Happy Earth Day! Three Years in Ypsilanti!

Hey everybody!

 

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

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

You know what they say–time flies (whether you’re having fun or not).  Well, this month marks our three-year anniversary of being in Ypsilanti.  It’s been a great time so far.  We still feel like a well-kept secret sometimes (I can’t tell you how many times I’m asked “How long have you been here??” by new customers expecting me to reply “two months!”)…but we’re happy when people find us, no matter what.  Welcome, newbies!  I often joke that we’re like that pub in Harry Potter, the Leaky Cauldron, that’s invisible to Muggles, and only magic-folks (like Harry and Hagrid) can see.  Glad all of you have found your way inside, dear readers.

I like to take a moment to reflect on where we’ve come from and where we’re going around this

Sunchokes: It's what's for dinner! (I'm not sure why this slogan hasn't caught on yet..)

Sunchokes: It’s what’s for dinner! (I’m not sure why this slogan hasn’t caught on yet..)

anniversary mark.  We’re really enjoying being in Depot Town, and three years in we love our kitchen just as much as ever.  We haven’t outgrown the space yet…! In fact, we’re continuing to develop more ways to reach new customers, from expanding delivery to new farmers markets.  Hopefully this spring we’ll expand our on-site offerings by adding a sit down area to our front of house.  I’ve got a floor layout in mind, so stay tuned for more!  Despite all the changes, of course, we’re happy that we’re staying true to our roots and continuing to source our ingredients from awesome local farms.  We love the support we get from our farmers (developing good relationships pays off with special deliveries, fast turn arounds, and items being available to us that aren’t available to other customers! Wow! We’ve got great friends!).  And of course, we think you can taste the difference in our food.

Well, thanks for your support these past three years (and before that too!).  Here’s to many more.

With that in mind, here’s this week menu.  Springtime favorites sunchokes are back!!

Omnivore

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

Beef Curry with Coconut Milk and Brown Rice  –  Savory, flavorful, and full of spices, this delicious beef curry is bound to be a big hit.  Served over brown rice and featuring a delicious assortment of summer veggies straight from our freezer. Gluten free. Single serving $9
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 – $13
Potato Salad Salad Is it picnic weather yet? With this classic home-style potato salad, you’ll be having a picnic whatever the weather.  Delicious Tantre potatoes cooked to perfection and dressed in a dreamy, creamy dressing.Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Roasted Carrot and Sunchoke Soup – Featuring the sweetest flavors of spring, this creamy, light soup is the perfect vehicle for the unusual nutty sweetness of sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes). Gluten Free. Pint $6
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)

Sweet Potato Curry with Coconut Milk and Brown Rice  –  Savory, flavorful, and full of spices, this delicious vegetarian curry is bound to be a big hit.  Served over brown rice and featuring sweet potatoes and a delicious assortment of summer veggies straight from our freezer. Gluten free. Single serving $9
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 – $13
Potato Salad Salad Is it picnic weather yet? With this classic home-style potato salad, you’ll be having a picnic whatever the weather.  Delicious Tantre potatoes cooked to perfection and dressed in a dreamy, creamy dressing.Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Roasted Carrot and Sunchoke Soup – Featuring the sweetest flavors of spring, this creamy, light soup is the perfect vehicle for the unusual nutty sweetness of sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes). Gluten Free. Pint $6
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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Finally a warm day!

Spiral Meatloaf is baaaack!

Spiral Meatloaf is baaaack!

Hello faithful readers!

If any of you generally read this blog post on Friday night or Saturday, my apologies for the delayed post!  We got busy yesterday afternoon and I had to hop in and help Chef Ryan get some food put together for this big catering gig we had today! (More on that in a minute).  If you don’t usually read this blog on Friday or Saturday, just note that this post DOES usually go up before the weekend, so it’s a great chance to get a sneak-preview of the menu for the upcoming week (pro tip!).  I know that some HK fans like having this chance to plan ahead around our menu when deciding on their weekly shopping and other meal plans for the week.  We’re trying to help everyone here! :)

Speaking of this big catering gig, we were honored to be part of Family Day at EMU by providing hearty lunchtime snacks.  As I mentioned, Chef Ryan and I worked long and hard yesterday putting together a delicious and family-friendly menu of mac and cheese and wrap sandwiches.  HK’s ever-cheerful delivery driver, Cesarina, reports that Family Day was hopping and full of adorable children when she made the delivery this morning.  We hope that Family Day was a huge success and that everyone enjoyed the food!

