A Fresh Fork Market Thanksgiving

Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving, but today feels a little bit like Christmas!  This afternoon I picked up my Fresh Fork Market Thanksgiving package, which I had pre-ordered earlier this fall.  I generally knew what was in the package, but opening each box opened up new excitement and cooking opportunities.  An entire feast now sits in my kitchen and I never stepped foot in a grocery store.  My money has gone directly to a farmer or baker in the local area, and my family will enjoy healthy farm-fresh food on our dinner table for Thanksgiving and a few meals after.

Just to give you a glimpse of what I received in today’s package, I am including a picture of each box, with a few comments of explanation.

??????????????????????????????? Box 1 contains 2 stalks brussel sprouts, several winter squash, a bag of fresh broccoli and fresh spinach, 2 bags of freshly ground whole wheat flour, a 1/2 gallon apple cider and a freshly baked crumb top apple pie.

I have a great recipe for brussel sprouts I will share on the blog soon.  The fresh spinach may end up in an Italian wedding soup recipe we love.  Some steamed broccoli and winter squash will make a great side dish with dinner.

 

???????????????????????????????Box 2 contains a loaf of homemade whole wheat bread and 1 dozen homemade whole wheat rolls.  A bag of beets and a crumb top sweet potato pie join them.

 

 

???????????????????????????????Box 3 is the heavy one!  It contains 2 lbs carrots, 1 Hubbard squash, 2 butternut squash, a bag of Yukon Gold potatoes, a bag of onions, a bag of sweet potatoes, several fresh apples, shallots, garlic,fresh lettuce greens, and a dozen organic eggs.

 

 

???????????????????????????????Box 4 feels like the grand prize!  A 21 lb fresh turkey fills this box.  This turkey was roaming the farm fields until this past Monday, eating healthy greens and enjoying life.  Never frozen and minimally processed, this turkey will soon grace our table as a delicious centerpiece, with lots of leftovers to follow!

 

 

??????????????????????????????? I added a few items to this order that I needed for other meals.  2 lbs of fresh cut, nitrate-free bacon will be used for breakfast and for that brussel sprouts recipe I mentioned earlier.  The sunflower oil has become my new go-to cooking oil, replacing my olive oil and canola oil.  The heirloom tomato sauce will be served over linguine for a quick meal later this weekend.  And the fresh apple cider is so delicious I just had to get another 1/2 gallon!

 

 

I am grateful to those who have grown and prepared the food we will soon enjoy.  Their hard work and excellence allow my family to eat healthy and contribute to the local economy.  I am grateful for the abundance we enjoy, while also realizing there are many that go without such bountiful supply.  This is a reminder of how important it is to get involved with organizations that do help provide resources to families in need.  Our own church has a Family Resource Center which provides food and household items to those in need – we enjoy getting involved with this agency.  I am thankful for the fact that my table will be filled with family and friends over the next few days and I am reminded of those who are alone or who are experiencing distress or grief this year.  My heart goes out to you, especially at this time.  As my family gathers around our Thanksgiving table, we will pause and thank God for His goodness in our lives and remember to pray for others.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Fresh Fork Market: Week 2

I have to admit, I felt like a kid going Christmas shopping this afternoon – I couldn’t wait to get to my Fresh Fork Market pick-up to get my bag of great food and see what other goodies they had waiting for us! I had received the email yesterday telling us what the contents of this week’s bag would be, and I got a bit nervous as there were several items I have never used before, and a few I didn’t even recognize.  But one goal I have is to learn to cook and eat differently, so I shall not shrink from this new challenge! I visited the Fresh Fork website last evening (www.freshforkmarket.com) and ordered some additional items for the week.  Here is what I came home with today:

  • 1 # chorizo ( a seasoned ground pork with a Mexican flare, I think)
  • 1 bag corn crackers (organic, non-GMO ingredients)???????????????????????????????
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 bunch garlic scapes
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 pint fresh salsa
  • 1 sleeve bok choy
  • 1 quart strawberries

I see a Mexican night in our immediate future – can’t wait to dip into that fresh salsa!

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My add-on items came to $45 and included the following:

  • 2 loaves of wheat bread (1 for the freezer to serve later in the week)
  • 1 24 oz. vanilla yogurt (loved this for breakfast all week)
  • 1 package barbecue shredded chicken
  • 1 lb ground beef (my daughter begged for a repeat of the cheeseburgers from last week)
  • 1 smoked cheddar cheese cube
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 quart strawberries (I forgot to put 1 of the strawberry quarts in my first picture)

So for $70, I think I have meals for my family for the next week, with the help of a few extras from the grocery store.  Here’s my basic plan:

Wednesday: Tomato-Basil Linguine with Roasted Heirloom Tomato Sauce (didn’t get to use this from last week, plans changed)

Thursday: Mexican Night – using the chorizo, cilantro, salsa, corn crackers, lettuce = taco salad or something similar (still have some organic black beans from last week I might use in here somehow)

Friday:  Cheeseburgers, per daughter’s request (thinking of shredding some smoked cheddar and mixing it in before grilling)

Saturday:  BBQ Chicken, do something with garlic scapes – I hear they are wonderful!

Monday: Strawberry-Spinach Salad with cheese and crackers on the side

Tuesday:  Something with the bok choy – will have to figure that out…

This week’s FFM email listing the bag contents also included several recipes for this week’s items, so I will be looking at these very closely.   The email also explained how the spring harvest is coming in slowly due to a cold spring season and other variables, making it difficult for them to stock the bags with as much variety as they might like.   No problems here – this variety looks great and is more interesting than anything I have purchased at the grocery store in recent history.  Thanks, Fresh Fork Market, for making cooking interesting again!   Oh, and as a PS:  I lost 2 lbs this week, without even thinking about it – had so much healthy stuff to try out I didn’t even miss the potato chips!

Happy munching on that bok choy —  will post pic/recipe, whether it is a success or failure – stay tuned!