Ahoy, Mateys! Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Tomato Processing in action

Tomato Processing in action

Arrrrrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day be an important holiday here at Harvest Kitchen! We’re swashbuckling it up here while we cook and keeping things piratical.  We hope ye’re having a similarly timber-shivering day! Yarr!

This week also has the autumn equinox–the day and the night will be the same length.  After Tuesday the nights will begin to be longer than the days as we turn towards fall and winter.  Which means summer is officially coming to an end–it seems like it went by very quickly, but here at Harvest Kitchen we’re deep in preparations for a great fall and winter season. We’re freezing lots of tomatoes, corn, peppers, and more tomatoes to use in delicious food all winter long.  Plus we’re beginning to think about doing some more autumnal dishes to take advantage of this amazing season when summer and fall veggies overlap (tomatoes AND butternut squash–mmmm).  Get ready for another amazing season here at HK!

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

Pork Loin with Apple Sauce – Tender and delicious pork loin pairs deliciously with sweet-and-savory apple sauce for a perfect fall-season meal. Gluten free. Single serving $10

Butternut Ginger Soup – Creamy and smooth, this hearty soup is perfect for warming up an autumn day.  Its bright orange color and rich flavor make it immensely satisfying. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham – This  classic comfort food and features the deliciously flavorful freshly harvested potatoes and our decadant beschemel sauce. Single serving $8

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 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

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

Butternut Ginger Soup – Creamy and smooth, this hearty soup is perfect for warming up an autumn day.  Its bright orange color and rich flavor make it immensely satisfying. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham – This  classic comfort food and features the deliciously flavorful freshly harvested potatoes and our decadant beschemel sauce. Single serving $8

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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Producer Profile: The Brinery!

Our Producer/Farmer profile series returns this week with this update from our friends at The Brinery.  Here’s the deal:

Producer Name: ​ The Brinery 

Interviewee:​ David Klingenberger

What Harvest Kitchen Sources from you: Tempeh & Fair N By Sauerkraut

History of The Brinery:Our ancestors fermented out of necessity; we’re fermenting because we love it. We aim to stimulate peoples’ inner economies as well as our local economy with our naturally probiotic, raw, and unpasteurized ferments. In the fall of 2010, founder David Klingenberger was standing amidst the fertile fields of Tantré Farm in Chelsea, Michigan looking at an especially large bumper crop of cabbage. Inspired by a deep connection to his German ancestors, he decided to preserve the cabbage in the form of hand-made, wild-fermented sauerkraut. Thus began The Brinery. As the business evolves, we are constantly looking at the world of small-batch, artisanal food through the lens of fermentation. All the best foods are fermented: cheese, salami, hard cider, tempeh, pickles, wine. Every culture has its own, unique traditional fermented foods and we’re excited to be celebrating these ancient culinary traditions in partnership with local, American farmers.

 Who works there: About 7 people most currently living within Washtenaw country.​

Describe your sourcing practices: We work with local, family farms to source as much of our produce as possible. The jar of Galaxy Rose that you have a photo of was actually made completely from organic Watermelon Radishes and Green Cabbage from Tantre Farm.

What makes you unique? The Brinery was founded on the simple and beautiful necessity of eating locally year-round. Our wild-fermented vegetables are grown on Michigan farms and crafted into products that will feed our community throughout the frigid Midwest winters. In this culture of imported, canned and frozen foods, we’ve found a way to nourish our customers, support our local farmers, and educate the community about ancient traditions that deserve a blissful revival in these modern times. Our business aims to produce high quality, flavorful products that embody health and nourishment rather than the frivolity of sugar and fat that some more recent American traditions have embraced.  Says David, “I frequently think of the ancient explorers carrying their wooden kegs of fermented vegetables across the seas with them, not simply for health but out of necessity. I love that we are seeing more of these traditional foods born out of necessity evolve into sophisticated culinary delights. Artisanal, traditional foods with modern flair that preserve the efforts of our local farmers are the future of specialty food business, in my humble opinion.”

