Harvest Kitchen http://www.harvest-kitchen.com Fresh, Convenient Meals from Local Farms Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:52:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Farmers Market Infrastructure Controversy http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/08/15/new-farmers-market-infrastructure-controversy/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/08/15/new-farmers-market-infrastructure-controversy/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:52:55 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6323
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Hi everyone!

Apologies for the delayed post.  I wanted to take a little time to write about the new Farmers Market building and to give my perspective on the project.

For those who haven’t been following along all that closely, Ann Arbor’s City Council voted two weeks ago to approve funding for the Farmers Market Infrastructure Project.  During its development, this project has been controversial amongst the Farmers Market vendors, but I am strongly in favor of the project and am happy about this outcome.  Because of the controversy, a number of folks have asked me my opinion, so here’s a little more background on my thoughts.

The plan for this project is to construct a building on the empty lot in the Farmers Market on Fourth Avenue, the area colloquially known as the “sand lot”.  The building will be similar in profile to the existing sheds but have doors which can be lowered on the sides, providing shelter for vendors on cold winter days.  The new building will also give the Farmers Market a more formal entrance and better profile on Fourth Avenue.  The project will eliminate some parking spots but generally have only a small impact on the existing Farmers Market structure (two stalls will be disturbed on the end of the short middle aisle, and the farmer who is assigned those stalls is one of the strongest opponents to this project, which makes sense.  Nothing has been finally settled, but from what I have heard, it is possible that some shuffling will allow that farmer to shift up and continue to set up in the same area if that’s what she chooses).  The parking spots that will be eliminated are currently assigned and used by farmers during the farmers market.

The goal of the project is to provide additional covered stall areas–currently on busy market days, some vendors set up in the “sand lot” but they have to bring their own tents and have no access to lighting, permanent shelter, or electricity.  Additionally, as mentioned above, the new building will have the option of being closed and heated for the winter market, which will make shopping and vending at the winter market a much more pleasant experience for customers and vendors alike.

One of the big criticisms of the project is that the new building is too small to accommodate all the vendors who currently attend the winter farmers market.  Also, a lot of people are concerned about the impact the new building will have on the already fraught parking situation.  Unfortunately, as I pointed out when I spoke at the City Council meeting, unless we have the TARDIS technology from Doctor Who (the TARDIS is, famously, bigger on the inside!) we can’t have it both ways.  This project has to take up space one way or another, and although I wish the building were going to be able to accommodate more vendors, I think this plan is a good compromise, given the limitations of the site.  I think having the heated building at the market will be an improvement to the winter market, even for those vendors who still have to set up outside.  Having the heated space available will allow customers to warm up for a while before returning to shop with outdoor vendors.  It will also make it possible for vendors to sell more tender and cold-sensitive products.  I also believe that this project is just the first step in what I hope will be a long-term investment in the Farmers Market by the city which may someday include an expanded winterized space.  Critics of the project asked why we couldn’t just add walls or doors to the sides of the existing structure, and unfortunately engineers and architects who looked at that question felt it would be extremely difficult to retrofit the structure that was never designed for that kind of siding. I assume that any future winterization would require tearing down parts of the existing structure–but let’s worry about that when the time comes!

A lot of the reason this project has been so controversial has to do with how the Farmers Market is run and how stalls are assigned.  It makes it hard to talk about the project and the controversy without diving really deeply into “how the sausage is made”/Insider baseball territory that no one needs to see or understand (besides vendors).  Basically, and hopefully briefly, stalls are assigned at the Farmers Market on a seniority basis.  Vendors with more seniority are permanently assigned stalls where they can set up every week, although if they wish to move they can also do that.  Vendors with lower seniority are allowed to choose their stalls in order of seniority once those with permanent stalls have already chosen.  This means that vendors with lower seniority end up moving all around the market.  This creates a difference in perspective between different vendors.  Vendors with permanent stalls have long-established locations in the market and are often able to take multiple stalls. They are able to invest in more permanent display structures (and heaters and the like to keep their stalls warm) based on the size and shape of THEIR specific stall.  They also often have guaranteed assigned parking spaces.  They see their stalls as belonging to them and worry about the market making changes to their stalls.  Vendors with lower seniority move around the market with no guarantee of a specific stall (or any stall at all!).  These vendors have to be adaptable and prepared to set up in different locations, including possibly in the sand lot under a tent.  They don’t tend to be invested in large displays since they may not be able to get more than one stall.  They also accept that parking may not be available to them.  These lower seniority vendors tend to be excited about the possibility of having more nice covered stalls available and less worried about changes impacting the way they’ve always operated, since they’re prepared to be adaptable.  Outsiders see this as a conflict between OLD vendors and YOUNG vendors.  It does come across that way, but it’s not really a generational divide so much as a seniority divide.

