Available now – Farmer’s Pick ™ Produce – Boise, Idaho

Hello- We have harvested almost everything possible in our fields and will be blowing out all remaining produce this week. Stop by our farmstand this Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Sunday October 29th will be our last day open for the 2017 year.

Thank-you for your support and in helping to make 2017 a rewarding and successful year. We’ll start back up in May 2018 with fresh Rhubarb. This will be our last blog post until then.

Currently we still have ‘Winter Luxury’ Pie Pumpkins for 65¢/lb. These pumpkins will store for a couple of months and can be used through the Holidays. Great for use in breads, cookies, pancakes, soups and pies. Once cooked and processed, can be frozen or canned.

Farmer's Pick ™ 'Winter Luxury' Pie Pumpkins: 65¢/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ ‘Winter Luxury’ Pie Pumpkins: 65¢/lb.

Also Winter Squashes including Butternut, Spaghetti and Acorn for 55¢/lb. These hardy squashes will store well into April-May of next year if kept in a cool, dry place.

Farmer's Pick ™ Winter Squash: 55¢/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Winter Squash: 55¢/lb.

Carrots only $2 a bunch until gone.

Farmer's Pick ™ Carrots
Farmer’s Pick ™ Carrots: $2.00/bunch

Red and Green Chard, $2.00 a bunch until gone.

Farmer's Pick ™ Red Chard
Farmer’s Pick ™ Chard: $2.00/bunch

At $1.50 a bunch for fresh herbs, consider drying your own for later use.

Farmer's Pick ™ Oregano
Farmer’s Pick ™ Oregano: $1.50/bunch
Farmer's Pick ™ Thyme
Farmer’s Pick ™ Thyme: $1.50/bunch
Farmer's Pick ™ Sage
Farmer’s Pick ™ Sage: $1.50/bunch

Chesnok Red hardneck garlic will store and can be used until the end of January.

Farmer’s Pick ™ Chesnok Red Culinary Heirloom Garlic
Farmer’s Pick ™ Chesnok Red Culinary Heirloom Garlic: $7.00/lb.

Also Available:

  • Green Tomatoes: 75¢/lb.
  • Baby White Turnips: $2.00/bunch
  • Beets: $2.50/bunch
  • Jalapeño Chile Peppers: 75¢/lb.
  • Cayenne Chile Peppers: $4.50/lb.
  • Italian Parsley: $1.00/bunch

2017 Season is ending. Our final week open will be Thursday October 26th through Sunday October 29th. Open again Spring 2018.

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Available now – Farmer’s Pick ™ Produce – Boise, Idaho

Hello- To highlight our wonderful ‘Winter Luxury’ heirloom Pie Pumpkins, we are selling fresh baked Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Butter made by Maria Sestero of Sophie’s Choice Designs, a local caterer. Come by the farmstand for a taste. Yummy stuff!

Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Butter, made with our 'Winter Luxury' Pie Pumpkins
Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Butter made with our ‘Winter Luxury’ Pie Pumpkins

‘Winter Luxury’ Pie Pumpkins, also known as Livingston’s Pie Squash, were introduced in 1893 by Johnson & Stokes of Philadelphia. Fruits average 4-6 pounds, making them the perfect size for two pies. Orange rind is covered in delicate netting; flesh is smooth, velvety, sweet, and fiber-free (not stringy like other pie pumpkin varieties).

Amy Goldman describes the Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin in her book, “The Complete Squash”, excerpted below:

Simply “cook it done” this way:

1. Winter Luxury Pie pumpkin should be baked whole, pierced for a few tiny vent holes, stem trimmed, at 350*F until it “slumps” and softens after an hour or so. If you wish, you can cut a lid, remove the gunk and seeds, and replace the lid loosely before baking (this method yields a drier pie).

2. The cooked pumpkin is hotter than hot potatoes: Be careful when you cut out or removed the lid. Seeds and strings, if left inside, come out easily. Take a large spoon and simply scoop the pumpkin out like ice cream. The flesh peels away from the desiccated rind without a shudder and leaves it flat.

