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YOU CAN PICKLE! YES ,YOU CAN!
Easy Refrigerator Pickles
Refrigerator pickles are easy to make, and there's no need for kettle steamers, special jars, and vacuum-tight lids. Plus, unlike store-bought pickles, these scrumptious homemade pickles are low in sodium.
- 6 cups thinly sliced cucumbers (about 2 pounds)
- 2 cups thinly sliced onion
- 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Emeril’s Pickled Squash
- 10 cups sliced squash, such as zucchini and yellow summer squash
- 2 cups sliced onions
- Kosher salt, for sprinkling vegetables
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons pickling spice
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional
In a large pot or bowl, layer sliced squash and sliced onions, and sprinkle each layer generously with kosher salt and let sit for 1 hour. Drain well.
In a large non-reactive pot, combine vinegar, sugar, pickling spice, and crushed red pepper and bring to a boil. Add squash and onions and return to a boil.
Divide vegetables between sterilized jars and ladle enough pickling liquid over vegetables to come within 1/2?inch from top of jar. Wipe rims of jars clean, cover with lids and screw tops in place. Process jars in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Remove jars from water bath and cool. Jars should seal as they cool. Any jars that do not seal should be refrigerated and consumed within 2 weeks.
From our Oxford CSA member, Jeane L.
"This weeks inspiration: radish greens
I made a pesto with the greens, olive oil, almonds, romano and garlic.
Broiled some sliced french bread drizzled with olive oil and when cool spread the pesto on them.
Chopped tomato, spring onion, parsley and salt mixed together on top with a sprinkle of Romano"
Thanks, Jeane, I can't wait to try it!
Y'all keep sharing these wonderful creations made with your WRF produce!
See y'all later this morning,
Pineapple Kale Juice
- 1 small pineapple, cleaned
- 8 leaves of curly kale
- 1/2 of English cucumber
- 1 slice of lemon (optional)
- Clean the pineapple. You don't need to core it as the core can be juiced. Slice it in pieces that fit into your juicer
- Wash and peel cucumber and cut it lengthwise to fit into your juicer.
- Feed pineapple and kale to the juicer. Throw the pulp away. If your pineapple is ripe and sweet, you can add one slice of lemon to your juice. However, most pineapples bought at the store are not sweet enough, so lemon juice is not needed.
- Juice the cucumber - you can save its pulp for homemade Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (5 ounces) fresh tomato juice (from about 2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes, see note)
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) fresh kale juice (from about 1/2 pound kale)
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh celery juice (from 4 ribs celery)
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) juice from 2 lemons
- Dash hot sauce
- Garnish: celery rib
- Vodka (optional)
Scrambled eggs with kale and provolone
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 8 leaves kale, washed, de-stemmed, and chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 slice provolone cheese, torn into small pieces (or cheese of your choice)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in your skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the kale and garlic and saute about 2 minutes, until the kale is wilted but not limp.
- Pour the eggs over the kale and sprinkle the cheese over the top.
- Scramble with a spatula until the eggs are cooked through and the cheese is melted.
- Turn the eggs onto a plate, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve immediately
Momosita's Patty Pan Squash Gratin
- 12 small scallop squash
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 small onions, diced
- 1 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 cup sweet corn
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1 pinch sugar
- salt and pepper ( I use garlic salt)
- handful chopped cherry tomatoes ( the sweeter, the better)
- 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon basil
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut off tops of squash and use a melon baller or sharp teaspoon to scoop out the middle and reserve.
- Boil the squash covered in 1 inch of water for 2 minutes.
- Line the bottom of a small casserole dish with the squash bottoms and set aside the tops.
- Melt the butter in a pan and saute the onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Add the corn and continue cooking until soft. Add salt, pepper, paprika and sugar.
- In a medium bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes, breadcrumbs, eggs, oregano and basil.
- Add the sauteed vegetables to the breadcrumb mixture. Mix gently and then spoon it over the tops of the squash (they will be overflowing).
- Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top and replace the squash tops.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
Root Veggie Chips with Greek Yogurt Dip
1 quart peanut oil for frying, or as needed
1 large beet, peeled and sliced paper-thin
1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced paper-thin
1 turnip, peeled and sliced paper-thin
sea salt to taste
freshly cracked black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon malt vinegar, or to taste
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 4 green onions, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, or to taste
- salt and ground white pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 360 degrees F (182 degrees C).