As a young, relatively low seniority vendor, I have a lot of respect for my Farmers Market Elders, but I definitely see things from the low seniority vendor perspective.  I can see that this project will be a huge improvement for low seniority vendors who have to set up in the sand lot.  I have a lot of hope that the project will improve the winter farmers market experience for all shoppers and vendors, whether each vendor is setting up inside or outside.  I also have a lot of hope that the changes that the new building will bring will wind up being a case of “all’s well that ends BETTER”, where we have the opportunity to make small but significant improvements to how the Farmers Market operates, including improving the loading and unloading system and helping facilitate parking for vendors outside of the immediate area of the market.  On the whole, I also think this project will mostly be neutral to high seniority vendors who plan to continue to set up in their permanent stalls.

Parking is certainly a big issue for the Farmers Market, but this project doesn’t have a huge impact one way or the other.  It definitely doesn’t improve the situation, but it doesn’t make a big difference in the negative direction either.  As part of this project I attended a City Planning Commission meeting, and one interesting thing I noticed was that the planning commissioners were relatively unmoved by arguments relating to parking.  I had never thought of it this way before, but it seems like ALL cities have terrible parking.  It’s a problem, but it’s not make-or-break for any given project because there is never going to be an overarching solution.  The City recently commissioned a parking survey for the Kerrytown area and that may bring some solutions to ease the situation, such as creating customer loading zones and figuring out partnerships that will provide vendor parking nearby but outside of the immediate customer parking areas.  I would welcome those solutions, but I also feel more at peace with the concept that parking near the market is always going to be tight and that solving that problem is outside of the scope of this project.

Anyhow, long story short, those are some of my thoughts about the Infrastructure Project and the surrounding controversy.  I hope that now that a final decision has been made we are able to calm down and get back to creating/growing and selling great products at our market.  I am looking forward to seeing the outcome and hopefully vending in heated comfort during the winter.  No doubt the construction process will be a real pain, but hopefully it will be worth it.  I’m optimistic!

Please let me know if you have more questions about my perspective on the project.  For more details, check out this article on MLive.

And here’s this week’s menu:

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 $11
Marinated Kebab Salad with Beef  –  Roasted summer vegetables and tender beef combine with a delicious dressing in this light and satisfying summer meal.  Gluten free. 1 lb serving $11
Ratatouille – Nothing says “August 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
Shopska Salad (aka Greek Village Salad) –  In honor of Mary and Zlatko’s wedding anniversary, we’re including this, the most popular salad in Macedonia, a refreshing blend of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and grated feta cheese.  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 $11
Marinated Kebab Salad with Mushrooms  –  Roasted summer vegetables and flavorful mushrooms combine with a delicious dressing in this light and satisfying summer meal.  Gluten free. 1 lb serving $11
Ratatouille – Nothing says “August 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
Shopska Salad (aka Greek Village Salad) –  In honor of Mary and Zlatko’s wedding anniversary, we’re including this, the most popular salad in Macedonia, a refreshing blend of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and grated feta cheese.  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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Busy Week at Harvest Kitchen! http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/08/05/busy-week-at-harvest-kitchen/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/08/05/busy-week-at-harvest-kitchen/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2016 23:21:46 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6319
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With Chef Gryffyn away for the week things have been busy here at Harvest Kitchen.  Fortunately, Chef Ryan, Sienna, Nathanael and of course John have been working extremely hard to get everything done.  Unfortunately it doesn’t leave ME much time for writing blog posts! I hope you’ll forgive this short post and enjoy this photo of young farmers and local food peeps at City Hall after speaking at the City Council meeting about the new Farmers Market enclosure! (More on that in another post).  Photo by David Klingenberger of The Brinery.

