Harvest Dinner

  Sunday October 23rd 4pm-6pm Goodness Grows Back Yard Barbeque   We will be serving up the last of the goodness on Sunday for all of our loyal CSA members to partake. On the Menu: Beet Salad Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Hash Barbeque Chicken Pork Sloppy Joes Home made rolls If you have not […]

Summer Season Starts with Great Kale!

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What to do with all that kale?

For starters, I can eat kale breakfast lunch and dinner.    In fact, if I were the only one that I was feeding, I would probably eat a lot more kale than what I do.

One of my favorite ways to eat kale is sautéed with onions and scrambled eggs.

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That is what I made for dinner tonight, it was quick and easy.

I placed 2 T sesame oil in a skillet with an onion sliced into wedges.   I cooked the onions until they were clearish looking then I sliced the kale and added it to the onions.    I also chopped up some scarlet frills mustard and added it to the skillet too.   After the kale and mustard was wilted, I scrambled eggs and cooked them in the same skillet as the veggies.   Dinner was served and everyone had seconds!

You can make kale chips and kale smoothies too.

Yesterday, I was on Central PA live with a beet recipe that you all can try next week when our beets are ready.   The salad really is divine!

Here is the link to the show:

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/central-pa-live/golden-beet-salad

CSA Season Begins!!!

Hello all!   Our first CSA pick-ups are just around the corner and have we a delightful line up of delicious organic goodness in store for you! First, I would like to start off welcoming our new addition to the CSA family…our U Pick CSA members.   Many of our U Pick CSA members are […]

U Pick week at Goodness Grows

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On Friday, I will watch my son Caleb become a sailor in Great Lakes Illionois, and the rest of the week we are getting our winter veggies ready to grow, canning and making some wonderful lotions and other delectables, so I decided to invite our CSA members out to help themselves for the week.

 

Here’s the scoop on U pick week-

You can come to the farm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8am-8pm.

You can come to the farm Thursday , Friday and Saturday 8am-11am.

What we have to pick-

Tomatoes, Peppers, Beans, Pie Pumpkins, Winter Squash, Melons, Okra, Eggplant, Swiss Chard, Herbs, Ground Cherries, Tomatillos, Apples for apple sauce or apple butter, Maybe some grapes- they are getting close.

You may take what you will use, and if you want to can, or freeze anything, you may have use of the kitchen on the farm for that purpose.   I have a 6 burner stove that helps get the job done efficiently.

I really look forward to seeing everyone this week!

BTW if you are not able to stay to pick, we will have items ready for you to pick up, just ask .

 

 

 

Happy Chickens for a True Happy Meal

What’s life like for a free-range chicken at Goodness Grows Farm?  Let’s have a look.  “Free-range” means free to explore, and exercise..

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..and relax in green grass…
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…and sniff the cinnamon basil…
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…and guard the eggplants…
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…and just be chickens!

Compare this to the conventional, industrial method that provides your typical store-bought chicken.  Such birds are confined to crowded, dark, diseases-ridden cells and stuffed with antibiotics and GMO/chemically-grown feed.  For their entire lives they know nothing but misery.  And miserable chickens make miserable meat.   Anyone who has grown accustomed to eating only healthy, organic food but then regressed to a fast food meal knows what I mean, that miserable feeling in both mind and body.

That doesn’t fly at Goodness Grows!  We ensure our chickens live fulfilling lives, taking part in the cycles of nature.  We grow organic soybeans, millet and buckwheat to supplement their diet.  In return they provide fertilizer for next season’s veggies.  Furthermore, they help maintain our gardens through their scratching, foraging, and other chicken-like behaviors.  Our chickens contribute greatly to our farm’s balanced ecosystem, all while receiving the respect and fair treatment that living creatures deserve.

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Most of all they help sustain our community with healthy, delicious and happy meat!

[Available to CSA members or Farmers’ Market shoppers.  Contact us for more info.  And check out this yummy Free Range Chicken Recipe.]

Veggies Galore

Summer is in full swing, and Goodness is certainly Growing here at the farm.  Thanks to the recent rain and a bit of organic loving  we’ve got tons of fresh veggies to pick this week.

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At the markets we’ll be offering carrots, beets, onions, kohlrabi, dunja and romanesco zucchini, yellow summer squash, peppers, eggplants, garlic, onions, okra, tomatoes, a wide selection of greens and more!  And as usual we’ll offer our freshly baked bread, homemade soaps and honey.

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So come visit our stands in Bedford today and take home some of this fresh, healthy produce!  We’ll be at the Farmer’s Market from 9am to 1pm and the Wholesome Living Marketplace from 3 to 5pm.

If you can’t make it to Bedford today don’t worry, we’ll have plenty more veggies to pick throughout the week for our other market locations.

Variety is the Spice of Life

Snow peas, Garlic, Basil, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Lettuce, Kale, Swiss Chard, Onions, Carrots, Kohlrabi and a few cucs, peppers and eggplants are all on tap for this weeks markets. We will also have some of our award winning breads and honey, see you there.

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We are growing 3 varieties of zuchini and 4 varieties of summer squash for the season….

And I have a recipe from CSA member Carolyn Forrester

Bok Choy/chicken stir fry

1/2 pound chicken sliced in bite sized pieces ( can use Tempeh also for a vegetarian dish)
1/2 a large sweet onion or green onions, sliced
1large clove of garlic chopped
1TBL  soy Sauce
1bunch of bok Choy, chopped
Or a mixture of any greens from Goodness Grows ( I used part Mountain Spinach too)
1Tbl CHILI GARLIC SAUCE

SAUTE chicken , garlic, onions, white stalks from bok Choy for 5-10 minutes in 1-2 TBL olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Add  rest of chopped greens; sprinkle with soy sauce and steam 5 minutes just til greens wilt.
Stir in chili garlic sauce for a bit of spice.
Serve with rice or quinoa

I can share another video with you with yet another recipe for your goods this week…

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/healthy-summer-smoothie-from-goodness-grows/32634/G9Et6V5bI0GxKaGBABGdxw

Whatcha got going on these days?

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Where can we be found this December?

Check us out the these great locations :

Wednesdays- Under the Son on 11 North Liberty Street Cumberland, MD 21502 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Thursdays- Wehnwood Untied Methodist Church 2511 Juniata Gap Rd Altoona, PA  2:00pm- 5:30pm

Fridays- Station Medical Center Altoona PA 10:00 am- 2:00pm  December 6, 20

Fridays- Wholesome Living Marketplace 3:30-5:00pm

Saturdays- Mountain City Traditional Arts Frostburg, MD 10:00am- 2:00pm December 7, 21

 

We’ll see you there!