Dena’s Tips 12-13-12

Next week, 12-20-12 will be our last distribution of 2012. We will take the last week of the year off ~ to take a rest and gear up for 2013!

We ventured out of our region for a special deal on organic maple syrup this week. I thought it would be a fun item to have for your holiday baking and beyond.

Here is a link to an article in the New Mexican this week about our new partner Hillside Market (and us!)

Please include this fun place in your holiday shopping – I have put a 10% discount card for Hillside Market in all bags and have had these cards available at distributions. This is a really beautiful place with affordable local art and practical items; also coffee, music, events. Please stop by and tell the ladies you are a member of Beneficial Farms.

I am going to make refrigerator pickles with the organic baby beets from Synergia Ranch. Cook the beets whole till almost tender, then cool and peel by slipping the skins off with your hands. Pack in clean glass jars and add a few pieces of sliced raw onions. Boil 1 cup white vinegar, ¾ cup sugar or ½ cup agave, ½ t celery seed, 1 clove, 1 cup water, ½ t salt and 1 T mustard seed. Pour boiling brine over the beets and screw new lid on; cool and refrigerate. This is not acidic enough to can; these are ready to eat when chilled and will keep in your fridge as long as you can resist eating them.

We had an interesting mix of beautiful green vegetables from Mesa Top this week, carefully tended under three row covers in this cold. As there was not enough of any one for everyone, you received one of the following – kohlrabi (a tender ball with delicious green leaves), dinosaur kale, or Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan). Add these to soup (or spaghetti sauce using the tomatoes and peppers) or sauté in olive oil with the garlic. We will each get one last head of Bill Page’s perfect garlic next week!

The organic Hamlin oranges are good for juicing but can also be eaten like any orange. I just tried one while writing this email and it was sweet and juicy
Thanks for your support of all our farmers!


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