Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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 tender. Add more water or tomato sauce or ham stock if it is too thick" Enjoy!

Friday, January 16, 2009

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







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...











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 before we germinate.
There is nothing more frustrating that purchasing seeds and having them not turn out. Sometimes the variety is wrong, sometimes mixed varieties and the worse is when they do not even germinate at all. This is what years and years of hands on germ. tests prevent and why we endorse the following companies:
William Dam Seeds http://www.damseeds.com/ is one of our favourites! Exellent varieities, friendly staff AND family run! These folks have been working with seeds for generations! Some favourite seeds would be: Packman Broccoli, Kestrel Beets.
Johnny's Selected Seeds http://www.johnnyseeds.com/ This company out of Maine has excellent quality seeds, decent pricing, and an ever growing selection or organic seeds. Some of our favourite varieties would be: New Red Fire organic lettuce, Sweet Chocolate organic bell peppers.
West Coast Seeds http://www.westcoastseeds.com/ along with High Mowing Organic Seeds http://www.highmowingseeds.com/ are both stellar companies with their emphasis being organic. We've had nothing but excellent luck with anything we've ever ordered through both companies.
Now, heirloom tomatoes: This site I am truly excited about!! If you need certified organic heirloom tomato seeds, check out www.tomatofest.com. A very informative site with over 600 varieties of heirlooms!!! I purchased the majority of my heirloom seeds from Gary Ibsen last year and am getting all my heirlooms from him this year! Germination was successful in over 60 different varieties I tried last year! This year, I'm going for 100!!