Summertime Farmers Markets

Come one, come all! Stop here for the famous beet and carrot burgers. #farmersmarket #harvestkitchenlife

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It’s always fun to run into so many of our friends and customers at our Farmers Markets locations in the summer.  It’s one of my favorite parts of my job–getting to hang out outside on beautiful summer days, telling people about our fantastic food and socializing with my fellow vendors.  Last summer we were doing four markets per week: Cobblestone Farm on Tuesdays, Westside on Thursdays, and the downtown Ann Arbor Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  This year we’ve had to cut back and focus only on the Ann Arbor Market.  The other markets are still happening and we miss participating, but it’s also nice to do less running around.

A typical day at the Ann Arbor Farmers market begins with me waking up around 5:15 am to get ready to go to work.  Since my husband works nights, he sometimes stays up to make tea for me in the morning, but if he hasn’t done that, I make myself a big pot of tea.  I get dressed (in weather-appropriate clothing), grab my bag of food and water bottle and other market-day necessities, brush my teeth and wash my face and head to the market in time to sign in before 6 am.  Once all the vendors are signed in at 6 am, the market manager goes to see which of the permanent vendors are participating on that market day.  That way we know which stalls are available for the rest of us, the so-called daily vendors.  Once the market manager has mapped out which stalls are taken and which are available, the daily vendors choose their stalls in order of seniority.  I usually try to get a stall near where I’ve been in previous weeks.  Lately I’ve been lucky enough to get a stall on the main aisle, although that will probably change when some permanent vendors return in the fall.

Once I’ve chosen my stall (around 6:15 or 6:20), I usually take 20 minutes to do my delivery to Argus Farm Stop.  I return to the Farmers Market shortly before 7 to set up my stall and get ready for the day.  At Harvest Kitchen, we do most of our business to our regular customers in the first few hours of market.  The early afternoon usually sees me doing a lot of outreach/education to new customers.  To keep the day interesting, one of my fellow vendors created a “Farmers Market Bingo” sheet–I am always entertained by keeping my eyes peeled for Pregnant Ladies, Abandoned Coffee, and people asking the way to Zingerman’s.

Market day winds down after 2 pm.  Technically the market closes at 3, but depending on the weather and how busy we are with customers, many vendors begin to pack up a little earlier than that.  A tip for market shoppers–don’t wait til 2:30 to come to market! You’ll get the best selection if you come earlier.  So, after a busy day of marketing, we vendors pack up our gear and head home–just to prepare for another market day coming up.  Come visit us–and if you wear a matching outfit with your friend or partner, you might be able to help us score BINGO! :)

Here’s the menu

Classic Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef –  We’ve been looking forward to making stuffed peppers for months.  This classic recipe is a delicious combination of ground beef, tomato sauce, rice, and plenty of veggies. Gluten free. Single serving $10

BBQ Country Ribs with Green Beans and Potatoes–  Salute the Summer with delicious country ribs doused in our delicious homemade BBQ sauce and served on a bed of flavorful green beans and roasted new potatoes. Gluten free. Single Serving – $10

Corn Chowder  – A little cream and a boatload of veggies set this summertime “chowdah” apart. Lip-smackin’ rich goodness. Not too heavy for a summer day! Pint $7

Sesame Cucumber Salad –  A long-time HK favorite, this sesame-seasoned marinated cucumber salad is surprisingly refreshing and delicious–probably because of all the great ingredients! Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8


Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers  –  We’ve been looking forward to making stuffed peppers for months.  This recipe features a delicious combination of tomato sauce, rice, and plenty of other  veggies and herbs. Gluten Free. Single serving $10
Beet and Carrot Croquettes with Green Beans and Potatoes–  Back by popular demand, these seasonal veggie croquettes are full of grated roots, cheese, rice, and plenty of flavor. Sweet and delicious, these are unlike any veggie burgers you’ve had before–perfect for the vegetarians at your picnic.  We’re pairing this dish with a lovely side of green beans and potatoes. Gluten Free option available. Single Serving $10

Corn Chowder  – A little cream and a boatload of veggies set this summertime “chowdah” apart. Lip-smackin’ rich goodness. Not too heavy for a summer day! Pint $7

Sesame Cucumber Salad –  A long-time HK favorite, this sesame-seasoned marinated cucumber salad is surprisingly refreshing and delicious–probably because of all the great ingredients! Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Summer time, and the Livin’ is easy

