Farm Notes March 22nd: Walking to Spring CSA is Here!

Hello from Tant Hill Farm! We are so excited about the Spring season and all the surprises it has in store for us The weather has been a little strange but we just go with its flow! Our new baby Chicks are growing so quickly, by July we will have more Organic free range, soy and wheat free eggs to offer! Our Walking to Spring CSA session starts today, pick up at Main Street Farmers Market and Nutrition World Farmers Market.

We are at Nutrition World Farmers Market every Saturday from 11:30am-1pm.

See you at Main Street Farmers Market!

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March 22nd Produce

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

  • Toscano Kale {CSA} Red Russian and Siberian Kale {M}: check out this recipe from the Kitchen of Blackwell Smith. Don’t throw your stems away!! Kale Salad with Apples and Peanuts
  • Rainbow {M/CSA} and Giant Ford Hook Swiss Chard {M}: while you can use just about any green in our latest recipe – Chard Onion Cheese Frittata – I like how quick Swiss chard cooks down. Thinly slicing the stems and cooking them with the onions is an added bonus!
  • Dragon Tongue and Spicy Asian Mustard Greens {CSA}: did you know mustard greens are linked to cancer prevention? They are also touted as cholesterol lowering machines, along with kale and collards, so be sure to get your daily dose of these greens! The Spicy Asian Mustard has a Horseradish bite that is tamed when cooked. Mustard Greens are amazing with your scrambled eggs in the morning!
  • Tender Collards {CSA}: Collard Green and Pecan Pesto is a great recipe as the weather is starting to warm. Basil is not the only green you can use for pesto. You can also use your favorite nut if pecans are not your fancy!
  • Red Kitten Spinach {M/CSA}: this is the most beautiful spinach I have ever grown! The dense texture, the arrowhead shape and the stunning burgundy coloring is so vibrant! Check out Blackwell Smiths recipe for Warm Red Kitten Spinach Salad.
  • Organic, Range Free, Soy and Wheat Free Eggs {M}: here is a muffin-type meal that would be great with any number of our greens – Quinoa Kale Bites. A few eggs bind together quinoa, kale (or other greens) and cheese to make a healthy on-the-run meal.
  • Green Onions {CSA}: Add these beauties to any salad or meal.
  • Herbs: Parsley {M/CSA}, Rosemary, Garlic Chives, English Thyme and Sweet Mint {M} Here is a great site on how to store and prepare your herbs. Herbs. The herbs will store well in the bag they come in!
  • Edible Asian and Arugula Flowers {M}. Flowers make a great addition to your Kale salad. If you love presentation, this will take it to another level!
  • Medicinal and Nutrient Dense Chickweed for Smoothies, Teas or Tincture. See Chickweed is a Star for some great info on this amazing Herb!

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Thomas Edison


Weekly Farm Notes :: May 18th, 2016

Hello,

Nothing can brighten a day like fresh flowers. When you are picking up your veggies, grab a bunch of flowers from our pollinator habitat and brighten someone’s day!

Alice O’Dea is on a two-ingredient kick. This week she gives us Dairy-Free Ice Cream! I have made something similar with bananas and strawberries and I can attest to the creamy texture. Give it a try!

See you tomorrow at market!

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May 18th Produce

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

  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: I read about (but don’t have an exact recipe) for a soup that sounded delicious: Swiss chard, potatoes, white beans, pesto and Parmesan. Baby potatoes are available this week at market and if you have any pesto on hand, this meal could come together in a flash.
  • Toscano Kale {M/CSA}: for those of us trying to eat more salads, here is a great way to get started: Anything Goes Kale Salad with Green Tahini Dressing. You can use a mix of kale and the red leaf lettuce from this week too.
  • Pak Choi {CSA}: I love pak choi in stir-fries as they provide such a great texture (quickly stir fry the stems so you don’t lose the crunch!). If you love stir-fry too but need some sauce inspiration, give our “My New Favorite” Stir-Fry Sauce a try!
  • Purple & White Kohlrabi {CSA}: last week I made Lemon-Garlic Kohlrabi Quick Pickles and they were really tasty. Here’s what you do: peel and cut about a pound of kohlrabi into matchstick sized pieces and pack into a quart canning jar. Heat 1 cup of distilled vinegar, 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1/2 of a lemon’s worth of thinly sliced zest, 2-3 thinly sliced garlic cloves and a few crushed peppercorns in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then pour over the kohlrabi. Cool to room temp and refrigerate.
  • Baby Beets {CSA}: I don’t often see fermented beet recipes so I was intrigued when I found this one. I then went looking for more and found this one, which contains more spices, all of which I really like with beets. Let us know if you try either one!
  • Green Escarole {CSA}: we posted two escarole recipes last week: Quick Sauteed Escarole with Flavorful Breadcrumbs and Escarola Strascinata. Both are quick and flavorful and can be used as a simple side dish or as a dish of their own when paired with polenta or pasta!
  • Red Leaf Lettuce {CSA}: I am always looking for ways to use lettuce that don’t involve a salad. Here is a list of 10 ways to eat it in other ways!
  • Green Onions {CSA}: have you tried our Green Onion Yogurt Flatbread? My 2-year-old loves to eat it as is but I think it would make a great wrap for sandwiches.
  • Edible Mild & Spicy Asian Flowers {M}: I have been preserving various items in sugar lately and I think these would be a good candidate. Roughly chop the flowers and toss them with a good amount of granulated sugar. Allow them to sit for a couple weeks at room temperature and you will have candied flowers!
  • Parsley {M}: wow, did you know this?! Buy it up and preserve it for later!
    • All parsley is extremely high in nutrients, particularly Vitamin C, folates and Potassium, as well as beta carotene. In fact, a quarter-cup of raw chopped parsley has about as much C as a quarter-cup of orange juice and double the folates (more that one and a half times those, even, of raw spinach).
  • Lemon Balm {M}: serve this recipe as a tea or a popsicle!
  • Peppermint {M}: um, why haven’t I thought of this mint booze infusion before?!