- Carefully fry beet, sweet potato, and beet slices in the hot oil, working in batches, until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Remove vegetable chips with a slotted spoon and transfer to paper towels to drain. Allow to dry and cool.
- Season chips with sea salt, cracked black pepper, and malt vinegar to taste.
- Combine yogurt, parsley, mint, garlic, and green onions together in a bowl. Stir lemon juice, salt, and white pepper into yogurt mixture to your taste preference.
Thanks so much to those that have contacted us about our Community Supported Agriculture program. We are so excited to be providing Oxford and the surrounding area with local, affordable produce. Here’s the skinny:
The seasons run for 12 weeks and the first bags will be distributed on the first Saturday in May, which is the 5th. Every week following through Saturday, July 21st, shareholders will receive enough vegetables to feed a family of four for a week. We offer more variety, and more delicious heirloom varieties, than any farm around, and honestly, blow even the local grocers out of the water with our variety and abundance. And it's grown HERE! Yay local!
To thank our first members this season, we are offering a discounted rate of $300/share, which ends up being about 2 weeks for free. In addition to this, the first 50 members will also be invited to a Farm to Table Dinner prepared by Chef Elizabeth Heiskell at the Pole Barn sometime in the later Spring.
We are dedicated to bringing fresh, local produce to everyone in our area. To that end, for every 10 shares an organization or person refers, a share will be donated to a needy family in their name. We are very excited about this program and hope you will help to spread the word about it.
Every Saturday there will be plenty to see at the Farm. Not only will you be able to pick up your nice, big bag of veggies, but there will be tables of more produce from the farm and outside vendors of baked goods, sweets and arts as well. Occasionally we will have music to add even more good times to your farm visit.
We accept cash, checks and credit cards for your membership. Please make your check payable to Woodson Ridge Farms. I will be happy to come pick up cash and check payments anywhere in Oxford. If you are using a credit card, please call me and I'll take it down over the phone. My phone number is 662-832-7291, just holler and I'll get your share reserved. You're going to be so glad you did.
Thanks again for your interest and we look forward to sharing our bounty with you!
Eat your veggies!
Woodson Ridge Farms
Oxford, MS 38655
We hope this finds you all doing well. We've been working away this winter- harvesting our seasonal crops which consist mainly of roots and leafy, cruciferous vegetables. Sales with our Memphis and Oxford chefs have been consistently strong. We believe we've earned their confidence that we'll be here to stay.
We've also begun laying out new fields and planning for our spring & summer plantings. We'll be adding a number of new varieties and significantly increasing our volume/ production. It's an exciting time for us.
We look forward to the weather getting warm enough to re-open our On Farm Sales. We've been missing y'all. In the interim, let's connect. We're very happy to announce that we're going to launch our 1st ever CSA. For those of you not familiar, please follow this link. It'll lay out a general description of the program. Thanks. http://www.localharvest.org/csa/
By mid-week, I hope to have more specifics/ details about how we're going to structure ours. But, would you mind giving us some immediate feedback? Among you, is there any interest in getting in on the Ground Floor? Please let us know. Your feedback may help shape our program. We appreciate it.
We look forward to your responses, and please be looking for an announcement and more information.
The Woodson Ridge Farms Team
WRF Vegetables Featured at Outstanding in the Field
TYRONZA, AR- At one of the most unique international occasions occurring in the culinary world today, Outstanding in the Field, Woodson Ridge Farms vegetables were a huge hit.
We’d like to thank Oxford’s own, Chef John Currence, for including us. John stopped by our farm to pick up most of the vegetables that were used to create several of the featured courses.
At the event, which included roughly 150 guests ranging from restaurateurs to farmers and “foodies”, I was asked to address the crowd and given the opportunity to tell them all about the farm.
Invariably, people were very impressed with the vegetables that Luke is turning out and sought me out to tell me so. The event coordinators and chefs also commented how our produce accentuated their dishes.
