Pumpkin Pie

Basic Pie Dough (9-inch shell)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups pumpkin (or sweet potato) puree
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk or heavy cream
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Preheat the oven to 450 F.  In a large bowl, beat together the pumpkin puree and eggs. Add the evaporated milk and sugar then the salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Beat until the mixture is smooth. Pour into the pie shell and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 F and continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes, until the filling is almost set; a sharp knife will come out almost clean. The center of the pie should not be completely firm.

This is straight from Karen's Kitchen, where, if you're lucky enough to be there at the right time, you are rewarded with this gem!

Escarole and Beans

1 head escarole    
1 bulb garlic, minced    
1 onion, diced    
1/4 c olive oil    
3 c navy beans, cooked

Saute onions and garlic in oil. When well cooked, add escarole and cover until all leaves are very wilted. Add beans and stir. Serve with rice or pasta.

- We put this in every year - we can't help it we like it so much....This meal is delicious, nutritious, and comes straight from the Italian kitchen of my mother-in-law, Bernice Romanowski (daughter of Anna Valenza Tramutola). Really, this is very Italian and very good - one of our absolute favorites of the year......

Mimi Unstuffed (All Acoustic Stuffed Cabbage)

2 med. onions chunked and sliced
2/3 lb ground beef
Olive oil
3 c. chunked and sliced cabbage.
1 lg can tomatoes with juice.
½ c. uncooked brown rice
2/3 c. raisins
2 tbsp sweetener of your choice.
lemon juice: ½ to 1 whole
2 tbsp vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp ground ginger
Salt and pepper

Saute chunked and sliced onions in olive oil til slightly soft. Add ground beef and brown. Add cabbage and tomato ingredient, stirring from time to time. When the cabbage has softened a bit, stir in the cooked brown rice. You may need to add some water at this point to cover the rice. When it's bubbling, turn down to low cover, and cook until the rice is done. (about 40 min.) Add the remaining ingredients. Cook gently, low or warm, until the raisins are plumped.

This one came from our deep recipe archives and is attributed to super-farm shareholder Rosie Pearson!

Broccoli/Cauliflower Fritters

3 cups chopped broccoli/cauliflower
1 large egg
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup grated parmesan
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
pinch red pepper flakes
oil for frying

Steam broccoli/cauliflower til tender but not mushy. In bottom of large bowl, beat egg. Add flour, cheese, garlic, salt, pepper. Add (somewhat cooled) broc/cauli, and mash til somewhat combined. Heat heavy skillet over moderate heat. Add a good slick of oil - 2 to 3 Tbsp. Once the oil is hot, scoop 2 Tbsp batter into pan, flatten slightly with spatula. Repeat, leaving an inch between each. Once brown underneath, about 2 to 3 minutes, flip each fritter and cook on the other side 1 - 2 min. Transfer to paper towels to drain, then to serving plate if you’ll be eating them shortly or baking sheet in 200 degree oven if you’d like to keep them warm for a while until needed.

This recipe is from www.smittenkitchen.com

Stuffed Large Green Leaves

A versatile, beautiful dish, great as an appetizer or main dish. I first made this with collards, but have made it with chard, komatsuna (pictured), vitamin green and kale. The stuffing can easily be changed to please vegans, vegetarians or carnivores, can be any leftover in your refrigerator or a new inspiration

Steam 12-18 large green leaves

(for carnivores)

Heat pan to medium and add 1 pound of ground meat (pork, turkey, beef, lamb). Crush a clove of garlic or add some pureed garlic scape. Add grated ginger or hot peppers for flavor. Cook meat until no longer red.

Add any cooked grain (rice, quinoa, barley, etc), about 1/2-1 cup, or to your liking. 

A dash of oyster sauce adds a nice flavor. Salt and pepper to taste. 

Lay leaves on counter, put a spoonful of filling on top and roll like a burrito. Place in baking dish. May be eaten right away or baked for 20-30 minutes to better meld the flavors. 

(for vegans and vegetarians)

Sautee 1 onion with garlic or garlic scares, add 1 cup cooked rice, chopped mint and chopped parsley and some dried fruit or nuts (dried cherries or currants are great). 

Lay leaves on counter, put a spoonful of filling on top and roll like a burrito. Place in baking dish. May be eaten right away or baked for 20-30 minutes to better meld the flavors. 

Vegan or dairy cheese may be sprinkled on top for additional flavor (feta is great). 




