Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fresh local holiday turkeys

From MyPersonalFarmers.com:

These incredible grass fed turkeys are
naturally raised, free-range, and organic.
They are also antibiotic and hormone
free, from Hemlock Hills Farm.
They will be fully processed the day
before delivery to your door on or the
day before Thanksgiving Eve, and will
arrive in a silver insulated re-usable
shopping bag with frozen gel packs.
Prices are based on $5.75 per pound and
do not include a $15 charge for packing,
handling & delivery to Westchester or
Putnam county. Please order by
November 17th to ensure the size you
want is reserved for you.
• 12—14 lbs. $ 74.75
• 14—16 lbs. $ 86.25
• 16—18 lbs $ 97.75
• 18—20 lbs. $109.25
• 20—22 lbs. $120.75
• 22—24 lbs. $132.25
Delivered to your door on or before Thanksgiving Eve (Wednesday, Nov. 26th)
Quantities are limited...Reserve yours today!

22 Roma Orchard Road, Peekskill, NY 10566 􀁺 Phone: 914-293-0701
Email: info@mypersonalfarmers.com 􀁺 www.MyPersonalFarmers.com

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Pumpkin Applesauce Bread

It's fall. When I was younger, I hated fall because it marked the end of summer. But as an adult I have come to love all the colors and flavors of fall.

I had some pumpkin puree leftover from another recipe and wanted to make some pumpkin bread. The leftover pumpkin was only about one cup and I wanted to make two to three loaves. So, here's what I came up with.

Pumpkin Applesauce Bread

Ingredients
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup pumpkin purée*
1 cup natural applesauce (or an additional cup of pumpkin puree)
1 cup olive oil
4 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (mixture of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice)
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

* Canned puree can be used, but if you prefer to make the purée from fresh pumpkins, cut a pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy insides (saving the seeds to roast of course), lie face down on a sprayed baking sheet. Bake at 350°F until soft, about 45 minutes to an hour. Cool for about a half hour and then scoop out the flesh. (Or, work with pumpkin pieces and roast or boil them until tender, then remove and discard the skin). You can freeze any pumpkin that you don't use.

Preparation
1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.
2 Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts.
3 Pour into three greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pans. Bake 50-60 minutes until the center of the loaf rises and becomes firm or cracks and springs back when touched.

Give one to your neighbor and enjoy the other two!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Locavore Thanksgiving

From a press release from Maryanne Hedrick at www.mypersonalfarmers.com. (maryanne@mypersonalfarmers.com, 914-293-0701)

Thanksgiving celebrates the joys of harvest and is just about the last time of the year that you can assemble a complete meal using local produce and locally raised organic turkeys. Hey – that’s just what the Pilgrims did in 1621!

Busy Thanksgiving hosts can order their locally grown Thanksgiving turkeys, vegetables, grains, cheeses, and breads from www.mypersonalfarmers.com. Our turkeys are organic and come from Hemlock Hills Farm in Cortland Manor. We are accepting custom orders until November 17, for delivery to your home or office on Tuesday or Wednesday November 24 or 25.

Why bother going local, you may ask – especially since there’s often a price premium involved. Here are some good reasons that we think you should consider a Locavore Thanksgiving:

Local food tastes better– even better than organic food that is not local.
Local ingredients are healthier for you and your family – they’re fresher.
Local food supports local farmers, who actually really need the help.
Local farm food help to preserve open space – Westchester County has pitched in to guarantee that the few farms left in the County actually stay here.
You deserve it!

Mypersonalfarmers.com is an online farmers market that offers the best produce and artisanal products available from small farms in the Hudson Valley region. Shoppers order online and deliveries are made weekly right to your doorstep! Delivery area includes Westchester and Putnam counties, as well as parts of Rockland County and Stamford and Greenwich CT.

embracing a sustainable lifestyle as a Locavore ... using locally grown and produced ingredients whenever possible ...

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