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.

Weekly Farm Notes :: June 22nd, 2016

Hello,

This is the last week for the CSA extension. We will be taking a break from market for a while this summer while we gear up for an exciting Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 season! Shares will be offered soon so stay tuned and let us know if you are interested.

We will have the Kraut Source fermenting lid available today. Stop by our booth to learn more!

This week, Alice shares some of ideas for Summer Dinners. No one wants to cook much in this heat but there are some tasty options for dinner, whether it’s salads or bowls based on grains and veggies.

See you at market!

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June 22nd Produce

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

  • Ford Hook Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: if you add greens to your smoothies, check out this article on why you should rotate your greens.
  • Green Beans {M/CSA}: I am always looking for new ingredients to ferment and I think it’s time to try green beans. Here is an easy recipe for Lacto-Fermented Dilly Beans that I plan on trying this week.
  • Herbs {M/CSA}: the herbs this week include basil, mint, rosemary and tarragon. I want to experiment with tarragon a bit more and have been thinking about trying Fines Herbes, a classic French herb seasoning blend. It is usually made with dried herbs but why not try a version with fresh herbs?
  • White Kohlrabi {CSA}: the market has a yummy recipe for Kohlrabi and Broccoli Fried Rice this week. It is wonderful “root to leaf” recipe that uses the whole kohlrabi and broccoli by incorporating the kohlrabi greens and broccoli stems. Yah for limited food waste!
  • Young Pak Choi {CSA}: summer begs for simple meals. I love incorporating simple sauteed pak choi with noodles and a sesame dressing. As an added bonus, you can make a double batch of the sauce and freeze half to use later.
  • Round Summer Squash {CSA}: you can easily turn these into a meal by making squash “boats”. They can be filled with just about anything – I love incorporating grains, mushrooms and cheese. Here is a tasty looking recipe with an awesome avocado “cream” or try our lettuce cup filling!
  • Young Daikon Radish {CSA}: I love the daikon recipe ideas on this site – kimchee, Do Chua and radish cakes are all on my list!
  • Cherry Tomatoes {CSA}: I created a Cherry Tomato Miso Sauce that is posted on my personal blog. It is so yummy with sauteed eggplant and basil mixed in. I hope you like it too!

Weekly Farm Notes :: June 15th, 2016

Hello,

If you received a text message earlier, you can expect a share for the CSA extension this week. If not, stop by anyways to pick up some veggies and say hi!

This week, Alice shares some of her favorite resources for clean eating (thanks for including us in your article, Alice!). Check out the list and then let her know if you have anything to add!

See you at market!

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June 15th Produce

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

  • Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: the only way to eat soup in this heat is if it’s chilled. This Chilled Swiss Chard Soup was eye-opening the first time I made it and I continue to make it every summer.
  • Romaine & Green Leaf Lettuce {M/CSA}: I love bowl type meals, piled high with lots of different flavors and textures. This post, which includes a recipe for crunchy roasted chickpeas, breaks down the different elements that make a great vegan bowl meal.
  • Green Beans {CSA}: I saw a lovely recipe of green beans, bulgur, walnuts, mint all mixed with a tahini sauce. It is on my list of recipes to try but I encourage you to experiment if it sounds good to you too!
  • Carrots {CSA}: I have always loved pickles and carrots separately but luckily I know enough now to combine the two flavors. Try Lacto-Fermented Carrot Sticks for a sweet/sour treat!
  • Green Onions {CSA}: the newest market recipe – Zucchini & Herbed Ricotta Tartines – incorporates green onions into the ricotta mixture. If you don’t pick up a zucchini at market, you can use the same ricotta mixture with our cherry tomatoes for a quick and delicious meal!
  • Cabbage {CSA}: I haven’t tried this myself but I have charred cabbage in the skillet, and I can tell you the results were wonderful. If you already have the grill fired up, why not try this Grilled Cabbage recipe?
  • Red & Yellow Cherry Tomatoes {CSA}: it’s been quite a while since I linked to any tomato recipes on here, but here is one of my favorite – Cherry Tomato Gazpacho. We might not have enough to make this full recipe but supplement with some others from the market (and support other farms in the process!).
  • Herbs {M}: the herbs this week include basil, parsley, mint and lemon balm. I think all of these would be a great addition to these Seared Tofu Bahn Mi Sandwiches.

Cherry Tomato Gazpacho

Hello!

I think it is required to eat gazpacho at least once during the summer. It is so fast and refreshing, perfect for dinner on a steamy evening. We hope you enjoy our version!

Cherry Tomato Gazpacho
makes 2 generous servings

Recipe notes: 1) I used Niedlov’s sourdough bread but any white sandwich loaf will do; 2) I didn’t peel the cucumber because the skins on our Diva cucumbers are thin. If you have cucumbers with thick, bitter skin, I would suggest peeling beforehand.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large slice (1-1/4 ounces) white bread
  • 1-1/4 pound cherry tomatoes, stems removed
  • 1 medium (6-1/2 ounces) cucumber, ends trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium (1-1/2 ounces) peeled and trimmed shallot
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 2-3 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil and thinly sliced basil for serving

Directions:

  • If you don’t have slightly stale, day-old bread, toast the bread to dry it out a bit. You want it to be just a little golden. Tear into large pieces and add to a blender.
  • Set aside 2-3 ounces (a small handful) of tomatoes for garnish and place the remaining in the blender with the bread.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, starting with 2 teaspoons vinegar, to the blender. Process on high until very smooth, 1-2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Transfer to a bowl and top with remaining tomatoes, halved, olive oil and basil. Serve.

