For local foods pickup October 7, downtown, please order by Monday noon

This week we’re making chicken stew, salsa, bread, pumpkin muffins, yogurt, pear tarts, and we’re harvesting a wealth of fresh local produce! Our gardens are not “certified organic,” but we use no pesticides or chemicals.  Ingredients other than produce are carefully selected for quality and are usually local and/or organic, but not always, depending on availability and price. Please contact us if you have specific questions or concerns.

Order by email (citygrown2@gmail.com) by noon on Monday to order for Tuesday pickup, or call 540-345-3405. Please include a phone number with your order.

Pickup is Tuesday between 4:00 and 5:30 at 416 Church Avenue, Roanoke (park in the lot at the corner of 4th and Church and follow Citygrown signs). This is the downtown Church of the Brethren.

— Nancy Maurelli, Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Martha Hagood, and Elaine Fleck

BAKED GOODS:

Four choices of Elaine’s Muffins: $1.00 each (minimum of 6 of any one type) New! Pumpkin spice muffins made with Rabbit Hill Farm pumpkins and organic flour, local eggs, local Homestead Creamery buttermilk; Pear-Pecan Muffins: deliciously moist with cinnamon and nutmeg and made with local pears and local eggs. Also Blueberry (from Washington State), and Savory Corn.

Elaine’s Pear Tart: Lovely and delicate. Perfect for an after dinner dessert with friends. Made with Mountain Avenue Pears and local eggs and milk. $25.00.

Martha’s Breads: Crunchy Bread: A pretty round or oval artisan loaf of whole wheat, unbleached, and spelt flours (some from Virginia, all organic), a little yeast and salt, and organic whey or buttermilk. The “crunch” comes from organic sunflower seeds and sprouted Virginia wheatberries. $5.50 loaf.

New garlic and herb breads: Somewhat lighter and more refined than the meal-in-itself Crunchy Bread. Traditional loaf shape, organic and Virginia flours: choose Garlic or Rosemary. $5.50.

Skillet corn bread: Cooked in an 8-inch cast iron skillet, with organic cornmeal and organic Virginia whole wheat flour, local eggs. $5.50.

PREPARED FOODS: (Nancy is off this week.)

From Elaine:

Homemade Salsa Mexicana, a tangy salsa made with Juliet and heirloom tomatoes, onions, cilantro and limes. $6.50 pint.

From Martha:

CHICKEN-VEGETABLE STEW: A thick and flavorful gumbo of tomatoes, peppers, chard, rosemary, some fresh-shelled beans, and a little bit of baby okra. Made with the gracious cooperation of Citygrown’s own pampered young roosters, to whom we are grateful. Vegetarian version available. Two cups, $6.50. Four cups, $12.00.

PEACH COBBLER: made from Donna’s peaches and Mom’s recipe, local and organic dairy products, non-GMO cane sugar: small $8, large $13.50

TOMATO JAM: Ok, once more — sweet, spicy, hot, and so good with beans or on bread. 8 oz., $8.00. Made from my own tomatoes, of course, with ginger, spices, organic lemons, and non-GMO cane sugar.

SIMPLE PESTO: A blend of sweet basil, “holy” basil, and parsley, with garlic and olive oil. 8 oz. container, $7.00. Add your own grated cheese, nuts, etc. if you like, or freeze it as it is.

PEASANT’S FARE: Six healthy, sustainable items to build a week’s meals around. Complete package, $30.50 Includes: Your choice of Martha’s Breads: Crunchy, Garlic, or Rosemary yeast breads, or Skillet Cornbread; Chicken and vegetable stew. We raised the young rooster ourselves, and he had a good life. Now he’s in the soup. Vegetarian version available with fresh-shelled beans from the garden. 2 cups; Spicy bean spread with roasted peppers and tomatoes, 2 cups; Butternut squash and baked apples with a little maple syrup and real butter. 2 cups;  Yogurt: Very fresh, homemade reduced-fat yogurt made with grass-fed, organic, local milk straight from the farm. One quart, served up in a quart-size Mason jar. You can’t get this anywhere else. Sunflower Sugar Cookies made with local butter, churned by me, organic grains and seeds. About a dozen. I use non-GMO cane sugar. If you want an organic sweetener, tell me so in your email and we can negotiate something.
We love it when you return clean containers for re-use! It also helps us control our costs.

GROCERIES:

CLEARANCE! STAR CITY Fair Trade, Organic COLUMBIAN COFFEE: Regular or Decaffeinated Whole Bean coffee. Please specify when ordering. A deeply discounted price on deluxe coffee from locally owned coffee roasters! $8.50/12 oz.bag.

PRODUCE:

New: Mountain Ave. Pears. Grown with no sprays at all. They look and taste good. $2.50 a pound.

Beets: with greens attached. Probably the last week for beets. (We said that last week, too, but they’re still coming.) $3.00 pound

Green beans: $3.00 pound

Eggplant: $4.00 pound

Sweet peppers: green, yellow, and red, some thin-walled, some thick: $3.50 pound for a mixture

Scallions: 6 for $1

Tender green salad mix: $3.50 for 8 oz. We have lots and it’s lovely.

Swiss chard, $3 a bunch

New Zealand Spinach, $3 a bunch

Basil: $2.50 a bunch
Flat leaf Parsley: $2.50 a bunch

Mixed tomatoes: Finishing up the season, the best of what we have: Sungold, Black Cherry, Juliet, and whatever else looks good. Small and medium-sized, mostly. $3 lb.

Juliet tomatoes: $3 lb. (smaller, drier, for cooking and salads). We suddenly have a lot of them again.

Mixed heirloom tomatoes and/or slicers: Mostly Better Boys at this point. Also a few Brandywine and Golden Jubilee, once in a while a Cherokee Purple. $3 lb.

FRESH HERBS:

Flat Leaf Parsley,
Sweet Basil, Red Basil,
Rosemary, Sage,
Oregano. $2.50/bunch.

Elephant garlic: $4 each

Flower bouquets: Wild and colorful! $5 and $8. Probably will last for another week or two. Zinnias, dahlias, snapdragons, yarrow, and statice.

For questions or more information, send email to citygrown2@gmail.com, or call 540-345-3405.

