Archive for May, 2013

Bee Healthy Holdings this Weekend

New item at Bee Healthy this week–limited quantities:
STIR FRY BEEF VEGGIES BAG
Bag of bok choi & super sized red radishes with a recipe for Stir Fry Beef
Add your beef (round or sirloin), bell pepper (yellow or orange), carrot, & broccoli….$4.90
(Beef Directions are simple but key is how the meat is treated to make it tender)
Bee Healthy has broccolettes from Earthbound Farms that will stir fry just as easy…

Last of the Roasting Spinach w/recipe (8 bags left)…………………………$4.20

More of the Salad Turnips, Bok Choi, and Salad Radishes

Also,
8 oz tubs of Salad Mix Lettuce, and 1/2 size Tender Baby Spinach…$5.25
Best of the Salad buys–1 pound Salad Mix…………………………………….$7.35
Salad Mix is classified as Gourmet–Oakleafs, Romaine, Lollo Rossa, and Bib–7 varieties total

Coming Next Wednesday:
Early Spring Super Salad fixings–turnips & radishes, Kale & Swiss Chard, & three mini-heads of lettuce–Sold together in a bag!

LETTUCE 101

Have you ever noticed that sometimes your lettuce mix has a few bitter leaves?
Have you ever had lettuce so bitter you could not eat it?
Is there a reason for this–anything that can be done?

Lettuce has a milky white liquid coursing through its veins–figuratively speaking. This white juice is BITTER–so inherently all lettuce has the potential to be bitter. BUT, some varieties are more bitter than others.

Let me share what we have found to be true:
The first week of lettuce sales the lettuce was all baby leaf..it was tender, it was small, it was hard to stab with your fork, but it was definitely not bitter in the least…in fact some might consider it bland.

The second week the leaves were a little bigger and distinct flavors were starting to develop. This week we noted when lifting the lettuce after the first phase of the wash the water left behind was ‘soapy’–it did not taste like soap, but it was bubbly and slightly slimy.

This week when we taste tested the salad mix, The Farmer (whose taste buds are keener than mine) was ready to ‘plow it under’…but, to my buds it was ‘okay’. Our Salad Mix is 7 varieties–the Oakleaf and Lollo Rossa seem to have bitter tendencies, the Bib seems the least affected, and the Romaine’s can go either way.

The cure: soaking in cold water, then the normal three rinses and spin dry as in the past. Soaking seemed to take the bitter from the leaves, and the subsequent rinses get the grit and bitter juices off the outside–a night in the cold refrigerator, AND–VOILA: perfect salad!

We are excited to try different mixes–especially now that we know Lesson #1- Maturity Leads to Bitterness…hope that only applies to Lettuce. ;D

The Mature–but not Bitter– Farmer’s Wife

Fresh Produce & Local Co-op

This week at Bee Healthy:
Salad Turnips
(Hakurei-Japanese)….$3.15/bunch of 4
Radishes–Red Rover (larger, so hotter, but not pithy or tough)…$3.50/dozen
Bok Choi– larger, fresh picked 4/30/2013….$1.79/lb.
Lettuce-8 oz. Tub………$5.85
Coming Thursday afternoon:
Lettuce Salad Mix
– 1 gal. bag…….$7.98 (Good Value!)
Over-wintered Spinach, large & crisp, w/recipe for Roasting…$4.20

Need a simple stir fry recipe? Check the Lloyd Craft Farms Recipe Tab–
What else to do with Bok-Choi? Fry it with butter or olive oil, add chucks of sliced roast beef, green onions, and at the last grape tomatoes. Remember–slice all the bok choi, stem and leaves!

Interested in purchasing Certified Organic Produce? Participate in Bee Healthy’s co-op…put down a $25 deposit by TODAY, and pick it up the following Thursday, May 9th at 5:30pm. Prices are discounted from the price in the store by 10%. Good opportunity to buy organic, at a discount. The more people that participate the better the buying power for the co-op. Left over goods go into the store at the retail price the next day. Lloyd Craft Farms Produce is a part of the Co-op, too! Put your money down TODAY!