Hi there!

It's time for Winter Week 5! It's going to be really chilly & snowy this week, so please place a Special Order for extras so we can get your goodies to you as quickly as possible at the back of the truck. Time to stock up!
Buttercup squash & Kabocha are so similar that it's difficult for even us to tell them apart. The flavor and shape are almost identical (they're both part of the Cucurbita Maxima family, along with Acorn & Hubbard), and you can easily use recipes for one or the other. Buttercups have a tell-tale "cup" or "button" (visible above) on the blossom-end. The flesh of either squash cooks into an impossibly bright yellow-orange, and has a buttered-popcorn flavor. Roast in chunks, steam, or blend into soup.
We have a nice, cozy bag in store for you all this week. All the bags will get a three-pound bag of sweet potatoes, a bunch of kale, carrots, a head of broccoli, an acorn squash, a half-gallon of apple cider, some apples, a 2# bag of spelt berries, a quart of frozen tomatoes and a dozen eggs. The Omnivore bag will round out with a pound of grass-fed ground beef, and the vegetarians will get a buttercup squash and an onion.

If you've never cooked with spelt berries before, it's like a local alternative to rice or farro, but with much more protein. Spelt is a grain (like wheat and oats) that grows well organically and locally. It does have gluten, but also contains a higher amount of protein, fiber and other nutrients than regular wheat. It has a nutty flavor and can be used as the base for many delicious meals— breakfast, lunch or dinner!

STORE IN FRIDGE OR FREEZER

We do not chemically treat any of our grains for extended shelf-life, so like all of our flours and grains you buy from us, please keep your spelt berries in the fridge or freezer till you’re ready to cook them. 

SOAK BEFORE YOU COOK

Soak in water for several hours, or overnight (8 hrs) if possible. Drain and rinse well. 
For every cup of soaked spelt berries add 3 cups water or liquid to a heavy-bottomed pot. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer. Stir from time to time, and taste after 40-45 minutes— when they’re done they’ll be chewy with a little bite— but they might take up to an hour.


REBOIL AND RINSE TO REFRESH

Cooked spelt berries stay good in your fridge for 3-4 days— after that, you can reboil them, rinse and drain to extend their life even a little longer.

They also freeze easily, so you can prepare the whole bag at once and freeze in ready-to-use portions. Pack cooked and cooled spelt berries with some of the cooking liquid in a labeled, freezer-safe storage container and thaw for a quick dinner.

REMINDERS
Two weeks ON, then two weeks OFF. 

We're headed into two pick up weeks in a row, then two weeks off. To look at a calendar of the whole season, click here .


Account payments:

During the Winter Share, there are just two payment options: all upfront, or split into two.

Upfront payments are due by your first pick up-- it's cheaper than the Half n' Half Plan, but we do need the entire payment to be made before you begin your share. If you're on the Half n' Half Payment Plan, the first half of your subscription was due when you started and the second half is due in about a month.

A few of you still need to make those payments-- so please either sign into your account to pay your bill or bring a check to your stop.

EVENTS
SANTA, SUDS & RAINDEER MEAT
4125 Lorain Avenue || Cleveland, OH 44113
hosted with Ohio City Provisions

TOMORROW- December 13th, 2017

Come out and join the gents from Ohio City Provisions for an open fire cooking experience at Platform Brewery tomorrow night ! Your $45 ticket includes dinner & three craft beers:

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Whole Roasted Ohio Whitetail Venison, served w/ sauce
Pears w/ Country Ham
Vension Consommé w/ spaetzle + turnips
Wood-fired polenta w/ mushroom ragout
Beans w/ cabbage, fennel, gremolata
Salt baked root veggies
Carrots on the plancha w/ herbs


SALES!
We have a bunch of sales available for Special Order. Cookies and assorted baked goods are $1 off, and some of our yogurt (short-dated, plan to use it this week) is up to $2 off per quart!

We know many folks are entertaining or having out of town guests these next few weeks, so this is a great time stock up on essentials, like bacon, breakfast links, milk, cheese and eggs. Please place a Special Order to get everything you need (especially with two off weeks in a row coming up soon!)
BAG CONTENTS: WEEK 5
Just like the weather, bag contents subject to change!
Omnivore Share

Ground Beef - 1#
Sweet Potatoes - 3#
Kale - 1 bunch
Carrots - 2#
Broccoli - 1 head
Acorn Squash - 1  
Apple Cider - 1 half gallon
Apples (Goldrush) - 6 ct
Spelt Berries - 2# 
Eggs - 1 dozen
Frozen tomatoes - 1 quart
Vegetarian Share

Kabocha/Buttercup Squash - 1
Sweet Potatoes - 3#
Kale - 1 bunch
Carrots - 2#
Broccoli - 1 head
Acorn Squash - 1  
Apple Cider - 1 half gallon
Apples (Goldrush) - 6 ct
Spelt Berries - 2# 
Eggs - 1 dozen
Frozen tomatoes - 1 quart
Onion - 1
RECIPES
Bag contents in recipe: Kabocha/Buttercup or Acorn Squash
Bag contents in recipe: Acorn Squash, Kabocha/Buttercup Squash, Kale, Spelt Berries
Bag contents in recipe: Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Winter squash, Onion
Bag Contents in recipe: Ground beef, Winter Squash, Onion, Frozen Tomatoes
Bag contents in recipe: Acorn Squash, Apples
Bag contents in recipe: Sweet Potatoes, Onion, Frozen Tomatoes
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