It’s All About Spinach This Week

Traditionally, spinach has only been available fresh from local farms March through May. In our community, spinach has been available on the farm and at the Farmers Market all winter! It’s producing exceptionally well right now in the high tunnels. Here in SWMO the plants will start to bolt when day length reaches 14 hours on May 9th. So there is still plenty of time to enjoy fresh spinach, harvested just a few hours before reaching your table.

Here at our farm, we grow a blend or four different types selected for flavor, texture and visual appeal. If you know me, you know that our produce not only has to be tasty, it also has to be pretty.

Try spinach in Spanikopita (Greek Spinach Pie). This dish is a really rich pie stuffed with spinach, onions, cheeses and herbs that are all enfolded in crispy, flaky phyllo dough. It takes a bit to prepare but it is well worth it! Excellent served for brunch. The garlic, onions, parsley and spinach are all available fresh and local at the Farmers Market. Sometimes goat feta cheese is available too! I hope to see you there this Saturday! Continue reading

We Will Have Shiitake Mushrooms at Webb City Farmers Market This Saturday

Our Shiitake mushroom logs are a year old now and finally starting to produce well. It’s amazing to watch how quickly they pop out after a soaking rain! This Shiitake strain is called “Miss Happiness”. We sure are enjoying them!

Here’s just one tasty way to prepare Shiitakes. This recipe is an adaptation of one from our spawn supplier, Field and Forest Products. It uses other ingredients in season at the market like kale and green onions. You could also substitute market pecans for the almonds. Enjoy!

Slow Cooked Kale, Cannellini and Shiitake
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Winter/Spring Farm Stand Hours

We are off to a bountiful start to spring!

We are now open Monday and Tuesday 11-5.

Sign up here to receive notification of produce availability and or to place special orders. Or call or text Karen at 970-980-9395.

Available today: Radishes, 8 lettuce blend, zesty salad mix, green and red head lettuce, romaine lettuce, kale, parsley, cilantro and eggs. Spinach by special order.

Orange Wheatgrass Smoothie

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Hard Red Winter Wheatgrass

I am currently obsessed with wheatgrass. It has a fresh, pleasantly bitter, mild sweet flavor when juiced. But beyond that, wheatgrass is one of the healthiest substances you can find on earth. Wheatgrass juice contains up to 70% chlorophyll, which is an important blood builder. It helps to increase production of hemoglobin, normalize blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol and cleanse toxins from your body. Chlorophyll is known to relieve joint inflammation and because wheatgrass contains large amounts of chlorophyll, experts believe that it is effective in treating arthritis. Continue reading

Fresh, Locally Grown Baby Ginger

If you haven’t tried baby ginger you are in for a treat. The baby ginger harvest has just started here at OakWoods Farm. Fresh locally grown baby ginger is very different from the mature ginger that you purchase at the store. The beautiful pink and cream colored rhizomes are very tender and mild; there is no need to peel it, you can simply chop and use. In contrast, mature ginger has a tough skin, and fibrous center and is very strong but stores well.

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CSA Pick Up: Week 11 of 26

Hello Farm Fans,

A little bit of a salsa kit this week. When I prepare salsa it’s always some of this and some of that. It never turns out the same way twice! So many options. I would love to hear how you prepare yours. For those of you that have opted out of the hot peppers, we are substituting Carmen Italian Peppers which are good in a salsa too! Just not hot.

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Ginger and Turmeric at OakWoods Farm

The Ginger and Turmeric are absolutely thriving under Doug’s gentle attention. Although we have grown Ginger before, Turmeric is a new crop for us. It’s beautiful… We are excited about the harvest! Both are tropical plants with tremendous health benefits. And, we treat them with special care. Organic, disease free rhizomes from Hawaii are sprouted indoors on heat mats in our chilly weather in March and April! This year, they are planted out in High Tunnel 2 in June when the soil is nice and warm. By planting in a high tunnel, we expect to extend the harvest season of fresh, local Baby Ginger and Turmeric for you well into November and December. I’ll be sure to let you know when we expect to start the harvest.

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And… there are always the goats!  The lady cows are also starting to calve so we expect a full farm!

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Currently, there are also late season Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant growing in our fall high tunnel. I know that it seems crazy to be thinking about fall but farmers are always  planing for the next harvest season. In addition to our current summer season produce, we expect to add lots of fresh, local produce to kickoff of the Winter Market at Webb City Farmers Market this fall!

 

 

 

 

Since Food is Vital to Your Health and Well-Being, Take These Seven Steps to Support Your Local Food System

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Food is the foundation for providing what is essential to optimal health and prevention of disease according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“Food is complex, with many health-promoting substances that go far beyond what can be provided in any other package,” said Duitsman. Continue reading