Local Event Update & Produce Spotlight: Crookneck Squash

Hello all and Happy Friday! Summer is beginning everywhere! With warm weather approaching, many great events will be occurring. Be sure to check out the the 7th Annual on-farm gala dinner, Food Lust fundraiser, benefitting Cascade Harvest Coalition on June 2nd at The Fields at Willie Greens! Join some of the New Roots Organics team for great food, music and good people!

“If you have a passion for creating change in our local food system and spending a beautiful June evening down on the farm feasting under the stars, then Food Lust is the ticket for you,” according to the event’s page.

You won’t want to miss it! Feel free to contact us on Facebook for more information.

Now, we are especially excited for a house favorite: Yellow Crookneck Squash. A classic summer squash, and part of our featured recipe of the week,  crookneck squash is great on the grill, mashed, or added to pasta!

What is Crookneck Squash? 

They can be used interchangeably with other types of summer squash, such as zucchini, in a variety of recipes. In addition to being available in many markets during the summer, crooknecksquash can also easily be grown at home almost everywhere, as long as the summer is reasonably warm. In extremely warm climates, crookneck squash may be induced into growing year round.

The classic crookneck squash has a bulbous shape with intensely warty yellow skin. When the bumpy squash is cut open, it reveals pale yellow flesh and seeds. The entire squash, including seeds and skin, is edible, and it has a sweet, slightly nutty flavor. Crookneck tends to taste more like winter squash than some other summer varieties, making it a good choice for summer grilling, gratins, and similar dishes. It can also be eaten raw, and can lend a nice texture to salads when grated.

As a vegetable, crookneck squash is a great nutritional choice. It is high in fiber and vitamin C, and has calories. The rich flavor makes it a great filler in a wide range of dishes, and it is also great on its own or as a side dish. Many other squashes also share these traits, so learning somesquash recipes is a great idea for people who are trying to eat healthy.

(source: wiseGEEK.com)

IMPORTANT: Memorial Day is fast approaching! We will be open and delivering, so if you are in an apartment building with a concierge, and you are expecting a delivery next Monday, please let us know how to gain access to your apartment. It is your responsibility to either cancel the delivery, or provide alternative delivery instructions. Thanks for understanding, we want to make sure we are able to get your produce to you!

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This Week’s Produce

Week of May 21st, 2012

Yellow Onions, Rainbow Chard, Asparagus, Cilantro, Fuji apples, and Anjou pears are all NW grown.

The leaf lettuce, Spinach, Valencia Oranges, Carrots, Broccoli, Strawberries, Peaches, Cucumbers, Yellow Crookneck Squash, New Crop Red Potatoes, Gypsy Sweet Peppers and Avocados are from California

The bananas, Roma tomatoes and Gorgeous Purple Garlic are from Mexico

If you would like to know more specifically where a particular item is grown, just send us an email and we will be happy to provide more details for you!

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