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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Chef Ryan wants YOU to eat great food!

2You may have seen an email about our new Chef’s Feature discount program.  This is really the brainstorm of our head chef, Ryan.  He wants to highlight a few great items from our freezer each week and offer a small discount.  After talking about it several times, we’re going to give it a whirl.  Ryan will select a few delicious dishes each week and we’ll highlight them on our menu and give everyone $2 off.  Items will be available while supplies last, so be sure to check in each Monday to see what the featured selections are!

Thanks, Ryan, for creating this fantastic new program! What a great way to make sure that delicious freezer 1items are not forgotten!

Also this week:

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

BBQ Country Ribs with Roasted Root Veggies–  Salute Memorial Day with delicious country ribs doused in our delicious homemade BBQ sauce and served on a bed of flavorful root veggies. Gluten free. Single serving $10.

Carrot Ginger Soup – We’re delighted to feature this sweet, bright, zesty soup once more.  Truly a refreshing taste of springtime.  Gluten Free. Pint  $7

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


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

Cauliflower Cashew Croquettes with Roasted Root Veggies-   Our best-ever veggie burger takes a new form in these adorable croquettes (aka small burgers). The flavors of perfectly-roasted cashews, cauliflower, and fresh carrots are deliciously highlighted in these tasty treats, served on a bed of roasted root veggies. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10

Carrot Ginger Soup – We’re delighted to feature this sweet, bright, zesty soup once more.  Truly a refreshing taste of springtime.  Gluten Free. Pint  $7

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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Everything is Springtime Flavors!


One of my favorite things about how we operate here at Harvest Kitchen is our ability to highlight the fleeting, seasonal ingredients that are only available at certain times of years.  Springtime is one of the best times of year for this, because so few vegetables are available, as each new one comes out, we greet it with shouts of joy in the kitchen.  Using these spring veggies does require some culinary creativity, though, as not many people have a chance to work with ingredients like sunchokes and sorrel.  This week’s menu is a perfect example of a menu where we truly highlight the seasonal ingredients.  Rhubarb stars in two of our entrees–everyone knows rhubarb pies, but few have had a chance to try it as a savory flavor.  I think it gives both dishes a savory richness and tang, similar to the role lemon juice might play in similar dishes.  We’re also loving the lemon-iness of the spring herb sorrel as it brings an extra dimension to this week’s soup.  Finally, it wouldn’t be spring without asparagus, which we’re featuring in the risotto patties for the vegetarians. Later in the season we’ll be seeing more from heavy-weights like tomatoes, peppers, and kale, but for now, I’m appreciating these lesser-known, delicate springtime ingredients. Take a chance and try them with us!

Persian-style Beef Stew with Rhubarb – This delicious stew is a favorite flavor combination from Persian cuisine: it features delicious lean beef from Mclaughlin Farm and fresh rhubarb along with plenty of fresh herbs. Served over cous cous. Gluten Free option available. Single Serving $10

Chicken and Dumplings– A wholesome comfort food, perfect in any season: delicious free-range organic chicken with our tasty homemade dumplings. Enjoy. Single Serving $10.

Sorrel Potato Soup – The bright, lemon-y flavor of sorrel takes a star turn in this delicious soup.  Perfect for a light meal when paired with some crusty bread, this soup is like distilled springtime. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Green Quinoa Salad – Freshly cooked quinoa (a “super food”, forever known to us as “The Big Q”!) soaks up the flavors and nutrients of a raw greens dressing. Unusual and deliciously healthy for a side or salad, serve warm or cold. 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

Lentil and Rhubarb Stew with Indian Spices – With a mix of Indian spices and mild chili, rhubarb becomes part of a stunningly flavorful vegetarian main course, courtesy of Mark Bitman in the New York Times. Served over cous cous. Gluten Free option available.  Single serving $10

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

Sorrel Potato Soup – The bright, lemon-y flavor of sorrel takes a star turn in this delicious soup.  Perfect for a light meal when paired with some crusty bread, this soup is like distilled springtime. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Green Quinoa Salad – Freshly cooked quinoa (a “super food”, forever known to us as “The Big Q”!) soaks up the flavors and nutrients of a raw greens dressing. Unusual and deliciously healthy for a side or salad, serve warm or cold. 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 Returns

Here’s another collection of great photos from the kitchen:

A reminder that our Farmers Market location moves around! Keep searching til you find us!

A reminder that our Farmers Market location moves around! Keep searching til you find us!