3. Puree the flesh in a blender, adding liquid if needed. A 5-pound pumpkin yields approximately 2 1/2 pounds or 4 cups of pulp, enough for two pies.

4. Insert your favorite pie recipe here.

Farmer's Pick ™ Pie Pumpkin
Farmer’s Pick ™ ‘Winter Luxury’ Pie Pumpkins: 65¢/lb.

Other winter squashes available…

Farmer's Pick ™ Sweet Dumpling Squash
Farmer’s Pick ™ Sweet Dumpling Squash: $1.00/lb.
Farmer's Pick ™ Spaghetti Squash
Farmer’s Pick ™ Spaghetti Squash: 55¢/lb.
Farmer's Pick ™ Butternut Squash
Farmer’s Pick ™ Butternut Squash: 55¢/lb.
Farmer's Pick ™ Acorn Squash
Farmer’s Pick ™ Acorn Squash: 55¢/lb.

Plenty of root vegetables too…

Farmer's Pick ™ Carrots
Farmer’s Pick ™ Carrots: $2.25/bunch
Farmer's Pick ™ White Carrots
Farmer’s Pick ™ White Carrots: $2.00/bunch
Farmer's Pick ™ Purple Carrots
Farmer’s Pick ™ Purple Carrots: $2.00/bunch
Farmer's Pick ™ Beets
Farmer’s Pick ™ Beets: $2.50/bunch
Farmer's Pick ™ White Turnips
Farmer’s Pick ™ White Turnips: $2.00/bunch
Farmer's Pick ™ Watermelon Radishes
Farmer’s Pick ™ Watermelon Radishes: $2.00/bunch

Also Available now:

  • Eggplant ‘Early Long Purple’: $1.25/lb.
  • Eggplant ‘Black Beauty’: $1.25/lb.
  • Green Bell Peppers: 2 for $1.00
  • Jalapeño Chile Peppers: $1.75/lb.
  • Cayenne Chile Peppers: $4.50/lb.
  • Green Tomatoes: $1.00/lb.
  • Red and White Chard: $2.50/bunch
  • Italian Parsley: $1.00/bunch
  • Fresh Culinary Herbs- Marjoram, Oregano, Sage, Savory, Thyme, Tarragon, Rosemary: $1.50 each bunch
  • Garlic, ‘Chesnok Red’ hardneck: $7.00/lb.
  • Edible Flowers, Nasturtiums: $1.50/bunch
  • Fresh cut flower bouquets for $4.75

We’ll be finishing up for the year in about two weeks.


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Available now – Farmer’s Pick ™ Produce – Boise, Idaho

Hello- Autumn has finally arrived and with the unseasonably cold and wet weather we’ve experienced in Boise this past week, things have slowed down dramatically. A few of our squash and cucumber plants have already been frost bitten. Neverless…

Flowers are still beautiful and abundant. We are selling cut bunches for $3.75.

Bell Peppers have sized up well, and the Cayenne Chile Peppers have turned bright red.

Farmer's Pick ™ Green Bell Peppers: 2 for $1.00
Farmer’s Pick ™ Green Bell Peppers: 2 for $1.00
Farmer's Pick ™ Cayenne Chile Peppers: $4.50/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Cayenne Chile Peppers: $4.50/lb.
Farmer's Pick ™ Jalapeño Chile Peppers: $1.75/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Jalapeño Chile Peppers: $1.75/lb.

We are just now harvesting ‘Winter Luxury’ Pie Pumpkins for 85¢/lb., and Winter Squashes for 55¢/lb.; Acorn, Butternut and Spaghetti.

We plan on staying open until we get a hard killing frost, at which time we’ll clear all the remaining good produce and have a blow-out sale. Last year this happened the third week in October.

