Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pumpkins, Grits, Maple Coffee!

Pumpkins, Grits, Maple Coffee!

Nothing says “Autumn” like pumpkins, grits, and maple coffee! It’s my favorite time of the year. As the cool weather comes in (come on, it’s a little cooler today) the smell of maple and pumpkin come out. The house is already dressed in pine cones and all sorts of pumpkins, squashes, and gourds. Which by the way, are all members of the Cucurbitaceae family — a plant family that contains over 700 species including the very popular zucchini, cucumber, and watermelon.
This week we had the pleasure of meeting up with Mike Bradley of Teagan Farms to receive our first round of freshly milled grits. We’ve been waiting all summer to get our hands on them. If you haven’t tried these grits, you don’t know what you’re missing.

What makes these grits so special? First of all the corn is grown, harvested, and milled with love by Mike and his 9 year old grandson, Teagan (whom the farm is named after). Second, it’s made from an heirloom flint corn dating back in the Bradley family nearly 100 years. Flint corn is known for a grittier, more granular texture. In Italy, it has been the choice polenta corn since the 16th century! Polenta is simple to make, low in fat/calories and nutritious!  Last but not least, the corn is grown pesticide free.

Featured Items This Week


The Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Brown’s Farm, Frog Song Organics, Hoover Organic Farm, Myers Orchards
Local Box (Mini):  (Organic Green Beans, Local Organic Radish, Pumpkin, Fall Glow Tangerines, Organic Kale, NC), Apples, Tomatoes, Local Persimmon, Local Key Lime
Organic Box, (Mini): (Organic Green Beans, Organic Yellow Squash, Local Organic Italian Eggplant, Organic Black Grapes, Organic Carrots, Organic Cherry Tomatoes), Local Organic Okra, Organic Red Onion, Organic Pinova Apple, Local Organic Radish
Grab & Go: Organic Black Grapes, Organic Redi Onion, Local Organic Red Globe Radish, Fall Glow Tangerines, Local Organic Cucumber, Organic Mango, Organic Lettuce, NC Apples
Salad Box: Local Organic Red Globe Radish, Organic Red Onion, Local Organic Cucumber, Organic Lettuce, Tomato, Local Organic Arugula, Mixed Color Peppers, Organic Avocado
Fruit (Add-on): (Organic Black Grapes, Fall Glow Tangerines, Organic Mango, NC Apples,Local  Persimmon, Organic Bananas, Cantaloupe
Smoothie Box: Organic Haas Avocado, Cantaloupe, Organic Kale, Organic Black Grapes, Organic Banana, Organic Pinova Apples, Organic Baby Spinach
**please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Veggie Unearthed: Pumpkin


So what do we do with pumpkins other than decoration? Pumpkins aren’t just for carving! We have little pie pumpkins in our boxes this week and they are great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In fact, it’s one of nature’s richest sources for of alpha-carotene, a carotenoid that converts to retinol, a form of vitamin A.  The vibrant orange flesh and seeds of are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for a healthy immune system. So roll up your sleeves, you’re about to get a little dirty scooping out the flesh.
Here are a few recipes to get you started:
Pumpkin Recipes

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Returning your produce box clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste and keeps our carbon footprint smaller. Boxes that aren’t returned will incur a $5.00 replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!

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