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Pasta with Wilted Spinach, Bacon and Parmesan

From At Peace with the Seasons by CCJP. Copies available on the market. Recipe by Sherri and Michael Raines, Frontier Family Farm.

4 c. spiral pasta
3 T. olive oil
6 strips of bacon
2 cloves garlic
1 t. fresh thyme
2 c. spinach leaves
1/2 c. black olives
salt and pepper, to taste
parmesan cheese, to taste

Cook pasta in plenty of boiling water.

While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large pan and add bacon, garlic, and thyme. Fry bacon until it‘s crispy and breaks up easily, but don‘t burn the garlic. Add olives and spinach and stir-fry until the spinach has wilted (don’t over cook the spinach). Drain the pasta then add the pasta to the stir-fry for one minute and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle with parmesan.

Serves 4.

Market News

Hello, March! There is a lot going on this month both on the farm and in the community. Please check out the event section below for more information on the community events.

We are still accepting applications for the food hub coordinator position: click here and scroll down. Pass the information along to all who might be interested. We have moved the application deadline back to March 7th, but don’t wait to apply!


Little baby plants!

Dogwood Valley Nursery sends the following message: This will be the last week for daffodil bouquets , and I will have only a limited number available this week. Sorry, the season was shortened a bit by the crazy weather. But on a brighter note, the perennials are growing like crazy & some are beginning to bloom. In bloom this week: candytuft, Pulmonaria, coreopsis, Astrantia, red carnation, and catchfly, with more to come shortly.

In Town Organics has a few pounds of black beans available. These were harvested last fall and finally processed during the storms yesterday thanks to the help of our fantastic intern, Adora.

Joseph’s Garden is still taking pre-orders for their amazing tomato plants :
Pre-order your plants today and we’ll bring them in to the market ready to plant on May 1st! We have 20 varieties this year – please see our grower page for variety descriptions. Plants will be in quart size containers in our own custom-made soil mix. $4.50 each or 3 for $12.00 (Your invoice will be adjusted for orders of 3 or more). Orders are prepaid. You may also order directly from us – just email to order or to get a copy of our variety listings.

You know you want more eggs!

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Coming Events

Thursday, March 8

“Reimagining Rural”
A Lecture and Conversation
With Dr. James Beddow
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Convocation Hall- University of the South
(Light supper provided)

Dr. James Beddow will discuss the compelling need for and opportunity to effect change in our rural settings by “Reimagining Rural.” The story of Miner County, South Dakota, and the emergence of the Rural Learning Center can provide hope, inspiration, and motivation for rural leaders who seek to transform their places. Nurturing and developing transformational leadership can offer the potential to “reimagine” this region’s future.

To learn more:

March 27th

Planting Seeds of Change: Impacting health and the economy through the school lunch program

by Mr. Tony Geraci
7 p.m.
Convocation Hall- University of the South

The University will host a regional workshop of the Department of Education around Farm to School and then at 7 pm a public talk by Mr. Geraci. Mr. Geraci is with the Memphis City School system leading their school nutrition program. He is a proponent of local agriculture as an economic as well as health driver.

More details to come.

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!