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Fresh Harvest for November 25th


To Contact Us

Fresh Harvest, LLC
Link to Fresh Harvest
Email us!
Tallahassee May
tally@wildblue.net
JohnDrury
john.drury@att.net

Recipes


Chilled Wilted Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing
(Makes about 2 servings, recipe adapted from Big Oven, who got it from the New York Times.)

1 head Tatsoi leaves
sesame seeds, for garnish

Dressing:
2 T soy sauce (I used Tamari)
1 T rice vinegar (not seasoned)
1 tsp. grated ginger root
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. Siracha (or other types of Asian hot chile sauce would work)
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and fill another bowl with cold water and a handful of ice cubes. Wash Tatsoi leaves (I used a salad spinner) and cut into thick strips. Dump Tatsoi into boiling water, time for exactly one minutes, then drain immediately into colander and dump into bowl with ice water. (I used used the salad spinner again for the ice water.)

While Tatsoi is cooling in ice water, mix dressing ingredients into a bowl, then drain Tatsoi well and add to dressing. Chill in the refrigerator an hour or more, stirring a few times so Tatsoi remains coated with the dressing.

To serve, use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove Tatsoi from bowl and arrange on serving plates. Toast sesame seeds for 1-2 minutes in a dry pan and sprinkle over salad. (If using a mixture, the black seeds burn more quickly than the white ones.) Serve immediately.

Market News


Hello!

Check out our Facebook page, Fresh Harvest, LLC , to see pictures of the winter growing that is happening on our farms. We’ve got lots of good stuff in the hoophouses and fields right now, and more still to come. As long as the weather cooperates in a reasonable manner, we should be good for delivering through the New Year and into spring.

Westhaven deliveries will resume this week! Delivery time is Thursday morning at 8:40 a.m.

We hope you all had a peaceful Thanksgiving with lots of good food, family and friends. It was a beautiful day for being outside!

If you are still feeling full from turkey, we’ve got lots of greens this week to share with you. Raw or cooked, the lettuces, kale, and Asian greens are so vibrant and fresh, they feel as good to your body as they taste to your mouth!

We appreciate your support, and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
John and Tallahassee

Coming Events

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

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Fresh Harvest for November 18th - Tuesday Delivery!


To Contact Us

Fresh Harvest, LLC
Link to Fresh Harvest
Email us!
Tallahassee May
tally@wildblue.net
JohnDrury
john.drury@att.net

Recipes


Butternut Squash and Kale Salad
from Bon Appetit

A delicious Thanksgiving side dish!

Ingredients

•8tablespoonsextra-virgin olive oil
•3tablespoonsbalsamic vinegar
•1/2medium shallot, minced
•1teaspoonDijon mustard
•Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
•1 1/2cups1/2-inch cubed butternut squash
•1bunch kale, stems removed, cut into 1/2-inch wide ribbons (about 5 cups)
•3/4cupwhole almonds, toasted, coarsely chopped
•Parmesan (for shaving)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with foil. Whisk 5 Tbsp. oil, vinegar, shallot, and Dijon mustard in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. Combine squash and 2 Tbsp. oil in a medium bowl and toss to combine; season with salt and pepper. Transfer squash to prepared baking sheet and roast, turning occasionally, until squash is tender and lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add kale and cook, tossing frequently, until bright green and slightly wilted, 1–2 minutes. Remove from heat; add 3–4 Tbsp. dressing and toss to coat. Transfer kale to a baking sheet and cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

Add reserved squash and almonds to kale; toss well and season with pepper. Divide among bowls; drizzle with more dressing, if desired. Using a vegetable peeler, shave Parmesan over.

Market News


Hello!

Happy Thanksgiving Week! We hope this finds you preparing for a lovely week ahead of good food and loving family and friends.

There is a quick ordering window this week. The Market will close on Monday evening, November 19th for Tuesday, November 20th delivery. Delivery will be up under the porch at Trinity Church from 4 – 6 p.m.

John is on a much deserved vacation with his family this week. Twin Forks Farm bread is also taking the week off. So, there will be no potatoes, bread or granola this week.

However, we’ve got lots of other great stuff for the season – winter squashes, sweet potatoes, pumkins for homemade pumpkin pie, great lettuces and greens for cooking, as well as herbs for your stuffing.

