Our annual open farm day is coming up on Saturday August 17th.
Our event is part of Kingdom Farm and Food Days, a weekend packed full of farm tours and good food opportunities out here in our neck of the woods.
On Saturday from 11 - 3:30 we'll be giving tours of the farm fields and facility with light refreshments served throughout the day. In the morning there will be lots of other farms open in the area. The Pete's Greens Farm Stand will be open too.
Open every Saturday through October 26th from 9-1 on State Street in Montpelier.
Storage and Use Tips
Large share members will receive a bag of mesclun.
Small share members will receive heads of Red Leaf Lettuce - great for making into a salad or throwing on a sandwich!
Once again we have either red or heirloom tomatoes for you this week. They will be packed in a brown paper bag separate from your veggies. Store your tomatoes at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. A few sites will receive cherry tomatoes.
The garlic was harvested just last week and it's beautiful. It's still "fresh" as it's not fully cured yet. It's been drying in the headhouse for the past few days. As Annie says "it smells incredible, spicy, like a kitchen where something awesome is about to be cooked." These heads have a milder flavor than garlic that's had a chance to dry out a bit and are wonderful added to any dish or roasted whole. The garlic will be in your bag of tomatoes (unless you receive cherry tomatoes and then they will be in your veggie bag).
The bunched carrots are bright and colorful, and loaded with the antioxidant betacarotene which is converted to vitamin A. They're also a good source of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins C and B6, copper, folate, thiamine, and magnesium. Keep these in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge.
The red beets are beautiful, big and fresh! My favorite way to enjoy beets is roasted - it brings out their natural sugars and they are so sweet! Here's how I do it - peel the beets and chop into chunks or quarters. Combine with olive oil, salt and pepper, and put into the oven pre-heated to 450. Stir every 10 minutes or so, and cook until tender, about 30-40 minutes.
Beans are here! These green, yellow, and purple beans are a special treat for you this week. They were just picked and will make a nice addition to your dinner plate. You can steam these beans, incorporate them into a stir fry, or make them into a featured dish (recipes below). Enjoy this special treat!
Most of the cauliflower this week are white heads, but some of you may get a yellow head (called cheddar) or a bright purple head. They can all be enjoyed the same way - steamed, sauteed, or roasted. The heads are quite delicate so handle them gently to avoid bruising. I learned recently that you can eat the whole head - any of the small leaves left clinging to the vegetable are delicate and cook quickly, and the stalk can be thinly sliced and served raw with a dish of sea salt for an appetizer.
Your onions are a mix of yellow and red and are loose in your bag. These are the first from our field of storage onions.
If you will be away some upcoming week, and need to make changes to your share delivery, let us know at least 1 week before the change. You can have your share donated to the Food Pantry, or you can skip your share delivery and you will retain a credit on your account toward the purchase of your next share.
The tamari comes from North Hatley, Canada, from Suzanne and Gilbert, owners of Les Aliments Massawippi. They make very fine, semi precious miso and miso-damari (aka tamari). Tamari literally means liquid pressed from soybeans, and for centuries it meant the thick brown liquid that pooled in casks of fermenting soybean miso. This tamari was a rare delicacy reserved for special occasions. The tamari in the share today was made by this slow natural process. It is an unpredictable process in terms of flavor and yield. Eventually producers learned to brew tamari-like liquid soy sauce that had similar characteristics as the original by-product of miso. Most high end tamari is brewed from whole soybeans, sea salt, water, and koji (Aspergillus hacho) rather than pressed from naturally fermented miso. The newer method is a fast way to turn out a fairly consistent product that is similar to but not nearly the quality of the real thing. Commercial soy sauces (even some labeled as shoyu or tamari) are another step down and are usually made from soybeans that have been defatted with hexane, a petroleum derivative, and even added wheat. Other common shortcuts are artificial fermentation methods including genetically engineered enzymes. Most soy sauce is actually caramel colored water with lots of salt, hydrochloric acid treated soy isolate, and sugar added.
This Soy Oats/Barley Tamari is pretty special and rare. It is a live food and has never been pasteurized, with a fuller richer flavor than soy sauce. One of our vegetarian share members, who received the tamari in a prior share, commented that she hoarded it, only using it a teaspoonful at a time. It really is that much better than soy sauce. You can use it to flavor stir fries, sauces, salad dressings, soups, grains and more. Please transfer to a small glass jar for best quality and store in your fridge. It will last a very long time. I spent today packaging the tamari. It smelled amazing and had me dreaming of a good stir fry!
