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Posts Tagged ‘Farm Fresh to You’

Fresh Figs So Unlike Fig Newtons

Posted by terrepruitt on September 15, 2012

As you may know I’ve been having an organic box of produce delivered every other week.  My hope was in addition to getting fresh, yummy produce I would receive some new things that I normally would not have come home with from the grocery store or farmers market.  Well, up until last week, I think I had received some pretty basic things.  Different varieties of fruits and veggies, but nothing too new, right?  I am asking because I don’t remember.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI am thinking I did receive something else I hadn’t had before, but I can’t remember what it was.  Oh, except those Shishito peppers that did end up being thrown away.  After I tasted one every time I just looked at the container I felt like I needed something to drink to get that bitter taste out of my mouth so I couldn’t bring myself to cook them.  In my last box I received a container of beautiful figs.  Mission figs.  I remember I tried some figs last November.  I remember it was November because we had gathered to watch V for Vendetta and one of the snacks was figs on goat cheese.  I don’t remember have eaten figs before because they just seemed icky to me.  I think I had only been presented with dried figs and I don’t like dried fruit.  I actually KNEW I didn’t like figs because of fig newtons.  Now, I know that a fig newton really isn’t a fig and I should have not based my liking of the fruit on such a thing, but I had.  So here I was with a container of figs.  I had no idea what to do with them.  What do you do with a fig?

So I asked a few people.  Believe it or not their response was the same, “Just eat ’em.”  Um . . . no thanks.  My husband likes to just eat them and he ate one.  When I told him I didn’t know what to do with them he said to just give him the go-ahead and he would eat them.  He said they were good.

The bulk of the recipes I found online seemed to be tarts, pastries, desserts, and ooey-gooey things.  And salads.  Sigh.  I thought I would go to the store and get some goat cheese and try making that dish that I had eaten before, but when I went to the store I found crumbled goat cheese and not a “brick” for slicing.

I can’t remember exactly, but I believe the snack was a piece of fig on top of a slice of goat cheese, with honey drizzled on it.  Really rich, but very yummy.  Kind of desserty.

I was happy and excited I received something I hadn’t had before, but I was stumped as to what to do with it/them.  Even though I bragged about Farm Fresh To You having recipes on their site, I kept forgetting to look at it.

Do you like figs?  How do you eat them?  Do you know a savory dish that uses figs?

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Organic Produce Delivery

Posted by terrepruitt on August 23, 2012

SDance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Niao tomorrow marks our fourth box of produce delivered.  Since I have been subbing Nia for a lot of other classes this month, I really appreciate not having to go to the store every other day.  But it seems like two of the boxes I was too busy to cook/eat/deal with right away.  But for the most part we go through the veggies and fruit rather quickly.  I haven’t really received too much that is new to me.  We received some tomatoes that were an odd color to me.  They were red, but they were a very deep red.  Except for the one that had a big moldy hole in it, they were very good.  I realized a while ago when I started trying to eat tomatoes that I don’t like the jelly part with the seeds.  I like the firm fleshy part.  These tomatoes had more fleshy parts then “jelly” part.  They were very good.  So far, despite some quality that I would not have picked from the grocery store or a farmers market, I am really happy with the Farm Fresh To You deliver.

