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Summer Food Box - August 18th

Your Summer Food Box list!

Gourmet Produce Food Box

to Receive a Minimum of 7 of the Following 9 Items

Dragon Tongue Beans - Organic

Dragon Tongue Beans are from Hearts and Roots Farms. The bean has a slightly sweeter, juicy flavor than your typical green bean. The creamy-white and magenta-streaked beans look far less like a veggie and more like something out of a fairy tale. Sorry to disappoint you but when cooked these cool looking beans do lose most of their purple stripes. 

This dragon tongue bean recipe also uses the parsley from your box. 

Purple Carrots - Spray Free

Purple Carrots are from Wild Earth Farms. Compared to orange carrots, purple carrots contain twice as much alpha- and beta-carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A. Store in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. They can be sliced and made into a veggie tray or used for snacking. They're also great roasted in the oven or sautéed with fennel and onion. 

The best thing about purple carrots is they are so beautiful to cook with. Try these braised purple carrots

Zucchini Flowers - Spray Free

Zucchini flowers are from Wild Earth Farms. Store in a container in the fridge for 1 week. The flowers are the blooms on the plant that indicate a zucchini will grow from that shoot. They are most commonly fried in oil to make a crispy fritter/tempura, or cut up and add a pretty color to a salad.

Try this pasta with zucchini blossoms. It also uses the parsley from your box. 

Parsley - Spray Free

Parsley is from Jonathan Farms. Store the same as the dill, with the ends in a glass of water or in a bag in the fridge. This local parsley has so much flavour and adds a fresh green taste to many sides like roasted veggies, salads, pasta dishes or salad dressings. 

Patty Pans - Organic

Squash is from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store the squash on the counter or in the fridge. These summer squash are small, yellow and have pretty scalloped edges.  They can be sliced up for grilling or roasting, shredded or stuffed and baked (medium-big ones).

Try this Garlic-Herb Pattypan Squash

Gold Beets - Spray Free

Gold Beets are from Wild Earth Farms. The greens are similar to swiss chard so try and eat those as well because its extra work to keep the beet greens on and make them into bunches. The beets can be shredded or sliced thinly to be eaten raw, or they can be roasted in a veggie mix or to top a salad.

Try this easy beet recipe that comes out beautiful every time. 

Dill - Spray Free

Dill is from Twin River. Store in a glass of water with the ends down or in a bag in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Chop up and sprinkle on fish, in salads, make a veggie dip with sour cream and garlic scapes, or on roasted veggies. Add fresh dill to your new potatoes! 

New Potatoes - Spray Free

New potatoes are from John Abrams Farm.  These need to be stored in the fridge. What is a "new" potato? It means these were planted this spring! New potatoes have high water content and low starch content making them have a creamy and buttery taste and texture.  The best way to eat these is too boil these for 15 minutes and add butter and fresh dill. 

Leeks - Spray Free

Leeks are from Heart Acres Farms. Store the leeks in the fridge due to their higher moisture content. Leeks are a type of onion, tall and skinny but with lots of layers once sliced. They can be used sliced thinly in a potato salad, in a soup, quiche/omelette or salad. They also blend into a pasta dish or a creamy sauce, and can be sprinkled onto a pizza before being baked. 

Parmesan Roasted Leeks? Yes, please! 

Red Kale - Spray Free

Red kale is from Wild Earth Farms. For the longest storage of 2-3 weeks, strip the kale leaves from the stems, rinse, and then stuff the whole bunch into a large ziplock bag in the fridge. There are a few different varieties of kale but all of them have a similar texture and are filled with nutrients! For salads, massage the dressing into the kale and let it sit for a bit before serving so the leaves soften. 

Full Produce Food Box

to Receive a Minimum of 8 of the Following 10 Items

Head Lettuce - Spray Free

Head lettuce is from Jonathan Farms. It's enjoyed for its mild flavor and crispness. It's a delicious addition to salads and perfect for lettuce wraps. Store lettuce in the refrigerator's crisper wrapped in a damp paper towel and sealed in a bag. The leaves will absorb moisture from the towel and you can replace it if the leaves become soggy. Iceberg lettuce should keep for four to five days before it begins to wilt.

Are you wanting something other than a salad? Try using these large leaves in a Taco Lettuce Wrap. 

Orange Carrots - Spray Free

Orange Carrots are from Wild Earth Farms. Store in the fridge in a bag or chop up and store in water in a container. These don't need to be peeled, just washed and cut up for raw snacking or a veggie platter. 

