Monday, August 3, 2015

Overcoming Bad Childhood Taste Bud Memories

Okay, let's be honest...okra, lima beans, eggplant, (let alone orange eggplant) are seriously misunderstood vegetables! But that is because most people haven't had these wonderful vegetables FRESH OFF THE VINE! Rather, your well-intentioned grandmother or even your dear ol' Mom served you the frozen variety, over-cooked them leaving them mushy and well - disgusting! So, here is to trying new things or giving them a second chance.  

These beautiful vegetables above are OKRA.  While at the stand one of our southern customers were grabbing handfuls of these interesting vegetables! Two Virginians were commenting on how delicious they are and offering a number of great suggestions on how to cook them leaving any bi-stander eavesdropping with the impression that Northerners must have missed out on something special if they weren't raised on these delicious little morsels.  Okra is used as thickener for gumbo, and can be fried in a pan, grilled, pickled or even dried out as chips.  The Mrs. present said that she eats them raw!  Click here if you want to give okra another try and need some help with recipes!


 

To the left is one our regular customers favorites:  

Dr. Martin's Lima Beans

Pretty cool looking aren't they!  So, here are a few recipes you can try with these great beans...





Who knew that eggplants came in different colors other than purple?  Well, I guess if you are a regular at the stand you did, but aren't they beautiful?

If you know how to cook the purple kind, but don't know what to do with the orange ones try some of these recipes (in reality you can cook them both the same way but there are recipes just for the orange variety too).

Hope this helps you be a little more adventuresome with some of these fantastic vegetables that you might have given up on because of some bad taste bud memory from your youth!  If you have any suggestions for any of these beautiful vegetables, please post below. And, by all means spread the word to anyone you think might need a little help regaining confidence in these delicious and beautiful vegetables.

And on our CSA list for this week there is a unique FRUIT that you and your kids will absolutely love...



HUSK CHERRIES! They are so delicious and very unusual - in the best sense of the word.  Hard to even give an accurate description:  Mango? married to Cherry joined to a plum?  Hmmm, maybe you can give a better description. We'd love to hear your description of this delicious fruit so please post below.  Kids love unwrapping things - why not their fruit!  Send some in their lunch boxes!  FUN FRUIT IS ALWAYS GOOD!



If you give any of these great items a try, we'd love to hear what you think. All fruits and vegetables and better when you BUY LOCAL!  

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Produce and much, much more!

Did you know we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year? We've enjoyed bringing you high quality produce and appreciate all your support over the years! If you want to celebrate with us, come on by and pick up this great shirt!




Besides SIW GEAR, friendly staff...

and produce that is healthy and extremely flavorful, we've tried to bring you other items you might enjoy to make your shopping experience more complete.

Granola anyone?


For breakfast a little jam for your toast, pumpkin butter for your pancakes, or honey for anything! 

What about a freshly baked scone for a snack or try these other healthy snacks.














Are you in need of some appetizers for when you have friends over? Or date night?



Our staff heads up to Philadelphia to shop for you at DiBruno Brothers and Claudio's so you don't have to make the trip!!! 

 Flatbread, HUGE assortments of cheese, olive oil and vinegars, beautiful varieties of olives and many other things.

Have you seen our great assortment of pastas, and our very own tomato sauce made with H.G.'s very own tomatoes?
 


After dinner?  Of course -- DESSERT...



And just in case you get sticky after that delicious dessert, try our fragrant and beautiful soaps.




 



If you want to give any of these items as gifts and you need a unique card, peruse our stationery designed just for SIW, featuring only photographs from our farm and stand.  

And by the way, if you've seen any pictures on our blog, Facebook, Instragram or Twitter that you'd like cards made of, contact our photographer directly at digiacomophotography@gmail.com and Lisa will be glad to make you your own set of cards.
 

So come on out for our excellent produce and much, much more!
 
If you know anyone who hasn't been to our stand, but who might enjoy all we have to offer, please join us in celebrating our 30th anniversary by spreading the word.  Thanks again for all your support!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Job Openings at SIW

We are looking for more GREAT workers who are willing to work hard in supporting a great local stomping ground...



 
Where friendly people come and shop and you'll be working with friendly people...

 




The surroundings don't 
get much prettier....


 


And supporting a great local farm...

 that provides so many people with amazing fresh and delicious produce, not to mention the best local corn you can find anywhere, is very rewarding!




If you're interested in a job starting now through the end of October, please contact Debbe at siwveggies@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Harry's (and the Haskell's) Hospitality

H.G. and his wife Kim started off their season of hospitality to the community with great warmth and enthusiasm. 




Chef David Banks, and his crew from Harry's Hospitality, outdid himself tonight.  The meal was delicious and his presentation was beautiful!















If you've never had the opportunity to dine at one of Chef Bank's restaurants, we encourage you to stop by and enjoy his wonderful culinary skills! Every location is unique for its own style. 

No doubt you'll enjoy some fantastic dishes such as he served us tonight!
 
Zucchini, Pecans, Crystallized Ginger, Toasted Fideo 


Pickling Cukes and Candydrops




Escarole Salad, Grilled Peaches




Sassafras-Braised Pork and Cherry Chutney



Grilled Sweet Corn with Garlic Scape Butter. 

And, Bing Cherries with spiced Butter

 



Heirloom Tomatoes and Watermelon Salad




Besides delicious food, everyone seemed to have a great time reuniting with old friends, meeting new ones and simply enjoying the farm. 
 
 

 







 






H.G. had some nice things to say about those who help him most.  So, for those of his staff that weren't there... Click here to view If you'd like to work for H.G. too, we're hiring!  Please call Debbe at (610) 388-0318

We'd like to thank, once again, Chef Banks for all he did to make our first Field-to-Fork dinner a great success!  We're looking forward to the next one. Our last dinner still has openings (September 16).  But, if you can't make that one and you've missed out on this great venue for the year, please sign-up to receive weekly alerts by putting in your email address at the top of this page and you'll be notified when great events like this happen!