Monday, October 26, 2009

Yummy Produce For Nov 4th

Regular Shares

Butternut Squash
Honey Crisp Apples
Green Bell Peppers
Red Leaf Lettuce
Grape Tomatoes
Russet Potato

Fruit Shares

Juicing oranges
Black Grapes

Extra Items for Sale:
Drum roll please ......strawberries the prices will be determined by the amount

*we hope to have these items in our shares but they may change due to unavailablity. Also we will be selling fresh garlic by the pound. Did you know that Garlic is a natural antibactirial and antiviral herb that can help knock out colds virus and flu. It is a staple in my pantry as well as the of the first things we turn in the medicine cabinet.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Recipes for Pumpkins

Have you gotten a chance to use your pumpkin? Do you have a recipe you'd like to share with the coop? Send it over!!! Here are 2 that I have made from mine. I didn't waste any time. I love the fall and all the availability of fall squash.

First cut pumpkin in 1/2 and separate seeds. Save if you'd like to season with salt and roast them. They have a high nutrient count and they are yummy. Nextcut the rind off the pumpkin and cut the pumpkin into small 2" pieces. Steam. I did mine in my rice cooker. Once tender, mash and use in your recipes. You can also freeze and use at a later time.

Pumpkin Butter
yield: 4 half pint jars

3 c. pumpkin puree
3/4 cup apple juice
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups sugar, (I use 1 cup)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Combine pumpkin, apple juice, spices, and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Spoon hot pumpkin mixture into hot jars, filling to within 1/4 inch from top. Remove air bubbles; wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. You do not need to can them. You can just cool the pupmkin butter and keep in the fridge for about a week or share some with a friend.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili
I made this Friday night and it was very good. Can't taste the pumpkin too much but it lends a nice mild flavor and creamy type texture. I omitted the jalapenos for the kids. :) Enjoy!!

2 tablespoons olive oil (I used coconut oil)
1 small yellow onion, chopped,
1 green bell pepper,(I used Red bell)
2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground white or dark meat turkey(I used chopped chicken breast)
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
1 3/4 cup pumpkin purée
1 cup water
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeños and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low then add beans. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes more. Ladle chili into bowls and serve.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Yummy Bags for Oct 21rd!!

Regular Shares
Granny Smith Apples (Carmel apples)
Carrots (party tray)

Spinach (spinach dip)
Broccoli (party tray)

Pumpkin Pie Pumpkins (pumpkin pie)
Avocado (guacamole dip)

Cilantro (guacamole dip & use on top of fish before baking)

Black Grapes
*Bonus Item* Red Bell Peppers

Fruit Shares

Pinova Apples (good for apple pie, or baked apples with brown sugar & cinnamon)
Lemons (freshly squeezed lemonade or lemon pie)


Special Treat For All Who Order (:>} and it's not produce :o}

*please note that this is what we hope to have in our shares for the next may change due to unavailability of some items.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hello Volunteers,
I can not even begin to tell you how much you are appreciated today. This was by far the only day that Kim and I have encountered that "what are we doing to ourselves feeling?" It was a super crazy hectic day and you all just saw that and jumped right in...especially the ones who were not even signed up to help. Wow!! God's mercy is upon us because had you all not been there....we could of not pulled this meat and produce coop today. Thank you from the bottom of my sincere heart...and that includes Kim too!
Being able to just sit for the last 20 mins...I changed my mind about ever doing meat again. LOL However we will just make sure that we have 2 separate teams if they fall on the same day.
Well, thank you again. I hope you all have a great week and we will see each other again in 2 weeks!