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At Podere di Melo, our mission is to introduce our customers to the many wonderful varieties of vegetables so common in Italy and France.  You will probably be familiar with some of these, such as San Marzano tomatoes, but many will be new to you. Read more…

Greens

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A relative of kale, mustard greens are leafy greens with a peppery taste.  We mix garnet mustard, which has a beautiful red color.
$5.00
Our summer salad mix is a delicious combination of red and green butterhead lettuce, red and green frisee, with other seasonal greens added for increased color and flavor.   You have to try this incredible mix!
$5.00
This is real Italian arugula.  It has a nutty, tangy, and super peppery flavor that makes a perfect addition to other salad greens or a delicious salad all by itself.  Unlike domestic varieties, it's flavor is strong enough for use as a pizza topping or addition to pasta.
$6.00
A rare Italian heirloom, also known as Merlo Nero ("black bird").  Delicate and delicious, this is a gourmet spinach with large, tender leaves.
$6.00
In Rome, spring salads are made with several different types of wild greens. They call it misticanza. This is our version with 14 different lettuces.  We import the seed from Italy.  
$5.00
A delicious blend of garnet mustard, baby kale, and tatsoi.  We mix our peppery mustard with some buttery baby kale and tatsoi (an asian green with a sweet, nutty flavor) creates a "warming" salad mix that is perfect for Autumn meals.
$5.00
Our PDM butterhead lettuce is show stopper on the plate.  We sell it as a whole head that sits on the plate like a rosebud.  Delicious and beautiful - what a combination!
$5.00
Regina di Maggio is a rare, delicious Italian butterhead-style heirloom lettuce with lovely green leaves that have a hint of red trim for extra color.  This is our best, most silky butterhead lettuce.  Perfect for a sophisticated summer salad!  
$5.00
Crispy, crunchy, and with a wonderful dark green color.  Perfect for a summer Ceasar salad (or any other salad for that matter!).   Medium sized heads.
$5.00
One of the most visually stunning lettuces you will ever sample.  A deep, vibrant red that turns any salad into a piece of culinary art.  Crisp and sweet, it is equally satisfying to the palate as it is to the eyes.  Mix with Regina di Maggio or other green lettuce for a spectacular visual treat!
$5.00
A hard to find French heirloom, Rouge Grenobloise is a beautiful crisp-type lettuce with varying shades of red, bronze, light and dark green, and even some yellow. Tender and crisp, this is a gourmet lettuce that will offer you (and your guests) a rare treat.
$5.00
More tender, mild, and delicate than other kales, Tuscan Kale (called cavolo nero in Italy) can be eaten raw and is thus a great addition to salads.  It is also the kale used to make ribollita, a delicious white bean soup common in the Tuscan region.  We pick ours young so that it is extra delicious.  Our favorite recipe is here.
$5.00
A delicious blend of gourmet lettuces, baby kale, and tatsoi.  
$5.00

Vegetables


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Barletta Onion
A rare heirloom from southern Italy, the Barletta has a rich flavor but is mild enough to be eaten raw.  Perfect for salads and kabobs, it is also an ideal addition to soups and sauces.  Sold by the bunch.  
$4.00
Chioggia Beets
Leave it to the Italians to develop a beet that not only tastes like candy, but looks like it.  Named for a town near Venice, Chioggia (pronounced key-oh-ja) beets are among the sweetest of beets.  Their claim to fame are those stunning fuchsia-colored swirls throughout the beet.  Not only are these the most delicious beets you will every taste, they also don't "bleed" like other beets, so you won't get that red color all over your hands.  Sold by the bunch.
$4.00
Cornico Giallo (Italian yellow pepper)
A spectacular yellow "bull's horn" pepper that is loaded with flavor, this Italian heirloom is beautiful to look at and a joy to eat!  Sold by the bag (3-4 peppers, ~ 8 oz)
$5.00
Costata Romanesco Zucchini
Throughout Italy, this is the zucchini most commonly grown, due to its delightful creamy texture and it's plentiful blossoms which Italians stuff and fry (Zucca di Fiori).  As this is early in the season, we have a limited supply.  Sold 3-4 to a bag.
$5.00
French Breakfast Radishes
Delightfully crisp and delicious.  Like candy on a plate.  The traditional French preparation calls for them to be thinly sliced and placed on sourdough bread (with plenty of butter).  3-5 radishes (~8 oz).
$4.00
Hakurei Turnips
Ok, you know we are all about Italian and French heirlooms, but sometimes we venture abroad to provide you with items that go so very well with our European varieties.  Such is the case with the Hakurei, a Japanese turnip.  Considered the ultimate salad turnip, they are crunchy, sweet, and remarkably flavorful.  Pair them with our misticanza or our other heirloom lettuces.  3-6 turnips/bunch depending on size.
$3.00
Italian Hardneck Garlic
Summer means garlic in Italy! This Italian garlic is somewhat spicy and, when roasted or cooked, becomes sweet.  Delicious!  Sold by the bag (3-4 bulbs)
$5.00
Leeks
More milder than onions in flavor, delicious in soups, leeks are an all-around star in the gourmet kitchen.  Sold in bunches of 3-4 (depending on size).
Red Corno di Toro pepper
A delicious Italian heirloom that has an incredible taste - sweet, crisp, and crunchy.  Perfect for your next menu adventure.  Sold by the bag (2-4 peppers, ~ 8oz)
$5.00
Rossa Lunga Di Firenze
Developed in Tuscany in the 1800's, this rare Italian heirloom onion is mild and sweet.  It's oblong shape makes it easy to cut and it's stunning red color makes it a great addition to any salad and vegetable dish.
$4.00
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Eggs


