Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Good Eats Newsletter - April 23, 2014

Localvore Members 
& Regular Veggie Only Share Members

This week your bag will contain:
Shoots/Mesclun mix; Potatoes; Carrots; Celeriac;
Onions; Pac Choi; Basil

And OUT of the bag:
Frozen Corn
Frozen Dill

Localvore / Pantry Offerings Include:
Golden Crops Organic Rolled Oats
Frozen Maine Organic Blueberries
Butterworks Farm Non-Fat Vanilla or Maple Yogurt

Half Veggie Only Members
Shoots/Mesclun mix; Potatoes; Carrots;
Celeriac; Onions; Basil

And OUT of the bag:
Frozen Corn

Join us for our Open Farm Day!
Sunday, May 4th
1 - 4pm

As part of NOFA's CSA Open Farm Day, we, along with many other VT farms, are hosting an open house. This event is for current CSA members, prospective members, and anyone else who would like to check out the farm and learn about our CSA.

Tours of the greenhouses and fields will be at 1:30 and 2:30.  We'll also have lots of information about the summer CSA as well as some light bites and drinks.

Click here for more information.  We hope you can join us!

Storage and Use Tips

We have a beautiful mesclun mixture for you this week.  This mix is made up of mostly mizuna with some sunflower shoots, baby tatsoi, baby spinach, and baby red giant mustard.  This will make a wonderful salad!

Picture at right: Kristen harvesting the baby mizuna.

Red thumb potatoes - these fingerlings are rosy inside and out. Their tender easy to clean skin needs no peeling. Just scrub and prepare. Cut these into 1 1/2 inch chunks, toss liberally with oil and salt and roast in a 400F (with fresh rosemary if you have it!) oven until crispy and golden at the edges. It doesn't get much better than that! Store in a cool dry place away from onions.

Celeriac is one of the homelier of vegetables, but it doesn't make it any less delicious. Celeriac, also known as celery root, is a type of celery that's grown for its root instead of its stalk. You can use celeriac in almost any recipe that calls for root vegetables.  Celeriac is a very good source of both vitamin C and phosphorous.  Store root veggies like celeriac in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

The pac choi is some of our first Asian greens of the year!  It was just harvested yesterday from the head house and is an early spring treat.  The leaves taste similar to Swiss chard and the stems (called ribs) are deliciously crispy and can be substituted for celery in recipes.  Pac choi is mild enough to be chopped up for a salad, particularly if you give it a quick wilt in a hot pan. It's also great in stir-fries. Store pac choi loosely wrapped in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer.

We have basil this week!  This marvelous herb is a member of the mint family. It is a staple in Mediterranean cooking as well as Thai, Vietnamese, and Laotian. The herb is highly aromatic, or put another way, the oils in basil are highly volatile. Thus, it is best to add the herb near the end of the cooking process, so it will retain its maximum essence and flavor. Basil should be kept in a plastic bag or kept stems down in a glass of water with plastic over the leaves for about a week with regular water changing.  Keep your basil out of the extreme cold as it could damage the fragile leaves.

** Your basil will be in your bag of greens.  Be sure to check that bag for the basil; it will be wrapped in a rubber band. **

At left: Emilie picking your basil this morning.

Our frozen corn is super sweet and tasty. Frozen at the peak of freshness, it is still tender and sweet and really fantastic.   To reheat, just bring some water to a boil in a pot (salted if you wish) and throw in a handful of corn. Heat for 2-4 minutes and then drain and serve, with a bit of butter.

Large share members will also receive frozen dill.  Dill perks up soups, salads, casseroles. It pairs really well with cucumbers, potatoes, eggs, beets, fish, salads and salad dressings, tomatoes, yogurt.

Veggie Storage and Use Tips are on our website too, so please bookmark the recipe and storage tip section.  I am sure you will find it useful.**

Summer Share
June 18th through October 11th

Sign up on line NOW for 17 weeks of fresh,organic,
Vermont grown goodness and the localvore staples you love.

The summer share is filled with the best bounty that Vermont offers in the summer time.  We'll start off in June with early greenhouse crops such as zucchini, herbs, radishes, Asian greens, and lots of other early season favorites.