Mary and other local food folks and farmers

Mary and other local food folks and farmers

Here’s the menu!

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 $11
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. 1 lb serving $11
Gazpacho – Truly a taste of summer: chilled gazpacho soup is essential for surviving a heat wave.  Ours is crammed with fresh veggies including peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, and more. Overflowing with flavor. Gluten free. Pint $7
Stoplight Salad –  This fun and flavorful salad has all the colors of a stop light: red peppers and tomatoes, green peppers and herbs, and yellow corn. Tossed with a light and tasty dressing, this could almost be a meal in itself. 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

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 $11
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. 1 lb Serving  $11
Gazpacho – Truly a taste of summer: chilled gazpacho soup is essential for surviving a heat wave.  Ours is crammed with fresh veggies including peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, and more. Overflowing with flavor. Gluten free. Pint $7
Stoplight Salad –  This fun and flavorful salad has all the colors of a stop light: red peppers and tomatoes, green peppers and herbs, and yellow corn. Tossed with a light and tasty dressing, this could almost be a meal in itself. 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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Tomato Season returns! http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/07/29/tomato-season-returns/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/07/29/tomato-season-returns/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:33:46 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6317
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Tomatoes for days!

Tomatoes for days!

For those keeping score at home, I am happy to report that our batch of frozen tomatoes from last summer lasted ALL THE WAY to the arrival of new tomatoes this summer!  We just used up our last box of last season’s beauties and sure enough bulk red tomatoes returned to our wholesale price list from Goetz Farm just this week!  For this coming week’s menu we will be featuring this season’s fresh tomatoes.  Hooray for all the hard work we did last summer to preserve the harvest and make it last so we can use LOCAL tomatoes all year round.  We’re excited (?) for tomato processing season to

Caprese salad is on the menu this week!

Caprese salad is on the menu this week!

begin once again here at Harvest Kitchen so we can store up a fantastic supply of tomatoes for next year too.

This week’s menu:

Classic Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef –  Fans have been clamoring for a return of these delicious peppers since last year. This classic recipe is a delicious combination of ground beef, tomato sauce, rice, and plenty of veggies. Gluten free.1 lb serving $11
Spanikopita with Lamb –  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 savory ground lamb in the filling, making it an excellent meal. 1 lb serving $11
Corn Chowder  – A little cream and a boatload of veggies set this summertime “chowdah” apart. Lip-smackin’ rich goodness. Not too heavy for a summer day! Pint $7
Caprese Salad –  This world-class flavor combination of fresh cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil needs no introduction from me! Dive in! 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 last year. This classic recipe is a delicious combination of sweet peppers, tomato sauce, rice, and plenty of veggies. Gluten free. 1 lb serving $11
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. 1 lb Serving  $11
Corn Chowder  – A little cream and a boatload of veggies set this summertime “chowdah” apart. Lip-smackin’ rich goodness. Not too heavy for a summer day! Pint $7
Caprese Salad –  This world-class flavor combination of fresh cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil needs no introduction from me! Dive in! 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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Ypsi Tasty Grub Crawl Returns! http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/07/22/ypsi-tasty-grub-crawl-returns/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/07/22/ypsi-tasty-grub-crawl-returns/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:20:15 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6314
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We’re excited to once again be participating in the awesome YpsiTasty Grub Crawl this Tuesday, July 26, from 5-9 pm.  YpsiTasty is cosponsored by the A2Y Chamber of Commerce and Growing Hope.  The idea is that participants can visit a bunch of fantastic local restaurants and food businesses and sample products highlighting local and seasonal ingredients.  Tickets are available here. We hope you can join us! Last year the event was great fun.  We’ll be serving samples of our ever-popular Curried Chicken Salad and the refreshing Chilled Dilled Cucumber Soup. Mmmmm!  You’ll also be able to try amazing samples from places like Bona Sera, Maiz, Ugly Mug, Ypsi Food Co-op, Sidetracks, Aubrees, and more.  And it’s all for a good cause!  So stop by! Here’s a fun moment from 2014’s Ypsi Tasty:

