Fall Fennel Fun

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It’s not often that you’ll hear the words ‘fennel’ and ‘fun’ in the same sentence, but we’re here to change that! Fennel, otherwise known as Foeniculum vulgare, is a flowering plant in the carrot family that has endless applications in the kitchen.

The fennel bulb provides a crunchy texture and a sweet, delicate licorice flavor, which is delicious in salads. Fennel stalks are great for adding flavor to broths or elevating the flavors of any fish dish (try adding some fennel stalks next to or underneath the fish you’re cooking). Fennel fronds make a beautiful garnish, and they also serve as an incredible replacement for dill in just about any recipe.

This week’s fennel was grown in the heart of the Schoharie Valley on a sixth-generation family farm. Its diverse flavors and textures will surely provide you with some fun, fall-inspired cooking projects.

In Your Bag: Week of September 23rd

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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 and Standard Bags Include:

  • Acorn Squash
  • Green Beans
  • Bosc Pears
  • French Breakfast Radishes
  • Summer Crisp Lettuce
  • White Potatoes
  • Baby Bok Choy

Small and Single Bags Include:

  • Acorn Squash
  • Green Beans
  • Bosc Pears
  • French Breakfast Radishes
  • Summer Crisp Lettuce
  • White Potatoes

Carb-Conscious Bags Include:

  • Green Beans
  • French Breakfast Radishes
  • Summer Crisp Lettuce
  • Baby Bok Choy
  • Farmers Mix

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A Great Pear-ing

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While we’ve been holding on tight to the warm and long summer days, we know that with the cooler weather comes some of our favorite fall and winter produce. So, we’re gearing up to embrace the first day of fall this Monday with a beautiful pairing of local pears and honey!

Bosc pears provide a unique sweetness and depth of flavor, and that sweetness is only elevated when they’re drizzled with honey and caramelized in the oven. This Honey Roasted Bosc Pear recipe is one of our favorites and it only requires a few simple ingredients. The customization is endless: you can sprinkle some chopped nuts on top, serve alongside ice cream, or, if you’re like us, you can pour yourself a mug of warm apple cider and say farewell to summer until next year.

In Your Bag: Week of September 16th

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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 and Standard Bags Include:

  • Curly Green Kale
  • Sweet Corn
  • Edamame
  • Strawberries
  • Portabella Mushrooms
  • Butterhead Lettuce
  • Slicer Tomatoes

Small and Single Bags Include:

  • Curly Green Kale
  • Sweet Corn
  • Edamame
  • Strawberries
  • Portabella Mushrooms
  • Butterhead Lettuce

Carb-Conscious Bags Include:

  • Curly Green Kale
  • Edamame
  • Portabella Mushrooms
  • Butterhead Lettuce
  • Slicer Tomatoes

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Absolutely a-maize-ing

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raw sweet corn

We’re sorry if that title is too corny! Maize, which we call corn here in the US, is a leafy stalk with kernels that have seeds inside. Fun fact: while technically a cereal grain, corn is generally harvested before maturity and therefore treated as a vegetable rather than a grain.

Sweet corn is a hybridized corn variety that has a higher sugar content than traditional varieties. The juicy, sweet flavor is what we love most about sweet corn, which is ubiquitous across New York in the warmer months.

This week’s sweet corn from Holmquest Farms is so delicious that we find ourselves eating it right off the cob without even cooking it. Raw corn is also a perfect addition to a summer salad and the sweetness will help balance out any acidic flavors (tomatoes and sweet corn are a match made in heaven!)This Corn Tomato salad is one of our favorites and takes only 15 minutes to throw together.

Wondering what to do with the corn cobs you’re left with after using the kernels? With just a few ingredients, you can actually turn them into a delicious honey-like jam called Corn Cob Jelly!