Harvest Kitchen http://www.harvest-kitchen.com Fresh, Convenient Meals from Local Farms Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:02:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Harvest Kitchen Gift Guide http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/12/02/harvest-kitchen-gift-guide/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/12/02/harvest-kitchen-gift-guide/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:02:02 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6364
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12516466_10153352655035966_457801166_nIt’s that time of year again, when many people are looking for great gifts to give friends and families for the holidays.  We are honored that many people want to give Harvest Kitchen as a gift, whether at the holidays or at other times of year (such as after a new baby is born, or after surgery, or during finals…the list of good times to receive Harvest Kitchen as a gift is endless!).  Here are some tips and tricks that we’ve figured out for making gift giving go smoothly.

  • Gift Certificates are your friend – Give a gift certificate (available online and redeemable either via our online store OR by coming in person to the kitchen or the Farmers Market!).  This leaves the power in the recipients’ hands to decide what food they want and when they want it.  While surprise food deliveries are fun, it can sometimes be inconvenient if the recipients have just filled their fridge with other items and weren’t expecting a food delivery.  Also they can pick the food THEY love (or need).  Remember to include enough money for home delivery on your gift card!
  • Granola makes a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift Our granola is addictive and comes in two sizes and four flavors–it’s a perfect “consumable” gift that’s not too personal and sure to be enjoyed by even the most difficult-to-shop-for folks on the list.
  • Give a Tote Bag – Are you giving someone a gift certificate but want something extra for them to open on a gift-giving occasion? Consider a Harvest Kitchen insulated tote bag–they’re useful year round and will allow your gift recipient to show off their Harvest Kitchen pride!
  • Give early and often! We love being a holiday gift!
  • Let us know if you have any questions – We’re here to help.

 

Chicken Alfredo –Rich, creamy, and delicious alfredo sauce pairs deliciously with fresh local chicken and hearty fettucine pasta. 1 lb serving $12
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.1 lb serving $12
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 $7.50
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

Fettucine Toscana – Delicious hearty pasta topped with a creamy sauce, sweet winter kale, and savory cauliflower. Both attractive and satisfying!  1 lb serving $12
Latkes and Applesauce  –  Get in the Chanukah spirit! Our crispy potato latkes come served with a side of decadent homemade applesauce. Delicious enough for a holiday celebration!  1 lb serving $12
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 $7.50
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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Order Thanksgiving Items Today! http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/11/18/order-thanksgiving-items-today/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/11/18/order-thanksgiving-items-today/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:23:41 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6362
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Don't forget to order your Thanksgiving Pies and Sides

Don’t forget to order your Thanksgiving Pies and Sides

We’re going into Thanksgiving Week, and it’s not too late to order Pies and Sides from Harvest Kitchen to bring a deliciously local note into your holiday meal.  Get your orders in before the end of the day on Monday and we will hook you up!

However you celebrate, we hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, surrounded by great food and loving friends and family.

We are going to have some changes in the opening schedule for this week: We will be CLOSED on Thursday for Thanksgiving and we’ll also be closed Friday and Saturday and not at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.  If you need food this week please stop by or order Monday-Wednesday.  We WILL be at the AAFM on Wednesday but may leave by 2 pm.  Stop by!

Friends and family gather round for Thanksgiving

Here’s the menu–we’re doing flavors that should balance well with your T-day feast and provide an alternative to leftovers :)

 

Sauerkraut with Kielbasa – 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. 1 lb serving $12
Mac and Cheese with Broccoli and Bacon –  Our ever-popular creamy mac and cheese gets a fancy makeover with Fall’s freshest broccoli and crispy Michigan bacon. Yum! 1 lb serving $11
Sweet Potato Soup – Smooth and flavorful, this soup is like a bowlful of sunshine.  Yum. Gluten Free. Pint $7.50
Pumpkin Cabbage 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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Apple Sauerkraut Au Gratin with Root Veggies – This tasty dish blends the sweetness of baked apples and root veggies with the tangy-ness of sauerkraut and pulls it all together with plenty of cheese. A conversion for the non-sauerkraut eaters among us?? Gluten Free and vegan options available. 1 lb serving $12
Mac and Cheese with Broccoli  –  Our ever-popular creamy mac and cheese gets a fancy makeover with Fall’s freshest broccoli. Yum! 1 lb serving $11
Sweet Potato Soup – Smooth and flavorful, this soup is like a bowlful of sunshine.  Yum. Gluten Free. Pint $7.50
Pumpkin Cabbage 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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Standing with Love http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/11/11/standing-with-love/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/11/11/standing-with-love/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:45:44 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6360
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Dear HK Customers,

