Favorita jam

For want of use a jam was made. For want of a jam a sandwich was made. For want of a sandwich a menu was made. For want of a menu a visit was made. For want of a visit a search was made. For want of a search a computer was used and we found a restaurant in Eden Prairie that served a Chicken Parmigiana, Bufala Mozzarella, Tomato Jam sandwich!

An elegant evening meal of many tastes and plates was served. The sandwich I had come to sample was delicious along with all the other good eats. My Favorita Jam is still tops; I serve it grilled with Swiss cheese. I am in good company even though it seems a little far-fetched on this spot of earth.

Favorita is the name of the cherry tomatoes we grew this summer. Tomatoes are a fruit and thus jam is most normal. It is a wonder how we choose food that is acceptable. I walked into a well-known huge grocery store while on the jam adventure and was shocked that EVERYTHING was came in a package!

The less traveled path often holds the truth – you may find Favorita Jam in a sandwich!

This week there is a choice of salad mix, spinach, Napa cabbage, green cabbage, Delicata or Acorn squash, onions, potatoes, turnips & radishes, garlic, leeks and Brussels sprouts. Hey Ho!

It’s a baby bok…oh choy!

Hey Ho! We have been trying to have this baby for three years now and each time it gets far too large and becomes a gangling grown-up. Today, after an inch of rain on top of saturated soil and 30 mph winds our darlings will be harvested by our intrepid farmers!

Mild and sweet baby boks are perfect for a quick saute or an added fresh crunch to a salad. Slice them in half, quickly sauteed with a bit of oil, garlic and soy sauce, maybe some fresh ginger and a pinch of red pepper – yum! They can be as a side dish or add some protein for a topping with rice.

From field to mouth – the highest nutrient benefits! Good quantities of vitamins C, A, K..(there should be an E here ;), folate and minerals: calcium, phosphorus and potassium. The calorie price tag is very low, good amount of fiber and of course a delicious munch.

Along with the baby bok choy there will be farm share choices of: leeks, last week’s salad mix, onions, celery, beets, cabbage, turnips, radishes, winter squash, garlic, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and a sample of our very own hazelnuts! I hope everyone is impressed, I am, every time I have a munch.

Rule of 9

The “rule of 9” is a strong recommendation, backed by evolving research and methodology, and has been around in some form for my lifetime, all of 65 years! According to this rule, those of us who wander around on 2 legs should munch 5-9 fruits and vegetables everyday…along with a variety of other good eats! We ignore the gauge that is on empty more than we realize until the “rule of 90” sets in….which in broad terms says public employees can quit working and enjoy the scenery when their working years PLUS age EQUALS 90. Will health be there to greet those that cross the finish line?

Nine plant food choices in a day is about 5 1/2 cups, which may look like a lot ….. it should! Break that down into 16 hours of munches…I try and have 3 meals with a bunch of grazing – but arriving at 9 is still a challenge. That is why I tuck fruits and vegetables into everything on the menu at Peacemeals and into the bread and cookies.

There is another “rule of 9” in this little town, that is being ignored and we are losing the very essence of community. Let’s count… 3 grocery stores and 6 eating nooks… What if ALL of us walked to these cheery spots for our groceries and lively discussions with friends and neighbors?

Back in the running

Red and green oakleaf lettuce, Swiss chard and space spinach have been harvested, washed three times, sanitized, duly given a shake-up and mixed well, weighed, bagged and are now waiting happily in the refrigerator to be shared around a dinner table. Transparency beginning with our work habits, soil and plant health management to the ever present clear plastic bag that salad mix is presented in are key factors to our existence. Not much is secret – except for recipes – haha.

Salad mix takes a break in July and August, those being the typically hot months that bring on the bitterness. Cultivated lettuce has been domesticated from its bitter wild lettuce cousins, but there still remains the tendency to revert back to the ancestors.

When there is an urgent message to be communicated…three “t’s” come into play: truth, transparency and time. I am often in Bilbo Baggins shoes: “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” (JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)

This week there will be oodles of choices: salad mix, Delicata squash, Acorn squash, Celery, turnips/radishes, Brussels sprouts, watermelon, tomatoes, head lettuce, onions, garlic and sweet peppers. Plenty more options for sale! Make it worth the running…..

Is it a rocket salad?

What’s in a name? I would choose a Rocket Feta Salad, it sounds intriguing compared to Arugula Feta Salad….both being about the same thing…cousins in the mustard family or green leaves with a kick.

What is arugula good for? There are good amounts of calcium and iron along with vitamins A, C and K. If you know your vitamin alphabet …. vitamin C is water soluble, meaning it can easily be lost in extra cooking water. I like to use small amounts to brighten a salad or sautéed veggie dish. Throw it in after the heat has been turned off.

Arugula is for sale this week and for farm share members. When the weather turns cool, the leaves are not so spicy. There will also be beautiful head lettuce (be gentle with it), Pac choi, spinach, Brussels sprouts, Hakurei turnips, watermelon radishes, daikon radishes, tomatoes and a chunk of watermelon….since they come in 20# size….the farmer gets a bit carried away;)