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A Little Bird Told Us

A Little Bird Told Us

Brooks Veling, just 2 months old, gets some nap time on the back of her mother, Mary Liz Veling, while she works in the field planting different type of herbs at Clark Farm in Carlisle.DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF

Our good friends at Clark Farm were highlighted this week is an amazing article by Nancy Shohet West in this Sunday's Boston Globe. Andrew Rodgers, Head Farmer at Clark Farm, speaks with equal parts eloquence and passion about global supply chain disruption and the importance of buying local:

“A geopolitical event can disrupt the entire world’s food supply,” Rodgers said. “When Russia invades Ukraine, it results in Brazil and Colombia running short on fertilizer. Less fertilizer means there won’t be as much grain to feed livestock, who in turn won’t weigh as much, and meat prices then go up. The ripple effect is amazing.

West writes:

"But to Rodgers and many of his colleagues in the community farming movement, the answer is simple — and familiar.Buy local, and support community supported agriculture.

And even if CSAs can’t produce food more cheaply than large-scale supermarkets, they often give consumers more confidence in the product. Community farms — whether selling through CSAs, farmstands, or farmers’ markets — generally involve fewer hands in the pot, with most items going from picker to consumer, rather than through several stages of gathering, packaging, transporting, and selling."

And your Fam at Family Dinner even got a chance to take the mic: (HEY, MA! LOOK! I'M IN THE SUNDAY PAYPAH!)

West continues:

"With the Ukraine invasion and other factors that contribute to inflation, “it’s becoming more important than ever to understand the importance of spending locally,” said Erin Baumgartner, cofounder and CEO of Woburn-based Family Dinner, a local delivery service that sources produce, meat, fish, and grains from a wide network of community farms and delivers directly to subscribers.

“Typically when you spend locally, about 70 cents on the dollar stays local,” Baumgartner said. “In addition, there’s more certainty in your local economy that workers are being paid and treated fairly, and that land and animals alike are receiving ethical treatment. Buying local isn’t only a matter of a warm and fuzzy feeling. It is genuinely impactful.”

“People should value and invest in local agriculture at all times, not just in times of crisis,” echoed Hannah Helfner (from Brookwood Community Farm) “Pandemics, wars, natural disasters, tension and conflict, overpopulation: All of these problems are going to persist. Investing in your own local community, in your own local food system, regardless of what else is going on, will only continue to benefit all of us.”

So check out the article and give yourself a high-five for being a local food superhero. We love having you fight the good fight with us!


WHAT'S IN THE BAG? (MA)

Delivery dates: Saturday, 5/21 and Tuesday, 5/24

Note: If you order a "Meat and Fish Share" you will receive just the meats listed, not the "dairy" items (i.e., eggs, yogurt, etc). If you order a "Fish and Seafood Share" you will receive the fish listed, not the dairy items.

 

Add-on Bread of the Week - Garlic and Cheddar Bread from Great Harvest
Add-on Cheese of the Week - Tomato and Garlic Farmer's Cheese from Sweet Rowan Creamery 
Add-on Fresh Pasta of the Week - Whole Wheat Linguini from Dave's Fresh Pasta 
Add-on Gluten Free Grain of the Week - Cornmeal from Tuckaway Farms
Add-on Grain of the Week - Bagels from Iggy's
Add-on Mezze of the Week - Muhammara from Magic Bites
Add-on Pastry of the Week - Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins from A&J King
Add-on Vegetarian Salad of the Week - Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Sumac, and Mint from Forge

HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Sea Bass from Red's; Queso Fresco from Silvery Moon Creamery
Pescatarian Protein - Sea Bass from Red's; Queso Fresco from Silvery Moon Creamery
Vegetarian Proteins - Veggie Burgers from Kind Roots; Queso Fresco from Silvery Moon Creamery
Paleo Proteins - Sea Bass from Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Asparagus from Swago Farm; Lettuce Mix from Langwater Farm; Bunched Greens from Pete's Greens, Iron Ox, and Red Fire Farm; Potatoes from Brookford Farm and Heron Pond Farm
Grain - Deli Sourdough from A&J King
Special Treat - Lemon Rosewater Cookies from A&J King 