What’s a funny story of life at the Brinery​ It’s not funny necessarily, but we all have lunch together everyday and that’s really different

What’s something you’re excited for this season: ​​Seasonal Kimchi. We just made a major decision to change kimchi to be seasonal product. We’ll make napa cabbage kimchis only inthe fall when Michigan napa cabbage is in season and in the spring and summer we’ll be doing a lot of creative small batches of kimchi (cucumber kimchi, boy choy & wild ramps). And hot sauce!

We’re not featuring any of The Brinery’s products this week, but we ARE making some delicious food:

Omnivore

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

Chicken Cacciatore– A summertime classic–delicious free-range chicken stewed in tomato sauce full of fresh herbs, peppers, and more. Served over pasta. Too flavorful to pass up! Gluten free option available. 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 rice. 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

Beet and Apple Salad – Sweet and earthy autumnal flavors blend beautifully in this fresh salad.  Crisp apples and sweet beets dressed to perfection in a light citrus dressing.  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)

Stuffed Eggplant Nicoise – Tender eggplant stuffed with a fragrant vegetable-studded rice pilaf. A delight to serve and enjoy. Gluten free. 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 brown rice. 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

Beet and Apple Salad – Sweet and earthy autumnal flavors blend beautifully in this fresh salad.  Crisp apples and sweet beets dressed to perfection in a light citrus dressing. 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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Power Outage Short Post

This Friday’s storm knocked out the power at Mary’s house, interrupting internet access and delaying this post.  Apologies for the short and late post.  Never fear, all is well at Harvest Kitchen and food is on track for the week.  Thanks for your support!

Here’s a picture of Zlatko at Homegrown Festival:

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)

Moussaka– This popular layered Greek dish comes to life with ground Michigan lamb, flavorful potatoes, luscious eggplant, and a creamy cheese sauce. Single Serving $10

Veggie-Rich Quinoa Chard Wraps with Ground Pork  – Our ever-popular quinoa chard wraps gin 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
September Vegetable Soup – A soup featuring all the flavors of summer, including a smooth tomato-celery-sweet pepper base and delicious kale. Gluten Free.  Pint $7

Classic Pasta Salad with Veggies – Just like you remember from childhood, our creamy pasta salad is perfect for summer’s final picnic. Full of fresh veggies and smooth pasta deliciousness. 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 Moussaka– This popular layered Greek dish comes to life with zucchini, flavorful potatoes, luscious eggplant, and a creamy cheese sauce. Vegan version available Single Serving $10

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. Gluten Free. Single serving $10

September Vegetable Soup – A soup featuring all the flavors of summer, including a smooth tomato-celery-sweet pepper base and delicious kale. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Classic Pasta Salad with Veggies – Just like you remember from childhood, our creamy pasta salad is perfect for summer’s final picnic. Full of fresh veggies and smooth pasta deliciousness. 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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YES We’re Open For Labor Day! Also, come to the Homegrown Festival!

At the Homegrown Festival

At the Homegrown Festival

It’s hard to believe that September is here–it seems like the summer just flew by!  But, here we are again.  Lots of you folks are going back to school (or the rhythm of your life is changing because school is beginning again).  Here at Harvest Kitchen, things continue at a frenetic summertime pace through September as the very finest veggies our local farms have to offer continue to roll in at an unrelenting speed until frost.  So, all of that is to say, the food in September and October is some of the freshest and most delicious we ever get to make, so please stop in and buy plenty!  Enjoy these fresh flavors while they last!

We WILL be open on Monday for Labor Day.  We hope you’ll come visit us and join us in singing some Pete Seeger songs or doing other suitable Labor Day celebratory activities.

Also this week, on Saturday Sept 6, we’ll have a booth at the Homegrown Festival, which takes place from 6-10 pm at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.  Definitely plan to stop by this FREE event to enjoy tons of local food, local libations (beer and wine and more!), live music, kids activities, dancing, and all of your friends (all of them!).  More info is here.

