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Summer Foodbox August 8/9

Featured Recipes from this Week's Meal plan will be posted on www.cramptonsmarket.com/recipes.

 

Here's What You can Expect in this Week's Foodbox:

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

Bunched Garlic - Garlic is from Richard at Hidden Valley. Store these fresh garlic bulbs in the fridge and use in small amounts in recipes as it has a very strong potent flavour! Use in salad dressings, dips, marinades or anything you want a garlic flavour! You can also use it in your pesto's, stir fry's or on your grilled veggies. Try this Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Rice as a side dish!

 

Shelled Peas - Peas are from Marcus at Covenant Farms. They are already shelled so you don't need to do any work! Just eat them as a snack or put them in a salad such as a pasta salad or this Dill, Pea & Cucumber Salad.  Heat them up in a fried rice, stir fry or Creamy Garlic Potatoes & Peas recipe! If you can't use them right away you can always freeze the bag of peas. They will only last fresh in the fridge for about a week.

 

Creamer Potatoes - Mini potatoes this week from Dennis at Oak Valley Vegetables. Store them in the fridge to prevent browning. These are either gold or red new potatoes that can be cooked whole because of their cute little size. They're great boiled, roasted or baked and then can be halved or quartered for an easy potato salad! You can also simply cook with your other veggies in a grill basket or sauté in a pan. They cook fairly quickly because they are so tender.

 

Kelsie Onions - Onions are from Sommerfeld Colony. These are large white onions, fresh and crisp for all your salads, sandwiches and burgers. Store them in the fridge to keep them fresh and they will last about 2 weeks. You can also use these onions for a fresh pico de gallo or on tacos. Try this Sweet Onion & Citrus Dressing for all your summer party salads!

 

Coloured Cauliflower - Cauliflower are from Hans and Peter. These coloured versions are not genetically modified, they are in fact just a heritage variety of cauliflower! They come in white, purple, orange and green. What child would refuse a fun coloured vegetable?! They can be eaten raw with dips or hummus or steamed, sautéed or grilled. Luckily they don't turn your other food a bright colour like beets do... Try slicing the cauliflower and making these Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini Sauce! 

 

White Cucumbers - These cukes are from Justin at Hearts & Roots. Keep them unwashed in the crisper for about a week. White cucumbers are salad sized and they are slightly less tart and more sweet than normal cucumbers. Slice up for a sandwich, salad or wraps. You can also use them to flavour water or in a mojito for these hot days. Don't need to peel these cukes, they have a thin skin and can even be eaten whole. Use your onion and cucumbers in this simple Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad. Great addition to any BBQ!

 

Swiss Chard - Chard is grown by Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store the same as lettuce: rinse, wrap in paper towel and put in a bag in the fridge. Chard is a thinner green similar to spinach. However, it can be used like to a cabbage leaf to make a cabbage roll of some sort. Use the chard in Smitten Kitchen€™s recipe for Spaghetti with Swiss Chard & Garlic Chips or try this Spicy Chard with Bacon and Polenta! Chard is another green that you use up in eggs or a stir fry, and freeze the rest in a sealed bag after chopping it up!

 

Edible Flowers - These come from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store them in a container in the fridge for up to 1 week. These edible flowers such as pansies and violas can be used as a beautiful decoration on a cake, salad or freeze them into a popsicle mold/ice cubes for a fancy treat! Also great for a drink or punch if your hosting a party or BBQ.

 

Cucumbers - Cukes are from Evan at Green Acres Farm. Store them in the crisper for about 1 week unwashed. Salad or slicer cukes don't need to be peeled, just rinse and slice them up for any salad you may be making. I like them best in a couscous, quinoa or chickpea salad. They would mix beautifully with the white cucumbers in any recipe such as this Cucumber Quinoa Salad.  Very refreshing for an outdoor lunch break!

Broccoli - Broccoli is from Dennis at Oak Valley Vegetables. Store it in a sealed bag in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Broccoli is one of the only vegetables I hate raw unless theres dip because it's so dry and flavourless but I'm sure some people like it! You can also use it raw in a broccoli salad which is great since you can use the whole stem of the broccoli too. If you're sick of salads, you can roast or stir fry it with basically anything. It can also be steamed and then shredded for lots of recipes as well.

