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Lemon, orange, celery, pomegranate with holiday decor

December Produce

Lemon, orange, celery, pomegranate with holiday decor

Thanksgiving as just ended but that does not mean the end of delicious food! December has lots of family gatherings, festive parties, and lots of reasons to make yummy food. Yummy food can still be healthy especially when you include fresh produce in it! At our stores we want to provide you with lots of fresh options of fruits and vegetables! We compiled a list of our favorite winter produce along with some tips of how to choose the best one and few ideas on how to incorporate them into your everyday!

Celery stalk on a table

Celery –

When picking your celery at the store, you want to choose stalks that are firm, straight and have fresh leaves. For easy holiday finger foods stuff celery with cream cheese, add some seasoning and top with bacon bits or crushed walnuts. Looking for more of a dinner dish? Cook celery, butter, chicken broth and thyme on low in the oven. Or chop up some celery and make a flavorful soup. Chopped celery can be the perfect crunch to any type of salad, green or potato!

An orange on a table

Oranges –

Oranges are a must for the holiday season! One of the biggest tips when choosing your orange is to pick one that is heavy for its size! You also want your orange to be smooth and firm. Now that you have the perfect orange, we have lots of ideas of how to use it. A freshly peeled orange is always a good snack or breakfast item. Slice some oranges and add them to a pan with fennel and salmon for a quick fresh dinner! Orange rolls are a fresh fun recipe to make for breakfast or brunch. Or throw some oranges in a blender with milk, ice, honey and vanilla extract for a fresh Orange Julius smoothie!

Sliced lemon

Lemon –

Lemons add a fresh flavor. Similar to when choosing oranges, you want a lemon that is heavy for size, with taut thin skin that gives slightly when pressed. Surprise your family with lemon chicken for dinner one night and it will become a new favorite. Simply brown chicken on the stove and then transfer it to the oven and drizzle with lemon juice, chicken broth and salt and pepper. Adding some lemon zest and juice to your green beans is a fun variation. Use fresh squeezed lemon juice and zest in your lemon bars and lemon sugar cookies. If you’re looking for something different to try, lemon poppy seed pancakes would be a fun addition to any meal!

Pomegranate on a table

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are among one of our most favorite fruits. Conveniently, you can now purchase pre-shelled pomegranates. However, the storage of the whole fruit is longer than that of pre-shelled seeds.  If buying a whole pomegranate, you want to choose one that is between the size of an orange to grapefruit. The shape should be slightly square, and the skin should be a dark or bright red color. For a quick de-seeding process cut the fruit in half just deep enough to break the fruit in half.  Hold a half over a bowl and hit the back of the pomegranate with a heavy spoon while squeezing the fruit slightly to release the seeds. For a delicious salad throw some spinach, walnuts, red onions and feta cheese together and sprinkle with vinaigrette and pomegranate seeds. Add some color to your morning oatmeal or yogurt. Pomegranates are also a yummy addition to your rice or quinoa!

Grapefruit on a table

Grapefruit –

Grapefruit is a classic winter fruit. When picking your grapefruit from the store, you want to pick one that is heavy and not perfectly round. If you love your morning grapefruit cut in half and sprinkled with some sugar, try sprinkling it with brown sugar and broiling it for 3 to 5 minutes. A grapefruit pound cake is an easy way to bake using the fresh grapefruit flavors. Grapefruit also adds a fun flavor to grilled chicken.

Thankful Box with November Produce, Apples, Kale, Fennel, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, and Cauliflower

November Produce Guide

Thankful Box with November Produce, Apples, Kale, Fennel, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, and Cauliflower

November is the last month of fall. Which means it is the last month to take advantage of warm weather before December comes and winter sets in. Luckily even with the cold weather there is still a lot of produce available! We appreciate fresh so at our stores we strive to have plenty of fresh produce available all year! We’ve created a guide to some November produce along with  fun recipe ideas you are going to want to try ASAP!

red and green apples on table

Apples are an easy fresh ingredient to add to your November table! Tart apples like Fuji and Granny Smith are perfect for your caramel apples. Fuji and Golden Delicious make yummy homemade applesauce. For apple crisp, you are going to want to use both sweet and tart apples, like Granny Smith with Honey Crisp. For a quick snack, the Gala has a nice sweet, somewhat tart flavor that always tastes amazingly fresh!

kale on table

Kale is harvested after the frost in the fall, so November is the perfect month to take advantage of this healthy green and there are many ways to use it besides throwing it into your morning smoothie. Kale salads are becoming very popular.  We recommend massaging your raw kale leaves for about 30 seconds to make them a little less tough and more enjoyable in your salad. Kale can also be thrown in a pot of soup, just simmer until the kale is wilted. Sautéed kale with garlic and red chili flakes is an easy dish.

