How to Freeze Tomatoes

herb bouquet

Whether you’re growing a few tomato plants or a greenhouse full of them, ending up with a few over-ripe, bruised, or split tomatoes is inevitable. As we continue to grow our CSA family, the number of tomatoes we need each week grows exponentially. Consequently, we also end up with more of those “so-so” tomatoes. Last…

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Peachy-Perfect Salad

Peach Salad

It’s peach season, friends! And peach season for us this year means our new Peachy Perfect Salad. This latest creation was inspired by our Strawberry Poppyseed Salad. You all loved it so much that we couldn’t let it die when strawberry season ended. Similar to the Strawberry Poppyseed Salad, our Peachy-Perfect Salad includes a base…

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Herbed Potato Salad

From classic potluck dish to serious comfort food to savory side, potato salad serves many a culinary purpose. And with potato season just starting, we wanted to try this quintessential dish with our just-harvested, gourmet, colorful potatoes and flavorful pops of fresh herbs. Our herbed potato salad uses Huckleberry Gold and Adirondack Blue potato varieties.…

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Greek Salad

Greek Salad

On a recent summer afternoon, Julie and I sat down to brainstorm future farm kitchen dishes. A few minutes into the meeting, Farmer Dan delivered the new–the first tomatoes were READY! An obligatory happy dance immediately followed. After we calmed down, an image of a creamy fresh dish with vine-ripened tomatoes popped into my head.…

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

While I love everything we’ve made in Perkins’ Farm Kitchen, the Strawberry Basil Lemonade will always hold a special place in my memory. It was the first recipe I developed by myself, and it has been a smash hit this very warm June. This lemonade, like most of our recipes, was born from in-season inspiration.…

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Homemade Chicken Stock

chicken stock june 2021

I’ve been making homemade chicken stock for years, but recently I’ve had to up my chicken stock game. In the past, I’ve simply collected all the chicken remnants from roasting and eating a whole chicken, then thrown those into a pot with a bay leaf and maybe some veggies and herbs (if there were any…

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Summer Soup

summer soup

For our Summer Soup, we wanted a soup that was light yet filling, and, of course, full of flavor! We also wanted a soup that featured local, grass-fed beef, the same beef we carry in our farm stand. So we start with the meatballs, which are bite-size and simple: grass-fed ground beef, our black garlic, pasture-raised…

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Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

beet goat cheese salad

Something I keep learning as I continue to work at Perkins’ Good Earth Farm is that how your produce is grown and where it comes from matters. For example, I have never liked beets. They stain everything, they smell funny, and I always thought they tasted like dirt. The only time I would eat them…

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Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

strawberry poppyseed salad

This Strawberry Poppyseed Salad was inspired by meals Dan and I shared at the home of Jake and Trena Van Wyk, back in our days at Dordt College. The Van Wyks often opened their home for Sunday dinners, and we experienced many delicious and comforting meals around their table.  Although I don’t remember the exact…

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Herbed Egg Salad Lettuce Boats

herbed egg salad lettuce boats top down

We love fresh herbs because they add flair and flavor to ordinary dishes, including egg salad! Our Herbed Egg Salad Lettuce Boats feature chives, parsley, and tarragon. With our wide selection of Pick-Your-Own herbs at our farm, you could try this same combination–or make up your own! Our PYO our herbs are included in our…

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