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WEEK 41 | 10/27-10/30
 
Adjustments & additions deadline is Saturdays at 11PM.
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FRUITS
Asian pears from Oriana's Orchard
Concord grapes from Carandale Farm

Macintosh apples from Seedling


GREENS
Chard from our farm

Lettuce mix from our farm
Romaine lettuce from our farm

Truchas lettuce from our farm


ROOTS & VEG
Blue potatoes from Driftless
Carrots from Driftless
Eggplant from Angelic Organics
Red & gold beets from farmer Levi via Fifth Season
Hakurei turnips (topped) from our farm
Leeks from Driftless

Red & yellow onions from Springdale
Red & gold potatoes from Springdale
Red daikon from Lovefood
Gold potatoes from Angelic Organics
Shallots from farmer Levi via Fifth Season



PEPPERS
Habaneros (super spicy + sweet) from Driftless
Poblano peppers from Wild Coyote
Super sweet peppers from our farm, Wild Coyote, & Angelic Organics



PUMPKINS & SQUASH
Butternut & buttercup squash from Springdale
Spaghetti squash from farmer Jonas Schmucker via Fifth Season
Small pumpkins from Smits
Pie pumpkins from Smits

 

FEATURED ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR BOX SWAPS
Cherry vanilla granola from River Valley Ranch
Organic maple sugar from Chicago Maple
Ghost pepperoni from Underground Meats
Sweet Chilifire spice blend from Spice Mode
Danish Blue cheese from Hook's
Toulouse brats from Finn's Ranch
Five Cheese Garlic Spread from River Valley Ranch
Beeswax tea light candles from Chicago Honey Co-op


Can't get enough? The above products are available in our storefront.
 

STAPLES
Aronia berries (frozen) from Bellbrook
Blueberries (frozen) from Joe's
Cheese curds from Farmer John (plain, dill, garlic, jalapeno)

Coffee from Gaslight
Eggs from Finn's

Mushrooms (crimini & portabella) from River Valley Ranch
Rolled oats & popcorn from Brian Severson
Salsa (garden tomato, tomatillo, chipotle, fire-roasted, & habanero) from our farm - the end of our salsa! We're not cooking anymore!
Sour cream & yogurt (plain, blueberry, vanilla, strawberry) from Deerland
Sourdough from pHlour

Tamales (frozen; portabella & southwest) from River Valley Ranch

 

Back by popular demand - organic tortillas from Gitto Farm! Spelt, wheat and white, 8 inches, 6 per pack. Rather addictive, so we're keeping them here in your staples. All meals are easier when you can just put things in a tortilla.
 
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carrot harvest!

Get your best Bugs Bunny ready because we've got carrots!!!! It was quite a long and intense harvest, but the carrots are now out of the ground and about ready for your plates.  We'll wash them before we send them to you. Be sure to keep them in a loosely closed plastic bag in your crisper. If they seem a bit dry, give them a light spritz. These orange glow sticks of beta carotene should last well into late spring.

We're at the end of our salsa (whoa) so we figured you might want to soak up the end of that old school Tomato Mtn goodness, just for kicks. They also make a killer addition to just about everything savory you eat. 3 for $20, 5 for $30? Can't beat it, and makes a great gift.

Meanwhile, wow, still no frost?! We and everyone we know has TONS of peppers, so enjoy them as these will be the last few weeks of them until next year rolls back around. Speaking of everyone we know, we started working with a new-to-us but longstanding and widely celebrated local farm called Angelic Organics. They've had a more productive year than expected, we love farmer John, and we hate to let anything go to waste. There's a really rad film about Farmer John called The Real Dirt on Farmer John here.

We've also got the end of the concord grapes, more hakureis, and some fun new squashes for you - buttercup, and delicata! Certainly some of the most gorgeous gourds around. We have a bit of squash almost every day once the season starts - it's one of the most economical, nutrient-dense, good with everything, easy to store, longest lasting, delicious foods there are, and it's so fun to try them all. We think they tend to bring a warm and cozy feeling to the room through the colder months too.



For the love of planet earth and all things sacred just click here so we can thank you for helping the earth*,
Tomato Mtn

 

*PSST! Last chance to get that $200 credit for signing up for clean local energy is tonight at midnight! It just takes 2 minutes. No added cost to you, you'll actually save 10% over time. If you don't like it, you can always switch back to dirty energy.* Want to learn more about why and how and who?

*REAL TALK - While it's great to have your own solar panels, we deliver to your houses and know y'all don't have 'em ;). But that's OK, because thanks to Arcadia--you don't need 'em! You can just tell ComEd you want clean, local power instead.

Have you been reading this part about the Arcadia email and thinking to yourself, oh, I'll get to it, or, you know, most everyone will do it so it will be okay? This is your reminder that change starts with you. You are literally the folks these legislators thought would probably want some clean energy if you had the choice, and you now have the choice!

You used to have to pay to get clean energy, now all you have to do is tell ComEd or Ameren you don't want their dirty energy. It's that simple! Your local legislators worked super hard to make this available to you, and it takes just two minutes to take care of. This one is just a no-brainer, folks.

You can still do it tomorrow, of course, but the credit expires tonight at midnight. As Chris likes to say, GET AFTER IT!!!!

