Wintertime Comfort Food: Front and Center

Kale and Potato Balls looking tasty

Kale and Potato Balls looking tasty

This month’s menu at Harvest Kitchen has featured lots of fan favorites–hearty and flavorful options.  This is not a coincidence!  In the summer we love to highlight all the different abundance of flavors with light, fresh-tasting meals that emphasize our tasty local ingredients.  In winter, however, the options for locally grown fresh food become much more limited and everyone is looking for comfort food to warm them on a chilly day.  Don’t get me wrong, our wintertime menus are every bit as locally sourced AND as flavorful as our summer ones, just that in winter we have fewer options and have to work a little harder to bring diversity to the menu.  But our chefs are more than up for the challenge! We love making these familiar favorites and perhaps introducing folks to NEW favorites (like West African Groundnut Stew from last week).  When we plan the menu we try to balance between rich, stick-to-your-ribs options like lasagna and savory, flavorful, and warmly-spicy items like curries and stews.  All of these are great ways to show off the vegetables we’ve got in the freezer (tomatoes), cold storage (winter squash and potatoes), or are able to get fresh (!!) from our hoop house growers.  We hope you’re enjoying everything–we’re working hard to keep Harvest Kitchen’s options tasty and attractive year-round.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls = a perennial wintertime favorite

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls = a perennial wintertime favorite

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

White Bean Soup with Kale and Butternut – A long-time Harvest Kitchen favorite, this soup is a meal in itself: hearty white beans pair deliciously with fall veggies including kale and butternut squash and a hint of curry flavoring. Gluten Free.  Pint $7

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes – Our sturdy standby this winter, the potato, takes center stage in this simple (yet extraordinary) dish: roasted to crispy perfection and tossed with rosemary, salt, and pepper, these potatoes pair perfectly with any of this week’s main dishes.  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

Kale Potato Balls with Sauteed Vegetables  – Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, these baked kale and potato balls are like a hearty bite of wintertime flavors.  Served with delicious sauteed veggies including kale and broccoli. Gluten Free.  Single serving $10

White Bean Soup with Kale and Butternut – A long-time Harvest Kitchen favorite, this soup is a meal in itself: hearty white beans pair deliciously with fall veggies including kale and butternut squash and a hint of curry flavoring. Gluten Free.  Pint $7

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes – Our sturdy standby this winter, the potato, takes center stage in this simple (yet extraordinary) dish: roasted to crispy perfection and tossed with rosemary, salt, and pepper, these potatoes pair perfectly with any of this week’s main dishes.  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: Fantastic Food

It’s that time of the month once more–time for our wordless post.  This time I want to highlight photos I’ve taken of our beautiful FOOD.  Get ready for your mouth to water….

 

Butternut squash slicing action brings color to a grey day. #yum #harvestkitchenlife #cheflife #vegan

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Pretty spiral meatloaf! #yum #foodart #harvestkitchenlife #notvegan

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Dill, mint, scallions, and cukes give flavor to the refreshing Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup. #yum #harvestkitchenlife

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Coming soon…. Name this HK fave? #notvegan #yum #harvestkitchenlife #worthit

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Happy Spring Equinox from Harvest Kitchen! #harvestkitchenlife #salad

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Here’s this week’s menu–it’s another week of our absolute GREATEST HITS:

Omnivore

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

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

Groundnut Stew with Beef – Journey with us to west Africa for this flavorful stew, overflowing with lean Highland beef from Mclaughlin Farm and a huge variety of fresh vegetables, all brought together in a peanut (groundnut) broth. Served over cous cous. Gluten Free option available. 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

Braised Cabbage with Bacon – Fresh local cabbage, braised slowly with savory and delicious bacon achieves an incredible flavor. This simply delicious side is the perfect accompaniment for any meal! 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)

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

Vegetarian Groundnut Stew – A long-time Harvest Kitchen favorite, this hearty African-style stew features peanuts (groundnuts) along with winter squash, fresh tomatoes, green veggies, and so much more.  Served over cous cous. Gluten free option available. 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

Braised Cabbage with Apples – Fresh local cabbage, braised slowly with apples achieves an incredible flavor. This simply delicious side is the perfect accompaniment for any meal! 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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Not deterred by snow!