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Published in: on October 3, 2008 at 11:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

For Tuesday, Sept. 30, pickup — send us an email by Monday noon

The seasons are changing and so is the food. Greens are abundant, soups and stews are suddenly VERY appealing, and the tomatoes are coming in a little slower. Fall vegetables are in their growing beds and we’ll be digging sweet potatoes before long.

This week we have a wonderful selection of ecologically grown, VERY local produce and prepared foods, plus baked goods – our gardens are not “certified organic,” but we use no pesticides or chemicals.  Ingredients other than produce are carefully selected for quality and are usually local and/or organic, but not always, depending on availability and price. Please contact us if you have specific questions or concerns.

Pickup is Tuesday between 4:00 and 5:30 at 416 Church Avenue, Roanoke (park in the lot at the corner of 4th and Church and follow Citygrown signs). This is the downtown Church of the Brethren.

Order by email (citygrown2@gmail.com) by noon on Monday to order for Tuesday pickup, or call 540-345-3405. Please include a phone number with your order.

— Nancy Maurelli, Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Martha Hagood, and Elaine Fleck

BAKED GOODS:

Four choices of Elaine’s Muffins: $1.00 each (minimum of 6 of any one type) Apple-Cinnamon, Blueberry, and Savory Corn. New this week: Pear-Pecan Muffins: deliciously moist with cinnamon and nutmeg and made with local pears and local eggs.

Elaine’s Pear Tart: Lovely and delicate. Perfect for an after dinner dessert with friends. Made with Mountain Avenue Pears and local eggs and milk. $25.00.

Martha’s Breads: Crunchy Bread: A pretty round or oval artisan loaf of whole wheat, unbleached, and spelt flours (some from Virginia, all organic), a little yeast and salt, and whey. The “crunch” comes from organic sunflower seeds and sprouted Virginia wheatberries. $5.50 loaf.

Skillet corn bread: Cooked in an 8-inch cast iron skillet, with organic cornmeal and organic Virginia whole wheat flour, local eggs. $5.50.

New breads: Somewhat lighter and more refined than the meal-in-itself Crunchy Bread. Traditional loaf shape, organic and Virginia flours: choose Garlic or Rosemary. $5.50.

Martha’s peach cobbler: Time to clear out the last of the peaches (frozen at the height of the season) and make room for whatever’s good at the Botetourt market. Small, $8.00, large, $13.50. This dish contains white cane sugar (non-GMO), local and/or organic butter and milk, local organic peaches, organic flour.

PREPARED FOODS:

From Nancy:

MINESTRONE: Italian veggie & bean soup full of late summer bounty, including a big dollop of basil pesto. Vegetarian, freezable. (Vegan w/o pesto). 16 oz. container. $5.50.

SPINACH RICOTTA PIE: (or chard or lambsquarters or a mix of greens). A classic favorite inspired by the original Moosewood cookbook. Less eggy than a quiche. Whole wheat crust free of transfatty acids. Local eggs from pastured chickens. Vegetarian. Whole pie (5-8 pieces) $27.00; by the slice (1/5 of the pie) $6.50.

ROASTED ROOTS: Heartland Harvest spuds with organic carrots and shallots. Yum yum. Vegan. 16 oz. container $4.50

Herbs available:
rosemary, sage, oregano, mixed thyme, chocolate mint ($2.50 a bunch, some in limited quantities)

From Elaine:

Homemade Salsa Mexicana, a tangy salsa made with Juliet and heirloom tomatoes, onions, cilantro and limes. $6.50 pint.

From Martha:

PEACH COBBLER: made from Donna’s peaches and Mom’s recipe: small $8, large $13.50

TOMATO JAM: One last time this season — sweet, spicy, hot, and so good with beans or on bread. 8 oz., $8.00. Made from my own tomatoes, of course, with ginger, spices, organic lemons, and non-GMO cane sugar.

SIMPLE PESTO: A blend of sweet basil, “holy” basil, and parsley, with garlic and olive oil. 8 oz. container, $8.00. Add your own grated cheese, nuts, etc. if you like, or freeze it as it is.

PEASANT’S FARE: Six healthy, sustainable items to build a week’s meals around. Complete package, $32. (A little higher this week because of all the local and organic dairy products. Back to $30.50 next week. As always, our web page has serving suggestions.)
Includes: Your choice of Martha’s Breads: Crunchy, Garlic, or Rosemary yeast breads, or Skillet Cornbread; Black beans seasoned with onion, garlic, a little tomato, sweet pepper, hot pepper. 2 cups; Sauteed greens: Chard, amaranth, and New Zealand spinach, sauteed in olive oil and topped with toasted sesame seed. 8 oz. container. (Add a second container for $5.00 if you’re a greens lover.) Hearty vegetable stew: Picture ratatouille with green beans instead of summer squash. 2 cups. New… Yogurt! Fresh, homemade reduced-fat yogurt made with whole local milk straight from the farm, organic Pennsylvania low-fat starter, and fortified with Pennsylvania organic non-fat dry milk to give it the consistency people like. Served up in a quart-size Mason jar. I always wanted to be able to buy a good, clean, yogurt that didn’t come in a plastic container. Never could find one, so here it is; and for dessert, Peach Cobbler made with organic peaches, local butter and milk. 16-oz. container.


We love it when you return clean containers for re-use! It also helps us control our costs.

GROCERIES:

CLEARANCE! STAR CITY Fair Trade, Organic COLUMBIAN COFFEE: Regular or Decaffeinated. Whole Bean or Ground. Please specify when ordering. A deeply discounted price on deluxe coffee from locally owned coffee roasters! $8.50/12 oz.bag.

PRODUCE:

Beets: with greens attached. Probably the last week for beets.

Tender salad green mix: $3.50 for 8 oz. We have lots and it’s lovely.

Flat leaf Parsley: $2.50

Swiss chard, $3 a bunch

New Zealand Spinach, $3 a bunch

Elephant garlic: $4 each

Sweet peppers: green, yellow, and red, some thin-walled, some thick: $4.50 pound for a mixture

Scallions: 6 for $1

Black Cherry and Sungold cherry tomatoes: We had a burst of terrific ones just before the rains started. Will there be any that aren’t split on Tuesday? If they burst wide open from all the rainwater, I’ll sit in the garden and eat them like candy right off the bush. If not, you can have them at $4 a pound.

