Saturday, September 25, 2010

Goat Therapy

It was a delightful day at the Market on Shea (N. Scottsdale Farmers' Market) and after unloading and unpacking Michael and I took a little time with the girls. We call it "goat therapy" and it's always a wonderful experience.

Goats, if they could, would climb in your back pocket. They love people.  We're beginning to gather a selection of photos calling these future postcards: Goat Art from The Simple Farm.

Autumn Harvest Soup

I'm into soups. And, I'm always looking for new, yummy soup (healthy) recipes. So, if you have some, send them my way. Either email me or post them in the comments section.

I just found this one off of Leeks and Bounds Blog. I'll definitely make it.

Autumn Harvest Soup Serves 4-6
1-2T olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, smashed or minced
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2-3 carrots, cut into rounds
2 tomatoes, peeled, seeds removed and crushed
1 15oz can kidney beans
1 15oz can pinto beans (or, any combo you like)
1 bunch kale or chard, chopped
Parmesan cheese, to tasteSalt + Pepper to taste

In a soup pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat; add the onions and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant then . . .
Add chicken/vegetable stock
Add carrots, bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes
Add tomatoes (crush them up with your hands first), beans and chard/kale
Bring to a boil, cover and cook until chard/kale is wilted, about 5 -10 minutes
Ladle into bowls, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle on grated Parmesan

Friday, September 24, 2010

We Are Bringing to Saturday's Market Some Good Stuff

Over the past few weeks we've seeded so many of our favorite vegetables for fall: gourmet lettuces, swiss chard, kale, golden beets, candy cane beets, and new herbs and most if not all are popping out of the ground.

When we started providing our produce, flowers, herbs and eggs at the Saturday Market, we knew that our centerpiece would be our selection of heirloom tomatoes. It was sad to see our tomato season come to and end, but now I'm happy to say that we have over 133 tomato starts looking quite lovely and with that we're thinking our heirlooms will be back at the market the end of October for another short run of a season.

Besides the heirlooms and our new fall produce to fill our baskets, we're also excited to be able to continue supplying The Simple Farm's customers this Saturday with some incredible looking American Beauty eggplant, more okra, melons and of course our wonderful selection of herbs.  We're bringing fresh cut sunflowers and eggs to the market!  See you there!