Creamy Stuffed Zucchini with Chicken–  Summer is truly here when stuffed zucchini hit the menu.  These delicious squash are stuffed with a savory, creamy filling including chicken, white beans, peppers and more. Gluten Free. 1 lb serving $11
Thai Noodle Salad with Marinated Pork  – We’re reinventing this refreshing salad as a main dish for hot summer days by topping it with thinly sliced marinated pork.  Fresh herbs and onions  and a variety of fresh vegetables brighten the coconut milk dressing of this tasty noodle salad.  Gluten free option available.1 lb serving $11
Chilled Zucchini and Avocado Soup –  Try a new summer favorite! According to Farmer John’s Cookbook, “Pureed avocado combined with the unique silky texture of pureed raw zucchini makes for a soup so smooth it defies description.” Gluten Free. Pint $7
Beet, Carrot, and Cucumber Salad with Lime Vinaigrette This unusual combination comes from The Boxing Clever Cookbook and was a big hit when we made it a few years ago. It’s not often that we get these veggies in combination, but this zingy classic will make your tastebuds tingle. 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 Creamy Stuffed Zucchini  –  Summer is truly here when stuffed zucchini hit the menu.  These delicious squash are stuffed with a savory, creamy filling including carrots, cream cheese, peppers and more. Gluten Free. .1 lb serving $11
Thai Noodle Salad with Marinated Tofu  – We’re reinventing this refreshing salad as a main dish for hot summer days by topping it with chunks of marinated and fried tofu.  Fresh herbs and onions  and a variety of fresh vegetables brighten the coconut milk dressing of this tasty noodle salad.  Gluten free option available.1 lb serving $11
Chilled Zucchini and Avocado Soup –  Try a new summer favorite! According to Farmer John’s Cookbook, “Pureed avocado combined with the unique silky texture of pureed raw zucchini makes for a soup so smooth it defies description.” Gluten Free. Pint $7
Beet, Carrot, and Cucumber Salad with Lime Vinaigrette This unusual combination comes from The Boxing Clever Cookbook and was a big hit when we made it a few years ago. It’s not often that we get these veggies in combination, but this zingy classic will make your tastebuds tingle. 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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#humansofHarvestKitchen : Customers share their stories! http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/07/15/humansofharvestkitchen-customers-share-their-stories/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/07/15/humansofharvestkitchen-customers-share-their-stories/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:06:00 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6312
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Here are some photos from our #humansofharvestkitchen series that highlight our lovely customers sharing their feedback:


 


 

Here’s the menu:

Veggie-Rich Quinoa Chard Wraps with Ground Pork  – Our ever-popular quinoa chard wraps take a summer-y direction this time: we’re stuffing the chard with tons of delicious ground pork and plenty of summertime veggies. Gluten Free. 1 lb serving $11
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 Black Oak Farm pork sausage for our omnivore version. Dinner is served! 1 lb serving $11
Deli-style Borscht –  Thick and delicious, this refreshing (and brightly colored!) borscht is the perfect soup for a hot summer day. Serve cold and enjoy the crunch of cucumbers and the savor of dill. Gluten Free. Pint $7
Sesame Cucumber Salad –  A long-time HK favorite, this sesame-seasoned marinated cucumber salad is surprisingly refreshing and delicious–probably because of all the great ingredients! 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

Veggie-Rich Quinoa Chard Wraps  – Our ever-popular quinoa chard wraps go in a summer-y direction this time: we’re stuffing the chard with plenty of summertime veggies, flavorful seasoning, and more. Gluten Free.1 lb serving $11
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!  1 lb serving $11
Deli-style Borscht –  Thick and delicious, this refreshing (and brightly colored!) borscht is the perfect soup for a hot summer day. Serve cold and enjoy the crunch of cucumbers and the savor of dill. Gluten Free. Pint $7
Sesame Cucumber Salad –  A long-time HK favorite, this sesame-seasoned marinated cucumber salad is surprisingly refreshing and delicious–probably because of all the great ingredients! 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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Local Farmers Need Rain! http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/07/08/local-farmers-need-rain/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/07/08/local-farmers-need-rain/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2016 23:05:42 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6310
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Drip irrigation in action at Goetz Farm

