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Storage Store okra in a loose plastic bag in the refrigerator, and do not wash until just before use. Eat within 3-4 days for best results. Okra is best preserved by freezing or pickling. To freeze, first blanch in boiling water for three minutes and immediately place in a bowl of ice water. Leave okra whole or slice to desired size. Drain and transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container for freezing. To pickle, follow the recipe for pickled okra below. HEY! TRY THESE RECIPES, TOO! Braised Chicken Gumbo Stewed Okra, Onion, and Tomatoes Okra and Red Pepper Cornbread Okra Creole Grilled Okra with Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce Pickled Okra...

Storage Store Swiss chard in a plastic bag or airtight container in the refrigerator. To regulate moisture, wrap greens in a damp paper towel and do not wash until just before use. Chard is relatively hearty and will stay fresh for a week or longer if stored properly. Recipes Sautéed Swiss Chard Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup Swiss Chard Tzatziki Creamed Swiss Chard Winter Minestrone Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Swiss Chard Potato Hash with Swiss Chard and Eggs Preservation To freeze Swiss chard, wash leaves thoroughly and cut away stems. Steam or blanch in boiling water for two minutes and immediately place in a bowl of ice water. Dry leaves and transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container for freezing. Chard can also be dehydrated and crushed or ground into a powder for sauces and smoothies. To dry, wash leaves and cut away stems, then place in a single layer on dehydrator trays and dry for 2-3 hours. If you don't have a dehydrator,...

Storage Store purple hull peas in the coldest part of your refrigerator for up to a few days, but keep in mind they will have the best flavor and texture the earlier they are eaten. To cook purple hull peas, add to a large pot with enough water to cover by 1-2 inches. Add salt and pepper or other flavorings (traditionally bacon or ham hock), then simmer for 45 minutes or until cooked to desired tenderness.   TRY THIS! Here's what you'll need: 1 TBS Dried or Fresh Parsley 1 cup purple hull peas 1 lemon Water Salt & Pepper to taste *Serve with a side of pita chips, crackers or veggies!* *High powered blender or food processor and griddle Total Time: 50 minutes Total Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Cook Time: 40-45 minutes (slow cooking the peas) Step 1) Boil a few cups of water in a saucepan. You'll need enough water to cover your peas. Add in salt and pepper here. Add your...

Storage Store heirloom and slicer tomatoes at room temperature as refrigeration may cause them to lose flavor and develop a mealy texture. Tomatoes let off a high amount of ethylene gas which speeds the ripening process, so don’t keep near produce that spoils easily. Check tomatoes regularly as one spoiled tomato could cause the rest to go bad very quickly. Recipes Caprese Salad Margherita Pizza Fresh Tomato Salsa Fresh Tomato Sauce Fresh Tomato Soup Tomato, Squash, and Red Pepper Gratin Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks Grilled Tomatoes with Basil Vinaigrette Tomato Tart Over-the-Top Tomato Sandwich Preservation Tomatoes can be preserved in a number of ways, including dehydrating and freezing. You can also can tomatoes, but if you choose to do so please follow a trusted recipe to make sure you add enough acidity for safe storage. To dehydrate tomatoes, wash and cut in half, then place cut-side up on dehydrator trays. Dehydrate until most of the moisture is gone. If you don’t have a dehydrator you...

Storage Depending on the season, onions may show up in your CSA share in a few different forms. In the early spring, green onions make their appearance as long shoots without much of a bulb. As the season progresses, the onions develop a bulb which continues to grow larger and larger into the spring and summer. As the bulb grows, the onion flavor also intensifies. Most of the onions grown in this region are sweet and have a high water content which makes them difficult to cure, so you should store your onions in the refrigerator where they'll usually last for a few weeks. Recipes Onions can be used in almost any way imaginable, but here are a few recipes that really highlight the onion flavor: French Onion Soup Caramelized Onions Caramelized Onion Lasagna French Onion Dip Preservation To preserve onions even longer, you can freeze them simply by chopping to desired size and placing in a freezer-safe airtight container or plastic bag....

Storage New potatoes are those that have not yet been cured, so they will not last as long at room temperature compared to those you might find at the store. Clean potatoes before storing them. You need only brush off the soil on potatoes grown in coarse, sandy soil. But if the soil is fine, sticky clay, your potatoes may need washing. If so, be sure they are completely dry before placing them in storage. Minimize tuber exposure to light while cleaning. Cure newly dug and cleaned potatoes for a week to 10 days in a dark, well-ventilated area with moderate temperatures and high humidity, and they will last longer. After curing, slowly drop the storage temperature to about 40 to 45 degrees for table use. Potato tubers are about 80 percent water, depending on the variety, so high storage humidity is recommended to prevent shriveling. Recipes Hasselback Potatoes Baked Potato Wedges Mediterranean Potato Salad Potato Leek Bisque Green...

Storage Store tomatoes at room temperature as refrigeration may cause them to lose flavor and develop a mealy texture. Keep in a vented package (such as the pulp baskets they are often delivered in) out of direct sunlight. Tomatoes let off a high amount of ethylene gas which speeds the ripening process, so don’t keep near other fruits or vegetables that spoil easily. Also be sure to check tomatoes regularly as one spoiled tomato can cause the rest to go bad very quickly. Recipes Enjoy them fresh (our favorite)! Add to salads Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic and Basil No-Cook Tomato Sauce Easy Cherry Tomato Salsa Summer Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables Mixed Tomato Cobbler Preservation Cherry tomatoes can be preserved in a number of ways, including freezing and dehydrating. You can also can tomatoes, but if you choose to do so please follow a trusted recipe to make sure you add enough acidity for safe storage. To freeze, wash and dry cherry tomatoes...

You may have noticed things look a bit different. That’s because Foodshed Farms is now New South Produce Cooperative. Our products and farmers haven’t changed - all of our products are still Certified Organic or Certified Naturally Grown, and harvested right here in Arkansas. So why the change? Our business has grown! We began in 2014 with a handful of farms and a small CSA. But now in 2016 we’ve grown to nearly two dozen Arkansas farms, with over 450 CSA members across the state and dozens of restaurants, grocers, and community organizations carrying our products every week. Our new brand reflects this growth, and coincides with our official transition to a farmer-owned cooperative earlier this year. New South Cooperative represents our dedication to environmental stewardship through organic agriculture and our commitment to the growth of small family farms. We’re working towards a new type of agriculture that promotes rural livelihoods and protects the...