Chard wraps return!

Chard wraps return!

Today’s Farmers Market was great fun–there were a lot more vendors (and shoppers) than we’ve seen this winter, and it was fun to see all of our friends after the hiatus.  If you’re waiting for better weather before coming down to the market, wait no longer–spring is really here (I hope!).

With that in mind, here’s our tasty menu for the week.

Omnivore

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

Pork Ginger Quinoa Chard Wraps– These healthy wraps make the perfect entree–light and full of the flavors of ginger and flavorful ground pork from Black Oak Farms. Gluten Free. Single serving $9
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 $9
Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad This hearty salad features plenty of creamy chickpeas, crispy carrots, and a light and delicious dressing. Makes an ideal light lunch. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Lentil Vegetable Soup – A hearty and wholesome meal-in-a-bowl, our lentil vegetable soup is overflowing with flavor. The perfect lunch for a busy day at work or school. Gluten Free. Pint $6
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)

Ginger Quinoa Chard Wraps– These healthy wraps make the perfect entree–light and full of the flavors of ginger and grated veggies. Gluten free. Single serving $9
Nutloaf -  The vegetarian alternative to meatloaf, our recipe comes from the kitchen at Pendle Hill, a Quaker community near Philadelphia, and features a variety of nuts in a surprisingly flavorful and hearty loaf. Gluten Free Option Available. Single Serving $9
Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad This hearty salad features plenty of creamy chickpeas, crispy carrots, and a light and delicious dressing. Makes an ideal light lunch. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Lentil Vegetable Soup – A hearty and wholesome meal-in-a-bowl, our lentil vegetable soup is overflowing with flavor. The perfect lunch for a busy day at work or school. Gluten Free. Pint $6
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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Thawing around the edges…

Spanikopita--springtime yumminess!

Spanikopita–springtime yumminess!

We had a few nice days this week, didn’t we?  It’s finally beginning to feel like spring might someday arrive.  One thing I’ve been enjoying lately is the way it’s staying light longer.  Even if the temperatures don’t feel like it, that extra light is a sure sign that spring is on the way.  And our hoop house farmers can certainly tell! This week we’re thrilled to bring back the ever-popular SPANIKOPITA (aka Greek-style spinach pie) to the menu–we’re not using spinach, but taking advantage of an abundance of the hardy kale our hoop house farmers are growing.  This week we’re bringing in some kale from our friends at Green Things Farm, which seems appropriate.

People often ask me what farmers do in the winter.  And, of course, the answer varies from farm to farm.  Out at Community Farm, the farmers take the winter season to rest and rejuvenate, and the land does the same.  The folks at Goetz farm never really stop growing in their large hoop houses.  At Seeley Farm this winter they’ve rebuilt their website (now with tons of awesome photos–click that link).  A few farmer friends (like Nate and Jill at Green Things Farm) go on vacation.  Others (like Farmer Lizzie, an apprentice at Tantre Farm) get townie jobs (Lizzie could be spotted at Roos Roast this winter).  One thing all the farmers I’ve talked to have in common is spending the winter planning and preparing for the season to come, whether it’s launching a farm educational program, planning what crops should go where, applying for new farmers markets, hiring staff, or playing pond hockey (ok, maybe that last one doesn’t count…).  Here’s to a great season to come for everyone in our local food community.

