Well, it took us a while but we are back!! This transition into spring has been a doozy, and was a big setback to most of our planned spring crops. The months of March and April are challenging to keep productive anyway, but with the especially cold winter and wet and chilly follow up weather, crops were hard to get started and even harder to get to want to grow!
That being said, we are still rather low on produce, so there is not much offered in that category. We hope by even next week to have more available for you! Don’t lose hope – the good stuff is truly right around the corner!
Meanwhile, we did want to start offering you the wonderful selection of herb and vegetable plants, as surely you are all as anxious for spring to get started as we are! We have a great variety of heirloom tomato plants this year -10 kinds to be exact! All organically grown with lots of TLC by our friend Tana Comer at Eaton Creek Organics. These are no big box store plant starts – these are high quality, thriving plants that are sure to bring you much delicious eating this summer!
In the coming weeks we will continue to have plants for you – eggplant and peppers, and different varieties of basil. If you have any questions about something in particular please let us know!
Please enjoy the offerings from our other vendors! Bear Creek Farm and Wedge Oak Farm have a great selection up with lots of new items and specials! The Bloomy Rind has a wonderful curated variety of artisinal cheeses.
This week we plan on being on the grass down at the parking lot. We are really thankful to Trinity Presbyterian Church for allowing us to set up on their property, going on 10 years now! We are ever appreciative of their support.
We really look forward to seeing you!
Thanks for your support, and we will see you on Wednesday!
John and Tally
Sweet Potato and Kale Sheet Pan Salad with Lemon Balsamic Vinegarette
A delicious and easy dinner to throw together!
2medium sweet potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
116-oz. can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 red onion, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 bunch of kale, stems discarded, leaves sliced into 1/2-inch ribbons (about 4 cups in total)
1/4 cup crumbled aged cheddar
1 small, crispy apple (such as Honeycrisp), halved, cored, and cut into 1/8-inch slices
For lemon-balsamic vinaigrette:
2tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1tablespoon lemon juice from 1 large lemon (reserving extra juice)
1teaspoon dijon mustard
6tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of sugar (optional)
Heat oven to 425° F. Place a parchment-lined sheet pan in the oven while it heats. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients. Adjust seasoning and acidity with more salt and lemon juice to taste; add a pinch of sugar, if needed, to round out the flavors. Cut sweet potato in half crosswise, then in half again lengthwise. Cut into thin wedges (about 1/4-inch thick). In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes wedges with salt and 2 tablespoons vinaigrette. In a separate bowl, toss chickpeas and red onion with a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon vinaigrette. When oven is ready, remove sheet pan and distribute the sweet potatoes in a single, even layer (careful, it’ll be hot!); you want them to have contact with the sheet pan for better browning. Add the chickpeas and onions to the sheet pan, nestling them amongst the sweet potatoes (it’s fine if some them are layered on top of the sweet potatoes). Roast for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are just tender. Add the almonds, and continue roasting for another 5 to 7 minutes, or until the almonds are lightly toasted. Don’t worry if the tips of the red onions get a little charred; they’re delicious that way. Meanwhile, rinse out the large bowl that held the sweet potatoes; add the kale. Using your hands, toss the kale with 1 to 2 tablespoons vinaigrette (or as much as needed to lightly, evenly dress the kale), salt, and pepper. Let the sweet potatoes cool for about 5 to 10 minutes, then toss in the kale, aged cheddar, and apple. Toss with extra vinaigrette if needed, and adjust seasoning and acidity, to taste. Save any remaining vinaigrette to refresh leftover salad.