Korean Lacto-fermented Salad Turnips

Hello!

Here is a quick and flavorful way to lacto-ferment those lovely salad turnips from this week’s share. The flavorings used are similar to kimchi – chiles, scallions and garlic – and can be altered to suit your tastes. The 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes lends a slight spiciness on the finish so feel free to add more for additional heat. Also, I used a lot of garlic in proportion to the turnips, but I love the flavor of fermented garlic. You can always cut back if desired.

We have posted about the tips and tricks to lacto-fermenting before, but there are a couple keys worth repeating:

  • The amount of salt you use is very important. Too little and you run the risk of spoilage, too much and the fermentation may not work at all. I am using a brine of 1 tablespoon fine sea salt to 2 cups of water. I think this is a good starting point but it may take some experimentation to find out what works best for you.
  • Keep the vegetables submerged under the brine. Our favorite way to achieve this is with the Kraut Source canning jar lid. It allows you to make small batches of ferments without committing to too much at once (which is great for those just learning about this process). If you need other ideas, check out this post.

Enjoy!

Korean Lacto-fermented Salad Turnips
makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 10 ounces turnip roots (about 3 small), scrubbed clean, cut in half, and then cut into thin half moon shapes
  • 1 large scallion, cut in half and then cut into 1″ pieces
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

Directions:

  • Add 1/2 cup of water and the salt to a small saucepan, cover and heat over medium. Bring to a boil, ensuring the salt has dissolved, and remove from heat. Add an additional 1-1/2 cups of cold water and set aside until it has reached room temperature.
  • Prepare the vegetables and toss together in a medium mixing bowl. Pack into a pint and a half wide mouth canning jar (#42 on the bottom) or evenly divide between two smaller jars. Once the brine is at room temperature, cover the vegetables completely and ensure they are submerged (see top section). Set aside, out of direct sunlight, and test daily until the desired flavor has been reached.
  • Secure with an air-tight lid and transfer to the refrigerator. The ferment should keep for at least a month.

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 :: 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 :: Nov 24th, 2015

Hello!

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving? If you waiting until the last minute to figure out your meal, we hope you find some ideas below. Also, don’t forget that the end of the “Fall into Greens” CSA session is ending soon so preserve the bounty now!

A reminder: all of those stems from your greens are edible! Adding them to smoothies is always an option but I like the ideas on this post. Also, look for a “Stem Jam” recipe coming soon!

See you at market tomorrow (not Wednesday) and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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November 24th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market (denoted by M) and/or in the CSA (denoted by CSA):

  • Carrots {M/CSA}: check out our latest post – Carrot and Turmeric Soup! This would be an easy, make-ahead side dish if you are still planning your Thanksgiving meal. Also, don’t forget that you can eat the carrot tops!
  • Jerusalem Artichokes {M/CSA}: there is one important thing to know about the composition of Jerusalem artichokes – they are rich in a carbohydrate called inulin and very low in starch. This makes them great for those who wish to avoid starchy foods but they can also be difficult to digest in large quantities. Check out this, this and this for more information.
  • Siberian Kale Mix {M/CSA}: how genius is this “Salad Booster” – a combination of toasted nori, kale, sunflower seeds and lemon zest?! This is definitely on my list of things to try ASAP!
  • Red Leaf & Red Butter Lettuce {M/CSA}: how do you store your lettuce? This link tells you how to keep your greens fresher, longer!
  • Ford Hook Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: kale gets all the attention but Swiss chard deserves some of the lime light! Check out this link for lots of recipe ideas – I especially like the sound of Bread Soup with Onions, Chard and Mushrooms for Thanksgiving.
  • Awesome Asian Salad Mix {M/CSA}: there are LOTS of Asian salad recipes out there but I think this one looks the best (no crispy ramen topping included, which is a good thing in my book). Just substitute the salad mix for the kale.
  • Pak Choi {CSA}: if you need something on the lighter side post Thanksgiving, give our Triple Sesame Noodles with Pak Choi a try!
  • Garlic {CSA}: I just got The Joy of Pickling cookbook and wow, it’s fantastic. If you are a fan of pickling, I would suggest you pick up a copy (I got mine for $6 on Ebay). See the Chinese Pickled Garlic recipe below for a fast and flavorful way to preserve your garlic.
  • Tender Collards {M}: these Chickpea, Cashew and Collard Green Patties can be made ahead and frozen. No need for greasy carry out when you have these stashed away in the freezer!
  • Spicy Large Leaf Arugula {M}: I am fascinated by another cookbook I picked up this week – Preserving the Japanese Way. There is a recipe for Wild Arugula with Walnut Miso that I am dying to try. If it turns out well, I will definitely post it soon!
  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens {M}: hot damn, this vegan Mustard Greens Soup with Poblanos and Almonds sounds delicious! I love how simple ingredients can come together to make a special meal.