Drip irrigation in action at Goetz Farm

As I write a big thunderstorm is bearing down on Depot Town.  I hope that plenty of this rain will fall on our farmers’ fields–it’s been a while since we got good rain and our farmers NEED it.  Some of the small farmers we buy from use irrigation to keep the crops going (drip irrigation does this in an eco-friendly and sustainable way), but nothing can replace a good soaking rain.  However, a big storm isn’t always the answer–too much rain quickly can flood the fields and damage the crops.  The ideal is slow soaking rain at regular intervals, but most years this doesn’t happen: we’ll get too much or too little during the growing season.  It’s at times like this we start scanning the weather forecast for rain.  Luckily many of the crops are adaptable and can still succeed and bounce back despite the non-ideal weather conditions.  Another thing that helps our local farmers is crop diversity: if one crop is struggling because of the weather, another crop might be thriving.  When this happens we adapt our menu to highlight those crops that are doing especially well.  I’ve been asking our farmers what this drought will mean for the crops, and so far it’s too soon to tell, but you can be assured that whatever happens weather-wise, you’ll find Harvest Kitchen adapting to meet the challenge.

In the mean time, here’s this week’s menu:

Spring Rolls with Chicken –  Back by popular demand! Shredded chicken combines with the freshest crunchy vegetables like sprouts, carrots, and cabbage. Wrapped in rice paper and served with peanut dipping sauce, our spring rolls are a refreshing meal. Gluten Free. 1 lb serving $11
Summer Vegetable Chicken Curry with Brown Rice  –  Savory, flavorful, and full of spices, this delicious chicken curry is bound to be a big hit.  Served over brown rice and featuring a delicious assortment of fresh summer veggies. Gluten free. 1 lb serving $11
Chilled Sweet Pea Soup with Mint – A refreshing and delicious soup, this creamy concoction will cool you down and brighten any summer day. Gluten free. Pint $7
Sauteed Summer Squash with Pesto – Another summertime favorite, lightly sauteed summer squash and zucchini highlight the delicious flavor of pesto. Essential summertime enjoyment! 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

Spring Rolls with Marinated Tofu –  Marinated tofu combines with the freshest crunchy vegetables like sprouts, carrots, and cabbage. Wrapped in rice paper and served with peanut dipping sauce, our spring rolls are a refreshing meal. Gluten Free. 1 lb serving $11
Summer Vegetable Curry with Brown Rice  –  Savory, flavorful, and full of spices, this delicious vegetarian curry is bound to be a big hit.  Served over brown rice and featuring a delicious assortment of fresh summer veggies. Gluten Free.1 lb serving $11
Chilled Sweet Pea Soup with Mint – A refreshing and delicious soup, this creamy concoction will cool you down and brighten any summer day. Gluten free. Pint $7
Sauteed Summer Squash with Pesto – Another summertime favorite, lightly sauteed summer squash and zucchini highlight the delicious flavor of pesto. Essential summertime enjoyment! 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 Independence Day! We’ll be open all week! http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/07/01/happy-independence-day-well-be-open-all-week/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/07/01/happy-independence-day-well-be-open-all-week/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 21:58:21 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6306
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Beet and Carrot Croquettes

Beet and Carrot Croquettes

Happy Independence Day everyone!  We’ll be open on Monday for the holiday.  We’re making a fantastic holiday-themed menu, so even if you have to work you can get into the Fourth of July spirit all week long, enjoying such picnic classics as Pulled Pork sandwiches, Collard Greens, Coleslaw and more.  I also want to draw your attention to our amazing vegetarian Beet and Carrot Croquettes.  Long-time Harvest Kitchen customers know that our seasonal croquette varieties are always full of fresh seasonal flavors and make a satisfying vegetarian meal.  Our Beet and Carrot croquettes will make a great option for any vegetarians attending your Fourth of July BBQ.  Don’t be satisfied with just eating sides or trying flavorless veggie burgers! Enjoy the savory delights of beet and carrot croquettes–don’t be surprised if even the omnivores want to try a few bites!

