We expect the following in our Fresh Picks Veg Fruit Mini Boxes:
Item/ Farm / Quantity (depending on Box size)
Black Radishes / Harmony Valley Viroqua, WI / 0.5 to 1 lb
In a bowl finely grate the black radishes. Add in some minced scallions, grated carrot and diced cucumber. Toss together with a couple of spoonfuls of Greek yogurt or sour cream and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. This salad can stand alone as a side dish or try serving it with some bread or pitas to round out the dish.
Sweet Potatoes / Paarfection Produce IL / 1 to 3
Baked sweet potatoes are the perfect weeknight meal. They take little prep time and you can roast a bunch at one time to be eaten throughout the remainder of the week. Poke the sweet potato all over with a fork and place on a sheet pan. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 40 to 60 minutes (turning halfway through) until tender. Just before the sweet potato is ready to come out of the oven saute some chopped onion and garlic in a pan with some olive oil. Toss in some shredded kale and cooked white beans. Cook until the kale is slightly wilted and the beans are heated through. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Remove the potatoes from the oven, cut in half and top with the kale mixture.
Chard / Springdale Farm Plymouth, WI / 1 to 2 bunches
Chop the chard into pieces. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss in some smashed garlic cloves and cook for a few seconds until fragrant. Toss in the chard and cook until just wilted adding a little water to the pan if needed. Finish with some golden raisins, pine nuts and a couple dashes of white wine vinegar. Season to taste and service.
Lettuce / Springdale Farm or Wind N Oak Manhattan, IL / 1 head
Tear the lettuce into bite sized pieces and toss with thinly sliced red onion, sliced strawberries and a handful of slivered almonds. Whisk together some olive oil and lemon juice along with a spoonful or so of raspberry jam. Toss the vinaigrette with the salad and serve.
Spinach / Blue Moon Farm Urbana, IL / 1 to 2 8 oz bags
Heat some olive oil in a pan and add in some chopped scallions and garlic. After a few minutes add in finely chopped spinach and cook until the spinach starts to wilt and turns a vibrant green color. Season with salt and pepper and also add in some red chili flakes and pinch of oregano. Toss in a can of corn (frozen works as well) and cook until heated through.
Watercress / Living Waters Strawn, IL / 1 bunch
Make this watercress salad and serve along with some nicely grilled tilapia for a fresh, healthy dinner. Toss the watercress with some chopped mango and thinly sliced red onion. Whisk together 2 tablespoons of lime juice, 2 teaspoons of honey, 2 teaspoons grated ginger, a pinch of crushed red pepper and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Toss the watercress salad along with the dressing and serve alongside the tilapia.
We expect all the above listed items plus the following in our Fresh Picks Single and Veg Fruit Boxes:
Red Peppers / Divemex Mexico / 1 to 2 pieces
Did you know red peppers have more Vitamin C than an orange? These nutritional power houses are great raw. Slice them up and add them to wraps, salads or sandwiches. They also make great snacks when dipped in hummus.
Garlic / Del Cabo Mexico / 1 to 2 bulbs
We expect all the above listed items plus the following in our Fresh Picks Double Boxes:
Carrots / Tempel Farms Old Mill Creek, IL / 1 bunch
Peel the carrots into long strips and toss with a hefty handful of chopped mint, cilantro and thinly sliced red onion. Whisk together some olive oil, lemon juice, grated ginger, cumin, salt and pepper and toss with carrot salad. Allow the salad to sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving to let all of the flavors come together.
Italian Parsley / Nature’s Green / 1 bunch
Make tabouli to serve as a side salad for lunch. Finely chop the parsley and combine with a handful of chopped mint, 2 diced tomatoes and 1 diced cucumber. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over top and toss. Serve with some pita bread and enjoy!
We expect all the above listed items plus the following in our Fresh Picks Family Boxes:
Asparagus / Foxy CA / 1 bunch
Asparagus is here! Treat this first taste of asparagus simply to bring out the best flavor. Toss the spears with some olive oil, salt and pepper and place in a baking dish. Roast at 400 degrees until tender (20 to 40 minutes depending on size). Just before the asparagus is ready to come out of the oven squeeze the juice of 2 grapefruits into a sauce pan. Cook over medium high heat until the liquid is reduced to 1 to 2 tablespoons. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon of butter. Take the asparagus out of the oven, drizzle with the grapefruit butter and serve immediately.
We expect the following items in our Fresh Picks Fruit Boxes:
Item / Farm / Full Qnty / Mini Qnty / VegFruit Qnty / VegFruit Mini Qnty
Grapefruit / Uncle Matt’s FL / 4 / 2 / 2 / 1
These have a few outer blemishes but they are delicious! Citrus is best kept in your refrigerator. Grapefruit can last for many days. You will want to leave your citrus out at room temperature, however, to revive its natural flavors. Remove your grapefruit from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before you plan to enjoy them.
Braeburn Apples /Stemilt WA / 12 / 6 / 5 / 3
Apples can emit a gas that can quicken the ripening of other produce. To prevent the spoilage of other food if your fridge, try to isolate your apples and store them in the crisper drawer. This will also keep the flesh of your apples, fresher and crisper than if you stored them on one of the refrigerator shelves. Apples can turn mealy quickly if left at room temperature or if left in the sunlight.
Kiwis /Earthbound Farm CA /None / None / 5 / 4
Kiwis may be left on the counter at room temperature for 2-3 days. Keep them out of direct sunlight. For longer storage, transfer them to the refrigerator but be sure not to place other produce on top of them as they can easily be smashed. Slice your kiwis in half and enjoy with a spoon, or slice into several rounds and remove the peel from each slice.
Blueberries /North Bay Produce Chile / 2 half pints / 1 half pint / None / None
Store your berries in the refrigerator. Wash only those berries you plan to prepare and store the rest dry in their breathable container. Berries will keep the longest if they are stored in a single layer so that those on the top don’t crush the berries on the bottom.
Blood Oranges / Beck Grove Organic Produce CA / 12 / 6 / None / None
Citrus is best kept in your refrigerator. Oranges can last for many days. You will want to leave your citrus out at room temperature, however, to revive its natural flavors. Remove your oranges from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before you plan to enjoy them
Bartlett Pears /Sol Argentina / 8 / 4 / None / None
Pears may be left for just a short time at room temperature. They will keep the longest in your refrigerator. Store them in the crisper drawer to retain their crispy texture and they will be fresh for up to 10 days.