By July we'll be into the prime growing season.  Tomatoes, peas, broccoli, eggplant, carrots, cucumbers, and lots more will be in season.  August and September bring a huge variety of veggies: cabbages, beans, tomatoes, corn, summer squash, and lots of greens to name just a few.

We are working on some changes to our delivery schedule which might change your pick-up day.  See proposed schedule below and please keep this in mind when considering our summer share.

There are a few new towns we would love to deliver to and need suggestions on businesses or residences to be site hosts.  Please let us know if you have any ideas for sites in the proposed new sites below.

Visit our Summer Share page for more info.

Please visit our delivery page for a listing of Summer Share delivery sites.

Have questions about the Summer share?  Visit our FAQ page or send us an email

Summer Delivery Schedule to start June 18th
The schedule isn't set in stone yet but we wanted to give you a heads up for planning.

Wednesday Deliveries to:

Barre, Orange St
Burlington , Henry St
Burlington , Chase St
Burlington, Bessery's
Essex, Sweet Clover Market
Shelburne Vineyards
Charlotte, Little Garden Market
Hinesburg - proposed new site
Middlesex, Red Hen
Montpelier, East State St
    Montpelier, Senior Center
Montpelier, True Colors
Montpelier, National Life
Stowe, Laughing Moon Chocolates
Waterbury Congregational Church

Thursday Deliveries to:

Burlington, Bayview St
Burlington, Petra Cliffs
Burlington, Ward St
Cambridge - proposed new site
Colchester - proposed new site
Jeffersonville - proposed new site
Jericho - proposed new site
Johnson, Marvin's
Lyndonville, Grindstone Cafe
Mallets Bay - proposed new site
Milton - proposed new site
Morrisville, Concept 2
Newport Natural Foods
Richmond, On the Rise
South Burlington, Sebring Rd
South Hero - proposed new site
St Johnsbury Food Co-op
Underhill - proposed new site
Williston, Natural Provisions

Please spread the word about the proposed new sites above! 
We will launch these if we can get enough membership in these new areas.

Pete's Greens Ready to Eat Meals?

Over the years we have pondered a prepared food share.  We have surveyed members and received overwhelming approval of the concept.  We hired Chef Albert Sabatino in March and he brings with him years of experience and a great ability to make delicious food with seasonal and local ingredients.  With Albert leading our kitchen, we are eager to finally work on this concept.
We envision a new share that will feature  prepared entrees, soups, dressings and sauces.  We are still in our recipe testing phase - this week we are reviewing yellow vegetarian curry, Mulligatwany, a vegetable bechamel sauce, and apple squash bisque (pictured here).  But in the next weeks we'll be sending you more info on our very first pilot share! 

Changes to Your Delivery?
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.

Localvore Lore

Localvores will also receive a bag of Golden Crops Organic Rolled Oats from organic grower Michel Gaudreau of Golden Crops, across the border in Quebec. Michel grows quite a few different grains on his farm and mills grains for organic growers in his area. He has a great operation in a beautiful setting surrounded by his fields. Michel's Golden Crops Mill makes many organic grains available locally that we might not otherwise have local access to and we are grateful for his commitment. These are beautiful, clean organic rolled oats ideal for oatmeal, granola, cookies, streusel toppings etc.

 We have wild organic Maine blueberries coming to you from Merrill's Blueberry Farm in Ellsworth, Maine.  These are delicious, sweet small berries, perfect for all uses - pies, muffins, smoothies or just eating by the handful.  They will come to you frozen.  If they have thawed when you pick them up, put them back into the freezer.  They'll freeze solid again and you can still use them.  Todd Merrill and his family have been in the blueberry business since 1925.  They provide a great service to the Maine blueberry community by providing a place to clean, sort, freeze and store berries.

They are growers, but they themselves don't grow organically.  The organic berries come from local organic Maine growers including our friend Ben Perrin at Burke Hill Farm in Cherryfield, ME.  Wild blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and are ranked among the fruits and vegetable with the  most antioxidants.

