NE Box Newsletter for June 14, 2019 Pickup

Greetings!  This is a guest newsletter, penned by Erin instead of your usual culinary wordsmith Tawnya.  Tawnya undoubtedly has some of the best kitchen chops around, and is a wizard with seasonal ingredients and delightful prep tips — whereas I’m used to growing the food and getting someone else to cook it for me!  Ha!  Are you one or the other, or both, in your household?  Regardless, it’s great to have a base of knowledge so you can always whip something up with what you have in your fridge.  And pulling from the choices we have listed online, there’s something for everyone!

Here’s a super helpful app:  Seasonal and Simple. I hope you will download and use frequently.  This can be your go-to for just about every fruit and veggie imaginable!  The app was made possible by the Extension offices of UNL, K-State, Univ. of Missouri, and Iowa State.

A little housekeeping to begin with…while many of our NE Box pickup sites are big and strong and healthy, we are lacking the 10-person minimum at a few others.  Please spread the word to co-workers if you’re at a workplace site, and neighbors if you’re at a public pickup site.  We’ll give you $10 off your next box order when you successfully refer someone; just have them put your name in the order comments.

Vanilla Yogurt (4-pack) from Burbach’s Dairy

El Salvador Whole Bean Coffee from Cultiva

Pullet Chicken Eggs from Country Lane Gardens

Asiago Garlic Bread from Le Quartier Baking Co.

 

Salad Mix from Abie Vegetable People

Broccoli from Pekarek’s Produce* (1 head)

Oyster Mushrooms from Nebraska Mushroom

Green Onions from Clear Creek Organic Farms

Flat-leaf Parsley from RhizoCity Farms

Kohlrabi from Pekarek’s Produce*

 

Salad Mix from Abie Vegetable People

Pullet Chicken Eggs from Country Lane Gardens

Asiago Garlic Bread from Le Quartier Baking Co.

Broccoli from Pekarek’s Produce* (1 head)

Oyster Mushrooms from Nebraska Mushroom

Green Onions from Clear Creek Organic Farms

Flat-leaf Parsley from RhizoCity Farms

Sunflower Oil (16oz) from Simply Sunflower

Soy-free Sweet Italian Ground Sausage from Clear Creek Organic Farms

 

Salad Mix from Abie Vegetable People

Grass Flatiron Steak(s) from Davey Road Ranch (0.9-1.1 pounds / 1-2 steaks total)

Green Onions from Clear Creek Organic Farms

Pullet Chicken Eggs from Country Lane Gardens

Asiago Garlic Bread from Le Quartier Baking Co.

Broccoli from Pekarek’s Produce* (2 heads)

Oyster Mushrooms from Nebraska Mushroom

Flat-leaf Parsley from RhizoCity Farms

Soy-free Sweet Italian Ground Sausage from Clear Creek Organic Farms

 

Don’t forget to return your glass bottle from the Burbach’s milk for your $2 deposit back!  If you’re at a workplace site, Lone Tree Foods warehouse, or Turbine Flats, you can bring your empty, rinsed bottle back for us to retrieve.  Don’t forget to label your bottle with your name, box size, and box site, so we can credit your account.  If you pick up elsewhere, you’ll need to return your bottle to one of these sites.

 


Oyster mushrooms are back this week!  Take advantage and grab up and extra clamshell or two — mushrooms dry beautifully.  I like to dry them on baking trays in my oven.  Here’s a guide to doing so.  When fresh, one of my favorite things to do with mushrooms of all types is to saute them and use them as a pizza topping.

What else is in the default boxes?

Vanilla yogurt is a new item for the Breakfast subscribers.  Let us know what your favorite flavor has been so far!

Asiago Garlic Bread is new from Le Quartier this week.  We try to feature one bread item from Le Q almost every week.  We would love your feedback on your preferences, and what you thought about the pizza crusts!

Broccoli!  We are very excited to be offering broccoli this week.  Ryan (Pekarek’s Produce) is planning to have an abundant crop this week, so go ahead and add an extra head if you love broccoli.  It’s another item that freezes well.  Like many veggies, you can chop it and freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet (take out once or twice and stir around so the pieces don’t stick together), then put in a baggie once the pieces are hard and frozen.  Then you can just use the amount you need, instead of it coming out of the bag in one big awkward frozen broccoli clump.  And please do me proud, and eat the whole stalk.  The broc stalk’s my favorite part.  Divine in stirfry (or as a fresh snack).  Here’s a super quick stir fry recipe — make sure to top the broc with green onions when it’s done cooking.  And you can use the sunflower oil instead of olive oil.

Speaking of sunflower oil, I’ve always been a die-hard butter loyalist when it comes to cooking my fried eggs in the morning, but lately (have woefully been out of butter til my most recent NE Box!), I’ve been switching to scrambled, and cooking them in sunflower oil, which can handle a little higher heat than the ol’ butter.  At first I wasn’t sure if the sun oil would “go” with eggs, but they’ve been delicious.

Kohlrabi for those Veggie Boxes (and a choice item for other subscribers).  Kohlrabi is a favorite in our house.  How do we eat it?  We love it love it love it raw!!  Just give it a rough peel, as it has a pretty thick skin, then you can slice it like you would an apple.  Or bite right into it like you would an apple 🙂  I like to tell people it has the texture and juiciness of an apple but with a broccoli-like flavor.  It’s a brassica, which means it’s a family member of cabbage, radishes, broccoli, etc.  You can also stir fry the bulb as well as the leaves.  Some people like to make quick pickles with kohlrabi, top their salads with it, or roast it.  Generally grows light green or purple.  It’s so funky in the field too!!  Here’s a fun video about growing and eating kohlrabi from your garden.

Sweet Italian Ground Sausage has these ingredients:  soy free pork, sugar, black pepper, salt, sugar, fennel.  Great news — this is going to go great with that broccoli!  Here’s an easy pasta recipe that includes both.  This is a new product for us, so we are looking forward to trying it out right along with you.

What are pullet eggs?  Pullet eggs are from young chickens that have just begun laying, so their eggs haven’t quite sized up to Large yet.  They’re super cute and Cody Hellbusch, from Country Lane Gardens, says he’s hooked on them!  Too bad they won’t stay on the small end for long 🙂  Pullet eggs are said to be higher in protein content, and often have darker yolks.  They’re priced a bit lower due to their slightly smaller size.  If you’re the hard-boiler type of person, these are the perfect size to hard boil and use on salads!  Read more about this springtime treasure here.  Does that asparagus and eggs picture make anyone else salivate?

 

What’s fun in the add-on section?

We have milk again this week as an add-on.  It expires June 18th, so it’s at a sale price this week.  And don’t forget we offer Third-i water too.

On the beverage note, another new item is Spiritus Vitae dried herbal tea.  We’re featuring two different types this week:  Allergy Support and Immune Support.  We’ll be rotating through several other varieties in the coming weeks.

We’ve swapped the 12 oz honey bears to 24 oz honey bears for a while, to see which you like better.  Same with the 8 oz and 16 oz sunflower oil.

There’s a limited amount of shredded cheddar as a choice item this week and make sure to scroll through the fun meat and veg offerings too!

 

I hope you’re enjoying your NE Box as much as I am.  I’m starting to post “un-boxing” videos on the Lone Tree Foods instagram stories, so check us out there and share your pictures and comments too.  Happy local food shopping and eating.  -Erin