Weekly Farm Notes :: February 3rd, 2016

Hello,

Not much to report here this week. Just a reminder – if you are on social media, please tag any pictures you post with #tanthillfarm so we can see what you create with our produce!

See you tomorrow at market!

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February 3rd Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market {M} or in the CSA share {CSA}:

  • Tender Collards {M/CSA}: if you haven’t already, check out our new Collard Greens Relish recipe! I am planning to take the vegan cornmeal dough recipe below (which can be used for pizza!) and roll it thinly enough for crackers. I haven’t tried it yet but thought I would include the recipe if you want to play around and have something tasty to serve with the relish.
  • Ford Hood Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: this is a great substitute for spinach so here are some ideas of how to use it: Spinach Salad with Warm Brown Butter Dressing, Hot Spinach Dip, Spinach Quiche, and Spinach and Chickpeas. We also have lots of Swiss chard recipes on our Recipes page!
  • Red Russian & Toscano Kale {M/CSA}: I was looking for new smoothie ideas and came across one called Tastes Like Ice Cream Kale Smoothie. I guess the title worked because I clicked on the link and am including it here – it does sound good!
  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens {M}: have you tried our Mustard Greens Soup with Poblanos and Almonds? It is straight forward in approach but complex in flavor. Give it a try and you won’t be sorry!
  • Salad or Saute Mix {CSA}: this mix includes young kale, Spigarello broccoli rabe leaves, mild and spicy mustard, spicy arugula, spinach, salad burnet and leaf celery! When you have an intense mix of greens, you need an equally flavorful salad dressing to match. Here are a few to consider: Avocado Lemon Dressing, Carrot Ginger Dressing, Lemon Tahini Dressing, or Vegan Caesar Dressing. Now you have no excuses to have a boring salad!
  • Pesto Base {CSA}: as we all know by now, pesto is an Italian sauce typically consisting of garlic, basil, pine nuts, Parmesan and olive oil. This week, you will receive a pesto “base” which means we have blended the garlic, our own greens (standing in for the basil) and olive oil and you can add whatever cheese and nuts your heart desires! There are so many combinations of nuts and cheese, you can really use just about anything, but here are some recipes to consider:

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Recipe :: Cornmeal Dough

This recipe is from The Homemade Vegan Pantry and was intended for pizza dough. I am planning to experiment and make it into crackers but I haven’t tested it yet, making it great for those adventurous souls out there 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and sea salt. Drizzle in the olive oil and whisk together until the dry ingredients are moist and resemble sand. Whisk in the water and form into a cohesive dough. Divide into two even sections, form each section into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap. Let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat to 400 degrees.
  • Dust a large piece of parchment paper with a little flour (you will be transferring this piece of parchment to a rimmed baking sheet so size accordingly). Remove one piece of dough from the refrigerator and roll out thinly into an even cracker-like thickness. You can either leave it in one large piece and break it up after it has baked or cut it into the desired shape beforehand. Either way transfer the dough to the baking sheet and bake until slightly brown and crispy, about 10 minutes, making sure to check them a few times before for doneness. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet. They can be stored in an air-tight container for up to a week.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? Are you as jealous as I am that you didn’t get to attend the latest installment of the Scenic City Supper Club?!


Collard Greens Relish

Hello,

If you have run out of time and/or ideas for your collard greens, give this recipe a try. It couldn’t be easier – just chop a few things and throw all ingredients into a saucepan. It takes a while to cook the greens but most of that time is hands-0ff. Plus, sugar and vinegar are great preserving mediums so you can keep this on hand for a while, making it perfect for last minute guests or to bring to a party.

I have only tried this straight so far but I can imagine it would go well with many different dishes. Slathered on cornbread, with crackers and cheese, tossed with rice and beans – anything that needs a sweet and tangy punch of flavor.

Enjoy!

Collard Greens Relish (adapted from here)
makes about 1 cup 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound collard greens, stems removed and thinly sliced, leaves chopped into 3/4″ pieces
  • 6 medium scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded (or half of seeds removed for spicier relish) and minced OR 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup sorghum syrup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground clove
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups water

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan, cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until collards are tender, about 40 minutes. Remove lid and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until a small amount of syrupy liquid remains, about 20 minutes longer. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Transfer to an air tight container and store in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks.