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New: CB’s Peanut Butter and More!

NEW in the Terra Organics webstore

CB’s Nuts Peanut Butter
Dried Apricots

Green Cabbage


TerraNEWS & INFO
St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it. Prepare by ordering some Green Cabbage to accompany your traditional corned beef feast for the holiday, or simply plan to deck out your dinner table in green with Green KaleCollard Greens, and Rainbow Chard!

We love the rich, toasty nuts and seeds we get from CB’s Nuts, a wonderful local company, and now we’re happy to offer their Peanut Butter in our “Honey and Jam” category! Organically grown Valencia peanuts are freshly roasted for the best possible flavor and blended to a splendid happy-medium texture that the folks at CB’s Nuts call “creamunchy” and that Goldilocks would call “just right.” This premium peanut butter is all natural and contains only roasted peanuts, but you won’t find any of the annoying, oily separation that plagues other natural peanut butter brands.

The options are endless: dunk sticks of Celery, combine with Heavenly Honey for a sweet dip for Pink Lady Apple slices, or spread a little on a square of Theo 70% Dark Chocolate. And who doesn’t like a good PB&J? Pair CB’s PB with a Burnt Ridge Nursery preserve like Plum Jam or Apple Butter, spread on your favorite bread from the Essential Baking Company, and elevate the childhood classic to a new gourmet level!

It’s still prime time for citrus fruits. Our TDE Tangerines are easy to peel and have a sweet, well-balanced taste. Blood Oranges, with their deep, garnet-red hue, remain bright and refreshing. (Tip: Blood oranges contain more folate than normal oranges, making them a great choice for pregnant women!) And finally, for those of us who like to keep a pile of citrus around their kitchen for when the urge to snack strikes, there’s our 4 lb bags of navel oranges, sure to ward off scurvy!

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TerraSPECIALS of the Week
Green Cabbage, $3.00/head
Blood Oranges, $4.50/lb
Rio Star and Honeygold Grapefruits, $1.75 each
Tommy Atkin Mangoes, $2.00 each
Snow Peas, $2.25/half lb

Mixed Cherry Tomatoes, New Stiebrs Eggs, and Hazelnut Crunch Bar from Theo Chocolate

NEW in the Terra Organics webstore

Eggs From Stiebrs Farms
Mixed Cherry Tomatoes
Theo Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Bar

TerraNEWS & INFO

Just another reminder that we are still taking pre-payments for summer 2014! Click here to invest in our farm and be a part of our growing season!

Egg lovers, take note: We’ve just added two new types of eggs from Stiebrs Farms to our web store. Now, in addition to our popular Go-Organic Omega 3 eggs, we’re carrying the regular Go-Organic eggs by the half-dozen, as well as their Cage Free Large Brown Eggs!

We’ve received lots of glowing feedback about our Mixed Cherry Tomatoes. This mini heirloom tomatoes come in a variety of shapes and a pretty palette of green, yellow, and red. They’re going for $3 a pint this week and are so sweet that you might just find yourself snacking on them like candy. Alternately, you could slow-roast them like this to concentrate their bright, juicy flavor!

The latest luxury to pop up under the “Snacks and Treats” category is the Hazelnut Crunch Milk Chocolate Bar from Theo Chocolate. The bar starts out with a base of 45% cacao milk chocolate and incorporates a toothsome hazelnut brittle with just a kiss of salt. You will love the sweet crunch and pure milk chocolate! If you haven’t checked out our others sweets from Theo Chocolate, make sure you do. We carry their standard bars,45% Milk Chocolate and 70% Dark, as well as 70% Dark in GingerRaspberry, and Salted Almond. Treat yourself!

Enjoy this lovely preview of spring weather while it lasts!

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TerraSPECIALS of the Week

Mixed Cherry Tomatoes, $3.00/pint
English Peas, $4.25/lb
Honeygold Grapefruit, $1.50 each
Minneola Tangelos, $1.00 each

 

Gold Nugget Mandarins, Grapefruits, and English Peas

New in the Terra Organics Webstore:
Gold Nugget Mandarins
Blood Oranges
Asian Pears
English Peas
Kumquats

TerraNEWS & INFO

Reminder: We are still taking pre-payments for 2014! Pay the amount of your choice now to support the costs of our summer growing season, and get 105% of your money back on June 1st. Click here to invest now! We appreciate your help!

If you’re wondering what’s in season right now, grapefruits really come into their own this time of year. With a boost of vitamin C and a burst of invigorating flavor, they’re just the thing to round out your morning breakfasts. We have two varieties right now: Honeygold, which has sweet, golden-yellow flesh, and Rio Stars, which boast pretty pink color and pleasingly tart taste. Try this simple trick for segmenting your grapefruits, and enjoy them plain or over greens for a refreshing salad!

The latest and greatest orange variety in our web store is our Gold Nugget Mandarins, a seedless, easy-peeling type. Their name comes from their bumpy, dimpled rind, which lends them a nugget-like appearance. Pop them into lunch boxes for a sweet surprise!

