Father’s Day is right around the corner, which for many American families means firing up the grill and cooking out. Well, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: summer in Oregon doesn’t start until July! So in lieu of presenting a bunch of grill-specific recipes that might get ruined in the rain, we thought we’d round up the three dads who work at RGF and ask them to highlight some of their favorite products from the shop. The stuff they like to eat and drink every day, and can generally be enjoyed even if the sun isn’t shining. Thanks, Dads!
This blend of ancient einkorn wheat and French green lentils cooks in about 20 minutes and makes a great side dish with just olive oil and salt. I chill it and add chopped shallots, parsley, and capers, then dress it with olive oil and Katz Zinfandel vinegar for a quick grain salad.
Whether it’s their spicy Calabrian chili salami or the earthy, funky spreadable ‘nduja, Underground Meats make some of my favorite meaty treats. Sliced thin and served with cheese or, in the case of the ’nduja, melted into tomato sauce, these guys really bring the porky goodness.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! From scrambled eggs to soups, noodles to avocado toast, there doesn’t seem to be a dish that can’t be improved with a spoonful of this crunchy, garlicky, savory concoction.
The pork shoulder from Wallow and Root Farm is so rich and buttery! I like to make a simple braise using tangy, earthy Cortas Pomegranate Molasses combined with fragrant Baharat from NY Shuk. It creates a rich jus that pairs perfectly with lentils and rice.
My favorite for a snack and perfect for family movie nights, Anthony and Carol Boutard’s heirloom-varietal popcorn is grown to the highest standards at their farm in Gaston, Oregon. Toss with butter and sprinkle with Diaspora’s Popcorn Spice for a real treat.
You can order your produce boxes here. For the month June, we’re donating 50% of proceeds from these boxes to four local, BIPOC-led organizations working at the intersection of food and justice; you read about them here. In the US, June 19th is celebrated as Juneteenth, the day that Union Army General Granger traveled to Texas to read aloud a proclamation announcing the total emancipation of all enslaved people. We encourage all RGF customers to learn more about this aspect of US history and to support anti-racist efforts and organizations in their own communities.
This Friday is your last chance to grab a Wallow & Root Farms heritage pork box! The team from Piccone’s Corner is getting ready to open their brick & mortar location on NE Sandy, which means they’ll no longer be selling their wares out of the back of a truck in the RGF parking lot. We’ve loved partnering with Piccone’s, and are excited for them to open their doors to the public in the coming weeks. Grab whole and half shares here, and be sure to visit them for a whole host of delicious pork products when they open!
Butchering whole hogs take time, and these cuts are fresh off the farm, so please have your orders in by 5 pm on Wednesday, June 17th. (That’s tomorrow)