Hey everyone! Harvest Kitchen is keeping busy this week despite the cold temperatures and snowy weather.  Please come visit me at the Farmers Market this Saturday–I’ll need cheering up in the single digit temperatures!  Despite the crazy winter weather, I’ll be out there, bundled up and ready to sell our delicious food.

I am the perfect temperature right now. :) #puffycoat #farmersmarket @a2market #bundledup

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We often get folks wondering how we can continue with local foods in the dead of winter.  Well, the answer is thanks to our amazing local farmers!  To start with, we’ve got a freezer full of summertime treasures we put to use all winter.  Plus, we have access to some amazing stored crops such as onions, potatoes, carrots, and winter squash.  On top of that, some of the farmers we work with grow greens in greenhouses and hoop houses and can produce fresh greens and lettuce all winter.  Of course, items such as dairy, flour, and meat are available year round.  We miss the abundance of summer, but with creativity, we’ll be eating well all winter.  Join us!  We’ll be open in Ypsilanti six days a week, keeping Argus Farm Stop stocked, and braving the weather on Saturdays at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.


And this week’s menu is not-to-be-missed!

Omnivore

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

Beef and Guinness Pie - Unbelievable flavorful, this delicious pie features tender, lean, local beef and veggies covered with a puff pastry lid. A British-style comfort food, soon to be your personal favorite. 7″ Pie – $15

Rich Vegetable Curry with Chicken -   Served over brown rice, this deliciously hearty curry is a delightful way to enjoy some of the savory flavors of our favorite stored vegetables.  The omnivore version features chunks of delicious organic chicken. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Split Pea Soup with Ham –Delicious ham from Black Oak Farm brings this traditional wintertime soup to life.  Simply bursting with flavor. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Mashed Potatoes Supreme — Back in 2009 our dear friend Megan brought us this recipe which is a grand and flavorful twist on traditional mashed potatoes: including carrots, horseradish, sour cream, mustard, and more. 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)

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

Rich Vegetable Curry -   Served over brown rice, this deliciously hearty curry is a delightful way to enjoy some of the savory flavors of our favorite stored vegetables. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

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

Mashed Potatoes Supreme — Back in 2009 our dear friend Megan brought us this recipe which is a grand and flavorful twist on traditional mashed potatoes: including carrots, horseradish, sour cream, mustard, and more. 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 New Year!

Argus Farm Stop: selling even more food here is high on our list of goals for 2015

Argus Farm Stop: selling even more food here is high on our list of goals for 2015

Welcome to 2015! Here at Harvest Kitchen we’re excited to get this year off to a great start.  We’re busy in the kitchen today bringing in the New Year with traditional Hoppin’ John (visit us at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market or in Ypsilanti tomorrow to get in on the action)…remember that every bean you eat is a day of good luck for the new year.

We’re going to be building our own good luck this year (we hope!).  We’re excited to build on our success at Argus Farm Stop.  Firstly, we’re going to continue to take our awesome food to Argus and hopefully gradually increase the quantities we’re selling there.  Secondly, we’re taking the idea of selling our food through other retailers to the next level and we’ve begun conversations with some other stores–stay tuned for more information on that.

In the mean time, of course, we’re staying true to our roots by continuing to offer our subscription program

Hoop house at Tantre, one of our awesome farm partners

Hoop house at Tantre, one of our awesome farm partners

of delicious rotating dishes.  We’re still working with talented and hard-working local farmers.  We’re reaching more and more customers through home delivery (making things SO convenient!).  We have a cheerful and friendly workplace with staff who give 110% every day to making delicious food for customers and rocking out to 80s hits (this is essential to workplace morale, believe me).