We also have Butterworks Farm organic yogurt this week.  Butterworks Farm is a completely self-sufficient organic farm with a closed herd of their own cows (they were all born on the farm) from which they make their yogurt and other products.  Butterworks also grows quite a variety of grains and beans both for animals and human consumption.  All sites will receive a mix of their full fat Maple and Non-Fat Vanilla Yogurt.  The vanilla is flavored with natural vanilla and the maple  is made with local maple syrup.   The non-fat yogurt is unique among other non-fat brands in that no thickeners are used in the making of the yogurt.  The structure of the Lazor's jersey milk allows them to make non-fat yogurt thickener free.   Both yogurts make great smoothies and are an excellent and complimentary accompaniment to fruit.


Stir-Fried Pac Choi with Ginger and Garlic
Here's a quick and easy way to get greens on the dinner table.

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 bunch fresh pac choi
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
Salt and ground black pepper

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute. Add pac choi and soy sauce cook 3 to 5 minutes, until greens are wilted and stalks are crisp-tender. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.

Celeriac Remoulade
I had some of this at City Market last week and it was really tasty. 

one celeriac
3 Tbsp grainy mustard
2 Tbsp mayonaise
2 Tbsp capers, chopped
dash hot sauce or cayenne, to taste
juice of half a lemon
salt & pepper, to taste

Peel and julienne the celeriac. Combine the mustard, mayo, & capers. Add hot sauce or cayenne, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Combine dressing with celeriac. Use your hands to mix thoroughly. Adjust seasoning as needed.

Spicy Celeriac and Carrot Soup

1 tsp olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped Poblano chilies (canned)
1 celeriac, peeled and diced
1 pound carrots, peeled and diced
2 vegetable stock cubes made up with 7.5 cups boiling water
Fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion until softened. Add the garlic and red chilli and cook for a further minute. Combine the vegetables and add to the saucepan, allowing them to cook for a few minutes before adding the vegetable stock and half of the fresh coriander.

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, partially cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 25 minutes.

Blend the soup in a processor until smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan, season to taste and warm through before serving, sprinkled with coriander.

Baby Greens with Roasted Carrots and Potatoes
This is a wonderful early spring salad. 

For vinaigrette
1/2 tablespoons tarragon white-wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

For salad
2 medium carrots
1 lb small new potatoes (about 1 inch in diameter) or fingerlings (1 to 1 1/2 inches long), scrubbed well
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 bag shoots mesclun mix
1/3 cup fresh basil, chives or other fresh herbs

Whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified. Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 425°F.

Chop potatoes and carrots into 1" chunks.  Toss carrots and potatoes with oil and salt in a small baking pan and roast in lower third of oven, shaking pan occasionally, until veggies are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots to all greens and herbs. Add vinaigrette and toss gently to coat.

Basil Lime Gimlet
I love drinks featuring herbs.  This of drink just screams summer to me!

4 large basil leaves
1/2 oz. simple syrup
2 1/2 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

In a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 of the basil leaves with the simple syrup.  Add the codka, lime juice and ice and shake.  Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the remaining basil leaf.

Basil Puree
This is a great way to use your basil.  The puree is very similar to pesto without the cheese and nuts.  It's thinner and lighter and a great addition to grilled zucchini, roasted pepper, or green beans.

1 small clove garlic
Sea salt
1 bunch basil
1/3 cup olive oil

Pound the garlic in a mortar with 1/4 tsp salt until smooth.  Set aside.

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the basil leaves, and leave them for just a few seconds until they're bright green, then drain immediately.  In a food processor or blender, puree the drained leaves, garlic mixture, and olive oil until smooth.  Season to tast.  The sauce is best used immediately, but can be stored in an airtight container for 1-2 days.

Corn Chowder
Even though spring is here it's still great weather to enjoy soup. Here's one you can have ready in about 40 mins. Adapted from Mollie Katzen's Enchanted Broccoli Forest.

1 medium potato, peeled and diced small (about 2 cups diced)
2 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups minced onion
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
1 medium stalk celery, finely minced
1 small red bell pepper, finely minced
4-5 cups corn
White pepper to taste
1 cup milk, at room temperature (lowfat OK)

Place the potatoes and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a kettle or Dutch oven. Add the onion, thyme, and salt, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring. After about 5 minutes, add celery. Five minutes later add the cooked potatoes with all their liquid, the red bell pepper, the corn, and a few shakes of white pepper. Stir well, cover, and reduce heat. Cook quietly for about 5 minutes longer.

