Weekly Farm Notes :: Feb 24th, 2016

Hello,

This is the last week of the “Deep Winter” CSA! We hope you all have found the session nourishing. The “Walking to Spring” CSA session is full but we might open more shares later in the season – check back with us if you are interested!

The greens mix includes basil this week, which may seem odd given the season. It comes to us from a special place – Ray McWhorter, a teacher from the aquaponics “SPLASH” lab at Gilbert Elementary! It sounds like an impressive learning technique!

See you tomorrow at market!

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February 24th Produce

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

  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {CSA/M}: this rainy weather has me craving soup, like this Barley & Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard, or an Asian noodle soup like the Market Udon Bowl (to which you can add any of our greens to) or maybe Egg Drop Soup, again with greens added.
  • Red Russian {CSA/M}, Curly {CSA}, Toscano {M} & Red Ruffled {M) Kale: this Purple Kale, Cabbage and Fennel Ferment mixture sounds like a great way to preserve kale for the weeks and months to come!
  • Arugula, Spicy Asian Greens, Spigarello Broccoli Rabe Leaves and Basil Mix {CSA}: this mix of spicy and herby greens will make a great base for pesto! There are a million ways to make it, and while I don’t really think you need a recipe, you should at least read through this blog post on How to Make the Best Pesto. It all comes down to personal taste but the author does some interesting experiments that you might find valuable.
  • Tender Collards {CSA/M}: I am always looking for ways to get my toddler to happily eat greens. Sure, I can put them in smoothies or chop them finely to add to other dishes (which happens all.the.time), but something crunchy is always a hit. That is where Collard Green Chips come in. They couldn’t be easier and can be flavored in so many ways. Make them in the dehydrator or the oven and get your crunch on.
  • Lavender Leaves {CSA}: did you know that you can use lavender leaves in addition to the flowers? Check out our latest post with LOTS of great ways to use your leaves!
  • Mild Red Mustard {M}: there are references to soup above but thought I would include one more – see the recipe below for an easy Potato and Mustard Green Soup!
  • Chickweed {M}: this nutritious herb can be used in salads or as a substitute for spinach. You can also make a tea from the fresh leaves – add 2 tablespoons of chickweed to 1 cup of boiling water and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Add lemon and/or honey to taste!

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Recipe :: Easy Potato and Mustard Greens Soup

This recipe is from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 2 onions, finely diced
  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 bunch mustard greens, de-stemmed, cooked and chopped
  • 2-3 pinches of red pepper flakes
  • Parmesan for serving

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook slowly. Meanwhile, quarter each potato lengthwise, then thinly slice. Irregular pieces are fine – the smaller ones will fall apart, giving body to the soup.
  • Add the potatoes, raise the heat, and saute, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to color and a glaze builds up on the bottom of the pan, about 10 minutes. Add 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, bay leaf and 1 cup water. Scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen the solids. Add 2 quarts water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, taste for salt, season with pepper and stir in the parsley, cooked mustard greens and red pepper flakes. For a soup with more body, pass 1 or 2 cups through a food mill.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? She is taking a break from cooking to talk about starting the process of decluttering, specifically her kitchen.


Weekly Farm Notes :: February 17th, 2016

Hello,

We just added a few more “Walking to Spring” CSA shares so please let us know if you would like to sign up! Please contact us here for details.

Also, we have a farm-worker/apprentice position available. See below for more details and let us know if you, or anyone you know of, is interested!

  • Location: 40 miles south of Chattanooga, TN
  • Responsibilities: vary; candidate must be agile and able to move quickly about the land
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Length: short term; 6 months but may become a longer term opportunity for the right person
  • Compensation: mostly from trade of lodging and meals with a stipend depending on experience
  • Please send a statement of interest, experience or inquires to food@tanthillfarm.com

See you tomorrow at market!

