Conscious Consumers, Local Eaters, and Bona Fide Vegetable Perverts -
This is your ever-so-dedicated (and borderline crazy) Farmer Brooke with your weekly dose of local/organic insanity. As always, the BADSEED Farmers Market will be bangin' and bustin' at the seams with homegrown delights this Friday from 4-9 PM. Be there or be square.......and a hungry square at that! Remember - the supermarket sucks!! Come hang out with some friendly farmers instead. The BADSEED Market is proud to be "walmart one stop shopping" for the local eater with free-range meats, artisan cheese, farm fresh eggs, organic fruits & veggies, breads, baked goods, raw honey, micro-roasted coffee, and MORE.
Tales From an Urban Farm:
Our new land is located 7 miles from the downtown storefront. From the Plaza, head east on Volker, which turns into Swope Parkway, then Blue Parkway. Keep heading east over the Blue River, past the palm readers, "poor boy" car dealerships, and "one night stand" motels. With a quick turn at the trailer park, 13 marvelous acres will unfold in all their pastoral glory before your very eyes!!
The pasture is thick with clover and healthy grasses. Sexy slopes grace the property, begging to be planted out into a diversified orchard. A huge, bowl-shaped southern slope lends itself well to wine grapes and sunsets. Large plateaus woven throughout the "orchard" & "vineyard" serve as excellent ground for heirloom vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Wooded out croppings will be home to my lovely horned goats, heritage chickens will roam as they please, and a glistening pond will provide recreation for a breathtaking band of geese and ducks.
Paradise?? Yes. But to some it may very well be "paradise lost". The City is always present. A massive TV Tower looms over the property like an alien being with metal supports that span 36 acres. (Dan and I lovingly refer to it as the "death star".) Peaceful serenity is interrupted by the endless barking of neighborhood pit bulls, and (most notably) a lovely cage full of aging basset hounds that haven't been outside of bars since the day they were born. Four wheelers are ever present, as no hip teenager would be without one, and illegal dumping is just par for the course.
Last Saturday, while spreading straw for our vegetable production, we were serenaded all afternoon by a police helicopter searching for a person in the trailer park just down the road. Finally the roar of the helicopter subsided, and pastoral silence was restored. The sun began to set turning the sky the color of orange sherbert, the hum of cicadas was like a familiar lullaby, and dragon flies swarmed all around us. It was perfect. Dan and I were all alone on our beautiful little Farm in the big City. Just as I began to relax and get all warm and fuzzy, "ghetto rap" began blasting form the sky like the voice of God......"I know you like that booty dance"....he belted out. It was incredible! At first we thought it was our "pimp daddy" neighbor, Sylvester, throwing a raging part that we were not invited to. But the music was just too loud. After varying sets of reggae, funk, hip-hop, and soul we finally figured out that it was a performance at Starlight Theatre, and apparently we had free tickets.
But look - I'm not complaining!! I wouldn't have it any other way. The bizarre juxtaposition of farm and city only add to the wild & quirky lifestyle of a farmer. Mother nature is truly the most mind boggling force on earth, and (frankly) rap music blasting form the sky seems appropriate. Long ago the City ate our farm land, and suburbia continues the trend. As a result, farms move further out, engulfing more pristine nature, or simply disappearing all together. People leave the city for the comforts of suburbia, and alas you are left with a wasted urban landscape ripe to grow both food and community. Lets revive our cities and our health!! Urban agriculture is the key......
***Sexy Veggie of the Week***
So sorry folks (especially my fellow "Veggie Perverts"), but I am afraid that Sexy Veggie of the Week is taking another hiatus. Why??? Well, Fall is here and Winter is approaching fast. I think my "typing time" is better spent preparing you "local eaters" for the sparse times ahead. BUT - I have still attached super hot pics of veggies, so indulge as you please....and come see them in the flesh this Friday!
The "Local Eaters" Autumn To-Do List:
The season's bounty is reaching it's climax. It is time to actively start squirreling away what you can before the first freeze in mid-October. Get busy!!
1) Stock up on onions, garlic, and winter squash from your local Farmers.
2) Get Sauced!! Apple season is here. Get less than perfect "seconds" apples by the case at a reduced price and make spiced apple sauces, apple butters, apple chutneys, and all matter of APPLE MADNESS.
3) MAKE PESTO!!! Snatch up as much BASIL as you can and make large quantities of pesto. Freeze in ice cube trays or larger containers. Pop em' out and use at your leisure all winter long.
4) Blanch and freeze fall greens.
5) Pickle the last of the Okra, Cucumbers, and anything else you can get your hands on!!
