Kale & Apple Harmony!

Heidemarie of Chocolate Harmony has proven that she is the queen of all things chocolate, but did you know she’s also got some other amazing recipes up her sleeve?  See her Kale & Apple Salad recipe below, which is perfect for in-season kale and those apples preserved from the winter harvest.  Both are currently available at the market! Kale and Apple Salad   Ingredients • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • Kosher salt • 1 bunch kale, ribs removed, leaves very thinly sliced • 1/4 cup dried cranberries • 1 Honeycrisp apple • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted • 1 ounce Pecorino, finely grated (1/4 cup) • Freshly ground black pepper Directions Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.  Add the kale, toss to coat and let stand 10 minutes.  While the kale stands, cut the apple into thin matchsticks or chop.  Add the cranberries, apples, almonds and cheese to the kale.  Season with salt and pepper and toss well....
Peach & Blackberry Galette

Peach & Blackberry Galette

Peach and Blackberry Galette Enjoy this easy to make, mouth-watering farm to table recipe sure to wow your summer dining guests!  You can pick up the fruit from our own Windy Way Farm! (makes 2)   2 Home made pie crusts or 2 ready made pie crusts 6 firm ripe peaches pitted and sliced (with skin) 1 heaping pint blackberries 1/4 C brown sugar 2-3 TBSP honey 3/4 tsp cinnamon Grated nutmeg to taste 2 TBSP pure vanilla extract 3 TBSP flour (or almond flour) 1/2 C Mixed cinnamon and sugar to taste 4 TBSP unsalted butter cut into small pieces 1 egg beaten with a bit of milk Large baking sheet lined with parchment paper Preheat oven to 350 Roll out both pie crusts as if making 9″ pies.  Place both on parchment lined pan. In a large bowl mix peaches with brown sugar, vanilla, honey, cinnamon and flour.  Gently fold blackberries into peach mixture. Place 1/2 of the fruit in the middle of each crust. Dot with butter pieces. Fold edges of dough over fruit in a rough pleated pattern. Brush with egg wash. Sprinkle crust with cinnamon sugar. Bake for approximately 1 hour until bubbly and crust is golden brown (juice may run over crust). Cool. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream if desired and...

Earth Rocker Ranch – Farming according to nature’s law of abundance

Earth Rocker Ranch is a small farm in Vermilion owned and operated by Rosemary and Aaron Walker. We view our farm as something of a natural ecosystem, where everything has its place and everything works together to provide us with healthy food and a cool place to live. We have a small herd of beef cattle, and egg-laying chickens and ducks. All of these are raised on pasture, with the poultry receiving a small amount of supplemental GMO-free, soymeal-free grain. The cattle provide us with meat, are helping to restore our pasture to lush abundance, and “mow” the grass to provide a space for the chickens and ducks. The chickens and ducks also eat lots of pasture plants and help to decrease pest insects, and provide us with eggs. In the pasture we have also planted rows of several hundred fruit and nut trees, which will help feed not just us and our customers, but also our livestock in the future. We are excited about being able to provide a local source of totally natural, pesticide-free fruit, but that will be a few years down the road when the trees are big enough. Right now, it’s just exciting to see how big the trees are already getting. This year, at the Frostville Farmers Market, we are focusing on providing healthy, all natural vegetables and pasture raised eggs, as well as some cut flower bouquets as they come in season. Regarding vegetables, plant health is actually not all that different from human health. We all need complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats and proteins. Healthy plants are able to make complex...

Allergies? Consider ADDING Pollen to your Life

Interested in learning more about the benefits of pollen?  Evona from Gaughan Bee Dancin’ shares some helpful information.  Read on!   Pollen Bee pollen contains anywhere from 12% to 30+% protein.  Also contains the complete spectrum of amino acids.  They are the building blocks of proteins, which are needed to build every cell in the body. Pollen contains every vitamin known to science.  It is especially rich in pantothenic acid (B5), nicotinic acid (B3), and riboflavin (B2).  Also contains vitamin C, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.  More than twenty five trace elements account for 2 to 4% of the dry weight of pollen.  Not a significant source for vitamins B12 and D. Pollen is 5 to 10% good fat by dry weight.  This contains considerable essential fatty acids, lecithin, and other nutrients.  They are “essential” because we need them to survive, and the body cannot produce these by themselves.  It is recommended that other sources of EFA’s are also used, such as flax oil or hempseed oil. Pollen is rich in phytochemicals, which are a plant’s natural immune system, warding off diseases and viruses.  These increase a body’s immune system and support the ability to remove toxins.  These substances have also been linked to the prevention of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other ailments.  People who don’t get any benefits from vitamins often are able benefit from pollen because it is a natural food and is absorbed into the body more readily than some brands of vitamins. Fresh, unheated pollen contains numerous active enzymes, coenzymes, and hormones.  Enzymes are energized protein molecules and are used in...

What’s the Fuss About the Nut?

If you’ve been to the Winter Market lately, you know that Radicle Roots has joined us, bringing us a variety of delicious milk made from nuts!  Michelle Weber, founder of Radicle Roots, shares with us the benefits of consuming this magnificent milk and the other perfectly natural ingredients you will find in their own assortment.  Although the grocery stores offer a large supply of options, they are not always as healthy as they appear to be, which is why Radicle Roots is a gem at our Market.  Michelle is passionate about getting back to our roots with clean, all-natural foods and how they benefit body and earth. Her mission is to provide the absolute best hand-crafted beverages and foods and in doing so, influence our food choices toward a radically healthier lifestyle. A native of Berea, Ohio, her ultimate vision would be to see the Cleveland area transform into one of the healthiest and earth-friendly cities in America.   Read on! WHY RADICLE ROOTS NUT MILKS?   SHAKE THE CARRAGEENAN HABIT!  Most mass-produced varieties of nut milk have Carrageenan added as an emulsifier, but it contains no dietary benefit. Adversely, research consistently demonstrates how Carrageenan induces inflammation, especially in the body core. Chronic inflammation can lead to serious diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer. Carrageenan has also been shown to impair glucose tolerance and increase insulin resistance which can contribute to diabetes.  Since our products have NO Carrageenan, simply give it a quick shake before use. SIMPLE:  We use glass bottles to lock in flavor and to be kind to the environment. Look for a simple list of ingredients in every bottle. No fillers, no fortified (synthetic) vitamins,...