New Year New Audiences

New Year – New Audiences

We have a serious case of “Winter Brain” this year.  Beth mentioned it in our January newsletter. It’s an attack of new ideas and inspirations for the farm.

A couple of ideas are already coming to fruition. In the coming weeks we will participate in 4 pop-up markets.  The first two are inspired by the great work done by the Fairshare CSA Coalition in Wisconsin. Their farmer members attend farmers markets in office buildings in around the Madison area. Jody saw a news story on this and thought “Hey, there are office buildings in our delivery area.” So, he put a post on our farm Facebook page about it and one of our member replied that her office building would be a great place for a pop-up market – Thanks Lauren!

Lauren put us in touch with her building’s management team. They were already thinking of doing just this sort of event. Next week, on January 23rd we’ll be at 1 N. Dearborn from 3-5:15 pm.  On the 25th we’ll be at 330 N. Wabash, also, from 3-5:15 pm. In addition to our meat and eggs we’ll have flour and dried beans from our friend Molly Breslin’s farm. There will be local honey and artisan teas from other vendors.

On the 26th we continue the pop-up tour at Temperance Beer Company in Evanston. Temperance is one of our enthusiastic delivery hosts.  Sitka Salmon (sushi quality, wild caught by family fishermen)  will join us as well as a hot sauce maker and a prepared food vendor. We’ll be selling from 1-4 pm at Temperance.

Revolution Fitness


The second idea – introduce our “Paleo Packages” to people passionate about fitness & nutrition – through Crossfit gyms takes hold in February at Solemn Oath in Naperville for our 4th pop-up market. Joining us there will be Sean Hastings of Revolution Fitness Naperville. Sean is helping us introduce our sustainable meats to his members and he’ll be sharing what he does with visitors to the market.  Get great food and meet a trainer that will help you get into great shape!

We’d like to work with other gyms/fitness professionals near our other delivery sites. If you have a favorite, please let us know. We’d love the introduction!

Apple Cider Turkey Brine Recipe

  Apple Cider Turkey Brine Recipe   : Originally from All Recipes Recipe type: Brine Ingredients Water approximately 1 gallon – add enough to brine base to cover turkey 2 Cups apple cider 1 Cup Kosher salt ½ Cup brown sugar 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped sage or 1 teaspoon dried sage 1 Tablespoon (3 sprigs)… Continue Reading

Beef Stew

        Ingredients ¼ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1-2 lbs stew meat or chuck roast, cut into cubes 3 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 ribs celery cut into 1″ slices 1 onion chopped ½ cup dry red wine 2 medium potatoes scrubbed cut into 1 “… Continue Reading

Cutting up a Whole Chicken

I often just take the easy route of roasting (or crock-potting) a whole bird and just cutting or pulling the meat off once it’s cooked.  Once in a while though I want to make a recipe that calls for cut up pieces.  Here’s a great resource for learning how to: Cutting Up a Chicken  Melissa… Continue Reading

Italian Sausage Hoagies

 Comfort Food! Italian Sausage Hoagies   This is a family favorite. Using bulk sausage means we can get 5-6 hoagies out of a pound of sausage versus four when we us links.    Italian Sausage Hoagies   A quick and easy sandwich. Ingredients 2 T Olive oil 2-3 Yellow onions, sliced 2-3 Sweet peppers (any… Continue Reading

Turkey Brine Recipe & Tips

So, you’ve gotten your pasture-raised turkey… now what? 24-36 hours ahead of cooking your turkey get it into a brine. Brining is one of the ways to ensure that this will be the best turkey ever! There are a lot of brine recipes, choose one that appeals most to you. Below is a simple brine… Continue Reading

Who’s growing your holiday turkey(s)?

Thanksgiving Turkeys – 2017 Edition Here’s what I said last fall: Every fall at about this time, our CSA members and farmers market customers ask us about holiday turkeys. We HAVE grown turkeys for the holidays in the past, but due to a amount finite brooder space (where to put turkeys when we have a… Continue Reading

Beef Stock

Beef Stock   Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 hours Total time 10 hours 10 mins   This is so easy, I hesitat to even call it a recipe! Serves: 3 Qts Ingredients smoked beef bone 1 celeriac root & top (can substitute 5-6 stalks of celery) 1 large onion Instructions Scrub celeriac root… Continue Reading

Crispy Roasted Pork Belly

    Crispy Roasted Pork Belly   Prep time 15 mins Cook time 2 hours Total time 2 hours 15 mins   Ingredients 1 lb Fresh Pork Side 1 Tbs Olive Oil 1 Tbs Kosher Salt 1 Small Onion 1 Small Orange Instructions Pat pork dry. (You may want to leave it uncovered in the… Continue Reading