6) Don't overlook Green Tomatoes. Before the first freeze, pick them off the vine (or request them from your favorite farmer). Flavorful jars of green tomato salsa cannot be beat!!!
7) If "homesteading" ain't your thang, come to the BADSEED *Winter* Farmers Marketinstead!! We are open through February!!!
*ORGANICAPPLES!! (green, tart yet sweet, and very crisp!!!)
*GARLIC (in German White, Artichoke, and Silver Skin!!)
*Onions (in Rosa di Milano!!)
*Assorted Hot and Sweet Peppers
*Chives & Parsley
*BASIL(in Lemon, Thai,Purple Ruffles,Purple Opal, ANDGenovese!!!)....make pesto and freeze it for those cold winter nights ahead!!
*Two Foot Long CHINESE RED NOODLE BEANS!!
*Sweet Potato Greens!!!!!!! (better than spinach....seriously!!)
*Red Velvet OKRA (long, velvety, burgundy pods that rock your frying pan like no other)
*Heirloom Tomatoes!!! (a very dwindling selection, come right at 4 PM to get em'!!!!)
Herb"N"Gardener, Lew Edmister (Westside, KCMO)
** Lew is still hung over from his 70th B-day Party. He will indeed be at market this week, but we have no idea what this wild man will bring us from his even wilder garden. No doubt, it will be yummy......
JJ Farms,John Kaiahua(Raytown, MO)
*Stay tuned for John and Micki. They will be back when luscious Fall crops are bangin'.
Bigg Blue Farm,Stan & Carmen Biggs (Mosby, MO)
*Butternut & Acorn Winter Squash!!!!
*Red Slicing Tomatoes
*Zucchini and Yellow Crookneck Summer Squash
*Pink Eye Purple Hull Peas
PJ's Mushroom Farm, Paul & Judy Miller (Warrensburg, MO)
*Hand-made rugs & stained glass items as well as wild and wicked YARD ART!! (from 100% recycled materials)
*A variety of 100% grass-fed beef and all natural pork including:
*Pork Chops & Pork Brats
*Pre-cooked Chipotle Brats (with cheese and cranberries)
*Pre-cooked Franks (both hot and mild)
*Chili Cheese Links
*Rib Steaks & Ribeyes
*Ground Beef and patties for the grill!!
**Homemade soy based candles and gourd birdhouses(compliments of their lovely girls who grew the gourds on the farm!!) as well as embroidered Tea Towels and homegrown Teas in orange, chocolate, lemon balm, spearmint, and peppermint!!!! Samples available.
Woodland Organic Orchard, Kendra & Steve Kluck (Olathe, KS)
*ORGANIC GALA APPLES.....as well as tasty green and red "mystery" varieties
*Dried Apple Snacks
*Chipped Apple Wood for BBQ/smoking/cooking !!!
*"seconds" Apples (mixed varieties) for $1/lb
Attention Canners & Sauce Makers - For bulk orders of "seconds" apples e-mail Kendra at:
*Only the BEST fair-trade/organic/micro-roasted coffee in town!!
Get yourself some beans or grab yourself a mug.
COFFEE BY THE MUG IS ONLY $1.00!!!!
....speaking of "liquid elixirs", the lovely Angela Hoffman will be taking a slight break. Her work schedule has changed and therefore she can no longer be with us every Friday with her righteous Wheat Grass Shots and Seasonal Smoothies. BUT, she will be back! Catch her on "first Fridays" for sure.
Aged & Fresh varieties includingPrairie Bloom (a bloom-rind crotin style cheese with a rich and creamy center), Taum Sauk (a distinguished and nutty, appropriately aged, raw milk cheese), Osage Orange (a European-style muenster with a beautiful washed rind),Moniteau Blue(only the best damned blue on the planet), Herb Crusted Chevre (adelightful fresh cheese in a flavorful herb crust), Marinated Chevre (fresh cheese relaxing in scrumptious olive oil, red pepper, and herbal goodness)and Greek-styleFeta(residing in a salty brine that will make your head spin....sooo good)
Our new order has arrived!! We will have freshly ground & locally grown whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, unbleached all purpose white flour, malted all purpose flour for bread baking, & blue corn meal !!! A bakers dream.....
RAW HONEY!!!....YES!! Les Miller (our wicked honey man) has a delightful new batch ready to go. He will be a buzzin' this Friday with that godly golden nectar and bees wax to boot!
and, of course, Kombucha Mushroom Tea (Brooke's home brew)
Sip while you shop!
LIVE NUDE VEGETABLES!! and other organic delights...
EVERY FRIDAY AT BADSEED
- farmer and mistress of the BADSEED
An Urban-Organic Farm & Market Celebrating Local Food, Culture, and Community