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Dandelion Springs Eternal

Dandelion Springs Eternal

We recently had the pleasure of getting to re-visit Dandelion Spring Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine. Beth Schiller, owner of Dandelion Spring and her crew of almost entirely women (and two dogs!) run an amazing operation that yields incredible produce - including the arugula in this week's Maine and New Hampshire shares.

A bit more about them from their site: 

"At Dandelion Spring Farm, we grow MOFGA certified organic vegetables & herbs on unceded Wabanaki land in central Maine. We are one of over 500 Certified Organic farms and processors in the state with a dedication to soil, community, and safe and nutritious food for all.

In Maine there are delicate lettuce heads and sweeter than you can imagine spinach picked from soil in the dead of winter. In these early summer months the winter squash is already in the ground, and the tomato plants with their first flowers are showing promise. On July 4th, as with the ancestors of this land, our independence is linked to the land and cycle of the seasons as we seed all of the carrots, beets, and rutabaga that will then be harvested and stored in the fall. These roots will bring us through the winter both nutritionally and financially."

As we toured the farm we learned more about their dedication to soil health that borders on obsession. They are committed to no-till methods. Tilling is a way to mechanically agitate soil, which eventually leads to soil erosion. No till methods and cover cropping decreases soil erosion, increases water retention and helps keep a variety of organic matter in an on the soil. Do these methods take more time and effort? Sure. But the produce that comes out of this soil is nothing short of spectacular

Beth Schiller, owner of Dandelion Spring wrote an intensely eloquent and impassioned article for Patagonia this year about the critical nature of soil health and the threat of PFAS, or forever chemicals. It's a tour de force about dirt.

Knowing the farmers and makers is core to what we do.  Learning from them,  hearing their passion reinforces our own. It makes us immensely proud to be a part of this community and bring you the delicious fruits of their labor.

Have a wonderful weekend, we hope it's delicious.

Cheers,

Erin, Joe and the Family Dinner Fam

 


Massachusetts

Delivery dates: Saturday, 10/8 and Tuesday, 10/11

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.

 

Weekly Add-ons

Bread of the Week - Ciabatta from Iggy's
Cheese of the Week - Vault 5 Cheddar from Jasper Hill Creamery
Fresh Pasta of the Week - Garlic Sage Pasta from Dave's Fresh Pasta
Gluten-Free Grain of the Week - Bagels from Something Sweet Without Wheat
Grain of the Week - Bagels from Iggy's
Mezze of the Week - Zesty Black Bean Hummus from Just Hummus 
Pastry of the Week - Frosted Cinnamon Buns from A&J King
Vegetarian Salad of the Week - Chickpea Salad from Forge

Vegetarian Soup of the Week - Butternut Squash Soup from Forge

 

 

Omnivore Shares

HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Codman Community Farm
Fruits and Veggies Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm
Grain - Pizza Dough from A&J King 
Special Treat - Chocolate Coconut Muffin from A&J King

 

WHOLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Redfish from Red's; Eggs from Codman Community Farm; Cheese from Pineland Farm
Fruits and Veggies Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm; Napa Cabbage from Clark Farm; Microgreens from Generation Farms
Grain - Pizza Dough from A&J King 
Special Treat - Chocolate Coconut Muffin and Cranberry Orange Scone from A&J King

 

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Redfish from Red's; Bacon from Tide Mill Farm; Eggs from Codman Community Farm; Cheese from Pineland Farm; Tahini from Just Hummus
Fruits and Veggies Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm; Napa Cabbage from Clark Farm; Microgreens from Generation Farms; Shallots and Cauliflower from Iron Ox Farm
Grain - Pizza Dough from A&J King; Tortillas from VT Tortillas 
Special Treat - Chocolate Coconut Muffin and Cranberry Orange Scone from A&J King

 