Acorn Squash Salad

2 med acorn squash
1/2 c olive oil
1/3 c fresh cilantro
6 tbsp orange juice
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp minced candied ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
salad greens (one handful per serving, washed, dried, lightly dressed in extra virgin olive oil).
1 3/4 c whole milk

Preheat oven to 375 F. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash cut-sides down on a baking sheet. Bake until tender (30-45min). Cool completely, scoop out the soft flesh, and roughly chop. Place the squash in a bowl and set aside. Combine the olive oil, cilantro, orange juice, maple syrup, ginger, salt, and cayenne in a blender. Blend well. Pour the dressing over the squash and toss gently. Chill for a tleast 1 hr to allow the flavors to combine. Serve on a bed of lightly dressed greens

from the "Farmer John's Cookbook"  a great seasonal eating guide

Kale salad with golden raisins and walnuts

1/2 c walnut pieces
1/4 c golden raisins
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp water
1/4 c coarse breadcrumbs
1 clove garlic, minced
Coarse or kosher salt
3 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch tuscano kale, washed and patted dry
2 oz pecorino cheese, grated
Juice of half a lemon
Freshly ground black or redpepper flakes, to taste

Prep walnuts: Heat oven to 350. Toast nuts on baking sheet for 10 min, tossing once. Let cool and coarsely chop. Prep raisins: In small saucepan w low heat, simmer white wine vinegar, water and raisins for 5 min, until plump and soft. Set aside in liquid.Prep crumbs: Toast bread crumbs, garlic and 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a skillet together with a pinch of salt until golden. Set aside. Prep kale: Trim heavy stems off kale and remove ribs. Stack sections of leaves and roll them into a tube, then cut them into very thin ribbons crosswise. Assemble salad: Put kale in a lg bowl. Add pecorino, walnuts and raisins (leaving any leftover vinegar mixture in dish), remaining 2 tbsp olive oil and lemon juice and toss until all the kale ribbons are coated. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt, pepper and some of the reserved vinegar mixture from the raisins, if needed. Let sit for 10 min before serving, to help the ingredients come together. Just before serving, toss with breadcrumbs and, if needed, a final 1 teaspoon drizzle of olive oil.

This recipe is from From "Smitten Kitchen). (and our friends at Provider Farm)

Leek, Red Pepper and Potato Soup

2 red peppers
4 tbsp olive oil
2 leeks (washed thoroughly and diced
8 cups potatoes (peeled and chopped)
5 cups chicken broth
1 sprig thyme
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper

Roast red pepper under broiler until skin is blackened. Place in bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Wait ten minutes then peel off skin. Remove seeds. Chop up. Add peppers leeks and sauté w olive oil for 5-10 minutes, til soft. Add potatoes, broth and thyme. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Cool 10 min, then puree. Place over medium-low heat. Heat heavy cream on low til steaming. Add warm cream to soup and stir. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle w/ chives.

This recipe is from the book "Vegetables" by the Culinary Institute of America.

Couscous with Kohlrabi and Chermoula Dressing


2 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp minced cilantro
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
2-3 c cooked couscous, cooled to warm temp
2 c peeled kohlrabi
1/2 c diced radish
16 kalamata black olives (optional)
1/2 c crumbled feta (optional)


Mix garlic, cilantro, parsley, paprika, cumin, and salt to taste. Stir in lemon juice and olive oil. Toss this mixture with couscous. Bring to room temperature. Gently toss with kohlrabi, radishes, and olives (if desired). Serve as is, or sprinkle with feta cheese. Makes 6 servings

Hot Weather Baba Ghanoush

I have long made baba ghanoush, but only this year was I so inspired to cook the eggplant outside to keep the kitchen as cool as possible. This is a flexible recipe and you may cook the eggplant in your oven, but I tried it outside and loved staying cool and loved the taste. The recipe may be cut in half. Experiment with how much of each ingredient you like. 

2 pounds eggplant (about 4 medium)

2 T tahini

4 T lemon juice

1 clove garlic (roasted garlic is also delicious in this recipe)


salt to taste

olive oil to taste

Place eggplant on medium hot grill and bake approximately 25-35 minutes, or until outside is charred and center is super soft. If the juice drips out, that's great. Let cool slightly and scoop eggplant out into colander or salad spinner. Let drip in colander for 1/2 hour or spin to get some of the water out (it will be creamier and thicker if you do this step). Add additional ingredients, except parsley and olive oil, and puree in food processor or blender until smooth and creamy. Add olive oil, if desired, to make in creamier. Add a little cayenne or zatar to spice it up. Serve with pita, flatbread, veggies or crackers. Great in a pita sandwich stuffed with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. 

Sweet Melon Salsa

1 1/2 c finely chopped canteloupe
1/4 c onion, minced
1/2 large green pepper, finely chopped
1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1 hot pepper, seeded and finely minced (or more to taste)
juice of 1 lime (approx 3 tbsp)
1 tsp honey or brown sugar (optional)
1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least half an hour to allow flavors to blend. Yield 2 cups.

From some unknown source in our deep archives.......sweet, slightly weird, and delicious!

Sweet Melon Salsa

1 1/2 c finely chopped cantaloupe
1/4 c onion, minced
1/2 large green pepper, finely chopped
1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1 hot pepper, seeded and finely minced (or more to taste)
juice of 1 lime (approx 3 tbsp)
1 tsp honey or brown sugar (optional)
1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least half an hour to allow flavors to blend. Yield 2 cups.

From some unknown source in our deep archives.......sweet, slightly weird, and delicious!

Sweet Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
1 tsp. cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 small red onion
3 ears sweet corn
3 medium tomatoes
2 sprigs basil

In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix oil, vinegar, and salt. Finely chop onion. Add ¼ cup to dressing, reserve the rest for another use. Set dressing aside. Husk corn and cut off kernels. Core, seed, and chop tomatoes. Cut basil into thin strips. Toss corn and tomatoes with dressing. Sprinkle with basil and serve.

