Be Well

Posted by on 27 May 2020 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Stranger’s Hill Organics wishes health, peace and prosperity to all.

New Year, New Focus

Posted by on 24 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

This year, Stranger’s Hill Organics will be focusing on growing organic vegetables and plants for sale at local outlets such as the Farmer’s Market and Bloomingfoods.

We are not offering a CSA this year. The Local Grower’s Guild maintains a list of our local growers and producers (http://www.localgrowers.org/growers/), many of which run CSAs. The classifieds section of the Bloomingfoods newsletter is also a great place to find local CSAs.

Thank you for your support of our local food economy. We wish you good health and delicious, nutritious eating in 2014 and beyond!

CSA Newsletter-Week 9

Posted by on 21 Jul 2013 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

July 2013

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What to expect in this week’s share:

    • Cucumber
    • Zucchini
    • Okra
    • Basil
    • Tomatoes
    • Eggplant

Volunteer Highlights:

Special Thanks to Melissa Lahn and Steve Host for volunteering their time at the farm.  Bloomington is a special place in that a lot of it’s residents are connected with their food, the farmers, local distributors, and the food pathways.

Come Volunteer at the farm, we enjoy sharing our daily connection to mother nature with you through our love and labors of farm work.  Some things you could learn while you’re here are:  how to pick and handle tomatoes, how far apart to plant eggplants, what is in our soil, how to pack a csa box, what are the names of the varieties of kale, and even the names of the farmers who pick your food.  These are just a few things you could learn while volunteering.  Every crop’s preparation, maintenance, and harvest has a valueable lesson.

It’s tomato time, so if you’d like to earn a little extra food while helping harvest tomatoes, please volunteer as soon as you can.  A great time to work is from 9am-12pm.  Bring a sack lunch, so we can break bread and swap stories.

If you’re interested in coming out to volunteer or know of anyone that would be interested, please e-mail us:  csa@strangershillorganics.com

Words from our volunteers

Question: “What did you enjoy most about working at the farm?”

Steve: ” I was excited to harvest food, that I knew was going directly to CSA member within a few hours.  That’s a pretty awesome turn around if you ask me!”

Melissa: ” I really enjoyed learning about Strangers Hill Organics, and the food they have to offer Bloomington.  I also liked putting the CSA boxes together.”

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Eggplant tips:

Storing and preserving- Don’t refrigerate, unless you plan on storing for at most a day or two, it will start to develop brown spots and become bitter.  Optimum storage temperature is 50 degrees, so try to keep eggplant in a cool spot.  The best case scenario for the most flavorful eggplant is to use within 24hours, but if that’s just not going to work, wrap with a paper towl and store in a paper bag.

To salt or not to salt-Some cooks might disagree about whether to salt eggplant or not.  To take away the excess moisture and eliminate any bitterness an eggplant may have, salting is recommended.   An eggplant will also need less olive oil while sauteing if salted first.  Unsalted eggplant will absorb about 6-8 tablespoons of oil compared with a salted eggplant, which will only requre about 2 tablespoons.  To salt the eggplant, simply sprinkle the cut eggplant with salt and place in a colander for 30 minutes or more.  After the 30 minutes, lightly squeeze out the moisture and pat dry.  If you prefer not to salt, I recommend blanching the eggplant as the best cooking alternative.

RECIPES

The following recipe is an excellent moussaka recipe I found last year.  Instead of using lamb, I used an soysage crumble mix–crumbled tempeh would also work.  You just might have some extra zucchini that would fit into this recipe perfectly.   You may not have 3 large eggplants as the recipe call for, so use some zucchini in it’s place.

Moussaka

Quick and Easy Cucumber Salad

CSA Newsletter-Week 8

Posted by on 15 Jul 2013 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter

July 2013

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What to expect in this week’s share:

    • Cucumber
    • Zucchini
    • Okra
    • Basil
    • Garlic
    • Chard or Kale

Notes from the farm:

As the tomatoes are getting ready for next week’s harvest, we are preparing to harvest them with delight. Although many organic farmers, especially in the Midwest, are biting their nails in anticipation for the tomatoes to ripen. Last weekend’s beautiful clear skies gave us rays of hope for the tomatoes. If you look at the picture of the tomatoes below, you will see our tomatoes are currently about the color of the 3rd tomato, from left to right.

