Salad with Asian Greens

Posted February 4th, 2014 in Recipes by Cane Creek

1/2 lb. Asian salad greens, torn
1 apple, sliced thin
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup craisins or raisins or other dried fruit
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
1/4 cup feta, crumbled
Celery seed dressing

Toss all ingredients of the salad together. Make dressing and use as much as you like.

Celery Seed dressing

1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp celery seed
1 tbs grated onion
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup oil

Place all ingredients in a jar and shake.

Blue Cheese Cole Slaw

Posted February 4th, 2014 in Recipes by Cane Creek

1 2-lb head of Napa cabbage, shredded (peel off a few tough outer leaves and then lay cabbage head on its side and slice thinly). Spin or dry it thoroughly
½ lb blue cheese, crumbled
1/3 c cider or Japanese rice wine vinegar (prefer organic apple cider)
¼ tsp dry mustard
1 tsp celery seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced with a little salt and mashed
½ tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
1 ½ T sugar (I use about 1 T depending on the acidity of the vinegar)
¼ cup minced white onion
½ cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage and the blue cheese and chill the mixture or 1 hour (or longer if the cabbage is not wet). In a bowl whisk together remaining ingredients except the oil, then add the oil in a stream, whisking until blended well. Chill the dressing, covered, for 1 hour (or longer), pour it over the cabbage and toss just before serving.

Lynn Almand
(Original source for recipe unknown)

Tomato and Onion Soup with Pesto

Posted February 4th, 2014 in Recipes by Cane Creek

1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of olive oil
5 fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
3 cans vegetable or chicken broth
1 can V-8
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Pesto to taste

Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil till soft. Add the tomatoes, broth and V-8 and simmer till the tomatoes are soft. Season and stir in the pesto.

Recipe contributed by CSA member Ann Tallant

Cane Creek Salsa

Posted February 4th, 2014 in Recipes by Cane Creek

1 qt. cut up tomatoes
1 medium green pepper
2 jalapeño peppers,
2 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
½ cup vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
Dash of pepper, oregano, cayenne, and cumin

Chop the vegetables in a food processor until coarsely ground. Stir vinegar, salt and sugar into vegetables. Transfer to a 3 quart saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in oregano, cayenne pepper and cumin. Store in refrigerator in tightly covered container.

Root Soup

Posted February 4th, 2014 in Recipes by Cane Creek

1 lb. of sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 lb. of white potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 lb. of turnips, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1/2 stick of butter
Milk or cream
Stock, vegetable or chicken
Salt and pepper
Green onions, sliced

Saute the sliced onions in the butter till soft. Add the potatoes and turnips, cooking until they start to soften. Add the stock and salt and pepper and simmer till the vegetables are tender. Puree with an immersion blender or in a food processer, then add back to pot. Add milk or cream to taste and green onions. Simmer a few minutes and serve hot.

Recipe by Carolyn Mills

Aunt Clara Nell’s Collard Green Soup

Posted February 4th, 2014 in Recipes by Cane Creek

½ cup chopped onion
1 tbs olive oil
1 lb. hot sausage, browned
1 lb. collards, cleaned and chopped
2 cans navy beans with liquid
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup chopped green pepper
1 can great northern beans, with liquid
garlic powder
3 potatoes, diced
3 tbs vinegar
1 can whole tomatoes
2 cups water

Saute onion in oil, then add other ingredients. Simmer for 30 minutes until potatoes are done.

Tastes great on a cold day!

Recipe by Clara Nell Dantzler

VIDEO: Our Potatoes

Posted July 8th, 2013 in Blog by rjspence

Lynn Pugh awarded Land Stewardship Prize

Posted March 6th, 2013 in Blog by rjspence

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Long known as “The Grower Who Grows Growers,” organic farmer and educator Lynn Pugh was awarded the 2013 Georgia Organics Land Steward of the Year Award at the organization’s 16th annual conference on Feb. 23, 2013.