With all this fun and excitement, don’t forget to try this week’s tasty treats:

Omnivore

Stoplight Salad looking lovely

Stoplight Salad looking lovely

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

Turkish-Style Braised Eggplant  and Beef with cous cous – My friend Nell’s go-to eggplant dish, this savory main features eggplant and beef braised in a sweet and savory tomato sauce, served over delicious cous cous. To die for. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10
Summer Medley Quiche with Bacon – Everyone loves our flavorful and delicious quiches.  This week we’re filling our homemade pie crusts with fresh carrots, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, and savory Michigan bacon, and boatloads of local eggs and dairy.  Yum! 7″ pie – $14
Stoplight Salad -  This fun and flavorful salad has all the colors of a stop light: red peppers and tomatoes, green peppers and herbs, and yellow corn. Tossed with a light and tasty dressing, this could almost be a meal in itself. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Two Way Street Beets – Beets and kale combine with a delicious citrus-sesame dressing to complete our traffic theme. You’ll love it!  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)

Turkish-Style Braised Eggplant with cous cous – My friend Nell’s go-to eggplant dish, this savory main features eggplant braised in a sweet and savory tomato sauce, served over delicious cous cous. To die for. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10
Summer Medley Quiche  – Everyone loves our flavorful and delicious quiches.  This week we’re filling our homemade pie crusts with fresh carrots, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, and boatloads of local eggs and dairy.  Yum! 7″ pie – $14
Stoplight Salad -  This fun and flavorful salad has all the colors of a stop light: red peppers and tomatoes, green peppers and herbs, and yellow corn. Tossed with a light and tasty dressing, this could almost be a meal in itself. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Two Way Street Beets – Beets and kale combine with a delicious citrus-sesame dressing to complete our traffic theme. You’ll love it!  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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Post-wedding Short Post

First Glimpse of Wedding Photos: Mary and Zlatko get married!

First Glimpse of Wedding Photos: Mary and Zlatko get married!

I hope you’ll all forgive another very short post. It’s been a really busy week: here at Harvest Kitchen we’ve been recovering from the wedding (and the wedding catering!), AND getting used to filling orders at the totally awesome Argus Farm Stop which opened this week on Ann Arbor’s West Side. All in all we’ve been running around like crazy! Look for regular-length blog posts to resume next week. Thanks for understanding!
Here’s the menu:

Omnivore

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

Strata!

Strata!

Sweet Pepper Strata with Bacon - This delicious casserole contrasts a creamy topping with savory Mexican-spiced peppers and a golden pilaf.  With nice crispy bacon, this filling strata is the flavor of summer.   Single Serving  – $10
Summer-fresh Beef Chili – Chili-expert Ryan combines summer’s freshest veggies (tomatoes, corn, peppers, and more) and Mclaughlin’s delicious beef into a savory taste-sensation.  Crack open a bag of tortilla chip and sit back and enjoy a delicious red chili. Gluten free. Single Serving  $10
White Bean Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Eggplant – Hearty enough to be a meal in itself, this delicious salad is overflowing with the sweet and savory flavors of roasted vegetables. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Watermelon Feta Salad – Sweet and savory combine in this refreshing summertime salad. Enjoy it while it’s fresh because summer’s flavors are fleeting!  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 Sweet Pepper Strata - This delicious casserole contrasts a creamy topping with savory Mexican-spiced peppers and a golden pilaf.  This filling strata is the flavor of summer.   Single Serving$10
Summer-fresh Vegetarian Chili – Chili-expert Ryan combines summer’s freshest 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. Single Serving  $10
White Bean Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Eggplant – Hearty enough to be a meal in itself, this delicious salad is overflowing with the sweet and savory flavors of roasted vegetables. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Watermelon Feta Salad – Sweet and savory combine in this refreshing summertime salad. Enjoy it while it’s fresh because summer’s flavors are fleeting!  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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Wedding Weekend Short Post

Howdy, Harvest Kitchen Supporters!