It is important to note that like miso, sauerkraut, kimchi and other fermented foods, tamari is alive with lactobacilli. These microscopic bacteria are good for your digestive system, but can be easily killed with too much heat. If at all possible, try to use your tamari at the end of the cooking process, stirring it in at the very end, once the pan has come off of the heat.
Vermont Soy'sArtisan Tofu is produced right down the road from us in Hardwick, Vermont. Tofu is a fermented soy product, high in protein and rich in calcium. They try to use as much locally grown soybeans as possibly for production and use traditional fermentation methods when processing their product. Although tofu can be eaten raw, it is best when seasoned and when using a marinade it soaks up flavor. Before using, wrap tofu block in a very clean cotton or linen kitchen towel and squeeze the excess moisture out. It also freezes well so toss it in the freezer if you won't use it soon.
Saturday August 17th is Pete's Greens Annual Open Farm
& Kingdom Farm & Food Days!
Please join us on August 17th for our annual open farm. Pete and Isaac and others among us will be giving tours of the farm, fields and facility.
We will also be serving food throughout the day for you to enjoy!
We welcome CSA members, neighbors, friends, and anyone else to visit the farm and learn about what we do, how we grow, where we process and store vegetables.
Tours will go out into the fields at 11, 12:30, and 1:30.
Our farm event happens within the action packed weekend Kingdom Farm & Food Days. Many farms in the Northeast Kingdom will be open for visitors so you can visit them and see how they operate. Some of the participating farms are:
Sandiwood Farm - a farm that grows produce, flowers, and produces maple syrup
Four Acre Farm - a diversified veggie farm and farmstand in Barton
On Saturday, 8/17, the Center for an Agricultural Economy will offer ONE special guided tour with a morning caravan that will go behind the scenes at High Mowing Seeds, Highfields Center for Composting, the Vermont Food Venture Center and end the day at Pete’s Greens for the 12:30pm tour and activities. Participation cost is $15.00 and runs from 9am to 2pm with light refreshments provided. Please contact Elena Gustavson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-472-5362 for more information or to register. The early birds will be rewarded, not many spaces for this special tour.
Many area restaurants are also participating in KFFD and will have specials for KFFD attendees. After the farm tours you can go visit these restaurants and enjoy a wonderful meal! Some of the restaurants/businesses include: Claire's, Parker Pie, Craftsbury General Store, and Bee's Knee's.
If you're feeling thirsty, Hill Farmstead and Caledonia Spirits will also be open that weekend. Stop by either place to purchase their award winning beers, gin, vodka, or elderberry cordial. Hill Farmstead is open from 12-5 on Saturday only. Caledonia Spirits is also open on Saturday only, from 10-5.
While you're in the area why not check out the finale weekend of Circus Smirkus' Oz Incorporated? Shows are at their headquarters in Greensboro on Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 1 and 6pm. Tickets usually sell out for this event so you may want to order tickets on-line ahead of time.
On Sunday, August 18th, High Mowing Seeds will offer tours of their trial fields and offer various workshops from 11-8. Some of the workshops include seed saving, vegetable fermentation, herb gardening, seed swap, food gleaning with the VT Food Bank, and children's activities. They will also have a band and bonfire at 6pm.
The New England Culinary Institute (NECI) will present an amazing array of locally produced food in Sunday afternoon’s Local Foods Showcase at High Mowing Seeds. This dinner has become very popular among visitors who know they will taste some of the finest Vermont-made food products and culinary delights prepared by NECI students and chef Ryan O’Malley.
More event details will be available in upcoming weeks.
Please mark your calendars and join us for a great weekend celebrating VT agriculture!
Seared Cauliflower with Garlic and Tamari
The tamari caramelizes the cauliflower, giving it a wonderful robustness. This makes a great side dish!
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 tbsp tamari
3-4 tbsp water
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced parsley
Over medium-high heat, sauté the cauliflower, slowly stirring it until it just browns. Then add the tamari. When the tamari starts to stick to the pan, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of water and the garlic; allow the sauce to reduce until it just coats the cauliflower. Remove the cauliflower from the heat and immediately toss it with the parsley.
Options: Toss the cauliflower with the garlic, parsley, and tamari (no water) and bake it in a covered baking dish at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.
Asian Speedy Beans This is a quick and easy way to cook your beans while adding some gourmet flavors. The recipe is intended to be an alternative method to steaming the beans, and can be made with just cooking oil, salt and pepper or any kind of seasoning you like. Use a chili seasoning for Mexican beans or curry for curried beans. The options are limitless.
1 lb beans
1 tbsp cooking oil
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp ginger root, grated
2 cloves garlic, pressed and minced
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the cooking oil in a non-stick pan over high heat. When the oil begins to pop, about 3 minutes, add the beans. Cook the beans, stirring every 30 seconds, until most of the water in the pan has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger root, garlic and salt. Continue to saute in sauce for another 3-5 minutes, until about half the beans begin to brown. Remove the pan from heat and serve.