We hope you’re excited for what’s ahead in 2015 and we look forward to sharing more delicious food with you this year.

Spiral Meatloaf is baaaack!

Spiral Meatloaf is baaaack!

We’re starting off with a GREAT menu of fan favorites:

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

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

Smooth Carrot Soup – This hearty and warming soup features the sweet flavor of roasted carrots pureed to perfection with delicious warm seasonings. Gluten free. Pint $7

Marinated Raw Vegetable Salad – Radishes and kohlrabi (known locally as jicama of the north) combine with a lovely marinade and dressing in this crunchy, fresh salad. 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)

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

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

Smooth Carrot Soup – This hearty and warming soup features the sweet flavor of roasted carrots pureed to perfection with delicious warm seasonings. Gluten free. Pint $7

Marinated Raw Vegetable Salad – Radishes and kohlrabi (known locally as jicama of the north) combine with a lovely marinade and dressing in this crunchy, fresh salad. 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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Yes! We’re open next week!

Our pumpkin pies were a big hit

Our pumpkin pies were a big hit

This is just a brief note–taking a break from holiday-ing it up to let you know that Harvest Kitchen will be open Mon-Tues and Fri-Sat this coming week.  We’ll be closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but we’ll be open and doing our regular deliveries and Farmers Market the rest of the week.  We’re making some of our favorite hearty wintertime dishes, so stop by and pick up something delicious.  We hope you’re having a great holiday season and send best wishes for good health and good food and all prosperity in 2015!

Here’s the menu:

Omnivore

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

Hoppin’ John with Ham – Traditional New Year’s Delight: rice, black-eyed peas, smoked ham, and tons of vegetables keep you warm on a cold winter nightGluten free. Single Serving $10

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche with Bacon –  Everyone loves our flavorful and delicious quiches.  This week we’re filling our homemade pie crusts with freezer-fresh broccoli from Locavorious, savory Michigan bacon, and boatloads of local eggs and dairy.  Yum! 7″ Pie – $14

Potato Leek Soup – Creamy-smooth, this classic soup is hearty and satisfying. Harvest Kitchen-style, we’re using all our favorite local ingredients! Gluten free. Pint $7

Maple Butternut Whip  — Sweet butternut squash roasted to perfection and mashed to creamy smoothness. Sweetened slightly with a gentle hint of maple syrup for an added decadence. 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 Hoppin’ John – Traditional New Year’s Delight: rice, black-eyed peas, collard greens, and tons of other vegetables keep you warm on a cold winter night  Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche –  Everyone loves our flavorful and delicious quiches.  This week we’re filling our homemade pie crusts with freezer-fresh broccoli from Locavorious, and boatloads of local eggs and dairy.  Yum! 7″ Pie – $14

Potato Leek Soup – Creamy-smooth, this classic soup is hearty and satisfying. Harvest Kitchen-style, we’re using all our favorite local ingredients! Gluten free. Pint $7

Maple Butternut Whip  — Sweet butternut squash roasted to perfection and mashed to creamy smoothness. Sweetened slightly with a gentle hint of maple syrup for an added decadence. 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: Happy Holidays!

Best wishes for a happy holiday season from Harvest Kitchen.  Here’s a review of some of our favorite instagram posts from this year.

Please remember we’ll be closed Thursday – Sunday this week. Regular hours will resume on Monday, Dec 29.

 

My new loves: individual sized chicken pot pies! $10 #yum #harvestkitchenlife #yaycustomers

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The kitchen boys show off large, medium, and small cabbages. Peace! #harvestkitchenlife #vegan #work

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Fully stocked at @argusfarmstop . stop by for all your favorites. Hurry before they sell out! #harvestkitchenlife #yum

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Farmer Mark and mini-farmer Henry love our #granola! #yum check out that look of glee :) #harvestkitchenlife #seeleyfarm

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Seeing is believing: spiral meatloaf for the YUM! #harvestkitchenlife #yum

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Holiday Pies and Sides are available this week along with this menu:

