Going To Market

Carmel Farmers Market

Last weekend my neighborhood Farmers Market opened, which means (at least for me) that summer is officially here. I can’t wait to see what produce is cropping up at the market, and also visit some of my favorite stands and brands, like Country Mouse City Mouse, Traders Point Creamery, Capriole Goat Cheese and Local Folks Foods.

Summer is here, and it’s a great time to start exploring what local foods your region has to offer. Discover new farms and new foods in your area by searching for them on LocalHarvest.org.

Posted in Going Local by Rhaya on May 27, 2010 | Permalink | No Comments

Thanksgiving CSA

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Wayward Seed Farm is doing it again.  They’ve put together a one-time CSA full of all the farm fresh ingredients you will need for a delicious Thanksgiving feast.  Here’s what is included this year:

  • One 16-20 lb. Free Range Pasture Turkey or One Hubbard Squash
  • Green Mountain Potatoes
  • Beauregard Sweet Potatoes
  • Tadorna Leeks
  • Colored Carrot Mix
  • French Breakfast, Black Spanish and/or Daikon Radishes
  • Merlin and/or Golden Beets
  • Gold Ball, Purple Top and/or Scarlett Queen Red Stem Turnips
  • Laurentian Rutabaga
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Braising Greens
  • Salad Greens
  • Conquistador Celery
  • Rossa di Milano Onions
  • Pate Brisee Pie Crust
  • Baby Bear Pie Pumpkins
  • Kabocha or Buttercup Squash
  • Gold Rush Apples
  • Herbs
  • Gourds and Indian Corn

In addition, each share comes with recipe ideas and a unique 2009 Thanksgiving tote designed and hand-printed by a local artist.  The price is $165 for a Turkey CSA and $130 for a Hubbard Squash.  How easy is this?  Reserve now by emailing farm@waywardseed.com or visit their website for more information, there’s no telling how long these will last!

If you are not in the central Ohio area, check out www.localharvest.org for your own local resources and the 100milediet.org for your inspiration.

Posted in Going Local by Liz on November 5, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

Dublin Community Market

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Attenion Columbus, Ohio, there is a new market in town!  Dublin Community Market opened up this past June and it’s a fantastic little farmers market with a big offering.   Open every Wednesday from 4:30-8 p.m. in the Dublin Community Church parking lot, the Dublin Market includes local producers with a wonderful variety of fruits and veggies, flowers, dairy products, meats and baked goods.  

Also at the market, volunteers will be accepting food or cash donatations for the Dublin Food Pantry in exchange for a discount coupon to participating Historic Dublin businesses.   

The market is located at 81 West Bridge St. in Dublin.  No pets allowed.

Posted in Going Local by Liz on August 4, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

Farmers Market Bread Soup

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As I was picking up my CSA share tonight at the new Farmers Market in Dublin, I was asking Adam from the Wayward Seed Farm for some ideas on what to do with all the Swiss Chard he was putting in my bag and he suggested putting it in a bread soup.  I’ve never made bread soup before but he gave me the gist of it and it sound perfect for dinner since it’s been a rainy, dreary day here today.  So I bought a few more things at the market and stopped for a loaf of crusty bread on the way home.

A big thanks to Adam for the idea for this soup, it was fanatastic!  In your soup, feel free to use different veggies or amounts of ingredients depending on what is in season and what you have on hand.  The great thing about this soup is that everything came from the farmers market except the bread and seasonings which makes for an easy dinner on a rainy weeknight.

Farmers Market Bread Soup
2Tbsp. olive oil
sweet onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
6 cups water or vegetable broth
1 summer squash
2 chopped carrots
2 diced tomatoes
8-10 leaves swiss chard, chopped
1 small loaf of good crusty bread
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese as a topping

Heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions, garlic and a little salt.  Saute for about 5 minutes.  Add cayenne, oregano seasoning, squash and carrots.  Saute for a few more minutes.  Add water/vegetable broth and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil over high then reduce heat to medium and stir in the chopped chard.   Meanwhile, toast up some slices of the bread, cut into chucks and put in the bottom of your bowl.  Pour the soup over the bread and add some Parmesan shavings to top it off.

Posted in Going Local,Recipes by Liz on July 23, 2009 | Permalink | 1 Comment

Easy Mint Tea

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One portion of our garden is dedicated to mint (which appeared this spring without even needing to be replanted!) and while it grows and spreads quickly, there is only so many mojitos and smoothies one person can make.

I was recently intrigued when a client offered me iced tea with the mint from their garden, so I asked them how they made it. I was SHOCKED to learn that it was JUST MINT. I assumed it has been mixed with some blend of tea, but it was truly just mint. I couldn’t wait to try it on my own. And was amazed at how simple it was. (And I didn’t think tea could get more local than this!)

How to Make Local Mint Tea

The first step, which is the most important and time-consuming, is drying the mint. Pull it out from the base and make sure to hang it or dry it on a screen to expedite the process. During the hot summer time, this should only take a day or two. Next, remove the dried leaves from the stem and throw a “handful” (1-2 loose cups to taste) into a 2 quart pot of water and boil. Once boiling, turn off and let the tea sit, or steep, for approximately 15 minutes (but again, you can alter this to taste). Then pour through a strainer to remove all the leaves.* Serve hot, or cool and refriderate for refreshing iced tea.

