Cabbage Mania. Next Tuesday, Oct 14th is the class that I've most been looking forward to this year - Cabbage Mania. Chef Parker Bosley will demonstrate and prepare several recipes for you to taste, including his simple fried cabbage recipe that made me into a cabbage fan.
Other recipes that will be included in the demonstration, instructional book, and sampling are: creamed cabbage casserole, vegetarian stuffed cabbage leaves, wilted red cabbage with goat feta and mint, and cabbage cake with lamb, to name a few.
Full details and registration can be found here: Cabbage Mania Registration
Farm Tour - 4 seats just opened up. We had a party cancel their reservation for the farm tour. 4 seats are now available (as it was sold out). First come first serve. Full details here: Farm Tour Info and Registration
Winter Season FAQs. For those new to Fresh Fork, we have a winter season that lasts from November through May. Yes, we do stand outside all winter and deliver your food. Sometime I'll have to demonstrate the different techniques my staff uses to try to stay warm on really cold days/evenings. They can be quite comical!
But in all seriousness, just because it is winter doesn't mean you can't eat healthy and local.
When are the winter pickups? The winter season starts immediately after the summer season. The first week for pickups is the week of Nov 3rd. We will have 3 consecutive pickups then start an every-other-week schedule for the remainder of the season. This schedule allows us to skip Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks.
Are all the pickup locations the same? Most of the locations are the same. In general though, we cut out the late night locations. From our experience, few customers come out to the 7 to 9 pickups when it is pitch dark and very cold. A full list of this winter's locations can be found here: Winter Locations
Is the winter season more expensive? No, it is actually cheaper! The winter bags are $45 per pickup, but because the pickups are every other week, that comes out to just $22.5 per week. The bags are generally quite large as well.
What kind of food items are in the winter shares? It depends a little on the winter, but in general we start the season with cold hearty crops like cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and leafy greens. By December and January, we dip into the storage crops like potatoes, onions, winter squash, and sweet potatoes.
As the weather gets colder, we work in more value added items like pasta and ravioli, sauces, and stocks. By mid-winter, we break into the bounty that we stashed away from the summer - frozen sweet corn, beans, peas, and tomatoes. As we have sunny days near freezing, we pull carrots, beets, turnips, and more up from under the straw and out of the nearly-frozen ground. Yes, these veggies stay in the fields all the way up to we use them all.
All winter bags are planned around a "center of the plate" concept. This may be a whole chicken, a pork shoulder roast, or beef roast. We add complimentary vegetables from there. Because I have more room to work with on the budget, the winter bags tend to include larger cuts of meat like the roasts.
Is there a vegetarian or vegan option available? Sadly, no. There isn't enough variety available to offer these options in the winter. Also, it costs more for vegetables in the winter so I couldn't offer you a fair deal. I'm sorry. The best I can do is suggest that you share a package with one of your meat eating friends.
What happens if the weather is bad? In 4 years none of the winter routes have been late or cancelled. That being said, if the weather is really bad, we would consider switching the pickup time. We would alert you via email.
If the weather scares you to get out on a particular day, you are always welcome at any of our other locations. Pickup locations are available Wednesday thru Saturday to give you many chances to pickup.
Are there payment plans available? We currently offer two payment plans: full upfront and an installment plan. The installment plan requires half payment at the beginning of the season and half in the middle. If you need more flexibility, please ask. We want to accommodate everyone but we do need to reduce the amount of paperwork over the winter so we can get prepared for next summer.
When should I signup? Signup now. The winter season is limited to 1/3 the number of summer customers just based off of available supply. The first installment isn't due until the beginning of November so at least please register and hold your spot.
More details and registration here: Winter Season Info and Registration