And with that in mind, here’s our 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 $9
Swedish Meatballs with Noodles –  Delicious hand-rolled meatballs smothered in our fresh gravy and served over delectable Pastabilities egg noodles.  A hearty dish to set you up for whatever life brings you.  Gluten free option available. Single serving $9
Radish Root Veggie Slaw  — A crisp and crunchy blend of fresh radishes, turnips, beets, and carrots served in a zesty vinaigrette dressing. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
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 $6
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)

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. Single serving $9
Tofu Vegetable Croquettes with Sweet and Sour Vegetables –  Our creamy tofu balls pair perfectly with crisp-tender vegetables served in a tangy sweet-and-sour sauce for a delightfully flavorful meal.Gluten free. Single serving $9
Radish Root Veggie Slaw  — A crisp and crunchy blend of fresh radishes, turnips, beets, and carrots served in a zesty vinaigrette dressing. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
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 $6
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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Are you there, Spring? Where are you?

Samir shows off his butternut peeling skills...can you see our great state?

Samir shows off his butternut peeling skills…can you see our great state?

Brrr! This whole week I’ve been hoping for warmer days, but it still feels like spring is still far away.  I’ve been wearing my winter parka all week as protection from some surprisingly biting winds and even some snow.  Boo!  Here at Harvest Kitchen, though, we’re consoling ourselves with hearty comfort food as well as dishes featuring summer veggies from the freezer to remind us of warmer and happier days!

Here at Harvest Kitchen, besides still being a little frozen around the edges, things are going well.  We’re excited about having the chance to attend the Local Food Summit on Monday and network with our fellow local-foodies.

 

Get a free tote bag when you sign up for 12 weeks or more!

Get a free tote bag when you sign up for 12 weeks or more!

We’re also encouraging folks to sign up as subscribers.  As a special promotion, we’re offering a free beautiful insulated Harvest Kitchen logo tote bag to anyone who subscribes (or renews their subscription–current subscribers take note!) for 12 weeks or more.  As the days get warmer, you can keep your HK haul cool in style with a gorgeous high-quality tote!

Here are a few of the perks to being a subscriber:

  • All subscriptions are flexible (including the seasonal and student subscriptions)–if you need to miss a week, let us know and we can adjust your schedule accordingly.
  • Save money!  Subscribers pay less than casual retail customers.
  • No need to remember to re-order each week–your food is prepared automatically and set aside for you.  Your favorites are never out of stock.
  • Support Harvest Kitchen: Subscribers are the backbone of our business.
  • Get healthy! You’re more likely to eat healthy food when it’s prepared and ready for you.  This is an easy way to improve your diet within your busy schedule.

Consider becoming a subscriber today!

If you’re a subscriber this week, here’s what you’ll be getting:

Omnivore

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

Cassoulet -  Traditional French home cooking, cassoulet is a slow-cooked casserole, melding the savory flavors of ham and beans.  Ours will feature amazing ham from Black Oak Farm, organic white beans, Michigan bacon, Michigan sausage, our frozen tomatoes, and plenty of herbs. Gluten free option available. Single serving $9

Chicken Tikka Masala with Brown Rice – Delicious local chicken marinated in a yogurt-tomato-spice marinade, roasted, and served with a curried tomato sauce. Served over brown rice for a delicious British-Indian delight. Gluten Free. Single serving $9

Barley Pilaf with Nuts and Fruits – Another delicious grain dish, this barley pilaf will make the perfect accompaniment to this week’s mains: sweet barley studded with Michigan dried cherries, organic cranberries, an assortment of seeds and nuts, and a hint of Pecorino cheese. Gluten free option available.  Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Zucchini Split Pea Soup – This delicious vegetarian soup features creamy zucchini (straight from summer via the freezer) and a hint of curry in the flavor. Yum! Gluten Free. Pint $6

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 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 $9

Tempeh Tikka Masala with Brown Rice – Delicious tempeh from The Brinery marinated in a yogurt-tomato-spice marinade, cooked to a tender and flavorful perfection, and served with a curried tomato sauce. Served over brown rice for a delicious British-Indian delight. Gluten free. Single serving $9

Barley Pilaf with Nuts and Fruits – Another delicious grain dish, this barley pilaf will make the perfect accompaniment to this week’s mains: sweet barley studded with Michigan dried cherries, organic cranberries, an assortment of seeds and nuts, and a hint of Pecorino cheese. Gluten free option available. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Zucchini Split Pea Soup – This delicious vegetarian soup features creamy zucchini (straight from summer via the freezer) and a hint of curry in the flavor. Yum! Gluten Free. Pint $6

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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Potatoes are the Last Vegetable Standing!

