Valentine’s Day: Food for Thought

v-day remix

The astute among you may have noticed that this post was taken down a few days ago, and is now back up.

That is because sometimes, things change.  Crops and weather don’t always behave.  We feel lucky everyday to work with such great ingredients, great growers and great chefs.  We love that we get to put the best stuff out there into the hands of the professionals who really know how to make it shine.  And we know that the best of these things are, unlike commercially grown crops, rare and special.  Therefore, there are a few notable absences from our list that you should be aware of:  first, the Equinox mesclun we thought we’d be getting isn’t big enough to cut in time for V-day.  Expect it to turn up the week after.  And the wonderful pencil cob grits we were getting from Keisler’s Mill in South Carolina were wiped out by flooding.  We continue to have their excellent coarse white heirloom “gourdseed” grits.

UPDATE // 86: Fresh cranberries; we will sub frozen.  Pomegranates: what little is left is storage crop and low color.  We should be able to fulfill most orders this holiday weekend, after that, they may be gone.

Knoll Farm has started deliveries to us for this season, and right now, that includes wild mixed rapini, cardoons, and a limited amount of green garlic.

Local squash and apples are pretty much over, with the exception of some Long Island cheese pumpkins, and golden russet apples.  Roots from Maine are going strong: heirloom carrots–chantaney, yellow sun & purple haze, as well as organic sunchokes.  Heirloom purple and green daikon radishes are still going strong, as are gilfeather turnips. The purple baby brussels sprouts supply is getting tight, they’re still available for a few more weeks, but be wary of putting them on the v-day menu without a backup plan.

A reminder: first of the season fresh bergamot, Paige mandarins & oroblancos from Rising C Ranch are now here.  Meyer Lemons, Blood Oranges and Cara Cara pink navels are still going strong.  86: fresh yuzu, buddha’s hands & finger limes.

Fresh Hearts of Palm: available, with two days’ notice.

*indicates limited quantities, red is a super unsubtle reminder that there’s some holiday coming up where you might want such things.

Market update

  • Baby Brussels Sprouts
  • Baby Purple Brussels Sprouts
  • Baby Artichokes*
  • Fuyu Persimmons
  • Medjool Dates
  • Quince*
  • Golden Russet Apples
  • Oregon Yellowfoot Mushrooms
  • Oregon Hedgehog Mushrooms
  • Oregon Black Trumpet Mushrooms
  • Baby Red Watercress
  • Baby Red Sorrel
  • Fresh Red Currants
  • Escarole
  • Radicchio
  • Trevisano
  • Belgian Endive
  • Red Endive
  • Crosnes*
  • Parsley Root*
  • O/G/P Cauliflower
  • Romanesco*
  • Cipollini Onions
  • Salsify Root
  • Baby Kale
  • Tuscan Kale
  • Honshemeji Mushrooms
  • Fresh Trumpet Royale Mushrooms
  • Maitake Mushrooms

Rising C Ranch Citrus

Rising C Ranch- Orosi, CA

  • Bergamot
  • Seville Sour Oranges
  • Blood Oranges
  • Meyer Lemons
  • Finger Limes
  • Paige Mandarins
  • Pummellos
  • Melogold Oroblancos
  • Cara Cara Pink Navels
  • Kumquats

Knoll Farm

Knoll Farm- Brentwood, CA

  • Mixed Wild Rapini
  • Green Garlic*
  • Cardoons

Native Roots & Greens

4 Town Farm- Seekonk, MA

Macomber Turnips

County Line Harvest- Petaluma, CA

Mixed Baby Heirloom Chicories

Phat Farm- Unity, ME

  • Chantenay Carrots
  • Yellow Sun Carrots
  • Purple Haze Carrots

Ward’s Farm- Sharon, MA

  • Long Island Cheese Pumpkins
  • Delicata Squash
  • Georgia Candy Roasters*

 Crossroad Farm- Jonesport, ME

Native Sunchokes

Green Sunshine Organic Farm- Hodgdon, Maine

  • Bintje Potatoes
  • Russian Banana Fingerlings

Sparrow Arc Farm- Copake, NY

  • Watermelon Radish
  • Bora King Radish
  • Korean Green Daikon
  • Black Radish
  • Gilfeather Turnips

By Diego Maldonado