Spinach: From our transitional fields meaning it is not (yet) certified organic. Please contact us with questions about transitional produce & organic certification; we’re happy to explain how we keep the items separate. We finally entered our third year of transition to organic on our leased piece of land — we’ll be able to have the parcel certified sometime this month! May be muddy (click on the spinach link to see why). To clean, first rinse quickly to remove mud chunks. Then fill up a bowl with cold water. Remove leaves from stems & all yellow leaves. Put in water, swish, & let soak for 5-10 min. Lift leaves out of water, rinse & blot/spin dry. Use the discarded water for your houseplants! Store in plastic bag in fridge. Romaine: We hope you enjoy this crisp, fresh romaine! It is from our transitional fields (see spinachabove) and is not (yet) certified organic. Store in plastic bag in fridge and wash before consuming.
Broccoli: These beautiful heads were just gleaming in the field. It is best used within 3-4 days. If you notice some unwanted visitors hiding in your florets, rinse broccoli in a bowl of salted water to remove. The field and packing crew have been carefully inspecting them. Store dry in plastic bag in fridge and wash before using.
French Breakfast Radishes: From our transitional fields (see spinach above) and is not (yet) certified organic. These lovely little bunches have a spicy crunch that mellows into succulent sweetness when cooked. Remove greens and roots before storing and keep in plastic bag in fridge. Wash well before use. Slice thinly and add into a fresh green salad or layer on buttered bread for a great snack.
Napa Cabbage: This is the first of our fall crop and it is yummy! Cabbage is wonderful because it cooks quickly, is versatile, and tastes so good. Napa cabbage makes a lovely salad or slaw and can be a delicious addition to stir-fry or soups. Store in fridge and wash well before use.
Watermelon Daikon: From our transitional fields (see spinach above) and is not (yet) certified organic. This large round root veggie with a beautiful burst of magenta color in the center is related to the turnip and horseradish. It has a crispy texture and has a mildly sweet and peppery flavor. This interesting radish can be cooked like a turnip, creamed, sauteed, braised, added to a stir-fry or stew. It can also be eaten raw as a lovely accompaniment to salad or sandwich. Store in plastic in fridge and wash before eating.
Collards: These are from our transitional (see spinach above) and organic fields. The luscious green leaves are a great source of beta carotene, vitamin C and calcium. These hearty greens must be cooked longer than other greens, but are well worth the wait. Store in fridge and wash before eating.
Pomegranates: These beautiful fruits are from our friend Nacho at Twin Girls Farm near Fresno and are QAI (Quality Assurance International) certified organic. We’ve been friends with this family farm for a long time and see them every week at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market and yes, they do have twin teenage girls. They do sell some of their goods to Purity, so that will explain if it has a market sticker on it. Store in fridge for longest storage or on counter for 2-3 weeks. They get juicier with time. SOOO good! Use a knife or your hands to pry open the tough rind and pop out the arils (seeds). These are a great addition to salads or wonderful just to snack on alone. Check out this week’s recipes on our website at www.eatwell.com.
Apples: These Pink Lady apples are organic and from our friend and neighbor Greg at Coco Ranch near Davis. Keep in the fridge or on the counter (depending on how you like to eat them) and wash before consuming.
Potatoes: You may get either Red potatoes or German Butterball potatoes in your box this week. Both are delicious varieties. Store these in the fridge and eat the skin for most nutrients! Wash before eating. So good!
Butternut Squash: This is fantastic baked (either halved or whole) and has a sweet, nutty taste and an orange fleshy pulp. Stored properly in a cool (not cold), dark place this will last for weeks.