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 […]

Sunchokes

Jerusalem artichokes, sunchokes, are a member of the sunflower family and are a native plant to North America.   I love growing native foods and reintroducing them to our area’s cusine. The benefits of growing natives verses some of our better known grocery store varieties is that we are stewarding the natural indigenous biodiversity in […]

U Pick CSA

Can’t wait to get my hands on Goodness Grows’ U Pick CSA!  We offer the area’s only 100% certified organic CSA from May – October and now we will offer the area’s only U Pick CSA.  With the additional option of renting our commercial kitchen, you can get the most from the farm on your […]

Easy Salmon Burgers

We had such a great day today!   We got lots of transplanting done in the greenhouse and coldframe including scallions, broccoli, cabbages of various types, kohlrabi, pak choi, and cauliflower. It really felt like spring today!

Lettuce and Cauliflower
Lettuce and Cauliflower

Now for the recipe-

These burgers are too easy!  First I open the can of salmon and drain the juices into a measuring cup.   Then I add enough water to the cup until it reaches 1 1/4 cup.   Then I add 1 box of Fantastic Falafel mix and let it absorb the water and salmon juice for 5 minutes.

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Then I mix the salmon meat into the falafel mixture.

I form patties from the salmon falafel mix and place in hot oil in a skillet for about 5 minutes or until brown.   flip over and brown the other side.

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Serve with Goodness Grows Honey Mustard

Top with Goodness Grows Micro Greens

and serve on a Goodness Grows organic bread bun, I like to use rye for this recipe!

Wreaths that make me say “Hello Winter”

We are definitely shifting gears for the holiday season.   Now that it’s colder out, we have been baking lots more, getting our turkeys ready for Monday, and starting to make wreaths for some winter cheer!    The wreaths that we normally do are total mixes of all natural, fresh picked greens.   I like to throw in herbs such as artemesia, lavender, rosemary and thyme for fragrance and color.   Our american holly trees had a great year this year, and are loaded with beautiful plump red berries.

 

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We use juniper for garland, just because it makes a nice, flexible and full band.   Also, we use “machines” to make the wreaths and garland.   The tools are not electric powered, and are rather primitive, but work fine for the amount that we make.   We are making garland to order and 10 and 16 inch wreaths.   We are taking orders for different sizes, but these are the most common.

 

While making the wreaths, we use several different tree varieties.   This makes our wreaths ornate, without the use of a bow.

Wreath

 

But if bells and bows are more your style, then by all means:

Wreath with bow

 

If you want to come see us this winter, this is our winter season schedule:

Under The Son Wed 4:30- 6pm
11 North Liberty St Cumberland
Wehnwood United Methodist
Altoona Thursdays 2-5:30pm
Station Medical Center Every other Friday
Altoona Beginning November 7th 10am-2pm
Mountain City Traditional Arts Frostburg, MD
November 1,15 December 6,20 10am-1pm

We won’t be at markets the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but you may order and pick up baked goods and farm products at the farm.

I hope to see you this week!

Heirloom Tomato Salsa

 

Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Today I made salsa from some of the garden goodies our crew picked.

 

Heirloom Tomato Salsa

 

Heirloom Tomato Salsa

  • Three Houseworth Tomatoes
  • Three Black Prince Tomatoes
  • 2 Pineapple Tomatoes
  • 1 pint of Bell Star Tomatoes
  • 1 Pint of Tomatillos
  • 3 Carmen Peppers
  • 3 lunchbox Snack Peppers
  • 2 Pimiento peppers
  • 3 sweet onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 left over corn on the cob, cut off the cob
  • 2 Tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

Chop all ingredients into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch pieces and toss with lime juice and salt.   Serve chilled.

 

I only wish I had some cilantro to go with this recipe!   It is really hard for me to have cilantro the same time as my tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos, but its coming.  Cilantro likes cool weather, while all of the other salsa ingredients like it hot.  We had cilantro at the beginning of the summer, but as does the lettuce, it bolts and nothing until it cools down again.    I planted cilantro at the beginning of the month, and just transplanted it to the ground last Sunday.   Maybe next week we’ll see some of it harvested.

 

Tuesday is a big picking day at the farm, so if anyone is looking to get some volunteer time in at the farm, Tuesdays are oipen for farm help!   Email me if you are interested!

 

Also we are planning our farm to table dinner for the third week of October.   We plan to have our pig roast with live entertainment by “The Canned Hams” more news to follow as the event unfolds!

 

See you this week!

 

Dawn

 

Beans.

The beans are in!  There’s a lot more too, here’s this week’s haul:

Tomatoes

Eggplant

Beans

Peppers

Cucumbers

Basil

Okra

Zuchini

Patty Pan Squash
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These are the different kinds of beans we grow: Jade- Green, Carson Yellow Wax & Royal Burgundy.  They’re all delicious 🙂

 

 

Basil

We all know basil is great for making Pesto.  Here’s a simple recipe and some excellent ideas for meals and snacks:

Pesto

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Special equipment needed: A food processor

Method

1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.

2 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Yield: Makes 1 cup.

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Pesto quesadilla (above) take one: pesto, tomato and mozzarella between a whole wheat quesadilla.

Pesto pasta with extra protein: Toss steamed, shelled edamame, lightly sautéed spinach (optional) and whole wheat rotini in pesto. The buttery texture of edamame complements pesto surprisingly well.

Pesto tortilla pizza: Top an organic whole wheat tortilla with pesto, reduced fat mozzarella and sliced tomatoes. Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit, preferably on a baking rack, until the cheese is golden and bubbling.