A sunny field at Seeley Farm

A sunny field at Seeley Farm

Judging by the weather, proper Michigan summer is finally here.  At Harvest Kitchen, we are gearing up to enjoy all of the amazing summer vegetables that become available at this time of year.  You may have already noticed zucchini and summer squash being featured prominently, along with chard and beets and new potatoes and herbs and…. well, basically every week the list of vegetables we can get from our farmers gets longer.  It’s a pretty exciting and inspiring time of year from our perspective.  We can’t wait for fresh tomatoes, corn, and peppers–these delights are just a few weeks away, and should be followed by eggplant, melons, sweet potatoes, and more.  Be sure you don’t miss any of the amazing concoctions we’re making to feature the freshest food of the year.

I had a nice chat this week with Farmers Jon and Karlene of Goetz

A view of the fields at Tantre.

A view of the fields at Tantre.

Farm.  Jon told me that the heavy rain earlier this summer caused extensive crop damage and they’re behind for the season.  This matches with what I’m hearing from friends at Green Things Farm and Seeley Farm–all this rain makes it hard to plant the sequential crops (especially quick-growing things like salad greens which must be planted weekly) since you don’t want to work the fields while they’re wet.  However, Karlene (who is noted for her more positive outlook when contrasted with Jon’s doom-and-gloom) says that despite the damage to some crops, other water-loving veggies are thriving and overall things should be fine.

Planting peppers at CFAA

Planting peppers at CFAA

That’s one of the glories of working with local farmers who grow a diversity of crops–if it’s a bad year for one veggie, it’s probably exactly the weather that some other plant loves.  We’re looking forward to what the season brings!

In the mean time, here’s the menu for the week:

Veggie-Rich Quinoa Chard Wraps with Ground Pork  – Our ever-popular quinoa chard wraps take a summer-y direction this time: we’re stuffing the chard with tons of delicious ground pork and plenty of summertime veggies. Gluten Free. Single serving $10

Italian Zucchini Pie with Sausage –  Homemade herbed crust is the perfect background for this flavorful quiche-style filling.  Zucchini plays a role, of course, but we also feature local dairy, more of that delicious Italian sausage from Sparrow, and so many herbs.  7″ pie – $15

Caprese Salad –  This world-class flavor combination of fresh cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil needs no introduction from me! Dive in! Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Creamy Coleslaw – Crispy cabbage and carrots in a delicious mayonnaise dressing, this traditional coleslaw is the ideal companion to any meal this week.  Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8


Veggie-Rich Quinoa Chard Wraps  – Our ever-popular quinoa chard wraps go in a summer-y direction this time: we’re stuffing the chard with plenty of summertime veggies, flavorful seasoning, and more. Gluten Free. Single serving $10

Vegetarian Italian Zucchini Pie –  Homemade herbed crust is the perfect background for this flavorful quiche-style filling.  Zucchini plays a role, of course, but we also feature local dairy, plenty of mozzarella, and so many herbs.  7″ pie – $15

Caprese Salad –  This world-class flavor combination of fresh cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil needs no introduction from me! Dive in! Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Creamy Coleslaw – Crispy cabbage and carrots in a delicious mayonnaise dressing, this traditional coleslaw is the ideal companion to any meal this week.  Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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YpsiTasty Grub Crawl Coming Tuesday

Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad

We’re excited to once again be participating in the awesome YpsiTasty Grub Crawl this Tuesday, July 21, from 5-9 pm.  YpsiTasty is cosponsored by the A2Y Chamber of Commerce and Growing Hope.  The idea is that participants can visit a bunch of fantastic local restaurants and food businesses and sample products highlighting local and seasonal ingredients.  Tickets are available here. We hope you can join us! Last year the event was great fun.  We’ll be serving samples of our ever-popular Curried Chicken Salad and the refreshing Chilled Dilled Cucumber Soup. Mmmmm!  You’ll also be able to try amazing samples from places like Bona Sera, Maiz, Ugly Mug, Ypsi Food Co-op, Sidetracks, Aubrees, and more.  And it’s all for a good cause!  So stop by! Here’s a fun moment from last year’s event:

#ypsitasty grub crawl crew…sampling the ever-popular curried chicken salad. #yum #harvestfiance #harvestkitchenlife