Using a blender or food processor, purée about half the solids (about 2 to 3 cups--it doesn't have to be exact!) in some of the soup's own liquid. Return this to the kettle, and let it rest until serving time.

Don't actually cook the soup any further; simply heat it--gently!-- until it's hot enough to eat. Serve immediately.


Braised Pac Choi
Braising your pac choi makes it so tender and tasty. 

1 lbs bok choy
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1-2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

Trim the base of the pac choi. Then cut the leaves crosswise into 1 1/2-inch-wide strips. Place a pot, large enough to hold all the pac choi, over medium heat. When it is hot, add the olive oil and coat it evenly. When the oil is hot, add the onion and stir-fry until softened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the pac choi and season with the salt and pepper. Cover and cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and toasted sesame oil, serve hot. Serves 2.

Dilly Carrots
Melted butter, brown sugar, and dill complement the carrots while bringing out the carrots' natural flavor.

3 cups peeled and sliced carrots
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Place carrots in a skillet and pour in just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium heat; simmer until water has evaporated and the carrots are tender. Stir in butter, brown sugar, dill, salt, and pepper.


Granola Bars
These are the best granola bars.  I love having them around as it keeps me from reaching for  store bought ones.  Recipe from The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila.

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, or butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup honey
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup oat bran (or 1/2 cup rolled oats ground to a powder in the blender or food processor)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving extra paper to pull the finished product out of the pan.

In a large saucepan combine the butter, coconut oil, peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, honey, and 2 tbsp water.  Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until you have a uniform syrup.  Remove from heat.  Add the oats, almonds, coconut, chocolate chips, oat bran, sesame seeds, and cinnamon.  Stir until the dry ingredients are thoroughly coated.  Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press it as firmly into the pan as possible, first using your hands, then using a spatula or wooden spoon to flatten the top.  Sprinkle the salt over the top.

Bake until the edges darken, 35 to 40 minutes.  The mixture will be soft when you take it out of the oven, but allow it to cool completely before taking it out of the pan and cutting into 16 squares.

Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oatmeal
I haven't tried this way of making oatmeal yet but the idea intrigues me.  It's simple- make up an oats mixture, refrigerate it overnight, and then enjoy the next morning.  You can add in any different fruits or nuts, heat it up, or enjoy it cold.

1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp. chia seeds (optional)
Pinch of salt
Dash of ground cinnamon
Dash of grated nutmeg
½ cup fat milk
¼ cup low plain yogurt
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Seeds scraped from ½ vanilla bean
1 ripe banana, divided
Chopped nuts such as walnuts or pecans, for serving
Turbinado or brown sugar, for serving

In a jar, combine the oats, chia seeds, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add in the milk, yogurt, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds (if using).  Divide the banana into thirds.  Mash two thirds of it well with a fork and add to the jar with the oats. Slice the remaining third and add this to the jar as well. Place the lid on the jar and shake vigorously until the mixture is evenly combined (this may take a minute or two). Refrigerate overnight.

Remove the jar lid, sprinkle nuts and/or sugar over oatmeal as desired. Serve.

Good Eats Newsletter - April 16th, 2014

Localvore Members 
& Regular Veggie Only Share Members

This week your bag will contain:
Shoots; Potatoes; Carrots; Rutabaga; Onions; Upland Cress

And OUT of the bag:
Colelaw Mix
Frozen Spinach
Frozen Broccoli

Localvore / Pantry Offerings Include:
Pete's Kitchen Pizza Dough
Pete's Kitchen Tomato Sauce
Jasper Hill Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese

Half Veggie Only Members
Shoots; Potatoes; Carrots; Upland Cress; Rutabaga

And OUT of the bag:
Frozen Spinach

Hello Spring!

Red lettuce
Pac Choi
Pete's Musings

Hi Folks!

Spring finally, that was a doozie of a winter. I can't remember anywhere near so many nights in the 20s below zero. Snow is clearing off the fields and they are drying fast (or were until today's rain). It's a great year to have a bunch of greenhouses and we are busy in them. Seeding, potting up, transplanting, trellising tomatoes and cukes. I don't think farming in this climate would be very fun or profitable without greenhouses.