Harvest Kitchen is obviously a food business and not a political place.  However, this week, we want to send a strong message that we are a safe and welcoming place for all marginalized people.  We stand with our Muslim, LGBTQIA+, Black, female, immigrant, and Hispanic friends, neighbors, and community members.  This is a time of deep division and fear in our country and there is a lot of uncertainty.  I’m not sure what else to say about it, except to say that we’re going to do our best to continue to be a positive force in our community and a safe business where all customers and staff and vendors will be treated with respect.

Smash the patriarchy.

Mary

Here’s the menu for the week!

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya –  Rich flavors, Creole spices, summer vegetables straight from the freezer, and of course delicious sausage and chicken. Couldn’t ask for more! Gluten free. 1 lb serving $12
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.  1 lb serving $12
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. Pint $7.50
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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian Jambalaya with Rice – Rich flavors, Creole spices, summer vegetables straight from the freezer, and hearty black-eyed peas for protein. Couldn’t ask for more! Gluten free. 1 lb serving $12
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.  1 lb serving $12
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. Pint $7.50
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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Ten Years of Harvest Kitchen! http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/11/04/ten-years-of-harvest-kitchen/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/11/04/ten-years-of-harvest-kitchen/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:56:40 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6358
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A field of leeks at Community Farm--where it all began!

A field of leeks at Community Farm–where it all began!

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 10 years this week since I started down the path that led to Harvest Kitchen.  At the time, I was working at the Community Farm of Ann Arbor as an apprentice farmer.  One day, 10 years ago this week, we were working in the field we had a conversation about how to get fantastic local vegetables into the tummies of more people, especially those who are too busy to cook for themselves.  I took that idea, the idea that busy families want to sit down to wholesome locally-grown meals, and decided to pursue it.  That fall and winter I laid the groundwork for what was then known as Community Farm Kitchen.  2007 was the first summer we cooked people’s CSA shares from Community Farm, figuring things out as we went along!  I didn’t really know anything about running a business, and although my farming background gave me a lot of

HK staff making Greek-style zucchini casserole in 2012

HK staff making Greek-style zucchini casserole in 2012

familiarity with the rhythm of the Michigan growing season, I still had a lot to learn about the best menu options, presentation, etc.  Many many thanks to all the people who gave Community Farm Kitchen a try, and to all those who shared their hard work and wisdom with us as we went along and evolved over that growing season.  We followed that business model for the next few years, learning and evolving as we went along, ultimately expanding to include more farms, changing our name to Harvest Kitchen, and moving away from the

A batch of chili from earlier in 2016

A batch of chili from earlier in 2016

CSA model.  There have definitely been bumps in the road,  but also a lot of good times–supportive customers, fabulous staff, and of course, delicious food.  We’ve also developed strong relationships within the network of Southeastern Michigan farmers and food businesses.  We definitely could not have made it this far without the support of the whole network.  Big thanks to everyone who’s been part of this journey–to all the customers who’ve given our food a try and who’ve shared their feedback, to all the farmers who have provided us with amazing ingredients, to all the staff over the years who’ve given 110% of their time, talent, and creativity to develop these fantastic recipes.  We have a long way to go as a company to get to where we want to be, so here’s to another great 10 years!

And, here’s the menu for this week!