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And here’s the menu:

Stuffed Zucchini Alsace with Chicken–  Summer is truly here when stuffed zucchini hit the menu.  These delicious squash are stuffed with a savory, creamy filling including chicken, white beans, peppers and more. Gluten Free.  SIngle Serving  $10

Pulled Pork Enchiladas –Fresh tortillas from The Tortilla Factory baked with our homemade, veggie-rich pork enchilada filling, homemade sauce, and of course, plenty of cheese. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Cucumber Dill Soup – Cool down a summer day with our chilled, dilled, delicious cucumber-yogurt soup. What could be more refreshing? Gluten free. Pint  $7

Maple Roasted Green Beans  Fresh green beans take on an extra dimension of deliciousness in this simple roasted dish. Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8


Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini Alsace –  Summer is truly here when stuffed zucchini hit the menu.  These delicious squash are stuffed with a savory, creamy filling including carrots, cream cheese, peppers and more. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Vegetarian Enchiladas –Fresh tortillas from The Tortilla Factory baked with our homemade, veggie-rich bean enchilada filling, homemade sauce, and of course, plenty of cheese. Gluten free.  Single Serving $10

Cucumber Dill Soup – Cool down a summer day with our chilled, dilled, delicious cucumber-yogurt soup. What could be more refreshing? Gluten free. Pint  $7

Maple Roasted Green Beans  Fresh green beans take on an extra dimension of deliciousness in this simple roasted dish. Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Wordless Friday: Gorgeous July Moments

Here’s a follow up to last week’s wholesale news: photos of our food on the shelves of Whole Foods (Washtenaw) and Busch’s (South Main).

 

Those aren’t the most beautiful photos of our food, so here are some glamour shots:

Zucchini Vegetable Curry

Zucchini Vegetable Curry

BORSCHT!!!

BORSCHT!!!

Delectable spring rolls

Delectable spring rolls

And, here’s the menu:

Greek-style Zucchini Casserole with Pork – We found this tasty recipe in a cookbook from Moosewood restaurant, where it’s been on the menu for over 20 years. According to the cookbook, “The bulghur pilaf, savory zucchini, and feta custard yield a dish that is both exotic and reassuring.” We’re adding delicious Black Oak Farm pork sausage for our omnivore version. Dinner is served!  Single Serving $10

Stuffed Pasta Shells with Spinach and Beef in Alfredo Sauce –  Hearty pasta shells deliciously filled with cheese-y, herb-rich stuffing featuring Mclaughlin beef and fresh Goetz Farm greens and deluged in creamy alfredo sauce. Single Serving $10

Carrot Ginger Soup – Back by popular demand, we’re delighted to feature this sweet, bright, zesty soup once more.  Truly a refreshing meal in any season.  Gluten Free. Pint $7

Beet, Carrot, and Cucumber Salad with Lime Vinaigrette This unusual combination comes from The Boxing Clever Cookbook and was a big hit when we made it a few years ago. It’s not often that we get these veggies in combination, but this zingy classic will make your tastebuds tingle. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8


Greek-style Zucchini Casserole- We found this tasty recipe in a cookbook from Moosewood restaurant, where it’s been on the menu for over 20 years. According to the cookbook, “The bulghur pilaf, savory zucchini, and feta custard yield a dish that is both exotic and reassuring.” Dinner is served!   Single Serving $10

Stuffed Pasta Shells with Spinach and Alfredo Sauce –  Hearty pasta shells deliciously filled with cheese-y, herb-rich stuffing featuring fresh Goetz Farm greens and deluged in creamy alfredo sauce. Single Serving  $10

Carrot Ginger Soup – Back by popular demand, we’re delighted to feature this sweet, bright, zesty soup once more.  Truly a refreshing meal in any season.  Gluten Free. Pint $7

Beet, Carrot, and Cucumber Salad with Lime Vinaigrette This unusual combination comes from The Boxing Clever Cookbook and was a big hit when we made it a few years ago. It’s not often that we get these veggies in combination, but this zingy classic will make your tastebuds tingle. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Wholesale is here!

Pulled Pork Sandwich!

Pulled Pork Sandwich!

Harvest Kitchen is delighted to announce that our products are now being carried in several local stores! We made our first delivery to Whole Foods Market on Washtenaw Ave last week, and will be making our first delivery to Busch’s Grocery Store on S. Main this coming Friday.  We hope to deliver to the Whole Foods Market on Eisenhower and the Busch’s on Green in the coming weeks as well.