Omnivore

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

Hearty Beef Chili – Chili-expert Ryan combines organic beans, frozen-fresh summer veggies (tomatoes, peppers, and more) and Mclaughlin’s delicious beef and spicy Cajun sausage into a savory taste-sensation.  Crack open a bag of tortilla chip and sit back and enjoy a delicious red chili. Gluten free option available. Single Serving  $10

Spaghetti with Meatballs – Just the thing to vary the fare during the holidays, Harvest Kitchen’s Spaghetti and meatballs features hearty, delicious pasta, our homemade tomato sauce (with tomatoes from Goetz Farm) and our homemade meat balls.  Enjoy! Single Serving $10

Ginger Miso Soup – Bright daikon and sweet carrots bring this unusual miso soup to life.  Brimming with savory flavor, this light Asian-style soup will delight your tastebuds.  Gluten free. Pint $7

Kale Salad  – Everyone’s favorite super food rides again! Fresh and frost-sweetened kale doused in a vinaigrette pairs perfectly with any meal.  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)

Hearty Vegetarian Chili – Chili-expert Ryan combines organic beans, frozen-fresh veggies (tomatoes, corn, peppers, and more) into a savory taste-sensation.  Crack open a bag of tortilla chip and sit back and enjoy a delicious red chili. Gluten free option available. Single Serving  $10

Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and Broccoli – A delicious vegetarian meal, our Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce features hearty, delicious pasta, and our homemade tomato sauce, teaming with veggies and herbs Single Serving $10

Ginger Miso Soup – Bright daikon and sweet carrots bring this unusual miso soup to life.  Brimming with savory flavor, this light Asian-style soup will delight your tastebuds.  Gluten free. Pint $7

Kale Salad  – Everyone’s favorite super food rides again! Fresh and frost-sweetened kale doused in a vinaigrette pairs perfectly with any meal.  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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Holiday Gifts from Harvest Kitchen

The insulated tote bags can hold up to 15 of our single-serving containers!

The insulated tote bags can hold up to 15 of our single-serving containers!

Tis the season! If you’re like me, you’re spending time this month thinking about friends and family and trying to figure out the perfect gift.  If you have some folks on your list who love practical gifts, local food, and consumables, consider a gift from Harvest Kitchen! We’ve got some terrific options.

Remember, Harvest Kitchen has t-shirts and tote bags!  We hope our fans and supporters will add some Harvest Kitchen swag to their wish lists.  The tote bags are insulated, so they’ll help keep your HK purchases cool on hot days.  For home delivery customers, we encourage you to buy a tote bag with your next order–then, leave your bag on your doorknob or porch and we can put future orders inside! Handy! The t-shirts are printed here in Ypsi by our friends at VG Kids and come in both ladies’ and mens’ styling.  Both the tees and the totes feature our gorgeous logo in full color.  Both are available here at the kitchen and at our Farmers Market locations by special request.

Looking for other Harvest Kitchen gifts?  Consider a gift certificate.  Alternatively, a tub of our granola makes a great hostess gift.  It’s also an awesome for an office secret santa.  Who doesn’t like to start their day off with a bowl of crunchy granola?

 

Here’s the menu–eat hearty before getting your shopping done!

Omnivore

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

Sauerkraut with Sausage – 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

Stuffed Delicata Squash with Beef -   Sweet and tender delicata squash show off our scrumptious stuffing. It’s a delightful combo of dried and fresh fruits, flavorful nuts, brown rice, beef, and more. The perfect fall feast. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Minestrone Soup – This hearty soup will fill you up on a winter’s day: delicious tomato-y broth, loads of veggies, herbs, and tasty beans and pasta. So much deliciousness! Pint $7

Crunchy Cabbage Slaw  – A crisp and refreshing side dish featuring cabbage, kale, and carrots in a traditional mayo-based dressing.  An excellent accompaniment to any meal. 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)

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 availableSingle Serving $10