As Broad River Pastures’ Cathy Payne said in her introduction, “for over 30 years, Lynn has been a living example of the heart and soul of organic agriculture.” Pugh studied science, and ecology in college, and went on to teach at the high school and college levels, gardening all the while. In 2001, she founded her own growing operation in Forsyth County. Cane Creek Farm is a four-acre Certified Naturally Grown farm that features a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

Pugh never quite shook her desire to educate — for over 13 seasons, her hands-on, intensive farming and gardening class has trained 155 people in the fundamentals of organic growing, and many graduates have gone on to start their own operations. Pugh’s generosity of spirit is spurred by a genuine love of the land and desire to act as a good steward. “The way we live with the environment and the world is important,” she said during a tour of her farm in December 2012. “It’s important to value it, to work with the world we’re given.”

The Land Steward of the Year Award was created by Georgia Organics to honor an individual or individuals who have contributed greatly towards the organic agriculture movement in Georgia. The award has traditionally been given to a farmer, agricultural professional, or researcher who has demonstrated a commitment to the tenets of organic agriculture— soil fertility, biodiversity, on-farm recycling, and water quality— and also the larger community through leadership, education, and outreach.

With more than 1,300 attendees, the 16th Annual Georgia Organics Conference and Expo united the two communities most responsible for the health of Georgians—growers who farm organically and healthcare practitioners. The conference’s theme, “Farm Rx: A Prescription for Better Health,” was a banner under which these two groups united over two days at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.

The good food movement in the South has unprecedented momentum, and from Feb. 22-23 conference attendees visited local farms, sat in on panel discussions, and made connections with farmers, medical professionals, school nutrition staff, gardeners, teachers, and community groups. They attended workshops on topics ranging from mushroom cultivation to young farmer advocacy.

The conference culminated with a keynote from CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who recognized the important unity of good food and good farms: “We’ve eaten our way into a problem, we can eat our way out of it.”

The Barbara Petit Pollinator Award was given to Helen Dubose, the first female African American in the nation to graduate with an agriculture degree. She went on to get two Master’s degrees as well. For the last 32 years, she has lived on her 12 acre blueberry farm in McDonough,  known as Healing Acres, which has more than 250 blueberry bushes and is for many  an epicenter of African American agriculture.

The Barbara Petit Pollinator Award honors an individual or organization for outstanding community leadership in Georgia’s sustainable farming and food movement. The award acknowledges exceptional success in advancing Georgia Organics’ mission by spreading—pollinating—the movement throughout community life, such as the food industry, faith communities, public agencies, schools, and institutions. The award is named after Barbara Petit, a committed leader, culinary professional, and organizer who served as President of Georgia Organics from 2003-2009. During her term as president, the organization evolved from a non-staffed, member, and program-driven nonprofit to a professional group with expanded outreach, programs, and communications.

More Georgians then ever are choosing to eat local produce. The number of farmer’s markets across the state increased 588 percent between 2003 and 2008. There’s also been an explosion of interest in Community Supported Agriculture, which are grass-roots groups that directly link consumers to local farmers. There are 35 such groups in Georgia now, a 600 percent increase since 2003.

via Cumming Patch

Why do I farm?

Posted December 14th, 2012 in Blog by rjspence

Today I was asked why I do what I do. Why do I spend all the effort, energy and thought in this work of growing food and growing farmers? Why, at my age, am I out here, rain or shine, cold or hot, tending the land and the people who come to me? The answer is that this is the life I love. I believe in giving back and passing on that which has been given to me- participating in a community of fellow lovers of the land and good food, who are also seeking to live in harmony with nature and each other. I believe that we need to be mindful of how we treat the earth, and look hard at our practices for the harm they cause that will be evident in the generations to come. I do not want to be one who impoverishes my own grandchildren by the way I have lived. My desire is to be part of a “new” old way of feeding ourselves that will be sustainable and available to future generations. I thank you for the inspiration, encouragement and support you have given to me and the farm over the years. The farm will continue to evolve as we seek to fulfill our mission of growing good food and good farmers!

Anna Sophie from Belgium

Posted November 7th, 2012 in Blog by rjspence

We were fortunate enough to have Anna Sophie, a student from Belgium, stop by and help volunteer on the farm recently.