Staff Profile: Colin

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

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

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

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Name: Colin Fraser

Working here since: August 2014

Favorite Harvest Kitchen task: Baking granola and making witty banter

Favorite Farm-fresh Veggie:  Onion or Bok Choy

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

Least Favorite Harvest Kitchen task: Getting burns

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

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

Thanks for all your hard work, Colin!

Here’s the menu for the week:

Omnivore

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

Beef Goulash with Noodles– A hearty Hungarian stew, our savory goulash is the perfect comfort food for a chilly November day. Overflowing with savory beef, our frozen tomatoes, and more, you’ll probably want seconds. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10
Pork with Braised Cabbage – Tender and delicious pork loin pairs deliciously with sweet-and-savory braised cabbage for a perfect fall-season meal. Gluten free. Single serving $10
Broccoli Cheddar Soup  – A classic crowd-pleaser, our hearty broccoli cheddar soup is a meal in a bowl.  As for flavor, we think the name says all you need to know. Gluten Free. Pint $7
Creamies  – This unique fall dish is a favorite here at Harvest Kitchen. Combining tender cabbage and sweet pumpkin in a single delicious side dish. Give it a try! Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing. Gluten Free. 5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

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

Vegetarian Goulash with Noodles  – A hearty Hungarian stew, our savory goulash is the perfect comfort food for a chilly November day. Overflowing with savory potatoes and turnips, our frozen tomatoes, and more, you’ll probably want seconds. Gluten Free option available. Single Serving  $10
Zucchini Rice Casserole -  Who doesn’t love a creamy and delicious casserole on a wintry day? This flavor sensation is sure to become a family favorite.  Gluten free. Single Serving $10
Broccoli Cheddar Soup  – A classic crowd-pleaser, our hearty broccoli cheddar soup is a meal in a bowl.  As for flavor, we think the name says all you need to know. Gluten Free. Pint $7
Creamies  – This unique fall dish is a favorite here at Harvest Kitchen. Combining tender cabbage and sweet pumpkin in a single delicious side dish. Give it a try! Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing. Gluten Free. 5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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How to be a respectful eater

One of my favorite blogs is Captain Awkward, an advice column blog.  The advice is always thoughtful and often funny, and the comment section is ruthlessly moderated to be a safe and interesting space.  Today I was reading a recent post with a letter from a person who has recently become vegan and who was learning how to talk to her friends about her new passion for animal rights, social justice, and mindful eating.  HOO BOY do I have THOUGHTS about this subject.  Additionally, there is a fascinating discussion going on in the comments about these subjects (and more! intersectionality! veganism around the world and in history! really, this is the one site on the internet where the comments are OK!).  However, since there are 350+ comments as of right now, I can’t wade through all of them, so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you on my own blog.

Here at Harvest Kitchen we work hard to provide options for people who have different dietary restrictions and preferences.  Of course, we’re a fairly small operation and we don’t always have something for everyone all of the time, but we try to keep it varied, and you won’t find us judging you for your choices. So, I want to offer some tips about how to make conversations about food go more smoothly, coming from our expert experience.

If you have a dietary restriction or preference:

  • Let hosts and friends know about your dietary restrictions ASAP.  Whenever we have a new friend for a meal at our house, “Do you have any dietary restrictions?” is one of the first questions we ask so we can plan our menu to make sure there’s something our guests can eat.
  • Let food service professionals know about your dietary restrictions. At Harvest Kitchen, when customers ask for recommendations, we like to ask if they are vegetarian or vegan, because there’s nothing worse than trying to convince a vegan/celiac to buy lasagna! We want to recommend something that you WILL like, so help us out by letting us know what you can eat!
  • Be gracious about your food choices.  Don’t preach–you won’t win any converts by acting superior to others.
  • Educate others!  Let friends and relatives know about the details of your food choices (can you eat honey? soy sauce?).  Also, if someone asks about WHY, feel free to share your reasons as much as you feel comfortable! You don’t have to go into a million medical reasons if that’s too personal, but if it’s about ethics, frame it as a personal preference (see above about not preaching) but do share the interesting facts you’ve learned about factory farming or whatever.  Maybe we can all learn from one another.

