July 28th Market Pick Up #11

The good news is, it wasn’t hot this week!  It did rain and rain and rain!  We can’t stop working because of the rain, so we worked and were thankful for the breaks in the rain!  Today the sun is shining so I am sure our vegetables are going to be ever so happy with their new waterings!  We will be working double time today and tomorrow to get the best of our harvest ready to take to the South of the James Farmer’s Market, Elwood Thompson, and local restaurants.

If you are a farm share member, this is what you will find in your bag:

  • Kale
  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Salad or Arugula
  • Okra
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Microgreens

Monday:  Watermelon Feta Arugula Salad in Jars

At home, I have been trying out some new recipes.  I especially LOVE make ahead recipes!  Here is one that I am in LOVE with!  I made it for my lunches this week but next week, I will make it for my dinners. You can use your arugula or field green salad with this one.  They both turn out nicely!  Grab a red onion and you got this done!  Allowing the onions and feta to soak up the dressing makes it even more awesome!

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I have found adding protein to these salads help the salads keep you full for longer.  I decided to grill two chicken breasts, slice them, and present these on the side of the salad.  They wont fit in the jars. This is a recipe that would be great for parties.  I promise you will be the talk of the party!   If you don’t want to serve it in jars, you can make the dressing ahead of time and marinate the red onion.  I try to get all of my ingredients as fresh as possible, so if you are at market stop in right across from us and get some feta from Goats R Us Cheese.

Tuesday:  Tuscan White Bean, Sausage, and Kale Soup

You will use up your kale with this one!  I LOVE this one!  It is truly so easy to make.  We always work toward having the freshest food, so I always use sausage from Dockery Branch Farms Real Country Sausage. When you buy local, it truly supports hard working families keep their farms going.

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I always serve this awesome meal with Cottage Bread for Norwood Cottage Bakery.

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I usually do a double batch just so I can have some for lunches or I have even frozen it so I can enjoy it later.

Wednesday;  Cous Cous Salad with Moroccan Chicken

I love Cous Cous and with fresh cherry tomatoes and radishes, this recipe is the bomb!

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This is another make ahead recipe if you want!  Serving alongside the chicken makes it awesome!  The spices in the Moroccan chicken are completely delightful and healthy!

Thursday:  Mashed Peppery Turnips, Oven Roasted Okra, and Parmesean Roasted Pork Chops

Mashed turnips are the best!  They taste like mashed potatoes but with less carbs you can’t go wrong!  My mom loves to make this recipe and I always enjoy eating them when she makes them!

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Served alongside okra and pork chops makes a down home meal!  We get our pork chops from Dennis at Black Boar Farm.  His chops are the freshest you will find.  It DOES make a difference to eat fresh food!  You can find him at the South of the James Farmer’s Market!

Friday: Beef Burger with Microgreens, Mint Ailoli and Feta

I have to admit, I love a good burger and topped with microgreens are the only way to eat it!  This is quick and easy for a Friday night!  I always serve this with a salad and whatever side I may have left over.

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Sip a beer while you eat and you will be on cloud 9!

If you are wondering what else we are bringing to market, here is the list:

  • Garlic
  • Tatsoi (Summer Spinach)
  • Bok Choi
  • Kale
  • Summer Lettuces
  • Radishes
  • Baby Arugula
  • Field Greens
  • Spicy Micro Greens
  • Onions
  • Basil
  • Green Beans
  • Leeks
  • Okra
  • Egg Plant
  • Fingerling Potatoes
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes

We will see you at the South of the James Farmer’s Market this Saturday from 8-12.

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