Brussels Sprouts are a member of the Brassica family making them related to broccoli and cabbage. If you squint your eyes a little and look close, they really do like like tiny baby cabbages. But there is nothing miniature about their nutritional benefits. There are many studies linking Brussels sprouts to cancer prevention because of their detoxifying qualities. Interesting fact — although this small veggie is named after the city in Belgium, few believe they originated there. The usual method of preparing a brussels sprout for cooking is first to cut off the base and any remaining part of stem, and then peel away and discard the outer leaves that are loosened (when you cut off the base). When boiling […]
Archive for January, 2012
In 2008, I found myself leaving the high stress industry of financial consulting. I was working for a large brokerage firm and grinding out 12-13 hour days placing trades at my desk. This led to drinking a ton of caffeine and generally not eating well. It also led to me having a temper most days and mostly just wanting to zone out in my free time. I decided it was time to work for a local company and found this little unknown in Boulder County called Door to Door Organics. Interestingly enough, it was an ad for a driver on Craigslist. I considered it a big risk given I would assume quite a different rate of pay, but sent a […]
Rather than do a little write on one item in particular this week, Shorty and his assistant, Ben, offer us some snap shots on a couple different items that will be available this week! BROCCOLI CILANTRO KUMQUATS RED ONIONS MANGOES BURDOCK ROOT MEYER LEMONS GREEN BEANS BLOOD ORANGES RAINBOW CHARD Tweet Learn more: Shorty’s Corner! Blood Oranges. Shorty’s Corner! Spring is in the Air! Shorty’s Corner! The Cold Weather Edition! Shorty’s Corner! Plum-tastic Plums!
We’ve been dreaming about the warm, sunny days of summer and the sweet produce they bring. The 2011 local produce season was fantastic and we’re already making plans to bring you even more in 2012. Last year was one of the most successful local seasons in our history. We worked with nearly 25 farmers and delivered over 300,000lbs. of local produce. The Local Farm Boxes were chock full o’ Colorado-grown goodies from mid-June to early October, and we loved every last local second of it! What’s a Local Farm Box? A Local Farm Box contains only 100% Colorado grown organic produce. You’ll see tomatoes and summer squash from Dave at Full Circle Farms in Longmont, peaches and stone fruit from Roger’s […]
The pomelo is a very popular fruit in Southeast Asia, but not as well known in the US. The best way to describe a pomelo is by comparing it to a grapefruit, a giant grapefruit. Pomelos are huge! They range in size from a little more than a soft ball to about the size of a volley ball. The flavor of a pomelo is also similar to a grapefruit, but much sweeter and none of the mouth-puckering bitterness found in grapefruits. The rind on the pomelo is what gives the big fruit most of its size. But, don’t toss out the rind. Try using the rind to make Candied Pomelo Rind, or a cat helmet. The rind can be a little daunting, and the […]
This is a cruciferous vegetable and you will find several dozen studies linking cauliflower-containing diets to cancer prevention, particularly with respect to: bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer. Cauliflower provides special nutrient support for some of our body systems that are closely connected with cancer development as well as cancer prevention. Cauliflower comes from the same family of vegetables that include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli and collard greens. In fact cauliflower is a descendant of broccoli and cabbage. When the French introduced cauliflower to England in the early 17th century it was known as cole florie, or cabbage flower. But, enough about history, check out the Cauliflower Song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vw2O32hplc Tweet Learn more: “Cauliflower is […]
Blood (Moro) Oranges – these small to medium sized oranges have a thin skin and few or no seeds. Slice open a Moro and you’ll see a dramatic and beautiful bright red to deep maroon interior. Take a bite and you’ll become a fan of the intense orange taste that hints of fresh raspberry. As nights get cooler, the Moro’s exterior blush intensifies. Juicy Fact: All oranges contain carotene — that’s what makes them orange. Moros get their red color from high concentrations of a pigment called anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are the agents believed to be responsible for cancer, aging and other health ailments. Tweet Learn more: Shorty’s Corner: The Berries of […]