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 – $16
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. 1 lb serving $12
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 $7.50
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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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 – $16
Tofu Tikka Masala with Brown Rice – Delicious tofu from our friends at Rosewood Products 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.  1 lb serving $12
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 $7.50
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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Happy Halloween from Harvest Kitchen! http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/10/28/happy-halloween-from-harvest-kitchen/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/10/28/happy-halloween-from-harvest-kitchen/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:38:48 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6354
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An old Halloween memory: The Doctor and River Song (from Doctor Who) make an appearance at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market, courtesy of Harvest Kitchen and Roos Roast coffee :-)

An old Halloween memory: The Doctor and River Song (from Doctor Who) make an appearance at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, courtesy of Harvest Kitchen and Roos Roast coffee :-)

Happy Halloween from all your friends here at Harvest Kitchen! Personally, I love Halloween. I love seeing all the creative costumes from kids and adults alike. Some highlights of mine over the years: for four consecutive Halloweens I went as each of the four seasons. (At some point a friend suggested that in the fifth year I should go as construction….hahaha, sadly, I didn’t do that). I also love seeing what other folks do–sometimes they are very “current events”: in 2008 I went to a Halloween party with no less than three people dressed as Joe the Plumber.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of political costumes this year too!

Four seasons Halloween costumes. #fourseasons #halloween #spring #summer #fall #winter

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But the highlight of Halloween has to be kids in costume, of course! Last year there was a special “Halloween at the Farmers Market” event, so I got to see a bunch of kids in costume. A few highlights included a girl dressed as a PB&J sandwich (love it!). There was also a girl dressed as Princess Anna from Frozen (she corrected my pronunciation to Ana, silly grown up!). The cutest has to be a little girl (maybe 18 months?) dressed as a bunny hopping very seriously through the market. With every hop she said “hop”. I think she was taking her bunny identity seriously!  I am looking forward to seeing more costumes at the Halloween at the Farmers Market event this year (it’s tomorrow, Oct 29!).  I plan to go in costume, so definitely come find me!
Does anyone have a good costume story? Tell me when you stop by this week to pick up this amazing food:

Chicken and Dumplings– A wholesome fall comfort food: delicious free-range chicken with our tasty homemade dumplings. Enjoy.  1 lb serving $12
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! 1 lb serving $12
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
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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Rutabaga Croquettes with Roasted Root Veggies– Long-time Harvest Kitchen customers will recall our popular rutaloaf–delicious in flavor, less-than-lovely in appearance.  The chefs are updating this old standby by forming the rich and flavorful sesame-rutabaga-cheese combo into croquettes and serving them over a bed of sweet roasted root veggies. Don’t miss out on this unique dish! 1 lb serving $12
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
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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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When will frost come? http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/10/21/when-will-frost-come/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/10/21/when-will-frost-come/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:40:23 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6352
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It’s been an unseasonably warm week here in southeastern Michigan, and that has us all wondering when we might see the Frost King in our fields, bringing sweetness to the kale and killing off the last of the peppers and eggplants.  Til then, we’re enjoying the last warm days and busily stocking up.  Here’s a fun farm memory from past years to celebrate the season of hoarding the harvest!

 

Stuffed Delicata Squash with 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, ground pork sausage, and more. The perfect fall feast. 1 lb serving $12

Fall Vegetable Curry with Beef –   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 beef. Gluten free.  1 lb serving $12
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 $7.50
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Herbs – Sweet, delicious, and vitamin-rich sweet potatoes make the perfect accompaniment to any meal.  Enjoy their crisp autumnal perfection in our herb-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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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. 1 lb serving $12
Fall Vegetable Curry-   Served over brown rice, this deliciously hearty vegetarian curry is a delightful way to enjoy some of autumn’s savory flavors.  Gluten free. 1 lb serving $12
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 $7.50
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Herbs – Sweet, delicious, and vitamin-rich sweet potatoes make the perfect accompaniment to any meal.  Enjoy their crisp autumnal perfection in our herb-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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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New e-Gift Certificates Now Available! http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/10/14/new-e-gift-certificates-now-available/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/10/14/new-e-gift-certificates-now-available/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:53:46 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6350
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Give Harvest Kitchen as a gift!

Give Harvest Kitchen as a gift!

