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Fresh Flyer 10.6.15
Owner Bonus Buys Owner Price Regular Price
Organic Gala Apple Bags $4.99/ea $8.99/ea
Local P6 Certified Naturally Grown Bulk Basil $12.99/lb $16.99/lb
Organic Pie Pumpkins $1.19/lb $1.69/lb
Organic Acorn, Butternut & Spaghetti Squash* $0.99/lb $1.99/lb
*This sale is for non-local product only
Owner Essentials Owner Price Regular Price
Organic Bananas $0.99/lb $1.19/lb
Organic White Garlic $3.99/lb $6.99/lb

Featured Recipe: Roasted Squash Soup

1 large winter squash
2 zucchini
2 yellow squash
1 large onion, thinly sliced
3 large red bell peppers
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup freshly chopped sage
1 large can or jar diced tomatoes
2 cups water or veggie or meat broth
2 cayenne peppers, halved
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil

Cut your choice of winter squash in half, lightly coat with olive oil, and roast at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. Halve the zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, and cayenne, and also lightly coat and roast for 20 minutes. In a soup pot, sauté the onions with salt, garlic, and sage until onions are soft. Purée roasted vegetables when they are done or simply mash in the soup pot. Add tomatoes, broth, and salt, and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Featured P6 Farmers: Cody & Kayla, Rocky Comfort Natural Farm

Though they have been in our area for some time, some of our newest P6 farmers are Cody and Kayla of Rocky Comfort Natural. We have worked with them indirectly for years as they interned with RP Beef, Foundation Farm, and were staff for Sweden Creek, before setting out to begin their own farm a little over a year ago. I met them both briefly as interns at Patrice’s farm and then got to see Cody weekly making the mushroom deliveries for Carole Anne. They knew that we were interested in supporting new farmers like them and approached me about inspecting the area they were cultivating for the Certified Naturally Grown program.

It was readily apparent upon seeing their garden and looking at the crop varieties that they have a passion for heirloom plants, particularly for greens. Cody and Kayla are dedicated to finding heirloom, or open-pollinated, varietals for their garden and try to stay away from hybrid seeds. This is a dedication on their own part to cultivating plants with hearty traits and in the spirit of seed preservation. They have always practiced methods for organic farming and are active members of the Certified Naturally Grown program.

Another part of their story is that they are legacy farmers. They have worked over the years learning the business from folks who are considering or who have moved on from being active producers, and this group includes the late Jesse Napolitano. The section of property that Cody and Kayla purchased for their farm belonged in part to Brannon Mountain Farm, one of our top producing farms in years past. They were working with Jesse to learn about his particular crop mix and farming methods right up until his unexpected death in the summer of 2014. This past season they still tended some of the plants that Jesse maintained, as well as worked to grow us some of the specific crops that he worked so passionately hard to provide for our community.

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Aside from greens, their crop mix includes tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, Malabar spinach, leeks, and herbs like the current harvest on basil. They, like Jesse, grow a large crop of basil each year and supply both Pesto Café and the prepared foods department here at the co-op with enough basil to last the whole year round. Both kitchens have been processing and freezing the basil as pesto for use after the crops have frozen to extend the time that we can enjoy local basil. The window for enjoying basil fresh from the farm though is closing. Basil is a crop that will not make it past the first frost, which for us the average date is October 14th, less than 10 days away.

While the frost may or may not happen then, we still have a peak harvest on the basil from Rocky Comfort Natural. Owners can enjoy this fragrant and flavorful herb for $4.00/lb off the rest of this week and through Owner Appreciation Weekend. Enjoy fresh or take advantage of the sale to make and freeze some of your own kitchen’s pesto! Thanks Cody and Kayla!

~Pauline, Fresh Manager

Photos courtesy of Rocky Comfort Natural