Spinach Gnocchi Soup

Spinach Gnocchi Soup

Cauliflower Potato Curry

Cauliflower Potato Curry

Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetables

Chicken Pot Pie looking delicious

Chicken Pot Pie looking delicious

 

Chicken Alfredo –Rich, creamy, and delicious alfredo sauce pairs deliciously with fresh local chicken and hearty fettucine pasta. Single Serving $10

Chard Chickpea Balti with Pork–  A Balti is a British-style curry which features a tomato-y sauce and mild curry spices.  Ours is a fresh, colorful, tasty blend of tomatoes, chard, pork, and chickpeas served over brown rice. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Turkish Spinach and Lentil Soup – This innovative medly of ingredients makes a tasty, protein-balanced soup substantial enough to serve as a main dish (and featuring delicious springtime flavors!). Gluten Free option available. Pint $7

Asparagus White Bean Salad –Nothing says springtime like asparagus.  We’re dressing it up with a deliciously light and refreshing feta and lemon dressing. This salad could be a meal in itself. 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

Fettucine Toscana – Delicious hearty pasta topped with a creamy sauce, springtime’s freshest spinach, and savory cauliflower. Both attractive and satisfying! Single Serving $10

Chard Chickpea Balti-  A Balti is a British-style curry which features a tomato-y sauce and mild curry spices.  Ours is a fresh, colorful, tasty blend of tomatoes, chard, and chickpeas served over brown rice. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Turkish Spinach and Lentil Soup – This innovative medly of ingredients makes a tasty, protein-balanced soup substantial enough to serve as a main dish (and featuring delicious springtime flavors!). Gluten Free option available. Pint $7

Asparagus White Bean Salad –Nothing says springtime like asparagus.  We’re dressing it up with a deliciously light and refreshing feta and lemon dressing. This salad could be a meal in itself. 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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A fan speaks!

Vegetable Soup with Cabbage

Vegetable Soup with Cabbage

We’ve had our first response to our #harvestkitchenlife contest (see this post for more info on how you can compete and WIN!).  It’s an awesome verbal report from Cathy, a fan of our Unsweetened Granola:

She writes, “I’m a granola addict. What’s not to love about the stuff? It’s crunchy, nutty, sweet, but healthy. I love trying non-commercial homemade varieties. Farm markets, craft shows and small specialty shops sell granola, so I know I’m not the only addict. Then came the diabetes diagnosis and I decided to try to stop eating any type of added sugar or sweetener all together. I had seen Mary’s Unsweetened Granola at the Argus Farm Stop shop in Ann Arbor. Before my diagnosis, I chuckled and gagged at the thought of granola without honey, maple syrup, cane sugar, beet sugar, or corn syrup. But after my diagnosis, I just had to give it a try. To my surprise, this stuff is amazing. The combination of nuts and grains and seeds has just the right amount of toasting to bring out a cornucopia of flavor. The combination of almonds and cashews, oats and seeds are satisfyingly crunchy. I add it to plain yogurt with some fresh fruit as a meal at least 5 times per week. I crave it. It makes me very happy to think that something so appealing is so healthy; because that’s not usually the way food works. This stuff has helped me change my life by kicking my sugar cravings without resentment. Thank you, Mary, for this amazing granola that I drive from Lansing to Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti for at least once a month.”

 

#granola is back in stock. #phew #yum #harvestkitchenlife #yaycustomers #food #organic #vegan #pirhanas #alextrebeksmother

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Thanks, Cathy! We’re delighted that you enjoy the granola!

Everyone else, send us your stories about why you love Harvest Kitchen food! Snap a photo! You will win a sticker and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate!


Chicken Pot Pie  –  Delicious, flavorful Miller Organic chicken combined with a hearty collection of local vegetables, drenched with our homemade gravy all together in our flakey homemade pie crust. 7″ pie – $15// 5″ pie – $10

Jambalaya with Rice – Rich flavors, Creole spices, freezer-fresh vegetables, and of course delicious sausage and chicken. Couldn’t ask for more! Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Spinach Gnocchi Soup – This simple soup highlights the flavors of springtime: tender fresh spinach from our friends at Green Things Farm along with hearty gnocchi noodles and our homemade soup stock. Grab a spoon for this meal-in-a-bowl. Pint $7

Roasted Root Vegetables  – Straight-from-the-farm root vegetables tossed with olive oil and herbs, slowly roasted until sweet and caramelized.  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

