When will winter end?

Go home, Frost King and Snowball Boy! We've had enough!

Go home, Frost King and Snowball Boy! We’ve had enough!

Oh my! February is over this weekend and March begins, but according to the extended forecasts we’re not going to be seeing any more “Spring-like” weather any time soon.  I, for one, am ready for some warmer temperatures, especially since I sell at the Farmer’s Market, outdoors every Saturday.  Thanks so much to all our customers who just “keep on keeping on” and get food regardless of the weather, whether that’s braving the cold at the Farmers Market or braving the parking in Depot Town.  We appreciate you!  We’re also happy to keep on delivering, so keep on ordering for home delivery, and let us brave the roads!  The Harvest Kitchen van is going strong through ice and snow and chilly weather. :)

Of course our farmers continue to face challenges through the

It's extremely cold at the Farmers Market these days

It’s extremely cold at the Farmers Market these days

harsh weather.  Right now we’re eating mostly storage crops, though Goetz is producing some fresh swiss chard in their large greenhouses right now.  This time of year always challenges the creativity of our chefs, though we’re lucky right now to still have some good options to bring you new flavors each week.  Thank goodness for all of the summer bounty we have in the freezer as well–that helps a lot.  Unfortunately, salad greens are unobtainable right now.  We look forward to seeing them back on the menu in a few weeks.  In the mean time we hope you’ll enjoy all the different sides and salads we’re putting together for you–there’s more to salad than just lettuce!

Another thing to keep in mind this season–even after the weather warms up (which it will, soon, right?) it will still be weeks and months before new produce becomes available.  The early spring is one of the most challenging times of year for locavores, but every year we have fun seeing each crop return to our menu as we work towards summer’s abundance.  Stay tuned–it’s going to be a tasty ride!

Slaw made with colorful and flavorful root veggies can substitute for salad greens

Slaw made with colorful and flavorful root veggies can substitute for salad greens

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)

Chicken and Dumplings– A wholesome winter comfort food: delicious free-range chicken with our tasty homemade dumplings. Enjoy. Single Serving $10

Wild Rice Bake with Italian Sausage -   A delicious casserole including butternut squash, rutabaga, delicious Italian sausage, brown rice, and of course, wild rice. Hearty for a winter day!  Gluten free. Single Serving $10

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

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

Radish Root Veggie Slaw  — A crisp and crunchy blend of fresh radishes, turnips, cabbage, and carrots served in a zesty vinaigrette dressing. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Vegetarian

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

Tofu Vegetable Croquettes with Sweet and Sour Vegetables –  Our creamy tofu balls pair perfectly

Tofu Vegetable Croquettes!

Tofu Vegetable Croquettes!

with crisp-tender vegetables served in a tangy sweet-and-sour sauce for a delightfully flavorful meal.Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Vegetarian Wild Rice Bake -   A delicious casserole including butternut squash, rutabaga, brown rice, and of course, wild rice. Hearty for a winter day!  Gluten free. Single Serving $10

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

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

Radish Root Veggie Slaw  — A crisp and crunchy blend of fresh radishes, turnips, cabbage, and carrots served in a zesty vinaigrette dressing. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

 

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Food Ethics

At the Local Food Summit last weekend I attended a session on the connection between spirituality and food, and it made me think a little about things that are important in the choices we make about food here at Harvest Kitchen.  With that in mind, I’m going to try to write a little about our food ethics here.  Note that everyone makes compromises sometimes, and we’re no exception, but here’s what goes into our decision making.  This is a first stab at this statement–please let us know what you think and look for revised versions of the food ethics statement in months to come!

Seeley Farmer Alex harvesting

Seeley Farmer Alex harvesting

Food is a part of the heart of our most precious moments with family and friends, including holidays and celebrations, but it is also part of our day to day lives.  Everyone eats every day, whether grabbing a bite while running between things or sitting down with family and china plates and cloth napkins.  At its best, sharing a meal can bring us together.  At its worst, food can be a shameful and divisive subject, used to divide people and make them feel less worthy.  Those emotions of shame and humiliation are not what we want to associate with food here at Harvest Kitchen.  There are qualities of food that we love, and we want to share them and make them accessible to everyone.  There are no prerequisites for eating Harvest Kitchen food!

We love food that is grown sustainably.  That’s grown by farmers who care for the earth and for their

A highland cow at Mclaughlin Farm

A highland cow at Mclaughlin Farm

plants and animals.  We love food that’s made and grown by workers who are treated fairly.  We love food that is made from animals who live healthy and natural lives.  We love it when we know this about the food because of having a personal relationship with the growers and producers and chefs.  Know your farmer is at the heart of what we do.  We also love local food because it hasn’t traveled long distances and burned up fossil fuels to get here.  We love building a food system in our area that supports our local economy and where we are connected to the impact of our decisions. When we can’t have that personal connection to how our food is produced, we trust the “organic” designation to help us know that farmers in far away places are growing food without the use of chemicals.

