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Fresh Harvest for February 10th - Lots of News and Good Stuff for VDay!


To Contact Us

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

Recipes


Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup
from Bon Appetite magazine

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 10- to 11-ounce fully cooked chorizo sausage or other smoked sausage, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 medium onions, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 pound white-skinned potatoes, peeled, halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
6 cups low-salt chicken broth
1/2 lb fresh spinach

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook until brown, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Transfer sausage to paper towels to drain. Add onions and garlic to pot and cook until translucent, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add all potatoes and cook until beginning to soften, stirring often, about 12 minutes. Add broth; bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Using potato masher, mash some of potatoes in pot. Add browned sausage to soup. Stir in spinach and simmer just until wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among bowls and serve.

Market News


Hello!
We are back this week with lots of good veggies as well as other offerings . We are now on an every other week schedule, so our next delivery after this week will be on Wednesday, February 27th. Stock up on eggs, meats and bread for the weeks ahead!

We have LOTS of great stuff for Valentine’s Day!

Turnbull Creek Farm has opened up orders for the Bouquet of the Week special. This is a great gift for the flower lover in your life! Starting in May, the recipient gets 12 bouquets for a reduced price of $10.00 a bouquet. The Bouquet of the Week special is $120.00, and if you sign up for it this week Tally will bring you a card with info on it for you to give to the recipient.

Dozen Bakery has some decorated heart shaped cookies that will be an instant hit for any lucky recipient. Very kind of Claire to do the baking for us!

Bloomy Rind is offering a great cheese selection, including “cheese with heat” and heart shaped chevre! That sounds like an amazing way to start off a nice dinner complete with some of the Vday Specials that Bear Creek Farm is offering this week.

And, Earthwind Botanicals has some great smell good products, which are nice treats for teachers, coworkers, or parents.

We really appreciate your support and understanding during this winter season.
We look forward to seeing you this 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 January 27th


To Contact Us

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

Recipes


Rosemary-Butternut Squash Bisque
Adapted from a Molly O’Neill recipe printed in the New York Times Magazine, Nov. 06, 1994
Yield = 2 quarts

2 medium butternut squash
olive oil
6 cups veg or chicken broth
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
kosher salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons heavy cream, optional
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and discard. Drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil on the baking sheet. Place the halves cut side down, rub in the oil and place in the oven. Roast until knife tender, about 45 minutes. Remove squash from the oven and let cool.
Scoop the flesh into a saucepan (discarding the skin), and add the broth, rosemary, orange zest, a big pinch of kosher salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for 30 minutes. Using an emersion blender, puree the mixture until smooth. Alternatively, transfer to a food processor or blender, and puree until smooth. Taste, adjust seasoning if necessary and adding the cream if desired. Serve with crusty bread.

Market News


Hello!
We are back this week with lots of good veggies as well as other offerings . Earthwind Botanicals is also back this week offering great deals on bulk soaps.

We will be delivering every two weeks until the weather breaks and the crops begin to grow faster. It is slow, slow, slow out there and you will notice quanitites are much smaller this week.
We will deliver this week, Wednesday January 30th and then in two weeks, Wednesday February 13th.

Stock up this week! Many of the items that we carry will last 2 weeks. Obviously, the meats, eggs, granola, coffee, soaps & honey will easily keep. We have often kept the bread and cookies in the freezer, although in John’s case, not very long. The bread can be sliced and frozen, so you can easily pull out what you need. We have plenty of eggs as the chickens (unlike the vegetables) are back in a productive mode!

We harvest your veggies just 24 hrs before we deliver, so they are as fresh as can be! Most of our greens and lettuces will keep up to two weeks in the fridge in a plastic bag. Since most of the vegetables in all the grocery stores come from California and beyond, by the time it is purchased by the customer who knows how long ago it was harvested. Winter squash and sweet potatoes will retain their freshness for very long periods of time.

We really appreciate your support and understanding during this winter season.
We look forward to seeing you this 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 January 20th - Taking the week off!


To Contact Us

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

Recipes

Market News


Hello!