IF you have a FRIEND or FAMILY MEMBER with a dietary restriction:

  • Learn about your friend’s dietary needs so you can provide safe and tasty food (can they eat honey? soy sauce?)
  • Find restaurants and recipes that can accommodate their needs so that you can enjoy your friend’s company at meals and outings.
  • Be patient and understanding.  Your friend is not being vegan AT you–it is their choice.  They (shouldn’t) think worse of you for not also following their diet, so DON’T be defensive.
  • Ask questions.  Be courteous as you learn more about what influenced your friend to change their diet.  Remember, this isn’t about picking apart their arguments, so much as learning what is important to your friend, which is what friends do.
  • If it’s a medical situation, don’t share random internet finds with your friend–support what their doctor is recommending.

That’s what I’ve got for now–anyone else have ideas for do’s and don’ts??  If you’re puzzled about what to feed a vegan for Thanksgiving, check out our “Pies and Sides” section for some delicious vegan and vegetarian friendly options!

In the mean time, 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)

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
Mac and Cheese with Broccoli and Bacon -  Our ever-popular creamy mac and cheese gets a fancy makeover with fresh broccoli and crispy Michigan bacon. Yum! 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
Roasted Butternut Delight  – A simple, delightful autumn side dish: roasted squash paired with cranberries and feta.  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, summer-fresh vegetables, and hearty black-eyed peas for protein. Couldn’t ask for more! Gluten free. Single Serving  $10
Mac and Cheese with Broccoli  -  Our ever-popular creamy mac and cheese gets a fancy makeover with fresh broccoli. Yum!  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
Roasted Butternut Delight  – A simple, delightful autumn side dish: roasted squash paired with cranberries and feta.  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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Celebrate the LOCAL harvest this Thanksgiving!

Friends and family gather round for Thanksgiving

Friends and family gather round for Thanksgiving

It’s November, so it’s time to start thinking ahead to Thanksgiving–a time of family, friends and FOOD.  We know that all you Harvest Kitchen fans are into local food, and there’s no time like Thanksgiving for connecting with our local farmers and celebrating our local harvest.  Here at HK we’re gearing up to help you with that through our annual offering of amazing Pies and Sides to accompany your holiday feast.  We’ve got vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options to help you cater to all the needs of your guests.  Whether you’re attending a traditional family gathering or hosting friends for a Friendsgiving potluck, everyone loves eating delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Check out our offerings online and place an order for pick up OR delivery right before Thanksgiving.  There, that’s one thing off your “to do” list for the month!

In the mean time, sink your teeth into this week’s menu:

Thanksgiving Sides and such at my house

Thanksgiving Sides and such at my house

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
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 $10
Gingery Sweet Potato Soup – Smooth and flavorful, this soup is like a bowlful of sunshine.  Yum. Gluten Free.   Pint $7
Kale Salad with Balsamic Roasted Delicata – Fresh kale pairs deliciously with caramelized delicata squash in this exquisite 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. 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)

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 – $15
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 $10
Gingery Sweet Potato Soup – Smooth and flavorful, this soup is like a bowlful of sunshine.  Yum. Gluten Free.   Pint $7
Kale Salad with Balsamic Roasted Delicata – Fresh kale pairs deliciously with caramelized delicata squash in this exquisite 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. Gluten Free. 5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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November is here—brrr!

Pumpkins at Community Farm of Ann Arbor

Pumpkins at Community Farm of Ann Arbor

Well, the weather has finally shifted away from sunny, crisp, fall days into the proto-winter weather we associate with…November.  There’s a chill in the air, it’s raining, and the radio’s talking about snow in Western Michigan.  It’s always sad to see the summer go, but there are lots of things to look forward in the months to come.  Here’s my list:

  • Drinking hot tea on a chilly day
  • Having a fire in the fire place
  • Snuggling with a pet or loved one
  • Enjoying hearty food like lasagna (see this week’s menu) and warming soup
  • Listening to rain beating on windows and roof while being cozy inside
  • Eating seasonal favorites (anything with pumpkin or squash is good by me!)
  • Wearing sweaters and scarves
  • Storing the late fall crops to eat all winter and feeling like a squirrel (maybe this is just me?)
  • Thanksgiving!!!
  • Listening to this song by the Avett Brothers, which celebrates November!

