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Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (with all the veggies)

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (with all the veggies)

It’s that time of year again. The sniffles, coughs and sore throats are starting to creep in, slowly at first. Then, before you know it, everyone around you is sick. That is the perfect time to make a big pot of this slow cooker chicken […]

Sweet Potato au Gratin

Sweet Potato au Gratin

This is quite possibly the easiest side dish you could throw together, making it perfect for big family holiday gatherings when there are already too many things happening in the kitchen. Print Sweet Potato au Gratin Ingredients 2 large sweet potatoes peeled 1 large egg […]

Food Box Newsletter – Issue 9

Food Box Newsletter – Issue 9

Click on this link to read the Issue 9 of the 2018 Food Box Newsletter:

2018 Newsletter_Issue 9

 

Food Box Delivery #9

Food Box Delivery #9

Aaaaaaand that’s a wrap! Yesterday was the last Food Box delivery of the 2018 Produce with a Purpose season. It’s all done. We can’t believe it either.  The good news is that the program ended with a great assortment of fruits and veggies. Along with […]

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Just like Lemon Zucchini Bread, this recipe helps you hide some veggies in an all-time favorite dish that is sure to please.   Print Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Ingredients 8 oz whole wheat elbow macaroni uncooked 1 medium butternut squash (about 3 lbs.) seeded […]

Food Box Delivery #8

Food Box Delivery #8

Hopefully everyone had empty refrigerators before yesterday’s delivery! We packed TWO heavy bags of food for each customer. With the season coming to a close, we are trying to cram as many goodies into each bag as we can. Included in the 25-pound delivery were two new food items, apples and eggplant, as well as new varieties of tomatoes, winter squash, peppers, and potatoes. All the produce in this delivery was grown between 4 and 70 miles away. It came from 7 different producers in 6 different counties. Check out what we had this week…

Produce Share #8:

1. Hydroponic Tomatoes Tenco Industries in Ottumwa
2. Various soil-grown and heirloom tomatoes Prairie Roots Farm in Otley
3. Garlic Prairie Roots Farm in Otley
4. Red, Purple or Green Bell Peppers Prairie Roots Farm in Otley

5. Gala Apples Schneider Orchard in Lacona
6. White Acorn Squash Iowa Prison Industries Farm #3 in Montrose
7. White Potatoes Iowa Prison Industries Farm #3 in Montrose
8. Green Cabbage Iowa Prison Industries Farm #3 in Montrose
9. Eggplant Rolling Prairie Acres in Sigourney
10. Watermelon Ukrainian Garden in America in Eddyville
11. Okra Dreaden Farms in Ottumwa

 

Head over to our home page and make sure you get signed up for our last delivery of the 2018 season. We’ve got a few new items yet to come!

Food Box Newsletter – Issue 8

Food Box Newsletter – Issue 8

Click on this link to read the Issue 8 of the 2018 Food Box Newsletter: 2018 Newsletter_Issue 8

Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

Keep your sides simple yet flavorful with this green bean and potato dish. Once you prep the beans and potatoes, you can throw this together in no time and let it simmer while fixing your main dish.  Reducing the broth is the trick to getting the […]

Food Box Delivery #7

Food Box Delivery #7

Yesterday, the seventh Food Box delivery of the season proved to be the most challenging yet. While we cannot complain about the rain (we’ve been asking for it), we can suggest that weather did not cooperate for our producers as they harvested or for us as we delivered boxes. After a few other hiccups, we were happy to deliver full and diverse food boxes with three new items – honey, winter squash and okra! All the produce in this delivery was grown between 4 and 90 miles away. It came from 8 different producers in 6 different counties. Check out what we had this week…

Produce Share #7:


1. Romano Beans Prairie Roots Farm in Otley
2. Zucchini Prairie Roots Farm in Otley
3. Red Bell Peppers Prairie Roots Farm in Otley

4. Green Bell Peppers Country Roads Produce in Moravia and Prairie Roots Farm in Otley
5. Jalapenos Country Roads Produce in Moravia and Barnswallow Produce in Oskaloosa
6. Banana, Hungarian Wax, and Cheyenne Peppers Barnswallow Produce in Oskaloosa
7. Spaghetti Squash (individual size) Barnswallow Produce in Oskaloosa
Acorn Squash Grubby’s Produce in Oskaloosa
Butternut Squash Grubby’s Produce in Oskaloosa
8. Heirloom Tomatoes Rolling Prairie Acres in Sigourney
9. Garlic Rolling Prairie Acres in Sigourney
10. Watermelon Ukrainian Garden in America in Eddyville
11. Okra Dreaden Farms in Ottumwa
12. Honey Wee Bee Apiary in Knoxville

Food Box Newsletter – Issue 7

Food Box Newsletter – Issue 7

Click on this link to read the Issue 7 of the 2018 Food Box Newsletter: 2018 Newsletter_Issue 7

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Sneaking vegetables into dessert is devious, yet brilliant. If you have suspicious eaters, you can peel the zucchini first to avoid green, vegetable-looking flecks in the bread. Print Lemon Zucchini Bread Ingredients 1-1/2 cups flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp […]

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted Garlic Hummus

There is no such thing as too much garlic, especially if it is roasted. The roasting process makes the cloves softer, sweeter and more mild with a hint of smoky flavor.