Russian Vegetable Pie  – A delicious 7″ pie full of seasonal vegetables, creamy cheese, and our homemade crust. This hearty vegetarian meal is sure to satisfy. 7″ pie – $15

Vegetarian Jambalaya with Rice – Rich flavors, Creole spices, freezer-fresh vegetables, and hearty black-eyed peas for protein. Couldn’t ask for more! Gluten free. Single Serving  $10

Spinach Gnocchi Soup – This simple soup highlights the flavors of springtime: tender fresh spinach from our friends at Green Things Farm along with hearty gnocchi noodles and our homemade soup stock. Grab a spoon for this meal-in-a-bowl. Pint $7

Roasted Root Vegetables  – Straight-from-the-farm root vegetables tossed with olive oil and herbs, slowly roasted until sweet and caramelized.  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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So many anniversaries!

Ryan making meatballs on the first day in Ypsilanti, April 2011

Ryan making meatballs on the first day in Ypsilanti, April 2011

So, this past week was Harvest Kitchen’s 4th anniversary of our first day of cooking at our Ypsilanti location.  Prior to that we had been cooking for 4 years at our old rental location in Ann Arbor.  Wow, I guess now we’re crossing the line into having been in Ypsi longer than we were in Ann Arbor.  Awesome!

Also this week I was looking through posts on facebook’s “On this day” feature, and I saw a post from 2009 (six years ago!) saying that it was my first week as a vendor at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.  I have lots of memories from my early days as a Farmers Market vendors–getting help from friends to resolve display issues, playing my pennywhistle to pass the time, hanging out with friend and co-worker Becky, and so much more.  Hard to believe it’s been six years! Time flies when you’re having fun!

We hope you’ll stop by and wish us a happy anniversary

Macaroni Salad!

Macaroni Salad!

sometime in the next week or two.  We’re also looking forward to all of your submissions in our #harvestkitchenlife Social Media Photo Contest (click the link for more info).  Remember to send us your photo or written description before May 15 for a chance to win the $50 gift certificate (otherwise our first entrant, Unsweetened Granola Lover Cathy will be a big winner!).

With all that in mind, here’s the menu for the week:


Mac and Cheese with Spinach and Bacon –  Our ever-popular creamy mac and cheese gets a fancy makeover with Spring’s freshest spinach and crispy Michigan bacon. Yum!  Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10

Pork with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce  – Our Italian-style roasted red pepper sauce features the richest flavors of summer and early autumn (preserved in our freezer) served over rich and savory pork slices. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Hearty Vegetable Soup with Cabbage – A savory and flavorful traditional vegetable soup, featuring an abundance of storage-ready veggies like potatoes and cabbage.  Perfect for a light meal after a spring day. Gluten Free.   Pint $7

Indonesian Rice Salad –  Full of nuts and vegetables and topped with a zesty citrus dressing, this flavorful salad is a favorite from Gaia’s Kitchen cookbook.  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

Mac and Cheese with Spinach –  Our ever-popular creamy mac and cheese gets a fancy makeover with Spring’s freshest spinach. Yum! Gluten free option available.  Single Serving $10

Polenta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce – Our Italian-style roasted red pepper sauce features the richest flavors of summer and early autumn (preserved in our freezer) served over decadently creamy polenta. Gluten free. Single serving $10

Hearty Vegetable Soup with Cabbage – A savory and flavorful traditional vegetable soup, featuring an abundance of storage-ready veggies like potatoes and cabbage.  Perfect for a light meal after a spring day. Gluten Free.   Pint $7

Indonesian Rice Salad –  Full of nuts and vegetables and topped with a zesty citrus dressing, this flavorful salad is a favorite from Gaia’s Kitchen cookbook.  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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#HarvestKitchenLife Photo Contest is here!

harvestkitchenlifeHey Harvest Kitchen fans,

We’re delighted to announce our FIRST EVER social media photo contest!

What We’re Looking For

We want you to submit photos showing yourselves enjoying Harvest Kitchen food as part of your daily lives (#harvestkitchenlife …see?).  Did you take some chicken salad for a picnic in the park?  Eat a meatloaf for lunch at work?  Enjoy a pan of lasagna at a birthday party?  Snap a photo and share it with us!  Anything goes–photos will not be judged based on their photographic merit, but we are hoping to use the photos in an online gallery on our website.**

Not into photography?  We’ll also accept written entries!  Write up a short description of your favorite Harvest Kitchen moment and send it to us!

