No Cheese, Milk, or Fun Shares this summer

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Hi everyone!  Due to lack of interest, we will not be offering cheese, milk, or fun shares this year.  We have to purchase these items in specific quantities and with the lack of interest, we are just not going to offer them this summer.  We may try again next year.

If you purchase a share online, you may still see these shares in our store.  Please do not add them to your cart.  They will be removed shortly by one of our volunteers when time allows.  Thanks for your patience in this matter.

We are still selling produce and egg shares, so if you haven’t yet signed up, you’ve got a few more weeks to do so.  We’ll stop taking orders May 30.

An argument for keeping your own flock of backyard chickens — My Urban Farmgal Life

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There is an abundance of information on the Interwebs on why raising your own chickens is such a wonderful adventure (and raising chickens really is an adventure). For me, I chose to start raising chickens because I loved the idea of having my own fresh supply of eggs from the girls. I didn’t realize the […]

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CSA week 1: baby bok choy potstickers

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Week 1 of the CSA has come and gone!! Here’s a creative way to use your share.

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The first CSA pick up was yesterday, and as promised, I created a video to demonstrate a way to cook up your shares.  I used 5 of the 7 items in our share (I was so hungry after I finished making the celeriac chips that I forgot to use the mixed greens –oops!).  Not a bad way to start of the season.  Enjoy your share and thanks for choosing to eat locally!  I’ll post the recipe later this week here.

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Parsnip muffins

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Hey Helena Local members! If you are wondering what to do with all of those parsnips you got in this week’s share, this is a great recipe. My stepdaughter claims “they are the best thing I’ve ever eaten.” So give them a try–they are great for breakfast on the go!

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With the parsnips we got in today’s share, I found a recipe a recipe from an old Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog for Sunshine Parsnip Muffins.  The recipe called for applesauce, and wouldn’t you know, we got apples in today’s share, too.  So I made applesauce–with a twist.  We got rhubarb in our fun share last week, so I chopped up the rhubarb, chopped up 1 large apple, and threw them in a small saucepan with about 1/3 cup sugar.  I cooked them over medium low heat for about 45 minutes until the fruit fell apart into sauce.  It was divine-tasting!  And it added a nice touch to the muffins.  I made a few other modifications to the recipe and came up with a terrific muffin that Hubby raved about.  So here’s a delicious way to use up some parsnips.

Parsnip Muffins

Dry ingredients:

2 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

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Member-shared recipe for peaches

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Things have been busy on the homefront this summer, which is why there have been no new blogs in weeks.  However, a member sent this recipe along for grilled peaches and it looks delicious!  I thought I’d share it with you.

Cedar Planked Peaches

Ingredients 

4″x 7″ Outdoor Gourmet Cedar Grilling Planks, soaked for 1-8 hours; the longer the better!

A couple ripe peaches

Fresh sage and thyme, or your favorite fresh herbs.

Directions

First: Soak Cedar Grilling Planks for 1-8 hours. Pre-heat the grill to medium-high (350°).

Then:  Slice peaches in half, remove pit and rough chop herbs.

Next: Place cedar planks on grill with peaches sliced-side-up and sprinkle with herbs. Close lid of grill then allow to smoke and smolder for 11-14 minutes.

Finally: Carefully remove from grill and enjoy as a side dish, over a salad or just as is! It’s just that easy.

Fall Share Week 6–The End

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We’ve made it to the end, folks.  For those of you who’ve been with us the entire 26 weeks, we thank you for supporting us and the local food system in Montana.  I think it’s been a great season, and we at Helena Local hope you feel the same.  This week, in preparation for Thanksgiving, have ordered up some potatoes, beets, carrots, and onions.  Additionally, as a little extra surprise, we ordered some feta cheese that is delicious (I would know, I got some in my fun share this summer and I’m so excited to see it again!).  The potatoes are a mix of fingerlings or Russets, so get here early for the best selection!  We also have mixed beets again.  All in all, it’s a pretty nice way to end the season.

For those of you who did not get a pie pumpkin last week, we have them for you this week.  Don’t forget to pick it up!

And don’t forget, if you are interested in getting eggs over the winter, let us know.  We’ve decided to wait until January to begin egg delivery–and we WILL be offering half dozen eggs every week, instead of biweekly like originally proposed.  So that’s the latest.

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and winter (get out and enjoy some skiing, snowshoeing, or winter hiking to beat off those winter “blahs”!) and we look forward to seeing you again next summer!  We’ll be in touch next spring with respect to Summer 2016 shares.

Tomato and Olive Tart

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First, a confession: these are perhaps the laziest food photos I’ve taken yet.  Why?  Because I’m busy…but mostly because tonight, I’m just downright lazy.  It’s snowy and cold, and I’d rather be sitting by the fire than staging food.

I had some time to kill at the CSA pick up today, so I took a cookbook and thumbed through it, thinking maybe I’d find something inspiring to cook for dinner tonight.  It’s just me and Stinker this week, Hubby and Stepdaughter #2 are out-of-state, visiting friends and relatives.  Cooking for one isn’t nearly as fun as cooking for a few (or many) but I ate the last of my weekend leftovers yesterday, so unless I wanted to gnaw on a raw, somewhat wilty leek for dinner, I was going to have to put a little bit of effort into it.  This recipe caught my eye, and due to an unexpected…

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