Juliet tomatoes: $3 lb. (smaller, drier, for cooking and salads). No longer abundant, but they are still coming in. So reliable.

Mixed heirloom tomatoes and/or slicers: Mostly Better Boys at this point. Also some Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, and Golden Jubilee. $3 lb.

FRESH HERBS:

Flat Leaf Parsley,
Sweet Basil, Red Basil,
Rosemary, Sage,
Oregano. $2.50/bunch.

Flower bouquets: Wild and colorful! $5 and $8. Lots of very fine flowers in the garden right now. Get ’em while they last.

For questions or more information, email us at citygrown2@gmail.com or call 540-345-3405.

Published in: on September 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yes! Order by Monday, pick up your local food on Tuesday, Sept. 23, downtown!

Hi everybody! This update came late, sorry! No changes to the emailed menu at this time.

As always, we offer ecologically grown, VERY local produce and prepared foods, plus baked goods – our gardens are not “certified organic,” but we use no pesticides or chemicals.  Ingredients other than produce are carefully selected for quality and are usually local and/or organic, but not always, depending on availability and price. Please contact us if you have specific questions or concerns.

Pickup is Tuesday between 4:00 and 5:30 at 416 Church Avenue, Roanoke (park in the lot at the corner of 4th and Church and follow Citygrown signs). This is the downtown Church of the Brethren.

Order by email (citygrown2@gmail.com) by noon on Monday to order for Tuesday pickup, or call 540-345-3405. Please include a phone number with your order.

— Nancy Maurelli, Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Martha Hagood, and Elaine Fleck

BAKED GOODS:

Four choices of Elaine’s Muffins: $1.00 each (minimum of 6 of any one type) Apple-Cinnamon, Blueberry, Lemon-Poppyseed, and Savory Corn

Martha’s Crunchy Bread: A pretty round or oval artisan loaf of organic whole wheat and spelt flours, a little yeast and salt, and whey. The “crunch” comes from sunflower seeds and sprouted wheatberries. $5.50 loaf.

PREPARED FOODS:

From Nancy:

Lasagna Verde: layers of light pasta, Italian cheeses, greens and fresh garden basil finished with Nancy’s homemade tomato marinara. Freezable. $6.50/serving. 10% discount if you order 4 or more portions.

Rosemary Roasted Roots: Heartland Harvest red potatoes, organic carrots, and shallots with community garden rosemary, olive oil and sea salt. $4.50/16 oz. container.

Brunswick Stew: Hearty potage loaded with fresh late summer veggies, beans and Blue Ridge Poultry Co-op poultry in tomato and chicken stock base. $6.50/16. oz.

Balsamic Red Cabbage: a delicious way to get your cruciferous veggie du jour. Good warm or room temp, it’s great with a sandwich, BBQ, or pork entree. Garnished with toasted pumpkin seeds. Not freezable, but keeps at least one week under refrigeration. $3.50/16 oz container.

Herbs available:
rosemary, sage, oregano, mixed thyme, chocolate mint ($2.50 a bunch)

From Martha:

PEACH COBBLER: made from Donna’s peaches and Mom’s recipe: small $8, large $13.50

PEASANT’S FARE: Six healthy, sustainable items to build a week’s meals around. Complete package, $30.50. (See our web page after noon on Saturday for serving suggestions.)
Includes: Your choice of Martha’s Crunchy Bread with sunflower seeds and sprouted wheatberries OR Skillet Cornbread
Hummus: a garlicky blend of garbanzo beans, olive oil, lemon juice, and tahini. 8 oz.
Swiss Chard with white beans, sautéed in olive oil with onion, garlic and toasted sesame seed, 16 oz.
Oven-Roasted vegetables with olive oil and garlic, 16 oz.
Tomato sauce with garlic, onion, and olive oil, 16 oz.
Molasses-oatmeal cookies. About a dozen.

From Elaine:

Homemade Salsa with cilantro and pineapple. $6.50 pint.

We love it when you return clean containers for re-use! It also helps us control our costs.

GROCERIES:

STAR CITY Fair Trade, Organic COLUMBIAN COFFEE: Regular or Decaffeinated. Whole Bean or Ground. Please specify when ordering. A great price on deluxe coffee from locally owned coffee roasters! $10.50/12 oz.bag.

PRODUCE:

Beets: beautiful and bountiful $3.00 bunch, with greens attached

Eggplant, $4.00 lb. (Asian type, but also the bright purple ones that look like Easter eggs, and some more traditional varieties.)

Tender salad green mix: $3.50 for 8 oz.

Swiss chard, $3 a bunch

New Zealand Spinach, $3 a bunch

Elephant garlic: $4 each

Green (snap) beans: $3 lb.

Sweet peppers: green, yellow, and red, some thin-walled, some thick: $4.50 pound for a mixture

Scallions: 6 for $1

Black Cherry and Sungold cherry tomatoes: Dwindling, but if the weather cooperates we’ll have these for a little while longer. The black cherry tomatoes have a rich, dark flavor, while the Sungolds are very sweet and taste almost like citrus fruit. Really special. $4 pint.

Juliet tomatoes: $3 lb. (smaller, drier, for cooking and salads). No longer abundant, but we have a limited supply still.

Mixed heirloom tomatoes and/or slicers: Mostly Better Boys at this point. Also  a few Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, and Jubilee. $3 lb.

FRESH HERBS:

Flat Leaf Parsley
Sweet Basil, Red Basil,
Rosemary, Sage,
Mint, Oregano. $2.50/bunch.

Lavender, $6 bundle

Flower bouquets: Wild and colorful! $5 and $8. Coming to the end of the season! Get ’em while they last.

For questions or more information, call 540-345-3405 or email us at citygrown2@gmail.com

Published in: on September 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tuesday, Sept. 16, downtown pickup of local foods — please order by Monday noon!

We would like your help. We have been in business since July 4, have made many new friends, and are grateful for your patronage. Now we would like to increase our customer base to make the project economically sustainable. Please share our menus, web site, and email address with friends and colleagues you think might like our food. We have some other promotional things in mind, but nothing is more valuable and credible than your endorsement and recommendation.