IMG_20140210_145800_663On top of that, we love food that is satisfying and flavorful.  We love to make food that is a joy to sit down and eat.  We love being exposed to new flavors from around the world.  We love trying new fruits and vegetables that grow well in our local area that we might not otherwise have tried.  We find that being attuned to the seasons of the year allows us to savor each flavor as it comes and goes, and to appreciate the rhythm of the farm calendar.

We spend a lot of time planning our menus with these principles in mind, IMG_20140623_133017_414because we want our customers to trust Harvest Kitchen and our sources.  Not everyone has time to spend on the details of food ethics, and we want to make this kind of delicious, sustainable, locally-sourced, seasonal eating accessible to everyone regardless of time.  We hope you enjoy our meals–made with love from start to finish!  Cheers!

 

This Week’s 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

Chicken Tikka Masala with Brown Rice – We’re partnering with our friend Erum from Rite Spice to bring you an extra-authentic version of this delicious dish.  It will still feature local chicken marinated in a yogurt-tomato-spice marinade, roasted, and served with a curried tomato sauce. Served over brown rice. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

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 $7

Indonesian Rice Salad -  Full of nuts and vegetables and topped with a zesty citrus dressing, this flavorful salad is a favorite from Gaia’s Kitchen cookbook.  Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Roasted Butternut Delight  – A simple, delightful autumn side dish: roasted squash paired with cranberries and feta.  Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

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

Tempeh Tikka Marsala  - We’re partnering with our friend Erum from Rite Spice to bring you an extra-authentic version of this delicious dish.  It will still feature The Brinery’s fabulous tempeh marinated in a yogurt-tomato-spice marinade, roasted, and served with a curried tomato sauce. Served over brown rice. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

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 $7

Indonesian Rice Salad -  Full of nuts and vegetables and topped with a zesty citrus dressing, this flavorful salad is a favorite from Gaia’s Kitchen cookbook.  Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Roasted Butternut Delight  – A simple, delightful autumn side dish: roasted squash paired with cranberries and feta.  Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

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Wordless Friday: More beautiful food shots

It’s that time of the month again–time for a review of some of our finest instagram moments.  This Sunday is the Local Food Summit, and I’ve got some thoughts flowing around in my head right now about Harvest Kitchen’s “food philosophy”.  In the face of food fads, what are our ethics and how do we hold to them?  I’m planning to take some time at the Summit to listen, talk to others, and hopefully formulate a few thoughts on the subject for next week’s post…stay tuned!

Chickpea salad mixing in action! #vegan #flourescentfood #yum #actionshot #harvestkitchenlife #local #organic #food

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Rolling out crust for the Russian Vegetable Pie. #yum #harvestkitchenlife #cheflife

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West African Groundnut Stew warms up a gray day. #harvestkitchenlife #yum #vegan #nofilter #organic #local #visitypsi

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Here’s the menu:

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 $10

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

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.  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

North African Vegetable 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 cous cous for a complete meal. Gluten free option available. 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

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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

 

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Music to Cook By

If you come to visit us at Harvest Kitchen’s store and kitchen, you know that we love to rock out to awesome tunes.  Everyone who works at Harvest Kitchen brings his (or her) own taste and preferences to our playlist.  John, in the dishroom, perfers sports talk radio.  Those of us who work in the front of house and kitchen areas, however, prefer music that pumps us up.  Chef Ryan has taken the lead on creating and curating a custom playlist on youtube that we often listen to while cooking.  Other times we turn to the internet radio service Pandora, but we’ve found that Pandora can get repetitive when listened to for a long time.  Another favorite we’ve recently discovered is the YouTube Cindy Lauper channel–there’s nothing quite like 1980s power anthems for energizing us and getting us through a long work day.  We have a long-running joke about starting a band featuring the Harvest Kitchen staff.  Occasionally silly sing-alongs will happen.  It’s all part of having fun and keeping the energy positive while working the long hours demanded by food preparation.  Next time you stop at Harvest Kitchen, feel free to join in on the singing and dancing!  Just remember, this week’s menu brought to you by the power of “The Safety Dance”.

 

Rock on with this week’s menu:

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

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

Hearty Vegetable Soup with Cabbage – A savory and flavorful traditional vegetable soup, featuring an abundance of winter-ready veggies like potatoes and cabbage.  Perfect to warm you up after a sledding adventure. Gluten Free.   Pint $7

Garlic Green Beans – Another fresh-flavored summer visitor from the freezer, we can’t stop snacking on these tasty beans. Get ready to enjoy! 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 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

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

Hearty Vegetable Soup with Cabbage – A savory and flavorful traditional vegetable soup, featuring an abundance of winter-ready veggies like potatoes and cabbage.  Perfect to warm you up after a sledding adventure. Gluten Free.   Pint $7

Garlic Green Beans – Another fresh-flavored summer visitor from the freezer, we can’t stop snacking on these tasty beans. Get ready to enjoy! 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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How I Dress for the Farmers Market in Winter

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As the winter weather progresses, my faithful farmers market customers often express sympathy and concern for how I’m keeping warm while selling the food at the (outdoor) farmers market each week.  While some of my Farmers Market neighbors shelter in

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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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