Spring is just around the corner. One of the great heralds of springtime is the arrival of fresh, sweet peas. This week, we have English Peas. What sets English peas apart from other varieties is their thick pod, which contains a string. Just pull the string to “unzip” the pod and release the plump green pearls inside! They’re easy to prepare, too: Just drop them into simmering water and cook for 3-4 minutes, then toss into your favorite pastas and salads.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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TerraSPECIALS of the Week

Strawberries, $4.75/lb
Artichokes, $1.25 each
Asparagus, $6.00/lb
Mixed Cherry Tomatoes, $3.00/pint
Honeygold Grapefruit, $1.50 each
TDE Tangerines, $3.75/lb
Valencia Oranges, $0.50 each

 

New Local Pastured Eggs, Romanesco Cauliflower, and Lady Alice Apples

NEW in the Terra Organics webstore

TDE Tangerines
Eggs from Early Bird Farm
Honeygold Grapefruits
Romanesco Cauliflower
Ataulfo Mangos
Lady Alice Apples

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These dreary days of February beg for something a little exotic and different, and we’ve got the answer: Romanesco Cauliflower! When you see a romanesco for the first time, you might not be able to believe your eyes. It originated in sixteenth century Italy, but looks more like something from outer space, as its florets grow in mesmerizing, psychedelic fractals. You’ve got to see one for yourself! This unusual vegetable has become a favorite that customers often ask about, not only because of its interesting appearance but also for its nutty, mild flavor, comparable to broccoli or cauliflower but a bit sweeter. Who knew geometry could be so delicious?

We are thrilled to announce that we are now carrying farm-fresh eggs from a new supplier, Early Bird Farms in Tacoma! Early Bird’s beautiful brown and blue eggs have won rave reviews for their superior taste and are served in some of Seattle’s finest restaurants. These happy chickens live their whole lives roaming freely on pasture and enjoy a diet of sprouted whole grains and veggies. Eggs don’t come much fresher or more local than these!

In search of snackable citrus? Try our TDE Tangerines. If you’re wondering what “TDE” stands for, it’s for the three varieties that were bred together to make these tangerines: the Temple tangor, the Dancy Mandarin and the Encore mandarin. This trinity produces a sweet, juicy orange that is a snap to peel and contains no pesky seeds!

Though its name makes it sound a bit like a character from Downton Abbey, “Lady Alice” is actually the newest apple variety in our web store. This variety comes from Washington state and is sweet, with a kiss of tartness. Its dense flesh holds its shape well, making it a great choice for baking into pies and other desserts. But it’s also slow to brown after it is sliced and is an exquisite option for raw snacking, too!

Buy organic. Buy local. Invest in your local food economy.

TerraSPECIALS of the Week

Honeygold Grapefruits, $1.50 each
Red and Green Leaf Lettuces, $2.00 a head
Broccoli, $2.25 a bunch
Cucumbers, $1.50 each
Roma Tomatoes, $1.75/lb
Asparagus, $6.99/lb
Lacinato Kale, $2.50/bunch

 

No Deliveries For Christmas Week

Our "Healthy Holidays" gift box

Hello! We hope you’re enjoying your holiday season so far. We wanted to let you know that there will be NO deliveries during the week of Christmas, 12/23-12/27, as our employees will be taking the week to spend with their loved ones. We hope this is not too much of an inconvenience for you and thank you for your understanding!

If you receive biweekly deliveries and normally would have been set to receive a delivery between 12/23 and 12/27, this means that you won’t receive your regularly scheduled delivery and may have to wait until the second week of January to receive another order. If this applies to you and you would like to make an arrangement to ensure you get a box the week after Christmas, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, and we will help accommodate your needs!

That also makes this week the last week for ordering gifts from us for Christmas! If you’re still looking for gifts for friends and family, our new organic gift boxes make lovely, thoughtful presents for anyone. Check them out under the “Gift Boxes” category in our web store! If you missed out on the chance to give a box for Christmas, don’t worry – the boxes will still be here for all your gift-giving needs in the New Year!

Love your box and would like to give someone else the gift of a Terra Organics subscription? Fill out our gift certificate or gift delivery form!

dancing at harvest fest

Ten Memories You Don’t Want To Miss At Harvest Fest!

The fall harvest is one of our favorite times. Every year, we love the magic that happens when people come out to visit farms and see where their
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!

Happy Harvest!
-The Terra Organics Team

Back-to-School Lunchbox Inspiration with Terra Organics

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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram! #backtoterra

  • Fresh fruit is always welcome in a lunchbox! Favorites like PluotsPlums, and Donut Peaches require no prep and are easy to eat.
  • Pack some sliced CucumbersCelery, 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 PurpleGreen 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!