Here’s the menu

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches –Our delicious pulled pork sandwich features tender, slow-cooked pork seasoned to perfection with our homemade BBQ sauce and is served with a homemade wheat bun from our friends at Kapnick Orchard. (Gluten Free without buns) Filling for two sandwiches with two buns $11
Italian Zucchini Pie with Sausage –  Homemade herbed crust is the perfect background for this flavorful quiche-style filling.  Zucchini plays a role, of course, but we also feature local dairy, more of that delicious ground pork sausage from Black Oak Farm, and so many herbs.  7″ pie – $15
Braised Collards with Ham Hocks – A summer classic, hearty collard greens are cooked to tender, savory perfection with smoked ham hocks from Black Oak Farms. Gluten free. Single Serving $8
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 Root Veggies–  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 root veggies. Gluten Free option available.1 lb Serving  $11
Vegetarian Italian Zucchini Pie –  Homemade herbed crust is the perfect background for this flavorful quiche-style filling.  Zucchini plays a role, of course, but we also feature local dairy, plenty of mozzarella, and so many herbs.  7″ pie – $15
Braised Collards – A summer classic, hearty collard greens are cooked to tender, savory perfection. Gluten free. Single Serving $8
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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Product Highlight: Curried Chicken Salad http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/06/24/product-highlight-curried-chicken-salad/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/06/24/product-highlight-curried-chicken-salad/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:39:19 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6304
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Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad

This week I want to direct your attention to our curried chicken salad.  Those in the know are probably already paying attention–it’s delicious.  One friend refers to it as “danger salad” because you think you’re just going to eat a bite and then you find yourself finishing the whole container!

Here’s what makes our chicken salad special: we roast organic chickens from Millers organic cooperative (near the Indiana-Michigan border, in our local foodshed!).  We pick the chickens, including breast and dark meat. Then we mix them with local honey and onions, organic pumpkin seeds and currants, organic mayonnaise, and a host of delicious organic spices.  Our chicken salad is the perfect blend of creamy and flavorful, with plenty of Indian spices but not much HOT spiciness.  Many customers praise our chicken salad over similar products from other sources.  We’re not sure what sets us apart, but we suspect it’s our fantastic ingredients and small batch quality.

If you’ve never tried our curried chicken salad, visit us this week to give it a try.  This summer we’re also offering curried chicken salad wrap sandwiches which make a great picnic or quick lunch.

Chicken Parmesan – Millers 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 $11
Spinach Risotto Patties with Bacon-  Addictively delicious, these springtime treasures won’t last long.  Fresh spinach meets its match in creamy risotto, formed into patties and roasted to crisp-creamy perfection.  14 oz serving $11
Cucumber Dill Soup – Cool down a summer day with our chilled, dilled, delicious cucumber-yogurt soup. What could be more refreshing? Gluten free. Pint  $7
Lentil Salad with Greens – This deliciously hearty salad features a creamy yogurt dressing, bulghur wheat and fresh kale. Could almost be a meal in itself. 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

Polenta with Glazed Onions, Greens, and Blue Cheese –  This hearty entree features creamy polenta studded with savory blue cheese and sweetly glazed onions and flavorful cooked greens. Not to be missed. Gluten Free. 1 lb Serving  $11
Spinach Risotto Patties-  Addictively delicious, these springtime treasures won’t last long.  Fresh spinach meets its match in creamy risotto, formed into patties and roasted to crisp-creamy perfection.  14 oz serving $11
Cucumber Dill Soup – Cool down a summer day with our chilled, dilled, delicious cucumber-yogurt soup. What could be more refreshing? Gluten free. Pint  $7
Lentil Salad with Greens – This deliciously hearty salad features a creamy yogurt dressing, bulghur wheat and fresh kale. Could almost be a meal in itself. 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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Product Highlight: Granola http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/06/17/product-highlight-granola/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/06/17/product-highlight-granola/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:25:58 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6302
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HK Granola - A great hostess gift or present for college student

HK Granola – A great hostess gift or present for college student

Have you ever tried our granola?  For those who usually just buy our prepared meals, you might not be aware that we make four different varieties of granola from scratch in-house every week by Nathanael, our granola specialist! Since cashews and almonds and such don’t grow in Michigan, we don’t use many local ingredients in our granola, but they’re all made entirely with organic ingredients.  Customers who’ve tried our granola have described it as addictive and they keep coming back for more.  If you haven’t tried it yet, be sure to check out our options and pick one up next time you’re in.  All of our granolas come in two sizes, a quart for $9 or a pint for $5.  They also make great gifts and road trip snacks. Every granola is built on a base of rolled oats, sunflower seeds, and sesame

Mary vending granola at the Farmers Market

Mary vending granola at the Farmers Market

seeds, but each variety is also unique:

Mary’s Crunchy Granola is our original flavor.  It’s lightly sweetened with local honey from “Mind Your Beeswax” and highlights cashews, coconut, and cinnamon.  It’s perfect for folks who love cinnamon in their granola.

