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Golden Russet Bosc Pear

Farmers’ Market Report August 30, 2013

Grower: Warren Pears

Description: The Warren pear is the perfectly crafted composition of its parentage. Its appearance, though less than perfect (its skin slightly scarred by nature) is quintessential: bulbous, yet bell-shaped, sun-kissed with tones of earth, sun and clay and dotted with bronze freckles hinting at the fruit’s ripeness. Each visual element is simply a precursor to the fruit’s finest qualities. When ripe, the fruit is semi-firm to the touch and the flesh of the fruit is soft, but not too tender, succulent and juicy, aromatic and candy-sweet but not cloying with complex undertones of vanilla, honey and spice.

 

 THE FARMS:

 

Frog Hollow Farms

  • Warren Pears
  • Emerald Beaut Pluots
  • Hosui Asian Pears
  • August Fire Nectarines
  • August Flame Peaches

Murray Family Farms- Bakersfield, CA

  • Autumn King Grapes
  • Concord Grapes
  • White Figs
  • Mission Figs

Gloria Tamai

  • Black cherry tomatoes
  • Red Cherry Tomatoes
  • Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
  • Blue lake Beans
  • White Corn
  • Strawberries

Rutiz – Arroyo Grande, CA

  • Blue lake beans
  • Romano beans
  • fennel
  • arugula
  • leeks
  • baby broccoli
  • sierra gold potatoes

Rancho Del Sol – Fallbrook, CA

  • Meyer Lemons
  • Gold Nugget Tangerines

Garcia Organic Farm – Fallbrook, CA

  • Avocados
  • Oro Blanco grapefruit
  • Yosemite Gold Tangerines

Ramona Duck Farm – Ramona, CA

  • Duck Eggs

Beylik Family Farms – Fillmore, CA

  • Japanese Tomatoes
  • Yellow Tomatoes
  • Persian Cucumbers
  • Lipstick Peppers

Coleman Family Farm – Carpinteria, CA

  • Herbs
  • Baby broccoli
  • Black Kale
  • Radish- Shunkyo, Easter Egg, French Breakfast
  • Mini Mix Peppers
  • Sapote

Mike and Son Egg Ranch – Ontario, CA

  • Brown Eggs

Pudwill Farm – Nipomo, CA

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Gold Raspberries
  • Figs

Tutti Frutti – Santa Barbara County and Carpenteria

  • Heirloom Tomatoes

Weiser Family Farm – Bakersfield, CA

  • All red potatoes
  • Purple potatoes
  • Peewee Mix Potatoes
  • Red Thumb Potatoes
  • Melons- cavaillon, charentais, arava, sugar cube, sugar queen, ogen, baby french
  • Padron peppers

Yasutomi Farm – Pico Rivera, CA

  • Baby Bok Choy
  • Baby Celery

McGrath Farms – Oxnard, CA

  • Lima beans
  • Tongue on Fire beans
  • Jacobs Cattle beans
  • Cranberry Beans
  • Black Kale
  • Baby Corn
  • Yellow Romas
  • Jaime Farms – CA

  • Purple Pearl Onions
  • White Pearl Onions
  • Peppers- Banana, Hungarian Wax, and Anaheim, Habaneros
  • Okra red and green
  • Windrose – Santa Barbara, CA

  • Herbs-  Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary
  • Garlic varieties
  • Heirloom squashes- Romanesco, Bianca, and Striata
  • Red Gravenstein apples
  • Golden apples
  • Gravenstein apples

Be Wise Ranch

  • arugula
  • red beets
  • green leaf
  • red leaf
  • romaine
  • radishes
  • carrots
  • collards
  • dandelion greens
  • red dandelion greens
  • kale- dino, green, and red
  • spring mix
  • Parsley
  • Tomatoes- Cherry, grape, heirloom mix, green zebra

Woods Valley Rhubarb Ranch

  • Rhubarb-gapping for two MORE weeks

Polito

  • Valencia oranges
  • Oro Blanco

Life’s a Choke

  • Baby Green Artichokes
  • Baby Purple Artichokes
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Lyon Artichokes

Jimenez

  • Romano beans

Munak

  • Rocky Sweet Melons
  • Ambrosia Melons
  • Honeyloupe Melons

Fresh Origins

  • Herb Flower Mix
  • Micro Orchid
  • Tiny Veggie Turnip
  • Micro Watercress

2 Peas in a Pod

  • Coco beans
  • Mauve runner beans
  • Cannelini beans
  • White Cap beans

Penryn Orchard

  • Kosui Asian Pears
  • Cho Juro Asian Pears
  • Hosui Asian Pears
  • Celestial Figs
  • Hosui

Wong

  • Valencia Pride Mango

Koral’s Tropical Fruit Farm

  • Varigated Figs
  • Osborne Prolific Figs
  • White Figs
  • Passionfruit
  • Sapote

