Cabbage at Bee Healthy! Highlight of this post: Winter Savoy: DEADON

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I’ve been sharing information on our Facebook page this last week about CABBAGE!   What kinds do we have stocked at Bee Healthy?  Why so many and are they ‘handled’ differently?  And why eat cabbage anyway?  

3 kinds of cabbage at The BeeGreen Cabbage (Storage No 4), Winter Savoy (Deadon), and Red Cabbage (Ruby Perfection)—-YES!  They are cooked differently, each with their own unique character, strengths and weaknesses-

Let’s talk Deadon today…A January King variety with green leaves and a beautiful magenta blush at the top! By far the most beautiful of cabbages–a Winter Savoy.    Savoy refers to the wrinkly and often tougher outer leaves. Friday’s dinner at our house was Winter Savoy Cabbage with Carrot, a large tossed Spinach salad, and fresh baked dinner rolls (from the freezer–Utah brand at Blairs).

Winter Savoy Cabbage with Carrot:  SIMPLE TO MAKE— put boiling water on a big burner on the stovetop, and a large cast iron skillet on another burner. Cut a head of cabbage, or a half of a large head, into thin slices. Grate a large carrot (or 4 depending on size and amount of cabbage) into the boiling water, and then add the sliced cabbage. Boil carrots and cabbage for 6 minutes.

Meanwhile add sliced Polish Sausage into skillet and brown on medium heat while cabbage is boiling. (If dry, add a little olive oil)

Drain cabbage and carrot, and add into the large skillet with the cooked sausage. Salt and pepper, add 4 T heavy cream or whole milk, 3-4 T butter, and a pinch of nutmeg. When butter is melted, toss to mix all seasonings and coat the cabbage/carrot Mix.Cook 3-4 more minutes to blend flavors. (Donot overcook.) Serve immediately.

Savoy Winter Cabbage is sweet and steaming or cooking brings out the flavor and helps to tenderize it. Whereas I prefer the green cabbage cooked in wedges or broiled until slightly browned or crisped, the Savoy is better not cooked that long.

Why eat cabbage anyway?  According to whfoods.org, a food information non-profit, cabbage is one of two vegetables found to be a mainstay for prevention of type 2 diabetes.  Root crops are the second vegetable.  (Check the information out–57,000 folks in Denmark and the study linked the outcome to their consumption of fish, rye bread, oatmeal, apples and pears, root vegetables, and CABBAGE!)

Cabbage has nearly 20 different flavonoids and 15 different phenols, all of which have antioxidant activities.  This means that the phytonutrients in cabbage equal a whole lot more health benefits to prevent other diseases and conditions.  (Did I mention cabbage is a member of the Brassica’s? You’ve heard me rant about them!)

Red Cabbage is high in anthocyanin’s, a powerful antioxidant, studied in cancer research and credited for cancer prevention.  Red cabbage can be grated into your winter tossed salad, or added to the green cabbage coleslaw for color and added nutrition.  It can be steamed or cooked, too, with a little of the color fading.

Cabbage in a good source of sinigrin…yes, new word for me, too!  Sinigrin is one of the cabbage’s sulfur-containing glucosinolates that also has to do with the prevention of specific cancers.  Sulfur in a mineral that we seem to be lacking with our current American diet.  Prior to the advent of antibiotics, most of the effective drugs were sulfa drugs.  I don’t want to quote out of context so read about sinigrin at whfoods.org–an interesting read!

Cabbage is cheap food!  Ours at The Bee is $.50-$.65/#–unheard of!  At the store this time of year it can run over $1/#.  Keeps well in a cool fridge, and a large head can be shredded and put in ziploc bags for convenience, or carved for several meals during the month.

We have several different cabbage recipes posted on our Recipe page at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com .

Check it out!  Besides the cabbage, we have carrots, Daikon radishes (both a root crop and a Brassica), onions, potatoes, winter squash, and Sunchokes at The Bee.  We have 10-15 Blue Hubbard squashes here at The Farm–$.40/#, high in vitamin A and C and other nutrients good for getting us through the winter months–   

The Farmer’s Wife

Friday, December 7th—Holiday Special Boxes at Bee Health for Pickup

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Holiday Special Boxes will be delivered to Bee Healthy FRIDAY at 10:00.  You can pick them up until 5:30 when The Bee closes.  Boxes are in the back in a cool place but not under refrigeration—the sooner the better to get them to your homes!  🙂

Box Cost is $25– checks payable to Lloyd Craft Farms, or cash in an envelope with your name on the outside.  Helps us keep it straight with The Bee’s busy Friday schedule.   ALL THE BOXES ARE SOLD-  hallelujah!!

Take this opportunity to look around at the neat gifts Janet has in stock for Holiday giving!  Christmas tree ornaments or blown glass bulbs, Journals made from kid’s old classics, and cute knick-knacks for stocking stuffers. ‘Healthy’ treats, wonderful cheeses, and nuts for the stockings hanging off the mantle!  

Thanks for partaking of our last box of the season!  Don’t forget to shop our produce at Bee Healthy till the end of the month.  Buyer’s Group starts up in January!  Stay tuned—The Farmer’s Wife 

Reserve your Holiday Special Box of Veggies for this Friday, December 7th!

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This is the time of year we bombard our GI tract (and conversely, blood stream) with lots of sugar, a little pasteurized eggnog, and most likely we overeat at least TWICE!  It’s a good time to add a little probiotic rich foods:  homemade sauerkraut and pickled Daikon’s (recipes and directions for both included in your Holiday Special Box). 

