Farm notes for Jan 18th

Hello,

My name is Blackwell Smith. This season I will be sharing recipes and ideas with you. We hope this is informative and enjoyable. Remember fresh food is the best food.

We will have a great selection of Gina’s hand picked greens at Nutrition World’s Farmer’s Market Saturday from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.

PRODUCE LIST

M-available at market

CSA-available through CSA

  • GREEN LEAF LETTUCE (CSA)
  • HAKUREI JAPANESE SALAD TURNIPS (CSA)
  • TOSCANO KALE (CSA)
  • RED KITTEN SPINACH ( M,CSA)
  • BLACK SUMMER PAK CHOI (CSA)
  • MACHE [ CORN SALAD] (M,CSA), fresh, crisp, nutty flavor
  • HON TSAI TAI (CSA) flowering broccoli raab, all parts edible, sweet broccoli flavor with hints of mustard
  • VARIETIES OF KALE (M)
  • BOLD & PEPPERY ARUGULA (M)
  • THE AMAZING WASABI ARUGULA (M)
  • SPICY ASIAN MUSTARD GREENS (M)
  • AWESOME ASIAN AND LETTUCE SALAD MIX (M)
  • DRAGON TONGUE AND GIANT RED MUSTARD (M)
  • SUMMER FEST ASIAN GREENS (M)
  • TATSOI (M)
  • SWISS CHARD (M)
  • MEDICINAL AND NUTRIENT DENSE CHICKWEED (M)

TURNIP AND CARROT SALAD WITH MACHE AND HERB VINAIGRETTE

  • 2 turnips or kohlrabi
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 rosettes of MACHE or red kitten spinach
  1. Cut tops off of carrots and turnips
  2. Peel carrot
  3. Continue peeling carrots toward the top, after each peel, turn carrot to to create ribbons
  4. Slice turnip 1/4″ thick
  5. Stack slices and cut into sticks
  6. Trim base of MACHE rosette, releasing the leaves

HERB VINAIGRETTE

  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 1 T finely diced shallot
  • 1 T fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 2 T (heaping) pumpkin seeds and raisins
  • Mix all ingredients together, adding salt and pepper to taste

Serves 2 as a side, serves 1 as a main dish.

Enjoy this salad with your favorite dishes, pairs wonderfully with a crisp white wine such as an unoaked Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc.

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Edamame & Pak Choi Salad

Hello,

This salad could take on many different names depending on the greens you have available: “Edamame & Kale Salad”, “Edamame & Swiss Chard Salad”, “Edamame & Arugula Salad”. I do like that you get the crunch from the stalks along with the tender greens when using pak choi, however. It is easy to toss together and can be altered in so many ways. If I had avocado on hand, I would have added it to the salad. I also think some shavings of Parmesan or other aged cheese would be great too.

We hope you enjoy it!

Edamame & Pak Choi Salad
makes 2 large or 4 small servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shelled edamame, thawed if frozen
  • 1 small head of pak choi, thinly sliced, cleaned and drained well
  • 1 scarlet salad turnip, cut into quarters and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds plus more for garnish
  • Splash of rice vinegar and vegetable oil
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper

Direction:

  • Toss together the edamame, pak choi, salad turnip, scallion and hemp seeds. Dress with a little rice vinegar and oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss again and taste, adjusting seasoning as needed. Divide between plates and garnish with additional hemp seeds.

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 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!

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!