If you ordered a pumpkin pie from Dozen Bakery, a turkey from Wedge Oak Farm, or a cheese tray from Bloomy Rind, those will be ready for you on Tuesday!

We appreciate your support, and are thankful to be able to share this harvest with you

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
John and Tallahassee

Coming Events

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

!

Fresh Harvest for November 11th


To Contact Us

Fresh Harvest, LLC
Link to Fresh Harvest
Email us!
Tallahassee May
tally@wildblue.net
JohnDrury
john.drury@att.net

Recipes


Curly Endive Salad with Poached Egg
from Martha Rose Schulman
serves 6

2 heads curly endive, washed and dried (about 6 cups)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, tarragon or chives
1 sweet red pepper, very thinly sliced
6 thin slices baguette or whole grain bread, toasted, rubbed with a cut clove of garlic and cut into squares
6 large or extra-large eggs
1 tablespoon vinegar (any kind)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

For the dressing:

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, champagne vinegar or red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Salt to taste

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 small garlic clove, minced or pureed

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, or 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and 2 tablespoons walnut oil

1. Combine the endive, herbs, red pepper and croutons in a large bowl.
2. Poach the eggs.
3. Whisk together the vinegars, salt, mustard and garlic. Whisk in the oil. Toss with the salad until thoroughly coated, and distribute among six salad plates. Top each serving with a poached egg. Season the egg with salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with some thyme leaves and serve.

Market News


Hello!

Thanksgiving is almost here! We hope you are all preparing for as much local goodness as possible! We will have a lot of great items available for you Thanksgiving week. Please remember that delivery day will be Tuesday, November 20th at Trinity from 4 – 6. If you have ordered a Wedge Oak Farm turkey, that is when they will be available for pick up.

ALSO! We have two amazing opportunities to pre- order items that will both add amazing deliciousness to your holiday festivities, and ease your work load – what an amazing combo! I am sold already!

Dozen Bakery is making perfectly beautiful and scrumptious pumpkin pies . These need to be ordered this week for delivery next Tuesday.

And – what an amazing opportunity this is – you can pre-order your Thanksgiving cheese assortment from The Bloomy Rind this week for pickup with next week’s order. Kathleen will assemble a selection of Southern and American artisan cheeses and include some preserves and marcona almonds. All you need is a cutting board or platter and a knife. There are two options: 3-cheese selection (approx 12 oz of cheese, ideal for 6-8 people) OR 5-cheese selection (approx 20 oz of cheese, ideal for 8-12 people). Cheeses will vary based on availability and what’s tasting great in the case. There’s also an option for a full round of Rush Creek Reserve (approx 12 oz) that includes preserves and almonds. Again – orders for these cheeses and the pumpkin pie need to be in THIS week for pickup the week of Thanksgiving.

Please remember we’ll be under the Trinity Church porch!

Thanks so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
John and Tallahassee

Coming Events

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

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Fresh Harvest for November 4th -Thanksgiving Pie Pre Order and Fun Facts!


To Contact Us

Fresh Harvest, LLC
Link to Fresh Harvest
Email us!
Tallahassee May
tally@wildblue.net
JohnDrury
john.drury@att.net

Recipes


Sweet Turnip Bisque
from Nancy Vienneau’s blog, Good Food Matters

2 Tablespoons olive oil–divided
1 Tablespoon butter
3 medium potatoes, (about 1 ½ cups) peeled and diced (I used russets, but try others!)
2 carrots, diced small
2 celery ribs, chopped finely
1 medium white onion, diced
2 cups diced turnips (don’t peel)
2 Tablespoons fresh dillweed
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup lowfat milk
salt & white pepper, to taste
a few grindings of black pepper, a few sprigs of dillweed to garnish

In a 2qt. saucepan on medium heat, melt the butter with 1 Tablespoon oil.
Add potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions and sauté, stirring frequently.
Add one cup of the stock, stir, and simmer until the potatoes become tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and mash the potato-vegetable mix with a hand potato masher until the mixture resembles a thickened puree-like base.
In a separate skillet with the remaining Tablespoon of olive oil, sauté the turnips for 5 minutes. Scrape the cooked turnips into the saucepan with the potato-vegetable mix. Add remaining stock and milk. Stir well and return to heat. Season with salt and white pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Garnish with black pepper and dillweed.
Serves 2 hearty main meal appetites, or 4 regular ones

Market News


Hello!

