2018 – Week 2 of your Nebraska Box June-July Session!

Good morning – here’s your newsletter for Week 2.  Read all the way to the bottom in order to see pictures of your box contents, tips for using your veggies, links to our website to learn more about our farmers, and a forecast for next week’s box!

Thanks to everyone for the helpful feedback last week.  We heard from a few folks that the basil held up well in the clamshells, we’ve decided to start sending a Preview email every Friday (to help you with weekend grocery/farmers’ market shopping), and we’re aiming to get the newsletters posted to our website soon.

Thank you!  Stay in touch with us throughout the session ūüôā and tag us and use the hashtag #lonetreefoods if you share photos of your box and the meals and snacks you create with all these fresh ingredients.

Housekeeping and Tips for the Season:
Sign up for our Sunday emails¬†if you are interested in purchasing bulk cases or “add-ons” to your weekly NE Box!¬† You can order every week (by Tuesday 9am) and receive delivery the following week with your box.
Here is what your box will contain this week:
SMALL BOX

  • Napa Cabbage from Community Crops
  • Kohlrabi from Pekarek’s Produce*
  • Salanova Head Lettuce from RhizoCity Farms
  • Asparagus from Grandview Farm*
  • Cucumber from Abie Vegetable People*
  • Zucchini from Abie Vegetable People*

VEGGIE BOX

  • Napa Cabbage from Community Crops
  • Kohlrabi from Pekarek’s Produce*
  • Salanova Head Lettuce from RhizoCity Farms
  • Asparagus from Grandview Farm*
  • Swiss Chard from Squeaky Green Organics
  • Mint from Delish Farms
  • Beets from Lakehouse Farm
  • Sunflower or Pea Shoots from Robinette Farms

SUPREME BOX

  • Napa Cabbage from Community Crops
  • Kohlrabi from Pekarek’s Produce*
  • Salanova Head Lettuce from RhizoCity Farms
  • Asparagus from Grandview Farm
  • Mint from Delish Farms
  • Sunflower or Pea Shoots from Robinette Farms
  • Jervais cheese from Davey Road Ranch
  • Gluten-Free Granola from Big Green Tomato
*This farm uses some conventional growing practices.  Want more info?  Just email Erin.  We’re proud the majority of our farmers grow completely chemical-free!  Unless asterisked, the farms on our list use organic-approved methods in their production practices.
Recommended cookbook:  From Asparagus to Zucchini
This book is the perfect guide to seasonal cooking!  
Your boxes are stuffed to the max this week (!).¬† Don’t worry if you can’t use everything¬†up in a week; certain items store better than others.¬† Napa cabbage and kohlrabi both store extremely well in the fridge, so you have plenty of time.¬† Remove the greens from the kohlrabi (you can cook them) and keep the bulbs in a plastic sack or container; keep napa covered as well.

Napa Cabbage The ultimate kimchi foundation piece.¬† If you don’t have a recipe or don’t know a friend with one, there are many variations you can find online or in cookbooks.¬† Click this link¬†for one recipe.

Kohlrabi I heard some rave reviews from the single kohlrabi we distributed last week, so we upped our game and gave you a whole bunch this week!  Click on this link for ideas on using them raw, in fritters, in soup, andmore.

Salanova Head Lettuce The most beautiful head lettuce; it cuts easily into many small leaves without extra chopping. 

Asparagus We made savory crepes at our house last weekend Рasparagus was the perfect savory addition!  Click this link for ideas on asparagus abundance and Click this linkf or fun facts.

Cucumber Don’t worry non-Small Box subscribers, your cucs and zucs are coming soon.¬† Cucumbers make great sandwich and salad toppers, and could make a fine kimchi addition.
 
Zucchini I’m big on breakfast. One of my favorite ways to eat zucchini is sliced super thin and layered in a quiche.¬† Also great for the grill or to dip.¬†¬†Click this link¬†for grill recipe.

Mint The mint bunches are a variety; some people received spearmint or chocolate mint; others received lemon or apple mint.  An excellent smoothie or juice (or cocktail) addition, and classic to mix into yogurt.

Beets These beets are certified organic and may be of the following varieties:  Touchstone Gold, Red Merlin, Chioggia.  All are known for their flavor and unique-ness.  The Chioggia are candy-striped red&white on the inside!  Click this link for kitchen tips, such as a sweet-style pizza topping.

Pea or Sunflower Shoots Another certified organic item, we hope you’ll enjoy these tasty shoots.¬† Robinette Farms grows micros and shoots year-round in their greenhouse, and we sell them to restaurants and grocery stores alike.¬† Top any dish with them for extra nutrition, flavor, and texture.¬† And seriously, kids love these.¬† Available also at Open Harvest Co-op, several Hy-Vees in LNK & OMA, Natural Grocers on Dodge, and farmers’ markets.

Jervais Cheese Brand new item from Davey Road Ranch and we are drooling in¬†decadence.¬†¬†Jervais is a French-style Gervais cheese with lots of local flavor.¬† The farmers use the term “Jervais” in honor of their dedicated Jersey cows ūüôā¬† It’s a¬†decadent blend of whole Jersey milk and sweet cream, a soft cream cheese that can be used to enhance the taste and texture of just about any dish or snack.¬† Omaha folks, head to Hy-Vee on 180th & Pacific to buy an additional tub for your family!

Cranberry Pecan Granola 
Wisconsin cranberries mixed with chopped pecans provide just the right balance for a tasty start to your day or a healthy snack. GMO Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Peanut Free, Preservative Free.  Let us know what you think!