Weekly Farm Notes :: November 9th, 2016

Hello,

We are opening up a few more shares so let us know if you would like to sign up!

Single shares are now available! For just $30 / week, you get the same ingredients our shareholders receive. Reserve yours by 5pm TODAY (Tuesday, 11/8) by calling 423-637-9793.

Also, don’t forgot we will attending the Nutrition World Farmers Market every Saturday from 11am-1pm. Stop by and say hey!

See you at market!

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November 9th Produce

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

  • Chinese Napa Cabbage {M/CSA}: Napa cabbage is synonymous with kimchi but not all recipes are created equal. If you enjoy fermented foods but are sensitive to heat, check out this recipe for Kimchi with Apple. The sweetness from the apple helps to tame the heat from the red pepper flakes. As an added bonus, you can pick up apples at the market from Wheeler’s Orchard.
  • Daikon Radish {M/CSA}: daikon isn’t just for kimchi; in fact, you can ferment it on it’s own. Start simple with this easy recipe for Lacto-fermented Daikon Radish with Garlic. We recommend using our favorite fermenting lid from Kraut Source.
  • Black Summer Pak Choi {M/CSA}: grilling season is coming to an end so be sure to try this Grilled Baby Bok Choy with Miso Butter before it’s too late.
  • Toscano Kale {M/CSA}: this is my favorite variety of kale. I love making a big salad, dressing and all, and being able to eat it days later. Check out our Easy Kale Salad with Russian Dressing for a tasty and filling salad.
  • Green Leaf Lettuce {M/CSA}: who doesn’t love tacos?! Lettuce makes a great taco filling along with so many other items you can pick up at the market. Here are some tasty ideas for how to round out your taco dinner.
  • Summerfest & Hon Tsai Tai Asian Greens {M/CSA}: these greens are mild enough to use in just about any recipe but I have loved adding them to miso soup along with broccoli and rice. Try it with your favorite miso soup recipe.
  • Green Beans {CSA}: get in the mood for Thanksgiving and do a little trial run of this Vegan Green Bean Casserole. Unlike my family tradition growing up, I like to include new recipes every year and this sounds like something worth trying.
  • Green Kohlrabi {CSA}: did you know kohlrabi has more Vitamin C than oranges? One ounce contains 29% of your RDA while oranges have 25% (ok, so not much more, but still good to know!). Vitamin C helps keep your immune system healthy, making it a great thing to consume this time of year!
  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix {M}: our newest recipe is for a Festive Holiday Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette and while I used this lettuce mix, you can use just about any greens you have available.
  • Tender Collard Greens {M}: our Collard Green & Pecan Pesto is a unique spin on an old classic. It’s a great way to get kids (and adults alike) to eat their greens!
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {M}: if you are looking for a quick, tasty salad recipe, this Swiss Chard Salad with Lemon, Parmesan and Breadcrumbs sounds great. Maybe a nice, simple side for a holiday meal?
  • Bold & Peppery Arugula {M}: I have been drawn to festive salads that can be served to lighten up rich holiday meals, and this one is no exception – Apple Pecan Arugula Salad. If you are looking for a heartier salad, my mother-in-law raves about this one – Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad.
  • Spicy Asian & Giant Red Mustard Greens {M}: I am cooking lots of soup lately but I often don’t find ways to incorporate mustard greens into soup. However, this recipe for Mustard Greens Soup with Poblanos and Almonds is one of my favorites. The greens are pureed and the other flavors balance out any spiciness.
  • Green Bell, Jalapeno & Habanero Peppers {M}: if you are a meat eater, check out the market’s newest recipe – Autumnal Chili. Not only can you make good use of the peppers but you can also add in a bunch of mustard greens.
  • Bitter Melon {M}: if you are into juicing, you might want to give this recipe a try for Green Bitter Melon Juice. I love sauteed bitter melon with Asian flavors but juicing it would be a fun experiment!
  • Variety of Herbs {M}: here are a few simple tricks for air drying herbs to enjoy all year long.

Weekly Farm Notes :: November 2nd, 2016

Hello,

With all the greens rolling in lately, have you stopped to try them all raw? There is such a variety of flavors, from mild to spicy, and texture, that you may realize something new. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Single shares are now available! For just $30 / week, you get the same ingredients our shareholders receive. Reserve yours by 5pm TODAY (Tuesday, 11/1) by calling 423-637-9793.

Also, don’t forgot we will attending the Nutrition World Farmers Market every Saturday from 10am-noon. Stop by and say hey!

See you at market!