At Whole Foods, our products can be found in the frozen section.  They are featuring an assortment of German Potato Saladour ever-popular signature dishes.  At Busch’s, our food will be sold fresh in the prepared foods area.  Busch’s plans to carry signature dishes AND rotating items.

We’re very excited to be working with the amazing folks at both Busch’s and Whole Foods.  We hope that our long-time fans will find shopping at these locations a convenient way to get our food, and we also hope that we’ll be able to reach a whole new group of fans through these great stores.

Don’t worry, we’ll still be making plenty of food for our regular subscribers, home delivery customers, walk-ins, and our dear Argus Farm Stop.  For best prices and selection, of course, come directly to us.

Here’s to an exciting new venture for Harvest Kitchen!

Beef Vegetable Curry with Brown Rice  –  Savory, flavorful, and full of spices, this delicious beef curry is bound to be a big hit.  Served over brown rice and featuring a delicious assortment of fresh summer veggies. Gluten free. – $10

Spring Rolls with Chicken –  Back by popular demand! Shredded chicken combines with the freshest crunchy vegetables like sprouts, carrots, and cabbage. Wrapped in rice paper and served with peanut dipping sauce, our spring rolls are a refreshing meal. Gluten Free. Single serving $10.

Deli-style Borscht –  Thick and delicious, this refreshing (and brightly colored!) borscht is the perfect soup for a hot summer day. Serve cold and enjoy the crunch of cucumbers and the savor of dill. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Sauteed Summer Squash with Pesto – Another summertime favorite, lightly sauteed summer squash and zucchini highlight the delicious flavor of pesto. Essential summertime enjoyment! Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8


Zucchini Vegetable Curry with Brown Rice  –  Savory, flavorful, and full of spices, this delicious vegetarian curry is bound to be a big hit.  Served over brown rice and featuring a delicious assortment of fresh summer veggies. Gluten Free. Single serving $10

Spring Rolls with Marinated Tofu –  Marinated tofu combines with the freshest crunchy vegetables like sprouts, carrots, and cabbage. Wrapped in rice paper and served with peanut dipping sauce, our spring rolls are a refreshing meal. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Deli-style Borscht –  Thick and delicious, this refreshing (and brightly colored!) borscht is the perfect soup for a hot summer day. Serve cold and enjoy the crunch of cucumbers and the savor of dill. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Sauteed Summer Squash with Pesto – Another summertime favorite, lightly sauteed summer squash and zucchini highlight the delicious flavor of pesto. Essential summertime enjoyment! Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Happy Independence Day!

Eddie's Spiral Meatloaf returns!

Eddie’s Spiral Meatloaf returns!

It’s a week early, but not too early to wish you a happy Fourth of July!

We WILL be open at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market next Saturday, July 4.  We’ll also be open in Depot Town that day.  So, if you have a last minute need for prepared foods, stop on by.  We’ve got an awesome holiday-themed menu for the week, full of our favorite picnic foods.

Also this week, our food is available for the first time at the Whole Foods Store on Washtenaw.  I just made our first delivery today!  Please go check it out–our food will be in the Frozen Local Foods cooler alongside Locavorious and The Brinery’s tempeh.  We’re hoping to reach some new AND long-time customers in this new venue.  We hope that everyone will find it convenient to be able to purchase some of our signature dishes at Whole Foods.  Here’s to new ventures!  I’m still kind of reeling–it’s been quite the process getting this set up and making my first delivery definitely had a learning curve, but I’m sure everything will be running smoothly for the next delivery (hopefully that will be soon!).