Pescatarian Shares

HALF SHARE

Pescatarian Protein -  Redfish from Red's; Eggs from Codman Community Farm
Fruits and Veggies Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm
Grain - Pizza Dough from A&J King 
Special Treat - Chocolate Coconut Muffin from A&J King

 

WHOLE SHARE

Pescatarian Protein -  Redfish, Cod from Red's; Eggs from Codman Community Farm; Cheese from Pineland Farm
Fruits and Veggies Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm; Napa Cabbage from Clark Farm; Microgreens from Generation Farms
Grain - Pizza Dough from A&J King 
Special Treat - Chocolate Coconut Muffin and Cranberry Orange Scone from A&J King

 

DOUBLE SHARE

Pescatarian Protein -  Redfish, Cod, Calamari from Red's; Eggs from Codman Community Farm; Cheese from Pineland Farm; Tahini from Just Hummus
Fruits and Veggies - Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm; Napa Cabbage from Clark Farm; Microgreens from Generation Farms; Shallots and Cauliflower from Iron Ox Farm
Grain - Pizza Dough from A&J King; Tortillas from VT Tortillas 
Special Treat - Chocolate Coconut Muffin and Cranberry Orange Scone from A&J King

 

Vegetarian Shares

HALF SHARE

Vegetarian Protein - Falafel Mix from Just Hummus; Eggs from Codman Community Farm
Fruits and Veggies Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm
Grain - Pizza Dough from A&J King 
Special Treat - Chocolate Coconut Muffin from A&J King

 

WHOLE SHARE

Vegetarian Protein - Falafel Mix from Just Hummus; Empanadas from Buenas; Eggs from Codman Community Farm; Cheese from Pineland Farm
Fruits and Veggies Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm; Napa Cabbage from Clark Farm; Microgreens from Generation Farms
Grain - Pizza Dough from A&J King 
Special Treat - Chocolate Coconut Muffin and Cranberry Orange Scone from A&J King

 

DOUBLE SHARE

Vegetarian Protein - Falafel Mix from Just Hummus; Empanadas from Buenas; Mac and Cheese from Dave's Fresh Pasta; Eggs from Codman Community Farm; Cheese from Pineland Farm; Tahini from Just Hummus
Fruits and Veggies Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm; Napa Cabbage from Clark Farm; Microgreens from Generation Farms; Shallots and Cauliflower from Iron Ox Farm
Grain - Pizza Dough from A&J King; Tortillas from VT Tortillas 
Special Treat - Chocolate Coconut Muffin and Cranberry Orange Scone from A&J King

 

Paleo Shares

HALF SHARE

Paleo Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm; Napa Cabbage from Clark Farm; Microgreens from Generation Farms

WHOLE SHARE

Paleo Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Redfish from Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm; Napa Cabbage from Clark Farm; Microgreens from Generation Farms; Shallots and Cauliflower from Iron Ox Farm

DOUBLE SHARE

Paleo Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Redfish from Red's; Bacon from Tide Mill Farm; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Butternut Squash from Fire Fox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm; Spicy Mix from Langwater; Pears from Kimball Fruit Farm; Napa Cabbage from Clark Farm; Microgreens from Generation Farms; Shallots and Cauliflower from Iron Ox Farm; Peppers from Blossom Brook Farm and Mushrooms from Mycoterra Farm


Recipes (MA)

Butternut Squash Pizza - Fall Pizza, make your fall pizza! 

Pan Fried Redfish with Melted Leeks and Squash Puree - Wow....okay. This sounds incredible.

Pan Roasted Chicken with Leeks - One pan meal and all its glory! Or take those leeks and make a delightful leek tart! 

Steamed Fish and Napa Cabbage - You can make a play on these sauces with whatever you have in your fridge/pantry and make it your own! 

Napa Cabbage Salad - I love the texture that napa cabbage adds to salads. Whether you make this salad or cut up to add to other greens, you can't go wrong! 

Roasted Cauliflower with Shallots - I will be making this for myself and I will not be sharing. Sorry not sorry. 

