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Mountain View Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project serving Western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley. Members visit the farm in Easthampton, MA at the base of beautiful Mt. Tom throughout the growing season to pick up their share of seasonally available produce as well as a wide variety of U-Pick crops. Land for the CSA is farmed in Easthampton, Hadley, and Northampton.

All produce is grown without the use of chemicals and in compliance with organic standards and practices. No chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilizers are used.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Daikon Steaks


2 daikon(10-12 cuts each)
olive oil or half and half of canola & sesame oil
water for boiling
soy sauce
salt & pepper to taste
garlic (optional)


Cut the root in one inch sizes and peel the skin.
Place in a big pot and cover with just enough water for boiling. (*Tip* boil the daikon in ‘Rice Water’ because it takes the edge off of the daikon and makes it sweeter. When you wash rice, save the cloudy water for boiling daikon, beets and other astringent vegetables.
When it comes to a boil, turn down heat to medium or enough heat to where the daikon are dancing in the water and simmer for 20 minutes til tender.

Drain water and heat up a frying pan and drizzle with preferred oil. The daikon is cooked through so we just want to brown both sides to a nice color. When the second side comes to a nice color, salt & pepper to taste. Add a tablespoon and a half (or a drizzle) of soy sauce and toss. Can be served cold but piping hot is best!

Serves 4

Source: edibleearthscape.wordpress.com

Warm Cabbage Slaw with Bacon Dressing


3 thick slices bacon, diced    
1/3 cup diced onion
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 lb. green cabbage, shredded (4 packed cups)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes; transfer with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towels. Add the onion to the bacon fat in the skillet and cook over medium heat until softened, about 2 minutes. Carefully pour in the vinegar along with 1/4 cup water. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits in the bottom of the skillet and bring the dressing to a boil. Add the cabbage, sprinkle with salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until the smaller shreds are wilted and the larger shreds are still slightly crunchy, 3 to 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or keep warm for up to 20 minutes.

Serves 4-6

Source: finecooking.com

Garlicky Hakurei Turnip Puree


6-7 hakurei turnips, washed and cut into 1 inch chunks
2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks
6 cloves garlic, peeled, and smashed with the side of a knife
1 1/2 cups whole milk
salt and pepper to taste
a handful of chopped fresh herbs for garnish


Combine the turnips, potato, garlic cloves, and milk in a saucepan.  Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then turn down to low and simmer, half-covered, for about 20 minutes, or until the turnips and potato are tender when pricked with a fork.  Stir fairly frequently to keep the pot from bubbling over.

Remove from the heat and blend the turnips, potato, garlic, and milk together until smooth, either using a handheld blender or in a standing blender (if using a standing blender, you’ll probably want to do the pureeing in two batches).  If the mixture seems too thick, add a little additional milk. For a thinner soup, you can add a bit of warm stock until you get the consistency you want. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and serve.

Serves 4

Source: fiveandspice.com

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Black Radish and Potato Salad Recipe


(1 pound) small waxy potatoes
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed with the side of the knife blade
1 medium black radish, about 1/2 pound
2 teaspoons honey vinegar or other mild vinegar
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
a small bunch of chives, finely snipped
a few sprigs of parsley, leaves roughly chopped
the meat from 10 walnuts, crumbled
sea salt, freshly ground pepper


Scrub the potatoes (no need to peel them) and cut them into small chunks.
Place them with the garlic clove in a steamer, sprinkle with salt, and steam for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are just cooked through (the tip of a knife should meet no resistance).
Scrub the black radish (no need to peel it, unless it is old and its skin is really tough) and carve out any crack or hole that may harbor dirt.
Grate using the large holes of a box grater. Go through the pile of grated radish and check for any brown bits, which may taste unpleasantly earthy.
Place them in a medium salad bowl, sprinkle with salt, toss to coat, and set aside while the potatoes are cooking; the salt will take the edge off the radish.
When the potatoes are cooked, set aside to cool until just slightly warm.
Chop the steamed garlic clove finely and add it to the salad bowl. Add the vinegar, oil, and paprika, and toss to combine.
Add the potatoes and the herbs to the bowl, sprinkle with pepper, and toss gently to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Top with the crumbled walnuts, and serve. Leftovers keep well until the next day.
Serves 4