Delicata Squash with Fruit and Nut Stuffing-   Sweet and tender delicata squash show off our scrumptious stuffing. It’s a delightful combo of dried and fresh fruits, flavorful nuts, brown rice, and more. The perfect fall feast. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Minestrone Soup – This hearty soup will fill you up on a winter’s day: delicious tomato-y broth, loads of veggies, herbs, and tasty beans and pasta. So much deliciousness! Pint $7

Crunchy Cabbage Slaw  – A crisp and refreshing side dish featuring cabbage, kale, and carrots in a traditional mayo-based dressing.  An excellent accompaniment to any meal. 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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Did you see us in “The Ann”? Here are our thoughts on holiday food.

Christmas Tree at the WW home!

Christmas Tree at the WW home!

Friends who get the Sunday New York Times in Ann Arbor might have seen a mention of Harvest Kitchen in The Ann magazine.  We were delighted to team up with the awesome folks at The Ann to bring you a delicious holiday season recipe and some gorgeous photos of Harvest Kitchen (mainly of Mary and of the ingredients in the recipe).  Our recipe ran alongside an article about healthy eating around the holidays, and I just wanted to take a moment to add our own thoughts from Harvest Kitchen.

For a lot of us, holiday celebrations center around food, from Thanksgiving turkey, to Chanukkah latkes, to the Christmas goose, there is a huge diversity of food-related traditions to enjoy at this time of year (cookies! eggnog! spiced wine! gingerbread! the list goes on!).  Here at Harvest Kitchen, we embrace enjoying food related traditions, and we don’t want anyone to spend any time feeling guilty about what they’re eating–that time should be spent enjoying friends, family, and delicious food!  However, IF you are a person who is trying to improve your health through food choices, there are definitely ways to have your cake and eat it too at the holidays.  Here are some ideas:

–Eat when hungry and don’t eat when not hungry.

–Choose portion sizes that match your appetite.  Save leftovers for later and spread the feast out over several meals!

–Enjoy seasonal vegetables and traditional veggie-based dishes–there are so many delicious veggies to eat at this time of year.

–If you have dietary restrictions, be sure to let hosts know what they are.  If you’re hosting a guest with dietary restrictions, look for options that let them enjoy the festivities (see previous post on this subject).  Hint hint: here at Harvest Kitchen we will be selling vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free holiday items, so keep us in mind!

–Make sure to enjoy your food and savor the flavors of the season.

Above all, remember that this time we spend together with friends and family at the holidays is special.  Enjoy your holiday season and don’t break your heart over an extra helping of Christmas pudding!

In the mean time, here are some awesome winter-time dishes to warm you up:

Omnivore

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

Pulled Pork Enchiladas –Fresh tortillas from The Tortilla Factory baked with our homemade, veggie-

Enchilaaaadaaaas!

Enchilaaaadaaaas!

rich pork enchilada filling, homemade sauce, and of course, plenty of cheese. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Shepherd’s Pie –A British favorite, shepherd’s pie is a layered dish, with a savory layer of ground lamb and vegetables topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Lemon and Rice Soup with Kale – Savory and flavorful, this classic Greek-style comfort food is perfect for warming up and hearty enough to be its own meal. Gluten Free. 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

Vegetarian

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

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

“The Good Shepherd”‘s Pie – The vegetarian version of a British classic, The Good Shepherd’s pie (lentil-herd’s pie?) features a delicious savory base of hearty lentils and veggies, topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Lemon and Rice Soup with Kale – Savory and flavorful, this classic Greek-style comfort food is perfect for warming up and hearty enough to be its own meal. Gluten Free. 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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Wordless Friday: Thanksgiving

Here are some recent kitchen photos for you.  Remember, we’re closed until Monday.  Enjoy the holiday!


