Top story this week (literally!) is that Thanksgiving preorders are live!
We're especially excited that farmers Nate and Julie Howe -- along with their family, a small army of friends and neighbors, and about 3200 Broad-Breasted White turkeys -- were featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Edible Philly! Click to page 22 to learn all about this small family farm -- then reserve one of their delicious never-frozen birds for your Thanksgiving table.
When you stop by the Farmstand this week, you'll not ice things are looking decidedly autumnal. Farmer HG Haskell of SIW Farm brought us our annual delivery of heirloom squash, carving pumpkins, cute, mini-sized Jack-Be-Littles, and ornamental maize. In an act of minimalist tablescaping, I pick up an heirloom squash each year and display it in my kitchen table to get myself psyched up for the season. Peanut pumpkins, Queensland Blues, pink-and-green Irans, and pale orange cheese pumpkins are some of my favorites. And once they're done serving as decor, you can roast and transform them into a delicious recipe.
In addition to lots of new apples -- pie-perfect Mutsus, crunchy Jonagolds, and classic Red and Golden Delicious -- fall favorites like kohlrabi, Concord grapes and edamame are going strong on our produce shelves. Summer crops like tomatoes, green squash, and peppers are hanging on, but not for much longer.
With cooler weather also comes a hankering for hot beverages -- so we're excited to add whole bean coffee from three local roasters to our product mix! Our coffee partners engage in fair or direct trade, sourcing organic beans from the farmers who grow them. Perk up with a bag of beans from one of these excellent local roasters:
Philly Fair Trade Roasters: We're selling PFTR's Nicaraguan varietal in particular because a portion of the proceeds go to funding producer efforts to fight coffee rust, a fungal disease affecting coffee trees in Central and South America. Learn more about PFTR's efforts to help farmers fighting coffee rust.
Reanimator Coffee: I remember when founders Mark Capriotti and Mark Corpus would arrive on bikes to sell pour-over coffee at the Greensgrow farmstand back in the day, so it's super exciting to see how much the company has grown in just a few years. Top-quality sourcing leads to top-quality product -- we're selling their Guatemala Finca La Pastoria varietal, redolent with notes of vanilla and brown sugar, and their toasty, nutty Keystone Blend.
Square One Coffee: I just met the folks at Square One this summer -- they opened up a shop a few blocks from Reading Terminal and the Fair Food offices, on 13th Street between Locust and Spruce. This Lancaster-based roaster sources hard-to-find varietals direct from small, chemical-free growers and puts quality and craft above all else in their roasting and brewing. We're stocking their Colombia Finca Filadelfia -- taste for rose hips, green apple, and spice when sipping this brew. Click for more info -- including the name of the grower -- on this coffee!