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  • I am sorry to say, no fresh baguettes this week. We’ve got a pretty good frozen supply.
  • Christmas is fast approaching, but you can still purchase R&R gift cards on the website or in-store.
  • If you’re already thinking about next year (as in New Years), we’ve got pork shoulders available for pre-order!
  • This week’s Staff Pick: Apple Butter from Three Springs Fruit Farm, selected by Dusty.

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Our niece!

Just in case you think we eat well all the time, I have a confession to make: I’ve eaten a lot of ramen in the last week. And I didn’t even take any pictures of it!

So today’s featured image is one that was taken in the last week, and I justify it as being relevant because it was taken at the stand. We’ll say I’m advertising a little known R&R service — if your child will let us, and it’s not too busy, we’ll happily babysit while you shop! No need to think anything cynical about me using an adorable baby (and a pretty good-looking man) as click bait, right? (I’m mostly serious about the babysitting thing.)

In truth, if I had taken pictures of the ramen I’ve eaten over the last week, it might be less embarrassing than just telling you I’ve been eating a lot of ramen. Between us, Dusty and I have made three or four rounds of pickled daikon and/or hakurei turnips (each batch good for several servings of ramen, though that’s not all we’ve been eating them with), I’ve soft-boiled nearly a dozen eggs, we’ve gone through two jars of kim chi (one homemade, one from Sweet Farm), and I’ve eaten so many seaweed snacks I might turn into a mermaid. And those seaweed snacks are the only accompaniment that isn’t local! (When I think about it that way, I’m kind of tickled with myself for finding ways to put a local spin on my 30 cent pack of ramen!) At least one round also involved a very special ramen broth Dusty made and canned a few weeks ago.

Still, even though I don’t seem to be very kitchen-ambitious at the moment, I think it’s about time to eat some meals that are a little more veggie heavy. Last night I had a Baby Red Russian Kale salad with Caesar dressing, a tin of sardines, and a bunch of butter-slathered sourdough bread. That was a good start, and super easy. Rumor has it there are a ton of Brussels Sprouts arriving tomorrow (I’m not crowing too loudly about those, until they’re actually in hand), so I’m dreaming about roasting some of those little guys, maybe along with some thinly shaved fennel (already here, but arrived looking sad enough that it’ll be way marked down), probably to accompany a pork chop. That would be an easy one, and fairly quick, or at least quick-feeling, if you use the roasting time wisely.

I’m also starting to think about what to have for Christmas dinner. Maybe goose? Maybe lamb? I might squirrel away some of those sprouts and save them for Christmas, assuming they arrive looking like they’ll make it that long. And you know, we’ve got those pork shoulders for pre-order for New Years, but if you’ve got a hankering for something special for Christmas, talk to us — we’ve got some connections and would be happy to help you find a fat goose.

-Julia

P.S. Fair warning — I am really enjoying daikon pickled in rice wine vinegar with a little sugar and salt, but for some reason, it emits an odor not unlike that of a baby’s diaper. It doesn’t taste like that at all! But maybe it’s the real reason I was inspired to use that picture?


This week’s Staff Pick from Dusty

Three Springs Fruit Farm Apple Butter
Normally $3.50, this week $2.98

When I was kid, my family would occasionally go to this out of the way restaurant (it could have been called Luddy’s, maybe in Goldsboro, PA?) for the express purpose of indulging in the all-you-can-eat seafood feasts they would have. There were hardshell crabs, shrimp, snow crab legs, steamed clams and oysters, the works, from what I remember. Included in the price of this gluttonous affair was unlimited trips to a modest salad bar. I was too young to know or care how much all this cost, but I definitely understood it to be expensive. Which is probably why it was mildly upsetting to my family that, once we were seated at our table, I would head straight to the salad bar and get a plate of pillowy white Italian bread slices topped with butter and huge dollops of apple butter. And then I would go back again, and again, and again, slowly but surely working myself into an apple butter-induced torpor. I vaguely remember marveling at how something so wonderful and delicious could be available in an unlimited supply like that. It seemed magical, too good to be true. We only paid for seafood but I was sneakily eating all the bread and apple butter instead! Of course, now I know it was the restaurateurs who were having the last laugh. I’m sure if I had been old enough, my family would have LOVED to leave me at home with a loaf of bread and few jars of apple butter, rather than spend whatever princely sum they did to allow me to gorge on apple butter at a seafood restaurant.

Fortunately, I’m an adult now. I’ve become aware that apple butter (having one of the highest deliciousness-to-price ratios in the known universe) is far more affordable than seafood, and I have my own money with which to buy apple butter ANY TIME I WANT. The downside of being an adult is that it also comes with the knowledge that eating white bread and apple butter for every single meal is not a great way to maintain health, so, you know, moderation or whatever.
Anyway, we sell apple butter at Radish & Rye! Isn’t it funny how things work out like that? It’s made by our charming and hard-working friends at Three Springs Fruit Farm in Adams County. It is so good — about as close as you can get to the Platonic Ideal of Apple Butter here in the physical world. It contains only apples and apple cider (both from the Three Springs orchards), and spices. No added sweeteners or anything weird. It’s sweet-but-not-too-sweet, a little tart, and soooo rich from the long cooking it goes through, caramelizing all those naturally-occurring apple sugars. I’m seriously going to go eat some right after I’m done typing this. So, I’m done.

-Dusty


Produce

Braising Greens

  • Young Spinach

Fruit

  • Fuji Apples
  • Granny Smith Apples

Herbs

  • Parsley
  • Rosemary

Mushrooms

  • Cremini
  • White
  • Shiitake
  • Lions Mane
  • Oyster
Onions & Garlic
  • Garlic
  • Leeks (limited)
  • Red Onions
  • Yellow Onions
  • White Onions
  • Shallots

Other

  • Brussels Sprouts (arriving mid-day Thursday)
  • Green Cabbage
  • Red Cabbage
  • Fennel Bulbs (pretty sad)

Potatoes

  • Blue Potatoes
  • Red Potatoes
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Japanese Sweet Potatoes
Roots
  • Red Beets
  • Gold Beets
  • Carrots
  • Celeriac
  • Parsnips
  • Daikon Radishes
  • Red Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Sweet White Turnips
  • Purple Top Turnips

Salad Greens

  • Baby Red Russian Kale
  • Mesclun Mix
  • Ruby Streaks Mustard Greens

Squash

  • Butternut Squash

Bread

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

  • McGrath’s Original
  • Sesame Original
  • Irish Oatmeal Pan Bread
  • Nutty Irishman
  • Cheesy Bread
  • Cranberry Orange
  • Baguettes (fresh Saturday only; frozen only this week!)
Talking Breads (fresh Thursday)

  • Batard
  • Ciabatta (frozen only)
  • Miche
  • Seeded