Weekly Farm Notes :: November 16th, 2016

Hello,

We are opening up a few more shares so give us a ring if you want to sign up: 423-637-9793. It is a great way to get fresh, nutrient dense produce every week!

Also, don’t forgot we will be 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 16th Produce

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

  • Sweet Potatoes {M/CSA}: expect VERY large sweet potatoes this week! We actually suggest cutting them the same way we do winter squash – with a sharp chef’s knife and a rubber mallet. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes and place them on a large cutting board. Wedge your knife into the flesh wherever you would like to cut it (down the middle lengthwise if you want to roast it). Then use the mallet to whack the knife until it cuts through. You can then place the cut sides down on a baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees until tender (about 45-60 minutes, depending on size). Once the flesh is cooked,  you can try either of these tasty recipes: Spicy Sweet Potato & Coconut Soup or Brown Butter Sweet Potato Cornbread. Both would be great for Thanksgiving!
  • Green Leaf Lettuce {M/CSA}: here is a very green juice recipe that would be a great way to use up lettuce if you don’t want to eat it raw: Kale Spinach Lettuce Apple Green Juice.
  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix {M/CSA}: who doesn’t need a little freshness for the holidays? Give this salad a try: Festive Holiday Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette. You can prepare all the elements ahead of time and then simply toss it together when ready to eat.
  • Giant Ford Hook & Rainbow Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: looking for a gratin to include for Thanksgiving? While potato gratins get all the attention, why not use your greens instead – Creamy Swiss Chard with Crisp Breadcrumbs.
  • Dragon Tongue Mustard Greens {M/CSA}: if you don’t get through all of your greens each week, try this preservation technique. Simply blanch, drain, dry and freeze!
  • Herb Bundle {M/CSA}: this bundle includes rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage and is perfect for Thanksgiving! Add them to your turkey cavity, gravy or stuffing for the classic flavor combination of the season.
  • Scarlet Salad Turnips {CSA}: yum, check out this Scarlet Queen Red Turnip Salad with pistachios and feta! Add your favorite protein source and you have a complete meal.
  • Kale {M}: I know, I know, who needs another kale salad recipe. But have you tried one with a peanut butter based dressing? If not, you should definitely give this one a try!
  • Tender Collards {M}: if you, like me, try to sneak in greens any place you can, then you will appreciate this recipe for Chickpea, Cashew & Collard Green Patties. My 3-year-old will gobble these up!
  • Bold & Peppery Arugula {M}: while this recipe for Wasabi Arugula Rice Salad with Miso-Ginger Dressing calls for wasabi arugula, regular arugula would work too.
  • Summerfest Asian Greens {M}: this site has lots of great tips and tricks on preparing and storing Asian greens that is worth reading. There is a list of recipes at the bottom – I think the Hot, Garlicky Greens recipe sound especially tasty!
  • Daikon Radish {M}: pair daikon with other cool weather veggies for a fresh and fast salad: Daikon, Carrot and Broccoli Slaw.
  • Green Tomatoes {M}: get these while they last! Wondering how to prepare them? Check out this unusual combination – Green Tomato Cake!
  • Jalapenos & Habaneros {M}: this Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread is a spicy twist on an old classic. If you make a very traditional Thanksgiving meal, this might be a fun way to change things up a bit!

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 :: 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.