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 […]

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.

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!

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

From Milk to Moz

Our very first week of CSA’s!!!!    I have been busy brewing up ways to bring lots of fun to your table this spring, summer and fall.   We’ll start by showing you what I have been teaching our farm Apprentices this week.

 

Guys Milking

 

The guys milking in the morning:)   Azalea and Danielle are both really good girls on the stand:)

 

Cheese curds

These are cheese curds that are ready to be formed and stretched for mozzarella.   If you didn’t know, Mozzarella can be one of the more tricky cheeses to make.   It can also be kind of messy and here is why-

Stretching the curds

While stretching the cheese curds, more whey and some cream is released.   This is what gives Mozzarella cheese its wonderful melting properties.

 

We have a great line up for this week, and we are going to do things a little different than in years past.   We will pack items that are not for sale, member only items that are exclusively for CSA members.   This week you will see some greek yogurt, fresh mozzarella, feta, ricotta or paneer.   If you have a preference, email me and I will make sure you get what you ask for.

 

What else will we get?

Lettuce- I have BEAUTIFUL full head lettuce ready for you to enjoy all week!  Red leaf and green leaf will take the stage this week.

Scallions to dress up your lovely salad!

Edible flowers- go on top of the salad, Nasturtium are slightly spicy and violas are delicate and mild.

I hope you all like us on facebook and follow this blog, because this is how I will communicate with you all and as promised you will get your very first bar of goat’s milk soap in this week’s goodies too!

You will get to choose 2 items from the market table as well.   That is what’ we are doing new this year.   That way you can customize your CSA to reflect your family preference.   As the season progresses, you will have more to choose from.   Yay for you all!

 

The early birds will get best picks, so I encourage you to get to market in time to get what you want.   For those that will not be picking up at market, I will do my very best to go by the surveys that you all submitted when you signed up.   I will make sure you get your favorites and we’ll try to keep the stuff that you don’t like out.

 

See you soon!

Dawn

 

Here’s an early season recipe that I love to make this time of year!

Savory Asparagus Cobbler

  • 3 slices of bacon (optional)
  • 3 leeks, white & light green parts only, sliced
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 lb. asparagus, washed and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 c. sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 c. white wine (or chicken or veggie stock)
  • 2 c. whole milk
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 T. butter

For the biscuits: (adapted from The Joy of Cooking)

  • 1 3/4 c. sifted flour
  • 3 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 T. cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 c. milk

Make up your biscuits first. To a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until well combined. Using a pastry blender, two forks or two knives, cut in the cold butter until you have small, pea-sized (or smaller) bits of butter covered in flour. Do not let the butter melt, so work quickly. Make a well in the center and add the milk all at once; stir dry ingredients into the milk until you have a sticky, wet dough that is starting to ball up. Pause here while you make the vegetable base.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large, ovenproof skillet or Dutch oven, cook the bacon until it is crispy and the fat is rendered. Remove the bacon to a plate and remove all but 2 T. of bacon grease from the pan. If you don’t have 2 T., add olive oil or butter to make up the difference. If you’re not using bacon, start with 2 T. olive oil or butter.

Add the leeks to the pan and cook for 2-3 mins. over medium heat; add the mushrooms and continue to cook for another 2-3 mins. Add the thyme to the pan and stir, then add the asparagus and cook for about 5 mins. The asparagus should be crisp-tender, not cooked through. Add the wine, scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release any good, brown, flavorful bits and allow the alcohol to cook off for about 2 mins.

While the vegetables cook, stir the cornstarch into 1/4 c. of the cold milk until you have a smooth slurry. Whisk in the rest of the milk. After the wine has reduced a bit, add the milk mixture to the pan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. As soon as the sauce starts to bubble, remove the pan from the heat. Season with salt & pepper and add the cooked bacon back in, if using. Dot the top of the vegetables with generous scoops of biscuit dough, 5-6 around the edge and 1 in the middle, with room between them if possible (this allows them to cook a little faster); dot the top of each biscuit with butter. Carefully transfer the pan, uncovered, into your preheated oven and bake for 20-25 mins. The sauce will continue to thicken and the biscuits will brown; the cobbler is done when the biscuits are cooked through, though they will be slightly wet or doughy on the bottom because of the sauce. Serve the cobbler immediately.