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Sometimes you just don't need a dozen eggs.  Enjoy this smaller size of our free-range eggs.

$3.50
Our hens are free-range, spending their days enjoying the sunshine and open air while roaming pesticide-free pasture. They are fed a non-GMO feed that is locally raised. Our eggs are a mix of white and brown.
$6.00

Microgreens

Think of microgreens as living spices.  They add flavor – and color – to so many dishes, especially salads, fish, and poultry. We sell them two different ways:

  1. Harvested – This is the typical way you will see microgreens sold.  We cut them and put them in a clear plastic clam shell container.  Easy to use and will last 1-2 weeks in a refrigerator.  Use the buttons below to order you microgreens harvested.
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Arugula
This is the real Italian arugula, not the weak domestic stuff.  Delicate and tender, very spicy, with a nutty flavor finish.
$6.00
Mustard
Mustard microgreens are small and delicate, but pack an amazing amount of flavor.   Wonderful on beef and chicken.
$4.00
  1. Personal Garden – This is our favorite way to sell microgreens.  We plant the microgreens in a standard-size take out container and let them grow for a week or so.  You purchase the container, place it in your refrigerator, and harvest the microgreens fresh as you need them.  The containers have no holes in them, so there is no mess in your refrigerator.  Microgreens purchased this way can last 3 weeks and are always fresh.  In the refrigerator, your microgreens will not grow any taller.  If you want them to grow a bit, place them in a window sill for a few days.
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Arugula
Delicate and tender, with a spicy, nutty flavor
$5.00
Mustard
Dark purple and green leaves splashed with purple. Mild spicy flavor
$6.00

Chicken

The French believe that their chickens should not be raised without flavor and we agree!

So in line with this beloved belief, we raise a chicken that originated in the southern part of France that is bred to meet the requirements of the famed Label Rouge system of certification, which emphasizes free range practices and improved flavor. Read more…

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Your deposit reserves for you two delicious chicken breasts.  Our birds are from stock originating in the south of France and are "slow-growing" birds.  This means more time on pasture and a more intense flavor.  We feed them a locally raised non-GMO feed and move them daily on pesticide-free pastures from 2 weeks of age. Full price will be calculated at time of pickup.  Breasts are 2/pack, vacuum packed and frozen.  All are USDA inspected.  Price: $14/lb. We are currently taking reservations for chickens available in mid June.  You will receive an email a week before letting you know which day to pick up your order.     
$5.00
Perfect for making stock for winter stews and soups.  Only $3/lb.  Most backs are between 1 and 2 pounds.  Reserve yours for only a dollar and pay the balance when you pick it up.
$1.00
Your deposit reserves for you two delicious whole legs (thigh and drumstick).  Our birds are from stock originating in the south of France and are "slow-growing" birds.  This means more time on pasture and a more intense flavor.  We feed them a locally raised non-GMO feed and move them daily on pesticide-free pastures from 2 weeks of age. Full price will be calculated at time of pickup.  Legs are vacuum packed and frozen.  All are USDA inspected.  Price: $8/lb.   We are currently taking reservations for chickens available in mid June.  You will receive an email a week before letting you know which day to pick up your order. 
$5.00
Your deposit reserves one of our delicious whole chickens for you. Our birds are from stock originating in the south of France and are "slow-growing" birds.  This means more time on pasture and a more intense flavor.  We feed them a locally raised non-GMO feed and move them daily on pesticide-free pastures from 2 weeks of age. Full price will be calculated at time of pickup.  Chickens are sold whole, vacuum packed, and frozen. All are USDA inspected. Chickens range in size from 4-6 lbs. Price: $6/lb. We are currently taking reservations for chickens available in mid June.  You will receive an email a week before letting you know which day to pick up your order.     
$10.00
Perfect for making stock for winter stews and soups.  Only $3/lb.  Most necks are between 2 and 3 pounds.  Reserve yours for only a dollar and pay the balance when you pick it up.
$1.00