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New Vendor Notice
Quick announcement… We just spoke with Dan at GreenSpace, and they have signed on as our newest vendor. Dan produces amazing microgreens and salads and will be adding their items in the next few days. And they are Certified Organic. Microgreens are a nutritious, nutrient dense food. Perfect for snacking or adding to a salad.
Dan plans on having items listed yet for this weeks ordering. It may take a little time to get them entered, so please check back before Tuesday to see what he has available.
Welcome aboard Dan!
New Meat Items & Cherry Tomatoes By Variety
NEW THIS WEEK
New Meat Items
New this week, from Heritage Hills Farm, we have chicken wings in dozen and half dozen, chicken breasts, thighs and legs, as well as rack of ribs and ham ends. And for the adventurous… chicken carcasses, excellent for bone broth, chicken broth or soup base.
Cherry Tomatoes By Variety
We have been selling the cherry tomatoes exclusively in mixed boxes so that everyone could try the different varieties out.
We still sell them that way, but are now also selling them by the individual varieties, so you can pick your favorite.
Next Verse, Same as the First
Next Verse, Same as the First
Much of the same items as last week. Lots of tomatoes and sweet corn. Blackberries, potatoes, sweet and hot peppers, sweet onions, garlic, eggs, dressings, a full line of dairy and cheese, meats and much more.
A Rainbow of Colored Tomatoes!!
Nothing Says Summer Like Vine-Ripened Tomatoes
Tomatoes In A Rainbow of Colors
Here at Green"er" Acres Farm, tomatoes are our specialty. We save much of our own seed to breed the best of the best in our tomatoes. We have many heirloom varieties and a few old standards.
Choose from Reds (Big Beef, Red Brandywine and the brick red Paul Robeson), Oranges (Dad’s Sunset), Yellows (Yellow Beefsteak or Yellow Brandywine), Greens for fried green tomatoes, and Purples/Browns (Cherokee Purple, Black Krim and Pink Berkley Tie Dye).
We also have a Great White Tomato for those who like their tomatoes sweeter and with less acid.
And then there is the tomato that is a rainbow all in itself; the Ananas Noire (Black Pineapple). It is green with streaks of red and yellow not only on the skin but all the way through. It’s flavor is complex, both sweet and smoky. One of our all-time favorites.
And did I mention paste tomatoes? Paste tomatoes are some of the best choices if you are making your own homemade sauces. We have a large, beefy one named Opalka and a striking large red one with gold stripes named Striped Roman. We also have a new variety that we received as a ‘Trial Paste’ variety that we grew out this year. It developed into a beautiful ruffled tomato that almost resembles a short, squat red mini-pumpkin.
And finally are our cherry tomatoes in all colors of the rainbow. We currently sell them as a mix so that you can try all the different varieties. As they begin to produce more heavily, we will offer the individual varieties separately as well.
So now that you have your tomatoes, why don’t you grab some candy onions and chop them both up and mix them. Now simply add a flavorful Italian dressing for a simple salad. We carry the “Best Dressing Ever”, from Village Eatinghouse (distributed by Heritage Hills Farm) in many varieties of Italian dressing, everything from ‘Bright & Tangy’, to ‘Sweet & Sour’ to ‘Bold & Sassy’ to ‘Sultry & Smoky’.
Summer at it’s finest!
And Let’s Not Forget The Other Summertime Favorite — SWEET CORN
Picked fresh the morning of delivery, we offer sweet corn from Weyant Vegetable Farm. Some of the BEST sweet corn out there. Quantities are unlimited. Available in half dozen and full dozens for your evening meal or by the box (4 dozen) for freezing or canning.
Tomatoes, Blackberries, Pickling Cukes, and More!!
Tomatoes, Blackberries, Pickling Cukes, and More!!
So much more this week is tantalize your tastebuds
Tomatoes are finally starting to develop their full color and flavor. They are in limited quantities this week but will definitely be increasing in quantity in the following weeks.
This week we have mixed cherry tomatoes, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye, Ananas Noire (Black Pineapple), Ruffled Paste, Striped Roman Paste, Pink and Yellow Beefsteak, Yellow Brandywine, Paul Robeson, and small red tomatoes. Many of the heirlooms are an astounding 1 1/2-2 pounds each.
Some many peppers… The usual EXTRA LARGE green peppers and Flavorburst we have been carrying, but now we have added the medium purple sweet peppers, sweet banana peppers, mild hot banana peppers, jalapeno and purple chili peppers.
New this week, freshly picked green beans, purple green beans and yellow wax beans.
Purple green beans are an amazingly beautiful royal purple color when picked, but magically change color to a vivid green when cooked. They also have higher levels of anti-oxidants.
This week we have wild harvested blackberries. Smaller than our cultivated blackberries (which should be ready in the next one to two weeks) but still quite tasty.
And garden huckleberries, ever heard of them?? They look similar to blueberries, but are very tart. NOT TO BE EATEN RAW! This beautiful berries must be cooked with sugar, but make amazing pies and jams.
We unfortunately do not have any long slicing cucumbers this week, but do have pickling cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, and some tasty little gems known as Mexican Sour Gherkins or Cucamelons.
Small Quantity of Sweet Corn Available
Sweet Corn is Here!!
Sorry for another late addition, but we were notified by our new grower, Weyant Vegetable Farm of Claysburg, that they will be picking the first batch of sweet corn Friday morning.
Quantities are currently limited, until they get a better feel on the amount available. We are selling them on a first come, first served basis. If they are unable to fill all orders, we will deduct it from your total order at time of delivery.
If you have already ordered, it is not too late to add this to your current week’s order.