Fairhills

  • Apples
  • Yellow Nectarine

Flying Disc Ranch

  • Barhi Dates
Farmers' Market Bag 8-28-13

Farmers’ Market Box 8-28-13

Sweet Bell Pepper Mix – Crow’s Pass
Raspberries – Pudwill Farm
Green Kale – Lakeside Organics
White Corn – Black Sheep Produce
Romaine – Be Wise Ranch
Green Onions – Jaime Farms
Emerald Beauty Pluots – Frog Hollow Farms
Avocados – Henry Avocado

Organic Juicing Bag:

Gold Raspberries – Polito Farms
Valencia Oranges – Polito Farms
Fuji Apples – Lakeside Organics
Table Carrots – Earthbound Farms
Cucumbers – Be Wise Ranch
Red Beets – Lakeside Organics


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Below are some great recipes courtesy of Diane Phillips (Cucina Divina) & Mischa’s Cafe & Juice Bar (located just down the street from us!) for you to try out with the produce from your bag. Let us know on our Facebook Page or through twitter if you tried any of them!

FMB JUICE RECIPES

Golden Apple

Apples 4 each
Golden Raspberries 1 pint

Carrot-Cucumber Cooler

Carrots 5 each
Cucumbers 2 each
Apples 1 each

Citrus Beet

Oranges 3 each
Beets 2 each
Carrots 2 each

Specialty Produce Recipe Suggestions
courtesy of Diane Phillips (Cucina Divina)

Chipotle Corn Salsa
Makes about 4 cups to serve 8 to 10
This crunchy, smoky dip is delicious served with chips, but it’s equally good as a relish to serve on the side of grilled pork, seafood, poultry or beef. Since you might have most of the ingredients in your pantry, this is a great spur of the moment dip to throw together.

4 green onions, chopped, white and some of the tender green parts
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups corn kernels, either fresh cut from the cob, or frozen defrosted
2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, finely minced
½ cup finely chopped red pepper
½ cup finely chopped jicama
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together all the ingredients, until blended. Taste and correct for seasoning. Diva Do-Ahead: Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or up to 3 days before serving with tortilla chips.

Margaritaville Chicken with Confetti Peppers and Onions for Fajitas
A great end of summer serve-yourself dinner, make sure to have warmed flour tortillas and plenty of Mexican beers on hand, or Margaritas!

Serves 6 to 8

1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup gold tequila
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish
8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, tenders removed (use for another purpose)

1. In a food processor or blender, combine the oil, juices, tequila, cumin, chipotle, and cilantro and process until smooth
2. Put the chicken in a zipper-top plastic bag, pour in the marinade, seal the bag, and turn the chicken to coat.
3. Do-Ahead: At this point, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before continuing.]
4. Build a hot charcoal fire preheat a gas grill, or grill pan, or the broiler for 10 minutes. Drain the chicken and pat dry. Grill or broil on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or a silicone liner until cooked through and golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
5. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes, covered with aluminum foil, and thinly slice the chicken. Serve garnished with chopped cilantro and confetti peppers and onions (see below)

For the Confetti Onions and Peppers
Serves 6 to 8

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large sweet yellow onions, thinly sliced into half moons
4 sweet mixed peppers, cored, seeded and thinly sliced
½ teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons Tequila

1. Heat the oil in a large, deep sauté pan, and add the onions, sautéing for about 3 minutes, until they begin to soften.
2. Add the peppers, and continue to sauté another 5 minutes, until the peppers begin to soften. Add the sugar, salt and pepper, and continue to sauté until the onions begin to turn golden and the mixture is softened. Add the Tequila and sauté another 2 minutes, to let the Tequila evaporate. Taste for seasoning, and adjust adding more salt or pepper as necessary.
3. Do-Ahead: At this point, you can cool the peppers to room temperature and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving, or place in a slow cooker on low to keep warm during the party.

Romaine Salad with Avocado Dressing
Serves 6

1 head romaine lettuce, washed, spun dry and chopped coarsely
1 avocado, peeled, and pitted
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and several dashes of Tabasco

1. Arrange the salad greens in a bowl. In a blender or food processor combine the avocado, basil, parsley, garlic, and lime juice.
2. With the machine running, gradually add the oil, until the dressing is emulsified (thickened).
3. Season with salt and Tabasco to taste. The dressing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Raspberry Bars
Serves 6

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
6 ounces raspberries

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat the inside of a 9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Stir together whole wheat flour, oats, all-purpose flour, flaked coconut, sugar, nutmeg and salt until blended. Stir in butter and egg until moist dough forms. Reserve ¾ cup of dough. Press remaining dough into pan until evenly spread.
3. Mash raspberries in a separate bowl and spread over dough in pan. Crumble remaining dough and sprinkle on top of raspberry layer.
4. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Let the bars cool completely before cutting.

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