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  • Fresh pork for the week: Boston Butt roasts, tenderloins, succulent chops, Spicy Tuscan sausage, and ground pork!
  • New veggies for the week include collard greens, baby-ish spinach, and lettuce mix. (Okay, not like, new new, but all of those things have taken at least a week off!)

Scroll down for the full list of what we’ll have this week!

Sometimes in winter, the answer is experimentation. Dusty fermented a zillion kinds of winter veggies (squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, etc), then roasted them. Pictured here over farro, with soft-boiled eggs and a turmeric carrot dressing. The dressing is a keeper. Roasted veggies over farro is a keeper (and a standby). Fermented turnips and beets are winners. Roasted fermented sweet potatoes? Meh.

Well! Did you enjoy that little burst of spring we had earlier in the week? I sure did, though I’ll confess that my enjoyment of it was hampered by an ill-timed illness and an all-day food safety training class/exam on Monday. But now that it’s winter again, I’m feeling much better, and I’m pretty sure that I (and Dusty and Veronica) passed the ServSafe exam, and, well, it is February, so…it seems all is right with the world again. At least my little corner of it.

The ServSafe thing — while required at the market stand in order for us to be able to cut cheese and slice bread — is mostly in anticipation of the day (not too long now!) when we’ll have a kitchen and all that food safety stuff will feel a lot more relevant. So I’m trying to remember that even though sitting through five hours of videos and lectures about time and temperature control was not exactly how I would have preferred to spend a warm sunshine-y day, it’s still pretty exciting. Right?

But what I want to talk about tonight is, well, nothing. Instead, I want to let JJ Goode do the talking, in the form of his recent treatise on “supermarket season”. Perhaps it’s blasphemous. Perhaps it’s poor marketing on my part to point you toward an essay about why not to be a locavore in February. And yet…I thought it was so damn funny, I just had to share.

But also — I like to think we exist in some happy place between farmers’ market and supermarket; a place where you can buy seasonal veggies — including kale! — and where you can get the bread and milk and pizza kits and pork chops you need all year round. And if you need an avocado? We’re conveniently located in the same building as two other produce vendors who will let you do exactly that. I felt pretty grateful to them this past week, as I squeezed lime after lime into bowls of spicy homemade broth.

But also this — maybe JJ Goode and his fancy New York neighborhood need some better local produce retailers. Check out that list below — it may not be quite as varied as in August, but it’s sure not all turnips and rutabagas!

See you at market?

Julia

P.S. Also, for the record, JJ Goode’s local farmers’ market may have outlandishly expensive shiitakes, but ours are priced competitively (and then some) with those on offer at least two nearby chains. Take that, New York.

P.P.S. If you click through and find the article too long, skip to the last paragraph; maybe it’s not so blasphemous after all?


Produce

Greens, Hearty & Delicate

  • Collard Greens
  • Young Green Curly Kale
  • Red Boston Head Lettuce
  • Little Gem Romaine
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Mesclun Mix
  • Ruby Streaks Mustard Greens
  • Pea Shoots
  • Baby-ish Spinach

Fruit

  • Pink Lady Apples
  • Granny Smith Apples

Herbs

  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
Mushrooms
  • Cremini
  • White
  • Shiitake
  • Oyster
  • Lions Mane

Onions & Garlic

  • Garlic
  • Yellow Onions
  • Red Onions
  • Shallots

Other Stuff

  • Cabbage
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Jerusalem Artichokes (somewhat limited)
Potatoes
  • Yukon Golds
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Roots

  • Beets (Red & Gold)
  • Carrots
  • Celeriac
  • Parsnips
  • Purple Radishes (somewhat limited)
  • Watermelon Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Purple-Top Turnips
  • White Salad Turnips (aka Hakurei)

Squash

  • Delicata
  • Butternut

Bread

McGrath’s Brick Oven Bakehouse

  • McGrath’s Original
  • Sesame Original
  • Irish Oatmeal
  • Cranberry Pecan
  • Jalapeno Cheddar
  • Nutty Irishman
  • Baguettes (frozen only)
Talking Breads

(Frozen only)

  • Batard
  • Miche
  • Seeded