Weekly Farm Notes :: May 4th, 2016

Hello,

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! If you are celebrating your own mother or any other mother in your life, be sure to pick up some of our beautiful cut flowers. They’ll be a hit!

I am featuring Alice O’Dea’s weekly article up top this week: check out her 2-ingredient cookie recipe. I am sure my 2-year-old will love them (and who am I kidding…so will I)!

We will have lemon balm and mint infused water available in the booth for your enjoyment. See you tomorrow at market!

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May 4th Produce

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

  • Red Kale Mix {CSA}: I have read that the longer you cook red kale, the sweeter it gets. Saute it in some olive oil over low heat for 30 minutes or so and add anything you like – olives, tomatoes, garlic, cheese or all of the above!
  • Ford Hook & Rainbow Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: our Swiss Chard and Orange Oat Muffins are an elegant way to feature Swiss chard at your weekend brunch.
  • Purple Kohlrabi {M/CSA}: if fermenting foods seems a bit scary to you, read through the tips in our latest post on lacto-fermentation. We include a recipe for salad turnip and kohlrabi sauerruben, in which you grate the vegetables and toss them with salt and add a bay leaf. It’s an easy and delicious way to get started!
  • Tender Collards {M/CSA}: have you guys jumped on the “savory oatmeal” bandwagon? I haven’t yet myself but I am tempted. Recipes like this Savory Steel Cut Oatmeal would be a great addition to a Sunday brunch. Sauteed collards would be a great substitute for the arugula!
  • Lettuce Mix with Red Kitten Spinach & Edible Flowers {M/CSA}: the weather is warming up and that means I want to spend less time making anything that involves the stove or oven. Spring rolls are a go-to in my house when it’s too hot to cook. I love this Thai Spring Rolls with Cashew Sauce recipe but I add lots of fresh lettuce!
  • Edible Asian & Arugula Flowers {M/CSA}: these will make a great addition to the spring rolls above!
  • Baby Red Romaine Lettuce {M/CSA}: did you know romaine lettuce is good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin K and folate? Start your meal with a simply dressed salad for a nutritional boost to your meal!
  • Red Leaf Lettuce {M}: these greens have a strong flavor this week due to the heat so be sure to toss with a dressing that can balance it. I love anything with miso (Miso-Ginger Dressing) or avocado (Avocado Lemon Dressing).
  • Green Butter Lettuce {M}: these leaves are perfect for lettuce wraps. Here is a non-recipe recipe for lettuce wraps – saute a mix of vegetables and mushrooms until softened and toss with an Italian style vinaigrette. Add to lettuce wraps and top with buffalo mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. You won’t be sorry.
  • White Japanese Salad Turnips {M}: miso makes everything better. Try these easy Miso Glazed Turnips if you agree. PS – as an added bonus, you can use the greens in this recipe too!
  • Parsley {M}: here is a recipe you can use to incorporate all sorts of market goodies – Spring Tabbouleh. You can use our parsley, peppermint, salad turnips in place of radishes and kale or red leaf lettuce in place of arugula.
  • Peppermint {M}: this Roasted Lemon Chutney sounds like such a refreshing spread!
  • Lemon Balm {M}: here is a great roundup of fun things to do with this delicious herb – 12 Things to Do with Lemon Balm.


Weekly Farm Notes :: April 27th, 2016

Hello,

This is the 5th week of the Spring CSA session and we hope you are enjoying the bounty of the season. We are always open to your questions, comments and feedback regarding each CSA session so don’t hesitate to contact us.

See you tomorrow at market!