Thanks for helping us launch this next step, now on to this week’s menu:

As always, we offer ecologically grown, VERY local produce and prepared foods, plus baked goods – our gardens are not “certified organic,” but we use no pesticides or chemicals. Ingredients we don’t grow ourselves are as organic and local as we can get them. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Pickup is Tuesday between 4:00 and 5:30 at 416 Church Avenue, Roanoke (park in the lot at the corner of 4th and Church and follow Citygrown signs). This is the downtown Church of the Brethren.

Order by email (citygrown2@gmail.com) by noon on Monday for Tuesday pickup, or call 540-345-3405. Please include a phone number with your order.

For updates, menus, and news, visit our web page: https://citygrown.wordpress.com

— Nancy Maurelli, Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Martha Hagood, and Elaine Fleck

BAKED GOODS:

Four choices of Elaine’s Muffins: $1.00 each (minimum of 6 of any one type) Apple-Cinnamon, Blueberry, Lemon-Poppyseed, and (new!) Savory Corn

Martha’s Crunchy Bread: A pretty round or oval artisan loaf of organic whole wheat and spelt flours, a little yeast and salt, and whey. The “crunch” comes from sunflower seeds and sprouted wheatberries. $5.50 loaf.

PREPARED FOODS:

Nancy is off this Tuesday.

From Elaine:
Swiss Chard and Mushroom Quiche made with onions, cheddar cheese, and local eggs. $25.00 whole pie

Hearty White Bean and Fresh Greens Soup: $5 pint, $10 quart

Homemade Salsa with cilantro and pineapple. No, the pineapple isn’t local, but it’s good. $6.50 pint.

From Martha:
PEACH COBBLER: made from Donna’s peaches and Mom’s recipe: small $8, large $13.50

TOMATO JAM: Sweet, spicy, with ginger and hot-pepper zing. $8.00 for 8 oz.

APPLE-GINGER CHUTNEY: Sweet and cooling condiment for spicy Indian food. $6.50 for 8 oz.

PEASANT’S FARE: Six healthy, sustainable items to build a week’s meals around. Complete package, $30.50. (See our web page for serving suggestions.)
Includes: Your choice of Martha’s Crunchy Bread with sunflower seeds and sprouted wheatberries OR Skillet Cornbread
What-a-Dal: a smooth blend of lentils and other legumes with lots of Indian spices. Use like hummus. Good with chutney. 16 oz.
Summer greens sautéed in olive oil with onion and toasted sesame seed, 8 oz.
Grilled summer vegetables with olive oil and garlic, 16 oz.
Tomato sauce with garlic, onion, and olive oil, 16 oz.
Fried apples (from Donna) with a little bit of NY maple syrup and local butter, 16 oz.

We love it when you return clean containers for re-use! It also helps us control our costs.

GROCERIES:

STAR CITY Fair Trade, Organic COLUMBIAN COFFEE: Regular or Decaffeinated. Whole Bean or Ground. Please specify when ordering. A great price on deluxe coffee from locally owned coffee roasters! $10.50/12 oz.bag.

PRODUCE:

Beets: beautiful and bountiful $3.00 bunch, with greens attached

Eggplant, $4.00 lb. (Asian type, but also the bright purple ones that look like Easter eggs, and some more traditional varieties.)

Tender salad green mix: $3.50 for 8 oz.

Swiss chard, $3 a bunch

New Zealand Spinach, $3 a bunch

Elephant garlic: $4 each

Green (snap) beans: $3 lb.

Sweet peppers: green, yellow, and red, some thin-walled, some thick: $4.50 pound for a mixture

Scallions: 6 for $1

Black Cherry and Sungold cherry tomatoes: The black cherry tomatoes have a rich, dark flavor, while the Sungolds are very sweet and taste almost like citrus fruit. Really special. $4 pint.

Juliet tomatoes: $3 lb. (smaller, drier, for cooking and salads). We really love Juliet tomatoes. Their charms are in the kitchen – what a nice vegetable to work with.

Mixed heirloom tomatoes and/or slicers: Mostly Cherokee Purple, a richly flavored dark tomato. Also Brandywine, Thessaloniki, the classic garden hybrids Better Boy and Jubilee, and others. $3 lb.

FRUIT:

Baking Apples: These are organic, from our friend Donna in Fincastle. $2.50 a pound.

FRESH HERBS:

Flat Leaf Parsley
Sweet Basil, Red Basil,
Rosemary, Sage,
Mint, Oregano,
Garlic Chive Flowers. $2.50/bunch.

Lavender, $6 bundle

Flower bouquets: Wild and colorful! $5 and $8. Coming to the end of the season! Get ’em while they last.

For questions or more information, call 540-345-3405 or send us an email.

Published in: on September 12, 2008 at 12:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Saturday, Sept. 13 pickup at Vinton Farmer’s Market — please order by Friday noon

A very exciting menu of prepared foods from Nancy including delicious local meats: pork sausage and chicken raised in local pastures! Also, we have just gotten a big order of this season’s flour and wheatberries from our grain farmers near Harrisonburg, so Martha’s Crunchy Bread will be at its peak of freshness and flavor. You can order a complete Peasant’s Fare as usual, but just as an experiment, we are also offering each dish a la carte. (Buying the package nets you a nice discount.)

With all the rain and cooler temperatures, GREENS are making a comeback and the entire garden is showing a touching faith in its ability to flower and fruit again before the frost. We’ll see how that goes.

Please order by noon on Friday, Sept. 12 for pickup Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Vinton Farmer’s Market, between 9 and 11 am. (Just send an email message to citygrown2@gmail.com with a list of what you’d like, and include your phone number.) Scroll to the bottom to see directions to the Vinton Farmer’s Market.

If there’s something you need in the way of produce or herbs that we haven’t listed, just ask. If we have some I’ll pick it and bring it.

Best, Martha

PREPARED FOODS

From Nancy:

BOTETOURT’S BEST Sausage & Potato Pie: lean pork sausage from Full Circle Farm, potatoes from MiniBlessings Farm, eggs from Brambleberry Farm, all in Fincastle/Troutville area. Baked with white cheddar cheese in a tender whole wheat crust free from transfatty acids. Whole pie (5-8 pieces) $22.00; by the slice (1/5 of the pie) $5.00. Limited supply.

