Weekly Farm Notes :: December 7th, 2016

Hello,

This is the last week of this season’s CSA. We will be in contact via email for those that need an extension. We have plenty of preservation recipes below if you want to extend your bounty for the weeks and months to come!

Still looking for the perfect gift? Give the gift of health with a CSA share! Stop by our booth or call us at 423-637-9796 to purchase. For other ideas, Alice O’Dea has a wonderful list you can find here.

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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December 7th Produce

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

  • Red Butter Lettuce {M/CSA}: there aren’t many ways (that I know of, at least!) to preserve lettuce but here is a great soup that you can make and then freeze for later – Lettuce Soup with Fontina Gratin.
  • Jerusalem Artichokes {M/CSA}: if you aren’t familiar with these tubers (which are also called Sunchokes), check out all of the recipe ideas at this link. In addition, I have thinly sliced, dehydrated and then ground these up to make a powder. I then added it to mashed potatoes and other starchy dishes for an extra flavor boost.
  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix {M/CSA}: back to preserving lettuce – some people actually freeze it raw and then use it later. The leaves will definitely loose their crunch when thawed but they can be used for soups or casseroles. To learn more, read this post: How to Freeze Lettuce Leaves.
  • Variety of Kale {M/CSA}: no food preservation list is complete without a pesto recipe. I particularly love our Super Greens & Sunflower Seed Pesto recipe. You can use just about any greens you have on hand or use a variety for a more complex flavor.
  • Rainbow & Giant Food Hook Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: while we don’t have pak choi this week, our Swiss chard would be a great substitute in our Edamame & Pak Choi Salad. You can thinly slice the stems and add them along with the greens. As an added bonus, you can toss in some of our green onions as well.
  • Dragon Tongue, Spicy Asian & Giant Red Mustard Greens {M/CSA}: have you ever tried Pickled Mustard Greens? We have a recipe for Quick Pickled Radish Leaves that you could try as well.
  • Kohlrabi {CSA}: I have two preservation thoughts for kohlrabi: 1) you could make a batch of our Sauerruben if you like to ferment or 2) you could try our Miso Pickles. You will get a very different end result depending on which you chose but you can’t go wrong.
  • Green Onions {CSA}: one way to preserve green onions is to use them in our Green Onion Yogurt Flatbread and then freeze the bread. Be sure to freeze each piece individually and then stack them in a ziplock bag to store.
  • Tender Collards {M}: these “Cheesy” Collard Green Chips don’t last longer than an hour in our house. Similar to store bought chips, these keep you coming back for more (but you don’t feel guilty in the process)!
  • Summerfest Asian Greens {M}: here is a fun post on Asian Greens in which the author provides a Garlic Buttermilk Dressing at the end that would go great with these or any number of our other greens.
  • Organic, Range Free, Soy Free Eggs {M}: I gotta admit, the sound of pickled eggs has never appealed to me. I can just find so many other ways to use farm fresh eggs! But…if you find yourself with an oversupply, this recipe might be a good one to try.
  • Bold & Peppery Arugula {M}: pureed soups are great for the freezer. I think this Creamy Vegan Arugula Soup sounds like a great way to preserve arugula!
  • Wasabi Arugula {M}: while this isn’t technically “pesto”, you can use the sauce in a similar fashion. I think you could substitute some of the herbs with our wasabi arugula and leave out one or both of the jalapenos (sine the greens will give it some spice). Yum!

Weekly Farm Notes :: November 30th, 2016

Hello,

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Just a couple of announcements:

  1. We have a few more CSA shares available so let us know if you are interested
  2. Single shares are still available

Either of the options above would make a perfect gift of health for you or a loved one!

Also, don’t forgot we will be attending the Nutrition World Farmers Market every Saturday from 11am-12pm. Stop by and say hey!

See you at market!

