Although Dusty and I have been “hobby” local eaters for years now, we have certainly never been as aware of what is and isn’t available through the winter as we are now. Generally, we ate local when we felt like we could, but didn’t hesitate to go to the grocery store if we wanted to supplement. This year, though, we’re pretty resistant to going to the grocery store, and our local diet has continued mostly unabated through the snow and cold. Buying for the stand, in addition to ourselves, is of course another beast altogether, and some weeks, over the past month or so, I have felt a sense of panic that we just aren’t going to be able to find enough kale for everyone who wants it. And, some weeks, that has been true. It’ll probably be true this week, although there are quite a few other green options on the list On the other hand, though, every week I am amazed at how much there *is* available, and I’m amazed at how well we personally have been eating.

Our favorite winter staple right now is roasted squash stuffed or served with ground beef or lamb*, with a side of toasted quinoa (okay, that’s not local, but I’m apparently a quinoa-hoarder, and we haven’t bought any new this winter) and/or sauteed greens. It’s just the right balance of warm, sweet, savory, and rich, and it’s infinitely adaptable. We’ve used Calicutts Sweet Curry Powder with ground lamb, a Moroccan-style blend, and even just garlic and some random herbs we had in the fridge. It’s great with all the various kinds of squash we’ve tried, but I’ve been told we’re nearing the end of the season’s supply of acorn squash, so if you want to try it with that one, pick up a couple soon.

One dilemma of winter is that while human egg consumption increases, hen egg production decreases. This week, to supplement the pastured Village Acres eggs that have proven so wildly popular, we’ve ordered some certified organic eggs from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. These eggs are also fully pastured, and are from co-op member farms throughout Lancaster County. Certified organic means a higher price point, so if you try them we’d love your feedback about whether we should keep them in our regular line-up when the sun returns.

In other news, we’re trying a couple of new cheeses, also through the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. These come pre-packaged, and you’ll find them in the yogurt cooler. And since we’re always trying to rotate the cheese selection, but don’t always have everything, I’m including the week’s cheese availability on this list.

See you at Market!

-Julia

*We don’t (at least currently) sell ground lamb, but we’ve gotten it (and you can, too) through our North Mountain Pastures CSA membership, and from Blue Rooster Farm‘s deliveries to Radish & Rye.

Produce

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Greens

  • Bok Choy
  • Green Cabbage
  • Curly Kale
  • Red Cabbage
  • Specialty Lettuce Mix
  • Young Red Russian Kale
  • Young Savoy Spinach
  • Young Spinach

Root Veggies

  • Celeriac
  • Colorful Carrots
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Orange Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Purple-Top Turnips
  • Red Beets
  • Rutabagas
  • Watermelon Radishes

Squash

  • Acorn Squash
  • Butternut Squash

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Potatoes

  • Red
  • White
  • Yukon Gold
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Purple Sweet Potatoes

Onions & Garlic

  • Music Garlic
  • Shallots
  • White Scallions
  • Yellow Onions

Mushrooms

  • Cremini Mushrooms
  • White Mushrooms

Apples

  • Gala
  • Granny Smith
  • Jonagold

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Cheese

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Keswick Creamery

  • Blue Suede Moo
  • Dragon’s Breath
  • Quark
  • Ricotta
  • Talleginator
  • Vermeer
  • Wallaby

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  • Baby Swiss
  • Clothbound Cheddar
  • Colby
  • Goat Gouda
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Smoked Cheddar

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  • Apple Tree Chevre
  • Hope Springs Mild Cheddar
  • Conestoga Creamery Millich Kivvel
  • Green Acres Smoked Gouda

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Bread

mcgrathsoriginalMcGrath’s Brick Oven Bakehouse (Friday & Saturday)

  • McGrath’s Original
  • Sesame Original
  • Irish Oatmeal Pan Bread
  • Multigrain Pan Bread
  • Three Seed
  • Nutty Irishman
  • Parmesan Olive Herb

We also have a number of breads from Talking Breads bakery available frozen while supplies last! Fresh Talking Breads arrives next week.