We had a winter full of planning exciting new projects that will take us another step towards being a truly great farm. A 150 kW solar array on the south roof of our processing barn is in the works. This will cover most of our electrical needs and we're excited we can make all that energy on an existing roof. We're going to add onto our cooler to store more crops for winter consumption, we were jammed up beyond capacity last fall. Yesterday the boys installed a new-to-us barrel washer. This is the machine that spins slowly while spraying water that we wash all our root crops in. Isaac and I made a trip to CA a couple months back and brought 4 used tractors home. Specialized vegetable tractors are almost not available in the east, but in central CA you can find them on Craigslist!  And we're looking into some new greenhouses that will allow us to do a better job growing tomatoes and cukes, conserve energy, and grow more greens in the winter.

Things are humming here. Winter crew has been great and has kept good spirits working inside all winter. Now they are getting a little stir crazy so we're getting them out in the greenhouses. Some amigos have arrived from Mexico and Puerto Rico and are bringing some needed energy to projects.  Our two Puerto Rican guys had never walked on ice before arriving a few weeks back, it was fun watching them give broomball a try. We're hoping for a great summer with lots of heat. We hope you consider joining us for summer Good Eats, it's going to be great!  ~Pete

Our Growing Pete's Greens Team
Front Row (kinda scattered but): Jonathan holding the greens, Amy, Albert, Isaac with daughter Iris, Molly, Roberto
Main Row:  Brittany, Emilie, Juanchi, Adan, Christopher, Adan (red hat), Kristin, Tim C (with carrot bin), Sara, Pete, and Juan Carlos
Back Row: Niles in the white T (your faithful CSA driver), Melissa in stripes, Derek, Steve, Brian, Tim F.

Scenes from around the farm

The head house coming along nicely with cucumbers and tomatoes, basil, pac choi, lots of Asian greens.

Was nice to hear the rumble of a tractor and find Isaac prepping a field. 
It was gorgeous yesterday and for a time he had the best seat in the house.

Endless rows of seedlings.  Endless hours of seeding (Derek & Melissa with help from some others) have got us to this point with seemingly endless hours to go.  Seeding flats is a full time job from mid to late January right into May.  And for some of those months it's full time for at least two or more people to keep on top of seedlings needed for planting date schedule.

Changes to Your Delivery?
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.

Storage and Use Tips

Our shoots are a mixture of pea, radish, and sunflower shoots.  These are wonderful added to a sandwich (on top of egg salad is really tasty), on top of a stew, or in a salad.

The potatoes this week are a mix of red potatoes.  Large share is getting Adirondack Reds and the half share is getting Red Golds.  Adirondack Reds have dark pink skin and dark pink insides. The pigments in this variety offer higher levels of antioxidants than traditional white or yellow potatoes. The Adirondack Red is quite versatile being great for boiling, roasting and baking.  Red Golds  are a waxy variety with a thin skin - low in starch, high in sugar and moisture.  They're a great choice for roasting, sautéing and boiling, as their low starch content helps them maintain their shape after they’re cooked.

Rutabaga, also known as swede, is thought to have evolved as a cross between a wild cabbage and a turnip.  Rutabaga grows particularly well in colder climates, and is especially popular in Sweden (where it earned it's second name).  Roast it, mash it with butter, season with salt and pepper, you can't go wrong.

We are excited to have upland cress for you this week!  It's just one of the greens that are coming up in our greenhouses these days.  Similar in appearance to its better-known cousin, watercress, upland cress has a deeper pungency with a unique twist between arugula and horseradish, pledging its allegience to the mustard family. Below the Mason Dixon line, upland cress is known as "creasy greens" and when stewed with ham hocks, is as loved a dish as black-eyed peas or cornbread. Traditionally gathered by foragers in the Appalachian Mountains who started looking out for the hearty winter leaves while there was still snow on the ground, the leaves were believed to have medicinal benefits and used in many folk recipes to help heal wounds. Those claims may not be entirely far-fetched as the cress is indeed rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and calcium.