 


 

Make your #thanksgiving picture perfect with our delicious apple pie! #harvestkitchenlife #yum

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And, the menu:

Omnivore

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

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

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham – This  classic comfort food and features our deliciously flavorful local potatoes, Black Oak Farm’s delicious organic ham, and our decadant beschemel sauce. Single serving $10

Butternut Bisque – Creamy and smooth, this hearty soup is perfect for warming up a winter’s day.  Its bright orange color and rich flavor make it immensely satisfying. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Garlic Sauteed Greens  – The ultimate healthy and hearty side dish: frost-sweetened kale lightly sauteed with onions and garlic makes a delicious accompaniment to any meal. 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)

Fettucine Toscana – Delicious hearty pasta topped with a creamy sauce, greens, and cauliflower. Both attractive and satisfying! Single Serving $10

Latkes and Applesauce  –  Just in time for Chanukah! Our crispy potato latkes come served with a side of delicious homemade applesauce. Delicious enough for a holiday celebration!  Single serving $10

Butternut Bisque – Creamy and smooth, this hearty soup is perfect for warming up a winter’s day.  Its bright orange color and rich flavor make it immensely satisfying. Gluten free. Pint $7

Garlic Sauteed Greens  – The ultimate healthy and hearty side dish: frost-sweetened kale lightly sauteed with onions and garlic makes a delicious accompaniment to any meal. 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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Staff Profile: Colin

Hey everyone! Note that we’ll be closed Thursday – Saturday (including being absent from the AAFM on Saturday) this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Stop by Monday-Wednesday to pick up this week’s menu and Thanksgiving Pies and Sides.  Have a great weekend!

Since we last did Staff Profiles, we’ve had a new person join Harvest Kitchen’s staff.  Colin is no stranger to the Ann Arbor food scene.  Here is what he has to say for himself:

The kitchen boys show off large, medium, and small cabbages. Peace! #harvestkitchenlife #vegan #work

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Name: Colin Fraser

Working here since: August 2014

Favorite Harvest Kitchen task: Baking granola and making witty banter

Favorite Farm-fresh Veggie:  Onion or Bok Choy

Favorite Farm-fresh Meat: The Brinery’s Tempeh (Colin is vegetarian!)

Least Favorite Harvest Kitchen task: Getting burns

Background: Local food lover and rogue philospher. I grew up in Washtenaw county and love my home and its people.

When not at work I enjoy… Getting into interesting conversations, studying myself, the world and the universe, and making yogurt.

Thanks for all your hard work, Colin!

Here’s the menu for the week:

Omnivore

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

Beef Goulash with Noodles– A hearty Hungarian stew, our savory goulash is the perfect comfort food for a chilly November day. Overflowing with savory beef, our frozen tomatoes, and more, you’ll probably want seconds. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10
Pork with Braised Cabbage – Tender and delicious pork loin pairs deliciously with sweet-and-savory braised cabbage for a perfect fall-season meal. Gluten free. Single serving $10
Broccoli Cheddar Soup  – A classic crowd-pleaser, our hearty broccoli cheddar soup is a meal in a bowl.  As for flavor, we think the name says all you need to know. Gluten Free. Pint $7
Creamies  – This unique fall dish is a favorite here at Harvest Kitchen. Combining tender cabbage and sweet pumpkin in a single delicious side dish. Give it a try! 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. Gluten Free. 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 Goulash with Noodles  – A hearty Hungarian stew, our savory goulash is the perfect comfort food for a chilly November day. Overflowing with savory potatoes and turnips, our frozen tomatoes, and more, you’ll probably want seconds. Gluten Free option available. Single Serving  $10
Zucchini Rice Casserole -  Who doesn’t love a creamy and delicious casserole on a wintry day? This flavor sensation is sure to become a family favorite.  Gluten free. Single Serving $10
Broccoli Cheddar Soup  – A classic crowd-pleaser, our hearty broccoli cheddar soup is a meal in a bowl.  As for flavor, we think the name says all you need to know. Gluten Free. Pint $7
Creamies  – This unique fall dish is a favorite here at Harvest Kitchen. Combining tender cabbage and sweet pumpkin in a single delicious side dish. Give it a try! 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. Gluten Free. 5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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