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- Have a favorite local product we don't carry? 'Lettuce' know! Email your wish list to firstname.lastname@example.org
- New local farmer hero - La Casa Verde, in Weatherford. They're planting microgreens for us now that will be available for order soon!
- Another new local farm to welcome to the family - Gnismer Farms in Arlington! They are growing all kinds of seasonal goodness for you to enjoy- we've got their tender lettuce in the Local Box this week!
- Congratulations are in order for Three Happy Cows! They just received organic certification for all of their tasty local products - drinkable yogurts, caramel, and spreads
- New - local, grassfed lamb now available in several cuts, from Peace and Love Farm
- Leaving - Fire Roasted Tomato Crisps from Dr. Kracker are being discontinued, we still have a few left though!
- Switcheroo - Dr. Kracker is changing their packaging from tubs to bags - same yummy, crispy snack, different packaging!
- New - Crazy Water now available in several varieties
- Did ya notice? -Meat cuts by the pound, we'll be expanding this to more meats so you pay exactly what the cut weighs instead of an estimation. Item unit is listed as lb/package which means it's weighed when packed and price-adjusted
Meet Orly, our Challahpeno Hero!
Orly has one of the coolest jobs at Greenling! As our local buyer for the DFW region, she gets to rub elbows with our local farmers all day and hand selects the Local Box each week for maximum freshness and variety.
When it comes to to buying fresh, local produce, no one is more in the know than our Challahpeno Hero! She spends her hours tirelessly searching down veggies, fruits, meats, cheeses (everything really) to make sure our boxes go out with only the best in local and organic products.This lady believes in the local food movement and she wants to make sure farm fresh foods make it to your door!
Click above to watch Orly introduce herself- and remember, if you or someone you know is producing an awesome, sustainable local product, we want to hear about it! Shoot an email to email@example.com for more info
Ice, Ice, Baby
All the spring sunshine we've been getting means our bin packers are taking extra steps to keep your delivery cool! They'll be including a reusable ice sheet in almost every order to ensure maximum freshness. This reusable cold pack sits in the bottom of your bin, beneath the shredded paper that helps insulate delicate items from the cold. (Unless you do some deep exploration of your bin, it's likely that you won't even notice it's there.)
Please leave these ice sheets in your green bin. We clean and reuse them each week, so everyone's groceries will stay fresh all spring and summer long!
Ham, Lamb, Thank you Ma'am!
This holiday, prepare a feast of baked ham, vibrant spring produce, and tender local lamb that will leave your family saying, "Thank you!" and asking for seconds.
The benefits of choosing humanely-treated, grass fed and free-range meats are palpable, especially for important holiday celebrations. We at Greenling are incredibly passionate about sourcing quality local and organic meats that you can be proud to serve your family. Non-stressful conditions for the animals, free range or pastured living spaces, and no hormones or antibiotics make such a huge difference when it comes to the quality and taste of your meat.
Of course, the centerpiece of the holiday table isn't meat for everyone- for all you veggies out there, check out this awesome collection of vegetarian recipes for your holiday table.
For the meat-eaters, check out the special meat cuts we have to deliver to your doorstep in time for Easter Dinner or Passover Seder:
Bone-in Spiral Cut Half Ham : Organic Prairie's hams come from humanely raised, heirloom breed hogs that free-range in the fresh air and sunshine. Each ham is marinated in celery juice, sea salt, and an elixir of honey and spices, then hardwood smoked in a traditional smokehouse that has been owned by the same family for five generations. This 6-7 lb. smoked ham is perfect for a family dinner with leftovers for soups or sandwich making!
Hardwood Smoked Boneless Ham Quarter : This 1.5-2 lb. ham is just the thing for a smaller celebration, or if you're serving two meats at dinner. Organic Prairie uses humanely raised, free-range hogs, and a painstaking traditional smoking process for each of these beauties. All you need to do is heat, slice and serve.
Leg of Lamb : We carry this special cut of local, grass-fed lamb from Peace and Love Farm especially for the holidays. Leg of Lamb is similar to a roast - very tender and juicy! Plan for 1/2 to 3/4 lb. of meat per person.
