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Rhubarb the healthy vegetable (but we call it a fruit)

I love eating my rhubarb straight from the bunch.  I pick it and start chewing on it. Yes that was my treat growing up and we got a little bit of sugar to put the ends in if we were good.  So, yes I’m really healthy and who knew I was eating so healthy when I was younger.

Following is a recipe for some Rhubarb tarts. And for all you that can’t take the tangyness of the rhubarb I have included a cajeta (caramel) recipe to put on top.

Rhubarb Tarts

3 T Quick cooking tapioca (process until finely ground)

6 Cups Fresh Rhubarb cut into 1/2″ pieces

3/4 cup of Honey  (honey adds a sweetness that no sugar can match)

1 t grated orange zest

1 t vanilla

1/4 t salt

1/4 t cinnamon

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil. After it reaches a boil cover & simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

refrigerate overnight.

Make a double batch (9″) pastry. Cut into 4″ rounds. Place in muffin tins add rhubarb mixture filling half way.  Bake for 12 minutes. Take out and cool

 

Cajeta Sauce.

1 qt goats milk (traditional) can use cows milk

1 cup honey

1 whole cinnamon stick

1/2 t kosher salt

2 t vanilla extract

1/2 t baking soda.

Put all ingredients in a heavy bottom pan making sure it only fills up the pot half way.  Bring to boil stirring constantly for 1 1/2 hours.  Take out cinnamon stick after 1 1/2.  Continue boiling and stirring,  milk will start to thickening and when it turns golden brown and looks thick like caramel its done.  Let cook just a few minutes then put into glass jars and put into refrigerator.  When ready to eat tarts put a little dollop on the tart and try not to eat to many as they are really good…..

 

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Tokyo Bekana Cabbage is ready to Saute

Sauted Tokyo Bekana Cabbage

4 T Olive Oil

2 T Sesame Seeds

2 Garlic Cloves

2 lbs Tokyo Bekana Cabbage

2 T St. Steve’s Ginger Cordial (non alcohol)

4 t Rice Vinegar

Warm sesame seeds in 2 T  olive oil over Med heat.  Stir until they become fragrant and pop.  Add ginger & cloves saute  1 more minute. Add cabbage 1 T ginger Cordial cover for 1 minute. Uncover & saute for 1 to 2 minutes.  Stir in more cordial (2 T) and rice vinegar to taste.  Serve immediately.

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The Asparagus are in….

The Asparagus are in and they look very appetizing.  For you wandering woods people it’s time for some Asparagus and fresh picked Morels.  Yes, they are coming up. My son-in-law went to his son’s baseball game on Tuesday and on the outskirts of the field were some Morel mushrooms. I’ve never been that lucky but, they’re ready for sautéing.  Make sure you know what you’re picking because the false morels are up also.

Asparagus and Morel

2lbs      Asparagus

6T        Unsalted butter

½ cup  Shallots

¼ cup  Morels cleaned and halved

1T        Chopped Tarragon

1/4t      Black ground pepper

1T        Lemon Juice

 

Cook asparagus in boiling water for 3 minutes. Transfer to colander and rinse with cold water.

Cook 3T butter in 12” skillet on med/high heat until foaming subsides.  Then add shallots stirring until golden brown, add morels, tarragon and 3T butter and sauté’ 3 more minutes.  Serve with fresh lemon juice.

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Ordering Will OPEN Now to Mon Midnight, Pick up orders in Time for Mother’s Day

The sun is out and temperature is rising.  Yes that little bit of snow could have slowed down many farmers but, not us here in Michigan.  We’re used to that changing everyday weather.  So being the prepared farmers, we have the beautiful barns for our animals and the hoop houses for our greens. We fish in our lakes when the ice floes diminish. We still have our dry goods  and spices for those occasional days you need a warm and hardy bean soup or stew.  Get your orders in so we can keep you healthy and happy with our local farm products.

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NEW!!

A VISIT TO MUD CREEK FARM!

I was pretty impressed with what I saw at the farm, although I did not have time to hang around too long as I had to get back to Almars.  Mud Creek grows all of their own ginger to make the ginger ale and they harvest their own elderberries.  The hoophouses sit low in a swampy area and the house sits high.  They had a large collection of Pontiac Vibes (one of my favorite cars) and seemed down to earth during our brief conversation.  I am looking forward to getting back to their farm to see how they grown ginger.    The pop they make has NO coloring!  Not sure why producers started adding coloring to pop in the first place.

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Wheat Grass

Moving Forward  Finally our Wheat Grass Grower is Here.

I have juice and tasted his wheat grass juice and it is soo good.

Green Healing is what they call themselves and they are from Genesee County.  Only organic seed and soil is used to grow this sweet wheat grass.

