January 2009

Check out this week’s great article in The Gambit about Hollygrove Market & Farm! It is available in print versions on page 25, and in the online version here. Please let us know what you think of the article!

Maybe you’ve noticed that your rice smells, well,  a little different this week? That’s because this week your box contained Campbell Farms‘ delicious popcorn rice, which, true to name, smells like freshly popped popcorn! A few months back I made one of their recipes, that of popcorn rice pudding, which was incredibly tasty. Like many of you, I can’t stand the idea of putting whole eggs in my food (trying to keep my weight down!) and I have found that Campbell Farms’ recipes are just as good with egg whites, as they are with whole eggs. If dessert isn’t your thing, try the fried rice recipe below.  I recently made this recipe and added in some chopped portabella mushrooms, diced tomato, and Thai chili sauce. The nutty flavor of the rice really adds something special to a traditional, simple recipe.

Map: Local Farmers and Their Produce for 1.24.09

Recipe:  Campbell Farms’ Fried Popcorn Rice

Recently I had the opportunity to meet and work with Kryss Statho of visionCrescent Lotus Dance Studio. The studio, located in the Claiborne University neighborhood, offers a variety of dance classes including belly-dancing, salsa, and burlesque. Kryss is both a member of the Buyers’ Club and a HM&F volunteer, and after a little conversing we both realized that dancing and vegetables have more in common than you might think! If I’ve learned anything from the many health and food related articles sent to my email everyday, it’s that healthy lifestyles changes are best kept when started small. Fitting in one or two dance classes a week, plus your weekly box of fruits & veggies may seem small, but the impact on your mind and body can really be amazing. If you are looking for a fun, expressive way to get healthier, give Crescent Lotus Dance Studio a look.

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Despite the uncomfortable cold temperatures, you may have noticed the staff of Hollygrove Market & Farm grilling cabbage rolls and root vegetables outside of the store during distribution. Ashley Locklear’s cabbage rolls might give you inspiration to use your cabbage, which has frequently shown up in produce boxes lately, in a new way. Check out her recipe below, and a “Guide to Your Greens” Ashley put together for Buyers’ Club members.

A special thanks goes to all of our great volunteers we had this Saturday, we had a great time getting to know all of you while bagging arugula and other yummy greens.  If you’d like to get to know other Buyers’ Club members and get involved in a community revitalization project, please email me at Alicia@HollygroveMarket.org and I’ll let you know how to get involved!

Map: Local Farmers and Their Produce for 1.17.09

Recipe: Guide to Your Greens and Vegetarian Cabbage Rolls

For many months the Hollygrove Market & Farm has worked with Eric Morrow, a farmer from Ponchatoula, LA. You may have seen his delicious snap beans, yellow squash, and now, strawberries in your Buyers’ Club box.  He, and other local farmers are featured in an article in today’s Times-Picayune detailing how farmers prepare for the impact of freezing temperatures on their strawberry crops. To see the article, please visit: “Ponchatoula farmers fear frozen berries” at NOLA.com.

If you came to Buyers’ Club distribution last Saturday, there’s a good chance you were able to sample more of Ashley Locklear’s great cooking. Samples went fast, so if you didn’t try her strawberry pie or potato salad, not to worry. The recipes are posted below and both make use of multiple items found in your box last week.


Map: Local Farmers and Their Produce for 1.10.09

Recipe: White Sweet Potato Salad & Strawberry Pie

Any chance you made a New Year’s resolution to get healthier by losing weight? Yeah, yeah, we know that everyone makes that resolution and  few of us actually keep it. We can’t promise you’ll lose those last 10lbs by being a Buyers’ Club member and dutifully eating your fruits and veggies, but your weekly box can certainly be a useful tool for improving your health in 2009.

So to start the year off right, check out the artichoke recipe that uses my favorite low-fat Hollandaise sauce  and the accompanying strawberry salad. Together they make a delicious, healthy dinner that uses numerous new items in your box this week.


Map: Local Farmers and Their Produce for 1.3.09

Recipe: Boiled Artichokes and Strawberry Salad