Food Box Delivery #2 {plus a recipe}

Food Box Delivery #2 {plus a recipe}

Yesterday was our second food box delivery of the season, and it went even more smoothly than the first! Our produce was grown between 4 and 50 miles away. It came from 5 different producers who live in 4 different counties, which you can check out below.

For those of you who bought a share, we hope you enjoyed your veggies. For those of you who missed out, you can always sign up for future deliveries through our online registration form. Register by July 5th to participate in our next delivery on Wednesday, July 11th. Its looking like it will be the biggest delivery in Produce with a Purpose history, so you won’t want to miss it! For more information, visit our home page or send us a message on the Contact Us page.

Check out what we had this week!

Crazy Carrots! While they may not look like what you see in the grocery store, these funky carrots are extra tender and sweet.

Produce Share #2:

  1. Basil Tenco Hydroponic Greenhouse in Ottumwa
  2. Garlic Scapes Rolling Prairie Acres in Sigourney
  3. Beets Ukrainian Garden in America in Eddyville
  4. Carrots Rolling Prairie Acres in Sigourney
  5. Summer Squash and Zucchini Country Roads Produce in Moravia
  6. Curly Kale Prairie Acres Farm in Otley
  7. Dinosaur Kale Prairie Acres Farm in Otley
  8. New Potatoes Ukrainian Garden in America in Eddyville
  9. Green Onions Prairie Acres Farm in Otley
  10. Cucumber Country Roads Produce in Moravia
  11. Green Peppers Country Roads Produce in Moravia
  12. Tomatoes Country Roads Produce in Moravia

 

If you joined us this week for a Food Box, let us know what you thought about your veggies! We would love to hear your comments about the produce, packaging, delivery, communication, or any concerns. Send us a message on our facebook page or through the Contact Us page on this website.

As late spring moves into summer, you can expect fewer greens and more veggies. We had hoped to have berries in our first two deliveries, but the extreme heat in early June means that berry plants are struggling.  We encourage you to check for fruits at your Farmers’ Markets, but get there early because local producers won’t have much for sale this season.

Un-beet-able Chocolate Cake

One of the recipes in our newsletter (which can be found in each share’s bag) is this delicious chocolate cake recipe. Why did we put a dessert recipe in a bag full of vegetables? Because beets become so much more likable when baked with chocolate.

Beets are not the most appealing or tasty vegetable to the average human. They are known to taste like dirt. However, beets are packed with fiber and essential nutrients like folate and manganese. Experts say they keep your heart, liver and even your brain healthier. In order to get more of them into your diet, why not start by hiding them in a dessert and work your way up to eating them raw?

Un-BEET-able Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups beet puree (2-3 large beets)
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

  • 1 cup salted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup whipping cream room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 TBS espresso
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.

  2. Cut stems close to beets and discard. Place whole beets in a medium pot of boiling water until fork tender. Drain and gently peel off skin. Add to food processor or blender until it is a smooth puree. Add water as needed, if too thick.

  3. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until fluffy.

  4. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat until mixed.

  5. Add the beat puree and mix well. It may look odd, but don't worry.

  6. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.

  7. Add half the flour mixture to the batter and half the milk. Combine. Add the rest of the flour mixture and the milk. Mix well.

  8. Add batter to two round 9-inch, greased cake pans and bake for 30 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean. 

  9. Frost with chocolate buttercream if desired, or sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Heather Christo at heatherchristo.com

 



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