This Week’s Harvest: Easter Lamb Leg, Organic Popcorn, Sweet Jonagold Apples, Fresh Cut Herbs

Tamarack-VT-Sheep-Farm---Ben-and-GraceLamb for Easter:
Direct from our friends and partner farmers Ben Machin and Grace Bowmer at Tamarack VT Sheep Farm, we have a limited amount of Butterflied Lamb Legs available for your Easter table. Get them on your order early as they will sell out.

Because we had these legs specially cut, we also are able to offer Lamb Bones to make into a nutritious flavorful soup stock. They come in 2.2 lb packages.

We also have some Lamb Stew Meat in large, family gathering, 3 lb portions and a few Lamb Shanks for braising or soup available.

Special Pricing:
Whole Chickens, Chicken Breast, Tempeh, and Everyday Matzoh remain on special pricing this week. For many of us, the Matzoh has become a great everyday alternative to boxed crackers and goes wonderfully with jams or cheeses.

One of the reviews of the matzoh extols… “A delicious, hearty, and filling flatbread. Not reminiscent of store bought matzah. If it reminds me of anything, it would be the Ak-Mak cracker. Like Tolkein’s (fictional) lembas bread, one sheet is enough for a whole day’s march.”

Popcorn is back!
The Popcorn from Loraine and Steve Lalonde at Tullochgorum Farm is a great after school snack or the perfect companion to a good film night at home. No GMO here – their land and seeds are fully organic certified.

Fish:
Traditional Share – Cod
Adventuresome Share – Redfish
Scallops

Soups:
Joe has a great selection of soups, sauces, stocks, and more available this week.

Enchilada Sauce
Refried Beans
Veg Stock
Chicken Stock
BBQ Sauce
Ginger Chicken
Lentil Vegetable

Fruit:
A great selection of apples this week – Try something new!
Spartan
Mac
Empire
Jonagold – these are large and sweet
Northern Spy
Cortland

Fresh Herbs:
Cilantro
Curly Parsley
Dill
Chives
Sage
Thyme
Tarragon

Tea:
Ancient Forest Black
White Peony
Five Peaks Green

Coffee:
Robert and Annie of Bohemian Bakery and Coffee Roasters are off for a long overdue vacation and their first trip overseas to Paris – Strictly research says Robert!!!
As a result we have put Coffee on limited supply this week and next, but they will be back the following week. If you want a pound, you will have to put it on your order each week just like other limited stock items.

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This Week’s Harvest: Special Pricing on Poultry, Matzoh, and Fresh Spinach; Lamb for the Holidays; Fresh Herbs

The spring holidays are around the corner and we’ve made it easy to feed your family the best at your Passover and Easter tables. We have great prices on Whole Turkey & Whole Chicken for the next two weeks and as a special treat, we’re able to offer a small number of Whole Butterflied Lamb Legs.

Chicken Breast, Fresh Spinach, Everyday Matzoh, and Tempeh are also on special pricing this week. Enjoy!

SPECIAL PRICING THIS WEEK:

Misty Knoll Farm Poultry - Humane, Hormone and Antibiotic Free – Prices good for two weeks
turkey.roasted.bannerWhole Chicken: $4.25 lb Now $3.75 lb Misty Knoll chicken is the best tasting chicken from Vermont, and a whole bird goes a long way for a busy family. It can be roasted, and then put in the soup pot for later in the week.
Chicken Breast: $10.90 lb Now $8.90 lb This is same delicious chicken as the whole birds, only Misty Knoll has gotten the breasts ready for your grill or oven. Juicy, but not watery, tasty but not overpowering, this family farm has poultry raising and processing down to an art.
Whole Turkey: $4.95 lb Now $3.95 lb These naturally raised, free-range turkeys are healthy and happy birds you can feel good about putting on your table. Misty Knoll starts the turkeys in a large brooder house, sheltered from the elements, until they are capable of withstanding Vermont’s cool nights. Then the flocks are moved to open barns with free access to lush pasture, sunlight, whole grains and fresh water. Allowed to grow naturally to size, these turkeys are robust and meatier than other turkeys found at the supermarket – naturally grown birds take longer to mature, but the resulting flavor is well worth it.

Patchwork Farm & Bakery Handmade Everyday Matzoh
matzoh.bannerEveryday Matzoh: $6.80 Now $5.50 This is not your typical matzoh! Charlie of Patchwork Farm & Bakery invites you to try this wonderful handmade unleavened bread. He calls it Everyday Bread because it’s really versatile as a wonderful wholesome cracker. You will want this around to eat with cheese, butter, relish, soups….. Take the boxed crackers off your shopping list and try this Matzoh each week.

