We’ve added a new item to the web store: Round Bone Roast from Grass Fed Direct! The Round Bone Roast is a delicious cut of meat similar to chuck roast or pot roast. It’s the perfect cut for all your hearty winter stews or pot roasts! And, as with any item from Grass Fed Direct, you can expect the best taste and quality around.
Ready to give it a try? Check out the pot roast recipe below for a sumptuous, comforting supper!
Rosemary Pot Roast
Recipe from Three Diets, One Dinner.
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 lb Top Round, trimmed of fat and cut in half
1 onion, chopped medium
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 Tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
Coarse Salt and Pepper
1. Scatter onion at the bottom of your crock pot. Next, heat the coconut oil in a skillet until hot.
2. Very liberally season the roast with salt and pepper rubbing it into all sides.
3. Brown the meat on all sides. Place the meat over the onions and add the rosemary.
4. Deglaze the skillet with Worcestershire sauce, scraping up the brown bits. This should take 5 seconds or so. Pour it over the meat and onions. Cover and cook on High for 3 hours. Turn to low and cook another 3 hours. Uncover and shred meat with a fork. Stir shredded meat into the onions and juices and serve.
You may have noticed recently that we have offered a couple of non-organic items, including cranberries and turkeys, in our web store recently. It’s very important to us that you, our customers, have as much information about the products you’re purchasing as possible, so we wanted to fill you in on what informed the recent decision to offer you these non-organic items!
Organic food is the key to our mission, and we take our role as your source for organic produce very seriously! That’s why ordinarily, all of our produce is 100% certified organic. That said, we occasionally see some good reasons for taking on a supplier that isn’t certified organic, and this is one of those times.
This year, we are delivering turkeys from Mary’s Free Range Turkeys, which are not organic. We really wanted to be able to offer the option of a turkey for all of you this Thanksgiving season. Unfortunately, the few organic turkeys we could find came at a prohibitively high cost that wouldn’t be viable for many of our customers. We settled on Mary’s as a choice that would fulfill our values for healthy, high-quality turkeys raised in a great environment for an affordable price. Unlike your typical grocery-store turkey, these turkeys are guaranteed to be free-range and antibiotic-free. We would not have chosen it if we didn’t feel great about having Mary’s as a source. When you buy items like these turkeys from us, you support our small business and our own small organic farm and help us grow. Another reason we offered these turkeys was to gauge what the interest levels for Thanksgiving turkeys were like. Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response we received, we already have plans in the works for next year and are hoping to team up with a farm that is raising turkeys to bring you 100% certified organic turkeys!
We are also carrying cranberries from Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm in Olympia, WA. Bloom Creek’s cranberries are not certified organic. However, they use sustainable methods and work hard to minimize their need for agricultural chemicals. Bloom Creek is a small, local, family-owned farm that is trying to transition into being certified organic in the next two to three years and perfecting their process, currently working on a bog that is pesticide-free. The first year they attempted not to use herbicides, they struggled with rampant weed problems that overwhelmed their crop. Cranberries are a notoriously tricky crop to grow – Bloom Creek actually hand-weeds their bogs! In addition, having a small farm ourselves, we understand the challenges of getting certification and want to support other small farms who are going through the process, knowing that they need the financial support to reach their goal of being certified. Furthermore, Bloom Creek lovingly produces their cranberries, and it shows in their product! Their cranberries are exquisite, with none of the decay that you’ll often see with the large commercial brands.
We feel honored that you’ve chosen us as your source for organic groceries and promise to always do our best to find amazing sources. All of the items in your weekly box will always be 100% certified organic, and we will only add non-organic items to our web store when we have a good reason for doing so and are completely assured of their quality. Because we are a certified organic handler, we take the utmost care to guard against any cross contamination or commingling of non-organic and organic products. And because we believe in transparency, when we do carry a non-organic item, you can rest assured that it will be clearly marked so that you know what you’re buying.
As always, please feel free to get in touch with us and share what you think. We value your feedback and depend on it to become a better business!