*+This week we will begin delivering under the porch up at Trinity Church. + * This is because of the early darkness. It will be warm and welcoming up there through the winter!

Also, this week we will begin pre orders for Dozen Bakery’s Thanksgiving pies. These pumpkin pies are going to be delicious! The last day to place your order will be a week from this Tuesday, November 13th. They will be delivered with your order on Tuesday, November 20th.

Here are some facts about Fresh Harvest we thought you might like to know!

Fresh Harvest is Nashville’s first and oldest online vegetable ordering system. We pioneered the idea first using emails and Quickbooks for all our accounting and invoicing, then switched to our software, LocallyGrown.net. This software was developed by a farmer in Athens, Ga. John and Tally started Fresh Harvest when they had neighboring farms in Bon Aqua, Tn. The goal was to provide more vegetables and more variety to more customers, outside of the traditional CSA model. John has since moved his farm to Thompson Station, and Tally’s farm is still in Bon Aqua.

We are your farmers! Not only do we do the growing of your vegetables, we also do the harvesting, washing, packing, delivering, accounting, and marketing. All of your produce comes right from our farms to you -we are accountable for all the produce we sell to you and therefore guarantee the high quality and freshness of our produce.

We do sell produce and products from other farms. These farmers are small, local, family operations. Almost all of them (except the meat and egg vendors) we first met while selling at the Franklin Farmer’s Market 10 years ago. These are growers and providers we absolutely respect and trust, and are proud to represent through Fresh Harvest.

All of the growers of Fresh Harvest, if not USDA Certified Organic, are either Certified Naturally Grown or grow using strictly organic methods, sometimes “beyond organic”. We strongly believe in organic agriculture and do not support the use of chemicals on the soil or on the food in any way.

Fresh Harvest is not a “Food Hub”. We do not collect, store, and distribute produce from a centralized location. We have no overhead or facilities other than our farms. Our food is picked the day before delivery and brought to you as fresh as can be! This includes produce from other farms, which is also just picked and delivered to order the day of delivery.

The money you spend through Fresh Harvest goes directly to the farmers and producers of your food. Fresh Harvest does take a small percentage of sales in order to cover certain costs like printer paper and delivery bags. However, everything else goes directly to the farmer or producer. There are no brokers, office workers, marketing specialists, etc. that take away from the farmer or producers’ income.

We love what we do! Fresh Harvest has been a wonderful business for us and has developed into a large, supportive, and enthusiastic community. We look forward to every Wednesday delivery when we get to distribute our goodies to our dear customers. Without you, we truly could not do what we do and we are very appreciative of your time, energy, and commitment to local food.

Thanks so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
John and Tallahassee

Coming Events

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

!

Fresh Harvest for October 28th


To Contact Us

Fresh Harvest, LLC
Link to Fresh Harvest
Email us!
Tallahassee May
tally@wildblue.net
JohnDrury
john.drury@att.net

Recipes

Dragon’s Tongue Beans

These beautiful beans are a type of snap bean, with a crisp juicy texture like a green bean. They are stingless and you can eat the pod. They will turn white to green when they are cooked.

These are good quickly boiled in a big pot of water for a couple of minutes, then added to the recipe below.

3 T. olive oil

3/4 C. almonds, coarsely chopped

1 clove garlic, coarsely minced

2 T. capers

1.5 pounds green beans, prepared as above

Salt as needed

Heat the olive in a large skillet. Add the almonds and cook, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes, until they look and smell toasty. Add the garlic and stir a bit, then turn off the heat. Add the capers and green beans and turn with a spatula or tongs to mix, sprinkling with salt as you go.

Market News


Hello!

It looks like we will finally get a frost this week. Thankfully we are equipped with hoophouses and row covers which will protect the crops through the winter. We’ll continue to have a great selection of veggies for you all year long! This week we have a ton of great greens, herbs, lettuces, winter squashes, and beans, and potatoes of all kinds. Enjoy the feast!

We also have the last of the seasons flowers – bunches of sunflowers and broom corn! A wonderful , cheerful Fall bouquet!

A REMINDER! The 4th of November is Daylight Savings Time. Because of it getting dark earlier, we will be moving up under the porch of Trinity Church, where we will have more light. We appreciate the good congregation of Trinity Church who are so accommodating and supportive of our business.

