Those of you that have known me for years may wonder, "Hey shroomgirl what's up with the thread from the local foods advocate about a national company that sells exotic produce/products?" Well, one of my gigs for 2006 is program chair of the STLCS...Melissa Produce just had a cookbook published and is on tour. So, one of my food editors asked if I'd be interested in hosting a program....it is so dang cool. The company sent me a copy of the cookbook....it talks about how to select, store, prepare funky shtuff. Next week I receive a palate of mini melons, wild shrooms, precooked beets/lentils, quinces + They also asked what I wanted to try...so this was my list.... Dragon Fruit limequat rambutan cardoon turmeric fresh hearts of palm wasabi microgreens especially popcorn tindora lotus root fresh baby corn yuzu loquats I'd love to have some of the local growers in to see what's hip/hot and coming into the marketplace. Obviously some of the above is tropical but the box alot of them are in needs windows to what's attractive to chefs thus the public and has a better return for their labor. They could also learn a lesson in marketing. oh man, Melissa Produce has amazing PR and Marketing....they are generous, into educating the public, sharing cookbooks...it's really a breath of fresh air. May 9th the exec chef is flying into STL for our class/tasting/demo. I'll let you know what's exciting. Have you guys had any of the above products? I've got yuzu in my fridge, had fresh baby corn 10 years ago in NYC at Fairway, loquats grew in Baton Rouge in the middle of the medians, one of the local grower/vintner raises outstanding microgreens/sprouted sunflower shoots/funky lettuces.