Pear Crisp - My friend (Hi KB!) asked if we could do "fall things" this week and you know what, I think of baked fruits with oats and cinnamon as a "fall thing" so join us in this adventure. 

Sauteed Calamari - A simple and delightful calamari recipe! 

 

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

—Shannon


Maine & New Hampshire

Delivery dates: Saturday, 10/8

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.

 

Weekly Add-ons

Add-on Bread of the Week - Herb Focaccia from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Add-on Cheese of the Week - Garlic & Herb Dairy Duet from York Hill Farm
Add-on Fresh Pasta of the Week - Orecchiette from Solo Cucina Market
Add-on Gluten Free Grain of the Week - Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Seed & Oat Bars from 88 Acres
Add-on Grain of the Week - Wild Blueberry Walnut Crackers from Maine Crisps
Add-on Mezze of the Week - Cheddar Scallion Dip from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Add-on Pastry of the Week - Cinnamon Rolls from Two Fat Cats Bakery
Add-on Sausage of the Week - Chicken Chorizo from Tide Mill Organic Farm
Add-on Treat of the Week - Lemon Shortbread Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery
Add-on Vegetarian Salad of the Week - Lentil Salad from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Add-on Vegetarian Soup of the Week - Tuscan White Bean With Kale from Forge Baking Co.

 

 

 

 

 

Omnivore Shares

HALF SHARE

Protein - Strip Steak from Pine Ridge Acres
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox
Dairy -  Wild Blueberry Yogurt from Silvery Moon Creamery
Grain - Sourdough Boule from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Special Treat - Lemon Shortbread Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery

 

WHOLE SHARE

Protein - Strip Steak from Pine Ridge Acres; Grey Sole from Harbor Fish Market
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox; Celery from Goranson Farm; Shishito Peppers from Goranson Farm
Dairy -  Wild Blueberry Yogurt from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Codman Community Farms
Grain - Sourdough Boule from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Special Treat - Lemon Shortbread Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery; Chocolate Chip Cookies from Rosemont Market & Bakery 

 

DOUBLE SHARE

Protein - Strip Steak from Pine Ridge Acres; Grey Sole from Harbor Fish Market; Chicken Chorizo from Tide Mill Organic Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox; Celery from Goranson Farm; Shishito Peppers from Goranson Farm; Cauliflower from Snell Family Farm; Eggplant from Tiny Acres Farm
Dairy -  Wild Blueberry Yogurt from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Codman Community Farms; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery
Grain - Sourdough Boule from Rosemont Market & Bakery; Fresh Orecchiette from Solo Cucina Market
Special Treat - Lemon Shortbread Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery; Chocolate Chip Cookies from Rosemont Market & Bakery

 

Pescatarian Shares

HALF SHARE

Protein - Grey Sole from Harbor Fish Market
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox
Dairy -  Wild Blueberry Yogurt from Silvery Moon Creamery
Grain - Sourdough Boule from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Special Treat - Lemon Shortbread Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery

 

WHOLE SHARE

Protein - Grey Sole from Harbor Fish Market; Monkfish from True Fin*
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox; Celery from Goranson Farm; Shishito Peppers from Goranson Farm
Dairy -  Wild Blueberry Yogurt from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Codman Community Farms
Grain - Sourdough Boule from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Special Treat - Lemon Shortbread Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery; Chocolate Chip Cookies from Rosemont Market & Bakery 

 

DOUBLE SHARE

Protein - Grey Sole from Harbor Fish Market; Monkfish from True Fin*; Tuna from Harbor Fish Market
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox; Celery from Goranson Farm; Shishito Peppers from Goranson Farm; Cauliflower from Snell Family Farm; Eggplant from Tiny Acres Farm
Dairy -  Wild Blueberry Yogurt from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Codman Community Farms; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery
Grain - Sourdough Boule from Rosemont Market & Bakery; Fresh Orecchiette from Solo Cucina Market
Special Treat - Lemon Shortbread Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery; Chocolate Chip Cookies from Rosemont Market & Bakery

