Hi Harmony Valley--
I don't usually take the time to do this--but the recipes in the newsletter (along with the produce of course) have been so fabulous this year that I have to give that feedback to you! I was skeptical of the featured recipe for Coconut Kohlrabi slaw because I have never been a fan of kohlrabi, but thought I'd give it a try since it fit the box so well and it was FANTASTIC! I have really loved all the recipes this year (the Pea Shoot Pesto was also a winner with my family.)
Thanks again and keep up the excellent work--we are appreciating every bit!
Dear Harmony Valley Farm:
We bought your Root Vegetable Soup Mix at our local Whole Foods Market in Evanston, IL. I was so excited to get home because I had the day off and the weather outside was horrible, the perfect weather for soup! We made a Curry Root Vegetable Stew, and it was one of the best soups I've ever made off the cuff! I've never cooked celery root, but after a little Google search I knew what to do!
Thank you so much for growing these wonderful vegetables, they were so fresh and amazing! I've included the recipe for you!
Curry Root Vegetable Stew
1 Package Harmony Valley Farm Root Vegetable Soup Mix
2 Medium Onions
4 Medium Potatoes
6 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 Can Organic Beans (Kidney, White, Black, Garbanzo)
1 28oz Can Organic Crushed Tomatoes
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Cumin Seed
1 Tsp. Mustard Seed
1 Tsp. Coriander Seed
1 Tsp. Fennel Seed
1 Tsp. Ground Turmeric
1 Tsp. Ground Cayenne
Dry roast the cumin, mustard, coriander, and fennel seeds for about 1 minute over medium high heat. Remove from heat and ground with 1 tsp of the salt, the turmeric, and the cayenne. Set spice mixture aside. Peel and cube all of the vegetables from the Soup Mix and the potatoes and set aside. Chop both onions.
Heat oil over medium high heat in a large pot. Add onions to pot, add salt, and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add spice mixture to onions and saute for a few minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables, crushed tomatoes, and vegetable broth the pot. Add water to cover vegetables if needed. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 45 minutes. Add beans and simmer for 15 more minutes. Use an immersion blender, or blend a few cups of the soup in a standing blender, for a creamy texture. Salt and pepper to taste!
Thanks again, C.Colson
Great newsletter this week. I really appreciated the cost comparison. Love the CSA. It's like Christmas every Thursday! Thanks for all you do. Liz (3rd year CSA Member email November 2013)
good morning to all of my fabulous farming partners!!! I just read farmer Richards newsletter and as it sounded a bit apologetic, I wanted to let you all know that my family and I appreciate all you do. I am so thankful that all I am required to do is send a bit of money to have a share in the bounty. I absolutely assume the crop risk with you my partners and in NO way hold you accountable for the unexpected. I have complete trust that you all are working your rears off for the benefit of us all. Everything we have received from our farm and other farming partners (cheese, beef, and vegies) has been clean and of the HIGHEST quality. Thank you for getting the farming done right! I'm especially thankful that we had an opportunity for the delicious ramps this year!! When and if you all figure out how to control the weather - I will be glad to support that as well. For now though - I'll continue to appreciate ALL of the goodies my farm is producing!! Thank - you. LK (May 2013 - member since 2008)
Dear Harmony Valley,
Yesterday's box of produce was so amazing! Everything was beautiful, fresh, and something that I can easily use in my cooking. The sweet corn is out of this world. I am a bit of a sweet corn snob as well. My grandpa was a corn farmer in IA so I grew up only "having the best" and my standards are high. I don't know the variety this was, but it was excellent and I am excited for more!
I also wanted to mention that I appreciate basil being the choice item for so many weeks this year. It hasn't been that way in prior years and there are so many practical ways to use basil or package it to be used later that I feel like I have been able to incorporate it a lot into my current and future cooking. I hope that continues for future years as my pesto recipe seems like it gets better every time!
Thanks for all the hard work getting this amazing quality and quantity of produce to me - it is feeding not only my husband and I, but our little girl who will be born in October. It is so nice to know I'm eating such good food to nourish a growing baby!
Have a great day!
Just a note to let you know how much we've enjoyed our vegetable, cheese, and coffee shares over the last 2 years. Many reasons come to mind, but mostly we're glad to have the opportunity to give our boys (6 & 4) a wide variety of healthy, flavorful, environmentally-friendly foods. (And truly world-class coffee for me. ) Also, keep up the great work on the veggie cheeses -- the ramp cheddar and pesto cheeses are to die for!Looking forward to May deliveries,
Thank you for a wonderful season of vegetables. Each box was a work of art! In each and every box, I could feel your excellent team work, your healthy soil, your good decisions on timing, seed selection, box packing and all the thousand other things involved in delivering a beautiful box of vegetables like yours every week without fail! Each year it gets better, more variety, more unique interesting additions, more color, more ingenuity. I am very grateful to be a member of the HVF family.Charlotte (CSA member since 1997)
A few words of thanks for the wonderful vegetables that arrived in a beautiful box: a HVF trademark. We appreciate the superb organization and communication, including the newsletter and recipes. We look forward to the next delivery as well as our trip to the friendly HVF vegetable stand at the Dane County Farmers Market in between.Rosa & Anthony
We have enjoyed each and every share that we've received this year, and our daughter loves seeing what kind of new and unique veggies and fruits show up each week. She impressed her friends at the lunch table the other week with a purple carrot one day, and yellow cauliflower another. They were waiting to see what she'd bring for her lunch the next day! The yellow watermelon was a hit with both kids and they asked me to buy another at the grocery store. Unfortunately, I was not able to find another yellow watermelon. Keep up the great work and we're looking forward to another great year next year!Sincerely,