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

Roasted Vegetables with Mustard Oil and Indian Five Spice (Panch Phoron)

Indian food is very aromatic and this dish uses “Panch Phoron”, a classic spice mix of fenugreek, fennel, black mustard, cumin, and nigella seeds.  The spicy and aromatic mixture of seeds may be used whole or ground. Our globe eggplants, carrots, and green beans are abundant now, so we are using them in this recipe.  We added carrots for their sweetness, to balance the spiciness of this exotic and … Continue reading Roasted Vegetables with Mustard Oil and Indian Five Spice (Panch Phoron)

Lacto-Fermented Watermelon Radishes

This is one of the ways that we like to preserve the seasonal harvest for later enjoyment. Lacto-fermented watermelon radishes are probiotic and so delicious, and they also are so beautiful.  This recipe uses no vinegar, just veggies, salt, water, and time. We love them in salads but check out the Extra! below for another creative and delicious way to use them. Preparation Time:  30 minutes Lacto-fermentation Time:  30 – … Continue reading Lacto-Fermented Watermelon Radishes

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

Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

One of the many ways we enjoy our cherry tomatoes when we want something a little more unique is to make them the featured ingredient in a vinaigrette, a very colorful, sweet yet tangy one, that we think you will enjoy as well.  You won’t need a lot for this recipe.  Just a cup will do.  We use both our red and Sungold varieties, and … Continue reading Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

We have really enjoyed the tomatoes this season.  There are many ways to preserve tomatoes to enjoy them later in the year when the tomato season has ended. Roasting tomatoes and freezing them is one way to make sure you can enjoy them up to six months later. Here, we use Roma tomatoes, but if you use cherry, grape, or slicer tomatoes, adjust the cooking … Continue reading Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Stir Fry Eggplant Relish with Scallions, Cilantro & Cucumber 

The roasted and sautéed eggplant in this recipe has a satisfying texture, and the flavors are zingy and mouth-awakening. Many thanks to Chef Jason Osborne and the CTC Student Chefs for creating and preparing this wonderful recipe for this week’s demo sample at Worden Farm! 1 TBSP Sesame Oil 1 tsp Ginger, peeled, Minced 1 tsp Garlic, peeled, Minced 1 TBSP Spring Onions, Diced 1 … Continue reading Stir Fry Eggplant Relish with Scallions, Cilantro & Cucumber