YOUR CSA IS SCARY GOOD
 

 

Sweets and treats season has begun! Whether you're celebrating Halloween, Samhain, or Día de los Muertos, we've got lots of tricks up our sleeves to dress your box goodies for any occasion.

+ Juice a few beets, grab a little mustard, and get ready to make some creepy delicious deviled egg eyeballs 
+ Shred some cheese and get ooey gooey melty by serving personal dips out of scooped-out little pumpkins
+ Make a spooky charcuterie plate by cutting your veggies, cheese, and meats (like this week's ghost pepperoni...get it?) into scary shapes with a knife or cookie cutters

 
these beeswax tealights from Chicago Honey Co-op are perfect for your carved pumpkins and displays as they last a super long time, smell like honey, and actually help to purify the air! we can't get enough of them

+ Our carrots are here, which means it's time for a frighteningly delicious carrot cake. This fits somehow, mostly because it's delicious and sweets are sweets
+ Set up your Día de los Muertos ofrenda with marigolds and beeswax candles, then load up on maple sugar to make some homemade sugar skulls 
+ Samhain celebration means a hearty, steamy serving of colcannon, so break into your blue potatoes to make it extra festive

THE PERFECT PUMPKIN COOKIE


 
 
Jules, your friendly Sneak Peek writer/Tomato Mountain instagrammer, makes these soft & addictive pumpkin cookies every year around this time and they are the most popular treat on the dessert table. This year's batch is the first ever made with homemade pumpkin puree and is hands-down the best yet (but we won't tell anyone if you buy it canned and save your pumpkins for carving!). 


INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 cups AP flour 
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp holiday spice blend 
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup organic maple sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

 
 
INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, spice blend, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl until combined, then add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla and beat until smooth.

Slowly add in your flour mixture and mix until combined, then scoop heaping tablespoons onto your baking tray about an inch apart. Bake for 15 minutes and let cool completely.

To make an icing for your cookies, combine 3 tbsp milk (or sub in blueberry juice or even some beet juice from your red beets for color!) + 1 tbsp melted butter + 2 cups powdered sugar. Drizzle wildly or get voted star baker by making intricate designs. 


CARVE A FACE INTO EVERYTHING
 


 

Did you accidentally eat all your pumpkins/gourds/squash and now you have nothing to carve for decorations? This is your reminder that any and all of your box fruits and veggies would be proud to get into costume.

In fact, the original Jack-o'-lanterns were turnips! In a tradition hailing from an Irish myth about a man named "Stingy Jack," people from Ireland and Scotland carved faces into turnips or potatoes, the English used large beets, and then their new scary friends were placed in windows or near doors to ward off evil spirits. When folks from the UK came to the US, they found that the pumpkins growing here make perfect carving fodder, which is how we got to where we are today.

Use anything in your box to make your decorations, just don't forget to eat them afterwards! 


Editor's note: what to do with all those bits and pieces of all sorts of veggies once you've carved? Add to your smoothies, or make sure they're all relatively cut down into the same sized bits and boil them all, strain, and mash like you would mashed potatoes. Add butter or oil and salt and pepper. 


TIS THE SEASON FOR POPCORN BALLS
 


 
Your Severson popcorn is perfect popped and snacked upon as-is, but why not roll up a few popcorn balls for parties and trick-or-treaters?

Melt together 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup organic maple sugar, 1 tbsp butter, and 1/2 tsp holiday spice blend until nice and bubbly, then pour over 5 cups of popped popcorn and stir to coat.

Let everything cool, then grease up your hands with some sunflower oil and shape popcorn into balls by scooping and squishing. Stop there, or feel free to drizzle on some icing for a little extra sweetness! 

 
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Please note that the contents of your box are subject to change based on a variety of factors. The majority of what we provide is harvested after we send this email, farming is an inexact science, and we feel strongly about the importance of sending only the best produce your way. Regardless of variety, we are sure to meet the expected value per week in each box, and will do our best to provide reasonable substitutions whenever possible.
 



RECYCLING IS IMPORTANT


We recycle boxes, freezer sleeves, & plastic bags

If you cannot or do not leave a cooler out for your delivery, please be sure to leave out for your delivery driver both the wax boxes your produce arrives in and any clean freezer sleeves you might receive with your items.

Boxes, freezer sleeves: are not recyclable and they may be used dozens of times. Returning your boxes and freezer sleeves enables us to provide more accessible pricing and helps the earth.

Plastic bags: please rinse, dry, and leave for your driver. We will recycle them for you at the appropriate facility.




We greatly appreciate you recycling all other items on your own.


 



Your delivery date is based on your address.

Your delivery date is based on your address. Deliveries happen from 10AM - 7PM on Wednesday - Friday and 7AM - 3PM on Saturdays. We will text upon arrival. If you are not home during your usual delivery time, please contact us to make additional arrangements.


 

Please prepare for deliveries.

If you will not be home to receive your delivery, please leave out a cooler (with an ice pack)! It protects the veggies from excess heat and freezing cold, keeps them safe from critters, and allows your driver to empty your box and return it to the farm.

 


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Questions, comments, ideas, suggestions? Please let us know. Urgent issue? Please
let us know right away. We'll do our best to address the problem immediately.


 


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