WHOLE SHARE 

Omnivore Protein - Sea Bass from Red's; BBQ Beef from Yankee Farmer's Market; Queso Fresco from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Pescatarian Protein - Sea Bass, Haddock from Red's; Queso Fresco from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Vegetarian Proteins - Veggie Burgers from Kind Roots; Tempeh from Rhapsody Foods; Queso Fresco from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Paleo Proteins - Sea Bass from Red's; BBQ Beef from Yankee Farmer's Market; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Asparagus from Swago Farm; Lettuce Mix from Langwater Farm; Bunched Greens from Pete's Greens, Iron Ox, and Red Fire Farm; Potatoes from Brookford Farm and Heron Pond Farm; Spinach from Clark Farm; Onions from Brookford Farm
Grain - Deli Sourdough from A&J King
Special Treat - Lemon Rosewater Cookies and Jam Bars from A&J King 

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Sea Bass from Red's; BBQ Beef from Yankee Farmer's Market; Chicken Parts from Feather Brook Farms; Queso Fresco from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Butter from High Lawn Creamery
Pescatarian Protein - Sea Bass, Haddock, Bluefish from Red's; Queso Fresco from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Butter from High Lawn Creamery
Vegetarian Proteins - Veggie Burgers from Kind Roots; Tempeh from Rhapsody Foods; Magic Salad from Magic Bites; Queso Fresco from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Butter from High Lawn Creamery
Paleo Proteins - Sea Bass from Red's; BBQ Beef from Yankee Farmer's Market; Chicken Parts from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Asparagus from Swago Farm; Lettuce Mix from Langwater Farm; Bunched Greens from Pete's Greens, Iron Ox, and Red Fire Farm; Potatoes from Brookford Farm and Heron Pond Farm; Spinach from Clark Farm; Onions from Brookford Farm; Zucchini from Jericho Settler's Farm; Celery Root from Pete's Greens
Grain - Deli Sourdough from A&J King; Pizza Dough from Forge
Special Treat - Lemon Rosewater Cookies and Jam Bars from A&J King 


RECIPES (MA)

(from Shannon)

Asparagus, Pesto Risotto - I don't know if y'all have your favorite annual, seasonal projects and recipes, but this one is definitely one of mine! After foraged violet syrup and lilac syrup (makes delicious lemonade!!) comes my most favoritest risotto and then chive blossom vinegar follows that and them a bunch of other small jam projects too :) 

Sea Bass over Wilted Greens - 35 Minutes till dinner with this simple recipe. Swap spinach for your bunched greens if you'd like!

Zucchini Celery Root Soup -  Okay, so this might be better for Tuesday when the temps drop back to the 60s. 

Spinach and Tempeh - The author described this as their go to meal when stressed and I can understand that! There's something medicinal about standing over a pan sautéing deliciousness. 

Egg Salad - Is it that time of year already? Yes it is! Try out this egg salad recipe this week! 

Cracker Crusted Bluefish - Buttery crackers you may have in the back of your cupboard will lend well that this beautiful dish! 

Tips and Tricks for storing your food and getting the most from your shares can be found here


WHAT'S IN THE BAG? (ME/NH)

Delivery date: Saturday, 5/21

Note: If you order a "Meat and Fish Share" you will receive just the meats listed, not the "dairy" items (i.e., eggs, yogurt, etc). If you order a "Fish and Seafood Share" you will receive the fish listed, not the dairy items.

Add-on Bread of the Week - Sourdough Boule from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Add-on Cheese of the Week - Tomato & Garlic Farmer's Cheese from Sweet Rowan

Add-on Fresh Pasta of the Week - Whole Wheat Linguini from Dave's Fresh Pasta
Add-on Grain of the Week - Seed'Nola from 88 Acres
Add-on Mezze of the Week - Cheddar Scallion Dip from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Add-on Pastry of the Week - Blueberry Muffins from Two Fat Cats Bakery

Add-on Salad of the Week - Chickpea & Sumac Salad from Forge Baking Co.
Add-on Sausage of the Week - Hot Italian from Broad Arrow
Add-on Treat of the Week - Blondies from Rosemont Market & Bakery

 

HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein & Dairy - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery
Pescatarian Proteins & Dairy -  Cod from Harbor Fish; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery
Paleo Proteins - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Vegetarian Proteins & Dairy - Tofu from Heiwa; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery
Fruits and Veggies - Rainbow Chard from Dandelion Spring; Asparagus from Swango Farm; Red Potatoes from Heron Pond Farm; Carrots from Brookford Farm; Bibb Lettuce from Springworks Farm (Paleo Shares only); Radishes from Langwater Farm (Paleo Shares only)
Grains - Cornmeal from Tuckaway Farm
Special Treats - Blondies from Rosemont Market & Bakery

WHOLE SHARE 

Omnivore Protein & Dairy - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres; Cod from Harbor Fish Market; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Pescatarian Proteins & Dairy -  Cod from Harbor Fish; Head On Trout from Harbor Fish Market; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Paleo Proteins - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres; Cod from Harbor Fish Market; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Vegetarian Proteins & Dairy - Tofu from Heiwa; Veggie Chili from Rosemont Market & Bakery; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Rainbow Chard from Dandelion Spring; Asparagus from Swango Farm; Red Potatoes from Heron Pond Farm; Carrots from Brookford Farm; Bibb Lettuce from Springworks Farm; Radishes from Langwater Farm; Onions from Brookford Farm (Paleo Shares only); Zucchini from Jericho Settlers Farm (Paleo Shares only)
Grains - Cornmeal from Tuckaway Farm
Special Treats - Blondies from Rosemont Market & Bakery; Chocolate Chip Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein & Dairy - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres; Cod from Harbor Fish Market; Jamaican Jerk Sausage from Broad Arrow; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm; Gouda from Sonnental Dairy
Pescatarian Proteins & Dairy -  Cod from Harbor Fish; Head On Trout from Harbor Fish Market; Mackerel from True Fin*; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm; Gouda from Sonnental Dairy
Paleo Proteins - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres; Cod from Harbor Fish Market; Jamaican Jerk Sausage from Broad Arrow; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Vegetarian Proteins & Dairy - Tofu from Heiwa; Veggie Chili from Rosemont Market & Bakery; Orzo Salad from Forge; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm; Gouda from Sonnental Dairy
Fruits and Veggies - Rainbow Chard from Dandelion Spring; Asparagus from Swango Farm; Red Potatoes from Heron Pond Farm; Carrots from Brookford Farm; Bibb Lettuce from Springworks Farm; Radishes from Langwater Farm; Onions from Brookford Farm; Zucchini from Jericho Settlers Farm
Grains - Cornmeal from Tuckaway Farm; Pasta from Amolitta
Special Treats - Blondies from Rosemont Market & Bakery; Chocolate Chip Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery

*Super frozen to -60ºC which means zero ice crystals rupturing cell structure while defrosting which means zero difference from fresh and zero issues searing. ❤️


RECIPES (ME/NH)

(from Joe)

Homemade Salad Dressing - Christine Burns Rudalevige wrote this article recently that is not only a class in homemade salad dressing but also a bit of a call to arms (reduce plastic waste!). And, if you're not already in the water with us, now that we're in the thick of salad season, it's time to take the plunge and try this yourself. In this household, there're now a couple emulsified versions in the fridge, too, which helps with shelf life a bit (here and here).
 
Brown Butter Lemon Asparagus Polenta - Asparagus! Pretty stoked that we're getting the season's first asparagus AND some more of the delicious Tuckaway Farm cornmeal. Along with the butter and eggs most of you will be receiving in shares this week, you're almost all the way to this tasty dish. (I'd fry the eggs hard in some olive oil, personally... love me some of those crispy egg bits.)
 
Beef Larb Lettuce Wraps - Larb is delicious. Salty, spicy, crunchy, fresh and very addictive. Good with any ground meat or check out the...
 
Tofu Larb - ...edition.
 
Quick Pickled Radishes - Quick pickles! Garnish everything with these. Except ice cream. Although I'd try anything once.
 
Pan-Fried Cod with Orange and Swiss Chard - Dang. I want this badly. It's also grilling season and cod does wonderfully on the grill if you take some important steps.
 
Grilled Lemongrass- and Coriander-Marinated Tofu Vietnamese Sandwiches - Speaking of grilling season, these are so damn tasty.
 
Tips and Tricks for storing your food and getting the most from your shares can be found here.