Potatoes!

Potatoes!

Do you feel like we’ve been doing a lot with potatoes in the past few weeks and months? Well, you’re not wrong. We hope you’re not getting too tired of potatoes–they’re a pretty amazing vegetable and one of the few items that are still available fresh from our local farmers at this time of year. When I say fresh, I don’t mean they’re still growing–just that they’ve been stored and are keeping well and we can still get them.  We’ve been trying to keep the menu varied, but the potato has been playing a starring role week after week.  Don’t worry, the spring equinox was this week, which means that the days are getting longer and warmer weather has to arrive soon–but don’t expect expanded menu options TOO soon!  We’re entering the toughest time of year–as the stored crops from previous years are dwindling the new crops aren’t ready for harvesting quite yet.

Sauerkraut is back on the menu this week.

Sauerkraut is back on the menu this week.

Historically, this has been a difficult time of year for people in subsistence agricultural economies.  Fortunately for us, we won’t be starving, thanks to freezers and hoop house technology keeping us in food even during this low point of the year.  I’ve been reading this book of European history from 1648-1815 (it was a gift from a HK coworker–thanks Cesarina!) and the author makes a point that this difficult time of year has historically been a time of unrest–it’s no coincidence that the French Revolution began in spring!  The author also had a lot of interesting things to say about the nutritional advantages the potato brought to the people of Europe after its introduction from the New World.  (He also tells me that the roads were REALLY terrible in this period of history–something else to think about while dodging potholes this spring!).  So, I hope you enjoy the potato in all its forms this month…and look forward to more springtime delights to come.

Here’s the menu:

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 $9
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 – $13

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

Budapest Vegetable Soup – This wonderfully seasoned soup is substantial enough to be a meal, accompanied by a green salad and hearty bread.  Featuring freezer-fresh vegetables such as green beans and a paprika-red wine broth. Pint $6

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)

Apple Sauerkraut Au Gratin – This tasty dish blends the sweetness of baked apples with the tangy-ness of sauerkraut and pulls it all together with plenty of cheese. A conversion for the non-sauerkraut eaters among us?? Gluten Free and vegan options available. Single serving $9

Cauliflower Pie with Potato Crust and Greens – This hearty pie may be the “ultimate comfort food”: it features a delicious potato crust filled with creamy mashed cauliflower and savory sauteed greens. Yum! Gluten Free. 7″ Pie – $13

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

Budapest Vegetable Soup – This wonderfully seasoned soup is substantial enough to be a meal, accompanied by a green salad and hearty bread.  Featuring freezer-fresh vegetables such as green beans and a paprika-red wine broth. Pint $6

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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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Harvest Kitchen!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!  Here at Harvest Kitchen we have a mini-tradition of creating a delicious Irish-themed menu for St Patrick’s day, and this year is no exception.  We hope you’ll enjoy these favorite recipes.

One thing we love to make for St. Patrick’s Day is Colcannon, which is an Irish/Scottish version of mashed potatoes that has cabbage and kale mixed in.  It’s a great dish for Harvest Kitchen, featuring a bunch of our favorite wintertime veggies, PLUS, there’s an awesome song about it!  Listen here:

 

I’m personally hoping that St. Patrick’s Day marks the beginning of the end of this cold season.  The Spring Equinox is also this week, so the days are finally going to be longer than the nights starting this week.  The light makes a big difference to growing veggies in a hoop house.  I’ve been talking to some

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

of our farmers–this extreme cold and snow has made for an unusually difficult winter.  If you feel like we’ve been living off potatoes this winter, you’re not wrong–there are not a lot of other veggies available!  The farmers at Goetz Farm (which is located in Riga, MI, an hour south of here) cite their large and tall hoop houses as part of why they’ve had a slightly more success with growing things than some of their colleagues with smaller hoops–the larger the hoop, the more capacity to capture the light and heat.  The Goetz boys also took a chance on planting some crops in January, which has paid off in our delicious salads that we’re eating right now.  Richard from Tantre Farm says that the snow can act as good insulation, but Farmer Shannon of Brines Farm says that removing snow from around his hoop houses has been a real challenge this winter, as you can imagine.  Fortunately, the light and the spring equinox tell us that the seasons WILL change eventually, and we’ll be eating a larger variety of fresh veggies very soon!