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Happy Thanksgiving ANNOUNCING NEW GROWERS

Delicious Herbs from Columbiaville Michigan owner Gina Delisi is a great addition to our group.  The samples she sent us were so delicious that having the word delicious in her product name was not an exaggeration.  Gina is also studying health and nutrition and is incorporating those principals in her teas and mixes.

 

 

Will’s Greenhouse:  We have known and worked with Jim Wills for more than 10 years.  He only does greenhouse plants in the Spring/Early Summer, uses Morgan Products (the ones approved for organic use) and some certified organic potting soil mixes.  He also only uses Certified Organic Seed.  He will be ordering his seeds in December and he will order and grow whatever plants you may want.   Look for a survey very soon asking for what seeds he should order and plants you want him to grow.

We want your plants to arrive to you in perfect shape and ready for you to plant and we will not send you plants until the proper frost free dates so your plants will have a better chance of surviving.  (Green houses make a lot of money selling tomato plants too early that are not hardened, they die and the customer goes back and buys more)

Jim also hardens the plants off, so when you take them home they will not shock from the temperature and light changes.  Plants that come out of the hot green house and into Michigan’s cooler temperatures usually do not survive.  He puts them on a large flat hay wagon and haul them outside each day for a short period of time to accumulate to the colder temperature.  Quality plants like the ones he produce is not easy to find.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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{Happy Thanksgiving} Open For Ordering

Milled Products From Ferris Organic Farm

Ferris Organic Farm has several stone mills from which they grind many different grains that they grow and that they buy from local farms as well as USA farms.
Westwind is still working on their new building so they can also continue to mill flour. They will me making their popular mixes for consumer convenience.

New Apples

 

Did you know that Sara Lee uses only Jonathon apples for their pies.
One (2 pound) bag of Jonathons will make one small 9" pie.
NEW THIS  WEEK ON THE APPLES.
Gold Rush, Enterprise and Galarini.

50% OFF BEAN SALE

All beans are 50% off to clear out last years stock.
Most farmers in the Thumb area have harvested their beans and they are being cleaned and dried.
Older beans just take a little longer to cook.
I find that a stainless pressure cooker 3 minutes on high and left for warm for an hour makes older beans tender.
Beans in most stores are easily up to two years old.  Farmers in Michigan harvest beans late summer and fall.  
 
Farming not always what we hope for.
The domesticated turkeys
that we love for thanksgiving is not always the easiest birds to raise.
GCC has been raising turkeys for a few years now, they were doing great until a couple of weeks ago we had a large temperature drop with in a short period of time.
They ended up loosing over 400 of their birds.
Not sure why, we experienced something similar with our chickens in the spring that were outside in their chicken tractors, a 20-30 degree temperature drop within a two hour period and we lost most of them, we learned later the same thing happened to CVK farms.
They will be able to supply most of the per-ordered fresh turkeys, but we had to take them off the site as ore-orders.
Last year Joyful Journey had turkeys available as well.  Christy from Joyful Journey farm found out how difficult farming was and realized they were losing money so she is taking a different direction.  She hopes to get a degree in Naturopathic medicine and to grow plants and herbs for natural remedies.
 

 

Farming and its challenges.

 
 
The domesticated turkeys that we love for thanksgiving is not always the easiest birds to raise.
GCC has been raising turkeys for a few years now, they were doing great until a couple of weeks ago we had a large temperature drop with in a short period of time.
They ended up loosing over 400 of their birds.
Not sure why, we experienced something similar with our chickens in the spring that were outside in their chicken tractors, a 20-30 degree temperature drop within a two hour period and we lost most of them, we learned later the same thing happened to CVK farms.
They will be able to supply most of the per-ordered fresh turkeys, but we had to take them off the site as ore-orders.
Last year Joyful Journey had turkeys available as well.  Christy from Joyful Journey farm found out how difficult farming was and realized they were losing money so she is taking a different direction.  She hopes to get a degree in Naturopathic medicine and to grow plants and herbs for natural remedies.
 

 

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OPEN for Ordering, Now Until 10pm Monday Night

Some of the Good

Things we are harvesting.

Brussels Sprouts

Law Family Farm are
harvesting Brussels Sprouts.

Northern Spy Apples


Almars has a limited supply of Northern Spy
Perfect for Making Apple Pie.

Chinese Cabbage

Chinese Cabbage, Great Tasting and has a very long storage life,
grown by White Pine Farm (certified organic of course)
Black Radishes

Spanish Radishes, Hmmm!! New, cultural and tasty!!

Chop Them & Roast them, Shred them on a Salad, Any which way you choose to eat them they are good.
Good For your Liver, Good for a cold, Good for your skin, Regulates cholesterol and more.