I’m so excited to announce the launch of our NEW gift certificate system, powered by Yiftee.  These easy-to-use gift certificates make a great gift for any occasion.  They can be delivered via email or text OR printed out for personal delivery.  Unlike our old gift certificate system, these gift certificates can easily be redeemed on our online store AND at our storefront with no weird work-arounds necessary!  We’re delighted to have such a great gift certificate system and we invite you to share the Harvest Kitchen love with all your friends, colleagues, and relatives.

We’ve long believed that a gift certificate is the perfect way to share Harvest Kitchen because it allows the recipient to set their own schedule and order their favorite foods–sometimes even a really well-meant surprise delivery can come at the wrong time.  With a gift certificate the recipient is in control and can enjoy the food when it’s most needed.

We’ll keep promoting these awesome gift certificates throughout the holiday season, so stay tuned and consider giving Harvest Kitchen as your next gift!

PS. Note: We will continue to accept gift certificates purchased through our previous gift certificate programs.  PayPal has recently redesigned its payment interface, so please contact us at info@harvest-kitchen.com for more info on how to redeem a PayPal gift certificate.

This week’s menu:

Pork with Applesauce – Tender and delicious pork loin pairs deliciously with our flavorful homemade applesauce for a hearty fall meal. Gluten free.1 lb serving $12
Wild Rice Bake with Sausage –   A delicious casserole including butternut squash, rutabaga, delicious sausage, brown rice, and of course, wild rice. Hearty for an autumn day!  1 lb serving $12
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 $7.50
Creamy Coleslaw – Crispy cabbage and carrots in a delicious mayonnaise dressing, this traditional coleslaw is the ideal companion to any meal this week.  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

Beet and Carrot Croquettes with Kale–  Back by popular demand, these seasonal veggie croquettes are full of grated roots, cheese, rice, and plenty of flavor. Sweet and delicious, these are unlike any veggie burgers you’ve had before–perfect for the vegetarians at your table.  We’re pairing this dish with a lovely side of sauteed kale.  1 lb serving $12
Vegetarian Wild Rice Bake –   A delicious casserole including butternut squash, rutabaga, brown rice, and of course, wild rice. Hearty for an autumn day! 1 lb serving $12
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 $7.50
Creamy Coleslaw – Crispy cabbage and carrots in a delicious mayonnaise dressing, this traditional coleslaw is the ideal companion to any meal this week.  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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Beautiful Changing Seasons http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/10/07/beautiful-changing-seasons/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/10/07/beautiful-changing-seasons/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2016 23:13:29 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6340
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Fall Festival banner at Community Farm

Fall Festival banner at Community Farm

Today I received this observation from the farmers at Community Farm, reflecting on the cycle of the seasons:

“Our own seasonal journey as farmers began long before those spinach-laden first days of June. (Do you remember all that spinach?!?) Scheming over seed catalogs, cold mornings in the greenhouse sowing seeds for all that would follow, tending to the creatures who remind us that there really is no such thing as an off-season.  But there are cycles.  And, after a syrupy hot Summer, we continue to feel the season transition to a slower pace – and, with it, more opportunities to savor.”

Here’s what we’ve got to savor on the menu for this week:

Classic Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef –  Fans have been clamoring for a return of these delicious peppers since we made them earlier this summer. This classic recipe is a delicious combination of ground beef, tomato sauce, rice, and plenty of veggies. 1 lb serving $12
Greek Eggplant Stew with Beef –  A new favorite, this tangy, tasty stew is the most delicious way to enjoy the last of summer’s beautiful eggplant. Served over a bed of brown rice. 1 lb serving $12
Gingery Sweet Potato Soup – Smooth and flavorful, this soup is like a bowlful of sunshine.  Yum. Gluten Free.  Pint $7.50
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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Classic Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers  –  Fans have been clamoring for a return of these delicious peppers since we made them earlier this summer. This classic recipe is a delicious combination of sweet peppers, tomato sauce, rice, and plenty of veggies. Gluten free. 1 lb serving $12
Vegetarian Greek Eggplant Stew –  A new favorite, this tangy, tasty stew is the most delicious way to enjoy the last of summer’s beautiful eggplant. Served over a bed of brown rice. 1 lb serving $12
Gingery Sweet Potato Soup – Smooth and flavorful, this soup is like a bowlful of sunshine.  Yum. Gluten Free.  Pint $7.50
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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Depot Town Power Outage Disrupts Production Schedule http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/09/30/depot-town-power-outage-disrupts-production-schedule/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/09/30/depot-town-power-outage-disrupts-production-schedule/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:39:57 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6336
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Shepherd's Pie is BACK!

