LINC Box week of July 23rd

Soooo... remember how I was so stoked on those peaches last week? Well turns out some of them weren't that great. The fruit was overripe and some of you got product that was simply not up to snuff. This is both part of the beauty and part of the challenge of working with local producers. The reality is that when any farmer plants a seed (or a tree sets fruit) it's truly a miracle when that seed germinates, and then survives to maturity without being trampled, eaten, covered in powdery mildew, infested with aphids, without suffering from weather that is too hot or too cold. The farmer must then harvest, pack, store, and transport the product to market, all without a single thing going wrong. Sound impossible? Well... it is. There are many, many, points along the way where things can go awry. I often look at a piece of produce and think what a miracle it is that that fruit or vegetable made it all the way from the field to my fork. It makes me feel so grateful for that nourishment. It makes me feel so grateful to the farmer who sweated and worried, rose early and stayed up late to defend a crop from frost or blazing heat. We do our very best to source high quality product, but the fact of the matter is, it isn't always as simple as it looks. We have worked with the grower to address quality issues and we are confident that THIS week we will be sending you some AMAZING peaches! I hope if you were unlucky enough to receive over-ripe peaches, 1. You let me know so I can issue a credit to your account and 2. That you take a moment to reflect on all the work that farmers have to do to bring high quality product to market.

Ok... enough jibber jabber! On to the boxes!

Gonzaga

New potatoes. Filaree Farm, Okanogan, WA (certified organic)

Peaches, Tonnemaker, Royal City, WA (certified organic)

Tomatoes, Full Bushel Farm, Medical Lake, WA

Basil, Urban Eden, Spokane, WA

Chard, Ace of Spades, Spokane, WA

Lettuce, Urban Eden

Sweetheart cherries, Tonnemaker (certified organic)

All other sites

New potatoes. Filaree Farm, Okanogan, WA (certified organic)

Peaches, Tonnemaker, Royal City, WA (certified organic)

Kale, Urban Eden, Spokane, WA

Cucumber, Full Bushel Farm, Medical Lake, WA

Chard, Ace of Spades, Spokane, WA

Lettuce, Urban Eden

Sweetheart cherries, Tonnemaker (certified organic)

Add-ons:

Just bread and milk this week! 

LINC BOX week of July 16th

PEEEAAAAACCHHHEEESSSSS! People, I have been waiting for this moment for months. That first peach of the summer has got to be one of the highlights of the year. The perfect peach needs no accompaniment except an absorbent napkin. However, this is also the season where peach cobbler and homemade vanilla ice cream grace my dinner table at least once a week. These lovely certified organic peaches come to you from Tonnemaker, a farm renowned for their spectacular fruit. Bon apetit!

 

Gonzaga

Early peaches, mixed variety, Tonnemaker, Royal City, WA (certified organic)

Kale, Urban Eden, Spokane, WA

Purple porcelain hardneck garlic, Big Sage Organics, Othello, WA (certified organic)

Apricots, OPMA, Okanogan, WA (certified organic)

Romanesco, Big Sage Organics

Cucumbers, Kowitz Family Farm, Deer Park, WA and Tonnemaker Royal City, WA

All other sites

Early peaches, mixed variety, Tonnemaker, Royal City, WA (certified organic)

Green summer cabbage, WSU Organic Farm, Pullman, WA (certified organic)

Kale, Urban Eden, Spokane, WA

Purple porcelain hardneck garlic, Big Sage Organics (certified organic)

Apricots, OPMA, Okanogan, WA (certified organic)

Spinach, Ace of Spades Farm, Spokane, WA

Add-ons

Pork, Scabland Farms, Davenport, WA

Eggs, EGA Farms, Edwall, WA

Goat Cheese, Quillisascut Farm, Rice, WA (These guys are some of the original farm to table movers and shakers in the state of Washington. It is a real honor to eat their cheese!)

Coffee, Roast House, Spokane, WA

Milk, Pure Eire Dairy, Othello, WA

LINC Box week of July 9

Hope you all had a lovely 4th of July! We are now back to our regularly scheduled pick-ups. Apricots are the hot new item this week! How do you think they stack up to the apriums? (My conclusion... more taste testing needed!) Also... I'm very excited about the mini romaine heads in the non-Gonzaga boxes this week! They were grown by our newest employee, Brandon Gerard. Not only is he a delivery man extraordinaire, he has a small urban farm in the Spokane Valley. Nearly half the employees at LINC Foods are also farmer-members.

Gonzaga Pick-Up

Bing cherries, Tonnemakers Farm, Royal City, WA (certified organic)

Raspberries, Jackson Family Farm, Spokane Valley, WA and Pantry Fuel, Nine Mile, WA

Arugula, Ace of Spades Farm, Spokane, WA

Parsley, Full Bushel Farm, Medical Lake, WA

Chioggia beets, Big Sage Organics, Othello, WA (certified organic)

Apricots, OPMA (certified organic)

All other pick-ups

Mini romaine, Peak of Abundance Farm, Spokane Valley, WA

Cucumbers, Full Bushel Farm, Medical Lake, WA

Bing cherries, Tonnemakers Farm, Royal City, WA

Blueberries, Okanogan Producers Marketing Association, Okanogan, WA (certified organic)

Summer squash, Tonnemakers

Apricots, OPMA

Radish, Ace of Spades Farm, Spokane, WA

 

LINC Box week of July 2

Gonzaga Pick-up

erb bundle, Footehills Farm, Colbert, WA

Homestead salad, Ace of Spades Farm, Spokane, WA

Summer squash, Tonnemakers, Royal City, WA (certi- fied organic)

Rainier cherries, Tonnemakers


Blueberries, OPMA, Okanogan, WA (certified organic) Cucumbers, Full Bushel Farm, Medical Lake, WA

All other pick-up sites

Chioggia Beats, Big Sage Organics, Othello, WA (certified organic)

Homestead salad, Ace of Spades Farm, Spokane, WA

Chieftan Potatoes, Cloudview Ecofarms, Royal City, WA (certified organic)

Rainier cherries, Tonnemakers, Royal City, WA (certi- fied organic)

Blueberries, OPMA, Okanogan, WA (certified organic) Garlic Scapes, Full Bushel Farm, Medical Lake, WA

Add-ons

Pieced pastured chicken, Ice Box Flats Farm

Eggs, EGA Farm

Bread, Culture Breads

Coffee, Roast House

Cheese sampler, Brush Creek Creamery

Milk, Pure Eire Dairy

LINC Box week of June 25

Cherry season is here! Beautiful certified organic red cherries are coming in hot from Tonnemaker in Royal City, WA! We're loading you up with two pounds each this week so you can pig out on these little flavor bombs. We also have some beautiful summer squash from one of my favorite farms, Full Bushel Farm in Medical Lake. Enjoy!

Gonzaga

Cherries, Tonnemaker Farm, Royal City, WA (certified organic)

Lemon basil, Big Sage Organics, Othello, WA (certified organic)

French breakfast radish, Big Sage Organics

Purple cauliflower, Big Sage Organics

Fennel, Big Sage Organics

Hakurei turnips, Urban Eden Farm, Spokane, WA

Summer squash, Full Bushel Farm, Medical Lake, WA

All Other Sites

Napa cabbage, WSU Organic Farm, Pullman, WA (certified organic)

Cherries, Tonnemaker Farm, Royal City, WA (certified organic)

Head lettuce, Elithorp Farm, Deer Park, WA

Lacinato kale, Big Sage Organics, Othello, WA (certified organic)

Lemon basil, Big Sage Organics

French breakfast radish, Big Sage Organics

Summer squash, Full Bushel Farm, Medical Lake, WA