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Produce Notes: August 28, 2019

Now that the Dog Days of Summer are behind us and many are back to school, we’re highlighting the best of this seasonal transition!

 

Mix up your crudite with some Green Beans from Coke Farms, our Super Fresh Deal this week! These crunchy, folate-rich legumes are not only delicious, they actually improve soil health by “fixing” nitrogen from the air in their roots - when the bean roots begin to decompose, the nitrogen becomes available for the next crop planted in that spot. Look for vivid color and firm texture when picking out your beans, and feel free to stock up - extras freeze beautifully (and make a great treat for your overheated canine friends!), or you can make dilly beans to enjoy all year long. If you have a grilling basket, try tossing the beans with a little oil and your preferred spices and add them to your late-summer cookout menu! 

 

Be sure to also check out our Red Chinese Noodle Beans (aka Red Yardlong Beans)! These impressively sized beans grow rapidly on climbing vines - the pods can grow more than an inch a day in warm climates. While they might look like oversized Green Beans, Yardlong Beans are actually members of a different genus altogether, more closely related to cowpeas. Likewise, the texture and flavor of Yardlong Beans are distinct. Unlike Green Beans, Yardlong Beans will be limp and slightly wrinkled even when they’re fresh - don’t be put off! The red variety we have in stock (Santa Monica only!) is tender and fleshy with a complex flavor like a nutty mushroom, but less earthy. Yardlong Beans can become waterlogged and bland when cooked in water, so be sure to cook them in oil: sauteed, stir-fried, or deep-fried, their flavor intensifies and their texture remains tight and juicy. Try deep-frying the Yardlong Beans before sauteing them with stock, aromatics, and some Sichuan peppercorns for a take on a Chinese recipe! Or (after stir-frying the beans in a neutral oil), try simmering them in coconut milk with some cubed kabocha squash for a version of an Indonesian staple. 

 

Another gem from Coke Farm is on our Fresh Deals: beautiful dry farmed Early Girl Tomatoes! Dry farming is an ancient cultivation technique used around the Mediterranean and in Mediterrean climates around the world, making it a natural fit for California, with our rainy winters that saturate the soil and generally bone-dry summers. After the plants have been established, irrigation is cut off, forcing the roots deep into the soil in search of water. The fruit the plant produces are usually smaller and packed with flavor, with a firm, dense texture. These Early Girls will shine in any simple preparation, whether raw or roasted. Celebrate their flavor by serving them simply with a little California olive oil and sea salt for a true taste of summer. And the last veggie on our Fresh Deals? Red Potatoes! These California-grown taters have a waxy texture that means your Red Potatoes will stay firm when cooked, whether roasted or boiled, and their thin-but-colorful skin is the best part - be sure to leave it on for maximum nutritional value! The resistant starch in potatoes nurtures good gut bacteria, which may in turn help reduce insulin resistance. 

 

Rounding out our Fresh Deals are grapes - four varieties of grapes, in fact! These made-for-snacking fruits have been cultivated around the world for thousands of years, boasting a wealth of health benefits. One cup of grapes provides more than a quarter of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin vital for blood clotting and healthy bones, and grapes are packed with antioxidants (mostly in their seeds and skin). If you spend a lot of time looking at a screen, grapes may help ease your tired eyes: lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in grapes, help protect your retinas from damage from blue light. This week our Black, Green, and Red Grapes come from Benzler Farm in Fresno. We are especially excited about our Thomcord Grapes, and not just because of their beautiful plastic-free packaging! Thomcords are a cross of the Concord and Thompson Seedless varieties, marrying the wild, plummy taste of Concords with the thinner skins and barely-there seeds of Thompsons. Pair these jammy table grapes with a creamy, soft cheese on your charcuterie board or roast the grapes and scatter them over focaccia with olives for a savory-sweet delight!


Produce Notes: August 28, 2019

Now that the Dog Days of Summer are behind us and many are back to school, we’re highlighting the best of this seasonal transition!

 

Mix up your crudite with some Green Beans from Coke Farms, our Super Fresh Deal this week! These crunchy, folate-rich legumes are not only delicious, they actually improve soil health by “fixing” nitrogen from the air in their roots - when the bean roots begin to decompose, the nitrogen becomes available for the next crop planted in that spot. Look for vivid color and firm texture when picking out your beans, and feel free to stock up - extras freeze beautifully (and make a great treat for your overheated canine friends!), or you can make dilly beans to enjoy all year long. If you have a grilling basket, try tossing the beans with a little oil and your preferred spices and add them to your late-summer cookout menu! 

 

Be sure to also check out our Red Chinese Noodle Beans (aka Red Yardlong Beans)! These impressively sized beans grow rapidly on climbing vines - the pods can grow more than an inch a day in warm climates. While they might look like oversized Green Beans, Yardlong Beans are actually members of a different genus altogether, more closely related to cowpeas. Likewise, the texture and flavor of Yardlong Beans are distinct. Unlike Green Beans, Yardlong Beans will be limp and slightly wrinkled even when they’re fresh - don’t be put off! The red variety we have in stock (Santa Monica only!) is tender and fleshy with a complex flavor like a nutty mushroom, but less earthy. Yardlong Beans can become waterlogged and bland when cooked in water, so be sure to cook them in oil: sauteed, stir-fried, or deep-fried, their flavor intensifies and their texture remains tight and juicy. Try deep-frying the Yardlong Beans before sauteing them with stock, aromatics, and some Sichuan peppercorns for a take on a Chinese recipe! Or (after stir-frying the beans in a neutral oil), try simmering them in coconut milk with some cubed kabocha squash for a version of an Indonesian staple. 

 

Another gem from Coke Farm is on our Fresh Deals: beautiful dry farmed Early Girl Tomatoes! Dry farming is an ancient cultivation technique used around the Mediterranean and in Mediterrean climates around the world, making it a natural fit for California, with our rainy winters that saturate the soil and generally bone-dry summers. After the plants have been established, irrigation is cut off, forcing the roots deep into the soil in search of water. The fruit the plant produces are usually smaller and packed with flavor, with a firm, dense texture. These Early Girls will shine in any simple preparation, whether raw or roasted. Celebrate their flavor by serving them simply with a little California olive oil and sea salt for a true taste of summer. And the last veggie on our Fresh Deals? Red Potatoes! These California-grown taters have a waxy texture that means your Red Potatoes will stay firm when cooked, whether roasted or boiled, and their thin-but-colorful skin is the best part - be sure to leave it on for maximum nutritional value! The resistant starch in potatoes nurtures good gut bacteria, which may in turn help reduce insulin resistance. 

 

Rounding out our Fresh Deals are grapes - four varieties of grapes, in fact! These made-for-snacking fruits have been cultivated around the world for thousands of years, boasting a wealth of health benefits. One cup of grapes provides more than a quarter of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin vital for blood clotting and healthy bones, and grapes are packed with antioxidants (mostly in their seeds and skin). If you spend a lot of time looking at a screen, grapes may help ease your tired eyes: lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in grapes, help protect your retinas from damage from blue light. This week our Black, Green, and Red Grapes come from Benzler Farm in Fresno. We are especially excited about our Thomcord Grapes, and not just because of their beautiful plastic-free packaging! Thomcords are a cross of the Concord and Thompson Seedless varieties, marrying the wild, plummy taste of Concords with the thinner skins and barely-there seeds of Thompsons. Pair these jammy table grapes with a creamy, soft cheese on your charcuterie board or roast the grapes and scatter them over focaccia with olives for a savory-sweet delight!

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