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November 2nd Produce

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

  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens {M/CSA}: if you a bit leary of spicier greens, combining them with starch and a bit of fat will help tame the heat. That is just what we did in our Mustard Greens Spanish Tortilla recipe. If you aren’t familiar, a Spanish tortilla is similar to the Italian frittata. It’s a great thing for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
  • Black Summer Pak Choi {M/CSA}: the weather is finally cooling down (maybe for good?) so it is time to bust out the soup recipes! I think this Ginger Bok Choy soup with Noodles recipe looks perfect for a chilly fall day.
  • Red Russian Kale {M/CSA}: I have been thinking of kale salads for the holidays (and plan to post one of my own soon) as it’s so nice to have something fresh to serve with an otherwise rich and heavy spread. This Kale Salad with Apples & Pecans sounds like something everyone could enjoy.
  • Summerfest Asian Greens {M/CSA}: have you tried Alice’s Greens Cobbler with a Cornmeal Crust yet? It sounds like another great meal to make now that the weather is turning cooler.
  • Japanese Salad Turnips {M/CSA}: we just published a new recipe for Korean Lacto-fermented Salad Turnips that we think you will love. Don’t worry if you are new to fermenting, we provided a few tips, tricks and links to other sites to get you started.
  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix {CSA}: I don’t know about you but I could eat this salad mix every day! It really doesn’t need much besides a simple dressing. But if you want to step up your salad game and make it a bit fancier, check out The Essential Elements to a Satisfying Salad post.
  • Collard Greens {CSA}: I am currently obsessed with nutritional yeast (sometimes called a vegan cheese substitute) and have been putting it on everything. It even made it’s way into the dehydrator on these yummy “Cheesy” Collard Green Chips. They would be a great alternative to potato chips on any upcoming game day!
  • Swiss Chard {CSA}: we have plenty of Swiss chard recipes on the blog if you need some inspiration: Swiss Chard & Orange Oat Muffins, Barley & Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard and Millet & Quinoa Patties with Curried Swiss Chard.
  • Chinese Napa Cabbage {M}: American version of coleslaw is usually a sad affair. Limp cabbage drowning in a mayo based dressing is not my idea of a yummy side dish. That is why I was excited to find this recipe for Thai Coleslaw with Mint and Cilantro. It sounds fresh and delicious and something I plan to try soon.
  • Daikon Radish {M}: if you are interested in the health benefits of the daikon radish, check out this link which provides information on the respiratory, digestive, immunity and bone health properties.
  • Bold & Peppery Arugula {M}: I usually think of preserving arugula in the form of pesto but I have thought about it differently after reading this post on freezing it in ice cube trays. Do you have a tried and true way of preserving arugula?
  • Young Green Leaf & Green & Red Romaine Lettuce {M}: looking for a great dressing for your salad? We have a couple on the blog you might like – Hemp Seed “Ranch” Dressing, Russian Dressing, A Sweetened Dressing for Spicy Greens and Miso-Ginger Dressing.
  • Green Bell, Jalapeno & Habanero Peppers {M}: it’s time to make chili! Whether you like it spicy or not, vegan or with meat, there is a version for everyone. Here is a bean based version that looks yummy and makes good use of bell peppers but you could always add hot peppers to spice it up a bit.
  • Bitter Melon {M}: I kind of forgot about our recipe for Bread & Butter Bitter Melon Pickles until I was reading through The National Bitter Melon Council‘s website (yep, there really is a council for bitter melon). I plan to make these this weekend.
  • Delicata Squash {M}: I have experimented with a preservation technique typically used in Italy called “Sott’olio” or “under oil”. I plan to experiment with that technique to preserve squash and hope to share a recipe soon!
  • Variety of Herbs {M}: the Pumpkin Chowder on the market’s website looks so tasty and it is a great way to use some lovely fall time herbs such as rosemary, thyme and oregano.

Weekly Farm Notes :: October 26th, 2016

Hello,

Single shares are now available! For just $30 / week, you get the same ingredients our shareholders receive. Reserve yours by 5pm TODAY (Tuesday, 10/25) by calling 423-637-9793.

Also, don’t forgot we will attending the Nutrition World Farmers Market every Saturday from 10am-noon. Stop by and say hey!

See you at market!

