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Staff Raves & Faves — Jordan’s Excited About Local Products! February 7th, 2018

Jordan loves local adventuring as much as she loves local food!

by Jordan Archey

One of my favorite parts about working at the Co-op is getting to know our local producers and their products. I love eating seasonally, and it keeps me excited to see what’s coming next, even in the dead of winter.

Here are my current faves!

Square Roots Farm pasture raised chickens

These chickens are pasture raised in Lanesborough, MA, feasting on bugs and open pasture, as well as snacking on local non-GMO grain. These chickens are my go-to Monday night meal.  I like to spatchcock them (cut the backbone out) and roast them flat over some local root veggies. One of my favorite recipes is the New York Times Peruvian Roasted Chicken with Cilantro Sauce.

Don’t forget to save the bones for making your own chicken stock!

Where can I find this?
In the meat department refrigerator case!

Speaking of local root veggies…

The Kitchen Garden carrots

One of my favorite things about winter is the awesome selection of local root vegetables, and these carrots are super sweet! I love snacking on them, roasting them, pickling them, and throwing them in slaws. They’re on sale through February for only $1.49/lb!

Where can I find these?
In the produce department, next to the lettuces.

Farmer Ground Flour polenta

I really enjoy all of the Farmer Ground Flour products, but my favorite is their polenta. Polenta is such an easy to make and versatile dish—just bring 4 cups of liquid (I like to use chicken stock, you can use water as well) to a boil, add a teaspoon of salt, and whisk in the polenta. Stir over low heat for 30-40 minutes until it reaches desired consistency—add butter and/or cheese to your liking! Leftover polenta can be cut into cubes and baked or fried. I love a bowl of polenta with some sausage, kimchi, and egg for breakfast, or topped with roasted mushrooms.

Where can I find this?
In the pasta aisle.

Poor Devil Pepper Company hot sauces

I love this line of hot sauces! Kali Curry happens to be my favorite, but my fridge isn’t properly stocked if I don’t have a bottle of each. These flavorful sauces are bottled in the Hudson Valley, and are lacto-fermented from local and organic veggies. I put these sauces on everything- sandwiches, tacos, eggs, you name it.

Where can I find this?
The produce department, next to the fruit.