It is going to be a really cold week and the crops have slowed their growth considerably. After consulting with our other vegetable growers, we have decided to take this week off. We will resume delivery nest week, so look out for the Market to reopen next Sunday, January 27th for delivery on Wednesday, January 30th.

This is not our ideal situation and we are sorry for any inconvenience. It is very hard this time of year to meet customer demand as it takes so much longer for crops to grow due to the shorter day length and the cold. We want to have a variety of crops for your selection, as well as have a large enough quantity to fill orders. Our goal is to continue through the winter into spring, but at this point we may have to switch to an every other week delivery schedule through February. Stay tuned!

So, please enjoy your week and know that we will return next week with a full selection of veggies – lettuces, Asian greens, kale, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and more!

And don’t worry – we won’t rest on our week off! We’ll be taking care of infrastructure projects such as working on the greenhouses, seeding, and doing paperwork for organic certification inspection!

We really appreciate your support and understanding during this winter season. We are constantly learning as we go on this adventure of year round growing, and are so thankful that you are along with us on this ride!
We look forward to seeing you on a week from Wednesday, January 30th!

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 Cheese added!


Good Morning,
Just in case you missed it last night, The Bloomy Rind cheese shop added new cheeses to the Market!
There are six new cheeses up there, Award winning and delicious from Southern Cheese artisans!
Swing back by the Market and get youself some!
Thanks, and we will see you onWednesday!
John and Tally

Fresh Harvest for January 13th


To Contact Us

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

Recipes


Sweet Potatoes and Greens
This is a sweet and savory combo that is great for you as well as tastes delicious!

(Makes 4 Servings)

-2 or 3 large sweet potatoes
-2 bunches of greens (kale, collards, or chard)
-2 cloves of garlic
-juice of half of 1 lemon
-1 tsp. honey
-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
-1/4 tsp. ground cloves
-salt and pepper
-1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions

1. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces (make them as uniform as you can.)

2. Heat half of the oil in the pan over medium heat and add the sweet potatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just brown on all sides and soft (about 12-15 minutes.) If the potatoes are still hard at the end of this time, you can add a Tbsp or so of water, put a cover on the pan and steam for 2 minutes.  When they are finished cooking, add spices and salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

3. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, wash the greens (but do not dry them.) Remove the stems and cut the leaves into smaller pieces. Mince the garlic.  In a separate pan, heat the remainder of the oil over medium heat, add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.  Add in the greens and cook until tender, stirring often.  Salt and pepper to taste.

4. Combine the potatoes, honey, and lemon juice with the greens, stir and serve.

Market News


Hello!

We hope you are safe and dry after this very wet and stormy day. Everything around our parts are super saturated and the creeks are really raging. The hoophouses have standing water in them which hopefully will drain quickly in the coming days and not damage any crops.
The folks at Bear Creek Farm have put together some special packages of their meats that should help beat some winter blues. In fact, they have a offer right now where you can buy a 1/4 of a steer and stock up your freezer. It’s a hefty price tag, but you do end up saving money overall. Stock your freezer with: 4 Rib Eye Steaks 4 New York Strips 3 Filet Mignons 4 Sirloin Steaks 1 Flank Steak 3 Chuck Roasts 1 Tri-Tip 1 London Broil 1 Rump Roast 1 Sirloin Tip Roast 1 Eye of Round Roast 1 Top Round Roast 3 lbs of Stew Meat 4 lbs of Short Ribs 50 lbs of Ground Beef in 2 lb tubes For $720.

We’d like to thank the Nashville Food Project for supporting us and helping us get the word out about Fresh Harvest through their newsletter. In case you don’t know, the Nashville Food Project is a non profit group that cooks and distributes hot, healthy meals throughout Nashville’s neighborhoods. Much of the food they cook is donated from local farms, or raised in their own gardens. They do so much to provide good, fresh food made with love to our neighbors in need, as well as promoting our local food economy and urban gardening infrastructure. You can volunteer in their kitchens or food distribution trucks through their website, www.thenashvillefoodproject.org.

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!

!

