Valarie Russell on October 14th, 2014

Russell Vegies (14)Russell Vegies (14)Well Harvest Homecoming has ended and we are ready to finish out this year’s farmer’s market.  We have two more weeks remaining for the season, and sad to say that the six inches of rain we had this week has been hard on the crops. We should have plenty of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.  Plus we will have lots of greens… Swiss chard, kale, spinach and baby lettuce.

We have loads of fall/winter squashes available… spaghetti, acorn, butternut, etc… also available this Saturday: a few green beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, “candy” onions, radishes -Pink Beauties, Daikon and watermelon- turnips, beets and some of Kenny’s pepper varieties.

We are finished picking apples and will have Red and Golden Delicious and a few Johnathon apples this week.  All of these are great for cooking, eating and apple butter making. Don’t forget we have local harvested Chestnuts available… while supplies last.

Don’t forget to pick up your farm-fresh, free-range eggs at the market and bring by the little ones for their annual “mini” pumpkin!

“Basket of the Week” customers ~ please remember to bring back your baskets.  As the harvest season winds down, we have decided to discontinue our “Basket of the Week” program for the year. We will however still offer pre-orders as usual. Our last “Baskets” still looked awesome, but this cool/wet weather has all but ended most of our summer crops. We look forward to offering them again next season. A huge thank you to all those who participated this year!

Thanks for your patronage,

Val & Kenny

 

Final "Basket of the Week" for the 2014 season

Final “Basket of the Week” for the 2014 season

Valarie Russell on October 14th, 2014

watermelon radish saladA watermelon radish is, on first glance, a plain greenish-white root. But slice it open and it reveals a stunning fuchsia interior. We love their mild flavor in this simple salad.

2 watermelon radishes, peeled, quartered, and sliced

1/2 cucumber, halved and sliced

3/4 cup dill fronds

1 small purple onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

8 ozs baby lettuce

4 ounces Feta cheese

Put all ingredients except cheese in a large bowl, tossing gently to combine. Assemble salads on 4 plates, and top each salad with crumbled cheese.

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Valarie Russell on October 7th, 2014

harvest homecoming 2014This is the weekend lots of folks in our area look forward to every year… and for us it’s the first weekend off since May.  We are headed in different directions this year. Kenny is headed to Brown County to check out their farmer’s markets as we seldom get to visit other markets. This is a great opportunity for him and he is looking forward to the adventure. I’m headed south with the Louisville clan to invade Clemson, can’t wait to be with family and friends for the long weekend.  Go Cards!

Harvest Homecoming is a long standing tradition for the city of New Albany so be sure to take time to enjoy the festivities. We hope for a beautiful weekend for all the outdoor activities. You can check out all their details at http://www.harvesthomecoming.com/. We will return to the farmer’s market next weekend and continue through the end of October.

Next weekend we plan to have plenty of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, and fall/winter squashes. We will have tons of greens as well… kale, spinach, collards, Swiss chard and baby lettuces.  We will still have apples thru October.

As the harvest season winds down, we have decided to discontinue our “Basket of the Week” program for the year. We will however still offer pre-orders as usual. Our “Baskets last week still looked awesome, but this cool weather has all but ended our summer crops. We look forward to offering them again next season. A huge thank you to all those who participated this year!

Enjoy your weekend and see you all next Saturday,

Val & Kenny

Final "Basket of the Week" for the 2014 season

Final “Basket of the Week” for the 2014 growing season.

Valarie Russell on October 7th, 2014

minestrone soupA good way to use up your “Basket of the Week”, or clean out the refrigerator. This recipe could easily be vegetarian by using vegetable broth in place of chicken broth. Makes a lot and freezes well.

1 T olive oil

1 c chopped onion (candy onion)

1 c sliced carrot

3/4 c sliced celery

3 cups diced tomato (or large can crushed tomatoes)

2 c diced butternut squash

2 c water

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 cans chicken broth  (or vegetable broth)

1  can cannellini beans (rinsed)

1  can red beans (rinsed)

2 minced garlic cloves

2 c chopped cabbage

2 c spinach (chopped)

1/2 small uncooked pasta/macaroni

2 tsp dried sage

3/4 tsp thyme

2 bay leaves

1 tsp oregano

1/4 c fresh parmesan cheese

Heat oil in large pot and add onion, carrots, celery and sauté for 6 minutes. Add tomatoes, squash, water, salt and pepper, chicken broth, garlic and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in rest of vegetables, beans and pasta. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until pasta is done. Stir in remaining herbs. Garnish with parmesan cheese. Ready to serve.

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Valarie Russell on September 30th, 2014

baskets 9-27-2014 (2)It’s hard to believe it’s already October and the harvest season is quickly winding down; hopefully this weekend’s weather will not rain on the annual Harvest Homecoming parade. We are planning on a beautiful day!

Kenny’s  broccoli is beautiful this week and we should have plenty for early patrons.  We will have loads of fall/winter squashes available… spaghetti, acorn, butternut, etc… Also available this Saturday: fresh green beans, potatoes,  green and golden zucchini, yellow summer squash, Swiss chard, kale, cucumbers, “candy” onions, bell peppers, cabbage, jalapenos, mixed hot peppers, pablono peppers, and sweet potatoes. Kenny is also pulling radishes and a few turnips along with the first cutting of baby lettuce.  We will have Black Seeded Simpson lettuce… great for wilted lettuce salad!

Tomatoes…. we still have them and several varieties are still available. We also still have some canning tomatoes available on a pre-order basis only… be sure to place your order if you are wanting to make homemade salsa, pasta sauce or your favorite recipes.