Shepherd’s Pie is BACK!

Hi all!

It’s been a busy week here at Harvest Kitchen as we have been continuing to get used to our USDA procedures as well as making a delicious and popular rotating menu and finishing up our huge project of processing and freezing tomatoes for winter. Unfortunately our rhythm was interrupted on Thursday by a power outage!  When Mary and Ryan arrived at the kitchen at 6 am to begin our USDA production we found the power out–and it wasn’t restored until 1 pm! It was pretty frustrating to waste 7 hours we otherwise could’ve used to make our awesome food!  After power was restored we were able to make most of the “This Week’s Menu” dishes, but USDA work and signature dishes had to wait until Friday.  We apologize to any customers whose week was disrupted by this production interruption.  Believe me, we were just as frustrated as you were! Although the power outage took place during that big rainfall we had Thursday morning, all we know is that around 1000 households in Ypsilanti were impacted and that it was caused by “equipment failure”.  We have never had a power outage at Harvest Kitchen that had this kind of impact on production before and we’re hoping not to repeat the experience any time soon.  We did monitor the temps on our coolers and freezer and since we kept them closed the temps were safe throughout the outage.  Thankfully we seem to have caught up with most of our work at this point, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding with this situation which was beyond our control.

Next week we’re having an awesome FAN FAVORITES menu, so we’re looking forward to sharing that with you!

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. 1 lb serving $12
Chicken Parmesan –  Miller’s organic chicken, breaded to crispy perfection, baked in our homemade marinara sauce and topped with creamy mozzarella cheese. Could it be any more of a crowd pleaser? Served over a bed of rotini. 1 lb serving $12
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 $7.50
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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie – The vegetarian version of a British classic, Lentil Shepherd’s pie (lentil-herd’s pie?) features a delicious savory base of hearty lentils and veggies, topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Gluten free. 1 lb serving $12
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? 1 lb serving $12
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 $7.50
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.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Happy Autumnal Equinox http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/09/23/happy-autumnal-equinox/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/09/23/happy-autumnal-equinox/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:20:36 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6334
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Moussaka!

Moussaka!

And here we are at the equinox, with the earth turning towards winter in the Northern Hemisphere once more.  It’s a time of transition on the farms as the nights grow longer and the days grow shorter.  Temperatures are changing with hot days and chilly nights, but for many of the plants, the daylight hours make more of a difference than the temps (until frost comes).  For now we can still get an abundance of summer veggies, but already we’re seeing fall favorites appear.  In some ways this is my favorite season because of the overlap between the two seasons.  This week’s menu is a reflection of that overlap, with Moussaka highlighting fresh summer-only veggies like eggplant while Stuffed Cabbage Rolls introduce the heartier comfort food season.  Enjoy!

Moussaka– This popular layered Greek dish comes to life with ground Michigan lamb, flavorful potatoes, luscious eggplant, and a creamy cheese sauce. 1 lb serving $12
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.1 lb serving $12
Summer-fresh Vegetarian Chili – Chili-expert Ryan combines summer’s freshest veggies (tomatoes, sweet 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. Pint $7.50
Sesame Broccoli Salad – Flavorful freshly roasted broccoli with a delicious Asian dressing, this side dish is the perfect 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 Moussaka– This popular layered Greek dish comes to life with zucchini, savory lentils, flavorful potatoes, luscious eggplant, and a creamy cheese sauce. 1 lb serving $12
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. 1 lb serving $12
Summer-fresh Vegetarian Chili – Chili-expert Ryan combines summer’s freshest veggies (tomatoes, sweet 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. Pint $7.50
Sesame Broccoli Salad – Flavorful freshly roasted broccoli with a delicious Asian dressing, this side dish is the perfect 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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