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Know Your Food 16/11/2020


Where it’s from, a bit about it, perhaps a fun fact and how to store or keep fresh.


Baby Potatoes 

~ ALL BOXES ~

Your tasty spuds come from Patrysvlei where Thomas Bergh grows exotic potatoes just outside of Clanwilliam. For the Bergh’s, farming is about ensuring the food on your table has been farmed in harmony with nature. Store your potatoes (unwashed), in the brown bag they came in, in a dark cupboard. When you want to cook, bake, fry or boil these earthy bulbs, wash them in cool water. Don’t be afraid to leave their skins on when using them – they are relatively soft and much of the nutritional value of a potato is found in its skin. If baked or fried, the skins add a rustic crunch when coated in olive oil.


Zucchini

SMALL & LARGE BOXES ~

Also known as courgette in many countries, we’ve sourced your zucchini from a local supplier – Umthunzi. With soft and edible seeds, zuccs are usually served cooked – steam, grill, stuff, bake, barbeque or fry these Vitamin C rich veggies.

Portobellini Mushrooms   

~ ALL BOXES ~

Did you know that there are over 38 000 varieties of mushrooms and this week’s portobellini variety comes from Funky Fungi. Mushrooms are a delicious and healthy meat alternative. Store in the fridge – they keep for up to 7 days.

Swiss Chard

~ MEDIUM, LARGE,& PLANT BASED BOXESS ~

This leafy green vegetable – with large, fleshy, tender, deep-green leaves and a thick, crisp stalk – is sourced from Naturally Organic. Although they’re unrelated, chard is similar to spinach, but with a stronger, slightly bitter, flavour. Enjoy braised, in a stew or with any dish in need of a leafy side. The stems are firmer than the leaves, so chop up and cook them before the leaves. This leafy green keeps for up to four days in the fridge, or you can store them in a vase of water out of the fridge – they double as a decorative bouquet. 


Ginger

~ ALL BOXES ~

Fun fact – did you know that ginger is a flowering plant that originated from China? It has a long history of use in various forms of traditional medicine, with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties known to prevent cell damage and help ward off chronic disease. Enjoy by adding grated ginger to a cup of tea or to your baking for a sweet and spicy zest.


Avocados 

~ ALL BOXES ~

Husband and wife team David and Laurelle Blank realised the need for ripe and ready avocados in 2005, especially in the hospitality industry. They’ve been farming avocados, ripening and distributing them ever since. Avolands is a group of companies made up of avocado growers, packers, ripening businesses and an avocado processing business. “We are committed to providing our customers with ripe and ready avocados of the highest quality” they add. If you won’t be having your avocados right away, be sure to store them at room temperature out of direct sunlight. If you’re looking to store half an avo, brush the exposed flesh with lemon juice, cover tightly with a Beeswax wrap, and refrigerate.


Blueberries

~ ALL BOXES ~

Blueberries come in two varieties: cultivated and wild. Wild blueberries are much smaller than the cultivated ones that we commonly eat fresh. If you're using your berries in baked goods, dust them with flour just before you add them to a batter. This ensures they do not sink to the bottom of the pan. Store your Terra Madre blueberries in a dry place or freezer (they freeze well).


Pecans 

~ MEDIUM, LARGE & PLANT BASED BOXES.~

On the banks of Orange River, you’ll find the Roux Pecan Farm. Here, the most delicious, certified organic, 100% raw pecan nuts are grown. To maximize the shelf life of your shelled pecans, store them in a cool, dry area. After opening your pecan’s packaging, place the pecans in a sealed airtight container, or place the original package in a resealable, heavy-duty freezer bag. Enjoy! 

Pickled Fennel 

~ ALL BOXES  ~

Closely related to parsley, carrots and dill and sometimes called sweet anise because of its liquorice-like flavour, fennel is a good source of vitamin C, potassium and fibre (which is known to aid digestion). Find delicious pickled fennel in your box from Karen Dudley. 

Kombucha

~ ALL BOXES ~

Smile! There’s a complimentary bottle of Happy Culture’s Ginger Lemon Kombucha in all boxes this week. This fiery drink is naturally infused with cold pressed ginger, lemon zest and contains living gut-friendly cultures to support wellbeing. This products contain living cultures and must therefore remain refrigerated at all times to avoid further fermentation.


Kefir Water

~ ALL BOXES ~ 

And another reason to keep smiling. We’ve included a complimentary bottle of Happy Culture’s Passion Fruit & Mint Kefir Water in this week’s boxes. Happy Culture Kefir Water is a delicately fermented, lightly infused probiotic sparkling water, with  passion fruit juice and a touch of mint. Each bottle contains a generous dose of the probiotics Bifidobacterium Lactis and Lactobacillus Dophilus to support gut health and sprinkles of Vitamin B12 to further boost optimal wellbeing.This product contains living cultures and must therefore remain refrigerated at all times to avoid further fermentation.


