Thursday, July 17, 2008

Eat Seasonal Food - Latest in Stuff

It bears repeating, but one of the coolest things in the markets now are true new potatoes, or to use the terminology I've seen some of the farmer's use to distinguish them from the misuse of new to mean any smaller, red potato; freshly dug potatoes. Chad Nichol's at Nichol's Farm told me today how they get way less (way, like 80%) when harvesting the potatoes as new potatoes instead of letting them grow out. The benefit is all for us, the eater. These are a true seasonal food, a taste that will be gone soon, a taste, my daughter declared last night, "the best potatoes ever." We purchased two pounds from Chad, hardly expensive at $3/lb. We also got our weekly CSA today. It was a good week on Farmer Vicki's plot.

Latest local stuff below.

Marion Street Cheese Market - 7/16/08

  • Apricots

Genesis Growers CSA - 7/17/08

  • 2 Daikon radish (eat the greens too!)
  • 2 bunches of collard greens
  • Mizuna (the one crop I could do without)
  • 3 medium size and 1 small zucchini
  • Summer onion
  • Basil
  • Beets (eat the greens AND the stems)
  • Oregano
  • 2 medium sized cukes

Eli's Cheesecake Factory Farmer's Market - 7/17/08

  • Nichol's Farm - New potatoes (Keep 'em in the fridge)

Oak Park Farmer's Market - 7/19/08

  • Genesis Growers - mint, 2 types of hot peppers, 2 types of cherry (ish) tomatoes
  • Catalina Garden - jalepeno peppers, multi-color baby carrots
  • Nichol's Farm - apples
  • Harden Farm - apricots, red (methany) plums, peaches, tart cherries
  • Walt Skibbe - tayberries, blackberries, raspberries, tomatoes

Eli's Cheesecake Market - 7/24/08

  • Nichol's Farm - artichokes

Genesis Growers CSA - 7/24/08

  • 12 eggs
  • Green beans (a lot)
  • Peaches
  • 6 ears sweet corn
  • summer squash
  • cucumbers
  • pickles (4)
  • kale
  • savory
  • 4 green bell peppers

Oak Park Farmer's Market - 7/26/08

  • Genesis Growers - jalepeno peppers, kohlrabi, cherry tomatoes
  • Catalina Farm - heart shaped baby tomatoes
  • Hardin Farm - peaches, nectarines, apricots
  • Stover's U Pick - sweet cherries
  • Walt Skibbe - tart cherries, apples (Lodi), tayberries, red raspberries, tayberries, golden raspberries

Costco - 7/27/08

  • Michigan blueberries
  • Carr Valley Bread Cheese

Previous inventory here.


sdritz said...

As you know, I'm a huge fan of Nichol's potatoes. I was completely satisfied with last year's crop until I tasted the new ones last week. Just incredible! I could eat them with every meal. Thanks for reminding all of us to buy them early and often.

Jean said...

Are the Nichols potatoes sprayed with chemicals? We've read several places that potatoes are one of the top produce items that you should get get organic. I haven't seen anything that explains what their practices are. Thanks.

VI said...

Jean, I heard Lloyd Nichols speak a few weeks ago. I think he makes no bones that he is not fully organic--he blamed it on the cucumber beatle. Many of their crops, however, are unsprayed. I do not know about the potatoes. I'll ask today.

VI said...

Jean, I asked Mr. Nichols today. No spray on the potatoes. He said that a lot of farmers put a fungacide on potatoes, often when planting, but he does not.

Enjoy away!

Jean said...

Thank you!