Also Available now:

  • Slicing Tomatoes: $1.25/lb. to 1.75/lb.
  • Yellow Snap Beans: $2.50/lb.
  • Eggplant ‘Early Long Purple’: $2.00/lb.
  • Eggplant ‘Black Beauty’: $1.50/each.
  • Zucchini Summer Squash (yellow, green, striped): $1.00/pound
  • Scallop/Pattypan Summer Squash ‘Benning’s Green Tint’: $1.50/lb.
  • Slicing Cucumbers ‘Straight Eight’: 2 for $1.00
  • Persian Cucumbers ‘Beit Alpha’: large size = 3 each for $1.00, small size = $1.50/lb.
  • Bunch Beets: $2.75
  • Bunch Carrots- Orange, Purple, and White: $2.50
  • Bunch Watermelon Radishes: $1.75
  • Red and White Chard: $2.50/bunchh
  • Basil ‘Sweet Italian’: $1.50/bunch
  • Italian Parsley: $1.00/bunch
  • Fresh Culinary Herbs- Marjoram, Oregano, Sage, Savory, Thyme, Tarragon, Rosemary: $1.50 each bunch
  • Garlic, ‘Chesnok Red’ hardneck: $7.00/lb.
  • Edible Flowers, Nasturtiums: $1.50/bunch.

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Available now – Farmer’s Pick ™ Produce – Boise, Idaho

Hello- We are at the peak harvest of melons right now. Three heirloom varieties this year, all picked ripe and very sweet.

The Ogen melon originated in Israel, its’ flesh is succulent and sticky sweet with intoxicating aromatics of tropical fruit. Similar to honeydew, but much more complex. A must try!

Farmer's Pick ™ Heirloom Melons 'Ogen': 85¢/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Heirloom Melons ‘Ogen’: 85¢/lb.

The Charentias melon is a true French cantaloupe, its’ bright orange flesh is very sweet with a heavenly floral fragrance.

Farmer's Pick ™ Heirloom Melons 'Charentias': 85¢/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Heirloom Melons ‘Charentias’: 85¢/lb.

The Crane melon originated in southern California at the turn of the century, developed from the Crenshaw melon, its’ pale orange flesh is more delicate and juicy. Highly aromatic, with flavor notes of honey, rose and orange blossom.

Farmer's Pick ™ Heirloom Melons 'Crane': 85¢/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Heirloom Melons ‘Crane’: 85¢/lb.

We also have a few cases of canning tomatoes available, please call ahead to check availability. They are an indeterminate canning variety of tomato, thick walled and meaty, field grown and vine ripened for flavor. Averaging 2″-2.5″ in diameter, not too large. No cracks.

Farmer's Pick ™ Canning Tomatoes: 20 lb. box for $19.00 = 95¢/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Canning Tomatoes: 20 lb. box for $19.00 = 95¢/lb.

We are still harvesting Pickling Cucumbers two times a week and can fill small orders, especially of the medium 4″-5″ size.

Coming up within a couple weeks: Pie Pumpkins and Winter Squash (Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti).

Also Available:

  • Slicing Tomatoes: $1.00/lb. to 1.75/lb.
  • Yellow Pear Cherry Tomatoes: $3.00/lb.
  • ‘Black Vernissage’ Tomatoes: $1.50/lb.
  • Green Beans, Purple Beans, Yellow Wax Beans: $2.00/lb.
  • Eggplant ‘Early Long Purple’: $2.00/lb.
  • Eggplant ‘Black Beauty’: $1.25/each.
  • Green Bell Peppers: 2 for $1.00
  • Jalapeño and Cayenne Chile Peppers: $2.00/lb.
  • Zucchini Summer Squash (yellow, green, round): 85¢/pound
  • Scallop/Pattypan Summer Squash ‘Benning’s Green Tint’: $1.50/lb.
  • Slicing Cucumbers ‘Straight Eight’: 2 for $1.00
  • Persian Cucumbers ‘Beit Alpha’: large size = 3 each for $1.00, small size = $1.50/lb.
  • Bunch Beets: $2.75
  • Bunch Carrots- Orange, Purple, and White: $2.50
  • Bunch Red Radishes: $1.25
  • Bunch Watermelon Radishes: $1.75
  • Red and White Chard: $2.50/bunch
  • Fennel Bulb: $1.50/each
  • Basil ‘Sweet Italian’: $1.50/bunch
  • Pickling Dill Weed: $3.50/bunch
  • Italian Parsley: $1.00/bunch
  • Culinary Herbs- Marjoram, Oregano, Sage, Savory, Thyme, Tarragon: $1.50 each bunch
  • Garlic, ‘Chesnok Red’ hardneck: $7.00/lb.
  • Edible Flowers, Nasturtiums: $2.75/pkg.
  • Cut Flower Bouquets: $3.75

