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It’s the time of the year where fruits are plump and juicy, and it’s so easy to splurge on all of your seasonal favorites. When you’re in over your head with summer produce and they’re becoming overripe, it’s not too late to get the maximum use out of your tasty finds!

Smoothies & Iced Fruit

If you pick up your mango and it doesn’t look quite as bright and beautiful as it did last week, there’s still time to enjoy it. Like we mentioned last time, a smoothie is great for breakfast on the go. You can keep it simple with one fruit and some ice, or knock it out of the park with mixed berries and milk.

Fruity ice is super fun for cold beverages on the deck. Getting the juice out of your fruit will be easier with a juicer, but you can still get it done with the back of a spoon. Juice all of your overripe fruit into a bowl, and then mix in any additional flavors or seasonings before you pour them into an ice cube tray. You can use the fruity ice in water, lemonade, or even a weekend cocktail.

Jams & Cobblers

You don’t have to go through the long, hot canning process to get a tasty jam. Once your fruits are overripe, all you have to do is put them in a saucepan and sugar to taste (optional). While the fruit is cooking over a medium heat, mash the fruit with your cooking spoon until it begins to smooth out and boil. Once the fruit has an attractive texture, you’ll spoon it into clean jars and refrigerate. What you do with it from here is up to you! Your fruit jam can serve as a tasty spread, cobbler filling, or dessert layer.

Dressings and Sauces

This one’s going to take a little judgment and creativity on your part! If your fruit isn’t pretty enough to present on a salad, you can puree it in a blender or food processor. The fruit is going to add natural sweetness to your dressing, so you’ll want to shy away from sugar and try to mix in olive oil, vinegar, or herbs.

Fruit is also a fun way to spice up a savory sauce. If the fruit hasn’t lost all of its fruit, it’s easy to chop it into small pieces and cook into a chicken stock with balsamic vinegar. Just like that—you’ve got a nice glaze for the main dish! But whether you go for lemon-glazed chicken or a crazy blueberry salmon is all on you 😉

If you see anything you’d like a recipe for, feel free to send us an email to hello@farm2counter.com! You can also click the photograph to browse through our current recipes for inspiration. Don’t forget to check out our Weekly Box Menu to see our newest selection of local fruits!

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Strawberries are an easy flavor to work with. To get you started, here are some fun and easy treats that are great for summer!

Homemade Strawberry Popsicles

This recipe is a great healthy alternative for your little ones! In a medium bowl, mix halved strawberries and about 3 tablespoons of sugar. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes so the strawberry juice can absorb into the sugar. In a blender or food processor, combine the strawberries and sugar with optional flavors (such as lime juice, mint, or even sliced bananas) and blend thoroughly. Pour the mixture into popsicle sleeves, freeze, and then enjoy!

Strawberry Muffins

Who doesn’t love muffins? Especially when you mix in quarter-sliced strawberries. If your strawberries are getting close to the end of their ripeness, baking them into a muffin will save them from going bad. Plus there will be plenty of leftovers for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack.

Mexican Strawberry Water

So easy! In a medium bowl, add cold water, ice, halved strawberries, and sugar to taste (about 1 cup). Mix together, pour into a pitcher, and then serve! You can take these to go at the park, or enjoy them on the deck.

If you’re ready to brighten your summer menu, come check out our upcoming menu! Our summer boxes are going to have juicy, flavorful fruits, and we’ll deliver them right to your door. You can take a peek at our menu options at Farm2Counter.

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Popcorn is a must-have for family movie night! When it’s time to gather the family around, shake up your favorite snack with some flavored popcorn balls.

Note: If you opt for individual popcorn pieces rather than balls, simply remove the honey 😉

Line a baking pan with Hard Bargain Organic Yellow Popcorn.

Over medium heat, melt the butter and honey together. This will create the “glue” that your popcorn ball will need to hold it together. After the mixture has reached a boiling point, stir in your favorite spices and seasonings.

IDEAS:

  • Vanilla Extract & Brown Sugar
  • Peanut Butter
  • Yogurt-Granola
  • Strawberries

Pour the mixture thoroughly over the popcorn and place in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes. In 5 minute intervals, briefly stir the contents.

Let the mixture sit until it’s cool enough to form into balls, and then let stand until solid. For even more fun, get a few batches going for variety.

This week, Farm 2 Counter is featuring 2lbs of organic popcorn in our Delivery Boxes! We also carry this organic popcorn in our store, so come visit us at 2006 N Broadway Ave, Springfield, MO 65803.

