<![CDATA[FRESHFARM - Fresh Picked Recipes]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:45:29 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Marinara Sauce]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:32:51 GMThttp://freshfarm.org/fresh-picked-recipes/marinara-sauceBy Julia Strzeszkowski, FRESHFARM Staff

10-12 large tomatoes*
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp salt
4 cloves garlic*
2 tbsp dried peppers*
2 quarts filtered water
2 quarts filtered ice water
(optional) basil*
(optional) parsley*
(optional) bay leaf
*buy it at the market!

Score the skin of the tomatoes on the bottom with an X. Boil the tomatoes for about 30 seconds each or until the skin starts to peel away from the X.

Immediately put the tomatoes into the ice water to stop them from cooking.

Peel the skin off the tomatoes, and remove any stems and white, tough ribs of the tomatoes. Compost these.

Put olive oil into a pan over low-medium heat. Chop the garlic into paper-thin slivers and sauté in the oil until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of salt and dried peppers.

Add the tomatoes to the pan, crushing with your fingers. Don’t bother chopping the tomatoes. Without the skin, they will naturally fall apart.

Bring the pan to a boil, stirring the tomatoes occasionally. Add more salt to taste. Add optional herbs and bay leaf.

Once tomatoes are boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer, and cover the pan. Let the pan sit for 8-9 hours. Sauce should reduce by half or more.

To serve with pasta, reheat your sauce in a cast-iron skillet with garlic/salt to taste. Cook your pasta as normal. Remove the pasta just before desired doneness and add to the pan of tomato sauce. Stir the pasta to mix in the sauce. Plate and serve with freshly grated parmesan or other dry, hard cheese.

If you're canning your sauce, you'll need to add acid to make sure it's self-stable. Learn more here.
<![CDATA[Raspberry Peppermint Smoothie]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:25:19 GMThttp://freshfarm.org/fresh-picked-recipes/raspberry-peppermint-smoothieBy Casey Babbitt, @groundedby_

This smoothie is refreshing and light for the summer, and made almost all with ingredients from the market.


1/2 cup nut milk (such as homemade cashew milk)
1/2 cup fresh raspberries 
1/4 cup fresh cherries (or frozen)
3/4 cup steamed then refrigerated, or frozen cauliflower florets
A little less than 1/8 tsp. peppermint extract
1/2 cup chopped cucumber and summer squash 
1 Brazil nut (optional)
1 scoop protein powder
2-3 droplets full of mushroom tincture from North Cove Mushrooms (sold at the Dupont market)
3 tbsp. flaked coconut
1 tsp. ashwaganda (optional)


Blend all ingredients until smooth. Top with your choice of more raspberries, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, crunchy granola, or a nut butter!
<![CDATA[Stir-Fried Thai Eggplant]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:59:06 GMThttp://freshfarm.org/fresh-picked-recipes/stir-fried-thai-eggplantBy Jonathan Bardzik, jonathanbardzik.com

serves 6-8

3 tbsp. peanut or vegetable oil
4 cups Japanese eggplant cut in 1.5” cubes
2 cups thinly sliced Shitake mushrooms
1 medium red pepper, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. palm sugar or brown sugar
1 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. hot chile oil
1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup basil, not packed
white pepper

Heat 2 tbsp. peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggplant and cook 5 minutes until softened and golden. Remove from pan.

Reduce heat slightly, add remaining tbsp. peanut oil in same skillet and add red pepper and Shitakes. Cook 3-5 minutes until softened.

Meanwhile, whisk together remaining ingredients except garlic in a separate bowl with ¼ cup warm water.

Add garlic and return eggplant to pan. Cook 1 minute.

Whisk sauce and add to pan. Stir with ingredients until it is reduced and coats the vegetables.

Add basil, stir through. Season to taste with white pepper and serve.

<![CDATA[Greek Yogurt & Cucumber Soup with Lemon & Dill]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:06:13 GMThttp://freshfarm.org/fresh-picked-recipes/greek-yogurt-cucumber-soup-with-lemon-dillBy Chef George Fassiadis, Hyatt Centric Arlington

serves 4


4 seedless cucumbers
2 cups Greek yogurt
1 bunch fresh dill
2 cloves fresh garlic
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil


Small dice one of the cucumbers for garnish and reserve.

Combine remaining cucumbers, yogurt, dill, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil in a blender and purée until smooth.

Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Garnish with diced cucumbers, dill sprig, and olive oil drizzle.

​Note: you can add an avocado when puréeing soup for flavor and extra richness, or add optional garnishes like raisins, nuts, or seafood.
<![CDATA[Roasted Eggplant & Green Schug]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:25:04 GMThttp://freshfarm.org/fresh-picked-recipes/roasted-eggplant-green-schugBy ​Ronen Tenne, Little Sesame


Roasted eggplant:
1 eggplant
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp Aleppo pepper (or any other crushed chili)

Green schug:
1 bunch parsley, stems included
1 bunch cilantro, stems included
10 jalapeños, seeded
½ cup fresh garlic
1½ cup olive oil
1 tbsp salt
½ tsp cumin
1 tsp dry ginger
1 tsp ground cardamom
1½ tsp ground coriander seeds


Roasted eggplant:
Partly peel eggplant (going lengthwise, leaving alternating stripes of skin). Slice into medallions about 2 inches thick. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, Aleppo pepper, and oregano, and roast in a 400F oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Green schug:
Mix all ingredients together in food processor.

Serve eggplant and schug with hummus, pickled veggies, and pita chips.
<![CDATA[Tart Cherry Pie]]>Thu, 29 Jun 2017 20:23:59 GMThttp://freshfarm.org/fresh-picked-recipes/tart-cherry-pieBy Juliet Glass, Maryland Farmers Market Association

If you want to make a lattice, check out these step-by-step directions.

makes one 9-inch pie

1 recipe flaky pie crust, for double crusted pie
1 lb pitted tart cherries (about 4-5 cups after pitting)
1 ½ cups plus one tbsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup quick-cooking tapioca (ground in a spice grinder and measured afterward) or 3 tbsp corn starch
1 cold tbsp butter, cubed
1 lightly beaten egg

Combine pitted cherries, 1 ½ cups sugar, salt, and lemon juice, and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Drain the liquid into a small pan, set cherries aside, and bring the liquid to a simmer over medium heat.  Lower heat and simmer until reduced by half. Return liquid to cherries and let cool. Add tapioca pearls or corn starch and mix to combine.

Line 9” pie dish with one of the crusts, leaving ½ inch overhang and put in the fridge.  Roll out second crust, and cut into strips if making a lattice top and put in the fridge.

Remove lined pie dish from the fridge, add the filling, top with cubed butter, and weave the lattice on top. If you find that the strips are difficult to handle and melting, return the pie and remaining strips to the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes.

Once lattice is woven, trim the excess off the strips, turn the ½ overhang over the strip ends, and crimp.

Brush top (but not the edge) with beaten egg and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Return to fridge for 30 minutes if using glass pie dish (if using metal tin, put in freezer).

While the pie is resting, preheat oven to 400F and put a cookie sheet lined with foil on lowest rack.

Place the pie in the oven, lower heat to 375F, and cook for 45 minutes to an hour, until the filling is bubbling and the crust is golden. If using a metal pie pan, place directly on the cookie sheet. If using a glass pie dish, place on rack directly above the cookie sheet, which will catch any juices.  Rotate pie halfway through baking.

The pie should cool for at least 2 or 3 hours to set.
<![CDATA[Summer Cherry Smoothie]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:10:51 GMThttp://freshfarm.org/fresh-picked-recipes/summer-cherry-smoothieBy Joanna Andreae, Wandering Wellness

1 ½ cups milk of choice (I used homemade sprouted Brazil nut, but almond, hemp, etc. is great!)
½ cup pitted cherries
½ banana
pinch of cinnamon, cardamom, and sea salt
1 ½ tbsp pumpkin seeds or nut butter of choice
1 ½ tbsp cacao powder
touch of maple syrup (optional)


​Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add ice if you like it a bit colder, and enjoy!
<![CDATA[Basil Bee's Knees Cocktail]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:04:40 GMThttp://freshfarm.org/fresh-picked-recipes/basil-bees-kneesBy Lindsay Wallace, FRESHFARM Staff

Give this classic cocktail a summer twist with basil infused honey syrup. 