Phew! Here’s the menu for next week:

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches –Our delicious pulled pork sandwich features tender, slow-cooked pork seasoned to perfection with our homemade BBQ sauce and is served with a whole wheat bun from our friends at Avalon Bakery. (Gluten Free without buns) Filling for two sandwiches with two buns and slaw – $10

Eddie’s Spiral Meatloaf – Inside its seemingly-simple exterior, this meatloaf hides a secret: a pinwheel of delicious hearty greens! This meatloaf is the perfect way to tempt greens-wary family members. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10

Braised Collards with Ham Hocks – A summer classic, hearty collard greens are cooked to tender, savory perfection with smoked ham hocks from Black Oak Farms. Gluten free. Single Serving $8

German Potato Salad – A long-time Harvest Kitchen favorite, our potato salad recipe is a special treat–a light dijon vinaigrette and plenty of herbs and seasonings pair with this season’s delicious potatoes. Make any meal a picnic!   Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8


Baked Beans with Crumbled Tempeh – Hearty, healthy, homemade baked beans are a tasty comfort food for the pickiest eater. Our sweet and savory homemade sauce take this picnic classic to a new level and a hearty scoop of tempeh crumbles adds an unusual and wholesome twist. Gluten Free. Single serving $10

Kale Risotto Patties-  Addictively delicious, these springtime treasures won’t last long.  Fresh kale meets its match in creamy risotto, formed into patties and roasted to crisp-creamy perfection. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Braised Collards – A summer classic, hearty collard greens are cooked to tender, savory perfection. Gluten free. Single Serving $8

German Potato Salad – A long-time Harvest Kitchen favorite, our potato salad recipe is a special treat–a light dijon vinaigrette and plenty of herbs and seasonings pair with this season’s delicious potatoes. Make any meal a picnic!   Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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This week’s post brought to you by our goofy chefs!

tired catSo, I’m a bit worn out after a long and busy week here at Harvest Kitchen, and I don’t feel up to writing a full blog post.  The chefs heard me whining and encouraged me to share some awesome cat memes with you instead.  Whenever things are getting a little grouchy here at HK, we love to talk about our cats and share funny cat videos to cheer ourselves up.  We hope you’ll enjoy them too!  This video and blog post is courtesy of Chef Ryan and Chef Gryffyn and all our pets at home!

 

 

Don’t worry, we’re all well here, just kind of DONE with this week.  Look for us to be back next week, all revved up and ready to go, with news from the farms and the kitchen.

Spanikopita with Beef –  This delicious dish is a perennial HK fan favorite: layers of flaky phyllo dough alternate with creamy cheese and lots of fresh, delicious greens. This non-traditional version includes hearty ground beef in the filling, making it an excellent meal. Single Serving  – $10

Pork with Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce – Tender pork paired with an unusual sweet-savory strawberry rhubarb sauce, this dish highlights the seasonal delight of strawberries. Gluten free. Single serving $10

Roasted Red Pepper Bisque – Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of our fresh-from-the-freezer local sweet peppers.  This smooth soup has a hint of creamy decadence that will brighten your meal.  Gluten Free. Pint $7

Roasted Beets and Carrots with Thyme and Basil – This simple dish transcends its ingredients, which come together as a flavorful side dish greater than the sum of its parts.  You’ll find it fit for a feast. Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8


Spanikopita  – This delicious dish is a perennial HK fan favorite: layers of flaky phyllo dough alternate with creamy cheese and lots of fresh, delicious greens. This is the more traditional, vegetarian version–it makes an excellent meal. Vegan option available.Single serving $10

Polenta with Glazed Onions, Greens, and Blue Cheese –  This hearty entree features creamy polenta studded with savory blue cheese and sweetly glazed onions and flavorful cooked greens. Not to be missed. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Roasted Red Pepper Bisque – Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of our fresh-from-the-freezer local sweet peppers.  This smooth soup has a hint of creamy decadence that will brighten your meal.  Gluten Free. Pint $7

Roasted Beets and Carrots with Thyme and Basil – This simple dish transcends its ingredients, which come together as a flavorful side dish greater than the sum of its parts.  You’ll find it fit for a feast. Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Wordless Friday: Gorgeous June Food

Another chance to showcase some beautiful photos:

Carrot and Ginger Soup

Carrot and Ginger Soup

Asparagus White Bean Salad

Asparagus White Bean Salad

Short Ribs were a hit

Short Ribs were a hit

Spring rolls. Delicious. Fresh. Waiting for you. #yum #harvestkitchenlife #vegan #glutenfree #raw #organic #local #food

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And, the menu for the week:

Mexican-style Veggie Bake with Beef –  A long-time Harvest Kitchen favorite, this dish features flavorful layers of Mexican-style rice, black beans, delicious Mclaughlin beef, spinach, and topped with melted cheese. A hearty combination! Gluten Free. Single Serving  $10