For those who might not know, Mary and Zlatko are getting married on Saturday! SO, we hope you’ll forgive us for keeping this post short and sweet.  Harvest Kitchen is even doing the catering, so this will truly be a “family affair”!  We’re looking forward to sharing photos and stories with you sometime next week and beyond.

For now, here’s the menu for next week!

Omnivore

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

Chicken Parmesan – Harnois chicken, breaded to crispy perfection, baked in our homemade marinara sauce and topped with creamy mozzarella cheese. Could it be any more of a crowd pleaser? Served over a bed of fettuccine.  Single Serving  – $10
Pesto-Quinoa Stuffed Squash with Beef–  Tis the season for summer squash! This time we’re taking young, tender yellow squash and filling them to the brim with zesty pesto-soaked quinoa, scrumptious ground beef, and garnished with fresh cherry tomatoes for a contrasting sweetness. 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
Shopska Salad (aka Greek Village Salad) -  In honor of Mary and Zlatko’s wedding, we’re including this, the most popular salad in Macedonia, a refreshing blend of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and grated feta cheese.  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)

Eggplant Parmesan – Delicious eggplant, breaded and roasted to crispy perfection, baked in our homemade marinara sauce and topped with creamy mozzarella cheese. Could it be any more of a crowd pleaser?. Single serving $10
Pesto-Quinoa Stuffed Squash–  Tis the season for summer squash! This time we’re taking young, tender yellow squash and filling them to the brim with zesty pesto-soaked quinoa and garnished with fresh cherry tomatoes for a contrasting sweetness. 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
Shopska Salad (aka Greek Village Salad) -  In honor of Mary and Zlatko’s wedding, we’re including this, the most popular salad in Macedonia, a refreshing blend of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and grated feta cheese.  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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Coming Soon to the Argus Farm Stop!

Argus Farm Stop (photo from their website).  Noteworthy for the corn growing on the roof!

Argus Farm Stop (photo from their website). Noteworthy for the corn growing on the roof!

This week Harvest Kitchen is excited to announce that our products will be available at the Argus Farm Stop, a brand new farmers-market-cum-grocery-store on the West Side of Ann Arbor! The Farm Stop is having its grand opening this coming Saturday, August 16, and will be selling produce, prepared foods, coffee, baked goods, and more “on consignment” directly from local farmers and producers like us! If you love Harvest Kitchen but find trekking to Ypsi a challenge, please stop by the Argus Farm Stop to pick up your favorite dishes and grab a cup of coffee or some fresh veggies while you’re there! Argus Farm Stop will feature our granola, chicken salad, quiches, wraps, and some of our rotating dishes. Our full menu will be available there pending demand (and also pending not QUITE such an insane week as this one!*). We’re thrilled to be part of this lovely new venture that’s going to bring even more local food availability to Ann Arbor. Not to worry, though, we’ll still be at all of our other locations, farmers markets, etc. We see the Argus Farm Stop as an exciting new part of the vibrant local food scene with its own special role to play, not a substitute or competition for our current markets. Hooray! Mark your calendars–grand opening is this Saturday!
Read more here.

*There’s a lot going on at HK this week.  If you’re a regular Farmers Market customer, please keep your eyes out for new helpers at the markets.  We appreciate your patience (in advance) with replies to emails, phone calls, and so on this week.  We might close early on Saturday.  Otherwise, we should be open for all our usual hours and deliveries this week. (More) normal life will resume on next week. Thanks!