2 oz. Green Hat Spring/Summer Gin
1 to 1.5 oz. basil honey syrup (see instructions)
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
fresh basil for garnish


Combine all ingredients with several ice cubes in a cocktail shaker or mason jar and shake thoroughly. Adjust with more lemon juice or honey syrup to taste, if desired. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a basil leaf.

To make basil honey syrup, combine 3/4 cup local honey and 3/4 cup water in a small pot and simmer until dissolved. Remove from heat, add 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, cover and set aside for 30 minutes. Strain and refrigerate.
<![CDATA[Spring Salad with Charred Onion Vinaigrette]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 15:04:05 GMThttp://freshfarm.org/fresh-picked-recipes/spring-salad-with-charred-onion-vinaigretteBy Ciji Wagner

Full of asparagus, peas, herbs, and fresh greens, this salad takes advantage of the best of what's at market in the spring. The charred spring onions bring a great summery, smoky flavor to the dressing.

Ciji Wagner is a chef, independent culinary consultant, and Chief Tasting Officer/R&D Maven for Thunder Beast, a DC-based craft soda company. For the last several years, Ciji has used healthy delicious foods to connect the dots between farmers and those with limited food resources. She seeks to better Washington, DC through reducing food waste while increasing food access.

serves 4

1 head or half a produce bag of salad greens (kale, arugula, romaine, butter lettuce, etc.), cut or ripped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup peas
10-12 large mint leaves, torn into roughly ½ inch strips
1 cucumber, cut into thin half moons
6 stalks asparagus, woody parts removed, cut into thin strips on the bias
2 spring onions
1 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup olive oil

Turn your broiler or grill on high and preheat. Put spring onions under the broiler or on grill. Cook until just beginning to char, turning frequently. Remove from heat, let cool.
Once cool, chop the spring onions very fine. In a medium bowl, use a whisk to combine lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly. Add chopped onions, mix to combine.
In a large bowl, combine salad greens, peas, mint, cucumber, and asparagus. Toss vegetables with dressing, using tongs to gently turn and coat. Serve immediately.
<![CDATA[Rhubarb Cocktails, Two Ways]]>Fri, 12 May 2017 14:35:58 GMThttp://freshfarm.org/fresh-picked-recipes/rhubarb-cocktails-two-waysBy Lindsay Wallace, FRESHFARM Staff

Rhubarb is an ideal cocktail ingredient. Its tartness adds complexity to drinks, and its pretty pink hue ups the fanciness factor of whatever you're mixing.


3/4 pound rhubarb (about 6 stalks, or 2 cups chopped)
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Chop rhubarb into 1/2 inch segments. Bring chopped rhubarb, sugar, and water to a simmer in a medium pot. When sugar is fully dissolved, lower heat to a bare simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, until syrup is pink and tangy. Strain with a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth and cool completely. Syrup will keep in an airtight jar in the fridge for around two weeks. Try one of the cocktails below, or use it to make pink lemonade.


1 shot Green Hat Spring/Summer Gin
1 shot rhubarb syrup
1/2 shot Domaine de Canton, or other ginger liqueur
1-2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Grapefruit bitters
Rhubarb strip for garnish, optional

Combine gin, rhubarb syrup, ginger liqueur, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and a dash of grapefruit bitters to a shaker or mason jar with ice. Shake thoroughly. Add more lime juice to your taste, if desired. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Optional: garnish with a thin strip of rhubarb, using a vegetable peeler.


1 shot Green Hat Spring/Summer Gin
1/2 shot Cocchi Americano Rosa
1/2 shot rhubarb syrup
Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 Tbsp)
1/2 tsp rosewater
2 oz rosé wine
Rhubarb strip for garnish, optional

Combine all ingredients in a shaker or mason jar with ice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Optional: garnish with a thin strip of rhubarb, using a vegetable peeler.