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“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!

2010 Parents vs. Child Apple Taste-Off Results

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The people have spoken, and once again, SweeTango(R) apples are the clear winner!  We offered samples of our Honeycrisp (mom), Zestar! (dad), and SweeTango(R) (child) to festivalgoers at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival on Saturday.  After sampling all three varieties, tasters voted for their favorite.  Of the 472 votes placed this year, 237 were for SweeTango(R) apples.  Honeycrisp came in a distant second, with 132 votes, and Zestar! followed with 103 votes.  Thanks to all of the people who participated in this tasty contest!  Of course, our apples are available at our market until they are sold out, and we offer free samples there, too.

Is SweeTango(R) Better Than Honeycrisp?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Honeycrisp apples have been the gold standard of apples, and with the new SweeTango(R) apple comes the question, “Is it better than Honeycrisp?”  Each person gets to decide for himself/herself, but we are holding the Parents vs. Child Taste-Off  at our booth in Silver Lake September 11, in a good-natured attempt to quantify the answer.  Join us at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival on Saturday, sample Honeycrisp (mom), Zestar! (dad), and SweeTango(R) (child), and vote for your favorite!  We will post the results at our market in Hart, and at  All three varieties will be fully ripe and tasty this year, so it will be a fair (and fun) contest!  (For more information about the festival, visit

La Fiesta has delivery!

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

We had another delicious lunch at La Fiesta in Hart today.  Guess what–La Fiesta will now deliver!  If you live in Hart township, for a $3 delivery fee, you can have your La Fiesta favorites delivered to your door!  ($10 minimum meal order)  Good luck to the Vasquez family as they try something new!

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