Italian Cauliflower This is best when the cauliflower is just tender, not mushy. Put a couple of sausages on the grill and toss a salad. There's dinner. Serves 4.
1 cauliflower, cut into florets
3 TB oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 TB vinegar
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
salt & pepper
red pepper flakes
minced Italian flat parsley
Heat oil in a wide deep skillet and saute onion until translucent. Add cauliflower and a couple tablespoons of water. Continue cooking and stirring often. When cauliflower and onion begin to brown a bit, add the vinegar. Cover and cook until vinegar cooks off. Stir in tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, pepper flakes, and parsley. Simmer covered until cauliflower is tender, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Tamari Marinated Tofu-Cucumber Salad
This is a delightful Asian inspired tofu dish. No cooking required!
3 tbsp tamari
2 tbsps rice vinegar
1 heaping tsp minced chile (jalapeno or Serrano)
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 red onion, halved, sliced into long pieces
1 block firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch slices width wise
1 English cucumber, mandoline thin slices
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Drain the tofu and wrap in a clean towel to remove the excess water. In a bowl, whisk together the tamari, rice vinegar, chile and extra virgin olive oil. Season. In a dish, spread out the onion and place tofu on top. Cover with vinaigrette and marinate in fridge for 1 hour. Remove tofu slices and transfer to a platter. Toss cucumbers with the marinated onions. Place on top of tofu and serve.
Beans with Tomatoes, Shallots, and Olives
You can't go wrong with beans, onions, and tomatoes! The briefly pickled shallots add a great element to this dish.
12 ounces beans
1 shallot, sliced crosswise into rings (can sub an onion if you don't have a shallot)
4 tsp apple cider vinegar
10 Kalamata or other black olives, pitted
1 small clove garlic
1 tomato, cut up into chunks
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
Several basil leaves
Bring plenty of water to a boil in a pot. While the water is heating, tip and tail the beans unless they are very tender and fresh, in which case you can leave the tips on.
While the water is heating, toss the sliced shallot in the vinegar. Pit the olives and chop them with the garlic.
When the water comes to a boil, add 1tbsp salt, then the beans. Cook until they are tender-firm, about 5 minutes. The timing will depend on the bean- how big, how old, so you just have to keep tasting them to get it right. Drain the beans and turn them onto a towel to dry.
Put the beans in a large bowl, and toss them with the olives and garlic, then taste for salt and season with pepper. Pull the shallots out of the vinegar, add the oil to the vinegar, and whisk them together. Pour the dressing over the beans, then scatter the shallots over the top. Add the tomatoes and basil; stir to combine. This can be served hot or at room temperature.
TLT (Tofu, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich)
According to Eating Well magazine, even the most devoted bacon fan won't remember what's missing in this smoky, spicy rendovation of the sandwich favorite. From Eating Well, June/July 2005. Makes 4.
4 pieces green-leaf lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
Preheat oven to 475°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Combine mustard, soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce in a small bowl. Slice tofu crosswise into eight 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Pat dry with a paper towel and place on the prepared baking sheet. Using a spoon, spread half the mustard mixture on one side of the tofu. Turn the slices over and spread the remaining mixture on the other side. Bake the tofu for 20 minutes.
Combine mayonnaise with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce in a small bowl. Spread the mixture on toasted bread. Divide the tofu, lettuce and tomato among 4 slices of toast and top with the remaining toast to make 4 sandwiches. Cut in half to serve.
Glenn's Roasted Beet Salad
This recipe comes to you from a CSA member who loves beets! If you have a great recipe or unique way that you enjoy your veggies please let us know. I love hearing from our members!
2 medium beets, peeled and cubed
4oz goat or feta cheese
1/2 med red onion, chopped
1 handful dried cranberries or raisins
1 handful toasted walnuts or pecans
3-4 cups Lettuce (mixed lettuces or spinach works too)
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tbsp Mayonnaise
2 tbsp Honey
1tsp crushed garlic
Toss the beet cubes in olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 350 for 30 mins - 1 hour. Stir them every 15 mins until they are roasted and a little crispy on the edges. Cool.
Combine dressing ingredients. Combine salad ingredients with the beets except the nuts in a separate bowl.
Right before serving, add the nuts and dressing and toss. Add dressing and toss to taste, reserving some in case it is too wet to your liking...add more for more wetness.
You can make a meal out of it by adding cubed chicken, bacon and/or hard-boiled egg.