Charcoal Buns 

~ ALL BOXES ~ 

Activated charcoal is said to assist with kidney functioning, so we had to include charcoal buns in this week’s Market Box packed with foods for good gut health. Sourced from local bakery Bentleys Bread Co., your vegan charcoal buns are made with cake flour, sugar, improver, activated charcoal, oil, water, and yeast and should be stored in a dry cool place. 


Granola 

~ ALL  BOXES ~

The Seed & Circus granola in your box is made without the use of additives, is 100% gluten-free, and sweetened naturally with honey (the Plant Based box does not contain honey). The honey is sourced straight from the beekeeper, their olive oil is organic, and they make use of mineral rich Oryx desert salt.


Feta 

~  MEDIUM, LARGE  BOXES ~

The creamy feta in some boxes this week is sourced from Camelot. When properly stored in brine or milk and refrigerated, feta cheese will last up to 3 months – it is not ideal for freezing. Its salty flavour comes from the fact that it was briefly cured in goat’s or sheep’s milk. While its crumbly texture makes it perfect for sprinkling on top of scrambled eggs and/or salads.

 
Olive Oil

~  MEDIUM & LARGE & PLANT BASED BOXS ~

From salad dressing to dips, we’ve got everyone’s favourite oil in this week’s boxes. Your olive oil is sourced from African Oils and has a range of health benefits. Drinking a spoonful of olive oil for example is known to alleviate constipation due to this oil’s mild laxative effect. Olive oil is also packed with antioxidants which may lower the risk of heart disease.

 
Tofu

~ VEGETARIAN & PLANT BASED BOXES  ~

The 100% organic tofu from Tofu Tub in your box is extremely rich in protein, and is made from the curds of soybean milk. It comes in vacuum-sealed packaging, so if you’re not going to use it as soon as it arrives, we recommend that you store it in the fridge and consume within 3-5 days of opening. After you have opened the tofu, you can transfer any leftovers to an airtight container and fill it with fresh water.


Chickpeas 

~ VEGETARIAN & PLANT BASED BOXES ~

Chickpeas are high in protein and make an excellent replacement for meat in vegetarian and vegan diets. Your chickpeas come from Real Food Factory – a local company with their ethics always at the core of their business. Soak them overnight before cooking, this begins the sprouting process which lowers cooking time and reduces their antinutrient content. Store them in a glass jar with a lid in the cupboard.


Goddess Pesto

~  VEGETARIAN & PLANT BASED BOXES, NOT SMALL  ~ 

Find the Goddess Pesto sourced from Gaia Earth Foods in some of this week’s boxes. This zesty, mixed herb pesto is dairy and nut free and is made from fresh basil, coriander, mint, parsley, sunflower seeds, garlic, lemon juice, sunflower oil, nutritional yeast, Himalayan pink salt and citrate.


Chicken 

~ WHITE & MIXED MEAT BOXES, SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE ~

The chicken in your Market Box comes from Son of a Butcher (SOB). SOB produce is pasture-raised and free of hormones. Here are some handy pre-cooking tips to follow to ensure you get the most from your chicken. Once removed from its packaging, discard any residue liquids – then, rinse your chicken and set it aside to air for 20 minutes. This process helps remove the cold edge, bringing it closer to room temperature – ensuring a smoother cooking process and tastier results.


Beef Mince

~  RED & MIXED MEAT BOXES, SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE  ~ 

The team at Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants (FFMM) had this to say about their pasture-reared beef mince in some of this week’s boxes: “Mince doesn’t really get the credit it deserves. And we understand why. Too often, mince is simply bits and pieces from a day at the butchery. Chucked into a grinder. Not a lot of thought. Not a lot of love. At FFMM, we take as much pride in our ground, grass-fed beef, as we do with a ribeye.Our mince has about 20% fat and 80% meat and we keep it nice and coarse. We feel it lends itself to more cooking options this way.”


Chorizo 

~ MEDIUM & LARGE RED MEAT BOXES ~

N° Juan specialises in craft Argentinian and South American food, made in exactly the same way that Argentinians would back home. He’s also the creator of the zingy, freshly-made beef & lamb chorizo in some of this week’s boxes. Juan Andres, who started N° Juan says the products he makes are an extension of himself – “unique, super tasty, naughty, fast and a lot of Argentinian confidence sprinkled all over”. All their products are 100% locally sourced, and produced right here in Cape Town.


Lamb

~  SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE RED MEAT BOXES  ~ 

Herdsmen’s lamb is a combination of deboned leg and shoulder on the bone. This lamb cut is best browned in a pot until golden and sealed, then cooked low-and-slow in a sauce for ultimate tenderness and flavour development, for a minimum of 2 hours. 


If you’re looking for tasteful creations to use your #goodproduce for visit our Recipe Inspiration Page on https://farmersmarket.ucook.co.za/blogs/recipe-ideas.