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Recipe :: Chinese Pickled Garlic

This recipe is from The Joy of Pickling and makes about 1 cup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar, white wine vinegar or distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pickling salt

Directions:

  • Put the garlic into a half-pint jar. Stir together the vinegar, sugar and salt and pour the liquid over the garlic. Cap the jar and store it in the refrigerator or another cool, dark place for at least 1 month before using the garlic. It should keep well for 1 year or more. After opening the jar, store it in the refrigerator.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? Take her advice and make a yummy soup from your Thanksgiving leftovers!

 


Weekly Farm Notes :: Nov 18th, 2015

Hello!

There are two important events coming up of note: first, Thanksgiving of course, but also the “Fall into Greens” CSA session is coming to an end in just a few short weeks. Start thinking about preserving part or all of your weekly share to hold you over before the “Deep Winter” session starts in January. We are providing information below to help you prepare for both!

For those who use Facebook and Instagram, we are asking that you use #tanthillfarm whenever you post something about the farm or your weekly CSA share. There are lots of us in the community but I am guessing we aren’t all connected on social media. This will give us an easy way to connect and see what others are doing each week with their produce. We will also tag any pictures of the farm so you can see what it takes to get your produce from the field to your table.

A few “Deep Winter” and “Walking to Spring” CSA shares are still available. Don’t miss out on powerhouse greens to get you through the dark and cold months ahead! Here is the link to our CSA information to find out more.

See you at market!

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November 18th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market (denoted by M) and/or in the CSA (denoted by CSA):

  • Kale Mix {M/CSA}: this mix includes Toscano, Siberian & Red Ruffled varieties. For a fresh recipe, this seasonal Balsamic Butternut Kale Panzanella salad looks like a great way to incorporate fresh greens in a festive way! If you want to preserve your bounty, freezing is my favorite way to store kale for future use. It is fast and great at retaining the nutrient value. Check out this guide to make little kale bundles that can be used in various ways down the road.
  • Tender Collards {M/CSA}: I have never included Mac n’ Cheese in my Thanksgiving celebration but I know a lot of people who do. Why not toss in some of your collards into the dish this year, similar to this recipe? You can always prepare and freeze your greens this week to make the process easier.
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: don’t forget about your dehydrator when trying to find ways to preserve greens. While I don’t like the way raw greens turn out when dehydrated, I really enjoy those that are tossed with oil and spices. Check out our Dehydrated Greens post that includes a recipe for Swiss chard.
  • Mild Red Dragon Tongue & Green Amara Mustard Greens {CSA}: I always fall back on making sauces to preserve fresh ingredients. I especially loves sauces like this one because it can be transformed down the road. You could add cheese and toasted nuts and toss it with pasta or use it as a spread on a sandwich.
  • Cabbage {CSA}: I always think of sauerkraut when trying to find ways to preserve cabbage, but sometimes you need to spice things up. Our Curtido (Salvadorian Sauerkraut) recipe includes carrots, jalapenos and dried spices for a nice twist on an old classic.
  • Spigarello Broccoli Rabe Leaves {CSA}: everything gets turned into a pesto these days, for good reason. They are relatively easy to make, taste great and freeze well. Prepare the sauce for this Broccoli Rabe Walnut Pesto now and freeze to enjoy later!
  • Lettuce {CSA}: I love tahini based salad dressing for the flavor and richness it provides. Just so happens, the market published this Lemon-Tahini Dressing this week. Let’s all give it a try.
  • Tatsoi {CSA}: this green is similar to spinach but with more character. That’s why it works great in this Pasta with Tatsoi and Gingered Butter Sauce recipe.
  • Spicy Large Leaf Arugula {M}: I love mixing fresh and cooked items together in a salad. I think this Arugula, Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Salad would make a great addition to Thanksgiving!
  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens {M}: really, anything with a fried egg and avocado is going to be great, but this egg sandwich looks pretty legit.

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Thanksgiving Prep

Here are the items that will possibly be in your CSA share next week. We hope this helps you plan your dinner!