Team Terra Organics
NEW in the Terra Organics webstore
Organic Kettle Corn
20th Century Asian Pears
Mixed Mini Pumpkins
OlyKraut Sour Pickles and Brine
TerraNEWS & INFO
Did you love the artisanal organic kettle corn we had at our Harvest Fest? Many guests raved about it, saying it was the best they’d ever tried. Well, now you can order it online with the rest of your box! This addictive, salty-sweet treat comes from our friends at the Organic Kettle Corn Company. Enjoy four crave-worthy flavors, including cheddar, chocolate, sweet ‘n spicy, and classic, and feel good knowing that you’re consuming organic, GMO-free corn! Look for offerings from the Organic Kettle Corn Company under our new “Snacks and Treats” category in the web store.
Brussels Sprouts from Tahoma Farms are here! A personal fall favorite, Brussels Sprouts are surprisingly sweet, tender, and caramelized with crispy edges when roasted, and light and tasty when eaten raw as a salad base (just shred them in a food processor to use them in a salad or finely chop them with a knife or mandoline). Get your cruciferous veggie fix with this comforting autumn superfood!
Our Asian Pears, which combine the sweet taste of pears with the firm texture of apples, have been crisp, juicy, and refreshing. Now we have another variety, the 20th Century Asian Pear. With a sparkling, complex flavor that includes notes of vanilla and citrus, this green-yellow fruit is one of the most popular Asian pear varieties in the world. Another delicious, exotic fruit that reaches its peak in fall is the persimmon. Fuyu Persimmons are orange-yellow with the squat shape of a tomato and a mild, sweet taste reminiscent of mango or pumpkin. Eat them when they’re just a bit soft for the best flavor!
Who doesn’t love the ritual of pulling the petals off an artichoke and dunking them in a creamy dip? We have Artichokes from Ocean Mist Farms in California right now! Steam one and share it for a special autumn treat.
For all the OlyKraut fans out there, we now have their Sour Pickles in our web store! Packed with garlicky dill flavor, these crunchy sour pickles are delightfully tart and tangy. Get this seasonal offering before it’s gone! We also have OlyKraut’s Sour Pickle Brine, which you can drink for its powerful probiotic benefits.
As we prepare to vote, our minds are turning to politics. You may have heard talk of I-522, the bill for labeling genetically engineered foods. We want to remind you that you have the right to know if your food has been genetically modified! Transparency is a good thing, especially when it comes to shopping and making informed decisions. Whether or not to buy a genetically modified item should be your choice to make! If you’re interested in learning more, check out this piece Dan wrote on the subject, or visit yeson522.com.
Have a relaxing weekend and a fun and safe Halloween!
You might have caught our previous announcement that we’re now carrying Sanford’s chicken in our web store! We have even more exciting news to share: Alaskan Coho and Sockeye Salmon are now available in the Terra Organics web store!
One of the healthiest foods you can eat, salmon is a powerhouse source of omega-3 fatty acids and protein, and now, you can easily get high-quality salmon from a supplier you can trust – without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.
We know you care about your food and where it comes from. That’s why we’re devoted to finding the very best sources possible, both in terms of value and sustainability. All of our salmon is wild-caught in Alaska and comes from fisherman Gavin Keohane. Commercial fishing regulations in Alaska are carefully managed in order to avoid overfishing and to ensure a future with a healthy salmon population! That’s why wild caught salmon from Alaska is considered a “Best Choice” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and is certified as sustainable by the Marine Sustainability Council (source). Bottom line: By choosing Alaskan salmon, you can feel good knowing that you’re supporting sustainable fishing practices – and rest assured that your hard-earned cash is going towards the best quality salmon you can possibly get!
We’re thrilled to bring you another great web store option and hope that this add-in makes your weekly grocery shopping even more convenient. Please let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to see in the web store that we don’t carry already! We would love to hear your thoughts.
NEW in the Terra Organics webstore
Alaskan Coho and Sockeye Salmon
Sanford’s Farm Chicken
Autumn King Grapes
TerraNEWS & INFO
It seems that our selection keeps growing more and more, and this week, we’re particularly thrilled to announce some exciting additions to our web store! Now, in addition to the grass-fed beef and eggs you love, we’ll also carry whole chickens from Sanford’s Farm, as well as wild Alaskan salmon! We hope these new additions will make it a snap for you to get fish and chicken from the best sources possible.
First, our Coho Salmon and Sockeye Salmon come from Alaska and are wild-caught by fisherman Gavin Keohane. They’re frozen and vacuum-sealed for maximum freshness and are a wonderful, sustainable choice. Add the potent health benefits of salmon to your diet, and rest assured you’re getting the highest quality fish you can get!
