We can CHARDLY believe it!

We can CHARDLY believe it!

There is a moment every Spring where the availability lists from farmer's start to brighten up a bit. We see the appearance of arugula, bok choy, bunched items and the true harbinger of Spring, Fiddleheads. For these Spring delicacies Shannon's enthusiasm was already through the roof, sending the team a deluge of exuberant texts to see if our excitement could rival her own (impossible).

It was a pretty rosy day here at Family Dinner. And then the Chard arrived. 

Unwrapping these beautiful bunches Shannon actually left Earth and is currently orbiting around the stratosphere leaving nothing behind but a contrail of squeals and exclamation points. 

Fun things abound in this week's shares.  Spring is here folks, and it's going to be delicious. If some of these items are new to you, we have some great recipe ideas below. We hope you love them.


WHAT'S IN THE BAG? (MA)

Delivery dates: Saturday, 4/30 and Tuesday, 5/3

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 - Semolina Bread from Forge
Add-on Cheese of the Week - Pepper Queso Fresco from Vermont Creamery
Add-on Fresh Pasta of the Week - Fusilli from Seven Hills
Add-on Gluten Free Grain of the Week - Tortillas from VT Tortilla Co.
Add-on Grain of the Week - Tortilla Chips from Mi Nina
Add-on Mezze of the Week - Roasted Chili Salsa from Kitchen Garden Farm
Add-on Pastry of the Week - Walnut, Date Sticky Buns from Do Good Kitchen
Add-on Vegetarian Soup of the Week - Tuscan White Bean with Kale from Forge

HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Pescatarian Protein - Pollockfrom Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Vegetarian Proteins - Tofu from 21st Century Foods; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Paleo Proteins - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Lettuce from Queen's Greens; Carrots and Onions from Brookford Farm; Fiddleheads from Joe Czajkowski Farm
Grain - Pita from Sharonna Bakery
Special Treat - Granola from Nutty Bird Granola

WHOLE SHARE 

Omnivore Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Pollock from Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Hummus from Magic Bites
Pescatarian Protein - Pollock, Calamari from Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Hummus from Magic Bites
Vegetarian Proteins - Tofu from 21st Century Foods; Lentil Fingers from Magic Bites; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Hummus from Magic Bites
Paleo Proteins - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Pollock from Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Lettuce from Queen's Greens; Carrots and Onions from Brookford Farm; Fiddleheads from Joe Czajkowski Farm; Bok Choy from Kitchen Garden Farm and Pete's Greens; BUNCHED Radishes from Brookford Farm and Hometown Farm
Grain - Pita from Sharonna Bakery
Special Treat - Granola from Nutty Bird Granola; Brownies from Forge

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Pollock from Red's; Bacon from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Hummus from Magic Bites; Kimchi from FinAllie Ferments
Pescatarian Protein - Pollock, Calamari, Scallops from Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Hummus from Magic Bites; Kimchi from FinAllie Ferments
Vegetarian Proteins - Tofu from 21st Century Foods; Lentil Fingers from Magic Bites; Tamales from Tex Mex Eats; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Hummus from Magic Bites; Kimchi from FinAllie Ferments
Paleo Proteins - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Pollock from Red's; Bacon from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Lettuce from Queen's Greens; Carrots and Onions from Brookford Farm; Fiddleheads from Joe Czajkowski Farm; Bok Choy from Kitchen Garden Farm and Pete's Greens; BUNCHED Radishes from Brookford Farm and Hometown Farm; Swiss Chard from White Barn Farm; Sweet Potatoes from Brookford Farm
Grain - Pita from Sharonna Bakery; Rye Bread from Iggy's
Special Treat - Granola from Nutty Bird Granola; Brownies from Forge


RECIPES (MA)

(from Shannon)

BONUS VEGGIE SEASON!!!!!! 

Y'all I've been teasing this for a few weeks but we're into SPRING CROPS!!!!! If you cannot tell by the amount of exclamation points, I am just a little bit excited. And, that also means we're in bonus veg season AKA tops of radish/carrots/beets and others! One of the best ways to use them quickly is to turn them into Pestos, chopped into salads, sautéed, and many more ways! Make us proud and use all your veggies :) Additionally, for longer storage of the veggie in question, cut the greens as soon as you get them and store separately. 

Fiddleheads!!! - These are the unfurled tips of the Ostrich Fern foraged by Joe Czajkowski's folks in Western Mass. These spring delicacies scream to me that the season has truly changed and warmer weather is on it's way! Don't be intimidated, this Food52 article has 8 ways to use them. Make it a special night this week to be intentional with your cooking and enjoy the specialness of the Fiddlehead! 

Seared Bok Choy - With a super hot pan at the ready, you'll have this delicious side for dinner ready in no time! Serve with Crispy Tofu, or Chicken Breast or Leg Quarters, or Calamari.

