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Norma Rae 05-27-2013 09:50 AM

Better than chocolate!
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I found something better--in my opinion--to do with beets than add them to chocolate (or bacon, Rob Kendall!)...In the June 2013 issue of Vegetarian Times (p. 55), there is a recipe called Beet and Lentil Hummus, and it is delightful! I'm attaching a photo, also, of the batch I made.
Here is the recipe (I tweaked it a bit and have indicated those tweaks with an *):

1/2 cup black beluga lentils, rinsed and soaked overnight (* I used regular brown lentils)
2 medium beets, peeled and cut into chunks
1 clove of garlic (* I used 2)
2 Tbs. tahini paste
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. lemon juice
2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 tsp. sea salt
A good dose of favorite hot sauce (* my addition)

1. Drain and rinse soaked lentils. Bring lentils, beets, and 1 cup water to a boil in medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 15-20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.

2. Drop garlic into food processor while running to finely chop. Add tahini, oil, lemon juice, zest, salt, and hot sauce (if using); process until creamy. Add lentils and beets, and blend on high until smooth. Season to taste.

Namaste from the Midwest,

Norma Rae 08-15-2013 04:46 AM

It has been a while since I've posted an update from Farmer Vicki. The summer fruits and veggies are starting to really flourish! Hopefully, it might inspire some of you to join a CSA near you next year. At the end of this update, I am also including a link to Vicki's blog (new for her this year!):


We have had some nice weather both for ripening crops and for us to work. It is sunny and with a cool breeze blowing we are generally pretty comfortable. So, the crops are doing good, although I am still waiting on tomatoes to get going good so I have enough for everyone. And, then there are the watermelons I hope to send to you. I don't grow them, but my cousin is so nice to grow them for us. To date not one is ripe, but let us hope that before the end of August we will have a ripe juicy and sweet watermelon.

I told you I was sending you more beans this week. We did pick them, but they did not fit in the boxes with all the other things I sent you way, so since beans will hold, they can wait in the cooler till next week.

Your box
Sweet corn
Peaches - half are from Seedling and half are from Hillside Orchards
Blueberries - these are from Seedling
Red Beet
Pickles - these are really tasty
Fairy Tale eggplant
Copra Spanish onion - two of our members came down last week and helped us harvest these onions
Green Bell pepper
Jalapeno peppers - the smaller, smooth and oblong peps
Basil - lemon or sweet

Genesis Growers
St Anne, Il



Norma Rae 09-04-2013 04:15 PM

Latest update from Farmer Vicki
Here's the latest report from the (organic, non-GMO, and all around good karma) Illinois Farm! Enjoy and get involved and join a CSA!
Namaste from the Midwest, steph

Last night I went out for my nightly stroll through the fields (having to go out earlier each week because of the earlier sunsets) and beheld a truly wonderful sunset. Clouds lined the western horizon - a beautiful display in itself - but these clouds had a scarlet lining with the sun blazing its downward descent behind them. I could not help but gaze out at the glory of these clouds. How often I am impressed with nature's splendor here on the farm. But, so easily I could have missed this wonder had I chosen not to go on my stroll. At last I continued on and rounded the corner of the field. There among the weeds (yep, I have weeds) were dozens of cabbage butterflies flitting about. So carefree and gentle. A few feet further along the field was graced with dozens of another very small gold butterfly or moth. THese guys seemed to like the eggplant, while the cabbage butterflies liked the cauliflower. I continued along and soon came upon even tinier butterflies of the prettiest blue. They seemed to like the cucumbers. I began to ponder all of nature's diversity and how each crop has insects that like it and how that is all part of nature's perfect balance. And, then I thought about a friend who is a conventional farmer who once bragged to me that his field is sterile and you would not find an insect in all his acres. How very sad to eliminate all of nature's bounty. I will take a non-sterile field any day - and the nightly walks I take to enjoy it all.

Your box
Red potatoes - these were raised by my friend, Lowell Ioeger - I did try out some Yukon Gold this year but they are not quite ready.
Tomatoes and cherry tomato mix - watch your cherry tomatoes as the rain made them a little soft.
Sweet corn
Plums - some of these are a little soft so refrigerate and eat quickly
Apples - from Hillside Orchards
Bagged greens
Rainbow bell peppers - these are so pretty
Green beans - I finally am getting a harvest. It took three plantings to finally get one that survived the spring rains
Red beets

Genesis Growers
St Anne, Il

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