Parsley - Spray Free

Parsley is from Wild Earth Farms. Store the same as the dill, with the ends in a glass of water or in a bag in the fridge. This local parsley has so much flavour and adds a fresh green taste to many sides like roasted veggies, salads, pasta dishes or salad dressings. 

Patty Pans - Organic

Squash is from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store the squash on the counter or in the fridge. These summer squash are small, yellow and have pretty scalloped edges.  They can be sliced up for grilling or roasting, shredded or stuffed and baked (medium-big ones).

Try this Garlic-Herb Pattypan Squash

Field Cucumbers - Spray Free

Field Cucumbers are from Jonathan Farms. Store in the fridge crisper for up to 1 week. They have thin skin so they don't need peeling. Just cut off the ends and slice up for sandwiches and salads.

Need a summer cool down? Try this Cold Cucumber Soup!  

Green Kale - Organic

Kale is from Hearts and Roots. For the longest storage of 2-3 weeks, strip the kale leaves from the stems, rinse, and then stuff the whole bunch into a large ziplock bag in the fridge. There are a few different varieties of kale but all of them have a similar texture and are filled with nutrients! For salads, massage the dressing into the kale and let it sit for a bit before serving so the leaves soften. 

Zephyr Zucchini - Organic

Zephyr Zucchini is from Hearts and Roots Farms. Zephyr squash is two-tone, colorful with tender skin and a mild flavor. It has a creamy, sweet flesh. Zephyr squash may be steamed, baked, roasted or sauteed. They may also be eaten raw, out of hand as well as thinly sliced or shaved. Keep refrigerated and it should store for one week. 

Try this Baked Summer Squash recipe. 

Candy Cane Beets - Spray Free

Candy Cane Beets are from Wild Earth Farms. These served raw make a great addition to fresh salads. Just like regular red or yellow beets, they can also be boiled, steamed, roasted, sautéed and pickled. Remember not to skip the tasty greens—you can eat them too.

Try this easy beet recipe that comes out beautiful every time. 

Celery - Spray Free

Celery is from Heart Acres Farm. Wrap in a dry towel and place in a plastic bag or wrap tightly in foil and store in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. It should keep for up to two weeks. For long-term storage, celery can be frozen.

 

Half Produce Food Box

to Receive a Minimum of 5 of the Following 7 Items

Beans - Spray Free

Beans are from Wild Earth Farms. Store the beans in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Since the beans we receive are hand-picked they don't perish as quickly. Great for snacking raw with dip or hummus, they have a delicious fresh crunch and mild flavour. If they are cooked, just saute for no more than a couple minutes to prevent them from getting tough. 

Parsley - Spray Free

Parsley is from Wild Earth Farms. Store the same as the dill, with the ends in a glass of water or in a bag in the fridge. This local parsley has so much flavour and adds a fresh green taste to many sides like roasted veggies, salads, pasta dishes or salad dressings. 

Patty Pans - Organic

Squash is from Blue Lagoon Organics. Store the squash on the counter or in the fridge. These summer squash are small, yellow and have pretty scalloped edges.  They can be sliced up for grilling or roasting, shredded or stuffed and baked (medium-big ones).

Try this Garlic-Herb Pattypan Squash

Salad Cucumbers - Spray Free

Salad Cucumbers are from John Abrams Farm Produce. Store in the fridge crisper for up to 1 week. They have thin skin so they don't need peeling. Just cut off the ends and slice up for sandwiches and salads.

Need a summer cool down? Try this Cold Cucumber Soup

Red Beets - Spray Free

Red beets are from Wild Earth Farms. The greens are similar to swiss chard so try and eat those as well because its extra work to keep the beet greens on and make them into bunches. The beets can be shredded or sliced thinly to be eaten raw, or they can be roasted in a veggie mix or to top a salad.

Try this easy beet recipe that comes out beautiful every time. 

Orange Carrots - Spray Free

Orange Carrots are from Heart Acres, an organic vegetable farm from Southern Manitoba. Store in the fridge in a bag or chop up and store in water in a container. These don't need to be peeled, just washed and cut up for raw snacking or a veggie platter. 

Sweet Onions - Spray Free

Sweet Onions are from Jonathan Farms. These exceptionally sweet onions add flavour to fresh salads, sandwiches and stir-fries. The mild flavor of sweet onions makes them perfect for using raw in salads and relishes or chopped as a garnish. Store onions in the veggie bin in the refrigerator. Wrap each bulb individually in paper towels to help absorb moisture and place them in the crisper with vents closed.

Everyone will love this Sweet Onion Casserole!