Full Produce Shares to Receive a Minimum of 6 of the Following 7 Items:

Bunched Garlic - Garlic is from Richard at Hidden Valley. Store these fresh garlic bulbs in the fridge and use in small amounts in recipes as it has a very strong potent flavour! Use in salad dressings, dips, marinades or anything you want a garlic flavour! You can also use it in your pesto's, stir fry's or on your grilled veggies. Try this Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Rice as a side dish!

Shelled Peas - Peas are from Marcus at Covenant Farms. They are already shelled so you don't need to do any work! Just eat them as a snack or put them in a salad such as a pasta salad or this Dill, Pea & Cucumber Salad.  Heat them up in a fried rice, stir fry or Creamy Garlic Potatoes & Peas recipe! If you can't use them right away you can always freeze the bag of peas. They will only last fresh in the fridge for about a week.

Large New Potatoes - Potatoes this week from Dennis at Oak Valley Vegetables. Store them in the fridge to prevent browning. These are either gold or red new potatoes. They're great boiled, roasted or baked and then can be halved or quartered for an easy potato salad! You can also simply cook with your other veggies in a grill basket or sauté in a pan. They cook fairly quickly because they are so tender.

Cauliflower - This veggie is from Hans and Peter. Store in the fridge whole in a plastic bag for up to 2 weeks. Cut up for a raw veggie plate, or pulse in a food processor for cauliflower rice, a pizza crust or homemade veggie nuggets. It can also be steamed and pureed or roasted! Try slicing the cauliflower and making these Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini Sauce! 

Green Cabbage - Store the cabbage in the crisper for up to 3 weeks. Remove outer layers if they become wilted. You can use this cabbage for a coleslaw, stir fry or this fresh crispy Cabbage and Pea Salad! If you know you won't use the cabbage right away, you can cut it into wedges, blanch for about 2 minutes and freeze in a bag for soups and casseroles later on!

Swiss Chard - Chard is grown by Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store the same as lettuce: rinse, wrap in paper towel and put in a bag in the fridge. Chard is a thinner green similar to spinach. However, it can be used like to a cabbage leaf to make a cabbage roll of some sort. Use the chard in Smitten Kitchen€™s recipe for Spaghetti with Swiss Chard & Garlic Chips or try this Spicy Chard with Bacon and Polenta! Chard is another green that you use up in eggs or a stir fry, and freeze the rest in a sealed bag after chopping it up!

Broccoli - Broccoli is from Dennis at Oak Valley Vegetables. Store it in a sealed bag in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Broccoli is one of the only vegetables I hate raw unless theres dip because it's so dry and flavourless but I'm sure some people like it! You can also use it raw in a broccoli salad which is great since you can use the whole stem of the broccoli too. If you're sick of salads, you can roast or stir fry it with basically anything. It can also be steamed and then shredded for lots of recipes as well.

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

Bunched Garlic - Garlic is from Richard at Hidden Valley. Store these fresh garlic bulbs in the fridge and use in small amounts in recipes as it has a very strong potent flavour! Use in salad dressings, dips, marinades or anything you want a garlic flavour! You can also use it in your pesto's, stir fry's or on your grilled veggies. Try this Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Rice as a side dish!

Shelled Peas - Peas are from Marcus at Covenant Farms. They are already shelled so you don't need to do any work! Just eat them as a snack or put them in a salad such as a pasta salad or this Dill, Pea & Cucumber Salad.  Heat them up in a fried rice, stir fry or Creamy Garlic Potatoes & Peas recipe! If you can't use them right away you can always freeze the bag of peas. They will only last fresh in the fridge for about a week.

Creamer Potatoes - Mini potatoes this week from Dennis at Oak Valley Vegetables. Store them in the fridge to prevent browning. These are either gold or red new potatoes that can be cooked whole because of their cute little size. They're great boiled, roasted or baked and then can be halved or quartered for an easy potato salad! You can also simply cook with your other veggies in a grill basket or sauté in a pan. They cook fairly quickly because they are so tender.

Kelsie Onions - Onions are from Sommerfeld Colony. These are large white onions, fresh and crisp for all your salads, sandwiches and burgers. Store them in the fridge to keep them fresh and they will last about 2 weeks. You can also use these onions for a fresh pico de gallo or on tacos. Try this Sweet Onion & Citrus Dressing for all your summer party salads!

Coloured Cauliflower - Cauliflower are from Hans and Peter. These coloured versions are not genetically modified, they are in fact just a heritage variety of cauliflower! They come in white, purple, orange and green. What child would refuse a fun coloured vegetable?! They can be eaten raw with dips or hummus or steamed, sautéed or grilled. Luckily they don't turn your other food a bright colour like beets do... Try slicing the cauliflower and making these Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini Sauce! 

