There’s so many reasons to love cabbage. It goes great with just about everything and there’s a recipe for every season. With Saint Patrick’s Day coming up, there’s going to be cabbage everywhere. But what happens if you have some leftover that you didn’t cook with that corned beef?
Cabbage is a versatile cruciferous veggie with lots of crunch, but it can be cooked down and resemble the firm texture of a good lo mein noodle. In the new year there’s always a lot of dieting going on (keto especially!) and so many people are trying to stay away from unwanted carbs. This recipe is simple and works to get that lo mein feeling without all the carbs. This recipe is for about 4 people.
What You’ll Need:
1 Quarter head of a large cabbage – sliced into long strips (like a lo mein noodle!)
2 medium sized carrots – chopped
1 medium sized onion – sliced
1/2 cup of shelled, salted peanuts
1/4 cup of soy sauce
2 tablespoons sriracha (or more if you like it really spicy)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
What You’ll do:
Take all the stuff listed above and put it in a pan and turn on the heat. Stir often. You might need a little salt and pepper to taste, depending on how salty you like your food. But don’t start off with too much salt because after the water cooks out of the cabbage you’re left with that soy sauce that’s already pretty salty.
Just cook it down until it has the consistency of a lo mein dish. It’ll will get a nice color to it, kinda like lo mein, and the smell will be intoxicating.
We added some sliced chicken breast to ours and topped it with a little extra sriracha. But it could be a complete meal without it. It’s also delicious cold, right out of the fridge.
If you has a CSA with us last year then welcome back! We missed you! We love CSA because it gives us a chance to see you every week and learn how you use our produce, poultry, and eggs and get some new recipes for ourselves!
If you are not familiar with CSA, there’s a rich history to it.
We like to put these out as often as we can to ensure that our customer base knows what they can expect to find on our tables at the market. This way you can plan ahead for your meal, pair our offerings with neighboring farms, or look up some recipes in advance to know what other ingredients you may need.
This past week we saw a lot of rain, which we needed, but it can sometimes put us a bit behind. Now that we’ve caught up and all the crops are watered we ready to go for another weekend!
Just as a reminder, we’re not just at weekend markets! You can find us almost every day of the week during the summer!
Fisher Hill Farm Summer Market Schedule
In other news, we’ve partnered again with Hearth and Cellar for another dinner on the farm where one of our barns is turned into a five star restaurant. If you haven’t been before then we recommend you join us this September 8th (which is actually Grandparents day!) right here on the farm. Tickets are still available but usually don’t last for very long. If you would like more information please click below:
Happy Fourth of July! What a sunny warm week it’s been. We were able to get lots of work done on the farm and will be at the Rochester Public Market Saturday and the Brighton Farmers Market Sunday. Here’s what you can expect to find on our tables.
Strawberries (this will be the last week!)
Sugar Snap Peas
Beets (from this year!)
String Beans (limited supply)
Kale (Red Russian, Curly, Tuscan)
Pea and Sunflower Shoots
Zucchini and Summer Squash
There is still a lot of stuff in the ground that we just got down recently or isn’t ready for picking yet. Although July Fourth is already over summer is only really just beginning and that means the crops will keep coming. Broccoli, melons, cucumbers, cauliflower, and cabbage have yet to make an appearance. We can’t wait.
We appreciate everyone stopping by and saying hi and of course, shopping local. Produce and poultry tastes better when it’s local and it’s helping out our local economy as well. Produce that is shipped from long distances are usually picked before they are ripe in order for them to maintain for the long periods of time. A fruit or vegetable that has not been able to ripen properly doesn’t have the same flavor as one that has. Local is the way to go when and if you can.
If you haven’t seen it before, here is Sandi explaining the importance of farming. We’re proud of our farm and the work we do and this is just a small reason why.
Our Market schedule resumes this week as normal after the holiday. If you would like to know where to find us just follow the link:
The answer is Community Supported Agriculture. But what does that mean?
In a nutshell it means you buy a share from a local farmer and for a set number of weeks you receive produce in return each week. Our farm is very unique in that we offer 100 percent choice. We have never offered a box share and want the member to pick what they like. Nothing is more frustrating to get a box of produce and have no idea what half the things are that you received. I thought I would highlight a few benefits of joining our CSA for the consumer and the different benefits for the farmer too.
You’ll receive fresh vegetables for 20 weeks during the peak of the growing season.
Starting in June you can enjoy some of the first greens of the season and the first juicy strawberries. Every week there is always something new on the table. Then towards the end of summer the fall produce starts coming in (my favorite time of the year) and who doesn’t love broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and more.
Your also making a commitment to eat healthier.
Now that you have all these fresh veggies available every week you can enjoy them every day. Everyone knows that the flavor and freshness speaks for itself. Maybe you’ll explore new recipes and impress your family with new culinary skills. Everyone needs to slow down and enjoy more home cooked meals with family and friends and less processed foods.
You can fill your freezer with all the extra produce that you can’t get through.
Maybe your going on vacation and won’t be around to cook all of your veggies. Easy! Take a few hours to freeze or can some of your share. Many things don’t require much effort to freeze. Such a peppers for example. Just cut them up, bag them, and put in the freezer. Maybe you cook the whole quart of green beans and eat half for dinner and freeze the rest. Now you’re spreading the value of the share out throughout the whole year.
Buy paying up front for your share you are getting 20 weeks of vegetables at a discounted rate. Each week your paying less than the table price that the retail customers are paying. Who doesn’t like a saving money!
Now that you have bought a share you have your own farm. You will have a better understanding of the seasonality of produce. You can ask the farmer questions of how the food is grown or what variety it is. Maybe even ask questions on how to prepare something. You can brag to your friends of your “farm” and tell them what they are missing.
By selling shares in the spring it really helps out with early season cash flow.
Springtime is an expensive time of the year and having that extra cash flow really helps. Many inputs are needed to be paid for before we can even turn a wheel. Seeds, fertilizer, plants, propane, diesel, and more are needed to get the season going. We can add staff earlier in the season to help with greenhouse work, field work, and general labor.
Each share represents guaranteed sales during the summer season.
It’s incredibly helpful to know how much to grow and what to bring to market. At the farmers market you can never really predict what sales will be like. It can be too hot, rainy, or a holiday weekend and it all can impact sales. But by having pre-sold shares it takes the highs and lows out of each week.
We can build a relationship.
We’re going to see you each week. We can meet your family and learn names. Talk about what you did with your share last week and learn new recipes from each other. This is our favorite part. The personal touch that a CSA adds gives the Community part a deep meaning.
The CSA is part of a diverse marketing program for our farm.
If we depend on the farmers market for 100 percent of farm sales that would be pretty risky. More channels we have the better and a CSA program plays a big part in that. By having farmers markets, a CSA program, restaurants, and wholesale we can market all the produce we grow.
I hope that this gives a better understanding on all the benefits of CSA. It’s a great program that works so well for many families. We have many families that have been members for many years and just love it. If your on the fence please stop by the market some time and we can chat.