In the mean time, here’s that St. Paddy’s Day menu:

Omnivore

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

Irish Lamb and Guinness Stew – Tender, tasty, and just in time for St Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with our savory lamb stew–slow cooked in Guinness, the beer that’s “good for you”!. Gluten Free option available. Single Serving $9

Wild Rice Bake with Sausage -  A delicious casserole including pumpkins, parsnips, sausage, barley, and of course, wild rice. Hearty for a wintry day!  Single Serving – $9

Colcannon – Another traditional Irish dish, just in time for St Patrick’s Day.  Colcannon is a combination of mashed potatoes and greens such as cabbage. Gluten Free.  Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Soda Bread – No St Patrick’s Day celebration would be complete without soda bread, a fluffy, scone-like loaf.  Our “personal size” loaves are 5″ rounds. Enjoy with Irish stew and other St Patrick’s Day specials!  Loaf $6

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)

Mushroom Tempeh Stew  – You won’t miss the meat in this hearty comfort food stew.  We’re featuring a heavenly mushroom-rich broth and fresh, tender tempeh crumbles from our friends at The Brinery along with plenty of yummy veggies. Gluten free. Single Serving $9

Wild Rice Bake with Mushrooms -   A delicious vegetarian casserole including pumpkins, parsnips, mushrooms, barley, and of course, wild rice. Hearty for a wintry day! Single Serving $9

Colcannon – Another traditional Irish dish, just in time for St Patrick’s Day.  Colcannon is a combination of mashed potatoes and greens such as cabbage. Gluten Free.  Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Soda Bread – No St Patrick’s Day celebration would be complete without soda bread, a fluffy, scone-like loaf.  Our “personal size” loaves are 5″ rounds. Enjoy with Irish stew and other St Patrick’s Day specials!  Loaf $6

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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Another week of fan favorites!

This week’s menu is going to feature another collection of our customer favorites, including the ever-

Cauliflower Cashew Burgers

Cauliflower Cashew Burgers

popular Shepherd’s Pie.  We hope you enjoy these classic menus as much as we do–it’s fun to make dishes that are a slam dunk with chefs and customers alike.  We’re also happy to be featuring pork from our friends at Black Oak Farm in our pulled pork sandwiches this week, and to bring back the Best Ever Veggie Burger–our delicious Cauliflower Cashew Burgers.  Are there any menu items that you’d like to see more often?  Let us know, and we’ll do our best to make it happen (within the limits of what’s in season!).

Mary’s returning from vacation this week–I’m actually writing this blog post before I depart, so I can’t

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

comment on the weather or how things are going.  I’m trusting that all is well and looking forward to seeing everyone as soon as I’m back.  In the mean time, we’ve got a bunch of great dishes planned for this week, as I mentioned, so here we go:

Omnivore

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

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 $9

Shepherd's Pie is BAAAACK!

Shepherd’s Pie is BAAAACK!

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich -   Our delicious pulled pork sandwich features tender, slow-cooked pork, our homemade BBQ sauce, and is served with a whole wheat bun from our friends at River Street Bakery. Filling for two sandwiches with two buns – $9

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 $6

Thai Noodle Salad  – Fresh herbs and scallions 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. 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)

“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 $9

Cauliflower Cashew Burgers – A fan favorite rides again! This is our best-ever veggie burger.  We’re thrilled to be able to bring it back to the menu now that we’ve got a new supply of frozen cauliflower. Served with a River Street Bakery Whole Wheat Bun. Single Serving $9

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 $6

Thai Noodle Salad  – Fresh herbs and scallions 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.Gluten Free.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

 

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March is Spring?

