Lacto-fermented Cucumber Pickles

Our cucumbers are plentiful now but because Summer is quickly approaching they won’t be for long.  Lacto-fermentation is a tried and tested way of preserving in-season veggies for later use, and requires no pasteurization. Preparation Time:  30 minutes Lacto-fermentation Time:  30 – 60 days Note:  The length of time will depend entirely on the level of sourness you like in your pickles. Yields:  1 half-gallon (here) … Continue reading Lacto-fermented Cucumber Pickles

Italian Basil Pesto

Make this pesto recipe when basil is being harvested in abundance. Enjoy some right away, and freeze some for later use. Preparation Time:  20 minutes Cooking Time:  7 minutes Yields:  2 cups Ingredients: 4 cups lightly packed fresh Italian basil leaves, blanched 2 quarts water (for blanching) 1 tbsp kosher salt Ice water bath 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano 1/4 cup toasted … Continue reading Italian Basil Pesto

Arugula Salad with Shaved Fennel, Orange Supremes, Roselle Hibiscus Vinaigrette, and garnished with Crispy Leeks, and Greek Feta

Our favorite salads always have a lot of flavor and hit every taste bud and texture.  This salad has it all: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami tastes, plus crispy, crunchy, and creamy textures. One of our friends makes a delicious roselle jam using the roselle hibiscus flowers we grow on our farm; we use that jam to make this vinaigrette which adds a bright lemony flavor and … Continue reading Arugula Salad with Shaved Fennel, Orange Supremes, Roselle Hibiscus Vinaigrette, and garnished with Crispy Leeks, and Greek Feta

Curried Curly Endive Soup with Romanesco

Many thanks to Chef Instructor Jason Osborne and the student chefs at Charlotte Technical College for creating and preparing this delicious recipe for our farm members! Ingredients: 4 TBSP Olive Oil ½ TBSP Ginger, Fresh, Minced ½ TBSP Garlic, Fresh Minced 2 each Scallions, Sliced 1 ea Jalapeno, Minced ½ Cup Worden Farm Yellow Onions, Fresh Minced 2 each Worden Farm Carrots, small dice 1 … Continue reading Curried Curly Endive Soup with Romanesco

Sandwich Pickles

Crisp cucumber pickles on a sandwich give a nice crunch and flavor burst. The cucumbers in this recipe are cold pickled so, with the exception of adding the boiling hot brine to each jar filled with sliced cucumbers, dill, garlic, and pickling spices, there is no cooking involved.  Once the jars are capped and cooled we store them in the fridge for up to 30 days. … Continue reading Sandwich Pickles

Chimichurri Many Ways

Summer is fast approaching, and that means grilling.  One of our favorite condiments or sauces to put on grilled veggies is chimichurri, a traditional Argentinian sauce made with parsley, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper.  There are many other variations that include oregano, rosemary, lemon zest, and even sun-dried tomatoes for a red version. Classic green chimichurri with parsley, garlic, … Continue reading Chimichurri Many Ways

Caramelized Spring Onion and Roasted Tomato Herbed Galette with Greek Feta

Most of us in the U.S. have had sweet galettes with fruit-based fillings but we are going the savory route with this recipe.  We use caramelized Spring onions as the base filling and top them with oven roasted Roma tomatoes and Feta cheese.  We also add garlic, basil, and oregano to the half all purpose and whole wheat (both organic) dough to give the hearty … Continue reading Caramelized Spring Onion and Roasted Tomato Herbed Galette with Greek Feta