Winter Farmers Markets

Well, winter is settling in now and all our outer gardens have been put to bed until spring. I am breathing a sigh of relief and enjoying the slower pace of the winter season. It’s a regenerative time for both people and the planet.

2020 is behind us and we’ve been planning for 2021. Doug, Stephen, Mark and I are excited about expanding our protected cover growing space this winter by adding more high tunnels. We will be able to grow more produce for you.

As we end 2020 and begin a new year, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your business and your continued support of OakWoods Farm. I know that you have many options in the marketplace for purchasing produce. Thank you for choosing us. We are committed to providing you with the freshest and best quality organic produce and look forward to serving you in the years to come.

And now on to Winter Farmers Markets…

Although we have slowed down a bit for the winter, and take a break over Christmas and New Year’s, we are tending winter greens in the high tunnels. And believe it or not, there’s still weeding, seeding, and transplanting to do. We’re bringing microgreens, lettuce, spinach and kale to winter farmers markets on Saturday’s at Webb City Farmers Market and Joplin Empire Market. Stop in and chat with us.

Wishing you a new year filled with wonder, contentment, friendship, joy — and abundant good health!

Karen

Doug weeds lettuce in high tunnel 3.

Kale Yeah Baby!

It’s greens season here at OakWoods Farm and kale is one of our favorite superfoods. It’s one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Kale is loaded with all sorts of beneficial compounds and it works well in dishes from salad to soup. And locally harvested kale is the best! Come visit us this weekend and pick up a bunch at Webb City Farmers Market and Joplin Empire Market.

Here are some of my favorite ways to prepare kale:

Kale Chips. Try lightly crushing the chips and adding them to popcorn. Our farmhouse Cayenne Chili Pepper Salt adds a tasty kick to this recipe. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/kale-chips-51186450

Kale Smoothie. You can be as creative as you want with smoothie ingredients. Green smoothies provide fiber, calcium and vitamins A, C and K, as well as powerful phytochemicals. I like to add a scoop of protein powder. https://www.thekitchn.com/kale-smoothie-recipe-23059434

Kale Salad. Substitute your favorite apple and you can use parmesan instead of pecorino. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/kale-and-apple-salad-recipe-2112013

Kale Pesto With Pasta. Use any pasta you like. Mama JoJo’s has fresh pasta at Webb City Farmers Market. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/kale-pesto-with-whole-wheat-pasta

Ricotta, Kale & Mushroom Toast. I like to top this toast with a fried egg. Mushrooms are available from Salt and Light Farmhouse and Mo’ Mushrooms. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/ricotta-kale-and-mushroom-toast

And of course, Zuppa Toscana. Pick up a hearty bread to dip in the soup from The Bearded Baker or Farmhouse Bakery at Empire Market or from Reddings Mill Bread Company at Webb City Farmers Market. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/copycat-zuppa-toscana-5565099.

– Farmer Karen

2019 Opening Day at Webb City Farmers Market

Welcome Farmers Market spring and summer season! Come and celebrate Easter weekend with us! We’re bringing plenty of organically grown, fresh harvested local greens to Webb City Farmers Market and Joplin Empire Market. Featuring our OakWoods Farmhouse 8 variety lettuce mix. Plus our spinach mix which contains different varieties selected for taste, texture and color, and a selection of microgreens, fresh parsley and mini head lettuce. Continue reading