We are still picking apples… Golden and Red Delicious apples will be available this week. We will also have a few Mutzu, which are great for cooking and apple butter making.

Don’t forget to pick up your farm-fresh, free-range eggs at the market. Just a reminder that we have been selling out early each week… so come early or pre-order to make sure you get the items you need.

Don’t forget to place your order for our “Baskets of the Week”, I need all orders by noon Friday.  As the season progresses they just get better and better, this is a picture of last Saturday’s basket.  ~ please remember to bring back your baskets.

Thanks for your patronage,

Val & Kenny

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Valarie Russell on September 23rd, 2014

baskets 9-20-14 (2)We will have loads of fall/winter squashes available… spaghetti, acorn, butternut, etc… Also available this Saturday: broccoli and cauliflower, green beans, potatoes, green and golden zucchini, yellow summer squash, Swiss chard, kale, cucumbers, “candy” onions, bell peppers, cabbage, jalapenos, mixed hot peppers, pablono peppers, sweet banana peppers, cherry tomatoes and sweet potatoes.  Kenny may have a few other surprises as well but you will have to come down early and check them out.

Tomatoes are still available… several varieties to choose from. We are still picking apples… Golden and Red Delicious apples will be available as well as a few Mutzu.

Don’t forget to pick up your farm-fresh, free-range eggs at the market. Just a reminder that we have been selling out early each week… so come early or pre-order to make sure you get the items you need.

“Basket of the Week” customers ~ please remember to bring back your baskets. Don’t forget to place your order for our “Baskets of the Week”, I need all orders by noon Friday.  As the season progresses they just get better and better, this is a picture of last Saturday’s basket.

Thanks for supporting us with your purchases at the market,

Val & Kenny

Valarie Russell on September 16th, 2014

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Fall is here… along with that comes a change in the produce.  It’s time for all the great fall squashes ~ acorn, butternut, buttercup and spaghetti. Apples are going to be available as well, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Mutzu.  It’s broccoli time again, we will have the first picking of the fall crop.  Come early for your supply…they are sure to sell out early.

Don’t forget to place your order for our “Baskets of the Week”, I need all orders by noon Friday.  As the season progresses they just get better and better, this is a picture of last Saturday’s basket.

Kenny still has tomatoes… hopefully more than last week, he ran out way too early! We will also have corn, possibly the last of the season. We’ll have sweet potatoes, green beans, Swiss chard, okra, kale, cabbage, red potatoes, beets, zucchini, golden zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, and candy onions.  Kenny has more of his many different hot peppers, eggplants, and cherry tomatoes as well.

Canning tomatoes will be available again this weekend for $15 a half bushel, let us know if we need to bring some for your canning projects.

Don’t forget to pick up your farm-fresh, free-range eggs at the market. Just a reminder that we have been selling out early each week… so come early or pre-order to make sure you get the items you need.

Thanks for supporting us with your purchases. Have a great week, hope to see you on Saturday.

Val & Kenny

Ready for canning!

Ready for canning!

Valarie Russell on September 16th, 2014

apple bread with carmel glaze

Try this and delicious apple bread, it’s so easy you can make it most anytime for a quick and tasty dessert. So yummy right from the oven… even without the glaze.

1/3 cup brown sugar (not packed)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2/3 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

2 apples, peeled and chopped (I use Mutzu)

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Glaze:

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside. Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract.

Combine flour and baking powder together in another bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Next add half the apples and half the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter.

Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and add more brown sugar/cinnamon mixture and pecans. Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a finger or spoon.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.

In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in 1/4 cup brown sugar. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat to low. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling; remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm, about 30 minutes.
Gradually stir powdered sugar into glaze mixture. Place saucepan of glaze in bowl of cold water. Beat with spoon until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. If glaze becomes too stiff, stir in additional milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, or heat over low heat, stirring constantly.

Drizzle glaze over loaves. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

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Valarie Russell on September 9th, 2014

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Fall is on its way… along with that comes a change in the produce.  It’s time for all the great fall squashes ~ acorn, butternut, buttercup and spaghetti. Apples are going to be available as well, both Gala and Mutzu. Kenny and Bobby have begun digging sweet potatoes, we will begin bringing them and our fall items this Saturday along with our regular summer produce.

Don’t forget to place your order for our “Baskets of the Week”, I need all orders by noon Friday.  As the season progresses they just get better and better, this is a picture of last Saturday’s basket.

Kenny still has heirlooms!  We also have hybrid tomatoes, corn and green beans, Swiss chard, kale, cabbage, new potatoes, beets, zucchini, golden zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, okra and candy onions.  Kenny has more of his many different eggplants, hot peppers and cherry tomatoes as well.

Don’t forget to pick up your farm-fresh, free-range eggs at the market. Just a reminder that we have been selling out early each week… so come early or pre-order to make sure you get the items you need.

Thanks for supporting us with your purchases, and remember to visit other Floyd County vendors while at the market. Have a great week, hope to see you on Saturday.

Val & Kenny

Fall/Winter Squash

Fall/Winter Squash

Valarie Russell on September 9th, 2014

IMG_1434This weekend, Moms and Dads bring the kiddos to the New Albany Farmer’s Market for our Third Annual “Zucchini 500″. Children get to make their own “race car” and enter them in our race. Tons of fun, and Kenny and the other farmers have plenty of  zucchini for all the kids! They has been holding them back for a couple of weeks just for your boy or girl.  Each child gets to chose a zucchini, add wheels and number/name, then join the race. Prizes will be awarded, be sure and spread the word so we can make this the best Saturday for kids this market season.

Here are a few pictures from our past race… come and watch the fun.

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