéed beans. It has a similar flavour to rosemary so it can be used in replace of that for recipes. It adds flavour to roasted or grilled veggies, meat or chicken marinades or potatoes. 

Swiss Chard - Chard is also from Stefan at Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge for about 1 week before the leaves wilt. For best storage, rinse and chop up the leaves and keep them in a sealed bag in the fridge. The bright coloured stems can be used as a crunchy stir fry veggie. The leaves too. You can also use chopped up chard for any egg dish, a risotto, bean soup, or a topping on flatbread/pizza. I don't really like wilted greens so I'm into stuff like this: Swiss Chard Patties. It can also be used as a salad green but in combination with kale or lettuce. 

Bunched Onion - Fresh bunched onion is from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge because they have a higher water content and no crispy dry shell. These onions are great for raw eating - slicing thinly for salads, sandwiches, burgers, etc. They come with the top green section which is similar to a green onion and can be eaten. Use the onion in a raw salad with sliced snap peas, or sauté with swiss chard and fennel. Try a homemade Sour Cream & Onion Dip for veggies or chips. 

Dinosaur Kale - Kale is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store the leaves off the stems in a sealed bag in the fridge. This variety also known as lacinato kale is a dark green/black color, and its flatter so it has a different texture than the green kale. I like to blend up the kale into a smoothie, it has very little flavour that way. It's also great in combination for a salad or blend it into a pesto sauce with some basil or other herbs. 

Fennel - Fennel is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Common in Italian and mediterranean cooking, fennel is a bulb root similar to onion & celery, with green wispy fronds. It has a black licorice taste and can be sautéed, roasted or grilled. Try a Green Bean & Roasted Fennel Salad or slice thinly and add to pasta, or a delicious Fennel, Onion & Chard Pizza. 

Grape Tomatoes - Tomatoes are from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store on the counter or in the fridge for about 1 week. Grape tomatoes are just larger than cherry tomatoes so they can be sliced for flatbread, focaccia bread or pizzas. Quarter or half them for salads or chop up for a bruschetta! 

Savoy Cabbage - Cabbage is from Wild Earth Farms. Store the cabbage whole in the fridge wrapped in plastic or in a sealed bag. Chop off pieces as needed. This variety has thin crinkly leaves, great for a salad, sautéed or a ramen noodle salad. 

Rainbow Carrots - Carrots are from Oak Valley Vegetables in Morden. Store in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. These fun purple, red, orange and yellow carrots make a colourful topping to a salad when shredded or used for a carrot cake. They can also be sliced and made into a veggie tray with the tomatoes and snap peas. They're also great roasted in the oven or sautéed with fennel and onion. Show off the colours in this Shaved Rainbow Carrot Sesame Salad. 

Half Gourmet Shares will Receive a Minimum of 7 of the Following 9 Items:

Snap Peas - Peas are from Blue Lagoon Organics in St. Francois Xavier. Store in a sealed bag or container in the fridge for 2 weeks. These fresh peas are to be eaten whole, they have a crunchy tender shell and make a great summer snack with dip or hummus. You can chop off the ends and de-string them if desired but not necessary. Another alternative is to add to a stir fry or sauté for a side dish. If you prefer cooked, try this quick easy side dish: Garlic Sugar Snap Peas.  The peas can also be sliced up finely for a snap pea salad or add the pieces to a fried rice. 

Beans - Green or Yellow beans are from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You know beans are fresh when they stick to your clothing because they have little fuzzy hairs. I like the beans boiled with potatoes, or steamed/boiled on their own for about 5 minutes. They can also be sautéed for a stir fry mix or baked in the oven with other veggies. Very versatile! Chop off the ends first. Beans can even be eaten raw if you like the crunchy texture. Try an Easy Chicken & Green Bean Stir Fry over rice. 

Summer Savory - Herbs are from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store with the stems down in a glass of water or wrapped in damp paper towel in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Summer savory makes a great pairing with the beans in a bean soup or sautéed beans. It has a similar flavour to rosemary so it can be used in replace of that for recipes. It adds flavour to roasted or grilled veggies, meat or chicken marinades or potatoes. 

