Weekly Farm Notes :: March 9th, 2016

Hello,

We are in between CSA sessions currently with the “Walking to Spring” session starting March 16th or 23rd. It is currently full but we may open more shares so please check back with us if interested!

See you tomorrow at market!

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March 9th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market:

  • Toscano & Red Russian Kale: I am always trying to get my 2-year-old son to eat more vegetables. He is a good eater but plain sauteed greens are a bit much to ask. Smoothies are a great option but so is anything in bread form. Last week I made Vegetable Packed Pancakes and they were a big hit! They aren’t sweet so you can eat them as is, with a yogurt sauce or on the side of any number of main dishes.
  • Swiss Chard: if you are in a chard rut, check out this list of tasty recipes (Swiss chard taco wraps?! Yah, that’s happening). Remember, don’t throw away the stems!
  • Tender Collards: I love preserving seasonal produce but collards always seemed like a tough option. You could add them to soup or sauce but I wanted something a bit different. If this sounds familiar, you may like our Collard Green Relish recipe. It’s a great balance of sweet, tangy and spicy. It’s delicious with crackers a cheese!
  • Radishes: there is a great new recipe on the Main Street Farmers Market blog for Grains and Greens Salad. These are the type of recipes I love – a good base but with plenty of room for experimenting.
  • Peppery Arugula & Spicy Wasabi Arugula Flowers: with Spring right around the corner, it feels fitting to add edible flowers to our meals. If you aren’t sure how to use them, check out this link for more information.
  • Peppermint: basil isn’t the only herb that works well in pesto – mint is a great option, too! Check out the Mint & Pistachio Pesto recipe below.
  • Chickweed: there are lots of chickweed pesto and salad recipes out there but if you want something a bit different, try this Chickweed Pakoras recipe. It’s on my list for the week!
  • Dead Nettle & Henbit: if you look down as you walk around, I bet you will see a ton of Dead Nettle and Henbit growing (check out this link to identify both). I wouldn’t suggest picking any if you don’t know if it has been sprayed or not. You can feel rest assured ours is chemical free so pick some up and try this Dead Nettle and Henbit Pistou!

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Recipe :: Mint & Pistachio Pesto

  • Ingredients
    • 3 medium garlic cloves, skin left on
    • 1 cup (1 ounce) packed mint leaves
    • 2-1/2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
    • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) pistachios
    • Juice of one medium lime (2 tablespoons / 1 ounce)
    • 1/3 cup neutral oil (I used grapeseed oil)
    • 2 tablespoons of water (if needed)
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Directions
    • Heat a small traditional skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic cloves and cook, turning occasionally, until they are softened and the skins are charred, about 8-10 minutes.  Remove from heat and when cool enough to handle, remove the skins.  Mince and add to a food processor.
    • Add the remaining ingredients except the water and process until mostly broken down but still slightly chunky, about 10-15 one-second pulses, scraping down the sides of the bowl when needed.  Thin with a little water or additional oil if needed.  Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? I love learning about new dishes, so was excited to read all about an Indian soup called rasam.


Weekly Farm Notes :: February 10th, 2016

Hello,

This week we are sharing some farm news. Check out the highlights below!

  • Big news – we are starting a mushroom growing operation! The first shiitake and oyster varieties hopefully available by the end of the spring CSA session.

  • Tomatoes and peppers are growing and we hope to have them available first to shareholders.

  • First spring plant order of 2000 plants coming in next week.

  • The first of two hightunnels is under construction with 2nd one completed by end of April.

See you tomorrow at market!