Prizes

Everyone who sends a photo will receive a gorgeous Harvest Kitchen sticker, and you’ll also be entered in a drawing to receive a $50 gift certificate to be spent here.  We’ll have the drawing for the gift certificate on May 15, so get your entries in before then!

How to Enter

Instagram: Post your photo on your account and tag us @Harvestkitchen.  Use the hashtag #harvestkitchenlife if you want, but be sure to tag us so that we get a notification to check it out!

Facebook: Make sure that you have “liked” our facebook page.  Then post your photo on our page or on your own and tag it (if you start typing @Harvest Kitchen it should pop up as an option in your post).  Make sure that your photo settings will allow us to view the photo!

Twitter: Post your photo on your account and tweet us @Harvestkitchen.  Use the hashtag #harvestkitchenlife if you want, but be sure to tweet us directly so that we get a notification to check it out!

Email: Not into social media? Confused by security settings?  Cut out the middle man and send your photo directly to us at info@harvest-kitchen.com

We’re looking forward to seeing your photos!!!

**If you DON’T want us to use your photo on our website but still want to enter the contest, that’s fine! Just let us know when you submit your entry and we’ll enjoy it ourselves but we won’t post it online.

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Beyond Food Babe: Reasons to Eat Organic

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

This week this article was making the rounds on my facebook feed.  In the article, the author, the “Science Babe” speaks against the unverified claims of the self-proclaimed “Food Babe”, a popular blogger who uses fear-mongering tactics to get people riled up about ingredients in their food.  The Food Babe advocates for organic ingredients and for avoiding “chemicals” in food, which is great, but most of her claims are spurious and not backed up by science.  I’m not a regular reader of the Food Babe’s blog, but based on what I read in the Science Babe’s article, I’m no fan.

At the same time, I feel like both the Food Babe *and* the Science Babe miss the point of organic food

Spinach and Radish Slaw

Spinach and Radish Slaw

to a certain extent.  Eating organic isn’t simply about eating food that is healthier for us as individuals, but rather the health of the whole earth!  In the above-linked article, the Science Babe points out that organic products are no healthier than non-organic products.  That may be true from a nutritional stand point, but one thing we ARE choosing when we choose organic products is the absence of chemical fertilizers and pesticides from the growing process.  Thus, the farmland (and farm workers!) aren’t being doused in toxic chemicals that leach into our ground and water and impact on our environment.  Now, I do want to note that the official USDA organic standards aren’t as stringent as we might hope–there are quite a few ways in which organic doesn’t *necessarily* mean 100% environmentally friendly.  For example, many organic productions are extremely water-intensive (California drought?) and others may use more fossil fuels when tractors are used to cultivate the fields and kill the weeds instead of pesticides.  Also, despite the name, organic standards allow for certain approved “organic” chemicals to be used in farming.  Finally, of course, organic standards tell you nothing about how farm workers are treated…so don’t get TOO rosy a picture of the advantages of choosing organic foods!  Nonetheless, don’t be discouraged from choosing organic simply because there is no obvious health benefit to you–organically grown produce and meat does help the environment in broader ways!  If that’s important to you, it’s good to make informed choices.

Stay tuned next week for news about our special Social Media contest–I haven’t forgotten! It is happening!

In the mean time, here’s the menu:

Omnivore

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

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

Italian Spinach and Rice Pie with Bacon – This creamy, risotto-like pie is a delicious way to enjoy fresh greens, cheese, and savory bacon.  Flavorful and delicious! Gluten free option available. 7″ pie – $15

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  Pint $7

Chickpea Salad with Cumin and Garlic – Tender and toothsome chickpeas pair perfectly with crunchy cumin seeds, freshly grated radishes and carrots, and plenty of garlic and olive oil to lend a rich and savory note. 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

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Cauliflower Cashew Croquettes with Roasted Root Veggies-   Our best-ever veggie burger takes a new form in these adorable croquettes (aka small burgers). The flavors of perfectly-roasted cashews, cauliflower, and fresh carrots are deliciously highlighted in these tasty treats, served on a bed of roasted root veggies. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10

Italian Spinach and Rice Pie  – This creamy, risotto-like pie is a delicious way to enjoy fresh greens and cheese.  Flavorful and delicious! Gluten free option available. 7″ pie – $15

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  Pint $7

Chickpea Salad with Cumin and Garlic – Tender and toothsome chickpeas pair perfectly with crunchy cumin seeds, freshly grated radishes and carrots, and plenty of garlic and olive oil to lend a rich and savory note. 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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Spring into spring with a Freezer Sale!