Fresh Organic Baby Spinach from Blackwell Roots Farmspinach.bannerFresh Organic Baby Spinach: $6.50 Now $5.50 Last week was our first fresh spinach after a long time without. This week we are happy to report is is growing like crazy! You may have noticed that while it tasted delicious – the visual quality was a bit lacking – this is typical when it is growing slowly and also a result of the amazing temperature swings in the greenhouses. Negative 11 at night and up to 70 above in the daytime with sunshine! As a way of making up to everyone for the visual quality of the spinach last week – we are putting it on special price this week – 8 oz bag normally $6.50 – this week $5.50. What a great time to get your deep greens! Raw or cooked the flavor is wonderful.

Meats:
Lamb for Easter and Passover – We have a few Whole Butterflied Leg of Lamb from Tamarack Sheep Farm. They will weigh approximately 5 – 6.5 lb and will be delivered already tied for roasting. We have a limited amount so order early if you want this extremely rare cut.

If you’re in the mood for a great grass-fed steak, Woodbourne Farms has you covered.

Vegetables: 
Given the time of year, Cathy at Unity Farm keeps surprising us each week with the quality of her Mesclun Mix. It is limited so if you have not had a chance to try it please do.

Last week we sent the last of River Berry Farm’s Carrots. David’s carrots have been nothing short of incredible this year. This week Pete’s Greens has Carrots for us all – and they are also wonderful.

Rhapsody Organic Tempeh – Madeleif and her family are continuing their special on both their flavored and original tempeh this week. This Organic and GMO free Tempeh is wonderfully savory and flavorful. Give it a try and be surprised!

Fish:
Traditional Share – Hake
Adventuresome Share –  Skate
Scallops

Teas:
Sencha Green – refreshing and robust with a clean finish
Earl Grey – nothing like it in the evening for a gentle pick up
Green Mountain Mint – Mint and Rose hips make for a bright and refreshing tea

Herbs:
Sage, Thyme, Cilantro, Tarragon, Dill, and Chives

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Partner Farmers & Producers: Ray Lewis – Square Deal Farm

Speak with Ray Lewis about his family’s organic maple sugaring operation for a few minutes and you’ll realize his passion and dedication to the craft. From equipment choices and how to use them, to cleaning, to the fine points of storing and burning the cord wood that heats his boiler, Ray approaches each decision with flavor as the guiding principle.

Square Deal Farm boils sap from three sugar bush stands that they steward in their corner of Walden, VT. Sourcing only from the land they work to conserve, Ray and his wife Sarah are proud to maintain complete traceability for their exceptional product. Each batch gets a lot number and he can tell you when it was boiled and the barrel it was stored in. No chemicals or pesticides are used throughout the entire process from tree to packaging.

Square Deal Farm is the exclusive source of maple syrup and sugar for Farmers To You. Our search for a farm with integrity and high quality product that could meet a growing demand ended when we met Ray. Already impressed with the taste, Farmers To You founder Greg Georgaklis knew it was a good fit after a visit to the farm’s immaculate sugar house and woods. “I’ve been using Ray’s syrup for over 2 years now and his flavor and quality is extremely consistent,” Greg says. “His syrup has none of the unpleasant aftertaste or spongy, metallic flavor that I’ve come across before. Not many sugar operations have gone through the rigorous process of Vermont organic certification and that shows his commitment to detail.”

Put some sweetness on your table with Square Deal Farm!

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This Week’s Harvest: Special Pricing on Bratwurst & Tempeh, Fresh Local Spinach & Salad Mix, Banana Fingerling Potatoes

Tempeh
SPECIAL PRICING THIS WEEK:
Seasonal Bratwurst: $8.90 for a 1 lb package – down $2.00 from $10.90
Jacob and his brother at Artisan Meats of Vermont make this delicious sausage that has become a favorite of ours. The flavor is subtle but rich. Paired with a plate of potatoes and fresh salad – you just can’t go wrong!

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All Rhapsody Tempeh: BBQ and Teriaki Tempeh at $3.75 – down from $4.70 / Plain Tempeh at $2.50 – down from $3.35
Sjon, Elysha and their family at Rhapsody Natural Foods invite you to try their Tempeh at this special price. Their soy foods are processed in traditional ways that are far healthier and more digestible than the modern soy products found in large quantities in protein supplements for vegetarians and vegans. Even if you are not vegetarian or vegan go ahead and give this a try – it is a wonderful value and packed full of nutrients and protein.