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February 10th Produce

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

  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {CSA}: kale isn’t the only green that can be turned into chips. Check out our Preserving the Harvest :: Dehydrated Greens post to learn more!
  • Red Kale Blend & Toscano Kale {CSA}: I think our Toscano kale makes the BEST kale salads. The trick is to massage them with a bit of dressing for a few minutes to soften slightly. You could even mix the kale with some of the other greens, like arugula, and toss it all with our new Hemp Seed “Ranch” Dressing! Check out our Essentials to a Satisfying Salad post if you want to turn it into a meal.
  • Dragon Tongue Mild Mustard Greens {CSA}: I love sauces. They are relatively quick to put together and can turn a few refrigerator ingredients into a meal. If you are wondering how to use your mustard greens this week, check out this tasty recipe for Mustard Green Harissa.
  • Kohlrabi {CSA}: there are many ways to prepare kohlrabi but my favorite has to be Home Fries. Cut them about 1/2″ thick and they have the perfect texture – soft but with a nice bite.
  • Homemade Rosemary Rolls {CSA}: Stephanie Everett from Everett Heritage Farm made these for us. She used local eggs, honey and flour from Sonrisa Farm! The recipe is below if you wish to make some for yourself!
  • Fresh Rosemary {CSA}: having infused olive oils in a fun way to add extra flavor to your favorite dishes. Homemade Rosemary Infused Olive Oil couldn’t be easier – simply steep about half the rosemary in warm oil for about 10 minutes and then pour over fresh rosemary in the jar of your choice. Drizzle this on pasta and toss with a little garlic, lemon and cheese – yum!
  • Tender Collards {M}: if you are looking for a way to preserve your collards, check out our Collard Greens Relish recipe! It is great served with crackers and cheese!
  • Wasabi Arugula with Spicy Flowers {M}: wondering about edible flowers? Here is a list of common flowers you may not have known you could eat (I had no idea you could eat clover flowers!). This is good to keep in mind as Spring is just around the corner 🙂
  • Bold and Peppery Arugula {M}: are you familiar with the Vietnamese soup called pho? It is based on an intensely flavored broth and served along with noodles and various garnishes. I love to make a vegan variation (similar to this one) and add my own veggies, including arugula. The bold flavor stands up really nicely to the broth. Give it a try and make your own version!
  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens {M}: Mustard Greens Soup with Almonds and Poblanos may seem like a strange combination but it is delicious! We hope you enjoy it!
  • Chickweed, Henbit & Dead Nettle {M}: here is yet another sauce – it couldn’t be easier and can be used on so many things – Henbit & Dead Nettle Pistou.

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Recipe :: Rosemary Rolls

The recipe Stephanie used can be found here but she added dried rosemary. If you want to use fresh rosemary in place of the dried, you typically use about 3 times as much (so about 2-1/4 teaspoons). To store, keep in a dish towel on the counter for a few days or in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for a week. They also freeze well and will keep for a few months in a ziplock bag.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tb. active dry yeast (instant works, too)
  • ½ c. warm water
  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup lukewarm buttermilk or milk
  • 4-1/2 – 5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. dried rosemary

Directions:

  • Dissolve the yeast in the ½ cup warm water in a glass measure. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and honey in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the eggs and mix, scraping the sides. Add the milk and yeast mixture.
  • Add 4-1/2 cups of flour, salt and rosemary, mixing until combined. Change to dough hook and knead for 2-3 minutes only, just until no longer tacky, adding a tablespoon or two of flour, if needed.
  • Let sit in bowl, covered, to rise for one hour. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead a couple of times, then let rest 3 minutes.
  • Divide into 24 equal pieces, shaping each into a ball and placing in a buttered 13×9-inch baking dish with the pieces touching.
  • Let rise, covered for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? This week she touches on the importance of eating out…something I could use more of in my life!


Henbit & Dead Nettle Pistou

Hello!

Have you guys tried the henbit and dead nettle that Mark & Gina brought to market last week (check out our Instagram account for a side by side picture)? They are both considered “weeds” and often treated as such but given they are nutrient dense and medicinal, we think they deserve a place at your table.

I didn’t have any experience with either plant so I started by trying them raw. I found dead nettle to be a bit more interesting but both have an earthy flavor with hints of celery, parsley and a bit of bitterness. Try them for yourself – you might taste something much different!

