The Schoharie Valley Farms

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Jacob and Cindy Hooper from Barber’s Farm

Ethan Ball from Schoharie Valley Farms with Donna Williams, Founder of Field Goods

Two of our favorite farms are Barber’s Farm and Schoharie Valley Farms, both located in the Schoharie Valley. In the early 1700s, German and Dutch immigrants arrived in the Valley to work some of the richest soils of America. Their first crop of wheat was sown and produced a substantial yield. A few decades later, the Schoharie Valley’s wheat fed George Washington’s troops and earned the Valley the title of “Breadbasket of the American Revolution.” By the mid-1800s, the cultivation of hops had become the Schoharie Valley’s most famous agricultural industry.

 

This Week’s Field Goods Favorite
Frying Peppers

Sweet, yet mildly pungent, frying peppers are a mainstay of Italian cooking. As they mature, orange and red streaks may appear on their skin. More info

Charred Peppers with Parmesan
Fried Peppers with Sweet Balsamic
Spinach and Sausage Stuffed Frying Peppers

The White Lady Peach

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white peachesThis week we are delivering the White Lady Peach, a refined and beautiful fruit. It’s among the best low acid, high sugar, white peaches. Low acidity allows for the peach’s natural sweetness to be more pronounced. The aroma is heavenly and the flavor sublime.

White Lady Peaches are a medium to large, very firm, and freestone peach. Peaches store best at room temperature but can also be stored in the refrigerator to prolong their shelf life. When ripe and left at room temperature they smell wonderful. We suggest not cooking white peaches, as they tend to fall apart when cooked.

 

This Week’s Field Goods Favorite
White Lady Peaches

Peeling white peaches will enhance their flavor. They are wonderful fresh out of hand or sliced in both fruit and green salads. Serve alongside grilled meats or diced atop fish tacos for a sweet salsa. As a dessert, White peaches are great when paired with fresh cream or yogurt. White peaches are lower in acid and taste sweet whether firm or soft. More info

Peach Cobbler
Grilled Peaches w/ Bourbon Vanilla Whipped Cream
Roasted Peaches w/ Dessert Wine
Peach & Biscuit Crostata

Shishito Peppers – Toothpick Included

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Roasted Spicy Shishito Peppers with Dipping SauceShishito Peppers are a popular Japanese bar snack that have found their way into the US hipster bar scene and among trendy foodie folk. According to none other than Epicurious magazine, sautéed Shishitos are absolutely the best thing to nibble on with drinks. In our opinion, one does not necessarily need alcohol to adore them.

Shishitos are mild, thin-skinned mini-peppers. The word is that about 1 in 10 has a bit of heat. Besides the fact that they truly are addictive and fabulous, they also are insanely easy to prepare.

Prepare peppers  this is super easy: Wash and dry. That’s it. Don’t remove seeds, don’t remove stem. Heat oil (or even better Ghee, which has a higher burning point than oil) in a wide pan until very hot. Turn fan on and have magazine nearby to fan any nearby fire alarms…just in case. Add peppers and reduce heat to medium, toss, and turn until they are blistered about 10 minutes. Toss with salt when finished. Find a secluded location. Say a closet. Eat about half of them yourself and then share. They are served with the stem attached, which makes for a handy-dandy toothpick alternative.

 

This Week’s Field Goods Favorite
Shishito Peppers

Shishito Peppers or 獅子唐辛子 are a Japanese variety of smaller peppers. Perfect for grilling because of their thin skin, stick ’em with a skewer and let them char and blister. OR just eat them whole and fresh!

Sauteed Shishito Peppers
Easy Sesame Shishito Peppers
Roasted Shishito Peppers