Yes! We’re open next week!

Our pumpkin pies were a big hit

Our pumpkin pies were a big hit

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

Here’s the menu:

Omnivore

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

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

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

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

Maple Butternut Whip  — Sweet butternut squash roasted to perfection and mashed to creamy smoothness. Sweetened slightly with a gentle hint of maple syrup for an added decadence. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

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

Vegetarian Hoppin’ John – Traditional New Year’s Delight: rice, black-eyed peas, collard greens, and tons of other vegetables keep you warm on a cold winter night  Gluten free. Single Serving $10

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

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

Maple Butternut Whip  — Sweet butternut squash roasted to perfection and mashed to creamy smoothness. Sweetened slightly with a gentle hint of maple syrup for an added decadence. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Wordless Post: Happy Holidays!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Omnivore

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

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

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

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

Kale Salad  – Everyone’s favorite super food rides again! Fresh and frost-sweetened kale doused in a vinaigrette pairs perfectly with any meal.  Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

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

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

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

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

Kale Salad  – Everyone’s favorite super food rides again! Fresh and frost-sweetened kale doused in a vinaigrette pairs perfectly with any meal.  Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Holiday Gifts from Harvest Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Omnivore

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

Sauerkraut with Sausage – Fresh and delicious sauerkraut from our friends at The Brinery pairs perfectly with smoked kielbasa, potatoes, and more in this traditional wintertime dish. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

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

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

Crunchy Cabbage Slaw  – A crisp and refreshing side dish featuring cabbage, kale, and carrots in a traditional mayo-based dressing.  An excellent accompaniment to any meal. Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

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

Apple Sauerkraut Au Gratin – This tasty dish blends the sweetness of baked apples with the tangy-ness of sauerkraut and pulls it all together with plenty of cheese. A conversion for the non-sauerkraut eaters among us?? Gluten Free and vegan options availableSingle Serving $10

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

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

Crunchy Cabbage Slaw  – A crisp and refreshing side dish featuring cabbage, kale, and carrots in a traditional mayo-based dressing.  An excellent accompaniment to any meal. Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Did you see us in “The Ann”? Here are our thoughts on holiday food.

Christmas Tree at the WW home!

Christmas Tree at the WW home!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Omnivore

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

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

Enchilaaaadaaaas!

Enchilaaaadaaaas!

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

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

Lemon and Rice Soup with Kale – Savory and flavorful, this classic Greek-style comfort food is perfect for warming up and hearty enough to be its own meal. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Roasted Root Vegetables  – Straight-from-the-farm root vegetables tossed with olive oil and herbs, slowly roasted until sweet and caramelized.  Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

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

Vegetarian Enchiladas –Fresh tortillas from The Tortilla Factory baked with our homemade, veggie-rich bean enchilada filling, homemade sauce, and of course, plenty of cheese. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

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

Lemon and Rice Soup with Kale – Savory and flavorful, this classic Greek-style comfort food is perfect for warming up and hearty enough to be its own meal. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Roasted Root Vegetables  – Straight-from-the-farm root vegetables tossed with olive oil and herbs, slowly roasted until sweet and caramelized.  Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Wordless Friday: Thanksgiving

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


 


 

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

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And, the menu:

Omnivore

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

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

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

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

Garlic Sauteed Greens  – The ultimate healthy and hearty side dish: frost-sweetened kale lightly sauteed with onions and garlic makes a delicious accompaniment to any meal. Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

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

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

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

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

Garlic Sauteed Greens  – The ultimate healthy and hearty side dish: frost-sweetened kale lightly sauteed with onions and garlic makes a delicious accompaniment to any meal. Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

 

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Staff Profile: Colin

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

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

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

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Name: Colin Fraser

Working here since: August 2014

Favorite Harvest Kitchen task: Baking granola and making witty banter

Favorite Farm-fresh Veggie:  Onion or Bok Choy

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

Least Favorite Harvest Kitchen task: Getting burns

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

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

Thanks for all your hard work, Colin!

Here’s the menu for the week:

Omnivore

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

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

Vegetarian

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

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

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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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