Brussels sprouts on table

Brussels sprouts are in their peak season from September to February, this is the perfect time to change your mind about these infamous vegetables. Roasted in the oven with some Parmesan, olive oil and salt, Brussels sprouts make the perfect side dish. Or shred your Brussels sprouts and throw them in with apples, pomegranate seeds, feta cheese and walnuts and you have a fresh fall salad.

cauliflower on table

Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables, making it extremely easy to find a way to incorporate into your meals. Cauliflower can be treated like a potato and mashed with garlic and butter. You can also use it to replace flour in many recipes such as pizza crust and tortillas. Roasted cauliflower is a great option to add to pasta dishes or eat on its own.

fennel on table

Fennel is a plant that can be used in many ways. The bulb, leaves and seeds can all be used in cooking. The bulb is yummy sliced and baked with carrots and other seasonings or shave the bulb and add the raw shavings to a salad. The seeds are great addition to salads, pasta sauces and meat marinades. Fennel leaves make a great salad or addition to another dish like an omelet.

Beets on table

Beets are an easy way to add color to your dish! Cooked beets with orange slices, greens and a balsamic dressing is a perfect winter salad. Pickled beets are a great way to store all of the fresh beets available. Beets can also be used in cookies, ice cream, cinnamon rolls and lots of other sweet treats. No matter what kind of dish you plan to use them in beets need to be on your shopping list!

 

All things vegetables with Augason Farms

This month’s newsletter is dedicated to all things vegetables! With winter finally behind us and spring in full swing, it’s a good time to start thinking about incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diets. Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits offers many benefits:

  • Having a diet rich in vegetables and fruit may reduce the risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke and protect against certain types of cancer
  • Vegetables and fruits high in fiber may reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease
  • Vegetables and fruits rich in potassium may lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and decrease bone loss
  • Switch out vegetables that are lower in calories per cup, instead of some higher-calorie food may be helpful to lower calorie intake

In this newsletter, you’ll find some of Augason Farm’s most popular vegetable products, tips and tricks to get your kids to eat more veggies and helpful information on starting your own spring garden.

Augason Farms Vegetables

When people think about emergency food storage, most tend to think about flour, sugar, potato gems and dehydrated meat, or lots of carbohydrate and protein products. But when you are building your food storage for a stockpile or your pantry, it’s important that you have fruits and vegetables for vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. However, storing fruits and vegetables can be difficult, and this is why Augason Farms offers freeze-dried and dehydrated vegetables, along with vegetable seeds, to ensure you can have healthy foods on hand at all times!

Our dehydrated and freeze dried vegetables function as a great snack, can be a cheaper option for using veggies when they’re out of season and serve as an excellent source of nutrition following a major emergency. Plus, it’s a quick alternative to canning and freezing. Our team works to ensure that every vegetable we provide offers the highest nutritional benefit, with top-of-the-line flavor and quality. Here are some popular veggies products our customers love to have on hand:

Augason Farms Dehydrated Diced Carrots – With all the same vitamins as fresh carrots, these are peeled and diced and ready to add to your favorite soups, salads or side dishes.

Augason Farms Dehydrated Cut Onions – A simple no-prep, no-tears way to add full-bodied flavor to soups, gravies and sauces. Just add water to make a rich, flavorful chicken broth.

Augason Farms Dehydrated Potato Slices– Skip the prep work and add these hassle-free sliced potatoes to casseroles, soups, or potato salads.

Kids and Vegetables

Tips and tricks to get them to eat their greens

The biggest battle around the family dinner table usually centers on getting kids to eat—especially their vegetables. While the thought of getting children to try peas, Brussels sprouts or red bell peppers can seem daunting and nearly impossible, there are a few things that you can do to help your kids cultivate a positive experience with their food.

  • Be a good role model. Research shows that many kids tend to model their eating habits after their parents.
  • Enforce the one bite rule. Encourage your children to at least try any vegetables that are on their plate. They don’t have to like it, but they do have to try it.
  • Sneak the vegetables in. Children are more willing to eat their veggies if they’re found in a cheesy casserole or blended in a smoothie (fruit will always dominate the veggie flavors).
  • Feed them what they will eat. If your kids like tomatoes and baby carrots, always have some on hand. Serve them new vegetables with more familiar ones, so that even if they don’t like the new ones, you know that they will still eat something.