A simple spring roll recipe using their Teriaki Tempeh is below and we have more recipe ideas on the item pages.

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Red Potatoes at $3.25 for a 2 lb bag – down from $4.50
Since we had Bratwurst on special we thought we would add some wonderful Red Potatoes from Pete’s Greens. Enjoy some comfort food while the weather is still chilly.

Add Red Potatoes to Your Order

Meat:
Tom from Woodbourne Farm has a full assortment of Grass-Fed Steaks and Beef this week. Order early because there are limited quantities of all these.

Fish:
Traditional Share: Pollock – We are in the middle of a great run of Pollock right now, and local fishermen look to this healthy fishery to help get them through tough winters. Pollock are plentiful and watch groups refer to it as a sustainable species and a “good option”. A wonderful, flaky, and mild whitefish, Pollock is a classic chowder fish great for comforting soups and stews. Try adding bite sized pieces to your favorite curry for the last ten minutes of cooking. Or add it to spicy Asian style broth like Tom Yum or hot and sour.

Adventuresome Share: Skate Wings - Skate is a plentiful and underutilized fish here in New England. What you get is a filet made from the wings of the skate – they are triangle shaped and when baked or fried are delicious. This fish should be eaten soon after buying it as it spoils a bit faster than other fish, but since Red’s Best gets us our fish so quickly you are way ahead of the game and it will certainly keep for several days in the fridge. One of our favorite recipes is baking the skate with capers and tomatoes. It cooks quickly and begins to separate when done.

Scallops - same wonderful Scallops as we had last week, only the portion will be closer to the 12 oz size we posted and expected. While we know a number of you were happy to get an abundance of scallops in your orders, we apologize for the extra large portions and corresponding big price. We are giving a $10 credit to everyone who had them on their order as this was an error on both ours and Red’s Best part. Hope you enjoyed them!

Vegetables:
Spinach is back!Lee of Blackwell Roots and Joe of Screamin’ Ridge Farm finally have Baby Spinach! As you have seen, it has been one of the most difficult winters for greenhouse growing. Last season we were able to have Spinach consistently all through the year so this local fresh spinach is a welcome return. Enjoy!

Cathy at Unity Farm has beautiful and delicious Mesclun Salad Mix for us this week. Limited quantity so order early.

A slight change in our potatoes. Mixed Fingerling Potato bags are now just the beautiful buttery yellow Banana Fingerlings.

Soups:
Two new soups from Joe at Screamin’ Ridge Farm.
Miso Vegetable and Tofu Soup
French Split Pea and Ham Soup

Fruit:
We have a great selection of Apples this week. Try two varieties and savor the difference!
Mac – traditional favorite – great eating and for apple sauce.
Shizuka – very similar to the Crispins and like a sweet Granny Smith.
Northern Spy – Great eating, great baking, just great.
Spartan – Wonderful eating apple with crisp snap in texture and flavor.
Cortland – The best baking apple bar none… and wonderful for eating too!

*A tip on keeping apples fresh: As we are in the extended season for these wonderful apples it is key to keep them refrigerated when they reach your home.

Bill at Champlain Orchards does a wonderful job storing and delivering apples quickly and freshly, but they do not have the shelf life they would if it were earlier in the season. Fruit is designed to ripen on or off the tree so animals will eat and spread the seeds around. Bill and his crew stop the ripening process by storing these apples in cold, low oxygen environments. The minute they are brought out into the air – the apples try to make up for lost time. Really there is just no fooling mother nature!

So keep them in your refrigerator, they will last for a good long time there.

Tea:
Ginger Mountain Ginseng
White Peony
Five Peaks Green

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Partner Farmers & Producers: Sjon Welters – Rhapsody Natural Foods


Rhapsody Natural Foods is a small family-run organization with a big vision.

Sjon and Elysha Welters started Rhapsody as a vegan restaurant and then began making and selling their own tempeh and miso. Pleasantly surprised by the demand for their small scale, craft produced foods, they sold the restaurant and dove into full time production just over 2 years ago.

Everything about Rhapsody is deeply rooted in creating a sustainable food system and lifestyle. They’ve built their production kitchen where they and their staff live and choose to produce organic in support of sustainable agricultural cycles. By sourcing ingredients locally and living where they work, they are anchored in the local community.

Eating the food they make daily, ensures the quality of the product and connects to their larger vision for how food supports a sustainable way of living, by enhancing the quality of life; promoting awareness, growth, and realization; and supporting the environment.

Sjon, Elysha, and the rest of the Rhapsody team invite you to join them in making positive change towards a sustainable and peaceful world.

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