Nancy’s TRIED & TRUE TABOULEH: delicious grain and summer vegetable salad made with high protein, gluten-free quinoa, Citygrown tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions and parsley. Olive oil, organic lemon and garlic vinaigrette. YUM. 16 oz. container for $7.00

CHICKEN GUMBO: hearty soup handcrafted from fresh, local summer veggies and pastured chicken stock/meat from Blue Ridge Poultry Co-op in Fincastle. 16 oz. container for $5.00.

From Martha:

PEACH COBBLER : made from Donna’s peaches and Mom’s recipe: small $8, large $13.50

PEASANT’S FARE: Complete package, $30.50
Includes: Martha’s Crunchy Bread with sunflower seeds and sprouted wheatberries
Tomato Jam, sweet, spicy, with a hot pepper zing, 8 oz. (choose mild or hot)
Chickpeas with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and toasted sesame, 16 oz. (eat warm or cold)
Summer greens sautéed in olive oil with onion and toasted sesame seed, 8 oz.
Tomato sauce with garlic, onion, and olive oil, 16 oz.
Fried apples (from Donna) with a little bit of NY maple syrup and local butter, 16 oz.

You may order any item in the Peasant’s fare (except the Tomato Jam) separately for $5.50. The Tomato Jam is $8.00 and supplies are limited.

PRODUCE:

Eggplant, $4.00 lb. (Asian type, but also the bright purple ones that look like Easter eggs, and some more traditional varieties.)

Swiss chard, $3 a bunch

New Zealand Spinach, $3 a bunch

Green (snap) beans: $3 lb.

Sweet peppers: green, yellow, and red, some thin-walled, some thick: $4.50 pound for a mixture

Black Cherry and Sungold cherry tomatoes: The black cherry tomatoes have a rich, dark flavor, while the Sungolds are very sweet and taste almost like citrus fruit. Really special. $4 pint.

Juliet tomatoes: $3 pint (smaller, drier, for cooking and salads). We really love Juliet tomatoes. Their charms are in the kitchen – what a nice vegetable to work with.

Mixed heirloom tomatoes and/or slicers: Mostly Cherokee Purple, a richly flavored dark tomato. Also Brandywine, Thessaloniki, the classic garden hybrids Better Boy and Jubilee, and others. $3 lb.

FRUIT:

Baking Apples: These are organic, from our friend Donna in Fincastle. $2.50 a pound.

FRESH HERBS:

Flat Leaf Parsley
Sweet Basil, Red Basil,
Rosemary, Sage,
Oregano, Garlic Chive Flowers. $2.50/bunch.

For questions or more information, call 540-345-3405 or email us at citygrown2@gmail.com

Directions to the Vinton Farmer’s Market from I-581: Take Elm Avenue (Route 24 East) Exit. Continue on Elm Avenue, which will change names several times and becomes Virginia Avenue at the Town limits. Turn left on South Pollard Street. Turn left on Lee Avenue, just before the Vinton Post Office. The Vinton Farmers’ Market will be on your right.

Directions from Route 460: Turn on Gus Nicks Boulevard at Hardee’s. Gus Nicks Boulevard will turn into Washington Avenue. Turn right on South Pollard Street beside Vinton Motors. Turn right on Lee Avenue, beside the Vinton Post Office. The Vinton Farmers’ Market will be on your right.

Please include a phone number with your order.

Published in: on September 11, 2008 at 1:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sept. 9, Tuesday, downtown pickup of local foods — please order by Monday noon.

Order fresh produce and cooked-to-order prepared foods and baked goods, anytime before Monday noon for Tuesday pickup. (We are too busy planting salad greens for fall to go to the Vinton Farmer’s Market on Saturday the 6th, but plan to return there soon.)

As always, we offer ecologically grown, VERY local food from our gardens – we use no pesticides or chemicals. Ingredients we don’t grow ourselves are as organic and local as we can get them. Please contact us if you have more specific questions or concerns.

We have changed our pickup time slightly in response to requests from customers. Pickup is Tuesday between 4:00 and 5:30 at 416 Church Avenue, Roanoke (park in the lot at the corner of 4th and Church and follow Citygrown signs). This is the downtown Church of the Brethren.

Order by email (citygrown2@gmail.com), or call 540-345-3405. Please include a phone number with your order.

— Nancy Maurelli, Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Martha Hagood, and Elaine Fleck

BAKED GOODS:

Elaine’s Apple Pie with Elaine’s own organically grown apples. Gorgeous. Whole pie, $25.00

Four choices of Elaine’s Muffins: $1.00 each (minimum of 6 of any one type) Apple-Cinnamon, Blueberry, Lemon-Poppyseed, and Zucchini-Spice

Martha’s Crunchy Bread: A pretty round or oval artisan loaf of organic whole wheat and spelt flours, a little yeast and salt, and whey. The “crunch” comes from sunflower seeds and sprouted wheatberries. $5.50 loaf.

PREPARED FOODS:

From Nancy:

RATATOUILLE: Classic French Provencal summer veggie medley. A lovely way to have summer in your freezer through the winter months. Summer squash, eggplant, sweet peppers & onions, and fresh tomatoes meld with garlic and herbs. Enjoy solo or top rice, pasta, polenta, baked potato or grilled chicken or pork. $8.00/pint.

NANCY‘S PEACH-DIJON CHICKEN BBQ: Made with pastured birds, lovingly raised in Fincastle, VA by Blue Ridge Poultry Co-op. Nancy’s newest sauce features organic Botetourt County peaches and Citygrown tomatoes. Enjoy this solo as an entree, on a bun with a tart slaw, or ladled over a wild rice pilaf.
$12.00/16 oz. container (2-3 portions).

CHICKEN STOCK: The “real deal” long simmered from pastured chicken bones. Excellent calcium source AND a great flavor booster for sauces, soups, risotto. Freezable. $3.00/pint.

QUINOA TABOULEH: Finally, enough Juliet tomatoes AND cucumbers simultaneously! High protein quinoa is a lighter grain than traditional bulghur AND gluten free! Lots of Citygrown parsley, organic lemon and olive oil. A great side dish or easy way to turn a green salad into a main dish. Use within five days. $7.00/pint.

WINTER SQUASH PUREE: A medley of Citygrown acorn and butternut, roasted and pureed. Frozen. Ready to defrost and heat or add to soups, casseroles, pancakes, etc. $6.50/pint.