Chicken Tikka Masala with Brown Rice – This amazing dish features local chicken marinated in a yogurt-tomato-spice marinade, roasted, and served with a curried tomato sauce. Served over brown rice. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Cauliflower Millet Soup – This hearty soup is inspired by a favorite recipe from Diet for a Small Planet. It’s a delicious (vegan) alternative to the usual cream-of type soups–full of savory flavors that will have you coming back for more. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Thai Noodle Salad  – Fresh herbs and onions brighten the coconut milk dressing of this tasty noodle salad.  With delicious fresh vegetables including radishes, sprouts, carrots, and peas, this salad is hearty enough to be a main dish.  Gluten free option available.Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8


Mexican Veggie Bake–  A long-time Harvest Kitchen favorite, this dish features flavorful layers of Mexican-style rice, black beans, delicious garlicky spinach, and topped with melted cheese. A hearty combination! Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Tempeh Tikka Marsala  – This delicious dish features The Brinery’s fabulous tempeh marinated in a yogurt-tomato-spice marinade, roasted, and served with a curried tomato sauce. Served over brown rice. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Cauliflower Millet Soup – This hearty soup is inspired by a favorite recipe from Diet for a Small Planet. It’s a delicious (vegan) alternative to the usual cream-of type soups–full of savory flavors that will have you coming back for more. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Thai Noodle Salad  – Fresh herbs and onions brighten the coconut milk dressing of this tasty noodle salad.  With delicious fresh vegetables including radishes, sprouts, carrots, and peas, this salad is hearty enough to be a main dish.  Gluten free option available.Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

 

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Summer is icumen in!

Spinach Slaw returns this week

Spinach Slaw returns this week

Tap wood, but it seems like the cold and wintry weather is FINALLY behind us and summer is just around the corner.  I’m noticing how late it stays light (sunset tonight is at 9:07!!!) and enjoying sitting on my porch in the evenings.  Out at the farms, everything is growing and sprouting–enjoying the sunshine and warmer days.

That said, a lot of people expect summer beginning to mean real summer veggies, such as peppers, watermelon, and tomatoes.  Be patient, everyone!  What feels like summer to us (school’s out, weather is warm) is really just the beginning of the farm season.  All we have these days are “early” spring treats like spinach (you’ll be seeing that featured

Springtime in the green house at Community Farm--baby plants are sprouting!

Springtime in the green house at Community Farm–baby plants are sprouting!

heavily in this week’s menu!), asparagus, rhubarb, and sprouts.  In a few weeks we’ll see more and more, with carrots, beets, strawberries, and more coming to maturity.  So much to look forward to!  I know I’ve been hungry for the fresh ingredients, but we have to keep in mind that “farm seasons” and “school year seasons” aren’t necessarily parallel.  Fortunately, we still have some amazing treats stored in our freezer to use up before their fresh equivalents are available.

Here we go:

This Week’s Chef Feature Selections:
– Potato Cauliflower Curry  {Chicken or Vegetarian}  – $8
– Roasted Carrot and Sunchoke Soup – $5
Sauerkraut with Kielbasa – Fresh and delicious sauerkraut from our friends at The Brinery pairs perfectly with smoked kielbasa, potatoes, and more in this traditional wintertime dish. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Spinach Cheddar Quiche with Bacon –  Everyone loves our flavorful and delicious quiches.  This week we’re filling our homemade pie crusts with fresh spinach from the fields of Goetz Farm, savory Michigan bacon, and boatloads of local eggs and dairy.  Yum! 7″ Pie – $14

Corn Chowder  – A little cream and a boatload of veggies set this summertime “chowdah” apart. Lip-smackin’ rich goodness. Not too heavy for a summer day! Pint $7

Sesame Spinach Slaw – This delectable sesame dressing is the perfect counterpoint to the fresh flavor of springtime’s finest spinach. A huge hit when we made it previously, we’re delighted to bring this amazing salad back to your plate! Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8


Apple Sauerkraut Au Gratin – This tasty dish blends the sweetness of baked apples with the tangy-ness of sauerkraut and pulls it all together with plenty of cheese. A conversion for the non-sauerkraut eaters among us?? Gluten Free and vegan options available. Single Serving $10

Spinach Cheddar Quiche –  Everyone loves our flavorful and delicious quiches.  This week we’re filling our homemade pie crusts with fresh spinach from the fields of Goetz Farm, and boatloads of local eggs and dairy.  Yum! 7″ Pie – $14