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In addition, we had a giant scarecrow of a hot air balloon touch down at the farm, just briefly though, as if to command  presence and oversee to the abundance in work,  at Stranger’s Hill Organics.

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Recipes

Crystal’s Basil Bloody Mary

Tip on lowering OKRA’S slime quotient

To make a simple

Bruschetta : you need 6 ingredients:

  1. Raw garlic
  2. Basil
  3. Roma Tomatoes
  4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  5. Salt (preferably ground sea salt)

Top the above on warm, fresh, Italian Bread (ingredient #6). Yummy!!!!!!

We love to cook at my house, and bring more garlic please…..vampires need not bother.  Feel free to experiment with the ingredients listed above.  The rough equivalents of the ingredients we used are included next.  In a bowl, we added two heads of garlic, yep, that’s right….. not two cloves, 2 heads. Tear up 1/2 bunch of basil leaves.  Diced roma tomatoes (~4) and about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Let your taste buds explode!

*Caution: make sure your loved one’s and snuggle bugs eat this too! All in! Allicin!

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CSA Newsletter- Week 7

Posted by on 01 Jul 2013 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter

July 2013

What to expect in this week’s share:

    • Cucumber
    • Zucchini
    • Cabbage
    • Basil
    • Garlic
    • Sage
    • Chard or Lettuce

**Beautiful Nutritious Foods Photo Contest**

Winners: Tiffany Lippincott and Ben Timpson!!!!!!!!

Click here for: Cabbage Pancakes Recipe.

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Special thanks to Jean Briddell of Know Yoga Know Peace for donating 2 yoga class cards.

Notes from the farm:

The previous weeks rain and unseasonable chill have left many farmers yearning to harvest the fruits of their labor.  The tomatoes are on the vines and they have a nice juicy shape, now we need a little more heat and a bit more sun and the tomatoes will be dropping off the vines with the turn of the their lusty red colors.   Although we all continue to work on our patience, we are happy for the rain, as last year was a completely different story.

On multi-tasking:

We are sharing the back lot of Bloomingfoods West with Revolution Bike and Bean Tuesdays in July.  Take advantage of their free bike maintenance help while picking up your CSA distribution.  They are offering for free:  a flat changing clinic, bike inspections, t-shirts, and hilly hundred info.  Hours: 5-9pm.

More Recipes:

Mock Apple Crisp(use zucchini)

Caprese Pasta (use basil)

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Week 6

What to expect in this week’s share:

          • potatoes
          • zucchini
          • beets
          • cucumber
          • cabbage
          •  basil

 

**Beautiful Nutritious Foods Photo Contest**

CLICK: here to VOTE and see all contestant’s PHOTOS

VOTE by e-mailing csa@strangershillorganics.com or just reply to your newsetter e-mail

1 vote per CSA share please and all votes in by Friday, July 5th 2014

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RECIPES:

Courtney’s Awesome Slawsome

I love, love, love cabbage season.  The fun thing about cabbage, is you can do so many things with it…..  Add it to soups, salads, slaws, stuffed peppers, and the list goes on………..  Listed below is a recipe I gathered from my best friend Courtney, an 18th century literary genious, with a few amazing culinary tricks up her sleeve.    This is a slaw that is nutritious, easy to make, and I can literally eat it every day until it’s gone! 

Roasted Beet Hummus

This recipe, shared by Sue Whittington, is a fabulous idea for a recipe!  This is an excellent snack idea for anyone,  and especially someone with diabetes.  Hummus is a great snack on its own, but it just got better! Add roasted beets and decrease the overall calories, adds more iron, fiber, and betalains (a phytonutrient).  Certain flavonoids in the beets delay the breakdown of sugar in the beets, giving it an extra special property that aids with blood sugar control. 

 farmers 2013

 Just a few of our CSA farmers! From left to right: Cameron, Dave, Nick, Ryan, and Kaisa.

