21  Dec
Winter is Here

Hi everyone,

Today is officially the first day of winter, but here in MN we’ve been having winter for quite some time. The snow is piled high and familiar landmarks are no longer in sight after the plows made their way through the streets.

Winter brings different foods to our table… comfort foods. Lots of hearty soups, such as my recent recipe post for Squash and Italian Sausage soup, chilis, stews, and casseroles are the fare. I try to use as many local and organic ingredients as are available and the budget allows. Having the CSA does give us the opportunity to easily have more of both options. What is important to remember is to make those dishes healthy eating.

I am not cooking the Christmas dinner this year and am looking forward to being horribly spoiled by a wonderful grandma’s meal. I will contribute by bringing dessert, but she will present a feast to enjoy. I will be with people that I love dearly and that is what counts.

With the holidays looming large, I want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holiday celebration. Take time to appreciate your surroundings and carry Thanksgiving into Christmas.

Wishing you the best and take care,

Judy

Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Healthy Food, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources. Date: December 21, 2010, 10:19 am | Comments Off on Winter is Here

10  Dec
Using the Basket

Hi everyone,

It was a chilly Saturday so it turned out to be an experiment in the kitchen day. With the lovely squash from Featherstone Farm, I’ve been trying new recipes. One that is particularly delightful is from Cuisine Magazine – Italian Sausage and Squash Soup. Emeril Lagasse also has a similar recipe, but there are couple of extra ingredients that brightened the appeal of the Cuisine Magazine recipe. The prep takes a bit, but it is so worth it! I used the squash and fresh spinach from Featherstone Farm in the recipe.

Italian Sausage and Butternut Squash Soup

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Posted by admin, filed under Healthy Food, Local Food Recipes, Make-Ahead Dishes. Date: December 10, 2010, 7:24 pm | 1 Comment »

Hi everyone,

I’ve been away from my blog for too long! In October, I was in the Lakewinds Chanhassen store (our local co-op). There was a gal with a table display that was a bouquet of fresh vegetables. She was offering fresh carrots as a sample. I love to taste new foods and I thought – carrots, what is so different about them. They were fantastic – sweet and crisp crunchy. She was providing information on a winter CSA, which was totally new to me. I spoke to my husband about it that evening. Their deadline was drawing near for closing sign-ups. We decided we had to try it. We are so glad we did!

Featherstone Farm is located in Rushford, MN, which is about an hour away from the Twin Cities. We pick up a box every other week at the Lakewinds store. It is an easy deal for us to do so and we have been so impressed with the quality, quantity and taste of the produce. Here is a picture from their website of the first box of the season…. wow!

Box from Featherstone Farm

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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Healthy Food, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources. Date: December 4, 2010, 1:11 pm | Comments Off on Our Winter CSA Adventure