So, what are you planning to do to beat the November Blues?

Maybe consider by stocking your fridge with these seasonal treats:

Omnivore

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

Hearty Beef Lasagna with Tomato Sauce - Does it get any more classic than this? Our hearty lasagna is sure to be a crowd-pleaser as it’s overflowing with tomato sauce, veggies, beef, and cheese. Be sure to order enough! Gluten free option orderable. Single Serving $10
Wild Rice Bake with Italian Sausage -   A delicious casserole including pumpkins, parsnips, delicious Italian sausage, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and of course, wild rice. Hearty for an autumn day!  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
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. 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)

Hearty Vegetarian Lasagna with Broccoli and Tomato Sauce - Does it get any more classic than this? Our hearty lasagna is sure to be a crowd-pleaser as it’s overflowing with tomato sauce, broccoli, and cheese. Be sure to order enough! Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10
Wild Rice Vegetable Bake -    A delicious vegetarian casserole including pumpkins, parsnips, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and of course, wild rice. Hearty for an autumn day!  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
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. Gluten Free. 5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Happy Halloween!

Sweet potatoes in progress. #nofilter #harvestkitchenlife

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Happy Halloween to all you spooks, witches, ghosts, goblins, and super heroes! It’s always fun to see all the creative and cool costumes at this time of year.  We’re missing our neighbors at Fantasty Attic (which closed earlier this year) because they always brought a lot of interesting and creative Halloween spirit to the neighborhood.  We also love this time of year because of pumpkins and all the tasty food you can make with autumn veggies.  As you all know, the frost brings out the sweetness in a lot of the veggies.  Plus, cold weather makes us want to warm up with some hearty foods.  So, here’s to a great season!

Spiral Meatloaf is baaaack!

Spiral Meatloaf is baaaack!

PS. Please note we’ll be closing early on Friday, Oct 31, so be sure to get here before 5.30 to pick up your food! Or come on Saturday!

This week’s menu:

Omnivore

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

Eddie’s Spiral Meatloaf - Inside its seemingly-simple exterior, this meatloaf hides a secret: a pinwheel of delicious hearty greens! This meatloaf is the perfect way to tempt greens-wary family members. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10
Cauliflower Potato Curry with Chicken -   Served over brown rice, this deliciously hearty curry is a delightful way to enjoy some of autumn’s savory flavors.  The omnivore version features chunks of delicious organic chicken. Gluten free. Single Serving $10
Simply Delicious Tomato Soup  – Simple and sophisticated, enjoy the end of the summer’s tomato harvest in this hearty and flavorful soup.Gluten Free.  Pint $7
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sage – Sweet, delicious, and vitamin-rich sweet potatoes make the perfect accompaniment to any meal.  Enjoy their crisp autumnal perfection in our sage-rich side. 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)

Ruta-loaf – Ruta-loaf is former HK staffer Melanie’s favorite thing we make.  It’s creamy and sweet with rutabagas, loaded with cheese, and unexpectedly tasty.  It’s a hit with pretty much everyone who’s tried it.  Give it a try! Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10
Cauliflower Potato Curry-   Served over brown rice, this deliciously hearty vegetarian curry is a delightful way to enjoy some of autumn’s savory flavors.  Gluten free. Single Serving $10
Simply Delicious Tomato Soup  – Simple and sophisticated, enjoy the end of the summer’s tomato harvest in this hearty and flavorful soup.Gluten Free.  Pint $7
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sage – Sweet, delicious, and vitamin-rich sweet potatoes make the perfect accompaniment to any meal.  Enjoy their crisp autumnal perfection in our sage-rich side. 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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Wordless Friday: More Photos for You