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 head garlic whole and unpeeled
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 15oz cans garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • olive oil, minced parsley, paprika optional, for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Cut off the top of the head of garlic, just far enough to cut into each of the cloves and expose their tops. Drizzle 1 tbsp. olive oil over the top to coat.

  2. Wrap the head of garlic in aluminum foil. Roast at 400F for 45 minutes. Remove from oven.

  3. Once the head is cool to the touch, squeeze each of the cloves from their skins. You may need to separate the head, but the cloves should slide out of their paper-y skins easily.

  4. Place roasted garlic and all remaining ingredients into a food processor or blender.

  5. Blend until smooth. If hummus is too thick, slowly add additional olive oil. Serve with chips, crackers or veggie sticks.

Quick Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

Quick Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

Even though they are tiny, cherry tomatoes can pack quite a punch. They tend to be sweeter with more intense flavors. Use this sauce on plain pasta so it can really shine.   Print Quick Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce Ingredients 2-3 lbs cherry tomatoes stem […]

Food Box Newsletter – Issue 6

Food Box Newsletter – Issue 6

Click on this link to read the Issue 6 of the 2018 Food Box Newsletter: 2018 Newsletter_Issue 6    

Food Box Delivery #6

Food Box Delivery #6

Yesterday, the last day before kids headed back to school, was our sixth Food Box delivery. As summer comes to an unofficial end, so does the season for some of our favorite vegetables. We’ve loaded our customers up with new potatoes this season, but this was probably the last of delivery with those. We also delivered some of the last watermelons of the season. And the sweet corn was already long gone before this week. The good news is that several producers have been succession planting, meaning they’ll be selling another crop of spring or cool-weather vegetables in the near future. Stay tuned and sign up for fall boxes!

All the produce in this delivery was grown between 4 and 90 miles away. It came from 6 different producers in 5 different counties. Check out what we had this week…

Produce Share #6:

Spicy beauties (top to bottom: Hungarian Wax, Cheyenne, and Banana peppers)
  1. Hungarian Wax Peppers Barnswallow Produce in Oskaloosa
  2. Various Cherry Tomatoes Barnswallow Produce in Oskaloosa
  3. Aronia Berries Rolling Prairie Acres in Sigourney
  4. New Potatoes Ukrainian Garden in America in Eddyville
  5. Chopaka Mountain Softneck Garlic Prairie Roots Farm in Otley
  6. Calibri Onion Prairie Roots Farm in Otley
  7. Zucchini Prairie Roots Farm in Otley
  8. Watermelon Country Roads Produce in Moravia
  9. Sweet Bell Peppers Country Roads Produce in Moravia
  10. Cabbage Microgreens Tenco Industries in Fairfield

 

 

Looking ahead to our fall boxes, we are hoping for sweet potatoes, various root vegetables and maybe even some apples. We’re working on sourcing a couple surprise items too. Make sure to reserve your box by registering on our website’s home page or calling our office.

Simple Sauteed Cabbage

Simple Sauteed Cabbage

Cabbages are an efficient vegetable, packing a LOT of leaves into a tight, dense ball. A single cabbage weighing 2 pounds is about 8 cups shredded cabbage. In our last Food Box, we sourced cabbages from the Iowa Prison Industries Farm in Montrose, IA. Some of […]

Hot Spinach Dip

Hot Spinach Dip

Leafy greens are typically found at the Farmers’ Markets during the earlier spring months. The delicate leaves cannot handle the heat of the summer. The one exception might be New Zealand spinach. It can produce throughout the hot summer season without bolting or getting bitter.  […]

Food Box Delivery #5

Food Box Delivery #5

We’re over halfway done with the season! Yesterday was our fifth Food Box delivery. For the second delivery in a row, we were able to source a local fruit – cantaloupe. We also welcomed a new producer to our program this week, Barnswallow Flowers and Produce. They are growing in Oskaloosa. The mother-daughter team currently runs a flower CSA and supplies produce to local restaurants. They sold us some fun and unique heirloom cherry tomatoes. All the produce in this delivery was grown between 4 and 90 miles away. It came from 7 different producers in 6 different counties.

Check out what we had this week…

Produce Share #5:

  1. Hungarian Wax Peppers Barnswallow Produce in Oskaloosa
  2. Various Cherry Tomatoes Dreaden Farms in Ottumwa and Barnswallow Produce in Oskaloosa
  3. New Zealand Spinach Rolling Prairie Acres in Sigourney
  4. Sweet Corn Ukrainian Garden in America in Eddyville
  5. New Potatoes Ukrainian Garden in America in Eddyville
  6. Garlic Prairie Roots Farm in Otley
  7. Onions Prairie Roots Farm in Otley
  8. Cantaloupe Country Roads Produce in Moravia
  9. Sweet Bell Peppers Country Roads Produce in Moravia
  10. Green Cabbage Iowa Prison Industries Farm #3 in Montrose
Atomic Grape (Heirloom)
Black Vernissage (Heirloom)
Blue Gold Cherry (Heirloom)
Red Cherry
Food Box Newsletter – Issue 5

Food Box Newsletter – Issue 5

Click on this link to read the Issue 5 of the 2018 Food Box Newsletter: 2018 Newsletter_Issue 5

J40 Farm Crawl {this weekend!}

J40 Farm Crawl {this weekend!}

As part of our Produce with a Purpose program, we always try to connect our customers and the public with local food events in the area. Usually, we try to include those events in our newsletters, which go out with each food box. However, sometimes […]