Weekly Farm Notes :: July 7th, 2015

Hello!

We have posted three new recipes since last week, all perfect for easy, fresh summer eating: Roasted Tomatillo SalsaMillet TabboulehMinted Eggplant Dip. You can find the main ingredients at our stand tomorrow. We hope to see you at market!

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July 8th Produce

Here are some of the items you can expect this week:

  • Heirloom Tomatoes: in my opinion, you have to make gazpacho at least once during the summer. It’s so fresh and easy. Here is a link to Main Street Farmers Market favorite version – yum!
  • Sweet Red Cherry Tomatoes: you can just toss these into our Millet Tabbouleh, or make a super simple cherry tomato salsa. Start by tossing 6 ounces of quartered tomatoes with a tablespoon each extra-virgin olive oil and cilantro, along with 1-1/2 teaspoons lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
  • Diva Cucumbers: these cucumbers are thin-skinned and crunchy, the perfect addition to our Millet Tabbouleh or for use in Tzatziki sauce (see recipe below).
  • Japanese Eggplant: try our new recipe for Minted Eggplant Dip!
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard: pick up some of our eggs and give this Greens & Cheese Frittata recipe a try! It makes for a quick lunch or dinner. Don’t forget to stop by Sequatchie Cove and pick up some cheese to use with it!
  • Tomatillos: try our new recipe for Roasted Tomatillo Salsa!
  • Green Sweet Carmen Peppers: I have read that these peppers are great for roasting and I bet they would hold up well on the grill. Give it a try and let us know how you enjoy them!
  • Papalo: we have been experimenting a lot with papalo lately. Try it in our Fresh Tomato Salsa or Roasted Tomatillo Salsa. I have also tried it in guacamole and as a garnish for a Thai inspired soup. Look for more papalo recipes coming soon!
  • Mint: we have numerous suggestions for using your mint this week: try our Minted Eggplant Dip, the Tzatziki recipe below or this recipe that I created a few years ago for Mint & Pistachio Pesto. Buy extra mint and try all three!
  • Pastured Eggs: there is no limit to what can be done with eggs. Pick up a dozen or two – they last for weeks!
  • Beautiful Cut Flowers: brighten up your day with our beautiful cut flowers!

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Recipe :: Tzatziki Sauce

This recipe is from The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook. They suggests salting and draining the cucumbers to prevent excess liquid from making the dip watery. You can skip this step if you plan to use it all immediately. And given our Diva cucumbers have such thin skins, you could also skip the peeling step as well. Serve with pita, crackers or raw veggies. Makes 2 cups.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12 ounce) cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and shredded
  • 1 cup whole Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint and/or dill
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced

Directions:

  • Toss cucumbers and 1/2 teaspoon salt together and let drain in colander for 15 minutes.
  • Whisk yogurt, oil, mint and garlic together in bowl, then stir in drained cucumber. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

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Other :: Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s latest article? She has been experimenting with Chef Watson, and the results are intriguing!


Millet Tabbouleh

Hello!

Tabbouleh is an incredibly fresh Lebanese salad traditionally consisting of bulgur wheat, tomatoes, cucumber and lots of parsley and mint. It sometimes seems like an herb salad with some bulgur thrown in. My version, however, swaps the bulgur for millet, making it compatible with gluten-free diets. I kept the tomatoes, cucumber and herbs (although not quite as much as some recipes call for) but tossed in some chickpeas and feta to make it a full meal.

If you aren’t familiar with millet, read more about it here. Millet can be prepared for salads, per my instructions below, or as a porridge, similar to polenta. However, it is very easy to cross the line from individual grains to a mass of millet. To make sure you don’t end up with porridge, keep these tips in mind: 1) it does not cook evenly – you will be left with some cooked grains while others will be a little toothsome; 2) you need to spread out the cooked millet to cool otherwise the starch from the popped grains will make it impossible to use in a salad.

Enjoy!

Millet Tabbouleh
makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups millet
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium cucumber (about 10 ounces), peeled if thick skinned, and cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half if larger than 1/2″
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallions (from about 3 large scallions)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced mint
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1-15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained, and crumbled feta (optional)

Directions:

  • To cook the millet: first, toast the millet by adding it to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until it smells toasty and the grains are starting to brown, about 4-6 minutes. Add the water and salt, bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the water is absorbed and around two-thirds of the grains are cooked through, about 15-18 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Spread evenly and allow to cool. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, breaking up any clumps of millet.
  • Whisk the lemon juice and olive oil together in a small bowl and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients and the lemon juice/olive oil mixture to the millet and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.