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Edition 24

April 17, 2009

Local Food Organic Food Home Delivered
In This Issue
New This Week
PInkus Hefe-Weisen

Beer, Pinkus Organic Hefe-Weizen (only in Travis County)

Cilantro Chutney

Cilantro Chutney, Kala's Kuisine

Corn Chips

Yellow Corn Chips, Garden of Eatin'

Organic Turkey

NY Strip Steak, Bison, Thunderheart

Product Updates
  • New Products - Bison Liver & NY Strips from Thunderheart
  • New Products - Soup Bones from Bastrop Cattle
  • New Products - Coconut Milk
  • Limited Availability - Organic Prairie Ground Beef, Ground Chicken, & Breakfast Sausage
  • Out of Stock - the E.G.G.s were too popular and they will be back in stock next week
Browse these items here
Featured Farmer

Featured Farmer

The FREE Local Boxes for a year was a tough battle. Many people helped spread the word and I wish we could give free boxes to everyone, but our accountants say we wouldn't last long.

Meet the winner, Tam Morris! Tam hails from New Braunfels and is also a Greenling Ambassador. She did not have an unfair advantage, though. She got out there and worked. Here's her secret:

"Though thoroughly an urbanite, I can trace my farming ancestry back to family farms in Pflugerville, Flatonia and west Texas. A few years ago, a magazine article made the link between eating locally and helping farms perfectly clear and I started haunting local farmers markets. When Greenling started delivering to my zip code last summer, I jumped at the opportunity to support my local farms. In return, I ahve enjoyed the incredible convenience that Greenling provides as well as produce that is unmatched in quality and variety."

Thanks, Tam!

Look for another contest in the Fall

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What is Earth Day, Anyway?

We hear a lot more about Earth Day as awareness around global issues arise. Locally, Earth Day is a great chance to brush up on what's new in the Environmental scene.

First, a little history, though. Earth day is celebrated on April 22 every year. It's celebrated on both hemispheres, though in the north it's a spring thing and in the south it's a fall celebration. It was founded by U. S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental education day in 1970 5 months after an article in the NYT sparked an environmental movement. This lands the actual conception of the idea in the historical year of love, 1969.  Earth day even has it's own symbol.

Here's where to find Greenling this week:

Shop Austin - (www.thelonestarladies.com)

While this event doesn't directly relate to Earth Day there are few things as environmentally responsible as shopping locally. This independent craft, design, and fine art show captures everything that is Austin and Greenling will be there handing out snacks.

 - Saturday, April 18th 11am-5pm $10

 - Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.

Austin Earth Day - (www.austinearthday.com)

Austin Green Art presents the Gateway to the Green Economy this Saturday, April 18th at Republic Square. Join thousands of people and celebrate the Sustainability Revolution! Products, services, food, kids activities, music, art, and more. FREE for all

 - Saturday, April 18th 9am-3pm

 - Republic Square

Austin Green Art Movie Screening - (www.austingreenart.org)

On the actual Earth Day, AGA will be at the Triangle celebrating and screening King Corn, a fast-paced documentary about the health and economic impacts of industrial agriculture.

 - Wednesday, April 22 4pm-10pm (moving starts at dusk)

 - The Triangle

Austin Eco-Social Launch - (www.ecosocials.com)

Greenling is excited to be a part of this new event benefitting Urban Roots. The goal is simply to promote socializing among eco-conscious people and help out local environmental charities.

 - Thursday, April 23 5:30pm-8pm

 - Jo's Coffeehouse, 1300 South Congress

This Week's Box Contents & Local Items

Here's what's available from local farms on our website this week:

In Local Boxes ($34.99) this week:

  • Swiss Chard - Bradshaw Farm
  • Cabbage - Naegelin Farm
  • Cilantro/Herb - Naegelin/Pure Luck
  • Mushrooms - Kitchen Pride
  • Spring Onion - Acadian Family Farm
  • Garlic Scapes - Montesino
  • Carrots - My Father's Farm
  • Zucchini Squash - Acadian Family Farm
  • Turnips - Tecolote Farm
  • Berries - Naegelin Farm
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Local Box Video April 13-17

New for last week - beets, turnips, & early-season zucchini

Watch Video

In Farmstead & Local Produce Boxes ($49.99) this week:

  • All the above items in the Local Box
  • Whole Wheat Walnut Bread - Texas French Bread
  • Kombucha - Buddha's Brew
  • Brownie - Mary Louise Butters
  • Cheese Spread - Full Quiver
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Produce from Local Farms

  • Green Leaf Lettuce - Buena Tierra
  • Red Leaf Lettuce - Buena Tierra
  • Romaine Lettuce - Buena Tierra
  • Arugula, Baby - Animal Farm
  • Avocado - G&S Groves
  • Beets, Bunch - Acadian Family Farm
  • Beets, Mix Bunch - Animal Farm
  • Strawberries - Naegelin Farm
  • Kale - Texas Natural
  • Herbs - Pure Luck
  • Kohlrabi - Naegelin
  • Baby Lettuce Mix - Tecolote
  • Microgreens - Bella Verde
  • Tomatoes - Walnut Creek Farm
  • Turnips - Tecolote
  • Bibb Lettuce - Bella Verdi

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Produce from Local Farms cont.

  • Cabbage - Naegelin Farm
  • Carrots, Bunch - Animal Farm/My Father's Farm
  • Cilantro/Herb - Naegelin/Pure Luck
  • Escarole - Tecolote
  • Garlic, Green - Montesino
  • Grapefruit - G&S Groves
  • Swiss Chard - Bradshaw Farm
  • Mushrooms - Kitchen Pride
  • Collard Greens - Texas Natural
  • Spring Onion - Acadian Family Farm
  • Yellow Onion - Naegelin Farm
  • Leeks - My Father's Farm
  • Oranges - G&S Groves
  • Radish - Animal Farm
  • Zucchini - Acadian Family Farm
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Greenling's Biggest Fans

Here's Sawyer (Katie Marrs' son) excited about his Greenling Box:

And here's Jennifer Morey's 14 month-old enjoying some strawberries:

Send us pictures of your family enjoying your Greenling box!

Recipe Corner

Faux Mashed Potatoes

Recipe of the Month

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs turnips peeled & cubed
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy creem
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Instructions:

In a large stock pot cover cubed turnips with water and bring to a boil.  Cook until tender, just like a potato. Once they are tender drain well, it's important to remove all of the loose water.

Beat turnips until very smooth and then add the butter, cream, and sour cream. Blend until smooth. Add some salt at this phase to taste while you still have the blender in the mixture, so the salt incorporates well.

 

Or for a little Indian Flair - Faux Bombay Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 3 turnips, diced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • salt to taste

Instructions:

 Place the turnips into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the yellow mustard seeds, black mustard seeds, and turmeric in the oil until the mustard seeds begin to pop. Add the turnips to the skillet; cook and stir until the turnips are completely heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt to serve.

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