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 […]

Not to toot my own horn but….

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I would like to thank ACRE magazine for featuring us in their February pulbication. And I would like to send a very special thank you to Linda Williams for writing such a beautiful article.

 

Also today I was on Central PA live again to demonstrate our farmer’s market feature here is the just in case you missed it-

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/taste-of-the-alleghenies/19630/CsZP8E4ie0Ki8aeGtvtcsg

Here is the recipe that we’ll be using on Central PA live and Taste of the Alleghenies

Sausage Apple Chutney Crostini

1 Baguette from Goodness Grows

1/4 cup of Clover Creek Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1/2 pound of Sausage from Greener Acres Farm

2 cups of Apple Chutney (see recipe below)

Brown sausage and combine with chutney and heat to 150 degrees.   Slice bread into 1″ discs and toast in the toaster.   Top the toast with 1 heaping tablespoon of chutney and sausage mix and sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top of the warm chutney mix.   Enjoy!

Apple Chutney

2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 cups sugar

1 1/2 pounds tart green apples (such as Granny Smith from Christmas Valley Tree Farm), peeled, cored, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
10 large garlic cloves
1 2-ounce piece fresh ginger, peeled, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (from Goodness Grows)
1 1/2 cups (packed) golden raisins
2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds

DIRECTIONS:

Bring vinegar and sugar to boil in heavy large nonaluminum saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Toss apples and lemon juice in large bowl. Combine garlic, ginger, salt and red pepper in processor; blend until finely chopped. Add apple and garlic mixtures, raisins and mustard seeds to vinegar. Simmer until apples are tender and chutney thickens, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes. Place in bowl. Cool. Cover; chill. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled.)

 

 

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

Lots of recipes, and new things to try!!!!

Purslane salads!!!

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Purslane and yogurt salad

1 bunch of purslane

yogurt, enough to coat the purslane

garlic minced to taste

Crushed red pepper flakes to taste

 

Purslane Cucumber Salad

1 bunch of purslane

1 cucumber chopped

1 tomato chopped

1 hot pepper minced

2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice

salt to taste

 

Okra recipes!!

Ginger and tomato okra

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger

1 small onion, chopped

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 pound small fresh okra, untrimmed

1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves

coarse salt and black pepper

place ingredients in a skillet in the order they are listed and saute for 10 minutes

Roasting Okra

Roasting and grilling okra can reduce the slime texture that turn people away from eating okra.

Preheat oven to 475 and roast okra for 10-15 minutes.   Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Eggplant Recipes!!!!

Here is a link to my favorite eggplant recipe…This is a recipe that my father and I made together often!

https://goodnessgrowspa.com/2012/12/11/eggplant-moussaka-recipe/

 

And here is a list of what we’ll be preparing for the week!

Tomatoes

Okra

Purslane

Cucumbers

Zuchini

Patty pan Squash

Eggplant

Basil

Dill

Beans late in the week!!

Kale, of course!

Tofu

Soysage

Eggs

Squash blossoms

Grape leaves

Cut flowers to make you smile the rest of the week!

 

See  you all soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Back with new stuff to please your plates!

After a much needed vacation, and some great times with family, we are ready to get back on track for the rest of the growing season!

 

Speaking of the rest of the season, we have a whole new line of great organic produce to bring to you all this week!

 

I loved seeing those that came over last week to pick your own, we had lots to clean up, and still have a little left from the early spring season, so if you are in the mood for more broccoli, cauliflower, kale or swiss chard, than you are in luck!   Last Saturday for our family reunion I made a wonderful-

Asian Kohlrabi and Broccoli Salad

1 Kohlrabi shredded

1 cup of broccoli broken into tiny florets

1 Tablespoon of sesame oil

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 cup sunflower seeds or pine nuts

1/4 cup dried fruit of choice ( I used dried figs on Saturday, but I have used other fruits too and it seems like any work well)

Combine and chill for 30 minutes.   Serve cold.