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November 30th Produce

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

  • Green Leaf & Red Butter Lettuce {M/CSA}: have you tried our Cumin Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Arugula Salad yet? It is the perfect salad for this time of year – starchy yet fresh, savory yet bright. We hope you love it as much as we do.
  • Summerfest & Hon Tsai Tai Asian Greens {M/CSA}: these greens, and really any greens, make a great addition to stir-fries. This Hon Tsai Tai Stir Fry recipe can be adapted in any number of ways but be sure to include the greens!
  • Daikon Radish {M/CSA}: it is soup season and we have no shortage of soup recipes for you to try. We added daikon to our version of a Farmhouse Vegetable Soup along with potatoes, cabbage, carrots and more. It is hearty and loaded with tons of nutrition, perfect for fighting off those nasty bugs going around.
  • Tender Collards {M/CSA}: did you know that collards contain a large amount of vitamins A & K? Vitamin A is needed for growth and development, cell recognition, vision, immune function and reproduction. Vitamin K is is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries – it regulates normal blood clotting. In addition, by assisting the transport of calcium throughout the body, Vitamin K may also be helpful for bone health: it may reduce bone loss, and decrease risk of bone fractures. Both vitamins are fat-soluable so be sure to consume them with a healthy fat to reap the benefits!
  • Red Russian, Toscano & Siberian Kale {M/CSA}: here is another soup recipe for you – Vegan Pho. We make a meat-free yet intensely spiced broth that holds tofu, noodles and kale (or other hearty green of choice).
  • Pak Choi {CSA}: I keep meaning to make this recipe from Alice O’Dea for Egg Drop Soup. There isn’t much to it and it can be altered in any number of ways. I am always looking for ways to use up what is in my produce drawer and I think adding sauteed pak choi would be a tasty and healthy addition.
  • Scarlet Salad Turnips {CSA}: have you tried our Korean Lacto-fermented Salad Turnips yet? The flavors are similar to kimchi but I like the nice texture the salad turnips provide. Give it a try!
  • Organic, Range Free, Soy Free Eggs {M}: this Mustard Greens Spanish Tortilla is a common dinner in our house. It doesn’t involve tortillas at all – it’s more like a Italian frittata that can be filled with just about anything. I love the addition of greens and protein as it gives you everything you need in one dish.
  • Kohlrabi {M}: I love making a quick hash whenever I want to use up root vegetables. I usually start with potatoes, add in a similar amount of root vegetables along with some greens. Top it with a fried egg, sliced scallions and hot sauce, and you have a filling and delicious meal. While you don’t necessarily need a recipe, we have one here if you want to take a peek.
  • Spicy Asian & Giant Red Mustard Greens {M}: while this recipe isn’t fast, it definitely delivers big flavor – Indian Mustard Greens Sauce with Potatoes. It’s a great way to use up a lot of greens and convert those who aren’t so sure about greens in the process.
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {M}: I love recipes that use large amounts of greens but don’t make you feel like you are eating too healthily. This recipe for Greens Cobbler with a Cornmeal Crust (also from Alice O’Dea) fits the bill exactly.
  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix {M}: Our Festive Holiday Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette is still one of my favorite recipes. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
  • Bold & Peppery Arugula {M}: these simple and delicious 9 Recipes Arugula Recipes will give you a good place to start if you aren’t quite sure how to use these tasty greens.
  • Wasabi Arugula with Flowers {M}: this arugula really does taste like wasabi! It’s kinda wild. We have a great recipe using these we think you will love – Wasabi Arugula Rice Salad with Miso-Ginger Vinaigrette.

Farmhouse Vegetable Soup

Hello!

We all have those weeks when it is difficult to get through all of the wonderful produce we purchased at market (or received in our CSA baskets). This soup is a great way to use up various vegetables without seeming like a random, thrown together meal. The addition of mushroom powder and soy sauce give it a savory flavor and adding bulgur makes it hearty and filling.

The one obscure item called for below is mushroom powder. The powder I use came from Land Before Time Farms and it includes various types of mushrooms, herbs and salt. I am not sure when they will have it available again but look for it at the market! If you don’t have anything similar, you can grind up some dried mushrooms and herbs or just include fresh mushrooms.

This soup is especially tasty with the Roasted Garlic bread from Bread & Butter, also available at the market.

