Stir Fry Eggplant & Summer Squash Lettuce Wraps

This quick recipe is hearty without being heavy. The flavors strike a satisfying balance of sweet and savory. The textures contrast nicely between the delicate lettuce leaves and the substantial chew of the squash, eggplant, and other fillings. It’s a perfect dish for casual weekend parties, or for an easy but interesting weeknight dinner. Ingredients: 4-6 ea             Lettuce Leaves (Any variety) 1 oz                 Sesame … Continue reading Stir Fry Eggplant & Summer Squash Lettuce Wraps

Thai Basil Pesto

This Thai basil pesto, while a bit more exotic, can be used like you would classic basil pesto: on pasta, grilled meat, poultry, fish, or veggies. You may have to make a visit to a nearby Asian market to find all the ingredients but it will be well worth it. Yield:  2 cups Ingredients: 5 cups of lightly packed Thai basil leaves 1 cup of lightly packed … Continue reading Thai Basil Pesto

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