You can definitely toss either in a salad, wrap or smoothie but I was looking for something to add to a bean stew I made today and came up with the recipe below. Pistou is just a fancy word for pesto without nuts. It is typically made with basil, similar to pesto, but I used henbit and dead nettle in its place. It packs a lot of flavor so a little goes a long way! Use it with anything rich – stews, fried food, cheese.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Henbit & Dead Nettle Pistou
makes 1/2 cup

Recipe notes: 1) I purchased a pre-shredded, extra aged cheese from Sequatchie Cove Creamery last week and used it in place of Parmesan and it turned out great – play around and try different cheeses; 2) I started the recipe using a mortar and pestle (as shown in the picture) but I didn’t have the patience so I transferred everything to a food processor.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small or 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup very loosely packed henbit leaves
  • 1 cup very loosely packed dead nettle leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan or other aged cheese of choice (see note)

Directions:

  • In a small food processor, add the garlic, henbit, dead nettle and oil. Process until mostly pureed but with a little texture left. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the cheese. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Weekly Farm Notes :: January 6th, 2016

Hello,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with everything you love most.

We are looking forward to the start of the Deep Winter CSA session! The first pick-up will start either next week or the week after. Look for an email with more details soon.

Hope to see you at market tomorrow!

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January 6th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market:

  • Tender Collards: I love these Collard Green Falafel. They don’t take long to throw together and are a unique way to use your greens. Serve with hummus, pita and olives for a tasty meal.
  • Rainbow & Ford Hook Swiss Chard: Callaloo is a Caribbean dish traditionally made with amaranth greens (which are also called callaloo). The stew is quick and flavorful and while we don’t have the greens, Swiss chard makes a great substitute. Here is a recipe worth trying.
  • Siberian, Red Russian & Toscano Kale: if you need a little detox in your life after the holidays (hand raised), give this Vegan Detox Smoothie a try!
  • Spicy Large Leaf Arugula: cooking tames the spiciness of these greens. Check out the recipe below for a super simple, yet satisfying pasta dish with sauteed arugula. There are many ways to make this dish your own – use different nuts or cheese and add any additional seasoning you like.
  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens: I love 1) Indian food and 2) finding ways to use whatever greens are left over in my refrigerator. This Indian Mustard Green Sauce with Potatoes fulfills both of these loves. I hope you like it as much as I do!
  • Wasabi Arugula: if you are in the mood for a salad, don’t let this spicy arugula scare you away! The trick is to balance it with other flavors, like this recipe for Fresh Fig and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese. The sweetness from the figs and the tangy, rich flavors from the cheese are a great compliment to the arugula. Check out The Essentials Elements to a Satisfying Salad post to come up with your own salad!
  • Chickweed: if you haven’t tried this nutrient dense, medicinal “weed” before, now is your chance! It can be eaten raw or cooked briefly, in which case it will be similar to spinach. Check out our Chickweed Power Salad recipe for a great way to make it into a meal!
  • Henbit: this edible “weed” is part of the mint family but it tastes more like raw kale. It is high in iron, vitamins and fiber and can be used in salads, smoothies or wraps.
  • Dead Nettle: another edible “weed”, is very similar to Henbit (see a comparison between the two on this link). It is called “dead” because it won’t sting you like the infamous stinging nettle! One blogger notes the fuzzy texture is not great for eating raw and prefers adding it to smoothies.
  • Parsley: use the parsley in the pasta recipe below!
  • Lemon Balm: shrubs are a fun way to preserve fruit and herbs. Here is a quick Lemon Balm Shrub recipe which can be enjoyed on its own or used in a cocktail.
  • Leaf Celery: gremolata is an Italian condiment usually consisting of chopped parsley, lemon zest and garlic. Swap out the parsley for leaf celery and you will have an easy, delicious topping for any number of meals (I sprinkled it on a mushroom pizza but it would also be great swirled into soups). Find the recipe here!
  • Mint: the cold weather has me craving tea all day long. When I need a caffeine-free version, I turn to herbs. Simply steep fresh mint leaves in hot water for 5-10 minutes, add honey and lemon juice to taste, and enjoy!

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Recipe :: Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Arugula, Walnuts and Ricotta Salata

This recipe is from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra virgin to finish
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Several pinches of red pepper flakes
  • 6 or more cups of arugula leaves, large stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons parsley
  • 1/2 cup toasted and chopped walnuts
  • Thin shavings of ricotta salata

Directions:

  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a 12″ non-stick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the arugula, season with a few pinches of salt, and saute until wilted. Stir in the parsley and walnuts and turn off heat. When the pasta is done, drain and add to the skillet. Toss well and serve with cheese and extra virgin olive oil drizzled over the top.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? Detox tips are always welcome this time of year!