Fresh Harvest for January 6th


To Contact Us

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

Recipes


Winter Pasta
from 101 Cookbooks

I used penne here, but you can substitute whatever pasta you like. Spinach can be substituted for or mixed with the kale if you like as well.

4 cloves of garlic, peeled
4 small shallots, peeled
1 small bunch of kale – 1/2 lb / 8 oz, stalks removed, washed well
1/3 cup / 80 ml extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup / 2 oz goat cheese, plus more for topping
2 tablespoons + hot pasta water
fine grain sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
fresh lemon juice – optional
12 oz / 340 g dried penne pasta
fresh thyme – and thyme flowers

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the boiling water generously, and add the garlic and shallots. Boil for 2-3 minutes, stir in the kale and cook for another ten seconds. Don’t overcook. Working quickly, use a slotted spoon or strainer to fish the greens, garlic, and shallots from the water. Use a food processor to puree the ingredients along with the olive oil and goat cheese. Add a couple tablespoons of hot pasta water if needed to thin things out if needed. Then season with a touch of salt and plenty of black pepper. Taste. Depending on your goat cheese, you might need a little extra acidic oomph if your sauce is a bit flat. If so, add fresh lemon juice a bit at a time until you’re happy with it the sauce. Set aside.
Reheat the pot of water and boil the pasta per package instructions. Drain and toss immediately with the green sauce. Serve topped with a few pinches of fresh thyme, and more crumbled goat cheese.
Serves 4-6. 
Prep time: 10 min – Cook time: 10 min

Market News


Hello!

It is great to be back after a two week break. We hope everyone had a lovely holiday and has had a good transition into 2013. It will be great to see your smiling faces on Wednesday, and to get back into our weekly schedule. We plan on delivering through the winter and into the spring, as long as the weather cooperates and we have good veggies to sell!
We are full steam ahead this week, with lots of great produce offerings for you, as well as the staple items of wood fired bread, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, and baked treats! There are lots of greens this time of year, for stir fries, soups, salads, and on the side of just about everything. Eating fresh greens will keep you healthy all winter long – nothing is more chock full of vitamins and vibrancy that just picked greens!
And, if you haven’t had winter grown carrot yet, you must! Carrots are at their prime taste right now in Tennessee. They do much better this time of year than in the heat of summer.
Speaking of summer, we are making our plans right now! The seed orders are going in, the pallet of potting mix arrives next week, and soon we’ll be seeding flats of tomatoes for an early planting in the hoophouse. Also, lots of flowers are seeded in January as well as the early crops to be put out into the field as soon as it warms and dries a bit – kale, beets, scallions, lettuces….it is a fun time of year, so full of promise!

We are getting low on bags, and would appreciate if you would check your closets and cars, and remember to bring them back when you pick up your next order. Thanks you!

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!

!

Fresh Harvest for December 16th


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 Walnut Spread
from Martha Rose Schulman’s Recipes for Health
2 pounds pumpkin or winter squash, such as kabocha or butternut, seeds and membranes scraped away, cut into large pieces (if using butternut, cut in half crosswise, just above the bulbous bottom part, then cut these halves into lengthwise quarters and scrape away the seeds and membranes)

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 cup (1 1/4 ounces/35 g) lightly toasted walnuts, finely chopped

1 ounce Parmesan, grated (about 1/3 cup)

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and oil the foil. Place the squash on the baking sheet and rub or toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Place in the oven and bake until tender, 40 to 60 minutes depending on the type of squash and the size of the pieces. Every 15 minutes use tongs to turn the pieces over so different surfaces become browned on the foil. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, then peel and place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse several times, scrape down the sides of the bowl, then purée until smooth.

2. Heat another tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy skillet and add the onion. Add a generous pinch of salt, turn the heat to medium low and cook, stirring often, until very tender, sweet and lightly caramelized, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and add to the squash. Add the mint, nutmeg, walnuts, Parmesan, and 1 tablespoon olive oil and pulse together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve on croutons.

Yield: 2 cups

Market News


Hello!