 

 

 

 

Vegetarian Shares

HALF SHARE

Protein - Roasted Mushroom Dumplings from Little Brother Chinese Food
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox
Dairy -  Wild Blueberry Yogurt from Silvery Moon Creamery
Grain - Sourdough Boule from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Special Treat - Lemon Shortbread Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery

 

WHOLE SHARE

Protein - Roasted Mushroom Dumplings from Little Brother Chinese Food; Lentil Loaf from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox; Celery from Goranson Farm; Shishito Peppers from Goranson Farm
Dairy -  Wild Blueberry Yogurt from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Codman Community Farms
Grain - Sourdough Boule from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Special Treat - Lemon Shortbread Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery; Chocolate Chip Cookies from Rosemont Market & Bakery 

 

DOUBLE SHARE

Protein - Roasted Mushroom Dumplings from Little Brother Chinese Food; Lentil Loaf from Rosemont Market & Bakery; Tuscan White Bean With Kale Soup from Forge Baking Co.
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox; Celery from Goranson Farm; Shishito Peppers from Goranson Farm; Cauliflower from Snell Family Farm; Eggplant from Tiny Acres Farm
Dairy -  Wild Blueberry Yogurt from Silvery Moon Creamery; Eggs from Codman Community Farms; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery
Grain - Sourdough Boule from Rosemont Market & Bakery; Fresh Orecchiette from Solo Cucina Market
Special Treat - Lemon Shortbread Cookies from Two Fat Cats Bakery; Chocolate Chip Cookies from Rosemont Market & Bakery

 

 

 

 

Paleo Shares

HALF SHARE

Protein - Strip Steak from Pine Ridge Acres
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox; Celery from Goranson Farm; Shishito Peppers from Goranson Farm

 

WHOLE SHARE

Protein - Strip Steak from Pine Ridge Acres; Grey Sole from Harbor Fish Market
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox; Celery from Goranson Farm; Shishito Peppers from Goranson Farm; Cauliflower from Snell Family Farm; Eggplant from Tiny Acres Farm

 

DOUBLE SHARE

Protein - Strip Steak from Pine Ridge Acres; Grey Sole from Harbor Fish Market; Chicken Chorizo from Tide Mill Organic Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Leeks from Goranson Farm & Snell Family Farm; Arugula from Dandelion Spring; Pears from Snell Family Farm; Butternut Squash from Fire Fox; Celery from Goranson Farm; Shishito Peppers from Goranson Farm; Cauliflower from Snell Family Farm; Eggplant from Tiny Acres Farm; Baby Red Potatoes from Goranson Farm; Summer Squash from Fairwinds Farm

 

 

*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)

Arugula Steak Salad With Pears and Blue Cheese - I love steak in salads. Generally with french fries ('sup, Pittsburgh?!) but also with some fruit and a flavorful cheese. This checks the healthier boxes. Given that most of you will be getting some lovely strip as opposed to flank, I'd suggest cooking the steak thusly.

Sole Piccata - Can't really go wrong here. A great recipe to have in your back pocket for chicken/veal/pork cutlets, other thinly filleted seafood or even mushrooms.

Eggplant Parm [video] - Watched this yesterday and will definitely be making soon as it addresses pretty much all the general issues I have with other versions. A labor of love but you're worth it.

Pear & Leek Soup - Slightly sweet and creamy, this is a total crowd pleaser and comes together pretty dang quickly. Would absolutely toss some sourdough croutons on there. Also, VEGAN (and very freeze-able).

Butternut, Pear and Leek Salad - Man... if this doesn't scream fall, I don't know what does. Great salad to serve alongside some soup. And leftovers would be pretty perfect for lunch the next day.

 

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

 

—Joe