So what’s new this week?

From left to right: Fairy Tail, Orient Express, Raveena, and Black Beauty.
From left to right: Fairy Tail, Orient Express, Raveena, and Black Beauty.

Eggplant will begin to appear on our tables as well as Okra, Peppers and serous amounts of TOMATOES!!!!!!

I’m also excited to tell you that our zuchini and squash blossoms are ready to take a place at the table too!

This evening I made a delicious pesto pizza for our crew!

Pesto

1 bunch of basil, large stems removed

2 cloves of garlic

2 T olive oil

2 T sunflower seeds or pine nuts

2 T Parmesan cheese

pinch of sea salt

Add all ingredients to food processor and process on high until well mixed and there are no chunks left.

You can freeze this pesto in ice cube trays for the winter months.   Just fill your ice cube trays with the pesto and freeze.   Once you have pesto cubes, you can pop them out of the tray and into freezer bags with the date and contents labeled.
These cubes will make quick and easy meals for you later on!

We will have plenty of basil for the rest of the summer!

Our green beans are blooming,  but I’m not sure we will see beans until next week.

 

 

 

Oh my heavens… too cute… baby piglets!

These little pigs are too cute for words!

 

Meet the newest team members!   These little guys will be turning our compost this summer.
Meet the newest team members! These little guys will be turning our compost this summer.

 

I have so much to tell you again about what’s been going on at the farm this spring!   First, we got our piglets for our compost program this season.   We also built another cold frame and planted it with early tomatoes, French Breakfast Radishes, and Beets.IMG_3597

Broccoli and cauliflower under row covers
Broccoli and cauliflower under row covers

 

We have begun planting our early cold season crops and will continue to plant and work the soil as weather permits.

 

Jerusalem Artichokes
Jerusalem Artichokes

 

We harvested all of our Jerusalem artichokes, aka sunchokes this week, and will provide them for our CSA members and Market.   Cooked sunchokes are best when eaten within 2 days. When raw, they store well in your fridge’s vegetable bin, wrapped loosely in a paper towel.

Roasted Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts and Sunchoke

 

1 head Cauliflower

1 pint of brussel sprouts

2-3 sunchokes

3 T olive oil

1 t sea salt

1/4 cup chives

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine all the vegetables, coat with olive oil and season generously with salt.

Spread the vegetables on a sheet tray in an even layer, don’t pile them up. The vegetables don’t need to be spread out but they need to be pretty much in a single even layer. If this is not the case, use 2 trays.

Put the vegetables in the preheated oven. 15 minutes into the cooking process, stir the vegetables so they have the chance to brown all over, and rotate the tray to insure even cooking. Repeat this process after another 15 minutes. Roast the vegetables for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are roasty brown and should smell almost like popcorn!. Check for doneness. This means taste some! If they aren’t very roasty brown, let them go for another few minutes until they are. Season with salt, if needed. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with chives and serve immediately.

I have been making lots of Feta Cheese and our hens are producing lots of eggs this week too…

Straight from the farm, no color added!
Straight from the farm, no color added!

 

 

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.

 

Baby Squash Blossoms!

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Hello all! We are harvesting our 1st baby squash blossoms… how exciting!!! For those of you who haven’t visited the farm lately, we have been working hard to get our greenhouse production off to a good start!

Levi and the Smokehouse

Rob and the boys have been smoking meat this weekend….

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and I have been baking with our own home grown grains

Bread- Bread BowlOur winter CSA’s are signed up on a monthly basis, so if you missed it, you may sign up for Janurary 2014.   Also , our locally grown, wholesome and fresh organic food makes a lovely gift for the holidays, you may sign up gift shares by clicking the link below:

https://goodnessgrowspa.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/terms-of-winter-share.pdf

This week we will have baguettes, salad greens, baby squash and cilantro.

The baby squash will be great served raw on your salad, or lightly sauteed with cilantro over rice for a nice side dish.

See you soon!