We suggest rubbing with salt, pepper and local rosemary. Then roasting in a preheated 325° oven for about 25 to 30 minutes per pound, or until meat thermometer registers 145° to 165°, depending on how well you like it done. It's quite similar to a beef roast-- don't want to overdo it!
Once you've chosen the perfect meat for your holiday table, let our prep kitchen round out the meal with a side of Glazed Carrots, Mashed Red Potatoes with Chives, or Creamy Ambrosia Fruit Salad. And if you're looking for the perfect baked good to bring to a family potluck-- we've got you covered, too! Consider Wheat Dinner Rolls from Empire Baking Co., or locally baked, Salted Caramel Cookies from Wackym's Kitchen.
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes Coming to Greenling.com!
Our web designer Heroes are almost finished with the redesign of Greenling.com, and the new site is set to launch on Monday, April 2nd! We are really excited about the improvements in store for you, like an interactive farmer map, easy order holds for vacations, and an awesome new customer service area.
Navigating the new Greenling.com should be a breeze. However, if you think the new look feels like Life on Mars, you'll be able to switch back to the old version of the site in just one click. We'll be sending a separate email with an in-depth tour of the new site on Monday. Thanks for all your patience and support while we keep working to grow the local food system!
This Week's Box Contents & Local Items
Did you know, it's been scientifically proven that the Easter Bunny prefers local produce? We may be pulling your leg with that one, but it's hard to imagine why anyone would eat out of season with all the gorgeous veggies available in North Texas right now!
We are so excited about the super flavorful Campari tomatoes from Walnut Creek - can't wait to use them as bruschetta topping with spinach & kale pesto! (See recipe at the bottom of the newsletter)
Here's what will be available from local farms on our website this week (the best selection of local produce in the state - guaranteed). Items with a (*) are only available in the Local Box:
In Local Boxes ($34.99) this week (Apr 2 - 6:
- Portabella Mushrooms (2) - Kitchen Pride
- Green Butter Lettuce - Gnismer Farm
- Campari Tomatoes - Walnut Creek Farm
- Spinach Bunch - Walnut Creek Farm
- Grapefruit - G&S Groves
- Limes - G&S Groves
- Turnips - Just Peachy Farm / Lightsey Farm
- Radishes OR Beets - Texas Daily Harvest / Lightsey Farm
- Kale - Lightsey Farm
Suggested recipes for all items will be included with the Local Box
Last Week's (Mar 26 - 30) Local Box Contents:
In Farmstead Boxes this week:*
- Local Eggs - Sloan Creek Farm
- Basil Garlic Spread - Full Quiver Farm
- Sliced 9-Grain Loaf - Village Baking Co.
*please note we are not able to make substitutions in the Farmstead Boxes! Thanks for understanding
Produce from Local Farms
- Arugula - Generation Farms
- Basil, Live- Generation Farms
- Beets, Red Bunches - Lightsey Farm
- Broccoli Crown - Walnut Creek Farm
- Brussels Sprouts - Hillside Farm/Walnut Creek Farm
- Cabbage, Red - Walnut Creek Farm
- Cabbage, Yellow - Walnut Creek Farm
- Cauliflower - Walnut Creek Farm
- Chard, Baby - Acadian Family Farm
- Cilantro - Acadian Family Farm
- Collard Greens - Walnut Creek Farm
- Herbs - Generation Farms
- Herb, Mint - Spring Creek Organic
- Herb, Rosemary - Spring Creek Organic
- Herb, Oregano - Spring Creek Organic
- Kale, Green - Lightsey Farm
- Lettuce, Bibb - Young's Greenhouse
- Lettuce, Green Leaf - Walnut Creek Farm
- Lettuce, Romaine - Walnut Creek Farm
- Microgreens - Gean's Greens
- Mushroom, Crimini - Kitchen Pride
- Mushroom, Port caps - Kitchen Pride
Produce from Local Farms
- Mushroom, Shiitake - Texas Organic Mushrooms
- Mushroom, White- Kitchen Pride
- Mustard Greens - Walnut Creek Farm
- Onions, Red - Walnut Creek Farm
- Onions, Green Shallots - Acadian Family Farm
- Onions, Spring - Walnut Creek Farm
- Onions, Yellow - Walnut Creek Farm
- Parsley, Flat Leaf - Spring Creek Organic
- Pepper, Jalapeno - Walnut Creek Farm
- Potatoes, Red - Walnut Creek Farm
- Potatoes, Russet - Walnut Creek Farm
- Potatoes, Yukon Gold - Walnut Creek Farm
- Radish, Red - Texas Daily Harvest
- Spinach - Walnut Creek Farm
- Tomatoes, Campari - Walnut Creek Farm
- Turnips - Lightsey Farm
- Watercress - Young's Greenhouse
- Wheatgrass - Young's Greenhouse
- Avocados - G&S Groves
- Grapefruit - G&S Groves
- Limes - G&S Groves
- Oranges - G&S Groves
Events & Local Food Happenings Around Town
Sat. Apr 7, 10am - 2pm
Connemara Meadow Preserve 300 Tatum Road, 75013 [Allen]
The public is invited to join nonprofit organizations from across Allen and throughout North Texas who will gather April 7 at the entrance to the Connemara Meadow Preserve for a festival filled with outdoor activities for the entire family. Earthfest 2012 - A Celebration of Nature, Health and Community - will offer adults and children a chance to learn more about the wonders of nature while spending a day enjoying the great outdoors.
