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Farmstead Favorites: Seasonal Recipes from Local Growers

June 26, 2024

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Farmstead Favorites: Seasonal Recipes from Local Growers

Ginger and Turmeric Delights to Spice Up Your Life

As the crisp autumn air starts to roll in, I find myself craving all the warm, comforting flavors of the season. And when it comes to seasonal superfoods, nothing quite compares to the dynamic duo of ginger and turmeric. Luckily, my friends over at OakWoods Farm have an abundance of these vibrant rhizomes just waiting to be transformed into all sorts of delectable delights.

Recently, my good pal Mary shared the most incredible recipe with me – Ginger Turmeric Lemon Honey Bombs. As soon as she described the bright, zesty flavors and the nourishing properties of this concoction, I knew I had to give it a try. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays quickly approaching, these little flavor-packed bites are the perfect antidote to combat any seasonal stress.

The great thing about this recipe is its sheer versatility. You can simply add a teaspoon or two to a steaming mug of hot water, stir it into your morning tea or juice, or even slather it onto a slice of crusty bread. No matter how you enjoy it, this supercharged mix is sure to nourish your body, mind, and spirit.

Of course, ginger and turmeric aren’t just limited to sweet applications. In fact, one of my all-time favorite cozy drinks is a rich and creamy Golden Milk. Think of it as an Indian-inspired turmeric latte, bursting with warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper.

The star of the show here is the turmeric, whose active compound curcumin has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries due to its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. And when combined with the other aromatic ingredients, the result is a soothing, sleep-inducing elixir that’s perfect for sipping on a chilly evening.

Kale, The Superfood That Keeps On Giving

Now, as much as I adore all things ginger and turmeric, I’d be remiss if I didn’t sing the praises of another seasonal superstar – kale. This nutrient-dense green is one of the MVPs in my kitchen, and I’m always eager to find new and inventive ways to incorporate it into my meals.

Luckily, my friends at OakWoods Farm have an abundance of fresh, locally-grown kale just waiting to be transformed. Whether I’m whipping up a batch of crispy kale chips, blending it into a vibrant green smoothie, or tossing it into a hearty salad, this superfood never fails to deliver a serious nutritional punch.

One of my favorite kale salad recipes combines the earthy bitterness of the greens with the sweetness of apples and the savory richness of Parmesan cheese. It’s the perfect balance of flavors and textures, and it makes for a satisfying lunch or side dish.

But kale doesn’t just shine in salads – it’s also the star of the show in dishes like creamy kale and mushroom toast, or the classic Zuppa Toscana soup. And let’s not forget about the versatility of kale pesto, which I love to toss with whole wheat pasta for a nutrient-dense, flavor-packed meal.

No matter how you slice it, dice it, or blend it, kale is a true workhorse in the kitchen. And when you pair it with the wealth of other seasonal produce available at your local community-supported agriculture (CSA) service, the culinary possibilities are endless.

Boiled Peanuts: A Salty, Savory Southen Staple

As someone who’s always on the hunt for new and exciting culinary adventures, I recently found myself drawn to the world of boiled peanuts. Now, I know what you’re thinking – boiled peanuts? Isn’t that just a slimy, soggy mess? But let me tell you, when done right, these salty, savory legumes are an absolute delight.

According to Heidi Billotto, boiled peanuts are the official snack food of the state of South Carolina. And after trying a batch from the Greenwood County Farmers Market, I can certainly see why. These peanuts were perfectly tender, with a wonderfully briny flavor that had me hooked from the first bite.

The key, it seems, is all in the technique. Start with fresh, raw peanuts (not the roasted kind) and boil them in a big pot of salted water until they’re just shy of being mushy. The goal is to achieve a soft, wet texture on the inside, with a bit of crunch still remaining on the outside. It’s a fine line, but once you nail it, the results are truly sublime.

Now, you might be wondering – what on earth do I do with a big ol’ batch of boiled peanuts? Well, my friends, the possibilities are endless. You can enjoy them as a simple snack, perhaps with a drizzle of honey for a sweet-and-salty twist. Or, you can get a little more creative and incorporate them into all sorts of dishes, from sweet potato soup to a decadent pecan pie.

As Heidi Billotto suggests, the salty, caramelized flavors of boiled peanuts pair beautifully with sweet potatoes, collard greens, and even a creamy peanut sauce. And let’s not forget about dessert – that mashed peanut filling in her pecan pie recipe sounds absolutely divine.

So, if you’re looking to expand your culinary horizons and dive into the world of Southern-style boiled peanuts, I highly recommend giving it a shot. Just be sure to start with the freshest, highest-quality peanuts you can find, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavor combinations. After all, that’s half the fun of cooking with seasonal ingredients, isn’t it?

Embracing the Bounty of the Season

As I reflect on all the incredible seasonal produce and homegrown recipes I’ve discovered, I can’t help but feel a deep sense of gratitude for the hardworking farmers and artisans who make it all possible. In these uncertain times, their commitment to providing our community with fresh, nutrient-dense foods is more important than ever.

That’s why I’m so proud to be a part of the Thornapple CSA family. By supporting local growers and makers, I know that I’m not only nourishing my own body and mind, but also investing in the long-term sustainability of our regional food system. And let me tell you, the dividends are beyond delicious.

From the vibrant, earthy flavors of ginger and turmeric to the hardy, versatile kale, and even the salty, satisfying boiled peanuts, each seasonal offering is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our local producers. And by incorporating these ingredients into my cooking, I’m not just enjoying a meal – I’m celebrating the bounty of the land and the hands that cultivate it.

So, the next time you find yourself wandering the aisles of your local farmers market or perusing the offerings of your community-supported agriculture (CSA) service, I encourage you to embrace the seasonal superstars with open arms (and an empty stomach!). Whether you’re whipping up a vibrant kale salad, sipping on a soothing Golden Milk, or indulging in a decadent boiled peanut pie, the flavors of the farmstead are sure to delight and inspire.

After all, isn’t that what good food is all about? Connecting us to the land, nourishing our bodies, and bringing us together in shared moments of gustatory joy. So, let’s raise a glass (or a spoonful) to the hardworking farmers and makers who make it all possible. Cheers to the Farmstead Favorites that are sure to spice up your life!

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