Next, our new chicken comes from Sanford’s Farm. You may already know Sanford’s as our source for delicious farm-fresh eggs, or as the farm located right next to Tahoma Farms (perhaps you even met them at our recent Harvest Fest!). Choose between 2.5 and 2.75 pounds, and enjoy the superior taste of fresh, local chicken. Roast a chicken and use the leftovers for an easy boost of protein in salads, sandwiches, and stir-fries all week long!
We’re also pleased to announce that we have a new North Seattle pick-up location. We’ll now be delivering to Makeda Coffee, a cozy little cafe tucked away in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. Choose Makeda Coffee as your pick-up location, and don’t forget: you save $3 per order by picking up your box instead of getting home delivery!
Fall continues to bring more unique fruits and vegetables you won’t find at your average supermarket. Quince, a small yellow fruit, is lovely for baking in desserts or for adding to preserves. Try roasting it for a sweet treat or pickling it for an unexpected complement to meat and cheese plates. Black Radishes are striking and just a bit spooky due to their unusual, arresting color – perfect for Halloween!
Tosca Pears join our growing list of pear varieties. These crisp, yellow-green pears are similar in taste to Bartlett Pears, and, like Bartletts, are excellent raw or baked. As for new grape varieties, we now have Autumn King Grapes, notable for their huge, light-green fruit.
That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for even more exciting web store additions coming soon!
Buy organic. Buy local. Invest in your local food economy.
TerraSPECIALS of the Week:
Green Beans, $2.00/half lb
Kiwi Berries, $4.99/4 oz package
Baby Red Leaf Lettuce, $1.25/bunch
D’Anjou Pears, $0.75 each
If you eat meat, there’s nothing like being able to enjoy meat knowing that it came from a small, local, sustainable producer that you trust. Not does it taste better, it’s much easier on your conscience, and is better for your health! We’ve already worked with Grassfed Direct and Sanford’s Farm to bring you delicious organic grass-fed beef and eggs. Now, we’re excited to bring meat eaters another tasty option they can feel great about choosing!
That’s right: Whole chickens from Sanford’s Farm are now available in our web store!
Sanford’s Farm is a wonderful PCC Farmland Trust producer located just across the street from our own Tahoma Farms. Their name might sound familiar to you if you have tried their farm-fresh eggs in our web store, stopped by their booth to chat during our Harvest Fest, or perhaps spied their poultry in the freezer at Tacoma Food Co-op!
Their chickens are all organic and pasture-raised in Orting. They’re available in 2.5 lb and 2.75 lb sizes, so you can choose the one that best suits your household’s needs. Now that you don’t have to go to the grocery store to pick up poultry, we hope that the ability to add Sanford’s chicken to your order will simplify your life even more!
As if that weren’t enough, we have another exciting new addition. Stay tuned for another announcement!
For more information about Sanford’s Farm, visit www.sanfordsfarm.com!
food begins its life!
Here are just a few of the moments you can expect to treasure forever if you attend Harvest Fest at Tahoma Farms this Saturday, October 5th, from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM!
10. Taking home a just-right pumpkin you and your family picked out together, right from the patch (free with admission!).
9. Stocking up on the incredible produce you love from the very place where it was grown for just $1 a pound at our farm stand! That’s not a typo, just a killer deal.
8. Rocking out to live bluegrass music.
7. Enjoying a gourmet PB&J with local apples from the acclaimed food truck Seattle Biscuit Company.
6. Touring our farm on a hay ride.
5. Petting adorable goats.
4. Exploring our farm on a scavenger hunt…with a surprise at the end!
3. Creating your own fall masterpiece at our craft table.
2. Browsing our market area and purchasing from all your favorite local vendors.
1. Seeing where your food comes from and meeting the farmers who harvest it in person!
Time is running out! Buy your ticket here. Cost is $15 for your whole carload, so bring all your family and friends and get ready to make great memories!
Check out our Facebook event and invite your friends!
-The Terra Organics Team
What: Fall fun and good food for all.
When: October 5, 2013, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Where: Tahoma Farms, 21108 Orville Rd E, Orting, WA 98360
Why: Create lasting memories and connect with your local food movement!