Greetings on this downright balmy December evening!
This Wednesday delivery will be our last before a two week break. We will resume delivery on Wednesday, January 9th, so look out for the Market to open on Sunday, January 6th. Stock up this week on meats, bread, cheese, eggs, and veggies to get you through the next couple of weeks!
SInce after this Wednesday we won’t see you until the New Year, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our dear friends and customers. We hope your holiday is filled with family, friends, love, warmth, laughter, and good food.
It is the time of year for counting blessings, and as farmers we have many. We are very grateful to you all for your support and good cheer during this winter season. You make this work possible for us, and we appreciate all the effort you put into supporting local agriculture!

We are planning to grow and sell year round, and will have a good supply of greens and squashes into the spring! It is hard to know what is in store for us, weather wise. So far it has been so mild that everything has been doing great!

We will have Gift Certificates available this week. These are great presents for friends, neighbors or family who have yet to try Fresh Harvest and need some encouragement. They are good for any product on the Fresh Harvest website.
Other ideas for gift giving are Tru Bee honey, a cheese plate from The Bloomy Rind, granola from Twin Forks Farm, or a selection of cookies from Dozen Bakery!

Please take some time this Holiday Season to spend quality time with those you love. Life is so precious and fleeting, and every day that we have together is a gift to be savored.

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!

!

Fresh Harvest for December 9th


To Contact Us

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

Recipes


Escarole Pasta Carbonara
This is absolutely delicious!
Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 head escarole, washed and cut into medium sized pieces
1 egg
½ package whole grain spaghetti
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
In a pan, combine olive oil and garlic, and let simmer over medium heat for a few minutes.
Add chopped escarole to the oil and garlic mixture, cooking over low-medium heat until tender (about 10 minutes).
Meanwhile, bring water to a boil and add pasta.
Cook until al dente, drain and immediately crack the egg into pasta. The egg gets cooked by the pasta.
Add escarole to the pasta mixture, and top with Parmesan cheese.
Mix it all together, serve, and ENJOY!

Market News


Hello!

This Wednesday we will have some of our wonderful vendors with us for the 4-6 pm Wednesday delivery. Tru Bee Honey, Earthwind Botanicals, Bear Creek farms, Twin Forks farm bread, and Dozen Bakery will be offering samples and have some gift items available to buy on the spot. Make sure you stop and say hello to the smiling faces that are behind these products!

We will have Gift Certificates available this week. These are great presents for friends, neighbors or family who have yet to try Fresh Harvest and need some encouragement. They are good for any product on the Fresh Harvest website.

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!

!

Fresh Harvest for December 2nd


To Contact Us

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

Recipes


Asian Greens Salad
These greens are great raw – try it!

Salad ingredients:
– 1 head of bok choy , or equivalent amount of tatsoi, joi choi or a mix of all of them
– Green additions such as cilantro or scallions
- Almonds chopped or slivered

Prepare the Greens:
– Cut the very end of the stem off and coarsely chop the remaining leaves and stems into ½ inch pieces. If you are using scallions, cilantro or another vegetable, chop it up and add it to the choi. Wash the greens and get ready to toss them with the dressing.

Sesame dressing ingredients:
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon sesame oil
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 ½ teaspoons agave syrup (or honey in a pinch)

Add all dressing ingredients to a bottle and shake, shake, shake.

Mix greens and almonds together and toss with the dressing

Market News


Hello!

The weather is balmy for early December, but it is Holiday time and we’ve got lots of great stuff for you! Earthwind Botanicals is back with us this week and is having a sale on all her products, just for Fresh Harvest customers. This is a great time to stock up on stocking stuffers, teacher and hostess gifts, or for just having some great soaps on hand for guests. Put a bath fizzer, soap ball, aromatherapy oil and jar of salt scrub in a basket, and it makes a very impressive present for just about anyone!

Also, The Bloomy Rind cheese shop is here this week with an amazing selection of cheeses. There are also some Cheese Tray selections available which would be a great thing to bring to a holiday party or also to give as a gift.

More stocking stuffer ideas – Tru-Bee honey, Twin Forks Farm granola, or Fresh Harvest Gift Certificate.

We have so much good food growing right now – it is a wonderful time of year for eating local!

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!

!

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!

!