We’re trying to up our game on our social media outlets right now, so be sure you’re following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to catch the latest. It’s a great way to see what’s going on behind the scenes here at HK. Here are a few of this week’s highlights:

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We're singing in the rain at the Cobblestone Farm #farmersmarket this afternoon. Come visit and buy! #harvestkitchenlife #harvesthusband #rain #singinintherain #yum

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Come and get this delicious Bok Choi Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing. It's fresh, seasonal, and totally #vegan. #yum #harvestkitchenlife

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

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All team meeting today: chicken breakdown review. #harvestkitchenlife #yum #admintime

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And the menu:

Omnivore

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

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
Stuffed Delicata Squash with Pork Sausage -   Sweet and tender delicata squash show off our scrumptious stuffing. It’s a delightful combo of dried and fresh fruits, flavorful nuts, brown rice, pork sausage, and more. The perfect fall feast. Gluten free. Single Serving $10
Borscht with Cabbage – There are as many different kinds of borscht as there are grandmothers in Russia and the Ukraine. This version is a chunky collection of beets, cabbage, and potatoes in a delicious broth. Perfect for warming up on a fall evening! Gluten Free.  Pint $7
Crisp Asian Broccoli Slaw – A rich Asian-style dressing highlights the delicious flavors of seasonal broccoli and sweet carrots. 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 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
Delicata Squash with Fruit and Nut Stuffing-   Sweet and tender delicata squash show off our scrumptious stuffing. It’s a delightful combo of dried and fresh fruits, flavorful nuts, brown rice, and more. The perfect fall feast. Gluten free. Single Serving $10
Borscht with Cabbage – There are as many different kinds of borscht as there are grandmothers in Russia and the Ukraine. This version is a chunky collection of beets, cabbage, and potatoes in a delicious broth. Perfect for warming up on a fall evening! Gluten Free.  Pint $7
Crisp Asian Broccoli Slaw – A rich Asian-style dressing highlights the delicious flavors of seasonal broccoli and sweet carrots. 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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Blood Moon Setting (or, how I saw the eclipse this week!)

Spanikopita: returning to your tummy this week!

Spanikopita: returning to your tummy this week!

It’s been a busy week here at Harvest Kitchen.  That “fan favorites” menu definitely brought out the fans–we had to work hard to keep up with all your orders and walk in traffic at the store and Farmers Market.  That’s a great feeling for us! We hope you’ll enjoy all of our upcoming menus just as much.

Argus Farm Stop: good food, good friends, good place to watch an eclipse

Argus Farm Stop: good food, good friends, good place to watch an eclipse

One side benefit of our hard work this week was that I was out and about on Wednesday morning at the time of the lunar eclipse.  Ordinarily I always want to see these kinds of cool astronomical events in theory but rarely manage to wake up and get out of bed to check them out.  This week, however, the eclipse coincided perfectly with my drive to the Farmers Market and my delivery stop at Argus.  It was really cool to watch, and I enjoyed taking a small break at the start of my busy day to stand in the parking lot of Argus with my colleagues there and admire the eclipse.  We really noticed the red “blood moon” effect caused by the refraction of the light.  It was definitely a memorable and special experience.  On the whole, I don’t always enjoy getting up so early on Wednesdays, but this week I got an extra reward.

And, 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)

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
North African Beef Stew with Chickpeas  -  Slow-cooked, aromatic North African stew, our localized version features delicious local vegetables, beef, dried fruit, and plenty of savory spices.  Served over brown rice for a complete meal. Gluten free. Single Serving $10
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
Creamy Bok Choi Salad with Fruit – One of my favorite cold salads, this delicious dish dresses up crunchy bok choi with a sweet and creamy (yet vegan!) poppyseed dressing and pairs it with sweet apples and more. Definitely worth a second serving. 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)

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
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 brown rice for a complete meal. Gluten free. Single Serving $10
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
Creamy Bok Choi Salad with Fruit – One of my favorite cold salads, this delicious dish dresses up crunchy bok choi with a sweet and creamy (yet vegan!) poppyseed dressing and pairs it with sweet apples and more. Definitely worth a second serving. 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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Fan Favorites Week at Harvest Kitchen!