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Grab your cray-sea rainboots and a fold-out chair, and join us at Farm 2 Counter for our first-ever Cray-Cray Crawfish Boil!

Our Boil Master Ray Hackett has been at it for over 30 years and has boiled over 12,000 pounds of Crawfish in his life. He will be coming back from New Orleans on Tuesday and we will be boiling on Wednesday. This will be a truly authentic experience!

Come by for a Kid’s “Crawfish Races”, Fun Games and Events, Raffles to win $50, Door Prizes, Live Music, and much more!

2006 N Broadway Ave, Springfield Mo 65803 I 417-862-8008

 

Follow us on our Farm 2 Counter Facebook Event for the chance to win prizes!

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Have you ever noticed that sandwiches are always on the menu? From your small ma & pop diner alllllll the way to the gourmet restaurants? You can make them as simple, or as extravagant as you want.  This week, I decided to explore a couple of those levels!

LEVEL ONE: Pretty
Cookie Cutter Sandwiches

The day I realized that cookie cutters work on sandwiches was a game-changer for packed lunches! I use cookie cutters for a little extra surprise. It’s a fun, easy and pretty tasty weekend activity as well 😉

LEVEL TWO: Impressive
Tomato & Mozzarella Panini

If you don’t have a panini grill: they’re decently priced, easy to use, and sure do take your culinary skills up a notch! Assemble your sandwich as you normally would—maybe with a little extra mozzarella and spices—and then you use the panini grill to get a nice sear on the bread. For me, the best part about a panini grill is that I can make a restaurant-grade sandwich, but have better control over the ingredients.

 

LEVEL THREE: Out of My League
Open-Faced BruschettaIdeas Sandwiches with a Balsamic Drizzle 

Let me disclose that someone like me doesn’t have the attention span to turn out something like this without a few extra sear marks. These are the kind of sandwiches to impress your guests at a cocktail party. The seared bruschetta bread is topped with thinly sliced beets, herbs, and produce, that all comes together with a little melted cheese and a balsamic drizzle. Simple, elegant, and very photogenic!

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I’m sure you’ve heard that we’re putting a spotlight on rutabaga! Rutabaga isn’t everyone’s go-to produce, but it’s great to incorporate into a wide variety of dishes. It’s just as easy to prepare as potatoes, but lighter in calories and richer in vitamins and nutrients.

Health Benefits:

  • Low-Carb
  • High-Energy (Potassium & Manganese)
  • Metabolism Boost (Phosphorus)
  • Stress Combatant (Magnesium)
  • Levels Nervous System (Vitamin B6)
  • Great Supplement for Fiber, Thiamin, and Calcium

Because it’s a natural pick-me-up, this is a great item to include in your meal-prep for the week. Here are a couple ideas that will help you get it into your lunch box.

Dice into a Hearty Stew

You can never go wrong with comfort food! It’s filling, easy to pack into a heat-safe container, and tastes great all year long.

Pureed Rutabaga

Rutabaga can make a great side dish! For extra flavor, boil diced rutabaga and carrots, and then puree the vegetables with butter, brown sugar, and salt.

Break out the Spiralizer!

Spiralized vegetables is always an easy way to get in all of your nutrients. Like a salad, you can dress it with all of your favorite garnish and dressings. However you choose to prepare your rutabaga, make sure to incorporate it into something you’ll enjoy!

 

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This week, we’re bringing back a Southern classic: rendered lard! This everyday favorite fell out of popular use in substitution of butter. Despite many myths about rendered lard, it offers a great alternative that’s low in saturated fats, great for the heart, and back in fashion with the low-carb Keto diet.

 

Best Uses of Rendered Lard:

  • Makes the best fried chicken breading
  • Creates flakier pie crusts for a gourmet flair
  • Boosting your diet with more Vitamin D
  • Absorbs the tasty flavors of your dish
  • Eliminates the need for greasy oils and sprays
  • Clean, healthy eating that goes back centuries

One of the great things about rendered lard is that it’s environmentally friendly and lasts long in your kitchen! Bring back the tradition of bold, hearty flavors with our local availability at Farm2Counter.

Click Here for our Biscuits & Gravy Recipe

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Hey, all!

This is Sierra: writer, college student, coffee enthusiast, and new to the Farm 2 Counter family! I’m excited to adopt this blogging platform, and look forward to sharing some of our fun recipes, cooking tips, and basically everything you could ever want to know about spicing up your organic lifestyle. Some of my personal interests also include fitness and travel, and I’m a bit of a Harry Potter nerd as well. #ravenclaw 😉

So, to get started, I’m introducing my favorite kitchen tool: a spiralizer!

