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Monthly Archives: February 2012

  • Do you Salsa?

    We love to grill.  Luckily for us, we live in Florida where we can grill any time of the year.  When you have  beautiful mangoes such as these, the possibilities are endless.  Yes, I could make smoothies and I will freeze some cubed mangoes for later.  Did you know you can add frozen fruit to your smoothie instead of ice and still get a frozen treat for breakfast?  Smoothies are great for a quick and healthy breakfast, but I prefer to eat mangoes along side savory grilled chicken or fish.

    A mango salsa made with fresh strawberry onions, garlic, cilantro, lime juice and red peppers accompanied our grilled chicken.  Wait, strawberry onions?  Yes, they are called Strawberry Onions because they grow on the edges of our strawberry fields.  And no, they do not taste like strawberries.  They are a hybrid Savannah Sweet Onion.  Our Strawberry Onions are only available from mid February to April.  By the way, you can cut the Strawberry Onion in thick slices, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper then grill it for a few minutes on each side.

    Mango Salsa Recipe

    2 large mangoes

    1/2 cup Strawberry Onions (you may substitute for your favorite onion)

    1 clove garlic, minced

    handful cilantro, chopped

    salt to taste

    1/2 lime

    1/2 red pepper, diced

    Olive Oil

     

    When we grill, I'm in charge of making the side dishes.  I think I've probably used our grill once or twice.  I like the taste of grilled food, I just prefer to keep the open flames contained in candle jars or fireplaces.  Open flames in the grill are just to close for comfort in my opinion.  Grilled chicken with mango salsa, spinach salad and roasted red potatoes.  Dinner is served.  How do you use mangoes at home?

  • Granola...it's what's for breakfast.

    Rolled Oats, Rolled Spelt, Raw Cane Sugar, Cane Juice Molasses, Apples, Honey, Cinnamon, Coconut Oil, Tapioca Syrup, Salt, Natural Flavor.  That's the ingredient list on our new All Natural Apple Cinnamon Granola from Amish Wedding.

    Not sure how to eat it?  Here are some ideas:

    1. Eat it with cold milk as a cold cereal.
    2. Top yogurt with granola, and of course Parkesdale strawberries.
    3. Add to your muffin mix in the oven.
    4. Straight out of the bag makes the perfect snack.
    5. Tired of the same old oatmeal?  Sprinkle any of our Granola mixes on your oatmeal for a sweet and crunchy treat.

    We currently carry the Apple Cinnamon and Cranberry Almond Granola.  Have you tried them yet?

     

     

  • Orange you glad you stopped by...

    Its almost March in Florida, and the weather is wacky.  Cold spells come in for a few days, then back to normal reality: 100% humidity, clear skies and hot sun.  March is the official start of the Valencia Orange season.  One of the more commonly known oranges, the Valencias are full of juice and rival the Navel Orange for their sweetness.

    Valencia Oranges are originally from Valencia, Spain. Luckily for us, they are grown all over Florida as the Seedless Valencia Orange variety.  In Florida, our Seedless Valencias may have up to 5 seeds and still be considered Seedless.  I guess taking into consideration how many seeds our tangerines have, 5 may not be that bad a deal!  Valencias will be available at our market hopefully through July.  They are sold in three different packages: 5 pound bags $1.49, 1/4 bushel for $3.29 and 1/2 bushel for $6.49.  And for those of you up north, you can start placing your orders online now.

     

    Valencias are famous for being a juicing orange.  But if you ask me, I think they are just as good as an eating orange.  They are sweet, juicy and seedless which makes them perfect for snacking.  At the market, we use Valencias to make our Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice all through summer.  Can you tell a difference in our Orange Juice when we switch from Navel to Valencia Oranges?

     

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