Michael’s Special Request Granola is our other lightly sweetened crowd-pleaser.  It features almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds and is popular with people who enjoy larger nut clusters. It’s also gluten free!

Seed-Filled Crunchy Granola is our no-nuts option.  It’s also lightly sweetened with local honey and features pumpkin seeds and cinnamon.

Mary’s Unsweetened Granola is our only granola without honey.  It’s perfect for those who prefer a less sweet option or who are avoiding sweeteners.  It has a pleasant toasted flavor.

Try all four kinds and find your fave!

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. 1 lb serving $11
West African Groundnut Stew with Beef – Journey with us to west Africa for this flavorful stew, overflowing with lean Highland beef from Mclaughlin Farm and a huge variety of fresh vegetables, all brought together in a peanut (groundnut) broth. Served over brown rice. Gluten free. 1 lb Serving $11
Spinach Gnocchi Soup – This simple soup highlights the flavors of springtime: tender fresh spinach from our friends at Goetz Farm along with hearty gnocchi noodles and our homemade soup stock. Grab a spoon for this meal-in-a-bowl. Pint $7
Two Way Street Beets – Beets and chard combine with a delicious citrus-sesame dressing. You’ll love it!  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

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. 1 lb Serving  $11
Vegetarian Groundnut Stew – A long-time Harvest Kitchen favorite, this hearty African-style stew features peanuts (groundnuts) along with winter squash, fresh tomatoes, green veggies, and so much more.  Served over brown rice. Gluten free. 1 lb Serving $11
Spinach Gnocchi Soup – This simple soup highlights the flavors of springtime: tender fresh spinach from our friends at Goetz Farm along with hearty gnocchi noodles and our homemade soup stock. Grab a spoon for this meal-in-a-bowl. Pint $7
Two Way Street Beets – Beets and chard combine with a delicious citrus-sesame dressing. You’ll love it!  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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Freezer Sale running now! http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/06/10/freezer-sale-running-now/ http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/2016/06/10/freezer-sale-running-now/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:15:40 +0000 http://www.harvest-kitchen.com/?p=6300
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Spinach Potato Balls are available in the freezer right now!

Spinach Potato Balls are available in the freezer right now!

Hey folks!

We’re clearing out our freezer inventory with an abbreviated (TWO WEEKS ONLY) Freezer Sale!  As usual, all our freezer items are 25% off (remember to use the coupon code PARSNIP at checkout online).  We’ve got some real treasures in the freezer right now–Chicken Pot Pies, Quiches, Lasagna, Chicken and Dumplings, and Turkish Spinach and Lentil Soup to name just a few.  Bop on over to our online store and place an order, or come visit us at the store in Ypsilanti to browse the menu and consider your options.  You only have til June 21 to take advantage of this special offer, so do it now! (Remember, home delivery and off-site pick ups are available for orders placed online).

On the FRESH menu this week:

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 – $11
Pork with Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce – Tender pork paired with an unusual sweet-savory strawberry rhubarb sauce, this dish highlights the seasonal delight of strawberries. Gluten free. 1 lb Serving $11
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
Asparagus White Bean Salad –Nothing says springtime like asparagus.  We’re dressing it up with a deliciously light and refreshing feta and lemon dressing. This salad could be a meal in itself. 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

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 $11
Tofu Vegetable Croquettes with Sweet and Sour Vegetables –  Our creamy tofu balls pair perfectly with crisp-tender vegetables served in a tangy sweet-and-sour sauce for a delightfully flavorful meal.Gluten free. 1 lb Serving $11
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
Asparagus White Bean Salad –Nothing says springtime like asparagus.  We’re dressing it up with a deliciously light and refreshing feta and lemon dressing. This salad could be a meal in itself. 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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