This is Farmer Brooke and I am proud to present you with this week's myriad of mouth-watering morsels found only at the BADSEED Farmers Market every Friday night from 4-9 PM. Before I delve into the home-grown goodness, let's fast forward a bit and talk TURKEY DAY!!
As always BADSEED will be hosting it's annual Pre-Thanksgiving Day Farmers Marketon Friday, November 19th, from 4-9 PM. Eat Local for your Holiday Feast!!! If you pick just one meal a year to support your local farms, Thanksgiving dinner should be it. There is no better time to celebrate the locally grown bounty amongst friends and family. This is BADSEED's biggest market of the year and the harvest will undoubtedly be spilling over with the most magnificent "earthly delights" this side of the Mississippi featuring Grass-Finished Beef & Lamb, All-Natural Pork, Free-Range Eggs, Artisan Sheep's Milk Cheese, Gourmet Mushrooms, Rustic Breads, Wholesome Baked Goods, Hearty Root Vegetables, Mean Greens, Heirloom Winter Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Jams & Jellies, Canned Goods, Local Nuts, Freshly-Milled Flour, & More!!! Spread the word far and wide. The farmers thank you in advance!!!
As for the inevitable TURKEY......many of you have been asking me where you can get one locally and sustainably raised. Well folks, to be honest there are not a whole lot of options. Turkeys are very difficult to raise on pasture, and most holistic farmers are unable to raise them in large numbers. The practices used on factory farms (for turkeys and poultry in particular) are incredibly unethical, inhumane, and downright cruel. If you cannot find a "happy bird" from a "happy farmer" you may want to consider some "fleshy" alternatives like grass-finished beef, lamb, or all-natural pork from Parker Farms. However, if you must stick to the "turkey tradition" perhaps these fine folks can help you out:
(supplemented with grain to "fatten up" for your holiday feast)
*Fresh or Frozen, 12-20 lbs, $7.50/lb
*Sustainably Produced & Processed by the Benedict Builders in Knob Noster, MO
*Call Laura or Calvin no later than November 16th to place an order
*Pick-Up at the Troostwood Market on Nov. 20th
NO SUNDAY CALLS
Recipe of the Week:
As the season changes and the air gets crisper, our bodies demand plenty of rich, nutrient packed foods that will keep us healthy all winter long. I personally begin to crave heart-warming and soulful dishes like creamy soups and hearty stews. The lovely Emily Akins (one of Kansas Cities finest "local foodies" and the manager of the BADSEED facebook page) has a wonderful recipe on her blog for:
*Japanese Sweet Potatoes!!! (pink-skinned,white-fleshed, taste like roasted marshmallow!!)
*Beauregard Sweet Potatoes (orange-fleshed, very sweet)
*SEX IN A BOWL Signature Salad Mix!! (with chocolate mint, dill, cilantro, and fresh chives!!)
*Sexy Saute Mix!!!! (a gourmet mix of sexy cooking greens with hints of garlic chives and aromatic herbs)
*Giant Southern MUSTARD GREENS (spicy, tender, and oooh sooo good)
*Arugula!! (peppery and perfect)
*LEEKS!!! (the only thing better than an onion...)
*Gourmet Oasis TURNIPS!! (eat em' raw like an apple)
Herb"N"Gardener, Lew Edmister (Westside, KCMO)
From the Lips of Lew:
"have you ever made green tomato relish? now's definitely time to do it. the heirloom vines are gone and i'm picking up lots of big greenies. they also make unbelieveable fried green 'maters. speaking of greens, i'll have probably the last of my asian mustard greens this week, and a final cutting of mixed arugula. this will be my last shot of smoked peppers - i have to save some for me. i'll have some bunches of fresh garlic and fresh sage. i've only got a few winterized rosemary plants left and some bunches of kale."