Pesto scrambled eggs: cook your scrambled eggs as usual and take the pan off the burner once the eggs are mostly set. Stir in pesto and top with Parmesan and diced tomatoes.

Pesto popcorn: stove top popcorn lightly tossed with pesto and grated Parmesan (optional).

Pesto grilled cheese: layer pesto, mozzarella, and roasted red peppers or tomatoes on good whole wheat bread. Grill. Amazing!

Arugula pesto pizza bagel: Top a 100% whole wheat bagel with pesto, mozzarella pearls and cherry tomatoes. Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about ten minutes, until the cheese is melted. Let the bagels cool slightly and top with arugula that has been lightly tossed in lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Avocado pesto pasta: This might not be the prettiest pasta around, but it sure is tasty. Combine roughly equal parts avocado and pesto in your food processor. Add a squeeze of lemon juice. Blend thoroughly. Drizzle in extra olive oil if necessary. If you’re feeling adventurous, blend in some goat cheese, too. Toss with whole wheat pasta.

 

Hoping that everyone is having a great week,

Your Farmer,

Dawn

Whatcha gonna do with all that kale?

Kale and Broccoli
Kale and Broccoli

 

Oh yeah, bring on the kale!   I get a kick out of people talking about CSA and all the greens in the spring.   This is something we haven’t done before, but this year we do have so many greens ready, so everyone is getting their annual dose of kale this week.   Ok, maybe not the whole year’s worth in one week, but it really seems like we have a lot to share this week.   Now what to do with it…..

 

Sauteed Kale

16-24 oz of kale

2 T olive oil

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 cup vegetable stock

sea salt to taste

Heat Olive oil in a large skillet and add the garlic.   When the garlic begins to impart it’s aroma add the kale and stock and sautee for 10-15 minutes over medium heat.

There are many variations to compliment this dish.   Just the other night I added soy sauce, a couple of eggs and ramen noodles to this dish.   It was so delicious!   I think you could also add some chicken breast strips, or bacon and red wine vinegar to make it more interesting.

 

Did you know you can freeze kale too?

Just lightly saute the leaves just until they wilt.   This will help them to fit in a freezer bag better.  Make sure you get all of the air out that you can before it goes in the freezer.    You can add the frozen kale to smoothies, or I like to add it to soups in the winter to give us some great green nutrients when we need it most:)

 

Any juicers out there?

Kale is super nutrient dense, and makes a wonderful juice for those that have juicers.

 

If you have any kale recipes, feel free to share them in the comments section!

Everyone is getting Garlic this week too, along with green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce and 2 choices from the table and CSA exclusive cooler for our 1/2 shares, 4 for our regular and 6 for our large.

 

 

 

Happy St Patty’s day everyone! Lettuce pray.

I took a look around today and I saw life.

Cilantro Ready To Be Transplanted
Cilantro Ready To Be Transplanted

Cold Frame

Edible Flowers and Onions
Edible Flowers and Onions
Swiss Chard and Carrots
Swiss Chard and Carrots
Lettuce and Cauliflower
Lettuce and Cauliflower
Germination Tent
Germination Tent
Edible Flowers and Onions
Edible Flowers and Onions

 

Germination Tent
Germination Tent
Cold Frame
Cold Frame
Cilantro Ready To Be Transplanted
Cilantro Ready To Be Transplanted

 

Lettuce and Cauliflower

 

Kale and Broccoli
Kale and Broccoli
Lettuce and Cauliflower
Lettuce and Cauliflower

I’ll leave you with a little poem I wrote for St Patrick’s Day a few years ago:)

Ode to the Potato

Oh we have misunderstood you, dear potato, taking your children but only a few.   We depended on them to provide for us and when they got sick, we fled.

Oh how we massively mistreated you, giving you a bad reputation, slicing you skinny and frying you in oil.

We didn’t see the beauty, your rich history, your diversity and complexity.

How I long to find your real roots, so I may restore you to your former glory.

I will plant you today with your eyes looking up.

I will respect you whole.

 

Nothin’ Says Luvin’ Like Bread From The Oven

Nothin says luvin like bread from the oven!
Nothin says luvin like bread from the oven!

I have been baking my heart out and loving every minute of it!   I have some delicious pieces of art that I can share with everyone now….Here’s what I’ve got.

 

 

Rye oh Rye!  bread I developed having those with food allergies in mind.   This is a basic rye recipe with no wheat, milk or egg products.   I also keep this dough away from tree nuts and seeds.   Cost is $4.00 per loaf.

Honey Wheat  combines the aromatic sweetness of honey with our freshly ground whole wheat grown right here on the farm.   Hearth loaf  costs $4.00 and may be topped with poppy seeds, sesame seeds or flax seed.

Sprouted Wheat sour dough has all of the wonderful characteristics of the world’s best sourdoughs including a light texture, full bodied flavor and chewy thick crust.   Laced with sprouted wheat berries our loaves boast  added texture.   $5.00 per hearth loaf.

Triple rye sourdough-   Caution! This bread is highly addictive!    I make this bread with rye flour, rye berries and rye sprouts to create a rich, dark bread.   $5.00 per hearth loaf.

Baguettes for subs and sandwiches $5.00

Sourdough Baguettes $6.00.

 

All of my bread is made with freshly milled, organic flour that was grown right here on our farm.   Because we mill our flour on demand, our breads have a distinct fresh ground flavor you will find nowhere else.   Thank You for looking!