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What's better... Snow Balls or Meat Balls

What's better... Snow Balls or Meat Balls

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Snow Balls vs. Meat Balls

There is something about this weather that changes the foods our body craves. It's as if with every inch of snow that falls the drum beat of our Circadian rhythm calls ever louder, and with greater urgency, for pasta.

Not the delicate platings of pasta you see in upscale restaurants, with accoutrements applied lovingly with tweezers to ensure a delicate presentation. I am talking about large bowls of the stuff, big enough to give a baby horse a bath. 

To answer this primal scream for carbohydrates, I like to keep oodles of fresh noodles on hand all winter long. Fresh pasta is like a loyal companion, always there for you, ready to come off the bench in a pinch for a quick supper or snack. 

If I have a modicum of energy to spare I'll make meatballs on a Sunday and freeze them to have on a whim. I've also been known to pull some white fish out of the bleak tundra of our freezer, and serve with pasta and a white wine sauce and a fistful of capers.

To meet your cravings, we pick a Fresh Pasta each week from Valicenti, Solo Cucina Market and Dave's Fresh pasta. Add it on and get creative with weeknight meals (or stay real boring. A cheese and butter bath sounds pretttty awesome). 

While you're there check our such weekly gems as the Vegetarian Soup of the Week, Cheese of the Week and more. 

Party on, Pasta People.

Massachusetts

Delivery dates: Saturday 1/21 and Tuesday, 1/24

Note: If you order a "Meat and Fish Share" you will receive just the meats listed, not the "dairy" items (i.e., eggs, yogurt, etc). If you order a "Fish and Seafood Share" you will receive the fish listed, not the dairy items.

Weekly Add-ons

Bread of the Week - Ancient Grain Bread from Iggy's
Cheese of the Week - Garlic and Tomato Farmer's Cheese from Sweet Rowan Farm
Fresh Pasta of the Week - Lemon Basil Pasta from Dave's Fresh Pasta 
Gluten-Free Grain of the Week - Chips from Vintage Maine Kitchen
Grain of the Week - Pizza Dough from Forge
Mezze of the Week - Almond Tzatziki from Littleburg
Pastry of the Week - Chocolate Croissants from A&J King
Vegetarian Soup of the Week - Red Lentil with Chickpea and Spinach Soup from Forge

Omnivore Shares

HALF SHARE

 

Omnivore Protein - Pork Chops from Yankee Farmers Market
Dairy - Butter from Kriemhild
Fruits and Veggies Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms
Grain - Caraway Rye Bread from A&J King
Special Treat - Jam Bars from A&J King

 

WHOLE SHARE

 

Omnivore Protein - Pork Chops from Yankee Farmers Market; Redfish from Red's
Dairy - Butter from Kriemhild; Eggs from Clark Farm and Latremore Farm
Fruits and Veggies Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Lettuce from Springworks; Microgreens from Generation Farm
Grain - Caraway Rye Bread from A&J King
Special Treat - Jam Bars and Lemon Rosewater Cookies from A&J King

 

DOUBLE SHARE

 

Omnivore Protein - Pork Chops from Yankee Farmers Market; Redfish from Red's; Shaved Steak from Yankee Farmer's Market
Dairy - Butter from Kriemhild; Eggs from Clark Farm and Latremore Farm; Boursin from Dave's Fresh Pasta 
Fruits and Veggies Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Lettuce from Springworks; Microgreens from Generation Farm; Radishes from Langwater Farm; Celeriac from Brookford Farm
Grain - Caraway Rye Bread from A&J King; Pizza Shells from Iggy's
Special Treat - Jam Bars and Lemon Rosewater Cookies from A&J King

Pescatarian Shares

HALF SHARE

 

Pescatarian Protein Redfish from Red's
Dairy - Butter from Kriemhild
Fruits and Veggies Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms
Grain - Caraway Rye Bread from A&J King
Special Treat - Jam Bars from A&J King

 

WHOLE SHARE

 

Pescatarian Protein Redfish, Sea Bass from Red's
Dairy - Butter from Kriemhild; Eggs from Clark Farm and Latremore Farm
Fruits and Veggies Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Lettuce from Springworks; Microgreens from Generation Farm
Grain - Caraway Rye Bread from A&J King
Special Treat - Jam Bars and Lemon Rosewater Cookies from A&J King

 

 

DOUBLE SHARE

 

Pescatarian Protein - Redfish, Sea Bass, and Scallops from Red's
Dairy - Butter from Kriemhild; Eggs from Clark Farm and Latremore Farm; Boursin from Dave's Fresh Pasta 
Fruits and Veggies Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Lettuce from Springworks; Microgreens from Generation Farm; Radishes from Langwater Farm; Celeriac from Brookford Farm
Grain - Caraway Rye Bread from A&J King; Pizza Shells from Iggy's
Special Treat - Jam Bars and Lemon Rosewater Cookies from A&J King

Vegetarian Shares

HALF SHARE

 