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October 26th Produce

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

  • Green Leaf & Red Butter Lettuce {M/CSA}: salads should be an easy thing to throw together with items you have on hand but it doesn’t always work out so well. More often than not, they can seem boring or unbalanced (or both). Read through The Essential Elements to a Satisfying Salad post to learn how to best make a salad you are happy to eat.
  • Spicy Asian & Giant Red Mustard Greens – 1000 {M/CSA}: I thought this would be a good week to revisit Alice’s article on A Bean, A Green & A Grain. Mustard greens mellow when cooked so would be a great candidate for this type of recipe.
  • Black Summer Pak Choi – 865 {M/CSA}: pak choi is an antioxidant powerhouse and can be enjoyed in any of ways. I found this “Healthy Saute” recipe that replaces oil with broth to make it even more healthful.
  • Japanese Salad Turnips – 473 {M/CSA}: I love fritters as they are such an easy weeknight meal. I normally wouldn’t think of adding turnips to a fritter but why not! This recipe looks like a good starting point.
  • Garlic {CSA}: have you considered pickling garlic? I tried it last year and it was so good! It couldn’t be easier – check out this recipe to find out more!
  • Green Tomatoes {CSA}: The first recipe that came to mind when thinking of this ingredient is fried green tomatoes. They are delicious, no doubt, but there are other ways to enjoy these beauties. Have you tried Green Tomato Chutney? It can be spiced in any number of ways
  • Summerfest & Hon Tsai Asian Greens {CSA}: while you can definitely eat these greens raw, they are tender enough to cook down quickly too. Given their mellow flavor, similar to spinach, they would work great in this Spinach and Edamame Egg Drop Soup. It is on my list for the week!
  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix {M}: have you tried our Fall Fattoush Salad yet? I think these greens are a great addition to the crunchy pita bread, veggies and lemony dressing. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
  • Napa Cabbage {M}: do you have a favorite cole slaw recipe? Try substituting the traditional cabbage with this for a fun twist. You could add in the salad turnips or green tomatoes for a truly seasonal side dish.
  • Bold & Peppery Arugula {M}: arugula makes a great addition to pesto! I love the how the spiciness balances with the nuts and cheese. I used our Super Greens & Sunflower Seed Pesto recipe but feel free to substitute it in your favorite version.
  • Kale – 1000 {M}: I whip up a batch of hummus for dinner a few times a month. When you add olives, cheese and pita bread, it can make a healthy and filling meal. I particularly like our White Bean Hummus with Kale recipe and I think you will too 🙂
  • Variety of Herbs {M}: if you need some ideas on how to add an herbal element to your smoothie, check out this list of 10 Herbs for Smoothies.
  • Jalapeno & Habanero Peppers {M}: while drying hot peppers indoors can irritate your eyes and lungs, they can be dried outside in the sun or hang dried (which looks pretty). This link will tell you how to get started.
  • Baby Red & Green Romaine Lettuce – 510 {M}: I enjoy Caesar salad but it doesn’t make for a complete meal. However, if you use it as a base to a wrap and add either tofu or chickpeas, it could be a great option. Here is a recipe you can reference and then make your own!
  • Bitter Melon {M}: bitter melon really isn’t as bitter as you might think! Simply sauteed, it has a slightly bitter finish that works well when combined with sweeter and/or richer ingredients. I think adding it to a stir fry along with our favorite stir fry sauce would be a great way to consume this healthful vegetable!

Weekly Farm Notes :: Oct 12th, 2016

Hello,

We hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather! A couple announcements to share:

  1. The Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix is back! We know you love it 🙂
  2. Single shares will be available soon! You will get the same Powerhouse greens and veggies as our shareholders but you don’t have to commit to the entire season. Let us know if you are interested!
  3. Are you familiar with the ANDI (aggregate nutrient density index) score? It’s a scoring system that ranks food from 1-1000 based on nutrient content. So the the higher the score, the more nutrient dense and therefore, healthier for you! We have included the ANDI score next to the veggies below (that we could find) for your reference.

Also, don’t forgot we will attending the Nutrition World Farmers Market every Saturday from 10am-noon. Stop by and say hey!

See you at market!

