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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Split Pea Soup with Crispy Sausage

split pea soup

When Dan and I first got married, we ate a vegan version of this split pea soup on the regular. Since neither of us grew up eating split pea soup, we didn’t miss the ham bone that’s often present in split pea soup. At some point–probably when I had a surplus of homemade stock–I began…

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Thai Curry Noodle Bowls

Thai Curry Noodle Bowl

When I was around seven years old, my mum made traditional Pad Thai for dinner. I had never eaten Thai food before. It was creamy, spicy, piping hot, and drizzled with smooth peanut sauce. I hated it. In fact, I cried through the whole of dinner and repeatedly told my mother I would never eat…

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