From Martha:

Peach cobbler: with Donna’s beautiful organic peaches – small $8, large, $13.50

Tomato Jam: Sweet tomato jam with ginger, spices, and a little hot-pepper zing. Spread it on bread, flavor cooked beans, or eat with fish or meat. 8 oz., $8.00

Peasant’s Fare: Healthful, organic, sustainable basics to build a week’s meals around. This week, you get your choice of cornbread OR Martha’s crunchy bread; 16 oz. container of zesty chickpea salad with ginger, sweet peppers, and onion; 16 oz. container of multi-colored tomato salad with herbs and balsamic vinaigrette; 16 oz. black beans with garlic, onion, and sweet pepper (to eat hot); 16 oz. simple tomato sauce (for pasta or as a basis for soup or chili); and an 8 oz. container of Donna’s apples, sliced and cooked with a little butter and maple syrup. Complete package: $30.50. For serving suggestions for the Peasant’s Fare, click the link upper right.

We love it when you return clean containers for re-use! It also helps us control our costs.

GROCERIES:

STAR CITY Fair Trade, Organic COLUMBIAN COFFEE: Regular or Decaffeinated. Whole Bean or Ground. Please specify when ordering. A great price on deluxe coffee from locally owned coffee roasters! $10.50/12 oz.bag.

PRODUCE:

Beets: beautiful and bountiful $3.00 bunch, with greens attached

Eggplant, $4.00 lb. (Asian type, but also the bright purple ones that look like Easter eggs, and some more traditional varieties.)

Swiss chard, $3 a bunch

New Zealand Spinach, $3 a bunch

Elephant garlic: $4 each

Green (snap) beans: $3 lb.

Sweet peppers: green, yellow, and red, some thin-walled, some thick: $3.50 pound for a mixture

Scallions: 6 for $1

Zucchini: $2 pound

Mixed cherry tomatoes: $3.50 pint.

Black Cherry and Sungold cherry tomatoes: Just coming in. The black cherry tomatoes have a rich, dark flavor, while the Sungolds are very sweet and taste almost like citrus fruit. Really special. $4 pint.

Juliet tomatoes: $3 pint (smaller, drier, for cooking and salads). We really love Juliet tomatoes. Their charms are in the kitchen – what a nice vegetable to work with.

Mixed heirloom tomatoes and/or slicers: Mostly Cherokee Purple, a richly flavored dark tomato. Also Brandywine, Thessaloniki, the classic garden hybrids Better Boy and Jubilee, and others. $3 lb.

FRUIT:

Apples: These are organic, from our friend Donna in Fincastle. $2.50 a pound.

White Peaches: $2.50 a pound. Grown in the city by organic methods.

FRESH HERBS:

Flat Leaf Parsley
Sweet Basil, Red Basil,
Rosemary, Sage,
Mint, Oregano,
Garlic Chive Flowers. $2.50/bunch.

Lavender, $6 bundle

Flower bouquets: Wild and colorful! $5 and $8

For questions or more information, reply to this email, call 540-345-3405 or see our web site at https://citygrown.wordpress.com

Published in: on September 5, 2008 at 11:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Tuesday downtown pickup Sept. 2 — order by noon Labor Day

As always, we offer ecologically grown, VERY local produce and prepared foods, plus baked goods – our gardens are not “certified organic,” but we use no pesticides or chemicals. Ingredients we don’t grow ourselves are as organic and local as we can get them. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

We have changed our pickup time slightly in response to requests from customers. Pickup is Tuesday between 4:00 and 5:30 at 416 Church Avenue, Roanoke (park in the lot at the corner of 4th and Church and follow Citygrown signs). This is the downtown Church of the Brethren. Please let us know right away if this change causes a problem for you.

Reply to citygrown2@gmail.com by noon on Monday to order for Tuesday pickup, or call 540-345-3405. Please include a phone number with your order.

— Nancy Maurelli, Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Martha Hagood, and Elaine Fleck

BAKED GOODS:

Elaine’s Apple Pie with Elaine’s own organically grown apples. Gorgeous. Whole pie, $25.00

Four choices of Elaine’s Muffins: $1.00 each (minimum of 6 of any one type) Apple-Cinnamon, Blueberry, Lemon-Poppyseed, and Zucchini-Spice

Martha’s Crunchy Bread: A pretty round or oval artisan loaf of organic whole wheat and spelt flours, a little yeast and salt, and whey. The “crunch” comes from sunflower seeds and sprouted wheatberries. $5.50 loaf.

PREPARED FOODS:

From Nancy:

“Fading Summer” Fruit Soup: local cantaloupe & peaches with Homestead Creamery homemade yogurt. $7.50/pint

Nancy‘s Vegan Thai Delight: local eggplant, tomatoes and basil meld with organic coconut oil and thai seasonings (mild-medium hot). Great with brown basmati rice or as a topping/sauce for grilled tempeh, fish,chicken. $8.50/pint.

Organic Brown Basmati Rice: cooked simply with Lima sea salt. Enjoy w/stir-fries, stews, stuff into veggies, add milk and fruit for breakfast. $3.00/pint

Chicken Orleans: pastured diced chicken in saffron-scented tomato and sweet pepper sauce. Enjoy over rice or solo. $9.50/pint.

From Martha:

Peach cobbler: with Donna’s beautiful organic peaches – small $8, large, $13.50

Tomato Jam: Sweet tomato jam with ginger, spices, and a little hot-pepper zing. Spread it on bread, flavor cooked beans, or eat with fish or meat. 8 oz., $8.00

Peasant’s Fare: Healthful, organic, sustainable basics to build a week’s meals around. This week, you get one loaf of Martha’s crunchy bread, 24 oz. (3 cups) of pinto beans cooked with onion, garlic, and herbs, 8 oz. of tomato jam, spicy and sweet, for flavoring beans, meat, and bread, 16 oz. container of roasted green beans with onions, tomatoes, and garlic, 16 oz. container of grilled summer vegetables, and 5 of Donna’s local organic apples. Complete package: $30.50. For serving suggestions for the Peasant’s Fare, check our website Saturday morning.

We love it when you return clean containers for re-use! It also helps us control our costs.

GROCERIES:

STAR CITY Fair Trade, Organic COLUMBIAN COFFEE: Regular or Decaffeinated. Whole Bean or Ground. Please specify when ordering. A great price on deluxe coffee from locally owned coffee roasters! $10.50/12 oz.bag.