Vegetarian Protein - Pierogi from Jaju
Dairy - Butter from Kriemhild
Fruits and Veggies Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms
Grain - Caraway Rye Bread from A&J King
Special Treat - Jam Bars from A&J King
 

WHOLE SHARE

 

Vegetarian Protein - Pierogi from Jaju; Moussakka from Littleburg
Dairy - Butter from Kriemhild; Eggs from Clark Farm and Latremore Farm
Fruits and Veggies Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Lettuce from Springworks; Microgreens from Generation Farm
Grain - Caraway Rye Bread from A&J King
Special Treat - Jam Bars and Lemon Rosewater Cookies from A&J King

 

DOUBLE SHARE

 

Vegetarian Protein - Pierogi from Jaju; Moussakka from Littleburg; Veggie Burgers from Kind Roots
Dairy - Butter from Kriemhild; Eggs from Clark Farm and Latremore Farm; Boursin from Dave's Fresh Pasta 
Fruits and Veggies Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Lettuce from Springworks; Microgreens from Generation Farm; Radishes from Langwater Farm; Celeriac from Brookford Farm
Grain - Caraway Rye Bread from A&J King; Pizza Shells from Iggy's
Special Treat - Jam Bars and Lemon Rosewater Cookies from A&J King

Paleo Shares

HALF SHARE

 

Paleo Protein - Pork Chops from Yankee Farmers Market;  Eggs from Clark Farm and Latremore Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Lettuce from Springworks; Microgreens from Generation Farm

WHOLE SHARE

 

Paleo Protein - Pork Chops from Yankee Farmers Market; Redfish from Red's; Eggs from Clark Farm and Latremore Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Lettuce from Springworks; Microgreens from Generation Farm; Radishes from Langwater Farm; Celeriac from Brookford Farm

DOUBLE SHARE

 

Paleo Protein - Pork Chops from Yankee Farmers Market; Redfish from Red's; Shaved Steak from Yankee Farmer's Market; Eggs from Clark Farm and Latremore Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Cabbage from Kitchen Garden Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards; Onions from Brookford Farm and Langwater Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Lettuce from Springworks; Microgreens from Generation Farm; Radishes from Langwater Farm; Celeriac from Brookford Farm; Leeks from Two Farmers Farm; Sweet Potatoes from Brookford Farm

Recipes (MA)

One Pan Pork Chops with Apples - It's a one pan meal y'all!!! 

Baked Redfish - A sustainable fish and an easy dinner await! 

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - It's snowing and I'm craving warm hearty meals 

Sea Bass with Braised Lettuce - There's a few steps to this one but it looks delicious.  

Celery Root Soup - I promise you this recipe will make your house smell divine! And if you aren't feeling a soup, try this roasted recipe! 

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza - Take the pizza shells and make yourself a little cheese steak action. 

Scallop with Radish Salad - Delightful with lots of colors! If you aren't feeling a raw-er type salad, you can also do a roasted radish! 

Tips and Tricks for storing your food and getting the most from your shares can be found here

—Shannon

Maine & New Hampshire

Delivery date: Saturday, 1/21

Note: If you order a "Meat and Fish Only Share" or "Fish and Seafood Only Share" you will receive just the proteins listed, not the fruits and veggies, dairy, grains or teats.

Weekly Add-ons

Add-on Bread of the Week - Olive Bread from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Add-on Cheese of the Week - Mustard Seed Butter Cheese from Bell & Goose Cheese Co.
Add-on Fresh Pasta of the Week - Bucatini from Solo Cucina Market
Add-on Gluten Free Grain of the Week - English Muffins from Something Sweet Without the Wheat
Add-on Grain of the Week - Crackers from Maine Crisps
Add-on Mezze of the Week - Cocktail Pickles from Olde Haven Farm
Add-on Pastry of the Week - Cream Cheese Brownies from Rosemont Market & Bakery
Add-on Sausage of the Week - New England Bangers from Short Creek Farm (if you were really hoping for breakfast sausage and would like to skip your order, let us know ASAP!)
Add-on Treat of the Week - Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Sky Bread Co.
Add-on Vegetarian Soup of the Week - Carrot Ginger from Forge Baking Co.

Omnivore Share

HALF SHARE

Protein - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Latremore Farms
Grain - English Muffin Bread from Big Sky Bread Co
Special Treat - Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Sky Bread Co

WHOLE SHARE

 

Protein - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres; Salmon from Harbor Fish Market
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Apples from The Apple Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Latremore Farms; Baby Swiss Cheese from Pineland Farms
Grain - English Muffin Bread from Big Sky Bread Co
Special Treat - Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Sky Bread Co.; Nuttah Buttahs from Rosemont Market & Bakery

DOUBLE SHARE

Protein - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres; Salmon from Harbor Fish Market; Chicken from Feather Brook Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Apples from The Apple Farm; Parsnips from Goranson Farm; Yellow Onions from Buckle Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Latremore Farms; Baby Swiss Cheese from Pineland Farms; Honey from Northwoods Apiaries
Grain - English Muffin Bread from Big Sky Bread Co.; Crackers from Maine Crisps
Special Treat - Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Sky Bread Co.; Nuttah Buttahs from Rosemont Market & Bakery