  • Sunchokes / Jerusalem Artichokes: here is a list of possible sunchoke recipes. I think the sunchoke and potato gratin would be a great Thanksgiving side dish!
  • Carrots: I can imagine really enjoying this Roasted Carrot Turmeric Soup the day or two after Thanksgiving when a light meal is in order.
  • Awesome Asian Mix: I noticed that Alexzanna Farms has Japanese persimmons this week. I think it is worth asking if they will be available next week too. Substitute the chicories with our Asian mix and I think this salad would be lovely for Thanksgiving!
  • Garlic: if you need to have a dairy-free “creamy” option for Thanksgiving, I thought this Roasted Garlic Ricotta looked like a great option (anything is good when mixed with roasted garlic).
  • Spicy Arugula (same as suggested above): I love mixing fresh and cooked items together in a salad. I think this Arugula, Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Salad would make a great addition to Thanksgiving!
  • Pak Choi: this Glazed Shiitakes with Bok Choy recipe is a similar take to many other pak choi recipes out there but I love the focus on mushrooms. It almost reminds me of a fresher version of green bean casserole!
  • Lettuce: I love shaved fennel in salad and it just so happens that Crabtree Farm has some this week! Ask to see if it will be around next week and add it to your Thanksgiving meal.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? I cannot wait to experience a Scenic City Supper Club dinner myself someday!

 


Weekly Farm Notes :: Oct 7th, 2015

Hello!

We had a few more CSA shares open up this week so please pass this onto anyone who is looking for nutritious, delicious food! Here is the link to our CSA information.

See you at market!

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October 6th Produce

The amount of crops available at market is still TBD this week due to rain. Those listed below are included in the CSA:

  • Hakurei and Scarlet Salad Turnips: I fermented thinly sliced radishes and salad turnips last week and they were nice and funky after 5 days. There are lots of variations out there but this is the one I used.
  • Daikon Radishes and Greens: looking for a way to use your radish greens? Here is a new recipe for Black Beans and Radish Greens Dip – it couldn’t be easier.
  • Pak Choi: check out our new recipe for Triple Sesame Noodles with Pak Choi!
  • Butter and Red Leaf Lettuce: if you haven’t done so yet, check out our Essential Elements to a Satisfying Salad post. Salad should never be boring.
  • Potatoes: when I saw both potatoes and garlic on the list this week, my mind immediately went to potato and garlic soup. There are so many variations, but why not try something like this and then incorporate your greens into it?
  • Garlic: I know there are so many ways to use garlic, but if you are looking for something new, try fermenting your garlic cloves. I roughly followed these instructions last spring and I am still using the garlic. It is SO good and the resulting brine is like pickle brine but with an intense garlic kick. Not sure how I will use the brine but it definitely won’t go down the drain.
  • Apples from Wheelers Organic Orchard: have you ever compared the flavor of local, organic apples to those you get at the supermarket? I bought some organic apples, grown in Washington, last week from a local organic grocer and they were so bland compared to what is available from Wheelers. Take advantage of the season and enjoy apples at their peak of freshness!

Collard Green and Pecan Pesto

Pesto needs no introduction. I bet almost everyone reading this has made one type or another. There are so many variations, based on anything from herbs (basil, cilantro, parsley, sage), greens (kale, arugula), mushrooms, tomatoes, olives, and roasted red peppers. This is my Southern take on the classic by using collard greens and pecans.

There are a couple tips for making a great pesto: first, roast the nuts and second, toast most of the garlic. Roasting the nuts brings out the flavor while toasting the garlic mellows the flavor so it doesn’t take over the dish (I do add a little raw garlic at the end, however).

Enjoy!

Collard Greens & Pecan Pesto
makes enough for 1 pound pasta

Recipe note: 1) you can use the traditional Parmesan here but I liked mixing it up a bit by using cheddar; 2) use a traditional skillet (cast iron or aluminum) as opposed to a non-stick skillet to toast garlic as non-stick skillets can release harmful chemicals when heated without fat in the pan; 3) reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water to thin out the pesto if you plan on tossing it with pasta.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (just under 4 ounces) pecan pieces
  • 5 large garlic cloves, unpeeled plus 1 small clove, minced
  • 4-1/2 ounces collard greens, stemmed and roughly chopped (about 2-1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2-1/2 ounces extra aged cheddar, shredded on large holes of box grater (about 3/4 cup) (see recipe note)
  • Salt to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste (I used 5 to 10 grinds)
  • Apple cider vinegar to taste (I used 1-1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1 pound dry pasta of choice (fusilli, bowtie, shells)

Directions:

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F. Place nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 5-8 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  • Heat unpeeled garlic cloves in a small skillet (see recipe note) over medium heat, turning every few minutes, until soft and skin is starting to darken and pull away. Set aside. Once cool enough to handle, remove skins and mince.
  • Add nuts, garlic, greens and oil to a large food processor and pulse until nuts and greens are broken down but still have a little texture. Transfer to a bowl and mix in cheese and raw garlic. Taste and add salt, pepper and vinegar as needed. Toss with pasta of choice and reserved cooking water (see recipe note), adding a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.