“Lettuce” Begin the 2013 CSA Season!

Posted by on 26 May 2013 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter

Hurrah – the 2013 CSA Season has begun!  Share boxes will be ready for pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Please review your membership agreement form for the pick up day and location that you selected. If you have any questions, contact us at csa@strangershillorganics.com.

Scroll down to find your CSA newsletter.

See what’s going in the boxes every week, read updates about the farm, browse links to recipes and helpful resources, and check out our photos.

 

Follow the weekly newsletter for our 2012 CSA season here

Posted by on 07 Aug 2012 | Tagged as: Farm News

See what’s going in the boxes every week, read updates about the farm, browse links to recipes and helpful resources, and check out our photos.

>>Click here for the weekly CSA newsletter

Week 3 CSA Update

Posted by on 12 Jun 2012 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter, Uncategorized

Half share from week 1

Crop Update:

The deer recently made a meal of our lettuce beds, and as a result, we’re going to be a little pressed to get lettuce for this week’s share; of course, we’re going to do what we can with the heads that went untouched, and we’ll work hard to make sure everyone gets a great share. Unfortunately, once a deer knows where they can find food, they typically return. As a result, we’ve resorted to using a heavy row cover as protection, but it has some downsides: they can move it or chew through it if they really want to,  and it signals to the plants that it’s time to flower, meaning the lettuce will bolt and become unusable sooner than it otherwise would. There are other deer repellent solutions out there, but most are just not feasible at this scale.

Volunteer Opportunities: Though it isn’t mandatory, we feel that volunteering provides a good chance for people to more completely see how their food is produced and to have a hand in the process. You can choose in what area you’d like to assist (planting, harvesting, etc.) depending on your interest. If you have free time and you’d like to take us up on this offer, send us an email (csa@strangershillorganics.com) at least a day or two ahead of time and we’ll be sure to have things ready for you. Otherwise, we’re going to organize some dates for large group volunteering that we’ll be keeping you updated about. Thanks for the helping hand!

Here’s what you can expect in this week’s share:

  • Lettuce
  • Kohlrabi
  • Carrots
  • Kale

Recipes

Kohrabi and Carrots

Roasted Kohlrabi

Braised Kohlrabi

Quick Kohlrabi Pickles

Kohlrabi and Apple Slaw

Spicy Kohlrabi Sukke

Masala Chili with Kale & Kohlrabi

Toscana Soup (w/ Kale)

Kale Carrot and Avocado Salad

Kale Tacos

Stir-Fried Kale and Carrots

Chorizo and Kale Pasta Bowl

Bulgur and Kale Casserole with Yogurt Topping

What you can do with a whole lot of kale.

CSA registration closed for the 2012 season

Posted by on 25 May 2012 | Tagged as: CSA

It’s true, our CSA member group has reached it’s capacity. If you still want to join us this season, let us know at csa@strangershillorganics.com and we’ll happily update you if we decide to increase the size of our member group. Or, if you want to wait until next year to join the program, we can add you to the list of people who we contact first when we open up registration for the 2013 season. We’re very grateful for your interest and support, and we hope to welcome you as a member of our CSA program in the future. Thank you!

Week 2 (2012 CSA Season)

Posted by on 14 May 2012 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter

We are still accepting members for the 2012 season! Sign up now for a pro-rated share.

What to expect in this week’s share:

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Assorted Herb Bundles

Recipes:

15 Kale Recipes from seriouseats.com

Healthy Bean Soup with Kale

Rosy Rice Risotto with Beets and Kale

Couscous with Chick Peas, Beets, and Kale

Radiant Beet and Kale Penne Pasta

Kale Chips (Bunch not required, use any amount of kale)

Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

New York Times’ Recipes for Health: Best Beet Recipes

Romaine and Radish Salad with Buttermilk Lemon Dressing

Note: Remember, you can eat your beet and radish greens, and if you want to eat your kale raw, just massage it with salt and a little oil to soften it up. Delicious!

One of our members sent us this photo of a salad he made using the vegetables from last week's share.

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