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Available now – Farmer’s Pick ™ Produce – Boise, Idaho

Hello- Tomatoes are finally ripening. We grow several open-pollinated determinate varieties specifically for canning or preserving purposes. Averaging 2″-3.5″ in diameter, not too large in size. Thick walled and meaty, our tomatoes are field grown and sun ripened on the vine for flavor. No cracks. Unsprayed, no use of petro based synthetic fertilizers, and untreated (not coated in wax or oil).

Farmer's Pick ™ Canning Tomatoes: 20 lb. box for $19.00 = 95¢/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Canning Tomatoes: 20 lb. box for $19.00 = 95¢/lb.

We are also growing several open-pollinated indeterminate varieties of tomatoes which are larger in size and good for slicing, and Red Cherry and Yellow Pear Tomatoes in smaller quantities.

Farmer's Pick ™ Slicing Tomatoes: $1.00/lb. - $1.75/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Slicing Tomatoes: $1.00/lb. – $1.75/lb.
Farmer's Pick ™ Yellow Pear Tomatoes: $2.50/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Yellow Pear Tomatoes: $2.50/lb.
Farmer's Pick ™ Cherry Tomatoes: $2.50/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Cherry Tomatoes: $2.50/lb.

Melons are just starting up… three varieties this year. The melon pictured below is called ‘Charentias’, a French heirloom cantaloupe that originated in the Poitou-Charentes region, circa 1920. It’s bright orange flesh is very sweet with a heavenly floral fragrance.

Farmer's Pick ™ Heirloom Melons 'Charentias': 85¢/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Heirloom Melons ‘Charentias’: 85¢/lb.

Also Available:

  • Yellow Wax Snap Beans: $2.00/lb.
  • Eggplant ‘Early Long Purple’: $2.00/lb.
  • Eggplant ‘Black Beauty’: $1.25/each.
  • Green Bell Peppers: 2 for $1.00
  • Jalapeño and Cayenne Chile Peppers: $2.50/lb.
  • Zucchini Summer Squash (yellow, green, round): 85¢/pound
  • Patty-Pan Summer Squash ‘Benning’s Green Tint’: $1.50/lb.
  • Slicing Cucumbers ‘Straight Eight’: 2 for $1.00
  • Persian Cucumbers ‘Beit Alpha’: large size = 3 each for $1.00, small size = $1.50/lb.
  • Bunch Beets: $2.75
  • Bunch Carrots: $2.50
  • Bunch Radishes: $1.00
  • Bunch Red Turnips: $1.50
  • Red and White Chard: $2.50/bunch
  • Fennel Bulb: $1.50/each
  • Basil ‘Sweet Italian’: $1.50/bunch
  • Pickling Dill Weed: $3.50/bunch
  • Italian Parsley: $1.00/bunch
  • Culinary Herbs- Marjoram, Oregano, Sage, Savory, Thyme, Tarragon: $1.50 each bunch
  • Garlic, ‘Early Italian’ softneck and ‘Chesnok Red’ hardneck: $7.00/lb.
  • Edible Flowers, Nasturtiums: $2.75/pkg.
  • Cut Flower Bouquets: $3.75

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Available now – Farmer’s Pick ™ Produce – Boise, Idaho

