Friday, June 24, 2011

Newsletter June 24, 2011

Clarion River Organics at the Pittsburgh Farm Markets

We highlighted SQUASH this week because they are such a tasty and interesting aspect to summer cooking. Check the bottom section for a little TRIVIA on them too.
This Week
From our Clarion River farms we've brought down:
      - Riverview Dairy's delicious Chevres, Feta,  Meadowbelle, & last wheel of The Purple Goat 
      - Goat Yogurt! Plain & Rhubarb
      - Summer Squash! Zucchini & Patty Pans!
      - Rutabaga
      - Red Romaine Lettuce
      - Crisp Head Lettuce
      - Eggs
      - Goat's milk - available by request
      - Beef (Organically Raised, Grass-Fed)
      - Pork (Organically Raised, Pastured)
      - Chicken, stewing & roasting (Organically Raised, Pastured)
      - Rabbit
      - Homemade Ice Cream*: Berry of the Wood (Red Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries), Vanilla
Organic Grains
      - Rolled Oats
      - Spelt and Wheat flour
      - Wheat berries
      - Wood-Fired Bread

And also:
      - Pasture Maid Creamery's raw aged cheese and cream-line milk from New Castle, PA *
      - Bedillion Farms Honey from Hickory, PA*
      - Glass-bottle milk from Aliquippa's Brunton Dairy *
      - Locally grown KOMBUCHA (delicious and healthy effervescent beverage)
      - Gluten-free, Vegan, Soy-free, Nut-free treats from Pittsburgh
                  Brownies & Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars *

*indicates products only available at the Pittsburgh Public Market

::Highlight: Patty Pan Squash!::

It's finally time for the Summer Squash to start coming to markets.

We have Zucchinis and Patty-Pans of varying greens and yellows. These Summer treats are great on the grill, brushed with olive oil and some seasoning.
The Patty-Pan, also called 'The Scalloped Squash', has exciting potential in its interesting shape!  It also is excellent for Vitamins A & C, niacin, and magnesium.

You can scoop out the insides of the Patty-Pan and mix it with garlic and other choice flavors, then put it back in the 'shell' and grill or bake at 350 for about 15 min.

Also, because of the Patty-Pans fun shape, it's great to stuff with things like cheese, bacon, sausage or bread crumbs!

Are you wondering: Squash have seeds inside... does that mean that they are technically a fruit?
The Answer is... YES! Squash is the edible fruit of plants in the family Cucurbitaceae (also includes gourds, pumpkins, melons, luffas, and cucumbers), the initial domestication of which predates even maize and beans in the Americas! Varieties are grown for their flesh, seeds, or both. Seeds can either be roasted, used for their oil, and/or ground into a flour.
These fruits, however, are indeed treated as vegetables when it comes to the culinary world.

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