Spiralizing is a tasty way to eliminate calories and carbs without cutting out your favorite meals, plus it’s a creative way to enjoy your favorite fruits and vegetables. Also, just a heads up, I’m no chef –but we’ll come back to that later. The point is: if I can do it, it’s pretty easy.

There’s a spiralizer for any dish. You can get a small handheld one for infrequent use, or there are electric options that do the work for you. The spiralizer featured below is electric. You feed the produce through the machine, and it creates a noodle-like texture. If you choose your spiralizer right, you can interchange the blades for clean julienne slices or restaurant-quality cuts. To a chef, a spiralizer ensures a gourmet plating style. To me, it’s a fun tool that makes healthy eating a little easier and more enjoyable 🙂

BENEFITS

Spiralizers are great for:

  • Low-Carb Diets
  • Pasta Substitutes
  • Improving Health Value
  • Inexpensive Meals
  • Fun Plating Designs

You can check out our newest spiralizer recipe HERE! Feel free to make it your own and be creative! For any questions, pointers, or substitutions, don’t hesitate to ask! Just pop me an email at hello@farm2counter.com. See you next week!

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Hows about something sweet to go with that world famous pulled pork? These sweet fries are easy and even a little healthy! Baked in the oven with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Now you could always sprinkle a little brown sugar on them ; )

We have 1lb bulk bags of sea salt available to add on to your bag this week for only $0.88. Please let us know in your comments when you order if you’d like to add a pound!

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
by Vintage Cookery

  • 2-3 Sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Brown Sugar

    Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Peel your sweet taters. Cut them down the middle long ways, then cut those halves down longways again. Set the large slices flat on your cutting board and slice to make long fries (a little on the thin side will cook more evenly).
    Put onto a parchment lined sheet pan or cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Put in hot oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove and toss, then put back into the oven and bake an additional 10-15 min, until fries are colored and looking crispy then remove. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and brown sugar to taste. Serve with garlic aioli, mayo mixed with a few fresh cloves of minced garlic.

    Chef’s tip: If you want to add even more flavor, after tossing in olive oil, add some fresh chopped rosemary before baking!

    Have Personal Chef Austin Merath and lovely assistant Amy Merath with Vintage Cookery cater your next get together, party, or dinner! Check us out at CulinaryWizard.flavors.me

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Easy As Apple Pie Tacos are such a fun twist on a classic apple pie recipe!

The shells of these tacos are made from tortillas cut with a round cookie cutter and fried crisp and dusted with cinnamon sugar.  They only take about 20 seconds each to make and can be made days ahead of time.

If you are having a party, you can keep the filling warm in a small slow cooker with the shells beside and people can fill them as they like or set a mini muffin tin upside down and cover it with a pretty cloth napkin as a holder, works perfectly!

INGREDIENTS:

Taco Shells

  • 6 large Flour Tortillas
  • Oil for frying (Coconut Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower oil or Peanut Oil)
  • ⅔ cup organic sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Filling

  • 2lb  apples
  • 1½ tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup water (divided)

Other

  • Whipped Heavy Cream with Simple Syrup
  • Caramel sauce (store bought or homemade)

INSTRUCTIONS:
Taco Shells

  1. Using a 3.5 circle cutter to cut out circles from your tortillas. You should get about 5 from each tortilla. (You can use any size cutter but this was the perfect size for a 2-3 bite taco).
  2. Combine sugar & cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. Heat about 1½” of oil in a pan on the stove over medium heat. Use a little scrap of tortilla to put in the oil and make sure it’s good & bubbly.
  3. Using tongs, place one circle in the oil for about 5 seconds. Flip it over and fold it in half holding it folded for about 5 seconds or until browned. Flip over and fry the other side until crispy. Immediately remove from the oil giving it a little shake and place into the cinnamon sugar.
  4. Set on a pan to cool. You can leave these at room temperature for up to 3 days.

FILLING:

  1. Peel and dice apples. Toss with lemon juice.
  2. Over medium heat stir together butter, chopped apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. Add about ¼ cup water and let cook on medium heat for about 4 minutes. Stir 1 teaspoon cornstarch into remaining water and add to pan. Continue cooking until most of the liquid is gone and apples are soft.

ASSEMBLY:

Spoon in the filling as little or as much as you would like 😉  Feel free to top with Whipped Cream and drizzle with some Caramel Sauce!  Enjoy these Easy As Pie Taco Treats!!!  

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