Hello- This is what we have coming on strong this week…

Farmer's Pick ™ Eggplant 'Early Long Purple': $2.00/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Eggplant ‘Early Long Purple’: $2.00/lb.
Farmer's Pick ™ Beets: $2.75/bunch
Farmer’s Pick ™ Beets: $2.75/bunch
Farmer's Pick ™ Basil: $1.50/bunch
Farmer’s Pick ™ Basil: $1.50/bunch.
Farmer's Pick ™ Fennel Bulb: $1.50/ea.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Fennel Bulb: $1.50/ea.
Zinnia Flowers: $3.75 for a fresh cut bouquet
Zinnia Flowers: $3.75 for a fresh cut bouquet

Also Available:

  • Green Beans: $2.00/lb. Canning quantities available.
  • Pickling Cucumbers: Small size (2″-4″) – $2.00/pound, Medium size (4″-5″) – $1.35/pound, Large size (over 5″) – 5 each for $1.00 or 65¢/lb.
  • Pickling Dill Weed: $3.50/bunch
  • Summer Squash (green, yellow, round and striped zucchini): 85¢/pound
  • Slicing Cucumbers ‘Straight Eight’: 2 for $1.00
  • Persian Cucumbers ‘Beit Alpha’: large size = 3 each for $1.00, small size = 2-pound bag for $2.50. These are thin skin like an English cucumber, practically no seeds, mild and crunchy.
  • Green Bell Peppers: 65¢ each
  • Red Radishes: $1.00/bunch
  • Red and White Chard: $2.50/bunch
  • Italian Parsley: $1.00/bunch
  • Cilantro: 75¢/bunch
  • Culinary Herbs: $1.50 each bunch Marjoram, Oregano, Sage, Savory, Thyme
  • Garlic (Early Italian): $7.00/lb.
  • Edible Flowers – Nasturtiums: $2.75/pkg.

RECIPE: BASIL LEMON PESTO, from Williams Sonoma

A light and lemony variation on the traditional pesto, this version combines fresh parsley and basil. Toss with your favorite pasta, or spoon over grilled fish or chicken breasts. To toast the pine nuts, place them on a baking sheet and bake in a 350°F oven until golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 Tbs. toasted pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions: In a food processor, combine the garlic, pine nuts, basil, parsley, cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice. Pulse until ground to a fine paste, about 1 minute. With the machine running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the desired consistency is reached. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cups.


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Available now – Farmer’s Pick ™ Produce – Boise, Idaho

Hello- We are harvesting our second row of green beans, an attractive and tasty open-pollinated variety called ‘Spartan’ which is producing heavily now. They are green, oval in cross section, straight, four to six inches long, and stringless. We have two more rows of snap beans which will be coming on after that for the year; one row of yellow wax beans and another row of pole beans (green, yellow, purple).

Farmer's Pick ™ Green Snap Beans: $2.00/lb.
Farmer’s Pick ™ Green Snap Beans: $2.00/lb.

We are about 10 – 14 days out on Pickling Cucumber orders for assured quantities.

Just starting to harvest eggplant, an Early Long Purple Japanese variety.

Green Bell Peppers are sizing up.

A lot of green tomatoes on the vines, but they are taking their time ripening…

Also available:

  • Summer Squash (green, yellow, round and striped zucchini): 85¢/pound
  • Pickling Cucumbers: Small size (2″-4″) – $1.75/pound, Medium size (4″-5″) – $1.35/pound, Large size (over 5″) – 5 each for $1.00
  • Slicing Cucumbers, ‘Straight Eight’ or ‘Beit Alpha’ Persian: 3 each for $1.25
  • Eggplant, Early Long Purple: $2.00/pound
  • Beets: $2.75/bunch
  • Red and White Chard: $2.50/bunch
  • Dino Kale: $2.50/bunch
  • Sweet Italian Basil: $1.50 per whole plant or bunch. Good time to make pesto.
  • Italian Parsley: $1.00/bunch
  • Culinary Herbs: $1.50 each bunch Marjoram, Oregano, Sage, Savory, Thyme
  • Garlic (Early Italian): $7.00/pound
  • Cut Flower Bouquets: $3.75

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