Weekly Farm Notes :: October 19th, 2016

Hello,

The notes below are a repeat from last week but still apply. We have LOTS of wonderful veggies available this week so check out our offerings listed below!

  1. The Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix is back! If you aren’t familiar, it is a fresh, ready to eat mix with lots of different textures and flavors. It will become a new favorite if it isn’t already!
  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}:

  • Napa Chinese Cabbage {M/CSA}: this is the perfect week to start a batch of kimchi! Not only can you get cabbage and radishes, but you can also pick up some hot peppers to use in place of the traditional Korean chile powder. Check out this recipe for more details!
  • Daikon Radish – 502 {M/CSA}: if you are looking for something a bit less involved than kimchi, why not try Do Chua, the traditional Vietnamese pickle? They are quick, easy and will add a great flavor boost to whatever you serve it with!
  • Green Leaf & Red Butter Lettuce {M/CSA}: since it still feels like summer, we might as well eat like it is too. Check out these Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps for a yummy way to hold on to summer eating.
  • Collard Greens & Kale – 1000 {M/CSA}: Alice O’Dea (one of our shareholders) posted a recipe for Greens Cobbler with a Cornbread Crust and it looks like a wonderful way to use up all these greens!
  • Rosemary & Variety of Herbs {M/CSA}: I love fresh rosemary but hate buying it the store when I only need one stem (those boxes always get buried in my produce drawers!). Instead, I have found that I can simply toss the stems in a ziplock bag and throw them right into the freezer. Pull them out when you need some and preserve the rest!
  • Bell (371), Jalapeno & Habanero Peppers {M/CSA}: from freezing to making Italian pickled peppers, hot pepper jelly, and decorative ristras, this blog post on preserving hot peppers has a little something for everyone!
  • Swiss Chard – 1000 {CSA}: smoothie bowls seem like something we will all make fun of 10 years down the road. I mean, if I want a smoothie, I will just drink it, thank you very much. But, if you want to jump on the bandwagon, this Immune Boosting Green Smoothie Bowl seems like a great way to use Swiss chard or any number of other greens.
  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Salad Mix {M}: have you checked out our latest recipe, Fall Fattoush Salad with Awesome Asian & Lettuce Salad Mix? It is crunchy from the pita and kohlrabi, a bit sweet from the squash with lots of lovely flavor from greens.
  • Japanese Salad Turnips – 473 {M}: these simply cooked Japanese Turnips with Miso is a great recipe that uses both the bulb and the greens.
  • Baby Red & Green Romaine Lettuce – 510 {M}: yum, how good does this Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad look?! So fresh and great as a light meal or as a side dish to any number of items.
  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens – 1000 {M}: cooking these greens will tame the heat, however, there are other ways to offset their affect if you want to consume them raw. You could try our A Sweetened Dressing for Spicy Greens recipe for starters. You could also add fruit or shredded coconut to the mix to help balance it as well.
  • Black Summer Pak Choi – 865 {M}: I love to stir fry pak choi; the stems stay crunchy and the greens wilt down in a minute or so. Simply toss it with rice and a fried egg and dinner is ready. If you are looking for a go-to stir-fry sauce, my favorite can be found here.
  • Bitter Melon {M}: did you know bitter melon is very medicinal for diabetes? It contains a chemical that acts like insulin to help reduce blood sugar levels. Not sure how to prepare it? Check out our recipe for Korean Lettuce Wraps with Bitter Melon (it’s one of my all time favorites!).
  • Summerfest Asian Greens {M}: have you tried our Green Coconut Soup Base yet? The color is beautiful and the flavor is even more amazing. It is easy peasy and can be altered in any number of ways. We hope you give it a try!

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 :: January 20th, 2016

Hello,

The bad weather forecasted for tomorrow has delayed the start of our Deep Winter CSA until this Saturday. We will be at the Brainerd Market from 11am to noon so please let us know if that doesn’t work and we can find an alternate plan.

We aren’t sure yet if we will make it to the market tomorrow to sell other produce but wanted to send out the list below just in case. Let’s all cross our fingers that it isn’t as bad as predicted!

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January 20th Produce

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

  • Tender Collards {CSA}: if you don’t have time or energy to eat your greens fresh, check out this great idea for Super Green Veggie Powder! You dehydrate your greens along with onions, bell peppers, celery and parsley (or whatever you have on hand) and then process it into a powder. Use on eggs, with potatoes or add to a green smoothie!
  • Rainbow & Ford Hook Swiss Chard {CSA}: Swiss Chard Pancakes? I support anything in pancake form (especially when you make the batter in a blender!).
  • Red Russian & Toscano Kale {M/CSA}: I think kale plus this lovely Ginger Carrot Dressing would make an amazing salad. Bonus – you might be able to find fresh turmeric at market so you can swap it for the dried version.
  • Spigarello Broccoli Rabe {CSA}: the dark, cold days of winter lead me to bake more often than usual, and this Savory Quick Bread recipe is one I come back to again and again. It is fairly basic – flour, eggs, olive oil and yogurt – flavored with broccoli rabe and sun-dried tomatoes. Try our version or make your own!
  • Green Mild Mustard Greens {CSA}: prepare these Quick Pickled Mustard Greens to serve with any number of other items. This would be a great addition to rice and fried eggs!
  • Large Leaf Spicy Arugula {M}: my mother-in-law raves about this Farro Salad recipe, and for good reason. It sounds delicious! Ps – make sure to pick up some mint for the salad too!
  • Wasabi Arugula {M}: this White Bean, Potato and Arugula Soup sounds like a lovely warming soup to serve during these cold winter days. You can use your rosemary in this recipe too!
  • Mint & Peppermint {M}: use this in the farro salad mentioned above or simply freeze the mint leaves in an ice cube tray covered with water (maybe to use when its warm again!).
  • Rosemary {CSA}: use this in the white bean soup mentioned above or simply steep rosemary and lemon peel in white distilled vinegar for a fragrant household cleaner!

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? She discusses the new dietary guidelines and gives a quick recipe for tomato sauce (no reason to buy the stuff in jars when it’s this simple to make at home!).