Local is for Lovers - Fresh & New: February 6-12

Alex Jones, Farmstand Product Manager

 

I'm not super into Valentine's Day for many of the reasons you might imagine a progressive lady wouldn't be. But I've grown to appreciate it in recent years - mostly because of the food.

 

After the bleak reality of post-holiday January, Valentine's Day is a welcome excuse to prepare an extravagant meal with your sweetie or treat someone (yourself included!) to something delicious. Fair Food has everything you need for an intimate, home-cooked, locally-sourced dinner, as well as some awesome edible gifts.

 

For a Valentine's dinner that will get hearts racing: start with a MICRO RED KALE salad garnished with crisp, pink WATERMELON RADISHES and our new Kevin's Fresh LEMON VINAIGRETTE (bonus points if you carve your radish slices into hearts). Follow with a lavish honey-lacquered DUCK BREAST from Griggstown Farm accompanied by a romantic side of roasted PETITE POTATOES from Phillips Farm tossed with Overbrook Herb Farm's ROSEMARY.

 

For dessert, try this modernized apple tarte tatin with STAYMAN WINESAP APPLES from Three Springs Fruit Farm or YORK IMPERIAL APPLES from Beechwood Orchards. Serve with whipped Seven Stars Farm's ORGANIC HEAVY CREAM and a glass of port wine for a real "wow" finish.

 

If you're on the hunt for gifts, we've got you covered. Use one of our gift baskets or an adorable (and functional) Fair Food tote to build your own gift box for any special someones! Here are our suggestions for some winning gift combos:

 

For the health nut: Show how much you care by giving the gift of probiotics. Pick up a jar of pink-hued LOVER'S KRAUT from the awesome artisans at Food & Ferments; a pint of Wholesome Dairy Farms' delicious VANILLA AGAVE KEFIR (full of active cultures); a jar of local, grass-fed SIMPLY GHEE for those omega-3s; and a few rosy local APPLES to keep the doctor away.

 

For the decadent gourmet: Chocolate, of course. Grab a John & Kira's HEARTS AND BUTTERFLIES or BEE MY LOVEBUG gift box featuring artisan chocolates hand-painted with cocoa butter and filled with salted honey caramel or almond hazelnut praline.

 

Or pick up a beautiful bar of Gabby's Cacao's Venezuelan direct-trade 73% DARK CHOCOLATE identified by bean varietal and vintage. Add a few CANALES from Market Day Canele, a jar of GOAT MILK CARAMEL SAUCE (cajeta) from Yellow Springs Farm, and a wedge of aged raw milk cheese - try Doe Run Farm's toasty, savory ST. MALACHI - to complement all that sweetness.

 

For the cheese lover: Show your dairy-wild valentine how much you care by crafting the perfect cheese spread to start (or end) a special evening. A few sumptuous suggestions:Yellow Springs' aged goat milk NUTCRACKER, washed in walnut liqueur; Keswick Creamery's big, bold Stilton-style BLUE SUEDE MOO; and King's Creamery's new Camembert-style HOW NOW COW. Pair with your favorite Tait Farm preserves, a bag of Rip Rap's flatbread SOURDOUGH CRACKERS, and Philadelphia Bee Co.'s NEIGHBORHOOD HONEY.

 

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