This recipe uses everything we have now in a simple-to-make, easy to enjoy salad - delicious!

Kale Salad with Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon

1 bunch kale
4 sm blood oranges, segmented, juice reserved
Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
1 lg shallot, finely chopped (or cippolini onion)
1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Wash kale and pat off excess water. If center stems are tender enough to eat, trim the bottom inch or two. If the center stems are thick, cut or tear them and discard. Slice leaves crosswise into ¼"-wide ribbons. In a large bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lemon zest, shallots, olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a good crack of black pepper. Add the kale and using your hands massage the dressing into the leaves. Add the orange segments and toss to combine. Let stand for 20 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if desired.

From our shareholder Pam Ledoux, who says this is her "favorite kale salad recipe."  -

Tomato Bruschetta

4 medium tomatoes
1 T minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped basil (or to taste)
chopped parsley to taste
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste
hot pepper flakes (optional)
crusty bread

For best results, I like to chop tomatoes, lightly salt and let them drain for 1/2-1 hour. I put the strainer over the bowl and use the juice to throw into soup or stew. Add all remaining ingredients, except bread, and it is ready! It is great refrigerated too. If I am in a rush, it is also great with freshly chopped tomatoes. Delicious served on sliced sourdough or french bread that has been drizzled with oil and crisped in the oven AND with a slice of fresh mozzarella.

From Karen's farm kitchen - this is so good!!

Basic Pesto Recipe

To me, pesto is just a word for some green leaves, some ground up with some nuts or seeds, salt, oil and maybe some cheese or lemon or lime juice. It tastes great with all sorts of variations. Use the general proportions below and see what suits your fancy.  Or use whatever you need to use up from your share. I frequently throw in a mix of greens - a handful of basil, arugula and parsley, for example. You can use nuts or seeds or cheese, or not. As a general rule, green things in the brassica family, like cabbage and broccoli, get a bit on the smelly side when ground up. I usually steer clear of them for this use.


2 cups green leaves (basil, cilantro, arugula, wild picked amaranth, dill, mustard greens.......)

2 - 6 tablespoons nuts or seeds (walnuts, pine nuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds.......)

2 large cloves garlic or 1 garlic scape

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese


Place nuts or seeds, cheese and garlic or scape in food processor. Pulse to chop finely. Add greens and oil. Pulse until smooth. Add a dash of lemon or lime juice to brighten the flavor, if desired, or pour it on top of packed pesto to maintain bright green color. 




Cabbage & Carrot Slaw

1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
4 cups finely shredded green cabbage
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, garlic, cumin, oregano and mustard just until sugar is dissolved. Add cabbage, carrots, green onions, salt and pepper and toss gently to combine. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

This one comes from our friends (and former manager) Kerry & Max at Provider Farm - they love cabbage (among other veggies) and this is delicious!! 

Fennel and Kale Salad

Shareholder, Jill Shulman, passed this recipe on to us and said it was passed on to her at a potluck. Easy and delicious! Thanks Jill!



(I like to make the dressing first to allow the flavors to blend.  Also, it is better to err on the side of too much dressing, rather than too little for this salad - the dressing softens the kale and makes it yummier). Just mix it all together!

juice of 3-4 lemons or limes

3 cloves crushed or finely chopped garlic (or to taste)

olive oil

grainy mustard (several tablespoons - you have to go by taste)


Salad Ingredients:

I large bunch of kale with spines removed, finely chopped

2 bulbs of fennel sliced really thin (I like to use a cheese slicer to make them really fine)

2 green apples sliced really thin

1 -2 cups of  fresh grated good parmesan or asiago cheese

Napa Cabbage Salad

This recipe was found in the Tassajara Cookbook by BFCT president, Peter Littell, who passed it on to shareholder Rhonda Newman, who gave the list of ingredients to Karen, who doesn't measure ingredients, who makes it for the crew. It is an early summer crew favorite! 

1 medium Napa Cabbage
1 1/2 c. gruyere cheese, (finely grated)
1/2 - 3/4c. kalamata olives, pitted & chopped
1/4 c. olive oil (optional)
4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar (or to taste)
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed or 1-2 garlic scapes, ground fine in a food processor
salt to taste

Chop the cabbage, mix the dressing, combine and enjoy!! 


Cheesy Eggy

1 lb chard
4 tbsp canola oil    
1/3 c.  chopped garlic scapes    
1/2 tspn salt    
pinch of sugar    
3/4 c milk    
3 eggs, lightly beaten    
1/2 tspn thyme    
1 c. grated cheddar    
1 c. cooked rice    
1/2 tspn worcestershire

Preheat the oven to 350. Steam greens. Mix with all other ingredients. Bake in a buttered, shallow baking dish until mixture is set (about 20 min). Serve hot and cut into squares.

This dish was a staple in our home when our kids were little. And they grew up great!! It is a fool-proof way to get kids to eat greens. Even the most hardened "I only eat macaroni & cheese" kid yells for more of this, to the utter amazement and delight of their parents.