Celebrate Agriculture Week 3/18-3/24
Virtually all the food we eat is produced for us by agriculture. Plant growers, ranchers, aquaculturists, bee keepers, orchardists—lets just call them farmers. In 1800 around 75% of Americans were employed in agriculture, in 1900 only 40 %, and by 1960 only 8%. But they still manage to feed us all! Lately there has been a movement away from giant agribusiness farms and back toward family farms. This follows and incorporates the growth in Farmer’s Markets, a place where growers can directly market their products to the consumers.
In our area we are lucky to have three Farmer’s Markets. Two, Prescott and Prescott Valley operate year round, and one, Chino Valley only in the Summer. But what can you find in the Farmer’s Market in the winter? Eggs, Chicken meat, Grass fed beef, Bread, Bacon, Pickles, Sprouts, Lettuce, Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, Pecans, Soap, Coffee, Baked Treats, Chocolate, Samosas, Tamales, Burritos, Flowers, Cactus Plants, Wooden Spoons, Seeds, Information and much more. One of the best things about the Farmer’s market is that you can talk with the people who are actually growing your food.
Of course Arizona-produced food is not confined to the Farmer’s Market. To let you know which supermarket items are produced in our great state we are adding a new designation. If you see AZ in the Items On Sale sections, that means it was grown here in Arizona.
baby swiss chard
salad mix (limited)
baby bok choy
carrots, bunched - orange and rainbow
carrots, topped - orange and rainbow
beets - red and chioggia
So lets all support our local agriculturists, buy local, and enjoy some great food!
Sales This Week
Sales this week include Fry’s—a Buy 6 get $3 off sale, Safeway—a 4x point sale on selected items and a page of clip-or-click coupons, and Sprouts—a Sprouts Brand sales, with more than 250 Sprouts brand items on sale throughout the store and a 72 hr sale Fri, Sat & Sun.
Easter is coming soon. Everyone has eggs for sale. Good to stock up now as older eggs peel more easily when hard boiled. Also, many vendors at the Farmer's Market sell eggs, and fresh eggs actually do taste better. If you can get duck eggs, they are excellent for baking purposes.
Links & Definitions:
Special DaysMarch 21 - French Bread Day
March 22 - National Water Day
March 23 - Melba Toast Day, Chip & Dip Day
March 24 - Chocolate Covered Raisins day
March 25 - Waffle Day, Pecan Day
March 26 - Falafel Appreciation Day, Nougat Day, Spinach Day
March 27 - Spanish Paella Day
March 28 - Black Forest Cake Day, Something on a Stick Day
March 29 - National Lemon Chiffon Cake
Roasted Potatoes, Peppers and Onions
Strawberries and Ice Cream (or Whipped Cream)
London Broil 1, broiler
London Broil 2, grill technique
London Broil, Essence of Cooking
3. Roast till Just Medium (120º-130º)
4. Rest, 5 Slice Thinly Across the Grain.
Recipe: Roasted Potatoes, Peppers and Onions
Baby Potatoes, red or yukon gold, halved
Mini Sweet Peppers
Large White Onions
Pre-heat oven to 375F
Line a sheet pan with foil and lightly coat with oil. Place potato, peppers and onion slices on pan. I prefer to line them up in rows as they are easier to check and flip that way. drizzle more olive oil over veggies. You want them to be coated but not swimming. Onion slices should be kept whole.
Place pan in oven on top rack. Set a timer for 15 min. I always use a timer, helps avoid blackened veggies. The out of oven nd check. Items near pan edges will cook/brown more quickly. Sometimes you need to swap things around. Turn items that are brown over. Your goal is veggies which are light to medium brown, dark it ok, black is generally not. Turn onions with a spatula and try to keep whole.
Return pan to oven. Reduce heat to 350º F. Cook an additional 10 minutes. Let your nose be your guide. If things smell too toasty. check and adjust, removing things which are brown and soft. Great with roasts, steaks, in salads, as snacks…
Recipe: Preparing Strawberries
Cut off caps, halve and place in a bowl. Add one Tablespoon of white sugar per pound of berries. Stir well. Set aside for about an hour. On the counter is fine if they will be served within an hour. Refrigerate if it will be longer. They will taste best at room temperature.
Serve topped with whipped cream or use to top ice cream or sponge cake. Also great with plain or vanilla greek style yogurt.
Items On Sale
London Broil $4.99/lb @Sprouts, AZ; $3.99/lb @Safeway Boneless Top Sirloin $4.99/lb @Fry’s
Ask for Frozen similar top round cuts from sellers of grass fed beef at the Farmer’s Market.