With all that in mind, 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)

BBQ Country Ribs with Sweet Corn–  Salute the Summer 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
Jambalaya with Rice – Rich flavors, Creole spices, summer-fresh vegetables, and of course delicious sausage and chicken. Couldn’t ask for more! Gluten free. Single Serving $10
Ratatouille – Nothing says “August veggies” like this traditional French stew of eggplants, zucchini, tomatoes, and all of the herbs we can find. Buy an extra for the freezer! Gluten free. Pint $7
Green Beans and New Potatoes -  A delicious summertime side dish, this classic combo comes to life with the flavors of freshly-picked green beans and savory newly harvested potatoes. 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)

Zucchini Fritters with Pistou Sauce  – Crispy zucchini fritters make an excellent summertime treat.  Ours are served with a creamy basil-rich Pistou sauce. Gluten free option available. Single serving $10
Vegetarian Jambalaya with Rice – Rich flavors, Creole spices, summer-fresh vegetables, and hearty black-eyed peas for protein. Couldn’t ask for more! Gluten free. Single Serving  $10
Ratatouille – Nothing says “August veggies” like this traditional French stew of eggplants, zucchini, tomatoes, and all of the herbs we can find. Buy an extra for the freezer! Gluten free. Pint $7
Green Beans and New Potatoes -  A delicious summertime side dish, this classic combo comes to life with the flavors of freshly-picked green beans and savory newly harvested potatoes. 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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Staff (non) Profile: Ryan

Well, we’re just about done with the staff profile series here on the blog.  The only staffer we haven’t profiled is Ryan.  Ryan is a rather private individual who prefers not to be featured in a blog post, but I think we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention him in this series.  SO, we won’t have a real profile, but I hope all the Harvest Kitchen fans will think an appreciative thought about Ryan, the man behind the chicken pot pies and the one who takes the lead on developing and formulating new recipes and keeping the kitchen organized and running smoothly.  Thanks for the great food and hard work, Ryan!

What’s Ryan and the rest of the staff cooking this week?  Here’s the answer:

Omnivore

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

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.  We’re also pairing this dish with a light slaw. (Gluten Free without buns) Filling for two sandwiches with two buns and slaw – $10
Stuffed Pasta Shells with Beef in Tomato Sauce -  Hearty pasta shells deliciously filled with cheese-y, herb-rich stuffing featuring Mclaughlin beef and deluged in rich tomato sauce. Single Serving – $10

Pamela with Gazpacho

Pamela with Gazpacho

Gazpacho – Truly a taste of summer: chilled gazpacho soup is essential for surviving a heat wave.  Ours is crabbed with fresh veggies including peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, and more. Overflowing with flavor. Gluten free. 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. 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)

Beet and Carrot Burgers with Slaw–  Back by popular demand, these seasonal veggie burgers are

Sesame Cucumber Salad

Sesame Cucumber Salad

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.  Served with a whole wheat bun from our friends at Avalon Bakery.  We’re also pairing this dish with a light slaw. Gluten Free option available. Package of two burgers with two buns and a side of slaw $10
Stuffed Pasta Shells with Tomato Sauce -  Hearty pasta shells deliciously filled with cheese-y, herb-rich stuffing featuring fresh Goetz swiss chard and deluged in rich tomato sauce.  Single serving $10
Gazpacho – Truly a taste of summer: chilled gazpacho soup is essential for surviving a heat wave.  Ours is crabbed with fresh veggies including peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, and more. Overflowing with flavor. Gluten free. 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. Gluten Free. 5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

 

 

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Series Break: Let’s talk pricing

HK staff making Greek-style zucchini casserole

HK staff making Greek-style zucchini casserole

No business likes doing this, but after reflection we’ve decided to make a small increase on retail prices starting this week.  This decision comes after an extensive financial review and the honest realization that we need to balance income with “out-go” in order to continue bringing you the lovely meals you’ve come to enjoy.