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, 4/30

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 - Wheat Sourdough Boule from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Add-on Cheese of the Week - Queso Fresco from Champlain Valley Creamery

Add-on Fresh Pasta of the Week - Three Peppercorn from Terra Cotta Pasta Co.
Add-on Gluten Free Grain of the Week - ME Maple Chips from Vintage Kitchen
Add-on Grain of the Week - Granola from Two Fat Cats Bakery
Add-on Mezze of the Week - Lemon & Artichoke Pesto from Terra Cotta Pasta Co.
Add-on Pastry of the Week - Cinnamon Buns from Two Fat Cats

Add-on Vegetarian Soup of the Week - Tuscan White Bean With Kale from Forge Baking Co.
Add-on Sausage of the Week - Jamaican Jerk from Broad Arrow
Add-on Treat of the Week - Lemon Bars from Two Fat Cats Bakery

HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein & Dairy - Skirt Steak from Pine Ridge Acres; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Pescatarian Proteins & Dairy -  Flounder from Harbor Fish; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Paleo Proteins - Skirt Steak from Pine Ridge Acres; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Vegetarian Proteins & Dairy - Baby Spinach With Roasted Garlic & Cheese Ravioli from Terra Cotta Pasta Co.; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Mixed Mushrooms from Fruit of the Forest; Rainbow Carrots from Goranson Farm; Mesclun from Goranson Farm; Swiss Chard from White Barn Farm; Onions from Goranson Farm (Paleo Shares only); Micro Greens from Goranson Farm (Paleo Shares only)
Grains - Three Seed Bread from Big Sky Bread Co.
Special Treats - Lemon Bars from Two Fat Cats Bakery

WHOLE SHARE 

Omnivore Proteins & Dairy - Skirt Steak from Pine Ridge Acres; Flounder from Harbor Fish; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm; Basil Pesto from Terra Cotta Pasta Co.
Pescatarian Proteins & Dairy - Flounder from Harbor Fish; Arctic Char from Harbor Fish; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm; Basil Pesto from Terra Cotta Pasta Co.
Paleo Proteins - Skirt Steak from Pine Ridge Acres; Flounder from Harbor Fish; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Vegetarian Proteins & Dairy - Baby Spinach With Roasted Garlic & Cheese Ravioli from Terra Cotta Pasta Co.; Farro Caesar from Rosemont Market & Bakery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm; Basil Pesto from Terra Cotta Pasta Co.
Fruits and Veggies - Mixed Mushrooms from Fruit of the Forest; Rainbow Carrots from Goranson Farm; Mesclun from Goranson Farm; Swiss Chard from White Barn Farm; Onions from Goranson Farm; Micro Greens from Goranson Farm; Red Potatoes from Harmony Meadows Farm (Paleo Shares only); Celeriac from Goranson Farm (Paleo Shares only)
Grains - Three Seed Bread from Big Sky Bread Co.
Special Treats - Lemon Bars from Two Fat Cats Bakery; Chocolate Chip Cookies from Rosemont Market & Bakery

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Proteins & Dairy - Skirt Steak from Pine Ridge Acres; Flounder from Harbor Fish; Chorizo Sausage from Broad Arrow; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm; Basil Pesto from Terra Cotta Pasta Co.; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery
Pescatarian Proteins & Dairy - Flounder from Harbor Fish; Arctic Char from Harbor Fish; Dab from True Fin*; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm; Basil Pesto from Terra Cotta Pasta Co.; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery
Paleo Proteins - Skirt Steak from Pine Ridge Acres; Flounder from Harbor Fish; Chorizo Sausage from Broad Arrow; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm
Vegetarian Proteins & Dairy - Baby Spinach With Roasted Garlic & Cheese Ravioli from Terra Cotta Pasta Co.; Farro Caesar from Rosemont Market & Bakery; Tempeh from Rhapsody Natural Foods; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm; Basil Pesto from Terra Cotta Pasta Co.; Butter from Casco Bay Creamery
Fruits and Veggies - Mixed Mushrooms from Fruit of the Forest; Rainbow Carrots from Goranson Farm; Mesclun from Goranson Farm; Swiss Chard from White Barn Farm; Onions from Goranson Farm; Micro Greens from Goranson Farm; Red Potatoes from Harmony Meadows Farm; Celeriac from Goranson Farm
Grains - Three Seed Bread from Big Sky Bread Co.; Crackers from Mill Cove
Special Treats - Lemon Bars from Two Fat Cats Bakery; Chocolate Chip Cookies from Rosemont Market & 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)

Grilled Skirt Steak with Pesto Butter - Skirt steak is one of my favs. It's super beefy, easy and quick to cook, is a great pallet for other flavors and, when cut across the grain, is pretty dang tender. Here's one of many great ways to cook.
 
Flounder and Sautéed Mushrooms - 20 minutes. Easy weeknight dinner.

Chorizo Hash and Eggs - If you were like me and devoured all of last week's delicious tortillas already, check out this dinner/breakfast. If not, refer back to last week's recipe for chorizo and potato tacos.
 
Salmon With Warm Lentils - Roll with me here. First off, arctic char is very similar to salmon in its fat content but has a more mild flavor, a little closer to trout. Thus, we will often use arctic char as a salmon replacement. Second, I can't find the exact recipe but it's a combo of this lentil recipe and the cooking technique in this salmon recipe. It's amazing.
 
Marinate Mushrooms - Awesome to have on hand for antipasti, on some crostini with micro greens on top or mixed with some mesclun, vinaigrette and a soft boiled egg.
 
Tips and Tricks for storing your food and getting the most from your shares can be found here.