White Cucumbers - These cukes are from Justin at Hearts & Roots. Keep them unwashed in the crisper for about a week. White cucumbers are salad sized and they are slightly less tart and more sweet than normal cucumbers. Slice up for a sandwich, salad or wraps. You can also use them to flavour water or in a mojito for these hot days. Don't need to peel these cukes, they have a thin skin and can even be eaten whole. Use your onion and cucumbers in this simple Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad. Great addition to any BBQ!

Swiss Chard - Chard is grown by Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store the same as lettuce: rinse, wrap in paper towel and put in a bag in the fridge. Chard is a thinner green similar to spinach. However, it can be used like to a cabbage leaf to make a cabbage roll of some sort. Use the chard in Smitten Kitchen€™s recipe for Spaghetti with Swiss Chard & Garlic Chips or try this Spicy Chard with Bacon and Polenta! Chard is another green that you use up in eggs or a stir fry, and freeze the rest in a sealed bag after chopping it up!

Edible Flowers - These come from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store them in a container in the fridge for up to 1 week. These edible flowers such as pansies and violas can be used as a beautiful decoration on a cake, salad or freeze them into a popsicle mold/ice cubes for a fancy treat! Also great for a drink or punch if your hosting a party or BBQ.

Broccoli - Broccoli is from Dennis at Oak Valley Vegetables. Store it in a sealed bag in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Broccoli is one of the only vegetables I hate raw unless theres dip because it's so dry and flavourless but I'm sure some people like it! You can also use it raw in a broccoli salad which is great since you can use the whole stem of the broccoli too. If you're sick of salads, you can roast or stir fry it with basically anything. It can also be steamed and then shredded for lots of recipes as well.

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

Bunched Garlic - Garlic is from Richard at Hidden Valley. Store these fresh garlic bulbs in the fridge and use in small amounts in recipes as it has a very strong potent flavour! Use in salad dressings, dips, marinades or anything you want a garlic flavour! You can also use it in your pesto's, stir fry's or on your grilled veggies. Try this Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Rice as a side dish!

Large New Potatoes - Potatoes this week from Dennis at Oak Valley Vegetables. Store them in the fridge to prevent browning. These are either gold or red new potatoes. They're great boiled, roasted or baked and then can be halved or quartered for an easy potato salad! You can also simply cook with your other veggies in a grill basket or sauté in a pan. They cook fairly quickly because they are so tender.

Kelsie Onions - Onions are from Sommerfeld Colony. These are large white onions, fresh and crisp for all your salads, sandwiches and burgers. Store them in the fridge to keep them fresh and they will last about 2 weeks. You can also use these onions for a fresh pico de gallo or on tacos. Try this Sweet Onion & Citrus Dressing for all your summer party salads!

Cauliflower - This veggie is from Hans and Peter. Store in the fridge whole in a plastic bag for up to 2 weeks. Cut up for a raw veggie plate, or pulse in a food processor for cauliflower rice, a pizza crust or homemade veggie nuggets. It can also be steamed and pureed or roasted! Try slicing the cauliflower and making these Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini Sauce! 

Green Cabbage - Store the cabbage in the crisper for up to 3 weeks. Remove outer layers if they become wilted. You can use this cabbage for a coleslaw, stir fry or this fresh crispy Cabbage and Pea Salad! If you know you won't use the cabbage right away, you can cut it into wedges, blanch for about 2 minutes and freeze in a bag for soups and casseroles later on!

Swiss Chard - Chard is grown by Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store the same as lettuce: rinse, wrap in paper towel and put in a bag in the fridge. Chard is a thinner green similar to spinach. However, it can be used like to a cabbage leaf to make a cabbage roll of some sort. Use the chard in Smitten Kitchen€™s recipe for Spaghetti with Swiss Chard & Garlic Chips or try this Spicy Chard with Bacon and Polenta! Chard is another green that you use up in eggs or a stir fry, and freeze the rest in a sealed bag after chopping it up!

Broccoli - Broccoli is from Dennis at Oak Valley Vegetables. Store it in a sealed bag in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Broccoli is one of the only vegetables I hate raw unless theres dip because it's so dry and flavourless but I'm sure some people like it! You can also use it raw in a broccoli salad which is great since you can use the whole stem of the broccoli too. If you're sick of salads, you can roast or stir fry it with basically anything. It can also be steamed and then shredded for lots of recipes as well.