Weekly Newsletter
April 25th, 2017
Serving Berkshire County Since 2008
 Greetings!

This week locally-foraged ramps and fiddleheads kick off the 2017 growing season! They are featured in this weeks baskets and available to purchase on our website and will be available in our market Wednesday afternoon. Both of these items have a short season, so enjoy the first taste of Spring while it lasts.         

Coming Soon:

  • Local Asparagus should make its first appearance in most of the produce baskets in the next 1-2 weeks! Some may be available in our market this week.
  • Rhubarb will appear shortly and so will more locally grown greens.
  • Spring peas will follow the asparagus.
  • June is when we will see local strawberries.
  • Ramps and fiddleheads may continue for 2-3 weeks.

  
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Featured Local Produce
RAMPS
Wild ramps are very seasonal, making short appearances in early spring for only a few weeks. The ramp, also known as a wild leek, has delicate, elongated leaves and a scallion-like stalk. The ramp has an onion-garlic flavor, and a woody, pungent aroma. Raw or cooked, ramps can be used as a substitute for scallions or leeks. Enjoy this wild delicacy this week and next week!  
Foraged Responsibly
I sustainably harvest my ramps and the beauty is that they are on our own property. When digging, I do not take the whole batch just portions of each. The roots are rhizomes so they then fill in the following year what I took out and even multiply to a bigger patch. Also, due to the vastness in the woods, I do not dig in the same place twice in a season or the following year or years for that matter. I think the problem lies when teams of people come in, as in the south, and take every ramp in site. I have been digging ramps for over 10 years and there are more than when I started. The ramp after their prime develop a flower which then goes to seed and also creates more patches. I assure that my ramps are sustainably harvested with a lot of care and love with no intent of "clear digging".

Thank you for your local support,
Anna Mack Wild & Cultivated, Sheffield, MA 
Fiddleheads
FIDDLEHEADS
Fiddlehead Greens are the premium wild forage vegetable of Spring. No other vegetable matches the exquisite form and delicious flavor of fresh Fiddleheads. In selecting fiddleheads look for a tight coil and only an inch or two of stem beyond the coil. Size of the coil should be 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter. Good fiddleheads should have a distinctively crisp texture, both raw and after brief cooking.
Fiddleheads Important Information
Fiddleheads should not be served raw as they have a slight bitterness until cooked and can cause stomach upset if eaten raw. Check out this week's basket newsletter for a fun fiddlehead pizza recipe that is sure to please!

Wash the fiddleheads in several changes of cold water to remove any dirt or grit. Drain the fiddleheads completely. Use them fresh, and soon after harvest. If you must store fresh Fiddleheads keep well cooled (35 F) and tightly wrapped to prevent drying out. They may be kept in refrigeration for about 10 days, although flavor will be best if used as soon as possible after harvest.   The flavor of fiddleheads goes well with cheeses, tomato sauce and oriental cuisine. They have a mild taste reminiscent of Asparagus with an added nutty bite all their own. Fiddleheads can be used in similar ways to any firm green vegetable such as Asparagus or Broccoli florets. They are wonderful in pasta dishes with a sauce made from Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. Sauté, stir-fry or steam briefly to retain their crunchy texture and bright green color. 
Organic Produce Specials
Chives
Local
$1.99 / bunch
Spinach
Local & North Carolina
$2.99 / bunch
Peaches
 Fair Trade
$3.99 / pound
Vidalia Onions
Georgia
$1.99 / pound
Anjou & Bartlett Pears
Fair Trade
$1.99 / pound
Limes
California
$1.99 / pound
Green Peppers
Florida
$1.99 / pound

Red Peppers
Fair Trade
$2.99 / pound
Grocery Sale Items
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YumEarth
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Cheese, Cider, Wine & Beer of the Week
Available to delivery & market customers
15% OFF
Camembert
Old Chatham
Sheepherding Company

Camembert has a milky and sweet taste. As the cheese matures it forms a smooth, runny interior and a white bloomy rind that is typical to Camenbert cheese. It has a rich, buttery flavour. The rind is bloomy white caused by a white fungus, called penicillium candidum.The rind is meant to be eaten with the cheese.

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2014 Bench Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

from California

SALE Price $17.99

Regular Price $19.99

Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon 

Designation:  Highly sustainable and practicing Biodynamic 

Notes: In the glass, the Bench Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark, deep purple. The nose is vibrant with violets, huckleberry and a touch of vanilla spice. The palate is elegantly wound with dusty tannins and a supple, velvety texture. The long, seamless finish, ebbs and flows with flavors of black currant, dark cocoa and forest floor. 

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2012 Château La Tour Grise

Les Fontenelles

from Loire Valley, France

SALE Price $23.39

Regular Price $25.99

Grape Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc 

Designation: Biodynamic 

Notes: A fresher style of “Orange” wine.  Made with Chenin Blanc grape, which typically produces delicious white wine. The winemaker leaves the skins in contact with the juice to impart more color, tannins and over all structure. The result? Pleasant dry straw, gold and green apple flesh with river stone minerality.  Recommended for decanting and tartaric crystals maybe present in bottle and on cork. The wine will age well in cellars. 

Drink if you enjoy: A new experience! Well made white wines with complex profiles and structure!

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Consolation Prize 

Lord Hobo Brewing

Woburn, MA
SALE Price $16.19
Regular Price $17.99 

Double IPA, 9.5% ABV 

A dangerously approachable and juicy Double (almost Triple) IPA. 

4-pack, 16oz cans

Recipes
Ramps get along especially well with butter, and pair nicely with pork, eggs, toast, and all sorts of other stuff; and we've got 15 recipes to prove it.
With a similar flavouring to asparagus, this springtime veggie goes well in soups, salads and pastas. Here are 10 tasty recipes to try this season.
Green Bin Reminder
Many of you may have noticed we are using more cardboard boxes lately because we are missing many of our green bins.

If you regularly receive an order, please remember to leave your green bin out for our drivers to pick up.

If you are not planning to order for a while and can not return the bin to our market, we are happy to stop by and pick it up. Please email us at info@berkshireorganics.com

Cardboard boxes can also be returned to us. Thank you!
Front of Market


Thank you for supporting a small, locally owned business, our local farms and local food artisans. 
 
Aleisha & Brian Gibbons
Owners, Berkshire Organics, LLC

813 Dalton Division Rd.

Dalton, MA 01226


413-442-0888

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