Spring Garden Tips and Tricks

The cold weather behind us, and summer is knocking on our door. Now is a great time to plant your spring garden with Augason Farms’ Vegetable Garden Seeds. These 13 hardy seed varieties are specially selected for their storage capability, first-rate flavor, and high yields and proven adaptable to almost any region. As you get prepped to plant your garden this year, here are a few suggestions to help you maximize your harvest:

  • Clear your garden and remove any debris from winter
  • Revitalize the soil by adding organic material like compost
  • Trim old plants so they’ll grow anew

As a special offer in May, our customers can buy 3 Augason Farms Vegetables and get $3 off! Be sure to check out all of the delicious vegetable products that Augason Farms has to offer. We only offer high-quality products, so you never have to be concerned over nutritional benefits. It’s our top priority to our customers.

Macey’s Anywhere ONLINE ONLY SALE!

From August 1 – 31, available ONLY on Macey’s Anywhere, we’ve partnered with Augason Farms to offer three amazing items at 50% off the regular retail price. Included in this event are the freeze dried fruit and vegetable variety packs and the water storage kit. Also included below are recipes using the fruit and vegetable variety packs. For more information on Macey’s Anywhere, click here.

Start shopping now to take advantage of these great deals!

Fruit_Variety_640x-980x980Fruit Variety Pack
On sale for $129.99 (regular retail price $218.55)

A convenient and economical way to indulge all your fruit cravings. With six fruits to choose from, you’ll have plenty of options to use in your favorite recipes, blend into smoothies, or as a nutritious snack right out of the package.

Includes:

Sliced Strawberries, 1 pouch, 40 servings
Sliced Peaches, 1 pouch, 52 servings
Whole Raspberries, 1 pouch, 40 servings
Whole Blueberries, 1 pouch, 44 servings
Sliced Bananas, 1 pouch, 40 servings
Diced Apples, 1 pouch, 40 servings
Bonus: Apple Delight Drink Mix, 1 pouch, 16 servings

Total Servings: 256 servings, plus bonus servings of Apple Delight
Pail Size: 6-gallon pail with handle
Net Weight: 4 lbs 9.6 oz
Shelf Life-Unopened: Up to 25 years*

Chicken Raspberry Salad

  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 3 cups cooked cubed chicken, cooled
  • 2 cups Augason Farms Freeze Dried Whole Raspberries
  • 1 package frozen sugar snap peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans or slivered almonds
  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing
  1. Toss salad greens with all remaining ingredients except dressing in a large bowl.
  2. Add dressing; mix lightly.

 

Vegi_Variety Pail_640x-980x980Vegetable Variety Pack
On sale for $99.99 (regular retail price $154.99)

 Packaged in 7 individual pouches, this delicious combination makes it easy to have a wide variety of vegetables to use in soups, salads and side dishes. Perfect for everyday use, camping and backpacking, or long-term emergency food storage.

Includes:

Diced Potatoes, 1 pouch, 22 servings
Peas, 1 pouch, 30 servings
Cauliflower, 1 pouch, 60 servings
Broccoli Florets & Stems, 1 pouch, 30 servings
Sweet Corn, 1 pouch, 40 servings
Green Beans, 1 pouch, 40 servings
Bonus: Dehydrated Chopped Onions, 1 pouch, 24 servings

Pail Size: 6-gallon pails with handle
Net Weight: 4.4 lbs
Shelf Life-Unopened: Up to 25 years*

Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

  • 2 cups Augason Farms Freeze Dried Broccoli, reconstituted
  • 2 cups Augason Farms Freeze Dried Cauliflower, reconstituted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F
  2. Toss reconstituted broccoli and cauliflower with minced garlic, then place in 2-quart casserole dish.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients and spread over vegetables.
  4. Bake until topping is golden brown, 35 minutes.

 

0007871607910Water Storage Kit
On sale for $79.99 (regular retail $153.79)

The 55-gallon water barrel is a durable container designed for water storage. The barrel is a closed water storage system with two fittings: 1 – 2″ BTR and 1 – 2″ NPS. The siphon pump is easy to use. It safely pumps water, fuels, paints and solvents. The Aquamira liquid water treatment drops are ideal for large water treatment (up to 60 gallons), but packaged small enough to fit into your pocket. The four-year shelf life is not affected by partial use of a bottle. It’s effective on bacteria, viruses and cysts.

No unpleasant aftertaste and meets stringent EPA guidelines. The bucket lid opener allows quick and easy opening of barrels, pails and buckets without lid damage.