Buyers’ Group THURSDAY–Group B- Bee Healthy, 635 Big Horn Ave- Worland UPDATE

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION FROM THE PRODUCE FOLKS: only 1 case of Snap Peas this week so they will be for sale at Bee Healthy for $5.50 (8 oz) instead of in the Box. We’ll increase the Heirloom oranges from 2 to 4 and add one of our great colossal Sierra Blanca white Onions–great cooked, fried, or raw! Also, the info section totally neglected the how-to and what-for on the Delicata winter squash. So here it is–Ideas for your Delicata:

Delicata Winter Squash is one of the few that you can easily eat the peel! Just slice similar to pan fried zucchini (cut in half, seed, and slice thin)– fry in a little butter, olive oil, or coconut oil in the cast iron skillet, or your choice! Add salt and pepper, maybe a little garlic or onion if you chose. Done when tender and slightly browned.

You can also bake Delicata in the oven, seeds in or out. If you bake with the seeds in, just heat oven to 375 degrees and place whole Delicata in the oven. Cook until tender to the pinch…let cool 5 minutes or so, and then cut in half and scoop out the seeds. If you would prefer cooking it without the seeds, cut in half and scoop out seeds. I place mine upright in a covered dish to keep moisture in. Fill the cavity with a tablespoon of oil (butter or olive) and a clove of garlic, shallot, or onion slice. Bake until tender. You can also slice squash and steam in a covered pan. These winter squash are great STUFFED with a meat or rice filling!

Delicata are in the same family as Sweet Dumpling squash. They are a 100 day variety, but if grown under plastic the season is speeded up with an earlier germination in the spring. Winter Squash as a general rule are high in beta-carotene. A healthy body will take the beta-carotene and make its own Vitamin A. Other veggies that are high in beta-carotene are carrots…it’s the orangish color that hints to the beta-carotene content. You can see why Hubbard’s and their kin (deeper colored flesh) are higher in beta-carotene that the Delicata, Acorn, Butternut, and Spaghetti varieties. 🙂

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The boxes this week are chocked full of nutritious goodies!-– Head of Cauliflower and ORG Snap Peas (8 oz), Greybull Valley Butterhead Living Lettuce, ORG Cucumber, ORG Green Onions, ORG Carrots, ORG Orange Bell Pepper, ORG Yams, ORG Grape Tomatoes (Pint), ORG Delicata winter squash, and a couple of Heirloom Oranges. $30

Box Value is a little higher to make up for the Cucumbers in your first box that may not have lasted as long as we’d have liked them to! Cucumbers are in the same family as melons…nice and sweet but not a long shelf life…and these are coming out of Mexico this time of year. The cucumbers last week were firmer and thicker skinned which seems to last a bit longer than the thin-skinned smaller Persian-type.

***If you get an item that is spoiled, take a picture with your phone, and send it to me…431-1219. We ask this be done before the Sunday following the Thursday Box. We will do what we can to make it right. (Spokane gives us 24 hours to report a problem with the produce…we try to check things before they are packed…but it is perishable and expiring from the time it is picked!)***

HERE’S SOME IDEAS FOR YOUR BOX THIS WEEK:

Great Salad with the lettuce, cucumber, orange bell, grape tomatoes, and grated carrots. If you are a raw onion person, a tablespoon of thinly sliced green onion is devine! Rinse your greens in cold water, spin, and dry. Will keep in a bag in the fridge for several meals!

Snap Peas are the special treat this week. Steam them, slice them diagonally and thin for a stir fry (carrot is good cut thin and stir-fried, too!) We have celery, broccoli, and onions you can add for the stir -fry, and you can also use your cauliflower sliced thinly.

Sweet Potatoes, more commonly called Yams, are good sliced and steamed with a little butter. Bake them in the oven in a covered dish (375 degrees for 30-45 minutes, depending on size). Cut into cubes and cook like fried potatoes. Cut into ‘fries’ shape and cook in a 400 degree oven with coconut oil until browned.

Heirloom oranges are THE BEST! Not partial here…wink…wink… Juice and drink fresh…slice in half and then into slices and pop off the peel right into your mouth! Can be peeled, but may be a little juicey– These are a treat…all the flavor and no pith….just like oranges should be! (We have a 38# box for sale for $51.64–)

Remember–10% off additional products bought on Thursday with your box!

See you at Bee Healthy! The Farmer’s Wife

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