Use upland cress the same way you would watercress. Left raw, the leaves can be chopped and mixed into a salad, tucked into a sandwich, or tossed over broiled fish as a garnish. Use a food processor to blend a handful of upland cress with a cup of creme fraiche or sour cream and a few garlic cloves for a zesty side to grilled meats or blend into soups. Store in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer for 1-2 weeks.

We have more cole slaw mix for the large share members.  It's our cabbage and carrots all shredded up and ready to go - all you need to do is add your favorite dressing!  I don't think there's much better than a batch of slaw in the fridge.  I add it to everything- sandwiches, salads, and even add other ingredients to it to make it a meal.  I just added some cooked chicken, peanuts, and blue cheese to slaw and it made an outstanding lunch!

Frozen spinach is great for casseroles, lasagnas, quiches etc. Thaw it, squeeze out the excess liquid and add it in.  Or let it thaw on counter til it softens up enough to saw with a knife, and saw off section to use a lesser amount in a dish.  You can put the remainder back in freezer.  This is really great in pasta or even added to smoothies.

Our broccoli was frozen at the height of freshness so all the nutrients are still present.  This broccoli works great in stews, quiche, or even as a veggie on the side.  Just boil until tender and it's ready to go!

Veggie Storage and Use Tips are on our website too, so please bookmark the recipe and storage tip section.  I am sure you will find it useful.

Localvore Lore

The pizza dough was made at the farm and frozen for delivery.  The dough is made with Milanaise organic flour, Gleason Grain Snake Mountain Sifted whole wheat flour, local Sunflower Oil, salt and yeast. Use within four to five hours of thawing (ready to go the night you pick up share or store in freezer for later use).

Here's Amy's favorite way of cooking the dough: coat a smooth surface with flour and cornmeal (just flour is ok) so that the dough does not stick to the surface.  Line a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment.   Form dough into ball and flatten with heels of palms. Stretch dough with hands or use a rolling pin to form shape of baking pan (I use a cookie sheet so I form it into a square). Once dough is slightly stretched on surface you can stretch dough in the air with hands by making two fists held together with dough on top. Move each hand up, down and out turning the dough clockwise. Each dough can be stretched to a 16" round, for thicker crust make smaller. If you like light fluffy crust I put my baking sheet on the top of my oven while preheating and let rise. Otherwise set aside in neutral area till oven is ready at 425F. If you have a pizza stone, it's great to slide the pizza and parchment off onto the stone.  Otherwise, bake on the parchment on the pan.  After around the first 5 mins, if dough has started to bake/firm up, you can carefully ease the parchment out from under the pizza, sliding the pizza onto the stone or onto the oven rack itself.  Allowing the pizza to bake on the stone or rack will help crisp the crust.  Just be certain it's firm enough to move it before you go for it!  Overall you are going to bake your pizza 12-14 minutes until crust is golden brown and cheese bubbles.

Pete's Greens Tomato Sauce was also made right at the farm.  It's made with our own organic tomatoes, onions, plus garlic, organic sunflower oil, oregano, basil, salt, black pepper, and citric acid.  This sauce is awesome for pizzas, pasta, or dipping.

Jasper Hill Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese is a favorite at the farm.  And lately the batches from Jasper Hill have been heavenly, you are in for a real treat.  It's a natural rinded blue cheese that receives regular rave reviews like this one from Cynthia Zarin who described Bayley Hazen Blue for the New Yorker Magazine this way “It was tangy, sweet, creamy, velvet on the tongue, the most delicious blue cheese I’d ever tasted." Bayley Hazen Blue is named after a road running through the Northeast Kingdom. The road was built and named after two Revolutionary War generals Bayley and Hazen, who were stationed along the Canadian Front. Jasper Hill summarizes this delicious cheese as follows. "The paste of a Bayley Hazen is drier than most blues and the penicillium roqueforti takes a back seat to an array of flavors that hint at nuts and grasses and in the odd batch, licorice. Though drier and crumblier than most blues, its texture reminds one of chocolate and butter." 


Carrots and Rutabaga Mash
This is a very simple and basic recipe, but so good. 

1 pound peeled and chopped carrots
1 pound peeled and chopped rutabaga
1/2 stick, 4 tablespoons, butter
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

Boil carrots and rutabaga together until just soft. Drain and add butter. Smash together using either a potato masher or food processor until it looks like a puree. Season with lots of pepper and a little salt. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with fresh parsley.