Yummy Lentil Salad with Greens!

Yummy Lentil Salad with Greens!

Well, March is here at last which means that spring must really be on the way.  It’s kind of hard to believe, since it still feels like winter, but we can all tell as the days get longer it begins to feel like spring and summer might actually arrive some time soon.

Even so, new crops won’t be coming in from the fields for quite some time, so here at Harvest Kitchen, we’re still in winter mode, and we think you’ll still enjoy the hearty comfort food we’re cooking up.  Never fear, we’ve got great stocks of delicious food in storage, and we’re continuing to pull on some “non seasonal” items like dairy and meat.  We’ll make it through the difficult-but-promising days of early spring.

Life is good at Harvest Kitchen (thanks to subscriber P.C. for this snap!)

Life is good at Harvest Kitchen (thanks to subscriber P.C. for this snap!)

I (Mary) am on vacation this week, so if you’re coming to Farmers Market or calling on the phone you’ll be seeing/speaking to Cesarina.  I want to say a BIG thanks to Cesarina, Ryan, Pamela, John, Gryff, Kristin, and Samir for holding the fort while I’m away.  I know they’re doing a great job.  Anyone with special issues/requests this week, please have a tiny bit of patience as email replies may be delayed and be sure to double check your orders in case of miscommunications (this is a good idea at the best of times.)

Here’s this week’s awesome menu:

Omnivore

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

Stuffed Cabbage 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 $9

Beef Stroganoff – Michigan raised beef in a creamy Calder Dairy sour cream sauce served over delicious egg noodles. You know you’ll want seconds. Single Serving $9

Cauliflower Millet Soup – This hearty soup is inspired by a favorite recipe from Diet for a Small Planet. It’s a delicious (vegan) alternative to the usual cream-of type soups–full of savory flavors that will have you coming back for more. Gluten Free. Pint $6

Lentil Salad with Greens – This deliciously hearty salad features a creamy yogurt dressing, bulghur wheat and the first of this season’s Swiss chard. 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. 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  – 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 $9

Mushroom Stroganoff – Our mushroom stroganoff features organic mushrooms and peas in a creamy Calder Dairy sour cream sauce served over delicious egg noodles. You know you’ll want seconds. Single Serving $9

Cauliflower Millet Soup – This hearty soup is inspired by a favorite recipe from Diet for a Small Planet. It’s a delicious (vegan) alternative to the usual cream-of type soups–full of savory flavors that will have you coming back for more. Gluten Free. Pint $6

Lentil Salad with Greens – This deliciously hearty salad features a creamy yogurt dressing, bulghur wheat and the first of this season’s Swiss chard. 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.Gluten Free.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Chili Challenge a success you can still taste!

Last Sunday’s Depot Town Chili Challenge was a huge success.  According to the folks at S.O.S. Community Services we raised over $2900 for S.O.S. and had over 200 participants tasting chilis!  Harvest Kitchen didn’t win this year–that honor went to our friends (and arch rivals–just kidding) over at Cafe Ollie.  However, we’re happy to have had a chance to participate and we look forward to winning the crown back next year (we hope!).  And, of course, as everyone knows, the REAL winners of the chili challenge are the hardworking folks over at S.O.S. who will be putting this money to work helping the neediest in our community.

The OTHER real winners, of course, are the folks who got to TASTE the delicious chilis on offer all over

A delicious bowl of chili

A delicious bowl of chili

Depot Town.  My dad was one of them, and he said that ALL the chilis were really great.  If you’re feeling bummed that you didn’t get to enjoy all these awesome chilis, never fear, Harvest Kitchen is here to save you! We’re offering a special Chili Collection, featuring our two entries from the chili challenge and plus two more chili options for a total of FOUR chilis you can choose from! You can order a sampler and have your own mini chili challenge at home!  (or you can just order a bunch of your favorite one).  Click here to order–available while supplies last!