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October 12th Produce

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

  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Salad Mix {M/CSA}: the greens in this mix are so tasty you hardly need anything else to go with them; just a simple dressing will suffice. You really don’t need a recipe to make your own dressing as long as you know the ratio for oil to acid. It’s 1 part acid (lemon juice, red wine vinegar, etc) to 3 parts oil. Then simply add any of your favorite flavorings from there. I like to add a bit of honey and sometimes mustard, minced shallot and whatever herbs I have on hand. If you need more inspiration, check out our The Essentials Elements to a Satisfying Salad article.
  • Baby Red & Green Romaine Lettuce – 510 {M/CSA}: I love making making lettuce cups with romaine lettuce. There is no shortage of recipes out there but I really like using quinoa as a base. Check out our recipe for Quinoa & Chickpea Lettuce Cups!
  • Giant Red Mustard Greens – 1000 {M/CSA}: I need some new inspiration when it comes to cooking mustard greens and I think I found it with this recipe – Spicy Mustard Green Pesto!
  • Pak Choi – 865 {M/CSA}: I tried pak choi in a soup last week and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The ribs give nice texture (as long as you don’t cook them too long) and the greens soften and add another flavor element. I added them to an Asian inspired soup with shiitakes and rice noodles and a broth similar to this recipe: Easy Vegetarian Pho.
  • Kohlrabi – 352 {CSA}: if you are looking for a quick weeknight dinner, look no further than our Kohlrabi Hash! Topped with a fried egg, it makes a complete meal that is ready in a flash.
  • Summerfest Asian Greens {CSA}: these greens are a great substitute for spinach, so why not try it in this Spinach Smoothie with Avocado and Apple. You can pick up apples from Wheelers Orchard while you are at the market!
  • Delicata Squash – 137 {M}: I love this type of squash because you can eat the skin! It is so easy to prepare and enjoy. Simply cut in half (remove the seeds if they are large, otherwise they should cook through well), cut into 1/2″ pieces and roast in the oven. Follow this recipe for more details.
  • Bell (371), Jalapeno & Habanero Peppers {M}: latkes (or shredded potato cakes) are an easy weeknight meal, but you need a little extra zing to cut through the carbs. I think this Potato Latkes with Jalapeno Dill Sauce sounds like a great combo!
  • Kale – 1000 {M}: how do you make this nutrient dense green even more healthy? Ferment it! Specifically, use this recipe for Kale, Cabbage and Fennel Ferment as cabbage and fennel are in season and can be found at the market!
  • Lemon Balm & Basil (475) {M}: have you tried our Lemon Balm Shrub yet? It is a sweet / sour drink that is really refreshing and can be used in a number of ways (but they are really good in cocktails!).

Weekly Farm Notes :: October 5th, 2016

Hello,

We are offering new ways to pay starting this week – Apple pay, Android and chip! We hope you find this added convenience beneficial.

Also, don’t forgot we will attending the Nutrition World Farmers Market every Saturday from 10am-noon. It starts this coming Saturday so stop by and say hello!

See you at market!

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October 5th Produce

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

  • Summerfest & Hon Tsai Tai Asian Greens {M/CSA}: the Hon Tsai Tai is new this week so you may not be familiar with this green. It is from the mustard family but this chef describes it as a less bitter broccoli rabe (the link includes a couple of recipes). You can use the entire plant, flowers, buds, leaves and stems, so be sure to give it a try and let us know what you think!
  • Young Red Leaf Lettuce {M/CSA}: our Hemp Seed “Ranch” Dressing is still one of my all time favorite dressings. You really don’t need much else to make a satisfying salad – maybe just add some thinly sliced radishes and a hard boiled egg if you are feeling adventurous.
  • Pak Choi {M/CSA}: I hadn’t thought of using this vegetable in a soup before but I am not sure why. Take a look at this Chinese Pak Choi and Noodles Soup for an easy way to build a meal around this nutritious vegetable.
  • Kohlrabi {CSA}: I often turn to fritters when I need a quick, delicious weeknight meal. They can be made from so many different types of vegetables. This recipe for Indian Spiced Fritters is a great example – it calls for kohlrabi (along with the greens) and another root vegetable (you could definitely use the salad turnips here). You can alter the spices and the sauce to suit your needs.
  • Japanese Salad Turnips {CSA}: if you can’t find a use for your salad turnips, they can make a great pickle! This Lacto-fermented Turnip Pickle recipe, which adds mint, sounds like a yummy way to make use of this root vegetable.
  • Tender Collards & Kale {M}: Alice shares her 10-minute Pasta and Pesto Dinner ideas this week and we think adding collards or kale (or any of our other greens) to the pesto is a wonderful idea! We have a recipe for Super Greens & Sunflower Seed Pesto that you could use as a starting point.
  • Jalapenos & Habaneros {M}: I just saw someone mention adding hot peppers and lots of cheese to a bowl of grits and I think it sounds delicious! Luckily for us, Riverview Farms sells grits and Sequatchie Cove Creamery sells cheese at our market 🙂
  • Parsley {M}: here is an interesting way to consume the health benefits of this herb – Parsley Tea!

Weekly Farm Notes :: September 28th, 2016

Hello,

TasteBuds is holding it’s 4th Annual Farm Tour this weekend and we are participating! We will have our gates open so stop by to see what we are growing and enjoy the clean country air. For more information and to purchase tickets, check out this link. We hope to see you there!