Late Additions to the Market
Sorry for the Second Post
We apologize to the second post, but we had some last minute additions from Rispoli’s Produce.
Additional items available this week:
- Red, White, and Blue Potatoes
- Kale:(redbor, baby reg., dinosaur & Russian)
Fresh From the Farm
Fresh From the Farm
Things are getting exciting here on the farm. The tomatoes will soon be ripe for the picking. They are just starting to turn colors and they are amazingly large this year. Lots of tasty cherry tomatoes this year as well. Stay tuned for the first of this seasons tomato awesomeness!!
The peppers are doing amazing as well (we have actually had to stake some of them up, they are falling over from the weight) We have regular green and Flavorburst available this week. We will have purple, yellow, orange, and Sweet Chocolate available in a few weeks. Colored peppers take about two extra weeks to develop their colors.
We hope to be hearing from our sweet corn producer soon for the first of our local corn. Most “local” corn available in stores right now is coming out of Lancaster county.
We have a small amount of red raspberries available this week. Blackberries will be ripening in the next week or two. We may have small quantities of strawberries available in the next few weeks as well. Stay tuned.
“Best Dressing Ever”
Village Eatinghouse makes some of the “Best Dressing Ever,” in flavors like Bold & Sassy Italian, Bright & Tangy Italian, Salty & Smoky Italian, and Sweet and Sour Italian; as well as two poppy seed varieties. Being distributed by Heritage Hills Farm. Try some on your salads, or as a marinade for your meat.
New This Week -- Green Peppers, Candy Onions, Green Tomatoes and More
New This Week — Green Peppers, Candy Onions, Green Tomatoes and More
Green And Flavorburst Peppers
The first of our peppers. Big dark green sweet peppers and a true customer favorite — Flavorburst pepper. The Flavorburst pepper starts out a pleasing lime green and eventually develops into a beautiful peach color. Has a sweet flavor with a faint citrus/fruity overtone.
Candy Onions Have Begun
Our candy onions are finally developing their size. We have them in white, yellow and red/purple. All are sweet onions, best used for fresh use. Sweet onions do not have the storage life of cooking onions.
Green Tomatoes Are Ready
I know we are anxiously awaiting the first red tomatoes, but green tomatoes have their worth as well. We have big, beautiful green tomatoes just waiting to be turned into delicious Fried Green Tomatoes or Green Tomato Relish.
Carrots, Beets, Mixed Salad Greens
We have mixed carrots (orange, yellow, white, and purple)packaged in a convenient bunch to try all of our varieties.
We also have several varieties of beets to offer. All from the standard red beet, to the Golden Beet which has the same earthy beet flavor without the red bleeding, to the striking Chioggia Beet that has alternating red and white rings.
And, if have tried and liked our salad greens, we have a culinary treat for you this week. We will be making mixed salad greens for you this week. A mix of green, red and mottled greens. This mix will make a truly show-stopping salad.
Crisp and Cool Cucumbers, Versatile Zucchini
Veggie Spotlight — Crisp and Cool Homegrown Cucumbers
One of the true harbingers of summer. The fourth most widely cultivated “vegetable” in the world, the cucumber, related to both the melon and squash families, is technically a fruit. With its mild, refreshing flavor that mixes so well with other garden offerings, cucumbers are actually 90% water, but still manage to provide many valuable health benefits.
Cucumbers are also known to be an excellent source of vitamins, including anti-inflammatory vitamin K, infection-fighting vitamin C, and energy-producing pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). Body-beneficial minerals include bone-building manganese, as well as potassium and magnesium, both good for your heart.
For those who’ve noticed their cucumbers seem to deteriorate soon after refrigerating them, U.C. Davis has reported that cucumbers maintain freshness longer when stored at room temperature.
Cucumbers are also highly sensitive to ethylene, a natural plant hormone responsible for initiating the ripening process in several fruits and vegetables, so another recommendation is to store cucumbers away from bananas, melons, and tomatoes because of the natural ethylene they generate.
The Incredibly Versatile Zucchini
For many people, summertime is simply incomplete without serving a delicious array of scrumptious green vegetables. But here’s an idea: why not take a break from the usual leafy green salads, and dig into a plateful of succulent zucchini instead?
You won’t run out of uses for zucchini, as it is a highly versatile food that can suit many recipes. Mix it into soups, salads, or frittatas, serve it as a side dish with your meat dishes, or make “zucchini fries,” served with an onion dip as an appetizer. Want a healthy, no-grain and no-wheat pasta? Make zucchini “noodles” using a vegetable peeler – it will be as al dente as regular spaghetti. And lets not forget zucchini bread or cake.
You’ll surely be impressed with the nutritional bounty that zucchini offers. It’s low-calorie (with only 17 calories per 100 grams) and high in fiber, and has no cholesterol or unhealthy fats. It’s also rich in flavonoid antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, carotenes, and lutein, which play a significant role in slowing down aging and preventing diseases with their free radical-zapping properties. Zucchini is also a wonderful source of potassium, a heart-friendly nutrient that helps moderate your blood pressure levels and counters the effects of too much sodium. In fact, a zucchini has more potassium than a banana. Zucchini is rich in B-complex vitamins, folate, B6, B1, B2, B3, and choline, as well as minerals like zinc and magnesium, which are all valuable in ensuring healthy blood sugar regulation – a definite advantage for diabetics. It also contains essential minerals such as iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
Where Are The Strawberries?
For all you fruit lovers, the early season this year has been incredibly difficult for fruit production. We had a very hot spell early in the season,followed by cool, damp weather and now the warmth again. These variations can greatly impact small fruit production.