Even on the cusp of winter you can support local produce growers.
I live in a relatively small town in a very small state. However, we have quite a bit of produce grown in the state of Delaware. I’ve worked at a farmers market in the summer and I’m always impressed by what local growers can produce. It’s not just summer though when you can find tasty local produce!
For background, Fifer’s Orchards is a farm in Camden-Wyoming, DE. It’s partially run by the Dover Amish. In addition, I have family ties to it. Two of my cousins have worked there. One of which has worked there for close to a decade.
I definitely have a lot of appreciation for Fifer’s. They have yearly festivals like their Fall Fest, Blueberry Festival, and Peach Festival. Their festivals are always so fun. If you live in Delaware you have to go to Fifer’s around their Fall Fest and snag some apple cider donuts. They’re the best.
They have a farm store where you can buy local produce and goods like jams, honey, pickles, and milk. They also have the best apple cider in the fall! If you’re got a taste for something sweet they make the best pies.
However, Covid has complicated being able to go and pick up produce from Fifer’s. I live with someone who is immunocompromised so it’s not smart for me to go out and shop in stores where there are people gathering indoors.
Thankfully Fifer’s has a solution to that! I ordered my mystery produce box from this site. It’s super easy to use. You just sign up with your email and you can order from a variety of small, local, farms. The produce is all listed with their prices and you just add them to your cart and complete your purchase.
My mystery box cost $29. (I also ordered some hot pickles, but you don’t have to.) Fifer’s is known to fill their boxes with a lot of good produce so I expect to get a large amount of really good produce.
Their pickups are every Thursday. It’s a little bit hard to try to get there in the one day it’s available, but it’s so worth it.
In addition, Fifer’s has a summer CSA. For those of you who don’t know, a CSA is a Community Supported Agriculture program. It’s essentially where you pay in advance to receive a box of produce every week. With Fifer’s you can add in optional add-ins like eggs if that’s something you want. Fifer’s also includes a list in your box of what you received and exactly where it’s sourced from. (Fifer’s also receives produce from other small farms for their CSA boxes.)
I really like Fifer’s Orchards. From the peaches in summer to the apple picking in fall they’re truly amazing. If you live in Delaware or Eastern Maryland I highly recommend checking them out.
Now on to what I got!
So in my box I got: a head of cauliflower, 2 large carrots, a big bag of brussel sprouts, two bags of Granny Smith apples, 3 sweet potatoes, a sweet onion, and an acorn squash.
Overall I’d say it was so worth the $29 I paid. I got a lot of produce that I’m excited to use and it’s all super farm fresh and local. It’s so so important to support local businesses and I’m glad I got to do this.
As for what I’m going to do with this produce, I’ve got some ideas. I think I’ll turn one bag of the Granny Smiths into either apple sauce or apple butter. The other I may make a pie or gallate. With the brussel sprouts I’ll roast them. (Fun fact I am not the biggest fan of brussel sprouts, but with as much as I got in my box I have to be now!) The sweet potatoes I bake with cinnamon, salt and margarine and it is so good. The acorn squash I’ll probably stuff with either beans and bread or, beans and quinoa or rice.
Whatever I do I’m excited to use everything. Be on the look out for Instagram posts of me using my local produce from Fifer’s! If you don’t follow me already the link is at the top of this post.
I’m going to make so many good things out of my late fall produce! It’s nearly winter, but that doesn’t mean I have to resort to imported grocery store produce. There’s food out there if you go looking.
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