The family friendly event will feature hands-on environmental activities for the entire family, nature walks and bird watching, kayaking and canoeing demonstrations, wildlife presentations, and much, much more! Make sure you stop by the Greenling booth and say hi!
For more info click here
Hops for Habitat, benefiting the Connemara Conservancy
Sat. April 7, 7-10pm
Montgomery Farm House - 1215 Old Bethany Road 75013 [Allen]
Hops for Habitat brings together the community to celebrate the natural originality of North Texas. From local brewmasters and chefs to fun and funky places to party, Hops for Habitat is a great way for you to experience some of the best things North Texas has to offer.
Chef George has prepared a tantalizing menu featuring local and organic ingredients donated by Greenling and Local Yocal and paired with tasty brews from Rahr Brewing Co. Come out and toast with us!
This is the first of several of Hops events throughout the year, each at a different venue and with a different chef and menu. This one, the first, will be held at the Montgomery Farm Old Farm House. Proceeds go towards the Connemara Conservancy, working to preserve natural landscapes in North Texas.
Purchase tickets here
Sign up now! DFW Truck Farm 5K at Earth Day Dallas
-April 22, 7am-10am
-Fair Park - 1121 First Avenue, 75210 [Dallas]
Join us at Earth Day Dallas for the DFW Truck Farm 5k Fun Run! You will pass by the Truck Farm as you run through the course and cheering farmers along the way will provide you with delicious water to clear your parched throats. After you complete the run, you'll be given a picnic blanket and a grassy area to participant in the World's Largest Picnic and enjoy a celebration show!
Once you register you will receive updates as we add them to the event and a ticket to the pre-screening of Truck Farm, a documentary on the fleet of US Truck Farms. Your support will help the DFW Truck Farm rolling into schools in the upcoming year - teaching the community about local foods and gardening in small spaces!
Register here today!
Spinach Kale Pesto
Makes 2 cups - From Cooking on the Weekends blog
- 1 lb beets, peeled and very thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup blanched, toasted almonds
- 1 bunch kale, stems removed
- 3 cups firmly packed, fresh spinach leaves
- 6 small to medium, peeled garlic cloves, with roots removed
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
To toast the almonds, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spread the nuts out evenly on a baking sheet. When the oven is preheated, place the nuts int he oven and roast them until they are very aromatic and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Don't allow them to burn!
Wash and dry the spinach and kale. Remove any tough stems from the kale and break the leaves into smaller pieces.
In a food processor, make the pesto by blending the spinach and kale with the toasted almonds, garlic, Parmesan, tomato paste, lemon juice and sugar. Then gradually pour in the oil and blend until smooth. Season generously to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve however you see fit - toss with pasta, spread on toast or a sandwich, serve with grilled chicken, the possibilities are endless!
For More Recipes Check Out:
Eating Out of the Local Box - Menus designed specifically for the local box and ideas on what to do with the wonderful bounty
Vegan Greenling - More recipes for the local box, but all Vegan!
Greenling Facebook - All sorts of recipes and ideas get posted here
Mylie's Kitchen - Real Food. Good for you and the planet.
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