NE Box Newsletter for Oct. 4, 2019 Pickup

        Good greetings all.
We’ve got some lovely Fall boxes planned for you. Fall’s bounty is beginning, while the last vestiges of Summer delights still linger. Sweet corn and cherry tomatoes are making some of their last appearances this week, and will be moving aside to make room for some Fall favorites, such as all manner of squash — all you could ever want. This week it’s the butternut, one of my all-time faves. Green leaf lettuce heads, along with red and green salad mixes –these are abundant right now — oh, what a season we’re in.
 
Recently I’ve been loving this cookbook called The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman. Many of the ingredients used throughout the book, are some of the same wonderful local ingredients you receive weekly in your Nebraska Boxes. Duck eggs, bison, corn, and squash are among this week’s shared ingredients, between Box and book. Check out the Sioux Chef website HERE. An interesting video clip is available also HERE. I’ve checked out the library’s copy of this cookbook so many times that I just decided to give myself a break from all the overdue book fines, and buy myself a copy. I called up Indigo Bridge Bookstore in Lincoln and now it’s on order for me. In addition to being a swell little local bookstore, they’ve got ethically sourced coffee, tea goods, and locally sourced tasty foods in their cafe. They are passionate about becoming a better community resource for everyone. All coffee proceeds go to support their work in the Lincoln community. Cafe and coffee purchases support community involvement efforts by funding Lincoln events, and they also partner with many local businesses, including Lone Tree Foods. Well, Indigo Bridge also just so happens to be one of the newest Nebraska Box public pickup sites! Stopping in on a Friday afternoon, grabbing a new book to read, an end-of-week coffee treat or snack, and picking up The Nebraska Box….that sounds like more than a fine way to start the weekend. Folks who sign up to pick up their boxes there will get a coupon in their box for a free cafe drink –yay to that– and they’ll get 10% off of any shopping in the store or cafe during the pick up! Double yay.

Are you starting to worry over the Farmers Market season coming to an end, very soon? Oh, but did you know, The Nebraska Box will continue, all year long. We’ll be there for you, continuing to bring you all the best local goods. We know you’ve got to eat, all winter long — we get it! We do too, and we’ll keep on providing you with great local sustenance. Don’t you worry ’bout a thing.

The boxes this week:

Certified Organic Watermelon Radishes from Robinette Farms (~1 lb)

Orange Carrots from Pekarek’s Produce (2 lbs)

Butternut Squash from Abie Vegetable People

Broccoli Crown from Pekarek’s Produce

Sweet Corn from Pekarek’s Produce (1/2 dozen ears)

Sweet Gem Watermelon from Abie Vegetable People

Free Range Duck Eggs from Delish Farms (1/2 dozen)

Certified Organic Watermelon Radishes from Robinette Farms (~1 lb)

Orange Carrots from Pekarek’s Produce (2 lbs)

Broccoli Crown from Pekarek’s Produce

Sweet Corn from Pekarek’s Produce (1/2 dozen ears)

Butternut Squash from Abie Vegetable People

Certified Organic Green Leaf Lettuce from Robinette Farms (1 head)

Grassfed Ground Bison from Straight Arrow Bison (1 lb)

Lemon and Honey Goat Milk Kwark from Dutch Girl Creamery (6 oz)



Be sure to check out all we’ve got available to add in your curated boxes. Or, curate them for yourselves by taking out what you don’t want, and switching it with something that you do. Or, just get a whole box filled to the brim with Pekarek’s Produce broccoli crowns, or stock up on The Edible Source’s last burst-of-the-season cherry tomatoes — these freeze so easily, and will brighten your life when you come across them, mid-winter. It’s really all up to you.


This week be sure to notice all the egg-cellent deals on eggs! (Sorry, I couldn’t help it, although I did egg-cercise some restraint…)

But truly, do take note of all the eggs. Country Lane Gardens chicken eggs — we’ve got pullets, larges by the dozens, and larges by the two dozen count. Egg bagels and eggs from the duck. Heard from a Nebraska Box subscriber this last week about how duck eggs make the most fluffy omelets. Check this out to do your own duck egg omelets, if you haven’t tried them before…   I asked Matt, of RhizoCity Farms how he likes to eat the beautiful purple daikon radishes they grow. Well wouldn’t you know, in addition to eating them shredded, raw in salads, and roasted, he said they eat them with eggs. Eggs, eggs, eggs — it begs, begs, begs the question–why not scramble and get ’em while they’re on sale? (Oh restraint be gone.)

                   

Watermelon that’s a Sweet Gem, and some radish that are Watermelon–don’t get them mixed up, unless it’s in a salad… and if you do that, let me know how it turned out! In fact, first person to email me what you made with both your watermelons together…wins a coupon for ten bucks. Just enough to buy yourself a round of each. Good good deal.