Fresh & New: July 24-30

Alex Jones, Farmstand Product Manager

Juicy, sweet stone fruit is here! Beechwood Orchards has supplied us with yellow peaches, white nectarines, Methley plums (the little reddish-purple ones), and just a few crates of apricots. Besides the fact that it's great to have fruit that's more portable than a melon but less perishable than a berry on hand, these fruits present their own world of culinary possibilities.

Try this deconstructed plum galette that mimics a strawberry shortcake-style construction. Save a bit of the season with this intensely delicious peach butter (a preserve that's on my annual canning checklist). Or poach peaches or nectarines in white wine and whip up some Seven Stars Organic Cream for a dessert that's quick, simple, and gluten-free.

Speaking of Seven Stars Farm, our annual staff farm tour is coming up. The Fair Food Farmstand will be closed on Monday, July 28 so that our staff can spend some time together as a group and and engage directly with the farms we source from -- one of which will be Seven Stars. Look for stories and pictures from the tour in next week's newsletter!

Elsewhere at the Farmstand, look for Oasis at Bird-in-Hand's chemical-free mixed hot peppers -- jalapenos, Hungarian yellow wax, and black wax. Blue Moon Acres' field greens were damaged in last week's storms, so they'll be reappearing (depending on weather, of course) in August. But in the meantime, their certified organic fields are providing us with pickling cucumbers and white sweet corn -- that's right, GMO-free sweet corn! Quantities are limited, so get it while you can. Of course, we always have chemical-free Blue Moon microgreens and pea leaves, plus magenta summer crisp and red butterhead lettuces from Taproot Farm, to keep your salad bowls full.

Remember how terrible last summer was for melons? This year, cantaloupes are doing great: A.T. Buzby's IPM 'loupes are juicy, sweet, and abundant. I must confess that I never liked cantaloupe until I took a Buzby melon home a few weeks ago to serve to friends, and it was so good I ended up eating a quarter of it myself.

Pick one up along with some Meadowset Farm cheeses -- aged, piquant The Camel's Back and their latest offering, a sweet, grassy and semi-firm wheel called The First Bite, along with some redraspberries for a fresh and summery cheese plate. Add some heritage breed Mangalitsa mustela (dry cured pork loin with herbs)from our cheese case and six-pack of Fleur de Lehigh for a complete midsummer meal.   Product List link