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What's In Season - Weekly Newsletter #3

Order by Noon Monday for Wednesday delivery or pickup.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th, 2022

Around here, procuring seeds is usually a 3-4 week ordeal. This Spring, my dad thought growing a "tri-color" Italian bean mix would be fun. We went for it, although I had no idea what to expect from the purple variety. (Purple beans can be finicky.) Ironically, the yellow flat-podded beans didn't make it - it's been a difficult season for germination - while the purple beans are doing wonderfully. What's more, these flattish purple beans called "Red Swan" are quite different from what we expected!

I am really excited about our new Red Swan Beans! They're a cross between a purple snap bean and a pinto bean, and they I think they get the best characteristics of both! They have a purple, snappy, thick pod similar to our Italian "Roma" beans, but the beans inside are bit larger and rounder than your average snap bean. They're definitely not a shelling bean, although they are a little bit tougher than our snap beans (but that may be due to growing conditions.) I recommend cooking them: I blanched mine for six minutes, and they were the perfect combination of tenderness and crunch. However, their flavor is so much more than a snap bean - something I'm sure they get from their pinto bean parent. In other words, they're definitely worth a try! Find them in one of our boxes this week or in the Add-On Market!

Besides our cool new beans, new this week is Fairy Tale Eggplant, Sweet Banana and Bell Peppers, our chef-favorite "Montauk" Sweet Corn, and a new patch of baby lettuce.

We have at least 18 weeks left to the season, so it's still not too late to become a Market Subscriber! Signing up for even our smallest Market Subscription will grant you access to our choose-your-own box for the entire season, including any extra weeks at the end of the year. If you're looking to choose your own, simply select your subscription plan and click "Just Swap" at Registration. You'll be issued a unique Market Coupon Code that you may use to shop The Market as desired.

If you've already signed up--thank you! And, remember, even if you've scheduled your box, you're welcome to swap out for the choose-your-own option through your personal Market Subscriber page.

Thanks so much for your interest in our farm We look forward to growing for you!

All the best,

Nicole Centgraf



Fairy Tale Eggplant

Green & Purple Bell Peppers

Sweet Banana Peppers

Montauk Sweet Corn

Red Swan Beans

Baby Lettuce


Heirloom Tomatoes

Red Haven Peaches

Scarlet Frills & Arugula

Mini Cucumbers

Crimini Mushrooms

Cherry Belle Radishes

Rainbow Carrots


Green Onions

Sweet Ailsa Craig Walla Walla Onions

Zucchini & Patty Pan Squash


Photos Starting From Top: Our new "Red Swan" Beans, Central Red Mizuna, Artisan Cocktail Tomatoes, Green Bell Peppers, and Fairy Tale Eggplant (the mini light purple ones.)



1 Quart of Red Swan Beans

8 oz. Perpetual Spinach

1 Bunch Baby/Small Orange Heirloom Carrots

1 King Richard Leek

1 Bunch of Mixed Radishes

VALUE OF $18.25


2 oz. Berggarten Sage

1 Quart of Red Swan Beans

8 oz. Perpetual Spinach

1 Bunch Baby/Small Orange Heirloom Carrots

1 King Richard Leek

1 Bunch of Mixed Radishes

1 Pound Zucchini / Patty Pan Mix

1 Pound Red Haven Peaches

1 Pint of Blueberries

VALUE OF $32.00


2 oz. Berggarten Sage

2 Quarts of Red Swan Beans

8 oz. Perpetual Spinach

2 Bunches Baby/Small Orange Heirloom Carrots

3 King Richard Leek

1 Bunch of Mixed Radishes

2 Pounds Zucchini / Patty Pan Mix

1.5 Pounds Red Haven Peaches

1 Pint of Blueberries

VALUE OF $45.75

If you're already a Market Subscriber, either go to your personal Subscribers Page to switch your scheduled box or select a box from "Market Subscriber's Weekly Box Choice."



"Red Swan" Beans With Brown Butter and Fresh Sage

Yup, I'm serious about our new variety of beans! As I was trying them, I was thinking a sage-brown butter would make them fabulous!

This recipe by Michael Smith calls for beans, butter, garlic, fresh sage, salt & pepper and seems like a snap! Since these beans a bite heartier than a regular snap bean, I'd steam them for 5-8 minutes.

Peach and Beet Salad

To me, there's nothing better than a cold beet and goat cheese salad, so this peach twist sounds delightful!

Grab a bunch of Multi-Color Mixed Beets, Red Haven Peaches, and Basil from the Add-On Market!

Join our Community Page to find & share other great recipes!


Weekly Order Cut-Off Time is Noon on Mondays.

Deliveries & Pickups are on Wednesday evening.


Join Our Community!

Join our new Centgraf Farms Online Community to get updates and news. It's also a great place to share photos, get recipe ideas, and interact with other members!

We even have a downloadable app now for your smartphone. Get instant notifications when the Market has been restocked or an item added and shop sooner in the week!

Free Pickup Locations and Home Delivery available every Wednesday. We're planning for the season to last until at least December 7th, but will likely go until Christmas.

*Delivery/pickup will sometimes fall on different days of the week.

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