What is it? It’s a beet, minus the root. But unlike regular beets, chard produces big, tender leaves and crunchy stalks. The leaves are a bit milder than spinach but with the same texture. They are mild, sweet, earthy and just slightly bitter. The stalks remind me of celery with a sweet taste similar to beets.
To prepare, I simply rough chop the leaves and finely chop the thicker stalks so that the two parts cook in about the same time. Steam or sauté and toss with butter or olive oil, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper. I like the contrast between the tender leaves and the crunchier stalks. Serve this as a side or toss with cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese. Yum!
We will have Swiss Chard at Empire Market and Webb City Farmers Market for you on Saturday. Plus our lettuce mix, market mix, kale, green leaf and romaine lettuce, spinach, mixed petite greens, cilantro, parsley and mint. All the microgreens and spring greens! Plus beautiful French Breakfast Radishes.
My friend Mary recently shared with me what she did with the ginger she received in her CSA share. She made Ginger, Turmeric & Lemon Honey Bombs! With the arrival of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I found this to be a timely treat. Add a teaspoon or two to hot water, add it to tea or juice, or slather it on bread. This supercharged mix will nourish your body, mind and spirit.
Just in time for cold weather and snow! Got a crowd to feed? A batch of our chili is a warming meal. A gourmet blend of our farm’s own tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic and blended peppers is sure to please. We have a mild and a hot chili mix. Simple and fast to prepare, it’s a great taco seasoning too.
•Webb City Farmers Market will be open this Wednesday 11-1 so come and pick up fresh fixings for your Thanksgiving holiday meal. We will be there with fresh herbs and a new item this year. Ginger Habanero Jelly. It’s a delicious glaze for roasted meats, especially pork. Or mix with cream cheese for a sweet and spicy spread. Continue reading →
The Shiitake mushrooms are loving the cooler weather and shorter days. We’re bringing the harvest to Webb City Farmers Market on Saturday. The mix of the strains that we grow are Miss Happiness, Bolachka and Native Harvest. A wonder to grow and a delight to eat!
Here’s another simple tasty way to prepare Shiitakes. This recipe is an adaptation of one from our spawn supplier, Field and Forest Products. Enjoy!
I love to hear how people are preparing our fresh produce! One of my favorite sources to get ideas from is CSA member Mary Kaiser. She and Ron prepared this recipe from Lidia’s Italy with our “Every green we grow” and sunflower shoots. Looks delicious and uses every last morsel!
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 →
Have you tried just harvested late winter radishes? They are so mild, crisp, tasty and beautiful. As I’m working in the high tunnel, I can’t help pulling them out of the soil and eating them right there!
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 →