PRODUCE:

Beets: beautiful and bountiful $3.00 bunch, with greens attached

Eggplant, $4.00 lb. (Asian type, but also the bright purple ones that look like Easter eggs, and some more traditional varieties.)

Swiss chard, $3 a bunch

Elephant garlic: $4 each

Green (snap) beans: $3 lb.

Sweet peppers: green, yellow, and red, some thin-walled, some thick: $3.50 pound

Scallions: 6 for $1

Zucchini: $2 pound

Mixed cherry tomatoes: $3.50 pint.

Black Cherry and Sungold cherry tomatoes: Just coming in. The black cherry tomatoes have a rich, dark flavor, while the Sungolds are very sweet and taste almost like citrus fruit. Really special. $4 pint.

Juliet tomatoes: $3 pint (smaller, drier, for cooking and salads). We really love Juliet tomatoes. Their charms are in the kitchen – what a nice vegetable to work with.

Mixed heirloom tomatoes and/or slicers: Mostly Cherokee Purple, a richly flavored dark tomato. Also Brandywine, Thessaloniki, the classic garden hybrids Better Boy and Jubilee, and others. $3 lb.

FRUIT:

Apples: These are organic, from our friend Donna in Fincastle. I don’t have the price yet but will post it when I get it.

White Peaches: $2.50 a pound. Grown in the city by organic methods.

ORGANIC FRESH HERBS:

Flat Leaf Parsley
Sweet Basil, Red Basil,
Rosemary, Sage,
Mint, Oregano,
Garlic Chive Flowers. $2.50/bunch.

Lavender, $6 bundle

Flower bouquets: Wild and colorful! $5 and $8

For questions or more information, reply to this email or call 540-345-3405

Published in: on August 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Saturday pickup at Vinton Farmer’s Market — order Friday

Last Saturday at the Vinton Farmer’s Market went quite well, so we will try it again. This time I will be bringing homemade bread and some prepared foods as well as produce. All very, very local and grown by organic methods. Everything is ordered in advance by sending an email to citygrown2@gmail.com by noon on Friday. Pick up between 8:30 and 11:00 on Saturday, and please include a phone number with your order. Directions to Vinton Farmer’s Market are at the bottom of this post, after the menu listings.

We will still have our regular pickup on Tuesday at the downtown Church of the Brethren. That menu will be sent Friday as usual.

– Nancy Maurelli, Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Martha Hagood, and Elaine Fleck

Prepared Foods:

Martha’s Crunchy Bread, $5.50 loaf. Mostly whole wheat (all organic flours) with sprouted wheatberries and sunflower seeds, whey, yeast and a little salt.

Tomato Jam: 8 oz., $8.00. This takes a lot of fresh tomatoes, and a couple of hours, but boy is it worth it. Some say this is more like a chutney than a jam. It’s sweet and quite spicy, with pepper, ginger and other seasonings. Keeps about a week in the refrigerator.

Peach Cobbler: small $8.00, large $13.50. Made with my mother’s recipe and Donna J’s organic peaches from Fincastle. Organic local peaches are *hard* to find. These are good.

And Peach Muffins: $1.00 each

Produce:

Flat leaf parsley, red basil, sweet basil, rosemary, oregano. $2.50 per bunch.

Swiss Chard, $3.00 bunch. Limited supply.

Eggplant, $4.00 lb.

Green (snap) beans: $3 lb.

Sunflowers: The whole plate-sized bloom, on as long a stalk as you want. $5.00 a stem. Dry it for the seeds, or just look at it for a while, then put it out for the birds.

Black Cherry and Sungold cherry tomatoes: The black cherry tomatoes have a rich, dark flavor, while the Sungolds are very sweet and taste almost like citrus fruit. Really special. $4 pint. We have more Sungolds than Black Cherries.

Juliet tomatoes: $3 pint (smaller, drier, for cooking and salads). We really love Juliet tomatoes. Their charms are in the kitchen – what a nice vegetable to work with. You can roast them or grill them with no seasoning at all and they are wonderful.

Mixed heirloom tomatoes and/or slicers: Mostly Cherokee Purple, a richly flavored dark tomato. Also Brandywine, Thessaloniki, the classic garden hybrids Better Boy and Jubilee, and others. $3 lb.

Directions to the Vinton Farmer’s Market from I-581: Take Elm Avenue (Route 24 East) Exit. Continue on Elm Avenue, which will change names several times and becomes Virginia Avenue at the Town limits. Turn left on South Pollard Street. Turn left on Lee Avenue, just before the Vinton Post Office. The Vinton Farmers’ Market will be on your right.

Directions from Route 460: Turn on Gus Nicks Boulevard at Hardee’s. Gus Nicks Boulevard will turn into Washington Avenue. Turn right on South Pollard Street beside Vinton Motors. Turn right on Lee Avenue, beside the Vinton Post Office. The Vinton Farmers’ Market will be on your right.

Please include a phone number with your order.

Published in: on August 28, 2008 at 11:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Regular Tuesday pickup August 26: prepared foods, produce, and baked goods

As always, we offer ecologically grown, VERY local produce and prepared foods, plus baked goods – our gardens are not “certified organic,” but we use no pesticides or chemicals.

Pickup is Tuesday between 4:30 and 6:30 at 416 Church Avenue, Roanoke (park in the lot at the corner of 4th and Church and follow Citygrown signs). This is the downtown Church of the Brethren.

Reply to this email (citygrown2@gmail.com) by noon on Monday to order for Tuesday pickup, or call 540-345-3405. Please include a phone number with your order.

Last call for registration for Nancy’s final summer cooking class on August 28. Learn to cook straight from the garden. Please register in advance – we still have space. See the “cooking classes” link on this page for more information or give us a call.

— Nancy Maurelli, Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Martha Hagood, and Elaine Fleck

BAKED GOODS:

Apple-Elderberry Pie with Elaine’s own organically grown apples and elderberries. Lovely. Whole pie, $25.00

Four choices of Muffins: $1.00 each (minimum of 6 of any one type) Apple-Cinnamon, Blueberry, Lemon-Poppyseed, and Zucchini-Spice

Martha’s Crunchy Bread: A pretty round or oval artisan loaf of organic whole wheat and spelt flours, a little yeast and salt, and whey. The “crunch” comes from sunflower seeds and sprouted wheatberries. $5.50 loaf.