Swiss Chard - Chard is also from Stefan at Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge for about 1 week before the leaves wilt. For best storage, rinse and chop up the leaves and keep them in a sealed bag in the fridge. The bright coloured stems can be used as a crunchy stir fry veggie. The leaves too. You can also use chopped up chard for any egg dish, a risotto, bean soup, or a topping on flatbread/pizza. I don't really like wilted greens so I'm into stuff like this: Swiss Chard Patties. It can also be used as a salad green but in combination with kale or lettuce. 

Bunched Onion - Fresh bunched onion is from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store in the fridge because they have a higher water content and no crispy dry shell. These onions are great for raw eating - slicing thinly for salads, sandwiches, burgers, etc. They come with the top green section which is similar to a green onion and can be eaten. Use the onion in a raw salad with sliced snap peas, or sauté with swiss chard and fennel. Try a homemade Sour Cream & Onion Dip for veggies or chips. 

Dinosaur Kale - Kale is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store the leaves off the stems in a sealed bag in the fridge. This variety also known as lacinato kale is a dark green/black color, and its flatter so it has a different texture than the green kale. I like to blend up the kale into a smoothie, it has very little flavour that way. It's also great in combination for a salad or blend it into a pesto sauce with some basil or other herbs. 

Fennel - Fennel is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Common in Italian and mediterranean cooking, fennel is a bulb root similar to onion & celery, with green wispy fronds. It has a black licorice taste and can be sautéed, roasted or grilled. Try a Green Bean & Roasted Fennel Salad or slice thinly and add to pasta, or a delicious Fennel, Onion & Chard Pizza. 

Grape Tomatoes - Tomatoes are from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store on the counter or in the fridge for about 1 week. Grape tomatoes are just larger than cherry tomatoes so they can be sliced for flatbread, focaccia bread or pizzas. Quarter or half them for salads or chop up for a bruschetta! 

Rainbow Carrots - Carrots are from Oak Valley Vegetables in Morden. Store in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. These fun purple, red, orange and yellow carrots make a colourful topping to a salad when shredded or used for a carrot cake. They can also be sliced and made into a veggie tray with the tomatoes and snap peas. They're also great roasted in the oven or sautéed with fennel and onion. __________________________________________________________________________

Protein Shares will Receive: 

Ground Bison - Bison is from Spring Creek Farm. Its raised completely grass fed and on regenerative rotating pastures. It is a very lean meat so do not overcook. It can be made into bison burgers, bison tacos, add to chill or a healthy Bison & Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers. 

New York Steak - Beef steak is from Spring Creek Farms. The cows are raised on rotating pastures and fed only grass. There's no antibiotics or animal growth hormones given to them. This tender bone free cut is from the loin and only needs a few minutes per side on a hot grill or frying pan. Thaw completely and season before cooking. 

Gourmet Protein Shares will Receive: 

Ground Bison - Bison is from Spring Creek Farm. Its raised completely grass fed and on regenerative rotating pastures. It is a very lean meat so do not overcook. It can be made into bison burgers, bison tacos, add to chill or a healthy Bison & Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers. 

New York Steak - Beef steak is from Spring Creek Farms. The cows are raised on rotating pastures and fed only grass. There's no antibiotics or animal growth hormones given to them. This tender bone free cut is from the loin and only needs a few minutes per side on a hot grill or frying pan. Thaw completely and season before cooking. 

Heritage Back Bacon - Bacon comes from Pigs at Spring Creek Farms in Cypress River. The pigs are provided a roomy clean barn with free access to the outdoors to exhibit their normal behaviours. They're fed a non GMO diet. Fry up the bacon on a pan for a delicious weekend brunch or cook and chop up for a salad, add to a cabbage stir fry, a dip or Bacon Wrapped Zucchini Strips. Save the bacon fat for potatoes or sautéed greens for flavour.