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Fresh Harvest for April 14th, 2013


To Contact Us

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

Recipes

Orecchiette Pasta with Sausage and Greens
Serves 4
from Alexandra’s Kitchen (alexandracooks.com)_

olive oil
1 lb. fresh, hot Italian sausage
1 lb. greens such as chard and kale
3 cloves garlic minced
kosher salt
crushed red pepper flakes
1 lb. orecchiette pasta
1 T. unsalted butter, room temperature is ideal
1/2 cup. grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus more to pass
fresh cracked pepper

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

2. Meanwhile, squeeze sausage from its casing. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and cook the sausage until browned and cooked through. Transfer cooked sausage to a large bowl.

3. In the same pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and turn heat to high. Once the oil is hot, add half of the greens. Let the greens sit for a minute undisturbed. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Add half of the garlic. Begin to toss the greens around until they start wilting. Once wilted, transfer to the large bowl with the sausage. Repeat with the remaining greens. Transfer greens to large bowl. Don’t wash the pan yet.

4. Add a pinch of salt to the pasta water. Boil the pasta for about 9 minutes. (The box says 11, but check it at 9.) Reserve a cup of the cooking liquid. Drain the pasta.

5. In the same sauté pan that you cooked the sausage and greens, add about half of the reserved cooking liquid and bring to a simmer. Add the tablespoon of butter and stir, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Let simmer until reduced slightly, about a minute. Place the pasta in the large bowl with the sausage and greens. Pour this cooking liquid-butter mixture over top. Add the cheese and stir with a large spoon. Taste. Add more of the reserved cooking liquid if necessary. Place pasta in a big serving bowl.

6. Dish out the pasta, cracking black pepper over each serving and passing more Parmigiano Reggiano on the side.

Market News


Hello!
Spring has really arrived, and it is a busy, busy time on our farms. We are emptying out hoophouses to make room for new stuff and transplanting like crazy. The cold and wet of the last few months has put us on a slower schedule than last year, and it is reflective in our offerings this week. We have a much slimmer selection than we have had, and it will continue to be minimal for the next few weeks until more spring crops are in. Hopefully we will still be able to meet your need for good lettuce and greens, and we appreciate your patience as we get through this seasonal transition!
Please remember if we are out of something that you would like, to let us know in the comments section of your order. We will try our best to fil your order – and are usually able to!

Also, it is bag reminder time! Please remember to return your Fresh Harvest bag when you pick up your order. We are getting low!

We’ve got lots of other goodies this week from our other vendors, so please support them and enjoy!

We really appreciate your support, and 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!

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Weblog Entry


To Contact Us

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

Recipes

Frisée Salad with Poached Eggs and Bacon

5 1?2" -thick slices bacon, sliced
   crosswise into 1?2" -wide strips
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
4 large poached eggs
1 tbsp. finely chopped shallots
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. dijon mustard
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper,
   to taste
1?2 lb. frisée greens, torn into medium-size
   pieces

1. Combine bacon and 1 cup water in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until water evaporates and bacon crisps, 30–40 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate. Reserve fat in skillet.

2. Prepare eggs for poaching: Bring a 4-quart saucepan of water to a boil; add vinegar; reduce heat to medium-low. Crack each egg into its own ramekin and set aside. (Don’t cook the eggs yet.)

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together shallots, lemon juice, mustard, and 3 tbsp. reserved bacon fat. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil to make a smooth vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss frisée with vinaigrette. Divide frisée and bacon between 4 plates.

4. In the saucepan, swirl simmering water with a spoon to create a whirlpool effect. Slide 2 eggs into water; cook until just firm, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, top first 2 salads with 1 egg apiece; repeat with remaining eggs. Season salads with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

SERVES 4

Market News


Hello!

Looks like spring has finally arrive, and we hope you got to enjoy some of this beautiful day! It is amazing to look back at last year’s records and see that last year at this time we were about to harvest our first strawberries, and were picking buckets of bachelor buttons. This season we are about a month behind that, although who knows what is “normal” anymore.

We are planning on having our organically grown tomato and herb starts for you at the end of the month. We are keeping our fingers crossed for a great growing season.

We are back onto a weekly schedule, and have a nice selection of great vegetables for you! There is also the good stuff from all out other wonderful vendors – The Bloomy Rind is back with a great selection of cheeses, and Earthwind Botanicals has a lovely selection of great smelling bath and aromatherapy products.

We hope you enjoyed the new offerings of bacon and specialty sausages from Wedge Oak farm. As always, we welcome any feedback as it helps us to serve you better. Also, remember that all our products are guaranteed, so if an item is not satisfactory let us know and we will replace it or refund your money.

We really appreciate your support, and 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 March 31st


To Contact Us

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

Recipes


Radish Salad with Parmesan Cheese
by Deborah Madison

1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced or julienned
1 tbsp. thinly sliced chives
Olive oil
2 ounces Parmigiano cheese
Sea salt and ground black pepper
Salad greens, lettuce, or arugula
Tender radish greens (optional)

In bowl, toss radishes, chives, and radish greens (if using) with enough oil to lightly coat vegetables. Place vegetable mixture on a bed of salad greens (or lettuce or arugula). Sprinkle salt and pepper. Grate or shave cheese over top. Serves 2-4

Market News


Hello!

We wish a Happy Easter to those of you celebrating today!