Hey friends,

Here at Harvest Kitchen we pride ourselves on our rotating menu–we like to think that it’s one of the things that keep our customers coming back–the fact that there are so many different dishes to try week-to-week.  We try hard not to do the same dishes again “too soon”.  We even avoid putting similar dishes on the menu too close to one another.  Sometimes we have to compromise in order to take advantage of a seasonal delicacy (beet season! the best time for beets!) but even then we work hard to avoid repeats.  However, this month we’ve been getting SO many requests for some of our seasonal favorites from the summer that we realized we had to repeat them ASAP so we could enjoy them before the season ends.  So, here we go–by popular demand! We hope you all enjoy these dishes as much the second time as you did the first time!

Omnivore

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

Chicken Parmesan – Millers Organic chicken, breaded to crispy perfection, baked in our homemade

Shepherd's Pie is BAAAACK!

Shepherd’s Pie is BAAAACK!

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
Shepherd’s Pie –A British favorite, shepherd’s pie is a layered dish, with a savory layer of ground lamb and vegetables topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10
Chinese Noodle Soup  – Need to warm up on a cold day? Try this delicious soup: savory Asian-style broth chock-full of hearty udon noodles and crisp bok choi, mushrooms, and more.  Pint $7
Spaghetti Squash Salad with Citrus Dressing – This unusual seasonal salad features the gentle sweetness of spaghetti squash, paired with a light and zingy dressing and mixed with a delicious combination of crunchy fresh veggies. Munch munch! 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
“The Good Shepherd”‘s Pie – The vegetarian version of a British classic, The Good Shepherd’s pie (lentil-herd’s pie?) features a delicious savory base of hearty lentils and veggies, topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Gluten free. Single Serving $10
Chinese Noodle Soup  – Need to warm up on a cold day? Try this delicious soup: savory Asian-style broth chock-full of hearty udon noodles and crisp bok choi, mushrooms, and more.  Pint $7
Spaghetti Squash Salad with Citrus Dressing – This unusual seasonal salad features the gentle sweetness of spaghetti squash, paired with a light and zingy dressing and mixed with a delicious combination of crunchy fresh veggies. Munch munch! 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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Summer’s last hurrah!

Ratatouille! All the summer veggies!

Ratatouille! All the summer veggies!

We’ve been enjoying a string of the most beautiful late summer/early fall days lately, so here at Harvest Kitchen we’re celebrating this week by making a “greatest summer hits” menu featuring some of our favorite dishes from the summer and enjoying the taste of fresh summer veggies which are still available!

Lots of people think that when back to school rolls around and “the first day of fall” (aka the Autumnal Equinox” happens the farms instantly switch too–and while it’s true that we’re beginning to see more fall crops like butternut squash, broccoli, Asian greens, and more, until frost hits we can continue to enjoy the bounty of the summer with veggies like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, basil, cucumbers, zucchini, and more.  Since we’re not tied to the academic calendar here at Harvest Kitchen it’s almost like getting an extra month of summer!

But don’t be fooled–the frost is coming and with it the real fall weather will be right around the corner.  But until then, here’s our menu for the week:

Mmm Zucchini Casserole

Mmm Zucchini Casserole

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 delicious Italian sausage for our omnivore version. Dinner is served!  Single Serving $10
Classic Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef –   This classic recipe is a delicious combination of ground beef, tomato sauce, rice, cheese, and plenty of veggies. Gluten free. Single serving $10
Ratatouille – Nothing says “Summer 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
Three Bean Salad – A perfect picnic snack or lunch at work, our three bean salad includes our delicious green beans along side kidney beans and white beans in a light and flavorful 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)

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  –  This recipe features a delicious combination of tomato sauce, rice, cheese, and plenty of other  veggies and herbs. Gluten Free. Single serving $10
Ratatouille – Nothing says “Summer 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
Three Bean Salad – A perfect picnic snack or lunch at work, our three bean salad includes our delicious green beans along side kidney beans and white beans in a light and flavorful 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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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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