Weekly Produce Report, Week of August 24, 2013

NEW in the Terra Organics webstore:

Snow Leopard Watermelons
Local Blackberries
Padron Peppers
Purple Potatoes

Purple Tomatillos
Kohlrabi

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
Fennel, $4.00/each
Green Onions, $1.50/bunch
Red Radishes, $2.00/bunch

 

Weekly Produce Report, Week of July 6, 2013

NEW in the Terra Organics webstore

Fava Beans
Cucumbers
Bibb Lettuce

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Hope that everyone had a fantastic Fourth of July! The holiday may have passed, but barbecue season is just getting started. And where would any barbecue be without some corn on the cob? White Corn is still just $1 each for all your summer entertaining needs. (While you’re at it, check out our other summer essentials like Tomatoes and Mini Watermelons.) Once you’ve got the grill fired up, try out our new Fava Beans from Tahoma Farms and discover for yourself why their nutty, buttery taste makes them such a favorite. You can brush the whole pods with a little olive oil and toss them right onto the grill until they are charred and the beans just start to pop out of the pods. This makes shelling a breeze!

This week, we also have local Easter Egg Radishes from Willie Green’s Organic Farm for just $2 a bunch. For the uninitiated, Easter egg radishes are named for their globe-like shape and their downright gorgeous violet, fuchsia, ruby red, and white coloring. Lately, I just can’t get enough of radishes sliced paper-thin on toast with a smear of butter and a sprinkle of kosher salt – a perfectly crunchy, peppery, addictive snack! (This is also great with the Mountain Lodge Farms Chevre in place of butter.)

Customers love our fresh, gorgeous lettuce. We still have Red and Green Butter Leaf Lettuce. Tender Bibb Lettuce joins them in the web store this week. All are ready to be a canvas for your favorite salad toppings. Add some crunch with our new Tahoma Farms Cucumbers – the first of the season!

Delicious, juicy cherries are in abundance now, and the price is right. We have Red Cherries right now for just $5 a pound. It doesn’t get much sweeter than placing a bowl of cherries out on the counter and devouring them.

Thank you all for being the best customers! Hearing from you each week makes what we do a pleasure. We wish you a long, relaxing summer of sharing good food and conversation with friends and family!

Buy organic. Buy local. Invest in your local food economy.

TerraSPECIALS of the Week

Easter Egg Radishes, $2.00/bunch
Dark Sweet Cherries, $5/lb
Tahoma Cucumbers, $3.50/lb

 

Weekly Produce Report, Week of June 29, 2013

NEW in the Terra Organics webstore

Red and Gold Bunched Beets
Rainbow Chard
Red Butter Leaf Lettuce
Orange Honeydew Melon
Tahoma Farms Green Onions

TerraNEWS & INFO

Can it really be the week of the Fourth of July? As the holiday nears, we’re anticipating sun-drenched summer days (the forecast bodes well!) and lots of tasty produce to go with them. If you have Fourth of July desserts on the brain, check out our luscious local BlueberriesRaspberriesCherries, and Rhubarb, all of them ripe for summer pies or whatever else you dream up.

Robada Apricots are a fresh, sweet treat. This apricot variety has vibrant orange skin with a slight tinge of red, along with a deeper flavor and fragrance than other varieties. Try them sliced on top of yogurt or ice cream. Unlike commercially grown apricots, organic apricots are not sprayed with sulfites, so you can enjoy their great taste with peace of mind. We’ve also got some nice varieties of melons available. Orange Honeydew Melons and Cantaloupe are juicy, cool, and hydrating in the summer heat.

One of the lovely benefits of a service like Terra Organics is getting exposed to fruits or vegetables you never would have tried otherwise. Now is the perfect time to order some Fava Leaves to do just that! Fava leaves are the greens that accompany fava beans, and they have a similar taste. They are sweet and buttery. Sauteed, they go nicely with toast or pasta, or anywhere else you’d use spinach. Expand your veggie horizons and give this unique green a try! Other great green options include our local ChardsKales, and Collard Greens.

We’ve noticed some beautiful rainbows in Tacoma lately, and the produce seems to be following suit! Rainbow Chard and Red and Gold Bunched Beets bring some pretty hues to the palette of colors in our web store. We also have Red and Green Butter Leaf Lettuce. Eat the rainbow!

In other Terra news, we recently teamed up with OlyKraut (the Olympia-based purveyors of the delicious raw sauerkraut in our web store) to put on a vegetable fermentation class at our Tacoma warehouse! With wit and warmth, Summer Bock of OlyKraut instructed attendees in how to ferment their own vegetables at home. It was a unique and informative class, complete with free samples and product giveaways, and the energy in the room was fantastic! Many customers have expressed an interest in similar classes. Stay tuned for future events!

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TerraSPECIALS of the Week

Cantaloupe, $3.00/lb
Robada Apricots, $4.00/lb
WA Blueberries, $5.00/pint or $8.99/18oz
White Corn, $1.00/each
Red and Green Butter Leaf Lettuce, $2.75/head