Farm Day

Join us Sunday May 27th from 2- 5 pm at Wagon Wheel Farm, 1132 Gold Hill Rd, Independence VA for an afternoon of hands-on activities.  See and try out some of the best market garden tools. If you’ve taken our “Grow More Vegetables” class, you’ll see those spacings and planting ideas in the ground and[…]

Some recipes from 2016-finally!

Chef Jen Cooks August 5th:

Gazpacho:
Hand mince the onion and rinse in cold water.( rinse anytime to you plan to eat an onion raw) Chop garlic and hot pepper in a food processor until fine. Add tomatoes and cucumbers and pulse until chunky or desired consistency. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, minced parsley and basil.

Squash with tomatoes and shiitake powder:
Saute sliced squash, chopped onions and minced garlic in a blend of butter and olive oil until squash is tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add chopped tomato and a tablespoon of shiitake powder from Baywood Organics. It adds flavor and thickens the sauce.

Pico de gallo:
Hand chop and rinse onion. You want ½ to 1 cup onion. Chop 2 cups of tomatoes and 3 Tablespoons minced hot peppers. Mince 2 cloves of garlic, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or fresh lime juice, fresh cilantro and salt to taste. […]

Recipes from June and July Cooking Days with Chef Jen

COOKING DAY- June 1st: Biscuits and gravy: Jen started the morning with biscuits and gravy. She made the biscuits at home.  Heartmoss Farm sausage was browned until done. Add a handful of flour and stir until the flour is browned and fat is absorbed, making a quick roux.  Add milk gradually while stirring until thickened.[…]

Great cooking ideas

Getting Hooked On Cooking With CSA by Katherine Deumling of Cook With What You Have       Friends of the Market, here is a a great article by Katherine Deumling .  It talks about using a CSA share, but it applies to using seasonal products from Farmers Markets too.   A CSA share offers a[…]

Some Information from the SSAWG Conference

The Organic Vegetable Farm tour went to Elmwood Stock Farm. A 550 acre certified organic farm that features both livestock and crops. Most of the acreage is in pasture with crops on about 75 acres.  They produce feed for their animals which include 80 cows, sheep, laying hens and broilers and turkeys.  The key to[…]

RECIPES FROM LAST COOKING DAY

Baked Apples: Peel and chop apples, melt 1/4 stick of butter, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon .  Cover and bake til soft-approximately 45 minutes. Carrot Soup: Jen made beautiful homemade stock and added 1/2 cup of chopped shallots(you can use onions or leeks) and 2 cloves of garlic, a 1 inch piece of ginger, 2 cups[…]

CHEF JEN COOKS SEPTEMBER 4TH

CHEF JEN COOKS SEPTEMBER 4th Poached Chicken: Chef Jen started the morning by placing a whole chicken in a large stockpot and covering it with water, adding a dozen black peppercorns and bringing it to a boil.  Then she turned it down to simmer for 1-3l hours until the bird was completely tender and falling[…]

RECIPES FROM COOKING DAYS WITH CHEF JEN

1st COOKING DAY Roasted asparagus, roasted carrots: Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil and a good shake of salt over 1 pound of asparagus. Toss well to coat. Jen used a pan in the grill and closed the lid and roasted until the asparagus began to brown, then stirred and continued until all sides[…]