Cost: $15 per carload (includes a pumpkin!). Pay at the door or online.
- Hay rides
- Pumpkin patch
- Local Southern-inspired fare from food truck Seattle Biscuit Company
- Live bluegrass music
- Scavenger hunt
- Sunchoke maze
- Organic kettle corn and hand-dipped corn dogs from the Organic Kettle Corn Company
- Eggs and poultry from Sanford’s Farm
- Sauerkraut from OlyKraut
- Ice cream from Ice Cream Social
We hope to see you there!
The Terra Organics Team
Need some lunch box inspiration for back-to-school season? Read on for ideas for how to use your Terra Organics deliveries to craft healthy, tasty lunches for the whole family! Share your best lunchbox tips and tricks with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! #backtoterra
- Fresh fruit is always welcome in a lunchbox! Favorites like Pluots, Plums, and Donut Peaches require no prep and are easy to eat.
- Pack some sliced Cucumbers, Celery, and/or Carrots for a snackable dose of veggies. Mixed Cherry Tomatoes are great, too!
- Combine 6 ounces of Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter and a little honey and cinnamon for a delicious protein-packed fruit dip. Use it for dunking slices of Gingergold Apples or Starkrimson Pears!
- Try packing some of Eat Local’s Spicy Spelt Chips with a small container of hummus or salsa for a crunchy but wholesome snack.
- It’s easy to make hard-boiled eggs that come out perfectly every time! Just place eggs in a saucepan and cover them with an inch of cold water. Bring to a boil, then cover and remove from heat. Let the eggs sit for 12 minutes before plunging into an ice-cold water bath. Try it with Sanford’s Eggs or Stiebr’s Eggs, and you’ll have tons of portable protein ready to go for snacks and lunches all week long!
- If you’re trying to get your kids to eat more leafy greens, make kale chips! Just take a bunch of Purple, Green or Lacinato Kale (or another favorite green, like Rainbow Chard), tear into bite-sized pieces, and toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-12 minutes. These can be stored in an airtight container or baggie for lunchtime crunching!
- For a special treat that’s not too sweet, try the Molasses Bear Cookies from Eat Local. Kids love them!
- Fruit leather is the perfect way to both use up your overripe summer produce (like Yellow Peaches and Blackberries) AND have plenty of healthful snacks on hand for fall. Check out this recipe!
NEW in the Terra Organics webstore:
Snow Leopard Watermelons
TerraNEWS & INFO
This week’s round of new fruits and vegetables add a dose of drama to the Terra Organics web store. For example, our Purple Potatoes are just that – your typical potato in every way, except that they’re a deep, vivid violet! For a more mildly hued spud, our new Rose Finn Fingerling Potatoes have lovely blush-colored skin and creamy flesh.
Tahoma Farms’s latest offerings promise to spice up your summer eats with powerful flavor. Our Purple Tomatillos are a small, greenish purple fruit similar to tomatoes, perfect for adding to soups or dips. For a fresh, wholesome party snack, use tomatillos to make salsa, and add some of our Spicy Spelt Chips from Eat Local for dipping!
Also from Tahoma Farms: our new Padron Peppers! Padron peppers are a Spanish pepper variety. About one in ten of them are spicy, giving rise to the expression, “Os pementos de Padron, uns pican e outros non” (Padron peppers, some are hot and some are not). All you need to do is fry or grill them in a little olive oil until they start to get blistered, then season with a sprinkle of coarse salt. Enjoy their sweet, mild, and occasionally fiery taste!
Joining our menagerie of melons this week is the exotic Snow Leopard Melon from Schreiber and Sons Farm. The Snow Leopard melon is so named for its unusual patterns of green streaks on white and has a taste similar to honeydew.
Have you ever tried Kohlrabi? It’s a strange-looking root vegetable related to cabbage, with a flavor many liken to broccoli stems. Try kohlrabi cooked or raw!
We hope these intriguing fruits and vegetables add something a little bit different into your diet! Until next time!
Buy organic. Buy local. Invest in your local food economy.
TerraSPECIALS of the Week
Local Blackberries, $4.75 for 6 oz
Fire Dapple Pluots, $3.00/lb
Green Onions, $1.50/bunch
Red Radishes, $2.00/bunch