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Warming recipes.....

Some seasonal recipes using storage crops to keep warm!! My grandma's recipes do not include amounts, so you have to wing it. As much as you like! Nothing strict here!

My Grandma's CABBAGE ROLL SOUP
"Brown stewing meat (or sirloin) in 1 tablespoon canola 8-10 mins (or more). Add chopped onion, shredded cabbage & carrot. Stir 5 min. Add 2 cups beef broth, 2 cups tomato juice, 2 cups water & 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Add 1 cup of rice. Simmer for 45 minutes." Enjoy!

My mother's SAUERKRAUT SOUP
1/2 pot full of boiled ham stock plus a very meaty ham bone
6 cups frozen sauerkraut
4-6 whole garlic cloves
1 quart chunky tomatoes
1 quart of water
1/2 bag of elbow noodles
"Early in the afternoon put the sauerkraut on to simmer in the stock with the garlic and tomatoes and water. Let this simmer for a few hours until the kraut is really tender. Add the noodles and cook 1/2 hr. more until they are te…

We've got lots of Local Organic Cabbage for 2009!!

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Cabbage, Cabbage and more cabbage! We had an excellent cabbage crop this year! This resulted in a cooler full of bins for winter storage! We should be selling our own local cabbage well into April 2009! Next year we will try and do better with other storage crops such as carrots and beets! We sold out too fast! Roasted Cabbage: Cut cabbage into 1 inch strips and toss with butter, salt & pepper. (you can use olive oil, but butter is better for this!) Broil in your oven for 5 minutes, turn/toss and broil for another 5 minutes. Careful not to burn. It carmelizes a bit, the sweetness in the cabbage comes out and it's just darn good!! EASY Coleslaw: Chop half head of cabbage into thin, thin strips. Mix with mayo (1 tbs, you can add more), salt, lots of pepper, a tbs. fresh lemon juice and about 1 tbs sugar. Let marinate in fridge for atleast one hour. When local carrots are available, I always shred atleast one in as well!

Where to buy Seeds for 2009...

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I love ordering seeds! Seed catalogues, seed packets of all sorts have always been a big part of my life. My mom always had her seeds out and about. My grandfather saved seeds, particularly a good strain of sweet peppers! I remember the newspapers spread out and seeds drying by the furnace when I was little. Ben even remembers his parents seed saving and taking them to a local agriculture station to have them dried properly! As farming all my life, I know a thing or two about seeds. I also plan on beginning a seed business one day. However, I need more and more hands on in the fields to really understand the best of the best. We order certified organic seeds whenever possible. In alot of cases the certified seed is not the quality needed to be cost effective or reliable for making a living farming, (quantitiy for fields differ from small garden plots of course!!) so better varieties are ordered untreated and exemption forms must be filled out and accepted by ProCert Organic Systems be…