Roasted Rutabaga
Roasting rutabagas brings out their natural sweetness.  You could easily bulk up this recipe by adding chopped potatoes, carrots, and any other root veggies you've got.

Olive Oil
Apple cider vinegar
Chopped Parsley

Toss 1 large peeled and cubed rutabaga with 3 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper on a baking sheet. Roast at 425 degrees F until golden and soft, 40 minutes. Toss with 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and chopped parsley.

Whiskey Glazed Carrots
These fancy carrots would be a nice addition to an Easter dinner or other special occasion.

2-3 lbs carrots, peeled and cut into thick slices
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup Jack Daniels, or other whiskey
2/3 to 1 cup sugar
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper

In a large skillet or pot with a lid, heat the butter over medium high heat until melted.  Add half of the carrots to the pan and cook briefly just to sear, 60-90 seconds.  Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining carrots.  Set aside.

Very carefully add the whiskey to the pan and allow to evaporate for about 30 seconds. Reduce the heat to medium.  Sprinkle the brown sugar into the pan and stir.  Mix in the carrots, stir well, and cover.  Cook for 5 minutes.

Remove the lid and season with the salt and pepper.  Cover once more and continue cooking until the carrots are fork tender and the glaze has thickened, about 5-10 minutes more.  Transfer to a serving platter and top with minced fresh herbs, if desired, for extra color.  Serve immediately.

Honey Roasted Onion Tart
This looks amazing!  It would be an excellent addition to your dinner table on Easter, or any other night. 

1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed
3 bacon slices, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 large sweet yellow onions (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
3/4 cup crème fraîche
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Position rack in top third of oven and preheat to 375°F. Using lightly floured rolling pin, roll out puff pastry on lightly floured surface to 14x10-inch rectangle. Fold 1/2 inch of pastry edges in toward center on all sides, forming 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Transfer pastry to large rimmed baking sheet. Press firmly on pastry edges with fork to form rim. Chill crust.

Cook bacon in small skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from skillet.

Whisk honey, wine, and reserved 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in large bowl. Add onions; toss to coat. Coat another large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Spread onion mixture in even layer on sheet. Roast 30 minutes. Turn onions over, allowing rings to separate. Roast until onions are caramelized, turning often for even browning, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven; cool onions slightly.

Increase oven temperature to 400°F. Mix crème fraîche, sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and nutmeg in small bowl. Using offset spatula, spread crème fraîche over crust to folded edge. Arrange onions atop crème fraîche. Sprinkle with bacon. bake tart until crust is light golden brown and topping is bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with thyme and serve.


Grilled Chive Potatoes
Don't over boil the potatoes as they need to be a bit firm for the grill.  The chive butter is the best part of this recipe so make sure you include it.

2 pounds red-skinned potatoes, scrubbed
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
6 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain. Cut potatoes in half; place cut side up on rimmed baking sheet. Press each gently with fork to flatten slightly.

Stir butter, chives, and lemon peel in medium saucepan over medium heat until butter melts. Season with salt and pepper. Brush some chive butter over potatoes.

Coat grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill potatoes, cut side down, until cut side is crisp and brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Rewarm remaining chive butter. Transfer potatoes, cut side up, to platter. Drizzle with warm chive butter.

Potato and Blue Cheese Gratin
This recipe would work well with any other cheese - cheddar, feta, parmesan, so feel free to experiment.

1 1/2 lb medium yellow-fleshed potatoes
1 cup heavy cream
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese (1 oz)

Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 425°F.

Peel potatoes and slice 1/8 inch thick, then toss with cream, garlic, salt, and pepper in skillet. Cover with foil and roast until potatoes are very tender, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and preheat broiler. Remove foil and sprinkle potatoes with cheese. Broil until top is browned, 2 to 3 minutes.

Watercress and Potato soup
This is a simplified version of the French classic. The fresh bite of watercress adds interest to velvety smooth potato. Submitted by Jill Dupleix to The Times Aug 2007. Serves 4.

