AT FIELD GOODS, EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY

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earth-day-headerEvery day is Earth Day! We believe that doing right by our planet isn’t just about a few large nations and organizations doing a few big things, but rather many people doing many small things.

Think small but do it a lot… make the impossible possible.

 

 

Our Small Thoughts

Get more people eating more fruits and vegetables
Buy from small sustainable farms
Buy just what we need each week
Work with farmers to get the most from the harvest to the table
Deliver many bags to few places instead of a few bags to many places
Reuse and reduce packaging
Buy produce that our farmers grow best
Offering less of many things is better than a lot of a few things
Celebrate the diversity of food
Educate, learn and have fun
Accept what Mother Nature offers because in the end that is all there is

Small is Beautiful
Sustainable small farms focus on soil, plant and animal health. They grow produce that supports these principals rather than glittering grocery store shelves. They grow produce that thrives in their soils and climate, which reduces the necessity for chemical pesticides and fertilizers. They grow produce that is nutrient-rich, which means less is more for health. They are adaptable, they care, they work hard and fight the good fight every day.

 

This Week’s Field Goods Favorite
Asparagus

Wonder what it means to “snap the woody ends” of asparagus? While the tip and upper portion of asparagus are tender, the stalks become increasingly fibrous toward the bottom. To snap the “woody ends”, bend the stalk near the bottom and snap in two. If it is difficult to snap, move up the stalk until you find the natural break between the tender and tough portions. Save the woody ends for stock. More info

Asparagus Tapenade
Basic Roasted Asparagus
Slow Butter-Braised Asparagus
Asparagus Pesto

Microgreens, Outstandingly Nutrient Rich

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microgreen omeletteThis week we are bringing you super-trendy microgreens, the young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs. A research study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that microgreens can contain up to 40 times more vitamins and nutrients than mature plants. Another green in the bag this week that is very high on the nutrient-o-meter are dandelion leaves. Weighing at just 25 calories per cup, dandelion greens deliver a whopping punch of Vitamin A (112% DV), Vitamin C (32%DV), and Vitamin K (535% DV). Fear not these greens, cultivated dandelions are prized in Italy and are much less bitter than those in your backyard. Italians love them as a substitute for Cicoria, a standard cooking green found in many Italian dishes.

 

This Week’s Field Goods Favorite
Dandelion Greens

The root of the dandelion can be used for medicinal purposes and its flowers can be harvested for wine. AND its greens have a bitterness that can be quite delicious! Plus, they’re packed with iron. More info

Dandelion Greens with Double Garlic
10 Ways to Use Dandelion Greens

Field Goods Frozen Produce

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We are winding down the frozen produce for the year. We have placed the remaining products in the webstore so grab them while you can! Last week we received this email from a customer we thought we would share:

The frozen items you provide are so darn good! I didn’t know it was possible for frozen strawberries to taste that fresh. I made a quick maceration to serve over pound cake and the fresh strawberry scent filled the kitchen. I wind up using a lot of the items in summer when I don’t have time to shop. I can just reach in the freezer and pull out a bag of frozen organic broccoli to steam with some frozen tomato puree over pasta. Or maybe take some frozen red peppers and mix them in a quiche. It’s really changed how we eat. So, keep up the great work : ) ” from Sarah

Note: The crème fraiche, also available this week, is the perfect addition to soup, especially when made with Field Goods frozen produce.

 

This Week’s Field Goods Favorite
Frozen Strawberries

Strawberries that remind you spring is here! Throw in the blender for a morning smoothie or melt down for a dessert topping. More info

5 Ways to Cook with Frozen Strawberries
Strawberry Puree Pancakes