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Market Outlook - August 23, 2012

Okra

okraDredge in cornmeal and fry whole to serve on its own or as part of a Fritto Misto, it is often used in Japanese Tempura, slice it thin to thicken soups and Gumbo, chop it and cook quickly into stir-fries and curries. 

 R. Kelley Farm

 This week we are featuring R. Kelley Farm in the Sacramento Delta. Ron Kelley, a life long Delta resident, owns and operates a 50 acre U-Pick farm located on the River Road, a few miles south of the town of Freeport. Ron grows a variety of fruits and vegetables including melons, tomatoes, corn, okra, black-eyed peas, eggplant, collard greens and peppers. We are currently offering the following items from R. Kelley Farm: Ambrosia Melon-Very sweet & floral with tender, pale orange flesh.

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Market Outlook - August 16, 2012

Purple Hull Black-Eyed Peas

 Purple hull black-eyed peas are a shelling bean, and a cousin to the black-eyed pea with a creamier and smoother texture and sweet, fresh, earthy flavor similar to black-eyed peas.  20lb case

 Shelling Beans

shelling-beansFresh shelling beans are beans that are grown for the seed, the bean-rather than the edible pod (green, yellow wax and French beans). The more familiar types of shell beans would be soy (edamame) and fava beans.

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Market Outlook - August 9, 2012

Heirloom Eggplant

Eggplants are used in a variety of culinary techniques in cuisines around the world.  They are stewed in the French dish ratatouille, mixed with beef or lamb and aromatics in the classic Greek dish moussaka, and blended with lemon, tahini and garlic for the Indian dish baba ghanoush. 

 Riverdog Farm

 It is during the late summer and early fall that any number of varietal and heirloom eggplants appear in the market. We are all familiar with the year-round dark, shiny bell shaped eggplants that are used in a variety of traditional Italian-American recipes such as eggplant parmesan and lasagna.

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