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What's in Your Box - Week 13!

Posted 9/30/2020 11:29am by Nancy.

Greetings from Mountain Freshies!

The diversity in your boxes this week reflects the amazing abundance the farms are providing, it is an exciting time of year!  See below some pics and info to help you identify some of the items in your box.  Can't believe we're in Week 13 of 15, the summer just flew by and we are nearing the end of our Farm-to-Family season.  We are working on some exciting wholesale options to continue bringing you more goodness through the fall and winter, so stay tuned if you are interested and we'll keep you apprised of our plans.  Please note that after your final delivery October 14/15 we need you to return your boxes to the host location, so we can do a drive by the next week to pickup all the empties. 

We had a great day at the farm yesterday.  The leaves are turning (pic from McClure Pass), fall is in the air, everyone is in good spirits and it was good to see Eric up and around, walking on crutches with a full leg cast.  He is expecting his injury to heal without surgery, so that is good news.  



You will see a recipe for Turnip Dahl in your boxes this week.  We had printed it early in the season, but never had enough turnips for all the boxes, so we've decided to try something different.  Each of you received a rutabaga in your box this week.  It is similar to a turnip, but rutabagas grow larger (one big one will likely replace the need for the two turnips called for in the recipe, or you can make a 1/2 portion).  Rutabagas belong to the class of plants which includes cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower and brussell sprouts.  They are sometimes described as a cross between a turnip and a cabbage, and cookbooks sometimes refer to rutabagas as yellow turnips.  While turnips can sometimes taste a bit peppery or bitter, rutabagas have a more mellow nut-like flavor.  We believe it will be a good fit for the Turnip Dahl recipe, so please give it a try and let us know what you think!  We may get a big round of turnips ready for our final week of Farm-to-Family boxes and if so, we'll get a second chance to try again. 

We are sorry to announce that the birds got all the concord grapes this season.  No one really knows why there was such a big bird invasion this year, but there were definitely more around and they lost some of their other food sources in the big freeze and went after the concord grapes to fill the gaps.  We really look forward to the concords, so they'll taste even sweeter next year year.

A customer reached out with an interesting observation about their mushrooms last week.  Their oysters were covered in a soft, white substance they were concerned was mold.  Spores live under the gills of mushrooms and in the oyster variety in particular, they are very prevalent.  Once picked and removed from a cold environment, the mushrooms release their spores which rapidly grow into a white fuzz called mycelium.  It is safe and completely edible, so cook them up and enjoy.  

Below is some info on the items pictured.  Please remember that we usually don't have enough of any one item to include in all the boxes, so you will not see everything included here.  As always with the peppers, spiciness can be subjective, so please test a bit before you commit!  



1:  Lunch Box Sweet Peppers, can be popped in your mouth and enjoyed as a snack, not spicy.

2:  Daikon radishes, big and spicy, a little goes a long way!

3:  The green one are Sweet Banana Peppers, good in salads, not spicy (the orange are described above)

4:  Watermelon Radishes

5:  Radicchio was included in the veggie only and in most of the family size boxes.  It is bitter and spicy, but mellows if it is grilled or roasted.

6:  The white root veggie in the middle of the pic is a Rutabaga to be used in replacement of turnips for this week's recipe.  Looks a bit like the watermelon radishes, but notice it has a purple and not a green top. 

7:  Jasper tomatoes, we've been loving these for the past few weeks and have worked to get them in everyone's boxes.  They may have been mixed with some larger, more orange colored tomatoes called Clementines.  They are sweet and amazing, so we are working with Welltiva farm to grow these in a greenhouse for our wholesale list throughout the winter.  

8:  Sweet Italian Chili Pepper, not spicy

We love our customers and appreciate all your support this season, enjoy your boxes and please reach out if you have any questions! 

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