It is getting closer to Thanksgiving and plan on an ALL LOCAL one. We’ll be delivering on Tuesday, November 20th. We’ll have squashes and sweet potatoes, greens and lettuces, turnips and perhaps some other surprises. Plus, order your turkey from Wedge Oak Farm! These turkeys will be delivered frozen on Tuesday, November 20th along with your Fresh Harvest order. Get your $40 deposit in fast. This deposit will be deducted from final cost. Price per pound is $6.50 Remaining balance will be due at time of market pick up. After you place your order, you will be contacted with all the pertinent information including: size, delivery/ pick-up options, total cost. Call Wedge Oak Farm at 615-766-3773 or 615-497-3434 with questions .

Also, Dozen Bakery will be taking pre-orders for pies to be delivered that Tuesday, and The Bloomy Rind will be offering artisan cheese trays! WOW!

Thanks so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
John and Tallahassee

Coming Events

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Fresh Harvest for October 21st


To Contact Us

Fresh Harvest, LLC
Link to Fresh Harvest
Email us!
Tallahassee May
tally@wildblue.net
JohnDrury
john.drury@att.net

Recipes

Rotini Pasta with Butternut Squash- Sage Sauce
from Gourmet , 2006

1 lb peeled butternut squash pieces
1 small onion, diced
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage (or a small bunch, unchopped, see recipe for details)
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 oz finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 cup) plus additional for serving
1 lb penne rigate or rotini or whatever pasta shape you like
1. Heat butter in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then add sage and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add cubed squash , diced onion, water, salt, and pepper and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until squash is very tender and water has reduced considerably, about 8 to 10 minutes.
2. If you wish, stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano.
If you have an emersion blender, purée mixture right in pot. If you don’t, transfer mixture to a food processor or blender. Remove squash mixture from heat.
3. While squash mixture simmers, cook pasta in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water with a large pinch of kosher salt until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water, then drain pasta in a colander.
4. Place pasta in a serving bowl. Toss with enough butternut-sage sauce to coat nicely. If necessary, add a little bit of the reserved cooking water to thin it out. Serve pasta with additional cheese on the side. If you have extra sauce, store it in the fridge for a later date. The sauce thickens as it sits, so on subsequent uses, it will most likely be necessary to use the reserved cooking liquid to thin out.

Market News


Hello!

Fall is the new Spring around here! The weather is beautiful, and we’ve got a great diversity of crops growing for you! Lots of great greens and squashes which make cooking so much fun! There is no frost in sight, so the peppers, basil, and flowers are still going strong. Make sure you enjoy the last bit of these warm season delights.

It is getting closer to Thanksgiving and plan on an ALL LOCAL one. We’ll be delivering on Tuesday, November 20th. We’ll have squashes and sweet potatoes, greens and lettuces, turnips and perhaps some other surprises. Plus, order your turkey from Wedge Oak Farm! These turkeys will be delivered frozen on Tuesday, November 20th along with your Fresh Harvest order. Get your $40 deposit in fast. This deposit will be deducted from final cost. Price per pound is $6.50 Remaining balance will be due at time of market pick up. After you place your order, you will be contacted with all the pertinent information including: size, delivery/ pick-up options, total cost. Call Wedge Oak Farm at 615-766-3773 or 615-497-3434 with questions .

Also, Dozen Bakery will be taking pre-orders for pies to be delivered that Tuesday, and The Bloomy Rind will be offering artisan cheese trays! WOW!

Speaking of The Bloomy Rind, they will be offering several farmstead goat cheeses from Capriole in Indiana (near Kentucky). We are getting some special pre-holiday promotional pricing, so this is a great time to try these cheeses. In particular, the whole wheels of O’Banon will easily keep 6+ weeks and make a lovely presentation for entertaining.

We are growing and selling year round. We depend on word of mouth for our advertising. So if you could, please tell a friend about us. If they sign up and get in a deposit, we will credit your account $10.00. Make sure they let us know who referred them!
Also, if you haven’t checked out our Facebook page, Fresh Harvest, LLC in a while, we have some new pictures up there. Be sure to “like” us, and you’ll automatically get updates. Although, admittedly, they can be few and far between. But we try!

Thanks so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
John and Tallahassee

Coming Events

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!