Source: chocolateandzucchini.com

Mashed Yellow Turnips with Crispy Shallots


1 1/2 cups light olive or vegetable oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 to 6 shallots, peeled and sliced into thin rings
2 large yellow turnips (rutabagas), about 4 pounds total
Kosher salt
1 cup whole milk
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) salted butter
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Heat the oil and unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it reaches 220 degrees F. Reduce the heat to low, add the shallots, and cook until they are a rich golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. The temperature should stay below 260 degrees F. Stir the shallots occasionally to make sure they brown evenly. Remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon, drain well, and spread out to cool on paper towels. Once they have dried and crisped, they can be stored at room temperature, covered, for several days.

Peel the turnips to remove the waxy skins and cut them into generous 1-inch chunks. Place them in a saucepan with water to cover and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, until easily pierced by a paring knife, about 35 minutes. Drain.

In a separate saucepan, heat the milk and salted butter over low heat until the butter has melted and the milk just begins to simmer.

Puree the turnips in several batches in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. With the motor running, add the melted butter and milk in a steady stream. The turnips should be smooth.

Return the puree to the saucepan, season with 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper, and reheat, stirring, over medium heat. Serve piping hot, sprinkled generously with crispy shallots.

Serves 6

Source: foodnetwork.com

Pasta with Broccolo Romanesco


1 large head broccolo romanesco, about 2 lb.
1 Tbs. salt
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 small dried red chili
1 lb. penne, rigatoni or conchiglie


Discard only the largest or any discolored leaves from the vegetable. For broccolo romanesco or cauliflower, remove the core and separate the head into florets. For broccoli or broccoli rabe, separate the leaves and the florets. Cut off the bottom of the thinner, more tender stems and then cut into 1-inch pieces. Cut off the bottom of the thicker stems and then use a vegetable peeler or paring knife to peel away the tough outer skin. Cut the thicker stems into 1/2-inch pieces.

Bring a large pot three-fourths full of water (at least 4 quarts) to a rapid boil over high heat. Add the salt and the broccolo romanesco or other vegetable and cook until quite tender, about 8 minutes.

Using a large slotted spoon or a wire skimmer, transfer the vegetable to a colander. Leave the water in the pot for cooking the pasta later.

In a large, deep fry pan over medium heat, warm the 2 Tbs. olive oil. Add the garlic and chili and cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is golden brown and the chili is browned, about 2 minutes (do not allow the garlic to burn). Using a slotted spoon, remove and discard the garlic and chili. Add the boiled vegetable.

Meanwhile, bring the vegetable cooking water back to a rapid boil over high heat. Add the pasta and stir for the first minute of cooking and occasionally thereafter.

Sauté the vegetable gently while the pasta cooks, pushing it around and breaking up the pieces with a wooden spoon. When the pasta is about half done, stir a ladleful of the pasta water into the fry pan. Let the water evaporate, then stir in a second ladleful of water, again letting it evaporate.

Cook the pasta until al dente, according to the package instructions. Drain it but not too dry, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the fry pan, remove from the heat, and toss together the pasta and vegetable until well combined. Add a bit of the reserved cooking water if the pasta seems too dry.

Transfer the pasta to a warmed serving bowl or individual bowls. Top with a swirl of olive oil and serve immediately.

Serves 4-6

Source: williams-sonoma.com

Friday, October 24, 2014

Carrot Cupcakes


For cupcakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups finely shredded carrots (from about 6 medium carrots)

For cream cheese frosting:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar (8 ounces)


For cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350° and line 14 muffin cups with paper liners. Spray the liners with vegetable-oil spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the canola oil. Gradually beat in the sugar at medium-high speed and beat until thick, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla. Fold in the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula, then fold in the carrots.
Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Let cool slightly, then transfer the cupcakes to the freezer to chill.
Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip with the Cream Cheese Frosting. Pipe the frosting onto the carrot cupcakes and serve. Alternatively, use a knife to spread the frosting on the cupcakes and serve.

For cream cheese frosting: In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and confectioners' sugar, then beat at high speed until the frosting is light and fluffy.

MAKE AHEAD The frosted cupcakes can be refrigerated for up to 3 days

Serves 14

Source: foodandwine.com