Pork Chili Verdi

Pork Chili Verdi

I recently added pork stew meat to my cutting instructions at the butcher, and I wish I had though of it sooner! The packages are 1 1/2 pounds of pork shoulder roast, cut into one inch chunks. I’ve used it in several crock pot meals, and I like that there is less trimming and prep… Continue Reading

Easy Korean Beef

This simple Korean beef one pan meal comes together so easily and uses ingredients that I always have on hand. That makes it one of my favorite last minute meals. Lately I’ve been LOVING this quick kimchee recipe and it makes a perfect side for this dish. If you’d like to stock up on ground… Continue Reading

Taco Soup

This is a great week night soup. It comes together quickly, and it’s even better the next day! Adjust the spice level to suit your tastes. We like it spicy. The heat can be moderated with some avocado or sour cream. (Ground beef is a regular part of our CSA shares and can also be… Continue Reading


This recipe makes about 70 meatballs. After they cool, I store them in the freezer in a ziplock bag and just remove as needed for quick meals. You can always use them over pasta with a red sauce, but don’t be afraid to branch out with an Asian style sauce and rice noodles, or brown… Continue Reading

Italian Beef

This is an all time favorite! It’s great as a family comfort food meal or double (triple) the amount to serve guests for a casual dinner. (Beef roasts are appear periodically in our CSA Shares and can be ordered as part of our Beef Bundle Packages.) Continue Reading

Chicken & Dumplings

This recipe makes use of the stewing hen that CSA members are getting in their March shares. Stewing hens are an important part of the life cycle of the farm. A stewing hen is a retired egg layer. After several happy years in our free ranging brood, a hen’s egg laying ability naturally slows down,… Continue Reading

Coming up on 20 Years – Are you kidding me?!

Origin Story Beth and Jody were working corporate jobs (Arthur Andersen and Allstate, respectively) and expecting their second child. Jody was working on a testing team trying to break a new system. The new software would allow Allstate to sell online. What can’t we buy on the internet today? Beth was a Professional Skill Trainer… Continue Reading

Lobby Day (week) 2021 is Coming Soon!

Lobby Day (week) 2021 is Coming Soon!

Fortified by lunch, prepared with talking points, loaded with information packets, and stocked with heirloom seed packets (thoughtfully donatated by Baker Creek Seeds (rareseeds.com) , we walked to the capitol. Continue Reading

Zooming with the Farm

Zooming with the Farm

A couple of weeks ago, we did our first Cedar Valley Sustainable Zoom event. Liz Stelk the executive director of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance joined us to talk about the IL Local Food Farmers Caucus (Jody was on the organizing committee), current policy initiatives/concerns, and how policy work is integral to Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm.… Continue Reading