Corn Chowder  – A little cream and a boatload of veggies set this summertime “chowdah” apart. Lip-smackin’ rich goodness. Not too heavy for a summer day! Pint $7

Sesame Spinach Slaw – This delectable sesame dressing is the perfect counterpoint to the fresh flavor of springtime’s finest spinach. A huge hit when we made it previously, we’re delighted to bring this amazing salad back to your plate! Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Telling our story

IMG_20130727_091119Long-time readers of our blog, of course, know a lot about Harvest Kitchen.  Today, however, one of my projects du jour is to write up Harvest Kitchen’s “story” for potential marketing use (!).  I hope you’ll indulge me as I share my write up here–let me know what you think!

Mary Wessel Walker, Harvest Kitchen’s founder and owner, launched Harvest Kitchen after working as an apprentice farmer at Community Farm of Ann Arbor.  One fall afternoon during the harvest, Mary and her fellow farmers were discussing ways to make delicious fresh produce more accessible to busy local customers, and one of the ideas they talked about was offering prepared food options for those too busy to cook or too daunted by the unfamiliar vegetables.  Mary was inspired by the conversation, and Harvest Kitchen was born.

Vibrant beets and carrots

Vibrant beets and carrots

These days, Harvest Kitchen works directly with a range of local farms to bring you ready-to-go meals that are as fresh and delicious as can be.  Mary has spent years cultivating relationships with farmers within 100 miles of Ann Arbor to bring you an ever rotating variety of options, reflecting the changing seasons.  The whole Harvest Kitchen team loves working with high quality and flavorful local ingredients–it’s inspiring to cook with ingredients grown and raised with care.

A typical day at Harvest Kitchen sees our talented team of chefs working together to hand-craft delicious meals.  Whether it’s roasting chickens, washing spinach, seasoning tomato sauce, or rolling pie crusts, the Harvest Kitchen crew brings a love of the craft and respect for the ingredients into their work.  That doesn’t mean we don’t have fun–classic rock and roll music and cheerful banter provide an ongoing soundtrack to our daily tasks.

Try Harvest Kitchen meals if you love supporting local farmers or if you just love great food made with care.

Doesn’t that make us sound fantastic???

Here’s the menu:

This Week’s Chef Feature Selections:
– Italian Spinach and Rice Pie  {Bacon or Vegetarian}  – $13
– Hearty Vegetarian Chili – $5
White Lasagna with Beef and Broccoli–  This unusual lasagna is a hearty taste of creamy freshness. It includes usual features: delicious cheese, hearty lasagna along with Mclaughlin beef, Locavorious broccoli, and creamy bechemel sauce in place of tomato sauce.  Single serving $10

Spring Rolls with Chicken –  Shredded chicken combine swith the freshest crunchy spring vegetables like sprouts, carrots, and cabbage. Wrapped in rice paper and served with peanut dipping sauce, our spring rolls are a refreshing meal. Gluten Free. Single serving $10.

Black Bean Soup  –Another Harvest Kitchen classic, this recipe comes to us directly from the Moosewood Restaurant in New York.  Its gentle southwestern tang makes it a delicious stand-alone lunch or accompaniment to any meal. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Lentil Salad with Greens – This deliciously hearty salad features a creamy yogurt dressing, bulghur wheat and delicious fresh spinach. Could almost be a meal in itself. Gluten Free option available. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8


White Lasagna with Broccoli–  This unusual lasagna is a hearty taste of creamy freshness. It includes usual features: delicious cheese, hearty lasagna along with Locavorious broccoli, and creamy bechemel sauce in place of tomato sauce.  Single serving $10

Spring Rolls with Marinated Tofu –  Marinated tofu combines with the freshest crunchy spring vegetables like sprouts, carrots, and cabbage. Wrapped in rice paper and served with peanut dipping sauce, our spring rolls are a refreshing meal. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Black Bean Soup  –Another Harvest Kitchen classic, this recipe comes to us directly from the Moosewood Restaurant in New York.  Its gentle southwestern tang makes it a delicious stand-alone lunch or accompaniment to any meal. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Lentil Salad with Greens – This deliciously hearty salad features a creamy yogurt dressing, bulghur wheat and delicious fresh spinach. Could almost be a meal in itself. Gluten Free option available. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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