 

Colin's photography continues to WOW!

Colin’s photography continues to WOW!

Hey folks!

We’re clearing out our freezer inventory with an abbreviated (TWO WEEKS ONLY) Freezer Sale!  As usual, all our freezer items are 25% off (remember to use the coupon code SPINACH at checkout online).  We’ve got some real treasures in the freezer right now–Chicken Pot Pies, Quiches, Lasagna, Sauerkraut with Kielbasa, and Lentil Vegetable Soup to name just a few.  Bop on over to our online store and place an order, or come visit us at the store in Ypsilanti to browse the menu and consider your options.  You only have til April 14 to take advantage of this special offer, so do it now! (Remember, home delivery and off-site pick ups are available for orders placed online).

If you love Harvest Kitchen AND saving money, please stay tuned–in the next few weeks I’m planning SONY DSCsome awesome social media contests that will give our faithful fans an awesome opportunity to win some savings.  Stay tuned–these ideas are still evolving in my head right now, but I’m excited about it.

In other news, all is well here at Harvest Kitchen.  We’re excited to be seeing warmer days, even if they’re rainy days!  Don’t get TOO excited, though–it will still be several weeks before we start seeing a lot of new vegetables entering our diet.  Thankfully we still have a good supply of frozen veggies and other storage crops and hoop house greens to enjoy until spring REALLY arrives.

Here’s the menu:

Omnivore

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Pork – Another favorite comfort food, our pork stuffed cabbage is topped with our homemade tomato sauce. Will one serving be enough? Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Chicken Divan  –  A truly divine crowd-pleaser, Chicken Divan is a creamy casserole of Millers Organic chicken and Locavorious broccoli, drenched in our homemade gravy. Gluten free option available. Single serving $10

Split Pea Soup with Asparagus – We’re loading our vegetarian split pea soup with plenty of delicious vegetables including delicious freezer-fresh asparagus for a warming, filling, meal-worthy soup.  Gluten Free. Pint $7

Radish Carrot Kale Slaw  — Shredded carrots and radishes bring a deliciously zingy flavor to this week’s edition of the ever-popular kale slaw.  We bet this gorgeous combination will have you reaching for your forks. 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

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – Another favorite comfort food, our tasty vegetarian interpretation of the classic stuffed cabbage is topped with our homemade tomato sauce. Will one serving be enough?  Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Zucchini Rice Casserole –  Who doesn’t love a creamy and delicious casserole on a cool spring day? This flavor sensation is sure to become a family favorite.  Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Split Pea Soup with Asparagus – We’re loading our vegetarian split pea soup with plenty of delicious vegetables including delicious freezer-fresh asparagus for a warming, filling, meal-worthy soup.  Gluten Free. Pint $7

Radish Carrot Kale Slaw  — Shredded carrots and radishes bring a deliciously zingy flavor to this week’s edition of the ever-popular kale slaw.  We bet this gorgeous combination will have you reaching for your forks. 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 Post: New Food Photos from Colin

Our fabulous chef Colin is helping us update our food photos by applying his amazing photography skills to all of the dishes we make.  In celebration of these awesome new shots we’re using around the site, we’re doing this month’s wordless post using his terrific shots.  Stay tuned for more great photos of our food from Colin!

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And this week’s menu:

Omnivore

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

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

Cassoulet –  Traditional French home cooking, cassoulet is a slow-cooked casserole, melding the savory flavors of meat and beans.  Ours will feature amazing Miller’s organic chicken, organic white beans, Michigan bacon, Michigan sausage, our frozen tomatoes, and plenty of herbs. Gluten free option available. Single serving  Single Serving $10

Broccoli Potato Soup – This soup is flavorful and satisfying, brightened with the fresh flavor of our straight-from-summer-via-the-freezer broccoli and strengthened with a hearty potato base. 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

Vegetarian

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

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

Vegetarian Cassoulet –  This NOT-so-Traditional take on French home cooking, our vegetarian cassoulet is a slow-cooked casserole, melding the savory flavors of beans, vegetables, and lots of herbs. You won’t miss the meat! Gluten free option available. Single Serving  $10

Broccoli Potato Soup – This soup is flavorful and satisfying, brightened with the fresh flavor of our straight-from-summer-via-the-freezer broccoli and strengthened with a hearty potato base. 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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