Farmhouse Vegetable Soup (adapted from here)
makes about 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into a small dice
  • 1 large celery stick, trimmed and cut into a small dice
  • 3 medium carrots, trimmed and cut into a small dice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons mushroom powder (see note above)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vermouth or white wine
  • 5 cups chicken/vegetable stock or water (I used 2-1/2 cups chicken stock and 2-1/2 cups water)
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 1 medium daikon radish (substitute salad turnips or kohlrabi if desired), trimmed and cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 2-1/2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1/2 cup bulgur
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

  • In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions, celery, carrots, mushroom powder, soy sauce and vermouth and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the vegetables are beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the stock/water, potatoes, radish, cabbage and bulgur and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and the bulgur is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in the frozen peas and parsley, if using, and taste. Depending on the saltiness of your soy sauce, you may need to add salt.

Weekly Farm Notes :: November 9th, 2016

Hello,

We are opening up a few more shares so let us know if you would like to sign up!

Single shares are now available! For just $30 / week, you get the same ingredients our shareholders receive. Reserve yours by 5pm TODAY (Tuesday, 11/8) by calling 423-637-9793.

Also, don’t forgot we will 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 9th Produce

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

  • Chinese Napa Cabbage {M/CSA}: Napa cabbage is synonymous with kimchi but not all recipes are created equal. If you enjoy fermented foods but are sensitive to heat, check out this recipe for Kimchi with Apple. The sweetness from the apple helps to tame the heat from the red pepper flakes. As an added bonus, you can pick up apples at the market from Wheeler’s Orchard.
  • Daikon Radish {M/CSA}: daikon isn’t just for kimchi; in fact, you can ferment it on it’s own. Start simple with this easy recipe for Lacto-fermented Daikon Radish with Garlic. We recommend using our favorite fermenting lid from Kraut Source.
  • Black Summer Pak Choi {M/CSA}: grilling season is coming to an end so be sure to try this Grilled Baby Bok Choy with Miso Butter before it’s too late.
  • Toscano Kale {M/CSA}: this is my favorite variety of kale. I love making a big salad, dressing and all, and being able to eat it days later. Check out our Easy Kale Salad with Russian Dressing for a tasty and filling salad.
  • Green Leaf Lettuce {M/CSA}: who doesn’t love tacos?! Lettuce makes a great taco filling along with so many other items you can pick up at the market. Here are some tasty ideas for how to round out your taco dinner.
  • Summerfest & Hon Tsai Tai Asian Greens {M/CSA}: these greens are mild enough to use in just about any recipe but I have loved adding them to miso soup along with broccoli and rice. Try it with your favorite miso soup recipe.
  • Green Beans {CSA}: get in the mood for Thanksgiving and do a little trial run of this Vegan Green Bean Casserole. Unlike my family tradition growing up, I like to include new recipes every year and this sounds like something worth trying.
  • Green Kohlrabi {CSA}: did you know kohlrabi has more Vitamin C than oranges? One ounce contains 29% of your RDA while oranges have 25% (ok, so not much more, but still good to know!). Vitamin C helps keep your immune system healthy, making it a great thing to consume this time of year!
  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix {M}: our newest recipe is for a Festive Holiday Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette and while I used this lettuce mix, you can use just about any greens you have available.
  • Tender Collard Greens {M}: our Collard Green & Pecan Pesto is a unique spin on an old classic. It’s a great way to get kids (and adults alike) to eat their greens!
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {M}: if you are looking for a quick, tasty salad recipe, this Swiss Chard Salad with Lemon, Parmesan and Breadcrumbs sounds great. Maybe a nice, simple side for a holiday meal?
  • Bold & Peppery Arugula {M}: I have been drawn to festive salads that can be served to lighten up rich holiday meals, and this one is no exception – Apple Pecan Arugula Salad. If you are looking for a heartier salad, my mother-in-law raves about this one – Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad.
  • Spicy Asian & Giant Red Mustard Greens {M}: I am cooking lots of soup lately but I often don’t find ways to incorporate mustard greens into soup. However, this recipe for Mustard Greens Soup with Poblanos and Almonds is one of my favorites. The greens are pureed and the other flavors balance out any spiciness.
  • Green Bell, Jalapeno & Habanero Peppers {M}: if you are a meat eater, check out the market’s newest recipe – Autumnal Chili. Not only can you make good use of the peppers but you can also add in a bunch of mustard greens.
  • Bitter Melon {M}: if you are into juicing, you might want to give this recipe a try for Green Bitter Melon Juice. I love sauteed bitter melon with Asian flavors but juicing it would be a fun experiment!
  • Variety of Herbs {M}: here are a few simple tricks for air drying herbs to enjoy all year long.