1 quart water
1 tsp sea salt
1.5 lb all-purpose potatoes
1/4 lb watercress leaves, eg, 2 bunches
2/3 cup milk
2 tbsp double cream
A little grated nutmeg
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring the water and salt to the boil. Peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. Cook the potatoes for 20 to 25 minutes until tender. Pick the watercress leaves from the stalks and discard the stalks. When the potatoes are cooked, fish them out of the water (reserving the water) and mash them or put them through a potato ricer. Set aside. Add the watercress to the potato water and simmer gently for five minutes. Fish out the watercress and whizz it, with a little of the liquid, in a blender or liquidiser. Return the watercress and the mashed potatoes to the potato water in the pan, stirring well. Add the milk and reheat gently, stirring. Add the cream, nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste, and simmer gently, without boiling, for five minutes. Serve in bowls, with a little extra swirl of cream on top.

Upland Cress Pesto Crostini
Many people think that pesto is only for basil, but in fact, there are countless herbs like arugula, sage, and cilantro for example that also make excellent pestos. The idea is all the same, blend flavorful herbs with oil, garlic, cheese and nuts and voila you have a delicious spread, sauce or dip!  This would also be amazing on a pizza.

2 c upland cress, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/4 c nuts (pine nuts are traditional but you may want to use walnuts, cashews or almonds or leave out nuts all together)
2/3 c olive oil, extra virgin if you have it
1/2 c parmesian cheese, grated (you can use romano or any other hard Italian)
1 Tbs lemon juice

olive oil
salt and pepper
garlic powder

Landaff Cheese (or other tasty cheese that melts nicely), shredded thinly

Using a food processor chop garlic first, then nuts, then basil. Slowly add oil until mixture seem thick, then continue to add till used up. Next add grated parmasian and lastly stir in lemon juice.

Preheat oven to 425F. Slice bread into 1/2" slices. Brush oil onto bread and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven until bread is hard like croutons about 15-20 minutes. Cool. Store extra crostini in a sealed zip lock bag for next time.

Spread pesto onto crostini and top with shredded cheese, place in broiler to melt cheese.

Blue cheese Cole Slaw
Here's another slaw variation- the blue cheese takes it right over the top.

1 bag cole slaw mix
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup prepared Dijon-style mustard
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar

In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, cheese, sugar and vinegar. Add the coleslaw mix and stir until evenly coated. Chill until serving.

Bacon, Potato and Caramelized Onion Pizza
This pizza is simply to die for.  How can you go wrong with bacon, potatoes, and blue cheese?!??

About ¾ cup thinly sliced small potatoes, such as fingerling or red potatoes
4 tsp. olive oil, divided, plus more for brushing
Salt and pepper
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
Pinch of sugar
Pizza dough for 1 large pizza (regular or whole grain)
3 oz. shredded mozzarella
3 oz. crumbled blue cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
Minced fresh chives, for serving
Minced fresh thyme, for serving

    Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. In a bowl, combine the sliced potatoes with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil and season with coarsely ground salt and pepper. Lay in an single layer on the baking sheet.  Bake, flipping the slices over once, until the potatoes are just beginning to brown, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.  Meanwhile, make the caramelized onions.  Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat.  Add the sliced onions to the pan with the sugar, salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Reduce the heat to medium-low.  Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and fully caramelized, about 15-20 minutes.  Set aside.

    To make the pizza, place a pizza stone in the oven and increase the temperature to 500˚ F.  Preheat for at least 30 minutes.  Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round on a piece of parchment paper.  Lightly brush the perimeter of the dough with olive oil. Sprinkle about two thirds of the shredded cheeses over the dough. Layer evenly with the caramelized onions, potato slices, and crumbled bacon. Sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese.

    Transfer the pizza to the preheated pizza stone by sliding the parchment with the assembled pizza onto the stone, and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle the herbs over the top of the pizza.  Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Shoots Salad with VT Vinaigrette
Here's another member submitted recipe for the shoots contest.  Laura always keeps this vinaigrette around - it's great on everything!

3 parts canola oil or oil of your choice
2 parts apple cider vinegar
1 part maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste
garlic (minced or powder to taste)

I like putting some VT Vinaigrette on the coarsely chopped shoots about an hour before serving as a side salad - toss in a few sliced almonds, maybe some croutons, maybe some feta cheese...or serve with some nice fresh bread.