Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Sunday May 24, 2015

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
Memorial Day Planting: A Visit to the Farm Girl Farm

By Isabelle Eyman

Waking up to 30-degree temperatures every morning this week, thoughts of being out in the garden seemed overly-optimistic. However, Carole and I left the office mid-Saturday morning (when it had warmed up to a balmy 55 degrees), got in the car, and headed out for Farm Girl Farm in Sheffield. Laura Meister is the owner, and her dedication to the land and to what she produces is obvious upon first meeting her. She has a warm smile which invites you to marvel at the beauty of what she grows. Laura moved among the seedlings, patiently answering customers' questions (our own included) about different varieties of eggplant or giving tips on how to increase your tomato yield. 

After we had loaded several trays of herbs, kale, peppers, and every type of winter squash imaginable, we pulled out of Farm Girl Farm excited to plant the abundance of seedlings crowding the backseat. It may be an unrealistic hope that we won't have to cover the plants for another frost warning, but the simple joy in seeing the potential of what the next few months will bring is enough to counteract any threat the cold sends our way. Here's to hoping the 80-degree weather sticks!

Wednesday August 15, 2012

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
Year of the Dragon Carrots by Annie Reichert

Dragon Carrots are strong and sweet with a hint of hay on the inside complemented by a bitter, earth-fresh exterior. Standard carrots have been bred to be bright orange; you are likely connecting with an ancient line of carrots when you bite into white, yellow, purple, and red carrots. As all things you’ve just pulled up yourself, dragon carrots are delicious in the field, and crunch loudly enough to make your fellow gardener’s head turn. To emphasize their contrasting colors and simple summer crispness, enjoy these carrots in a shredded salad with olive oil, lemon, parsley, and salt. Alternately, to braise them in a little water and butter with a splash of orange flower water would bring out the wonderful sweet heart within the crimson dragon skin.

These were grown from organic seed at High Mowing Seeds in Wolcott, VT.

Thursday June 28, 2012

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
Happy National Tapioca Day!

Today is National Tapioca Day! For that reason we are taking a break from Farmer Thursday to celebrate. Over the span of June, we continuously sought out original recipes that included Tapioca, and well we never received any responses. So instead we borrowed a recipe from Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods for an Old Fashioned Tapioca Pudding:


1/3 cup Small Pearl Tapioca

3/4 cup Water

2-1/4 cups 2% Milk

1/4 tsp Sea Salt

1/2 cup Sugar, divided

2 Eggs, separated

1/2 tsp Vanilla


Step 1: Soak tapioca in water for 30 minutes in a 1-1/2 quart saucepan. Do not drain remaining water, if any.

Step 2: Add milk, salt, 1/4 cup sugar and lightly beaten egg yolks to tapioca and stir over medium heat until boiling. Simmer uncovered over very low heat for 10-15 minutes. Stir often.

Step 3: Beat egg whites with remaining 1/4 cup sugar until soft peaks form. Fold about 3/4 cup of hot tapioca into the egg whites, then gently fold mixture back into saucepan. Stir over low heat for about 3 minutes. Cool 15 minutes then add vanilla.

Step 4: Serve warm or chilled, plain or with fruits, nutmeg or coconut mixed in. Makes 3-1/2 cups (4 servings).

Once this delectable treat is finished, we encourage garnishing it with fresh nutmeg for flavor. 

The next step is to enjoy, and that is something we all did here at Boulderwood. 

Thursday June 21, 2012

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
The Jungle

What was once a beautifully planned and planted garden...

Has become the Boulderwood Jungle...

You would not believe how busy the past couple of weeks have been. With a fractured ankle, interns arriving, running Heirloom Meals, and the motions of life,  it's been hard to dedicate time outdoors. Goodness the heat the past two days, has not been very encouraging, thought I would share the pictures, of what has become known as the Jungle. I am hopeful that this weekend with the help of my team, we can tackle the Jungle with some weeding so we can then see the lovely side of the garden.



Friday January 20, 2012

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
Celebrating Heirloom Kernels

I can’t remember the last time I read a positive article about corn.  With the emphasis on genetically modified corn engineered by Monsanto for high fructose corn syrup and ethanol and the golden piles photographed in the Midwest as examples of excess of commodity crops we are hardly celebrating the tiny kernel.  Except today— National Popcorn Day—January 19th.  A day solely devoted to our favorite movie munchies and rainy day snack!

The origins of January 19th as National Popcorn day are unknown, however if you want to celebrate and need some ideas for decorations or games head here.  Also, a good friend of mine was kind enough to share her own Kettle Corn recipe (watch out because it's addictive!), she also gives instructions on how to pop corn the old fashioned way with oil in a pan on the stove.  

It was a near miss, but thankfully I heard about National Popcorn Day before it had passed.  We just finished ordering our seeds from the folks at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for planting the Heirloom Meals garden and selling on our website but I headed back over to their online catalog to read up on heirloom corn varieties with the dream of adding to our order a few packs of corn seeds.  While Baker Creek sells 12 different heirloom varieties of corn their beautiful red Strawberry and dark brown Dakota Black varieties are both well suited for popping-you can check these out at the Baker Creek website.

So what’s my favorite kernel of truth?  Popcorn pops in two shapes— the butterfly and the mushroom —next time you’re at the movies take a closer look…

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