The Abundance Food Co-op Produce Department should be your first stop when you’re bored of the same-old, same-old that you can find anywhere.
We carry vegetables and fruits that aren’t always very well known. That’s because we love the diversity of foods that grow seasonally in our region. (Think of ground cherries, which we carried recently.) And it’s not just because we love unusual and new flavors (which we do), but it’s also a way to support a more diverse agricultural economy and to help counter the negative effects of mono-culture farming.
Below are new items in from Fraser Garlic Farms in Churchville, NY.
You have probably seen these small, perfect potatoes on farm-to-table restaurant menus. They’re highly sought after for their small size (perfect for oven-roasted fries) and rich flavor. We currently have medley bags that contain Magic Molly (purple), French, and Austrian Crescent fingerlings.
If you haven’t tasted these locally-grown, organic varieties grown by local farmer Ed Fraser, you have to do it as soon as you possibly can. You won’t regret it.
$5.99 for a 2 lb. bag
Echalions are an often over-looked variety of shallot. They’re much easier to peel than the more popular variety, and so are often known as the “banana shallot.” They also have a milder flavor.
$6.99 per lb
These are the most popular cooking onion in Europe, but are hard to find in North America. The longer they store, the more pink they get inside. They have a mild, slightly sweet flavor.
$5.99 for a 2 lb bag
Kohlrabi is sometimes called a “turnip cabbage” because it is a cultivar of cabbage. It can actually be eaten raw–simple peel off the outer layer and enjoy as a slaw. It is equally delicious cooked. Try it steamed, roasted, or puréed in a soup. Kohlrabi’s taste and texture has notes similar to broccoli stem and cabbage, but a little bit milder and sweeter.