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

OakWoods Farm 2017 Summer CSA

Welcome Back Current Members & Welcome New Members

CSA deliveries begin this Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6.
The season runs 26 weeks, May 5 – October 27.

The high tunnels have stayed pretty high and dry over the last couple of weeks but it’s a different story in the gardens. We have plenty of spring greens and the farm is green and beautiful. On the other hand, the wet weather has delayed seeding and transplanting but we’re always optimistic that sunshine and dry weather will return over the next several days to dry things up a bit. Here’s a reminder of the CSA pick up locations and times:

  • Home delivery Friday afternoons
  • Oak Street Natural Market Fridays 4-5:30
  • Webb City Farmers Market Saturdays 9-12:00
  • Here at the farm Friday afternoon and Saturday

Looking forward to connecting with you! Thank you for supporting our farm and local food systems. Again, we sincerely appreciate the trust you have placed with us as a supplier of your fresh produce.


July 1 Pick Up: Week 9 of 26 Weeks

Dear Friends,

It’s week 9 of 26 weeks. And as usual this time of year the weeds have kicked our butts! While rescuing the herb garden this week from weeds, I was pleasantly surprised to discover some really nice basil plants. So you will have basil to enjoy with your tomatoes this week. We love fresh Caprese Salad, alternating slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, adding a basil leaf between each, on a large, shallow platter. Drizzle the salad with extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Try it with Terrell Creek Artisan Goat Cheese available locally at Webb City Farmers Market and Oak Street Natural Market. Bon Appetite!

Other than weeding, we are seeding, transplanting, harvesting & trying to stay on top of the daily & weekly tasks of running the farm. And the rains are welcomed!

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Here’s what’s in the box this week

Partial Shares: Assorted Tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Primo Red, Carolina Gold, Siberian Kale, Carrots, Basil, Assorted Summer Squash, Marketmore Cucumber, Baby Tendersweet Cabbage

Full Shares: Assorted Tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Primo Red, Carolina Gold, and Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, Siberian or Dwarf Blue Kale, Carrots, Basil, Sweetmint (think 4th of July Mojitos), Assorted Squash, Marketmore Cucumbers, Baby Tendersweet Cabbage, Bananna Peppers, Garden Salsa Peppers

Pick Up Locations
Home Delivery – every Friday afternoonOak Street Natural Market – every Friday 4-6

Webb City Farmers Market – every Saturday 9-12

At the farm – every Saturday 1-5 Let Karen know if you want to pick up at the farm on Friday.

Remember, if you are unable to pick up your box on delivery day, please make alternate arrangements for your produce ahead of time. You can ask someone else to pick up your box for you, you can ask the farm not to make a box for you that week, or you can donate your box and we will get it to a local food pantry. Just let us know. Call Karen at 970-980-9395.

Thank you! We are proud to be your Farmers! Have a great 4th of July!

Karen & Doug

What to do with that Rhubarb continued…

Dear Members,

It’s week 6 of 26 weeks. We’ve been crazy busy the past couple of weeks with transplanting, weeding, weeding, weeding, harvesting & trying to stay on top of the daily & weekly tasks of running the farm.  The weather has been wonderful although we experienced a heat index temperature of 112 this week! Tomatoes are ripening though, get ready… And did  mention weeding?

Here’s what’s in the box this week

Partial Shares: Roxanne Radish, Garden Sage, Pea Shoots, Rhubarb, Siberian Kale, Strawberries

Full Shares: Roxanne Radish, Garden Sage, Spinach, Rhubarb, Bridger Onion, Siberian Kale, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Strawberries, Cherry or Primo Red Tomatoes

Members Ron & Mary are avid and creative cooks and I’m always delighted with what they have put together from their box of produce. Here is one of their suggestions for the rhubarb https://oakwoodsfarm.com/2016/06/10/what-to-do-with-that-rhubarb/. It’s our once per year sweet delight!

Here’s a link to Thrive Market for Honey Macerated Strawberries with Yogurt. Keep in mind that we are growing ginger just for you! You can freeze your berries to use when the baby ginger is mature.  https://thrivemarket.com/blog/honey-macerated-strawberries-with-yogurt-recipe?uid=4958047&uaexptime=1780252632&uatoken=22f18ca5d8b53480d0c84c3e1bda7df8f67deb50a0b48a183f98d37d75f50fbe&utm_content=notebook&utm_medium=promo&utm_campaign=2016_06_10_Notebook_Members&utm_source=sailthru

Pick Up Locations
Home Delivery – every Friday afternoon
Oak Street Natural Market – every Friday 4-6

Webb City Farmers Market – every Saturday 9-12

At the farm – every Saturday 1-5 Let Karen know if you want to pick up at the farm on Friday.

Farm Fresh Feasts

Kirsten Madaus, worm wrangler, wife, mother, Community Supported Agriculture-loving pizza paparazzi at Farm Fresh Feasts, has spent the last 6 years feeding her family from farm shares in 2 states. She realized that one of the barriers to folks continuing with a farm share was a lack of knowledge about new-to-us produce. She started her site in 2012 to provide practical support to her my fellow local eaters.

She shares several recipes each week featuring seasonal ingredients, and maintains a Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient (broken up into different types of produce). She receives submissions from fellow food bloggers to bolster her own recipes so that, for example, she got more than 50 recipes using beets, nearly 50 recipes using garlic scapes, and more than a dozen recipes for kohlrabi. There are recipes for all types of diets.

Her website is free to use, but she does display ads which is how she pays for the site and the software to host the recipe index.

Here is a link to Kirsten’s site: http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com