WHAT’S FRESH: WINTER IN ZONE 7
Hello, 2015! Here at Zone 7, local food continues. Winter means tasty roots, hearty greens, stone-ground grains, apples & pears, greenhouse lettuce, frozen berries, eggs, honey, mushrooms & more!
In addition to the products below, we’re highlighting Local Grains this month from Castle Valley Mill. They buy their grains from local Pennsylvania farmers, clean them using vintage grain cleaning machines, and mill them fresh-to-order on restored 1850’s authentic stone mills. The cornmeal produces a lavender colored product when cooked. Great for polenta fries, cornbread, corn pancakes, cornmeal cookies, cornmeal dessert cakes, and more! We’d love to know what you do with it. We are confident that you will find the flavor and freshness of our products superior to anything you have used. Learn more about Castle Valley’s products HERE.
TREE FRUIT: Many of our farms have state-of-the-art storage facilities that ensure a plentiful supply of apples and Asian pears through the spring.
BERRIES: Fresh cranberries should be available through mid February and dried cranberries will get you through the early spring until strawberries start fruiting. We also recommend Little Buck frozen blueberries, as well as Red Head Farms Frozen Blackberries and Raspberries – a great bulk deal!
GREENHOUSE TOMATOES: As we bid farewell to the last field grown tomatoes, we welcome some beautiful greenhouse grown mixed cherry, medium red and salad tomatoes from White Star. These great tasting tomatoes will take you right through the winter and into spring!
GREENHOUSE SALAD GREENS: Several of our farms grow pristine greens through the winter, including a stunning selection of baby living salad greens. Bright Farms grows a beautiful Spring Mix and Baby Arugula. White Star will keep your customers sated with beautiful butterhead and mixed lettuces.
FIELD GREENS: Our farmers continue to get better and better at finding ways to extend their seasons! The hardiest greens like cabbage can be found through mid to late February while kale, collards, bunched spinach and arugula will be around through January. If all goes well, expect hardy greens to keep coming out of high tunnels and hoop house structures.
ROOTS: The rich taste of winter is at its best in root vegetables. Phillips Farm will continue to offer purple top turnips, orange and mixed carrots, parsnips and beets. Tuscarora Organic Growers will provide many others — celeriac, a selection of beets, jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes), rutabagas, sweet white turnips and winter radishes like watermelon, black spanish and green meat to name a few!
MICRO GREENS: You name it!
POTATOES: Parzanese Brothers and Phillips Farm will keep the white, orange and finger sweet potatoes coming, and you can rely on Trauger’s, Twin Maple, Phillips and Tuscarora OG potatoes for your local fill of mashed, baked, and fried side dishes.
ALLIUMS: Onions (red and yellow) and shallots from Tuscarora will make you cry with joy from January until spring! Their fragrant garlic and Phillips Farm scallions and leeks can form the base for many of your dishes or provide the finishing touches.
MUSHROOMS: You can expect Davidson Crimini, Oyster, Shiitake, Portabella and Hen of the Woods. Shibumi Farm will have a healthy supply of Lemon Oysters, Grey Oysters, Pioppino, Baby Shiitake, and Maitake…and keep your eye out for some new varieties like King Oyster, Elm (a type of oyster mushroom) and Beech.
SQUASH: The farms harvest thousands of pounds of Winter Squash in the fall to keep customers well-stocked through the cold months. Expect the thinner-skinned squashes like Delicata, Kabocha, and Spaghetti to last through the end of January. If all goes well, expect Butternut, Long Island Cheese (Pie) Pumpkins, and Acorn through March.
CHEESE: Fulper Farm fresh ricotta will be readily available through the winter and Flint Hill chevre will be available frozen in 5-pound increments – both great for cooking! Other fresh cheeses like Brie will likely drop off as the milking season slows but hard cheeses from Valley Shepherd, Cherry Grove and Ely Farm will evolve and become more complex as we get deeper into winter.
DRIED GOODS, EGGS & HONEY: Castle Valley Mills will have a full lineup of grains and Oak Grove Plantation will offer its cornmeal and popcorn. Bob’s Buzzy Bees may be sleeping, but
the honey is sweet as ever. We’ll be adding Evergreen Farm’s dried black and white soybeans in January. And as always, expect a steady supply of chicken and quail eggs.
CHICKEN: Griggstown is processing chickens for 52 weeks of the year. They are beautiful birds between 3 and 4.5 pounds, as well as Poussin.
WHAT ELSE? Canned Tomatoes; Greenhouse Basil & Cucumbers, Maple Syrup; Mangalitsa Pork and more.