Mini Sweet Peppers-1 lb bag $2.50 @Sprouts, $1.99@ Fry’s
Strawberries-1 lb box $.77@ Fry’s, $3 @ Safeway, $2.50 @ Sprouts
Sautéd Mixed Peppers and Onions
Recipe: Sautéd iced Peppers and Onions
You will need two large bell peppers, any color and one large onion, any type.
Cut both peppers and onions into lengthwise strips.
For peppers cut out stem, leave bottom. Cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds. cut each half in top to bottom strips about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide. Peel onion, cutting off top and bottom. cut in half, then in top to bottom slices.
Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet heat briefly on medium heat. Add onions, stir and cook about 2 minutes. Add peppers. continues cooking until crisp/tender. If seraing with garlic shrimp no additional garlic needed, but you might want to add a tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs.
Items On Sale
Shrimp, Raw $6.99/lb @Safeway & @Sprouts
Shrimp, Cooked $7.99 @ Fry’s
Bell Peppers $.98/lb @Sprouts
Onions $.99/lb @Safeway
Mini Watermelons $.88/each @Safeway
Oranges $.88/lb Navel or CaraCara@ Safeway; $.98/lb CaraCara @ Sprouts
Cornbread (from a mix)
Chocolate/Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Perfect for a Wintry Day
Subdue that Kale
Use While or Dark Chunks (I Only Use Dark, It’s Good for You)
Items on Sale
Ground Beef $3.99/lb @ Sprouts, (grass fed ), $3.77/lb @ Fry’s, $1.97/lb @ Safeway (3 lb +)
Kale $1.49/bunch @ Safeway, O
Kale is also available at the Farmer’s Market
Lemon Chicken Bake
Cooked Egg Noodles
Lemon Chicken Bake
Recipe: Pumpkin Pudding
This is just pumpkin pie without the crust, fewer carbs, calories and less fat.
Use your favorite pumpkin filling or the one from the back of the pumpkin puree can.
One 15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 t salt
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground ginger
1/2 t ground cardamom
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1/4 t ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
Place sugar in a small bowl. Add salt and spices. mix well.
In a large bowl, beat eggs lightly. Stir in sugar/spice mixture, Mix in pumpkin and mix well. Carefully and gradually stir in evaporated milk.
Butter well a 1 and 1/2 quart glass baking dish. Pour in pumpkin mixture. Bake in a 325ºF oven for 30-40 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Let cool to warm before serving topped with whipped cream.
Items On Sale
Bulk Spices 25% off @ Sprouts
Chicken $1.47/lb BLSL Thighs/Breasts @ Safeway, $1.77/lb BLSL Thighs, $2.99/lb Tenders @ Sprouts , $4.99/lb BLSL Breasts @ Fry’s
Green Beans $.77/lb @ Fry’s
Tomatoes on the vine $ .77/lb @ Fry’s, Roma Tomatoes $.69/lb @ Sprouts
Avocados $1/3 2 Sprouts 72 hr Sale, $5/4 @ Safeway
Cucumbers #.98/each @ Fry’s
AZ: Lots of lovely greens and interesting sprouts available at the Farmer’s Market
Italian Egg Bake
Items On Sale
Eggs $$1.99/doz @ Fry’s (Simple Truth, cage free), $2.99/18 ct @ Sprouts (cage free), $1.49/dz @ Safeway (first 2)
Asparagus $2.99/lb @ Safeway, $2.98/lb @ Sprouts (organic)
Grapes, Green, $.69/lb @ Sprouts, Red Green & Black $1.99 @ Fry’s
Pears $.98/lb @ Sprouts
Blackberries $77/box @Sprouts, $3.99/box @ Safeway (organic)
Blueberries $2.50/box @Sprouts
Bananas $,79/lb @ Safeway O
Breakfast for Supper
(Kids love this and you can make all that stuff you don’t usually have time to make in the morning)
Waffles or Pancakes (with real maple syrup if you can afford it)
Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
Strawberries (with white sugar for dipping, totally decadent)
OR Fruit Salad (which can be mostly made ahead)
For the eggs—don’t be in a hurry, use a medium low temp. and watch that pushing and folding technique carefully. That’s what makes the difference.
Variations for Waffles and Pancakes
Mini Chocolate Chips
How to Bake Bacon
Preheat oven to 400º F
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay out bacon strips closely, but not overlapping. place on top rack of oven. bake for 10 minutes. Turn strips over. Bake for 5 more minutes. Exact timing depends on how crisp you like your bacon and how thick it is. Be careful. You can always put it back in for a minute or two, but if it’s burnt, you’re out of luck.
Items On Sale
Bacon $3.99/lb @ Sprouts (meat counter), $5.99/lb Hormel @ Safeway