Saturday, January 13, 2018

Citrus and Dates + Minerals + Floral

Mixing floral and fruit is one of my favorite things to do.

Fruit is so beautiful and presents us with interesting shapes, textures, and a little, "is that an apple in my arrangement?" type situation.

Via instagram I found a new floral supplier...great!....however they are in Rhode Island.

I need very little reason to go visit somewhere. You know those people who only feel moved into travel for events such as weddings, 80th birthday parties, or burial...yea that's not me.

Flowers? Rhode Island? I'm in.

So off I went a few weekends ago to Rhode Island and I'm so happy I did. How refreshing the Floral Reserve is.  They offer retail and wholesale so if you ever find yourself in Providence, Rhode Island go fill your arms with loads of flowers, ferns, air plants, silk ribbon, candles, and much much more. And be prepared people. Pack clean buckets like I did.

So here's what I whipped up with the treats I got in Rhode Island....

Sample bridal bouquet with citrus, cotton, dates, minerals...basically the works! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Paw Paw Ice Cream

paw paw fruit

On my winter reading list the first book I read was "Paw Paw, In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit" by Andrew Moore.

It was such a great book that was extensively researched and thoughtfully penned.

In the book they talk about applications for the Paw Paw fruit (our nation's largest NATIVE fruit) and one such application is ice cream. I'd seen paw paw ice cream around but never was able to get my hands on it. 

The book also notes a place, Integrated Acres, in Ohio that sells frozen paw paw pulp.  On a side note I can NOT wait until my trees are old enough to start producing fruit. Hurry up already!

So I ordered some paw paw pulp and what better time to have a taste test than at the Christmas dinner table.

I made two batches.

Batch 1. Plain paw paw ice cream

Batch 2. Paw paw ice cream with graham cracker pieces and walnuts

plain paw paw ice cream

For the Ice Cream: 

I decided I should keep this project an Ohio project using Ohio paw paw and the base ice cream recipe from the sovereign of ice cream herself Jeni of Jeni's Spendid Ice Creams based in Ohio.

Jeni's base recipe can be found: HERE

From there I added 1 1/2 cups paw paw pulp per batch.

Blend in your ice cream maker and when it's time to serve, I thought the paw paw ice cream paired nicely with a caramel or honey sauce.

paw paw ice cream with graham cracker and walnuts with a touch of caramel sauce

paw paw ice cream + honey caramel sauce 

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018: the year of cooking (or learning to cook), sharing a meal (and sitting down to enjoy it), and flowers in the house {CSA Enrollment Now Open}

To me 2017 zipped by.

And as I take the day to make my new year's resolutions (really, new year goals) I think about what I want for myself and my wonderful, fascinating, inspiring customers. 

For both of us I want more home cooked meals (which means for me, actually getting the veggies from the farm to my house), more time feeling inspired (most of my inspiration comes from my customers and their incredible stories), and more flowers...many many more flowers on the kitchen table (it's part of self care). 

I think that belonging to a CSA (community supported agriculture) program is similar other "new year resolutions" like joining a gym or taking a class as the new year begins.  

It takes some effort and it is a commitment but it's so rewarding.  

You might be a little tired after work but you go to the gym anyway. You take that spin class and afterward you feel great! No one ever regrets actually going to work out. 

Just like no one ever regrets cooking a great meal (especially if there are left overs to pack for lunch the next day!).  And no ever regrets trying a new recipe that ends up being awesome...adding that one to the list of "go to" recipes...the ones they ask for. 

And no one ever....and I mean ever regrets having beautiful tree ripened peaches to snack on each week during the sweet summer months do they? No way!

So if your new year goals involve health, self care, good eatin', and more time spent around the kitchen table with those you love consider a veggie share that's on your terms.

No pre-made choose what you want when you pick up.

No commitment to pick up every week. Come shop at the farm or farmers markets when you want to. 

We have other items too like cut flowers and succulents that can be purchased using your share dollars. 

Our Market CSA enrollment for 2018 is now open. 

And as a sweetener if you sign up before February 1st you get an additional $20 added to your account on us.

Link to sign up: HERE

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