The two things I had a problem with was the moldy hole in the tomato and the lettuce that was already wilted and was so “on the verge” that it left a green ugly smudge of itself on the box that the produce comes in.  Any fruit delivered is always finished first – YUM!  I love the plums I get from my in-laws, I don’t know what kind they are, but they are dark and sweet.  But I loved the ones I got in the second box too.  They had a flavor that brought back childhood memories of summer fruit.  The nectarines were good too.  Aside from the wilted lettuce I love their lettuce.  It is soft and not bitter.  But I could use a lettuce delivery more than once a week, so once every other week is really not enough.  I believe one week the list said we would get a lemon cucumber.  I was looking forward to that, but I didn’t get it.  I did get the broccoli rabe which I had never had before, but it didn’t any different that brocoli.  A little more tender, I suppose.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, NiaThe third box had pluots in it.  They were good too.  I even shared one with my husband.  The pear you see was a substitute.  We were supposed to get a lemon delivered and we did not because I asked not to received any lemons.  We have a lemon tree and while the one they were going to send was a different kind I don’t use lemons as it is so I didn’t need another one.  My husband likes pears so that works.  The cucumbers were awesome. So crisp and flavorful. I really like their cucumbers.  Unfortunately I forgot about the eggplants, so while we ate them we did not eat them at their peak and I did a little disguise technique on them, just in case.  Now those peppers, Shishito peppers .  I don’t even know what those are.  I looked them up online to verify that they were not hot before I tried one.  They information said “sweet” so I tasted one.  That has got to be one of the most bitter things I have ever tasted.  So they are still sitting on my counter.  They will probably sit there until I have to throw them away because I don’t know what to do with them.  I will keep an eye out for those on the list and if they pop up again say, “NO THANK YOU!!!!”

So that is my produce delivery update.  I am a little bummed that I have not received anything out of the ordinary.  I guess I could just got BUY something myself at a Farmer’s Market that is out of the ordinary, but I am really not included to do that.  So I was hoping to get if “forced” on my.  Anyway, every time I cook or make something and my husband says, “This is REALLY good.”  I point out that it is most likely because of our yummy organic produce that we are having delivered.  He had even suggested we get it delivered more often.  I have been entertaining that idea.  But there are a lot of options so I have to think about it.  Could be awhile before I decide.  I mean it took me years to get this far, but now that I did it I am glad I did.

How about you?  Any exciting summer fruit or veggie make it to your table this season?

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What Goodness I Received

Posted by terrepruitt on June 19, 2012

In my last post I shared that I finally went ahead and ordered delivery of organic produce.  I have always thought about doing it but had decided against it, allowing myself to stick to buying, preparing, and eating the same vegetables over and over.  I was excited to see via an internet search a farm (Capay) I am familiar with actually delivers.  The farm offers a variety of types of boxes, sizes, and frequency of delivery.  I decided to go with the small mix to be delivered every other week.  I was sooooo excited to get the first delivery.  Look at all the beautiful produce that came in our first box:

1 avocado, 2 pluots, 1/2 lb of cherries, 1/2 lb. of sweet peppers, 1 lb of baby bok choy, bunch of carrots, 1 lb of zucchini, 1 bunch of lettuce, and 1/4 lb of garlic

Dance Exercies, Nia, Nia Campbell, Campbell Nia, Nia classes in Campbell, evening Nia, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, NiaMy poor hubby never even saw the cherries.   🙂  They were gone immediately after I took the picture.  The night we received the box I made a salad and I don’t know if it is just because I KNOW everything was organic, but it was the best salad I have had in a long time.  I used the garlic in that night’s dinner too and I really think it is stronger than the store garlic I have been buying.  I haven’t tried the peppers yet because I have some that I need to use up first.  But I have to say, so far I am loving this.  Well, I can see me wanting to have delivery every week.  I was wondering if they would deliver a fruit box one week and the mixed the next?

While only the pluots were new to me I am sure I will get stuff in the future that is new.  Pluots are later-generation hybrids between a plum parent and an apricot.  Since you know I LOVE (love, love, love) baby bok choy you know I was excited about having some delivered in my first box.  There is only one bunch left and that is only because the temperatures right now (weather-wise) make it too hot to turn on the stove and/or oven to actually cook.

I am happy that I decided to do this.  I am looking forward to my future boxes.  I hope they continue to be just as great as this first box.  I hope to receive some items that will allow me to learn about new-to-me fruits and vegetables.  I will learn WHAT it is and how to cook it and eat it.  You know that as I get new stuff I will be sharing with you!

The week before the box gets delivered the farm posts a list of what will be in the box.  On the site they also have links to recipes to help you with how to prepare it.  I will be able to use the recipes they have or find something else.

I will probably end up preparing things the same way I always do.  But that is ok at least we will be eating new veggies even if they are prepared that same ol’ way.  🙂

I had to look up pluot.  Did you know what it is?  Are you looking forward to this journey with me?  Wanna learn some new things?

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