PREPARED FOODS: (16 oz. = two-cup container, 32 oz. = four-cup container)

Elaine’s Cheese and Tomato Quiche with Olives (organic tomatoes, onions, garlic, eggs, and parsley). Whole pie, $25.00

Peach cobbler: with Donna’s beautiful organic peaches – small $8, large, $13.50

Tomato Jam: Sweet tomato jam with a little hot-pepper zing. Spread it on bread or eat with fish or meat. 8 oz., $6.00

Peasant’s Fare: Healthful, organic, sustainable basics to build a week’s meals around: 12 sticks of Kentucky Cornbread, 16 oz. Spicy Black Bean Salad, 8 oz. Summer Greens sauteed with onion and sesame seed, 16 oz. Grilled vegetables (eggplant, green beans, Juliet tomatoes, onion, and peppers), 16 oz. Summer Salsa, and six Peach muffins. Complete package: $27.50. For serving suggestions for the Peasant’s Fare, check our website Saturday morning.

We love it when you return clean containers for re-use! It also helps us control our costs.

GROCERIES:

STAR CITY Fair Trade, Organic COLUMBIAN COFFEE: Regular or Decaffeinated. Whole Bean or Ground. Please specify when ordering. A great price on deluxe coffee from locally owned coffee roasters! $10.50/12 oz.bag.

ORGANIC PRODUCE:

Beets: beautiful and bountiful $3.00 bunch, with greens attached

Eggplant, $4.00 lb. (Asian type, but also the bright purple ones that look like Easter eggs, and some more traditional varieties.)

Swiss chard, $3 a bunch

Flat leaf Parsley, $2.50 a bunch

Elephant garlic: $4 each Regular Garlic: $6 pound

Green (snap) beans: $3 lb.

Mixed cherry tomatoes: $3.50 pint.

Black Cherry and Sungold cherry tomatoes: Just coming in. The black cherry tomatoes have a rich, dark flavor, while the Sungolds are very sweet and taste almost like citrus fruit. Really special. $4 pint.

Juliet tomatoes: $3 pint (smaller, drier, for cooking and salads). We really love Juliet tomatoes. Their charms are in the kitchen – what a nice vegetable to work with.

Mixed heirloom tomatoes and/or slicers: Mostly Cherokee Purple, a richly flavored dark tomato. Also Brandywine, Thessaloniki, the classic garden hybrids Better Boy and Jubilee, and others. $3 lb.

Mixed peppers (mostly sweet): green, yellow, and red, some thin-walled, some thick: $3.50 pound

Muskmelon (cantaloupe): We are fighting the groundhogs and squash bugs for these, but when we win, they’re really delicious! Limited supply. $3.00 each.

ORGANIC FRESH HERBS:

Flat Leaf Parsley, Sweet Basil, Red Basil, Rosemary, Sage, Mint, Oregano, Dill. $2.50/bunch.

Lavender, $6 bundle

Flower bouquets: Wild and colorful! $5 and $8

Our August 28 cooking class is on Thursday morning at Church of the Brethren. Please register by Wednesday morning before Thursday class at the latest. Nancy will be back from New York, and we will revel in the late-summer bounty from our gardens.

For questions or more information, reply to this email, call 540-345-3405 or see our web site at https://citygrown.wordpress.com

Published in: on August 22, 2008 at 8:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Special Saturday, August 23 pickup at the Vinton Farmer’s Market — watermelons, peaches, corn, muffins!

We have been thinking about adding a second weekly pickup at the Vinton Farmer’s Market and Saturday will be the first one. The reason is we have some beautiful watermelons — a good bit bigger than the ones we had Tuesday — some perfectly ripe peaches — and some sweet corn as well. All very, very local and grown by organic methods.

We’d like to get it into your hands at its peak of freshness, rather than wait till Tuesday. (We will still have our regular pickup on Tuesday.) Please order by 5 pm Friday for pickup Saturday, August 23,  between 8:30 am and 11:00 am at the Vinton Farmer’s Market. Send orders by email to citygrown2@gmail.com.

Directions to the Vinton Farmer’s Market from I-581: Take Elm Avenue (Route 24 East) Exit. Continue on Elm Avenue, which will change names several times and becomes Virginia Avenue at the Town limits. Turn left on South Pollard Street. Turn left on Lee Avenue, just before the Vinton Post Office. The Vinton Farmers’ Market will be on your right.

Directions from Route 460: Turn on Gus Nicks Boulevard at Hardee’s. Gus Nicks Boulevard will turn into Washington Avenue. Turn right on South Pollard Street beside Vinton Motors. Turn right on Lee Avenue, beside the Vinton Post Office. The Vinton Farmers’ Market will be on your right.

Please include a phone number with your order.

— Nancy Maurelli, Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Martha Hagood, and Elaine Fleck

Produce:

Sugar Baby and Crimson Sweet watermelons: $5 and $6, depending on size.

Silver Queen Sweet Corn picked Saturday morning before market: 4 ears, $3.00

Donna J’s organic peaches: $2.50 a pound

Eggplant, $4.00 lb.

Green (snap) beans: $3 lb. Limited supply, new beds just starting to come in.

Black Cherry and Sungold cherry tomatoes: The black cherry tomatoes have a rich, dark flavor, while the Sungolds are very sweet and taste almost like citrus fruit. Really special. $4 pint. We have more Sungolds than Black Cherries.

Juliet tomatoes: $3 pint (smaller, drier, for cooking and salads). We really love Juliet tomatoes. Their charms are in the kitchen – what a nice vegetable to work with. You can roast them or grill them with no seasoning at all and they are wonderful.

Mixed heirloom tomatoes and/or slicers: Mostly Cherokee Purple, a richly flavored dark tomato. Also Brandywine, Thessaloniki, the classic garden hybrids Better Boy and Jubilee, and others. $3 lb.

Mixed peppers (mostly sweet): green, yellow, and red, some thin-walled, some thick: $3.50 pound. We were short of these on Tuesday but now we have more.

And muffins!

Blackberry Muffins: $1.00 each
Peach Muffins: $1.00 each

Published in: on August 21, 2008 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment