Posts Tagged ‘asparagus’

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

You can see the sweet corn growing in the photo on our homepage; Dave plants as soon as he can, to get the earliest corn! You can’t see the melon and tomato plants, as they are under cover to protect from frost. Notice the frost fan in the apple orchard (our frost fans helped a lot this spring). Our own Honeycrisp (and Mutsu, Jonagold, and Ida Red) came out of Controlled Atmosphere storage in excellent condition. Our gift basket corner features local and Michigan-made products, beautifully put together by Margie (our Gift Basket Guru). We have clean, fresh Oceana County asparagus, chilled & ready!

“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!

It has been busy on the farm!

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Come munch a free sample of black sweet cherries at our market in Hart!   All of that hot weather in Oceana County gave us our earliest black sweet cherries ever; we’ve been picking since June 17!  Our earliest variety of apricots have given us a few to sell, and I’ve picked a few pints of apriums (a lot like apricots, a little like plums) for the first time from a couple of young aprium trees.   Early starts to a season mean early ends to the season as well, so don’t miss your favorite fruits this summer!

Right now at Rennhack Orchards Market we have an interesting mix of crops (which typically don’t overlap so much).  We are midway through our earliest variety of black sweet cherries (Cavalier).  We are still enjoying nutritious asparagus grown by our neighbor, and our local strawberry grower expects about another week plus a couple of days of strawberry harvest.  Our earliest apricot variety has begun ripening; we don’t have huge quantities of apricots this year, but we will be picking our several varieties as they ripen for the next month or so.  We have two small aprium trees that have produced fruit this year; we’ll have a few pints for the next few days, if the weather cooperates.   We still have crunchy Honeycrisp, Mutsu, and Ida Red apples from last fall, which we kept in controlled atmosphere storage for freshness.  There’s no excuse for not getting enough servings of fresh fruit this time of year!  :-)

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