* If you have a strainer or colander that fits in the bowl toss the leaves in there and bring to a boil follow the steps above and pull the colander out after the steeping has finished for an extra easy cleanup.

Posted in Going Local,Recipes by Rhaya on July 8, 2009 | Permalink | 3 Comments

Rhubarb Season

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About this time in May through the end of June marks rhubarb season in Ohio.  A great source of Vitamin C, fiber and calcium, rhubarb is rather tart on it’s own but when combined with something sweet, it makes a fantastic dessert.  I put together this strawberry-rhubarb crisp by combining the best of several recipes in an attempt to sub-in healthier ingredients. It came out great and it was a even better topped with just a little vanilla bean ice cream.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

2 big stalks of rhubarb, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (about 2 cups)
1 cup chopped strawberries
2 big squeezes of agave nectar (maybe 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 unbleached white flour
2 tbsp. light brown sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
dash of salt
3 tbsp of butter

Preheat oven to 350 and butter an 8×8 baking dish.  Combine chopped rhubarb and strawberries in a bowl, add the agave and stir to coat the rhubarb and strawberries well.  Pour the mixture into the baking dish.  In the same bowl mix the remaining ingredients, cutting in the butter.  Sprinkle topping over the rhubarb and strawberries.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Posted in Going Local,Recipes by Liz on May 13, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

Homegrown Pickles

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Depending on where you are located, you may be either planting or beginning to think about what to plant in your garden this year. For me, I admit that most of the things I grow in my our little vegetable garden provide instant gratification such as fresh tomatoes, green beans, peppers and basil. However, on a recent trip to my grandmother’s house (who still lives on the farm my mom grew up on) I got to eat some of delicious homemade pickles and was inspired to try to make my own this year.

When the time comes, I will get my grandmother’s recipe, but for those of you who can’t wait, I suggest checking out this great post on how to make your own pickles.

And until then, I was able to get some pickles from Farm Fresh Delivery that are grown in Indiana, Ohio or Michigan and then made here in Indiana. They are crisp and tasty and it’s nice to see the ingredient list only contains six things — all of which I recognize and can pronounce!

Posted in Going Local by Rhaya on March 25, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

Egg-cellent

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Being a vegetarian, I am very careful to make sure that I am always making sure to get enough protein in my diet. One way I do this is by eating fish (which I know makes me not the strictest of vegetarians). The other is by having eggs as a regular part of my diet.

Eggs are a low-cost, low-calorie way to get protein and other health benefits. But not all eggs are the same. According to Mother Earth News, who have conducted egg nutrient tests, “eggs from hens raised on pasture, as compared to those commercially raised factory farm eggs, contain: 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin E, 7 times more beta carotene and 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D.”

While you certainly can purchase organic, certified humane, cage free eggs at the grocery store, it is no surprise that we encourage you to look further (and closer) to some local farms in your area that offers eggs. That way, you can know first hand where your eggs are coming from!

Need recipe ideas? Here are just a few of our favorite things to do with eggs.

Note: You may be looking at the photo above and wonder why we have a selection of rainbow colored eggs. The local place we get our eggs has a few Araucana hens… that lay blue and green eggs!

Posted in Chew On This,Going Local by Rhaya on January 28, 2009 | Permalink | 4 Comments

Central Ohio CSAs

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If you live in the central Ohio area and missed the first meet and greet event, be sure to stop by Tehku Tea Company this Friday (1/30/09) for a “Get to Know Your Farmers” event with local farms including The Wayward Seed Farm, 2Silos, and Vanscoy Farms.

Enjoy a cup of tea while you are there and learn more about Community Supported Agricuture shares. There are a lot of options for CSAs with fresh fruits, vegetables, and farm raised meat and dairy in the central Ohio area and now is the time to get signed up!

The event takes place from 4-7 p.m. at Tehku Tea Company, 55 South High Street, Dublin OH.  Call Tehku with questions 614-761-3808.

If you are not in the area but are still interested in finding a CSA in your area, check out LocalHarvest.org for a farm near you.

Posted in Going Local by Liz on January 28, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

Meet Your Farmer

If you are anywhere near the Columbus, OH area this Thursday (12/18/08) be sure to stop by Tehku Tea Company for a “Meet & Greet” event with local farms including The Wayward Seed Farm, 2Silos, and Vanscoy Farms.

The event will give you the opportunity to learn more about Community Supported Agricuture shares and will fill you in on where you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, and farm raised meat and dairy in the central Ohio area so you can start the new year off on the right track with a commitment to good food.  On Thursday you can also expect to taste some Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin Scones, Potato Soup made from Austrian Crescent Fingerling Potatoes, and, of course,  Tea!

The event takes place from 4-7 p.m. at Tehku Tea Company, 55 South High Street, Dublin OH.  Don’t forget to shoot an rsvp email to info@tehku.com and get your name entered into a drawing.

If you are not in the area but are still interested in finding a CSA in your area, check out LocalHarvest.org for a farm near you.

Posted in Going Local by Liz on December 16, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

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