It’s Tortilla Time!

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We’ve got what you need for a tortilla time to remember. Not only do we have the ingredients for any mix of veggie and protein combo you’d like, we also have unbelievably flavorful tortillas. Unlike your standard off-the-shelf grocery store tortillas, the tortillas you are receiving this week from All Souls Tortilleria are super special. First, they should be refrigerated because they do not have preservatives. Second, you may want to warm them up before using, since they do not contain gums.

All Souls made a delightful video of their special tortilla-warming technique:
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The tortillas are gluten-free and contain only stone-ground local heirloom corn, water, and limestone. Limestone (calcium hydroxide) is a a common food ingredient. In Native American cooking, limestone is used to turn corn into hominy. In addition to providing calcium, it helps the assimilation of niacin.

It’s fairly straight-forward, but we have come to realize that most Americans in the Northeast aren’t familiar with real tortillas. The ones made by conglomerates with preservatives and gums etc. are shelf-stable and pliable at room temperature. They’re often fine to eat without warming up. Traditional tortillas with no additives are distinct from that. You’ve got to trade a tiny bit of convenience to get the better flavor and nutrition. As such, these need to be refrigerated and they need to be warmed up before eating.

Thinking of turning your tortillas into tacos? Why not make your own taco seasoning? Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

Juniper Hill Farm’s Tomatoes

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The flower blossoms became juicy red tomatoes! Juniper Hill Farm has grown truly delicious certified organic red slicer tomatoes for us. The farm’s nestled between the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain, on the mighty Boquet River in Wadhams, New York. Adam Hainer, who runs Juniper Hill Farm, said that Field Goods enabled him to scale more quickly than he could have by just supplying his CSA customers with produce. “When we started working with Field Goods, we were in our fourth year and were struggling to find a large enough market to scale up our business. Along came Donna and we had the opportunity to go from 10 acres in production to 40 over the next couple years. Field Goods knows we can’t compete with the huge farms from a price perspective, but they understand the needs of the many farms they support.” Hainer’s growing techniques exceed the requirements of the National Organic Program, and Juniper Hill Farm is also recognized by New York State as a Certified Naturally Grown Farm. That’s some serious commitment to sustainable and regenerative growing practices!

You wouldn’t know the background just by eating Juniper Hill Farm’s tomatoes, but the history of tomatoes will make you look at them differently. Tomatoes can be traced back to the early Aztecs around 700AD, and it wasn’t until sometime around the 16th century that Europeans were introduced to tomatoes by explorers’ conquests. Europeans thought that tomatoes were poisonous because wealthy peoples’ plates were made from pewter, which has a high lead content, and foods high in acid, like tomatoes, would cause the lead to leech out into the food. Unfortunately… this leads to poisoning and death. Poor people, who ate off of plates made of wood, didn’t have that problem. This is essentially the reason why tomatoes were only eaten by poor people until the 19th century.

This might seem weird, but don’t refrigerate your maters. It can alter their texture and flavor. Store loose or in a paper bag.

In Your Bag: Week of July 29th

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Here’s what you can expect to find in Field Goods fruit and vegetable bags for this week. At-a-glance list is below, scroll for more details!

Fruit & Vegetable Bags

Family, Standard, Small, and Single Bags Include:

  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Clingstone Peaches
  • Red Beets
  • Green Zucchini
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Red Slicer Tomatoes

Carb-Conscious Bags Include:

  • Green Zucchini
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Red Slicer Tomatoes
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Farmers Salad Mix

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In Your Bag: Week of July 22nd

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Here’s what you can expect to find in Field Goods fruit and vegetable bags for this week. At-a-glance list is below, scroll for more details!

Family, Standard, Small, and Single Bags Include:

  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Corn
  • Spinach (Tuesday & Wednesday)
  • Swiss Chard (Thursday & Friday)
  • Purple & White Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Blueberries

Carb-Conscious Bags Include:

  • Green Beans
  • Spinach (Tuesday & Wednesday)
  • Swiss Chard (Thursday & Friday)
  • Purple & White Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Romaine Lettuce

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Green Beans Supreme

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We love Markisto’s Certified Organic green beans, not only because they are so darn fresh and flavorful, but because they always blow away our family and dinner guests. They’re impressive. They’re also such a quick and easy veggie to cook. They cook in under 10 minutes. Then add lemon, garlic, and butter. Done.

Pro tip: It’s important to not wash green beans until you’re ready to use them. You can always freeze these beans if you’re not going to cook them this week—blanch for 3 minutes, plunge in cold water for 3 minutes, drain, drop in a plastic bag, and in the freezer they go.

Heads up that this slow cooker recipe looks mighty fine. It’s simply green beans and salt pork.