This spring has been the coldest and wettest on record since 2009. It has certainly made for very slow planting, with many things still waiting to get in the ground. All this anticipation can really get on a farmer’s nerves!
We have a limited amount of veggies this week, and appreciate your patience as we navigate this crazy spring. We do plan on picking back up to an every week schedule and anticipate a bigger selection next week. We do have some new vegetables and other offerings for you this week. Wedge Oak Farm has some amazing specialty sausages and their own bacon this week. We are so pleased to be able to offer these products to you, and are proud to be working with them!

For a bit of sunshine, please think of Turnbull Creek Farm’s Bouquet of the Week special. This is a special offer for existing Fresh Harvest customers and will only be good for a couple of more weeks. The price of bouquets will be going up this summer, so now is a good time to get in on a reduced price. How it works is that starting in May, the recipient gets 12 weeks of bouquets. Tally is also now planning flowers for weddings and special events, so if you have an event this upcoming season, think locally grown, organic flowers!

The long range forecast for summer has us above average in temperature and normal or slightly below normal rainfall. This is what climate change is going to look like for us in the next 50 years, erratic springs but warmer summers and longer fall seasons. This is where careful record keeping and crop planning are critical for successful crops. Instead of saying “hey it’s warm in January I think I will plant early” and then it getting hammered by cold weather, we know from experience that we will wait and plant on certain dates, no matter the current weather, and the crop will perform as it should a high percentage of the time. Farming is part art, part science, and part luck!

We really appreciate your support, and 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 March 10th


To Contact Us

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

Recipes


Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Feta-Olive Salad
Makes 2 servings
From The Wednesday Chef

A very simple meal – and a good cure for the sweet potato blahs….

2 large sweet potatoes
1/2 pound feta cheese, cut into small cubes 
2/3 cup black oil-cured olives, pitted and chopped 
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped 
1 to 2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon za’atar (optional)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
Juice of 1/2 lemon 
Salt to taste
A spoonful of sour cream or yogurt

1. Heat the oven to 375 F. Wash the potatoes to rid them of any dirt and place on a foil-lined baking pan in the oven. Bake until they are completely soft, about 45 to 60 minutes (depending on their size).
2. While the potatoes are roasting, make the salad. Mix together all the salad ingredients in a bowl and set aside to marinate until the potatoes are done (add a little more olive oil if it seems dry).
3. When the potatoes are fully roasted, remove them from the oven and place on plates. Slice each potato lengthwise down the center, folding open to reveal the orange flesh inside. Pile half the feta salad on each potato, season to taste, dollop yogurt or sour cream on top and serve.

Market News


Hello!

The change of time today allowed for a whole extra hour of work getting seeds in the ground before tonight’s rain. That’s how you know spring has officially arrived! It is certainly a stop and go time of year, getting in as much work as possible on the nice dry days.

We have lots of lovely items for you this week – greens for cooking and lettuces and other salad fixings. After this week, we will have two weeks off. Our next delivery will be April 3rd * At that point, we should be able to resume our regular weekly schedule.

If you want meats for Easter dinner, please stock up now!

Turnbull Creek Farm has opened up orders for the Bouquet of the Week special. The price of bouquets will be going up this summer, so now is a good time to get in on a reduced price – this is a treat for current customers only! How it works is that starting in May, the recipient gets 12 weeks of bouquets. Tally is also now planning flowers for weddings and special events, so if you have an event this upcoming season, think locally grown, organic flowers!

Please remember to support our other wonderful vendors. We are so pleased to be able to work with them, and proud to offer you their products.

We really appreciate your support, and 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 February 24th - PLEASE READ for UPDATES!


To Contact Us

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

Recipes


Crustless Quiche, Loaded with Greens
from the blog Alexandra’s Kitchen

5 large eggs
3 T. all-purpose flour
1 cup crème fraîche
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 T. fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 to 3 cups – depending on your preference – uncooked coarsely chopped kale or chard or mustard greens, etc

1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
2. Place 1 egg and the flour in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the remaining 4 eggs until blended.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk the crème fraîche until smooth. Whisk in the milk. Whisk in the salt, pepper and thyme (or other herb).
4. Pile your greens into a pie plate. Pour the egg mixture over the greens, then press the greens down with a spatula so they are submerged in the custard. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325ºF and bake until the filling is just set, about 30 minutes longer. The center of the quiche should still feel slightly firm, rather than liquidy, when touched. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes to allow the custard to set up, so that it will slice neatly. It can be served warm or at room temperature. To serve a fully cooled quiche warm, cover it with aluminum foil and reheat it in a 325ºF for about 15 minutes.

Market News


Hello!

It will be good to see you this week! We have lots of good stuff for you! Please note that we will be on an every other week delivery schedule, so our next delivery after this week will be on Wednesday, March 13th. Stock up on eggs, meats and bread for the weeks ahead!

Turnbull Creek Farm has opened up orders for the Bouquet of the Week special. The price of bouquets will be going up this summer, so now is a good time to get in on a reduced price – this is a treat for current customers only! How it works is that starting in May, the recipient gets 12 weeks of bouquets. Tally is also now planning flowers for weddings and special events, so if you have an event this upcoming season, think locally grown, organic flowers!

New this week is Caney Creek Farm from Chapel Hill, TN and their pastured lamb. These are Katahdin sheep, which are known for their superior meat. You can read about their farm and product at
www.caneycreekfm.com.

Earthwind Botanicals has lots of great products up this week. The soaps smell so wonderful, are all natural, and are a great way to beat the winter doldrums.

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 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!

!