 

Pescatarian Shares

 

HALF SHARE

Protein - Salmon from Harbor Fish Market
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Latremore Farms
Grain - English Muffin Bread from Big Sky Bread Co
Special Treat - Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Sky Bread Co

WHOLE SHARE

 

Protein - Salmon from Harbor Fish Market; Cod from Harbor Fish Market
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Apples from The Apple Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Latremore Farms; Baby Swiss Cheese from Pineland Farms
Grain - English Muffin Bread from Big Sky Bread Co
Special Treat - Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Sky Bread Co.; Nuttah Buttahs from Rosemont Market & Bakery

DOUBLE SHARE

Protein - Salmon from Harbor Fish Market; Cod from Harbor Fish Market; Grey Sole from Harbor Fish Market
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Apples from The Apple Farm; Parsnips from Goranson Farm; Yellow Onions from Buckle Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Latremore Farms; Baby Swiss Cheese from Pineland Farms; Honey from Northwoods Apiaries
Grain - English Muffin Bread from Big Sky Bread Co.; Crackers from Maine Crisps
Special Treat - Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Sky Bread Co.; Nuttah Buttahs from Rosemont Market & Baker
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Vegetarian Shares

HALF SHARE

Protein - Basil Pesto Sea Veggie Burgers from Atlantic Sea Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Latremore Farms
Grain - English Muffin Bread from Big Sky Bread Co
Special Treat - Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Sky Bread Co

WHOLE SHARE

 

Protein - Basil Pesto Sea Veggie Burgers from Atlantic Sea Farms; Veggie Enchilada from Tex Mex Eats
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Apples from The Apple Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Latremore Farms; Baby Swiss Cheese from Pineland Farms
Grain - English Muffin Bread from Big Sky Bread Co
Special Treat - Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Sky Bread Co.; Nuttah Buttahs from Rosemont Market & Bakery

DOUBLE SHARE

Protein - Basil Pesto Sea Veggie Burgers from Atlantic Sea Farms; Veggie Enchilada from Tex Mex Eats; Tofu from Heiwa
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Apples from The Apple Farm; Parsnips from Goranson Farm; Yellow Onions from Buckle Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Latremore Farms; Baby Swiss Cheese from Pineland Farms; Honey from Northwoods Apiaries
Grain - English Muffin Bread from Big Sky Bread Co.; Crackers from Maine Crisps
Special Treat - Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Sky Bread Co.; Nuttah Buttahs from Rosemont Market & Baker
y

 

Paleo Shares

HALF SHARE

Protein - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Apples from The Apple Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Nature's Hen House

 

WHOLE SHARE

Protein - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres; Salmon from Harbor Fish Market
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Apples from The Apple Farm; Parsnips from Goranson Farm; Yellow Onions from Buckle Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Nature's Hen House

 

DOUBLE SHARE

Protein - Ground Beef from Pine Ridge Acres; Salmon from Harbor Fish Market; Chicken from Feather Brook Farm; Monkfish from True Fin*
Fruits and Veggies - Mini Lettuce Heads from Dandelion Spring; Lehigh Gold Potatoes from Buckle Farm; Delicata Squash from Goranson Farm; Kale from Brookford Farm; Tomatoes from Backyard Farms; Apples from The Apple Farm; Parsnips from Goranson Farm; Yellow Onions from Buckle Farm; Spinach from Queen's Greens; Beets from Snell Family Farm
Dairy - Eggs from Nature's Hen House

*Super frozen to -60ºC which means zero ice crystals rupturing cell structure while defrosting which means zero difference from fresh and zero issues searing.

Recipes (ME + NH)

Delicata Squash with Caramelized Onion, Beef & Bacon Stuffing - Some natural laws must be being broken when things that are this tasty are easy to make and are actually dang healthy. For those getting the Atlantic Sea Farm basil pesto veggie burgers, I bet those, crumbled, would be a pretty delectable stand in for the beef and bacon, here.

Mini Fall Wedge Salads with Goat Cheese Dressing - These look pretty scrumptious. Could use roasted delicata here instead of butternut (in fact, the roasted skin of the delicata would be a welcome textural addition).

Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad - Kale and apple salad is a kind of a perfect foil for salmon.

Cod au Gratin - It's snowing and we're in New England. This seems like the perfect dish to warm you up.

Herby Beef Larb Recipe with Lemongrass - Have we talked about my love and near-constant yearning for Larb? I think so... Very hard to stop eating. And the mini gem lettuce most of you are getting would be great lil' wrappers here.

Meatbealls - These would be an excellent addition to those of you who ordered the Fresh Pasta of the Week which happens to be bucatini. Or you could go trad with one of my fav combo of flavors, Bucatini all'Amatriciana.

Tips and Tricks for storing your food and getting the most from your shares can be found here.

 

—Joe