See you at market!

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September 28th Produce

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

  • Daikon Radish & Greens {M/CSA}: did you realize daikon radishes are a good source of Vitamin C? Just one cup (sliced) provides about 30% of your RDA of this very important vitamin.
  • Green Bell, Jalapenos & Habaneros {M/CSA}: why purchase hot sauce when you can make your own! Check out this post on making Aged, Fermented Hot Pepper Sauce and pick up some of our peppers now to get started! The holidays are only a few months away – wouldn’t homemade hot sauce make an awesome gift for your spice-loving friends?!
  • Basil, Lemon Balm, Parsley & Rosemary {M/CSA}: the MSFM blog has a great article on preserving fresh herbs. Heather talks specifically about freezing herbs as-is and also turning them into pesto and then freezing the sauce.
  • Pak Choi {CSA}: kimchi, the spicy Korean condiment, is traditionally made with cabbage but here, bok choy (or pak choi) is the main component. If you like spicy food, this is definitely a recipe to try.
  • Giant Red Mustard Greens {CSA}: With a hint of fall in the air (finally!), soup season is here. Give our Mustard Greens Soup with Almonds and Poblanos recipe a try. If you want to kick it up a notch, substitute the milder poblanos for jalapenos or habaneros we have available this week.
  • Collards, Red Russian Kale & Toscano Kale {CSA}: We just posted a new recipe – Green Coconut Soup Base. In it, I call for Summerfest Asian greens but you can definitely use kale or collards in it’s place. This is also a great way to use the garlic and hot peppers!
  • Garlic {CSA}: put this recipe in your back pocket for when cold and flu season hits: Immunity Soup. It includes lots of garlic and pepper and can be garnished with whatever is in season (sliced salad turnips and wilted greens sound like a great addition!).
  • Japanese Salad Turnips & Greens {M}: if you aren’t sure how to use your greens, check out our Yogurt & Greens Dip recipe. It’s an easy and delicious way to make sure they don’t go to waste.

Weekly Farm Notes :: September 21st, 2016

Hello,

Tomorrow is the first day of the “Fall into Greens” CSA pickup – yay! We have missed seeing you each week and look forward to the start of a great season.

Just a reminder: if you get your CSA box home but can’t remember what is what, take a look at our Produce Information tab. We have pictures along with attributes, nutrition, storage and recipe information! We are constantly updating to include new products to check back often.

See you at market!

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September 21st Produce

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

  • Daikon Radish & Greens {M/CSA}: if you want to use multiple items in one recipe, this is it. Pao Cai are preserved (here, they are fermented) Chinese vegetables that include daikon, pak choi and hot peppers. Pick up some scallions and garlic while you are at the market and you’ll have most of what you need!
  • Hakurei Japanese Salad Turnips & Greens {M/CSA}: I tend to eat these salad turnips raw but I bet they would be great in a quick pickle. If you aren’t familiar with this process, check out Alice O’Dea’s article “Pickling All The Things“. She mentioned adding jalapenos to the mix to pick some up this week to make a spicy version!
  • Joi Choi Pak Choi {M/CSA}: it is really still in the 90’s? Until it cools down, I am trying to eat as much raw food as possible. Our Raw Spicy Pak Choi Salad is an easy side dish for whatever else you have planned.
  • Parsley {M/CSA}: parsley isn’t the first herb I would think to add to a smoothie, but when paired with the right ingredients, I bet it would be great. Check out “How to Use Parsley In A Green Smoothie” for nutritional information and smoothie ideas.
  • Green Bell & Spicy Peppers {M/CSA}: I still haven’t made stuffed peppers this summer but there is still time! I plan to try a vegetarian version, similar to this one: Quinoa Stuffed Peppers.
  • Summerfest Asian Greens {CSA}: this Asian green is similar in flavor to spinach and you can use it interchangeably in recipes. I am assuming we all love spinach and artichoke dip but it isn’t something we should indulge in often. This Yoghurt & Spinach Dip, however, is still creamy but much more healthful.
  • Cherry Tomatoes {CSA}: the transition from one season into another is the perfect time to preserve your favorite ingredients before they are gone. Tomatoes are that ingredient for me. My favorite way to preserve the fresh tomato flavor is to make this Cherry Tomato Miso Sauce and freeze it for later.
  • Basil {M}: speaking of preserving, what better way to preserve basil than in pesto? Traditional pesto can turn brown pretty quickly, but the addition of parsley can help slow that process without changing the flavor. Check our this Greener Pesto recipe on the MSFM blog.