We really appreciate the ongoing support of all of our customers, and we certainly realize that Harvest Kitchen isn’t a budget food option for anyone, so we thank you for coming along with us on this pricing journey.  When you shop with Harvest Kitchen, your money is truly supporting a network of farmers, chefs, and food artisans right here in Washtenaw county.  Shopping at Harvest Kitchen helps build a strong local economy and a beautiful community that you can be proud to be a part of.  Harvest Kitchen’s revenue goes to:

  • Local farmers (and their staff) who raise beautiful ingredients and safeguard and nurture mother earth
  • Hardworking and talented chefs who create this food (and who live in Ann Arbor and Ypsi and support local businesses with their pay checks)

    Mmm Zucchini Casserole

    Mmm Zucchini Casserole

  • Food Artisans and local supply companies who support an ongoing economic network as they source ingredients/supplies and pay staff
  • The national organic food industry (for our non-local ingredients)
  • and, on the more mundane side, rent, utilities, and all the sundry things a business needs to survive

Once again, we appreciate everyone who supports Harvest Kitchen, whether it’s through regular purchases or the occasional visit, or even just reading this blog or “liking” things on facebook, and we hope that a small price increase won’t put too huge a burden on anyone.

We support this farmer!

We support this farmer!

The good news: Yes, there is a bright patch in all this dark talk of price increases.  We have done a LONG overdue overhaul of our subscription prices and we’re happy to report that those prices are now appropriately aligned with the retail prices and synched with one another.  We’re changing the system–omnivore and vegetarian subscriptions now cost the same.  Single week orders will cost exactly the total of the same food for retail.  Six week (or more) subscriptions will save 10% off the retail price, and 24-week subscriptions will save 15%.  Phew!  It’s a big relief to have the subscriptions prices make *sense* when compared to the rest of our prices, rather than just being something we made up in 2010!

What this means for you:  if you love Harvest Kitchen and don’t love the price increase, you can save money by becoming a subscriber!  PLUS, subscriptions support Harvest Kitchen by allowing us to plan our cooking more efficiently.  Everyone wins when you become a subscriber, so visit the subscription page and sign up today!

Thanks again for all your support.  We’re making another delicious menu this week, so bop on over and enjoy:

Omnivore

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

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 Black Oak Farm’s deliciously savory pork for our omnivore version. Dinner is served!  Single Serving $10
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
Maple Roasted Green Beans and Carrots with Walnuts Fresh green beans and carrots take on an extra dimension of deliciousness in this simple roasted dish.  Walnuts add a sophisticated crunch. Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Caprese Salad -  This world-class flavor combination of fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil needs no introduction from me! Dive in! 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)

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
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
Maple Roasted Green Beans and Carrots with Walnuts Fresh green beans and carrots take on an extra dimension of deliciousness in this simple roasted dish.  Walnuts add a sophisticated crunch. Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Caprese Salad -  This world-class flavor combination of fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil needs no introduction from me! Dive in! 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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Staff (Owner) Profile: Mary

I’m not exempting myself from this staff profile series!  For those of you who’ve been dying to know more about me, HK’s owner and the author of this blog, here you go!

 

Name: Mary

Working here since: the beginning! 2007

Favorite Harvest Kitchen task:  Planning delicious menus with the staff

Favorite Farm-fresh Veggie:  Parsnips

Favorite Farm-fresh Meat: Mclaughlin’s Highland Beef (see last week’s post!)

Least Favorite Harvest Kitchen task: Paying bills (womp womp)

Background: Ann Arbor born and raised.  Went to Bryn Mawr College and worked on a farm in Wales before returning here to start Harvest Kitchen.

When not at work I enjoy…hanging out with my fiance, Zlatko, and spending time with my family, friends, and cats.

Here’s the menu for this week:

Omnivore

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

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 – $13
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 summer squash, green beans, carrots, and more. Gluten free. Single serving $9
Cucumber Dill Soup – Cool down a summer day with our chilled, dilled, delicious cucumber-yogurt soup. What could be more refreshing? Gluten free. Pint $6
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. 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 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 – $13
Vegetable Curry with Brown Rice –  Savory, flavorful, and full of spices, this delicious curry is bound to be a big hit.  Served over brown rice, this savory stew features summer squash, green beans, carrots, and more.  Single serving $9
Cucumber Dill Soup – Cool down a summer day with our chilled, dilled, delicious cucumber-yogurt soup. What could be more refreshing? Gluten free. Pint $6
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. Gluten Free. 5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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