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February 17th Produce

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

  • Food Hook Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: if you can’t use your greens fresh, don’t forget how easy it is to freeze them! Check out the “Veggie Cubes” section of our Preserving the Harvest :: Freezing guide to learn more!
  • Red Russian & Siberian Kale {M/CSA}: this Mango Ginger Kale Green Smoothie just showed up in my inbox so it must be fate! I mean, how can this combination be bad?!
  • Spigarello Broccoli Rabe Leaves {CSA}: the name “broccoli” rabe in a bit confusing here as this variety is grown for the leaves and does not produce a floret like other types. You can use it in place of other greens or try it in our Savory Quick Bread with Broccoli Rabe and Sun-dried Tomatoes recipe!
  • Tender Collards {CSA}: you may be sick of hearing this…but don’t throw away your stems! Last week, I made a really tasty veggie stock using sliced stems. See the recipe below!
  • Asian Mix with Spinach, Mustard and More {CSA}: the Main Street Farmers Market just posted two salad dressings that I think would work really well with these greens – Lemon & Thyme and Ginger Miso. If you don’t want to eat them raw, they would also be great added to any number of soups – like this Tofu Mushroom Soup!
  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens {M}: doesn’t this Savory Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe look so comforting? While we don’t have arugula this week, I think our spicy mustard greens would be a great substitute. The bold flavor would really help cut through the starchiness from the oats and the fatty/creaminess from the egg.

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Recipe :: Veggie Scrap Stock

You can vary this recipe is so many ways but here are a couple of tips: 1) Use fresh stems as opposed to those you have thrown in the freezer. I have tried freezing stems for use later and they turn soggy when thawed; 2) I would avoid using any stems that have a strong flavor when raw – possibly some mustard green stems. You might end up with an overly vegetal flavored stock.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-1/2 cups sliced stems (from collards, kale or Swiss chard)
  • 1 cup onion trimmings
  • A couple parsley stems (I keep a big bag full in the freezer)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A couple of garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • A teaspoon or two of peppercorns

Directions:

  • Heat vegetable stock in a large stock pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add the sliced stems and cook, stirring frequently, until browned, about 8-10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients plus 6-8 cups of water (depending on the size of your pot) and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Store in the refrigerator and use within a few days or store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? If you haven’t made a tahini sauce before, you will want to after reading this!


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!


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?!


Weekly Farm Notes :: January 27th, 2016

Hello,

Well, what a change in weather from last week! It is nice to have a little dose of winter but I don’t like it enough to cancel market!

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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January 27th Produce

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

  • Tender Collards {M/CSA}: I have been experimenting with a Collard Green Relish lately based on this recipe. I used the entire leaf and not just the stem, although you can certainly just use the stems if you are using the rest of the plant elsewhere. I am planning to post this recipe next week so keep an out for it!
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: A couple ideas: 1) chard may seem too “earthy” in flavor to include in a smoothie but when paired with berries, banana, ginger, and mint, it’s a great way to enjoy these greens raw! 2) Don’t throw away these beautiful stems! Check out this recipe for Picked Chard Stems for a wonderful condiment for rice and other grains!
  • Red Russian, Siberian & Toscano Kale {M/CSA}: if you feel like you are in a kale rut, check out these 10 Creative Recipes with Kale. They have everything from kale guacamole to kale brownies!
  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens {M}: look no further than our newest recipe for Mustard Greens Soup with Poblanos and Almonds! It’s quick, flavorful and can work for just about any dietary restriction. We hope you give it a try!
  • Kohlrabi {CSA}: if you want to get your fermenting on this week, here are some options: Natural-Fermented Kohlrabi, Kohlrabi Kraut, and Dilly Kohlrabi Pickles. As always, don’t throw away the leaves! Check out our post on Kohlrabi Greens Furikake for a little inspiration!
  • Awesome Asian Salad Mix {CSA}: I am really excited to try the mix this week, which contains spinach, chickweed and curly green and red kale. Have you tried chickweed before? It is valued both as food and medicine (they are so intertwined, right?!). It is high in Vitamin C and calcium and has been used to treat diseases of inflammation such as dermatitis or gastritis. Check out more information here.
  • Thyme {CSA}: this recipe for Walnut-Thyme Honey sounds like an easy and flavorful way to use this herb. Imagine how great the walnuts taste after soaking in honey for a month…yum.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? Don’t overlook tomato sauce – it can be so much more than spaghetti sauce!