Archive for June, 2011

Photos on Home Page

Monday, June 20th, 2011

We (Dave & Joann Rennhack) took a farm tour on Sunday, June 19 to check out our crops.  I took a camera along, so you can see, too.    On the photos on our home page, our earliest sweet corn is pictured with Dave kneeling, showing that it is knee-high by Father’s Day in 2011.  The next photo shows some of our light sweet cherries, with bright yellow mustard (Dave uses special seed; it’s a natural biofumigant) in the background.  Can you guess what Dave is doing amongst the apple trees?  He is counting apples on a young tree, to make sure the fruit load is appropriate for the size.  These lush-looking apple trees will be producing SweeTango(R) apples around September 10 or so.  In the next photo are some early black sweet cherries, which will be much riper and darker in a couple of weeks.  The photo with the tall posts & wires shows some small, young sweet cherry trees that Dave is growing on a tall spindle system; right now they are supported by bamboo poles.  The sixth photo shows some little tomatoes coming along nicely.

“No Socks” Salad (So good, & so good for you, it’ll knock your socks off!)

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Put 2 c. cooked, chilled, diced chicken in large bowl.  Sprinkle on 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper & stir well.  Add 2 c. cooked & chilled whole wheat pasta and 3 c. cooked tender-crisp, chilled & diced Oceana County asparagus.  Sprinkle on 1/4 tsp. salt & stir gently to mix.  Add one Honeycrisp apple (diced with skin on ), 8 oz. Country Dairy Mild Cheddar Cheese cut into small cubes, and 1/4 c. oven-roasted sliced & salted almonds; stir gently to mix.  Pour on 1/2 c. (or more, if you like it zippier) Vidalia(R) Onion Honey Mustard Salad Dressing (available at Rennhack Orchards Market) & mix well.  Keep chilled until serving time.  Makes 8 main-dish servings.

I served up this original recipe at the National Asparagus Festival Food Show in Hart on June 11.  It was fun to see so many people there!

Honeycrisp are so good!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Thanks to some excellent Controlled Atmosphere storage over the winter, our Honeycrisp apples are still crunchy and delicious!  We also have some of our Jonagold and Mutsu apples for your enjoyment.  They are good fresh, or in recipes.  Stop by the  National Asparagus Festival Food Show at the KOC Hall in Hart this Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 1:30, and sample the dishes–including one developed by yours truly (Joann Rennhack).  I’ll be serving up a tasty salad that includes chicken, whole wheat pasta, Oceana County asparagus, Country Dairy Mild Cheddar Cheese, and the “secret” ingredient that really makes it exceptional:  Our own Honeycrisp apples!

Asparagus is Good for Us!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Asparagus season is in full swing here in Oceana County, and this tasty and nutritious vegetable is available at our market!  We get it from our neighbor, who is another family farmer, by picking it up at his field just after it has been picked.  We rinse it before putting it in our cooler, so it stays fresh and crisp for you!  Be sure to serve some asparagus to your family and guests this season.  It’s delicious when steamed, grilled, or stir-fried.  Try a new recipe for asparagus this year!

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