We’d like to recognize and thank everyone involved with the event for their kind words and support. I’d like to personally thank all the hard working people at Woodson Ridge Farms for growing such delicious vegetables- y’all made this happen and made it very easy for me to be proud about all that we are doing now and all that lies on the horizon. – Finley
Follow these links to learn more about the event- who staged it, hosted it and the chefs that participated. It’s pretty impressive.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Finley Hewes- firstname.lastname@example.org
Gatherings at Woodson Ridge Farms always include something special and this past Sunday was certainly no exception. The pond and meadow were full of laughing kids, the dogs were running after them and the rest of us enjoyed visiting and a simply incredible meal, courtesy of the Heiskell’s garden and talents.
While Luke and Elizabeth cooked, the guests enjoyed snacking on salsa made from fresh picked peppers and tomatoes. It was so fresh and delicious that it will be a cold day in July before I buy a bottle of Pace again. Every so often a new platter of whole fried fresh okra would appear through the door, and short work was made of it. If you’ve ever had fried okra that was just picked that morning, you’ll know that there’s no going back. I’ve always made it my policy never to pass up any fried okra – but that may change now that I’ve had the best. That frozen stuff simply doesn’t compare!
Supper included ratatouille made from fresh tomatoes, onions and eggplant that just melted in our mouths, cole slaw made with cucumbers and cherry tomatoes and some simply amazing fried bell peppers stuffed with queso blanco, monterary jack and pancetta. But it didn’t stop there…No, the star of the show was the pig. Yes, a pig – a whole pig. A few months ago, the neighboring farm caught several wild hogs and penned them up. These hogs have spent their last months on earth being fed fresh vegetables from Woodson Ridge Farms. I’m here to tell you that giving them the royal treatment paid off for us! DEE-LIC-IOUS. Roasted, chopped and topped with Elizabeth’s amazing barbecue sauce…let’s just say it woulda made those pigs proud. YUM.
Y’all have a great week! Try this recipe for ratatouille that we hope you will enjoy.
Don’t forget to post your recipes in the comment section of the previous post for a chance to win a signed copy of Elizabeth’s acclaimed book “Who Stole The Cornbread From My Dressing!”
We had a fantastic time at Woodson Ridge Farms this 4th of July weekend. We had friends and family from the Delta, Oxford and Memphis over to celebrate America's birthday. Luke smoked some "fall off the bone" ribs and Elizabeth made a tasty veggie salad with squash, cucumbers, onions and tomatoes from the farm. She also made a to-die-for blueberry pie. Everybody brought their favorite dishes too, asian cole slaw, mini-BLT pies, and homemade baked beans were just a few of the goodies.
We had the gazebo all decked out in the good ole red white and blue, but just as the guests arrived and the party was starting to roll, a super-fast storm came up! That sent everybody scrambling like crazy. Everybody grabbed food, tablecoths, music equipment and whatever else they could find and threw all into cars and SUVs. A couple of guys wrestled with a pop-up tent that was acting as a huge sail as the wind came howling in, the approaching dark clouds barking with thunder.
We managed to get everything loaded before the rain hit and the whole huge caravan (50 people strong) headed to the house where the party continued unabated in the garage and on the front porch. The rain was short-lived though and it wasn't long until kids were back in the pond and jumping off the dock.
When darkness hit, a masterful fireworks display was enjoyed by kids of all ages as we sat on the front porch while some guys shot off their pyro party in the hayfield. There was even patriotic music on the sound system and a parade of sparklers by the little ones. We were as All-American as we could be and proud of it!
Today, it's back to the harvest, with tomatoes, lettuce and squash being picked this morning and hopes of soem relief from the record heat. The veggies loved the rain and cool evening and this week's expected normal temps should make them spring up beautifully.
Our intrepid marketing genius is headed to the Big Apple to attend a dinner at the James Beard house that will feature some of our vegetables, prepared by the wonderful chefs at Andrew Michael Restaurant in Memphis. Good luck to them and we know they will knock it out of the park! Elizabeth will also be attending the Mississippi picnic in the park, and the Big Apple BBQ. It's almost not fair for her to have so much fun, but she has been working so hard selling veggies she deserves it. Yea right! But we will let her go since she is such a people person and she will be a great representative for the farm and also hopefully sell more cookbooks! If you will be there send her an email at Elizabeth@elizabethheiskell.com . On the farm we are working hard to get these veggies out of the field and to our customers. The farm is always evolving and of course growing! The drought and heat are taking their toll on us. Thankfully we are able to drip irrigate all our plots to keep the plants healthy. Hopefully the rains will come soon as everybody is needing it. Eat good! Luke