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April 27th Produce

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

  • White Japanese Salad Turnips {M/CSA}: Sauerruben is a German fermented turnip recipe – think of sauerkraut but with turnips instead of cabbage. I made a version with traditional turnips but salad turnips would be just as good (add a bay leaf for a little extra flavor!).
  • Ford Hook & Rainbow Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: it’s easy to use your greens when they are pre-cooked and ready to go in the refrigerator. I will saute some greens at the beginning of the week and then toss them into various dishes. You can easily add these to a stir-fry at the end and top it with My New Favorite Stir-fry Sauce.
  • Toscano Kale {M/CSA}: I love coconut rice but I haven’t tried a quinoa version before. This Coconut Quinoa and Kale with Tropical Pesto recipe sounds like a great one to try.
  • Purple Kohlrabi {M/CSA}: if you aren’t sure how to use your kohlrabi greens, try dehydrating them for our Kohlrabi Greens Furikake recipe. It is super simple and the seasoning can be used any number of ways. I enjoyed it simply tossed with rice when I was short on fresh vegetables.
  • Tender Collards {M/CSA}: check out our Collard Greens Relish if you are looking for ways to preserve your greens!
  • Lettuce Mix with Red Kitten Spinach {M/CSA}: I usually think of kale when making a smoothie but lettuce can be a great addition too! Here is a Berry Lettuce Smoothie recipe is get you started.
  • Edible Asian Flowers {M/CSA}: use these beauties in dishes where they will be noticed – in a green or grain salad, as a garnish for smoothies or mixed into a compound butter.
  • Baby Red Romaine Lettuce {M/CSA}: romaine lettuce is classic in a Caesar salad as it doesn’t get soggy when tossed with the rich dressing. If you are looking for ways to enjoy this delicious salad without the guilt, try this 5-Minute Vegan Caesar Dressing.
  • Pak Choi {M}: oranges have been touted as the only way to get Vitamin C, however plenty of leafy greens contain close to or more than oranges. Pak Choi is high on that list – just another reason to love this ingredient!
  • Bold & Peppery Arugula {M}: tacos are a theme this week and this recipe serves double duty because it features radishes, too. Give these Vegetarian Arugula & Black Bean with Pickled Radish Tacos a try.
  • Beautiful Red Radish {M}: I always plan to ferment my radishes but end up using them in other ways. This week I am going to try this recipe.
  • Mint {M}: I love steeping mint in hot water, along with grated ginger and turmeric, for a wonderful tea. Add a little honey and lemon juice at the end to take it up a notch.
  • Garlic Chives {M}: Alice’s latest article on Breakfast Tacos is timely as I have corn tortillas in my freezer waiting to be used. I am not sure what the filling will be yet, but mixing minced garlic chives into an egg before cooking it sounds like a good start.
  • Lemon Balm {M}: I love mixing this herb with strawberries. You can make a simple syrup – 1 part water to 1 part sugar – and let the lemon balm steep in the syrup for about 10 minutes. Then pour a little syrup over fresh strawberries for a quick dessert.


Weekly Farm Notes :: April 20th, 2016

Hello,

If you haven’t already, connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. We would love to see how you use your vegetables and herbs each week! Tag your photos with #tanthillfarm to share with others in our community!

See you tomorrow at market!

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April 20th Produce

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

  • Tender Collards {M/CSA}: do you ever eat collards raw? I haven’t tried it myself but if massaging kale can lead to a great salad, why not collards too? Here is a raw salad idea with apple cider vinegar and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: if you are looking for a healthy breakfast alternative you can eat on the go, try our Swiss Chard & Orange Oat Muffins!
  • Toscano & Siberian Kale {M/CSA}: unless it’s in a smoothie, I typically don’t think of kale for breakfast. However, combining it with eggs (and basically anything else you want) in a breakfast wrap sounds like a great way to start the morning.
  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Salad Mix {M/CSA}: if you are looking for salad dressing inspiration, here is a collection of 52 Healthy and Homemade Dressings.
  • Pak Choi {M/CSA}: cabbage isn’t the only thing that can be turned into kimchi – pak choi is also great! And if you don’t have the time or energy for a lacto-fermentation, my Quick Kimchi recipe gives you lots of flavor without the wait.
  • Spring Radishes {M/CSA}: these Taco Pickles make use of cilantro too so be sure to pick some up and make a batch!
  • Wild & Spicy Asian Mustard {M/CSA}: if you are interested in learning more about wild mustard, check out this video. They grow just about anywhere so maybe you can find some around your home!
  • Spinach {M}: Mujaddara with Spiced Yogurt is nothing more than lentils, rice and onions, and is great with spinach or any other green you have on hand.
  • Bold & Peppery Arugula {M}: I love mixing spicy greens with starchy grains and a bold dressing. Our Arugula Rice Salad with Miso-Ginger Dressing is a fresh way use arugula but you could also add cooked greens as well.
  • Delicious Collard Raab {M}: this can be cooked just like broccoli raab. I loved it simply chopped and sauted over medium until the stalks were crisp tender and the leaves were crispy. You could toss this with rice and a fried egg for a quick and delicious meal!
  • Mint & Peppermint {M}: I love anything in fritter form. They are easy and great for kids and adults alike. Check out these Pea-Millet-Mint Fritters for a spring-like version!
  • Cilantro {M}: since I have cojita, the cheese called for in this pesto, this Cilantro Pesto is on my list for this week!
  • Lemon Balm {M}: considered a calming herb, lemon balm has been shown to reduce anxiety and promote sleep when combined with other calming herbs. Add some to your chamomile tea tonight!

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? She reminds us 1) to be conscience of those with food limitations when cooking for a large group and 2) to help those in need during an upcoming food drive.