Cooler Weather Signals Time For Ginger & Turmeric Golden Milk

We are at the end of this season’s ginger and turmeric harvest. The crop has been bountiful this year!

Ginger and turmeric growing in high tunnel 1 mid-season 2021.

With the temperature dipping to the low 40’s tonight, I thought I would share my recipe for Golden Milk. Think of Golden Milk as an Indian Turmeric Latte. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries due to its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Other ingredients are ginger, peppercorns, and cinnamon, also packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.

Although delicious anytime, a cup full of golden milk in the evening can relax you into a restful sleep. Whether it helps you sleep or not, it’s a creamy, soothing bedtime snack for you to cradle as you relax at the end of the day.

Just harvested ginger…
and turmeric.

Golden Milk

Perfect for an evening drink just before bed, these ingredients that have been shown to promote a good night’s sleep.

  • Heat 2 cups light, unsweetened almond milk (or coconut or soymilk)
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
  • Add 1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh turmeric
  • Add 3-4 black peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Heat all ingredients in a saucepan
  • Stir well
  • Bring to a simmer and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and sweeten with honey to taste (if desired).

We have fresh baby turmeric and ginger available at Empire Market and Webb City Farmers Market every Saturday while the harvest lasts. If you’ve never tried baby ginger and turmeric, you’re in for a treat. No need to peel, it’s not tough and fibrous and contains the highest levels of antioxidants.

Pick some up this weekend and ask me about my favorite way to preserve the rhizomes to enjoy fresh all winter.

Karen

Immune Boosting, Stress Relieving Ginger & Turmeric

Our farm still has fresh ginger and turmeric. You can pick up while it lasts, every Saturday at Webb City Farmers Market and Joplin Empire Market.

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.

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Homegrown, Small Batch, Handmade

•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

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!