Fall Fattoush Salad with Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix

Hello!

Fattoush is a Middle Eastern salad consisting of toasted pita bread, fresh vegetables, greens, herbs and a lemony dressing. It makes a great side dish but you could also add cheese or your favorite protein source to make it a complete meal.

Traditionally, the fresh vegetables consist of tomatoes and cucumbers, which are easy to chop up and toss into the salad. But if it isn’t tomato season, that doesn’t mean you can’t make this salad. Simply swap out those items for some that are in season. Below, I have included delicata squash and kohlrabi but you can use just about anything you have on hand. I like the combination of a cooked vegetable (squash) and a fresh vegetable (kohlrabi).

You can also use any type of greens – here I used our Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix but you could also use kale, Swiss chard, arugula, spinach or a mix of your favorite greens. Same goes for herbs – parsley, mint, cilantro or basil would work for the herbal component.

PS – don’t be afraid to eat with your fingers on this one! I found it was easier (and more fun!) when a fork wasn’t involved.

Fall Fattoush Salad with Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix (Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated)
makes about 4 side servings or 2 main servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-inch) pita bread
  • 4-1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 medium delicata squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed, then cut across into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 medium kohlrabi, peeled and cut into matchstick sized pieces (add the greens into the salad too!)
  • 1 bag of Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix or greens of choice
  • 1/4 cup chopped herbs of choice
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Adjust rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Using kitchen shears, cut around perimeter of pita and separate into 2 thin rounds. Cut each round in half. Place pitas, smooth side down, on wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet. Brush 1 1/2 tablespoons oil over surface of pita. (Pita does not need to be uniformly coated. Oil will spread during baking.) Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake until pita is crisp and pale golden brown, 10 to 14 minutes. (Cooled pitas can be stored in zipper-lock bag for 24 hours.)
  • Whisk lemon juice, garlic, and 1/8 teaspoon salt together in small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12″ non-stick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the squash and cook, stirring often, until spotty brown, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large salad bowl.
  • Once the squash has cooled, add the kohlrabi, lettuce, herbs, scallions, lemon juice mixture and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Crumble the pita into 1/2″ pieces and add to the bowl, tossing to combine. Taste, adding salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately.

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!).

Kohlrabi Hash

Hello!

Hash is traditionally a dish consisting of chopped meat, potatoes and onions. While it is quick and filling, it isn’t the most healthful dish. So to make it closer to something I would eat on a consistent basis, I added kohlrabi plus the kohlrabi greens. You don’t have to stop there though – you could also add turnips, peppers, carrots or other root vegetables while playing with other types of greens. Spices, like cumin or chile powder, would be nice too.

Think of this recipe as a starting point. Then let us know how you made it your own!

Kohlrabi Hash
makes 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 small to medium kohlrabi, leaves removed, destemmed and chopped, and the bulb peeled and cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 2 medium red potatoes, cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • For serving: a fried egg, scallions or chives, hot sauce

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion, salt and pepper to taste, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the kohlrabi bulb and potatoes, stir to combine, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook, stirring every few minutes, until the potatoes and kohlrabi are cooked through and brown (add a couple tablespoons of water to the pan if they are browning too quickly or to release browned bits from the bottom), about 10 minutes. Remove lid, add the kohlrabi greens and stir until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Remove from heat and top with egg, scallions/chives and/or hot sauce.