hencloseup_adj_croppedJust a couple quick things:

  1. Egg sale continues. Yep, they’re still laying strong. We may have a couple more weeks of this. Dusty and I went through more than a dozen this week — high for us — and I’m not sick of them yet. I hope you aren’t, either. 🙂
  2. Fresh bread on Friday & Saturday. Kevin & Melinda McGrath are back in town and baking on schedule! We have some loaves from their pre-trip bake in the freezer for Thursday, and will have fresh bread again as normal on Friday and Saturday.

Not much to ramble about this week, but if you’re in a hurry scroll down to view what we have this week!

As I write this, I’ve just finished putting together an email newsletter for my other job, so I’ve gotta confess that I’m not feeling very wordy. The other major highlight of this week was getting our taxes done on time. Woohoo.

We are, as you know, solidly into spring. It’s not quite warm enough yet for me to be in full-on bask mode, but I’m definitely getting there. Even with the wonderfully warm days we’ve been having, we’re still about two and a half weeks from the frost-free date here in Zone 7, and many of our growers in more rural areas are Zone 6 and will need to wait an additional week or so beyond that before it’s safe for plants outside the greenhouses and high tunnels.

As the new crops approach — I mean, really, we could have asparagus any week now! — I somehow find it harder to wait — more tempting to just go buy some asparagus from California or Latin America, or wherever it comes from before it’s ready here. It’s like when it’s *totally* out of season here, I just deal with that and don’t buy it — but when it starts to feel like it *should* be in season, I can just barely restrain myself. But then I do things like google “where is asparagus in season right now”, and find this interesting article about how little asparagus is grown domestically these days, largely because harvesting it is so labor-intensive, and I read about how large-scale commercial asparagus is processed, and think about all the California water that went into growing it, and all the miles it then travels to get here, and…I’m not quite as tempted.

Besides — and maybe more importantly — last year when we got the first round of spring asparagus from the Joshua Farm, I thought it was the best I’d ever had. I bet, when the day arrives this year, I’ll feel the same way all over again.

In the meantime, I’m very grateful for all the greens coming out of the high tunnels and greenhouses — especially because they go so well with eggs. 🙂

Julia

 

Produce

 

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Braising Greens

  • Curly Kale
  • More Kale (small quantities of other varieties)
  • Bok Choy
  • Collards

Salad Greens

  • Arugula
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Mesclun Mix
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Baby Red Russian Kale
  • Young Spinach

Onions & Garlic

  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Green Garlic
  • Scallions
  • Shallots

Apples

  • Cameo
  • Granny Smith

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Root Veggies

  • Spring Radishes
  • Black Radishes
  • Orange Carrots
  • Celeriac
  • Parsnips
  • Golden Turnips
  • Red Beets
  • Rutabagas

Potatoes

  • French Fingerling Potatoes
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes

Mushrooms

  • Cremini Mushrooms
  • White Mushrooms

Squash

  • Butternut Squash

Herbs

  • Basil (limited quantities)

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Cheese

 

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Keswick Creamery

  • Blue Suede Moo
  • Brie
  • Morbier
  • Quark
  • Ricotta
  • Vermeer
  • Wallaby
  • Wine-Washed Tomme

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Lykens Valley Creamery

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

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Valley Shepherd Creamery

  • Oldwick Shepherd
  • Red Goat
  • Somerset
  • Hunterdon
  • Smokey Shepherd
  • Melter Skelter

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Other

  • Apple Tree Feta
  • Camelot Valley Chevre
  • Camelot Valley Feta
  • Camelot Valley Moonlight Fog
  • Hope Springs Mild Cheddar
  • Hope Springs Monterey Jack

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Bread

 

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McGrath’s Brick Oven Bakehouse
(fresh Friday & Saturday; frozen Thursday)

  • McGrath’s Original
  • Sesame Original
  • Irish Oatmeal Pan Bread
  • Everything Bread
  • Pfeffernuss Brot
  • Three Seed
  • add’l varieties available frozen

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Talking Breads
(limited quantities available frozen)

  • Batard
  • Ciabatta
  • Miche
  • Pugliese
  • Seeded
  • Semolina

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