If you’re not in the mood for chili today, here’s this week’s menu to give you something to look forward to:

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-rich pork enchilada filling, homemade sauce, and of course, plenty of cheese. Gluten Free. Single Serving $9

Chicken Tagine with Chickpeas and Bulghar-  Slow-cooked, aromatic North African stew, our localized version features delicious local chicken, dried fruit, and plenty of savory spices.  Served over bulghar for a complete meal. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $9

Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup – Our homemade vegetable broth is home to a rich and warming collection of wintertime veggies, including parsnips, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, and more.  A flavorful treat for a winter’s day. Gluten Free. Pint $6

Southern Picnic Caviar – This unusual cold salad features delicious black eyed peas, peppers, and corn in a zesty Italian vinaigrette. An excellent pairing with any of this week’s mains. 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 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 $9

North African Vegetarian Stew with Chickpeas  -  Slow-cooked, aromatic North African stew, our localized version features delicious local vegetables, dried fruit, and plenty of savory spices.  Served over bulghar for a complete meal. Gluten free option available. Single serving $9

Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup – Our homemade vegetable broth is home to a rich and warming collection of wintertime veggies, including parsnips, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, and more.  A flavorful treat for a winter’s day. Gluten Free. Pint $6

Southern Picnic Caviar – This unusual cold salad features delicious black eyed peas, peppers, and corn in a zesty Italian vinaigrette. An excellent pairing with any of this week’s mains. 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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Depot Town Chili Challenge to Benefit SOS!

Chili time!

Chili time!

It’s that time of year again: it’s Chili Challenge time!!
This Sunday, Feb 16, Harvest Kitchen will be competing in the 8th annual Depot Town Chili Challenge along with our neighbors at Woodruff’s, Cafe Ollie, Aubree’s, and Corner Brewery.

What: Taste lots of delicious chilis at local restaurants (every restaurant will provide an omnivore AND a vegetarian chili option–all chilis will be labeled with ingredients)
When: 3-6 pm on Sunday, Feb 16
Where: Buy tickets at Woodruff’s Bar and walk to participating restaurants in Depot Town to taste chilis.
Cost details: $10 for adults and $5 for kids. ALL proceeds benefit S.O.S. Community Services–an awesome local organization serving the needy and vulnerable in our community.

Best of all–you can vote for the best chili. Harvest Kitchen was the big winner last year. Will we retain our crown (and bragging rights)?? YOU can be part of this nailbiting competition by coming down to

Chickpea salad, mmm.

Chickpea salad, mmm.

Depot Town this Sunday and casting a vote. It’s more exciting and competitive than the Olympics (well…maybe not…). In any event, ALL of the chilis are bound to be delicious, so there are no losers in this event. :)

Read more about the event here.

Stay tuned to the blog for news about the results after Sunday!

In the mean time, here’s your menu:

Omnivore

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

Jambalaya with Rice – Rich flavors, Creole spices, vegetables, and of course delicious sausage and chicken. Couldn’t ask for more on a cold wintery evening! Gluten free. Single Serving $9

Quiche with Asparagus and Bacon –  Everyone loves our flavorful and delicious quiches.  This week we’re filling our homemade pie crusts with fresh-frozen asparagus from Locavorious (dream of springtime!), savory Michigan bacon, and boatloads of local eggs and dairy.  Yum! Single Serving – $9

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 $6

Chickpea Salad with Cumin and Garlic – Tender and toothsome chickpeas pair perfectly with crunchy cumin seeds, oven roasted tomatoes 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. 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 Jambalaya with Rice – Rich flavors, Creole spices, vegetables, and hearty black-eyed peas for protein. Couldn’t ask for more on a cold wintery evening! Gluten free. Single Serving $9

Quiche with Asparagus and Broccoli –  Everyone loves our flavorful and delicious quiches.  This week we’re filling our homemade pie crusts with fresh-frozen asparagus and broccoli from Locavorious (dream of springtime!), swiss cheese, and boatloads of local eggs and dairy.  Yum! Single Serving – $9

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 $6

Chickpea Salad with Cumin and Garlic – Tender and toothsome chickpeas pair perfectly with crunchy cumin seeds, oven roasted tomatoes 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.Gluten Free.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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