Sauerkraut takes roughly 4 weeks to cure, but HECK, you got to sample it each day after the first week to see if it’s DONE!  (Love that crunch–)  You’ll know when the Pickled Daikon’s are…pickled.  The purple Bravo’s are especially beautiful with the rose colored water. Even pickled, they still crunch!  Daikon’s are a milder radish that most of the smaller varieties–and high in dense nutrition and anti-oxidants.  (It’s that Brassica family again–such a good reputation!) 

I enjoy my Pick-Lit jar on the kitchen counter—it makes a couple of liters at a time.  Just right for us—better fresh than canned, with more enzyme action!  Your Holiday Special Box has 2 pickled recipes:  A quart sized Sauerkraut recipe for the 28 oz of shredded Kaitlin cabbage, and Lacto-Fermented Daikon’s with Garlic for the 1# bag of Daikon Radishes.  The bonus for both are not only is the food fermented and loaded with LIFE, but they are both in the Brassica family which is the hero of health with high levels of anti-oxidants!

 

Only 7 Holiday Special Boxes left to reserve for delivery to Bee Healthy on Friday, December 7th–$25.  Email (craftterri@rtconnect.net), text (431-1219), or respond to this post! 

HOLIDAY SPECIAL BOX CONTENTSShredded Cabbage (28 oz bag) of tender Kaitlin, suitable for sauerkraut, cabbage burgers, fried cabbage and Polish sausage, and slaws.  1# bag Brussels sprouts, 3# bag of Patriot potatoes (Red/White/Blue), Jumbo Yellow onion, 1# bag of Tri-color carrots (purples/orange/yellow), Daikon Radishes (Purple and White, milder than most radishes), 1# Sunchokes (AKA Jerusaleum Artichokes), and Winter Squash (Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato Squash–blond, sweet, and smooth textured Acorn type).  Oodles of information and recipes included!

This is the last box for 2018.  We will continue to stock Bee Healthy until the end of the month, or until we run out.

 

With a little inspiration and a lot of ideas, this Holiday Special Veggie Box is a good thing for the Holiday season!  The Farmer’s Wife

 

 

10 Holiday Special Boxes Left! Order now– PU Friday, December 7th, Bee Healthy

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Want an easy meal?  All the root crops can be combined in a full flavored roasted veggie dish–carrots, potatoes, sunchokes, daikons…season with onion and thyme, salt and pepper.  Bake in the oven.  Great on a lazy snow day when you are wrapping gifts and decorating! 

With a little inspiration and a lot of ideas, this Holiday Special Veggie Box is a good thing for the Holiday season! $25, only 10 Boxes left–     

 

HOLIDAY SPECIAL BOX CONTENTSShredded Cabbage (28 oz bag) of tender Kaitlin, suitable for sauerkraut, cabbage burgers, fried cabbage and Polish sausage, and slaws.  1# bag Brussels sprouts, 3# bag of Patriot potatoes (Red/White/Blue), Jumbo Yellow onion, 1# bag of Tri-color carrots (purples/orange/yellow), Daikon Radishes (Purple and White, milder than most radishes), 1# Sunchokes (AKA Jerusaleum Artichokes), and Winter Squash (Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato Squash–blond, sweet, and smooth textured Acorn type).  INFO SHEET AND PLETHORA OF RECIPES!

 

Reserve by sending an email (craftterri@rtconnect.net), texting (431-1219), or responding to this post!  Reserve by December 6th  for Pick Up at Bee Healthy on December 7th. (Take some time to shop The Bee–Janet has brought in some unique gifts!) This is the last box for the year, but we will continue to stock these items at Bee Healthy until the end of the month.  The Farmer’s Wife

HOLIDAY SPECIAL BOX OF VEGGIES– order before December 7th–

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It’s December!   We have 13 Holiday Special Boxes left out of 50…$25…They are loaded with colorful and festive veggies:  Purples, orange, and yellow carrots that are tender and sweet (raw on a relish tray or in a tossed salad).  Purple and snow white Daikon radishes (pickled or crisp alongside the carrots).  Steamed herb Patriot potatoes of red, white (actually a creamish yellow), and stunning blue as a side dish with your holiday ham.  Roasted Brussels sprouts–fresher than most in the stores– that can be combined with balsamic vinegar and craisins! All full of color and veggie freshness for just $25 (includes information and recipes and 2 pages of information on Sunchokes)–

 

With a little inspiration and a lot of ideas, this Holiday Special Veggie Box is a good thing for the Holiday season! Reserve your box for Friday Pick Up on December 7th at Bee Healthy by sending an email (craftterri@rtconnect.net), text message (431-1219), or responding to this post!   

 

HOLIDAY SPECIAL BOX CONTENTSShredded Cabbage (28 oz bag) of tender Kaitlin, suitable for sauerkraut, cabbage burgers, fried cabbage and Polish sausage, and slaws.  1# bag Brussels sprouts, 3# bag of Patriot potatoes (Red/White/Blue), Jumbo Yellow onion, 1# bag of Tri-color carrots (purples/orange/yellow), Daikon Radishes (Purple and White, milder than most radishes), 1# Sunchokes (AKA Jerusaleum Artichokes), and Winter Squash (Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato Squash–blond, sweet, and smooth textured Acorn type).

Don’t delay–they are moving quickly.  This is the last Special Box of the year and from the 2018 garden.   The Farmer’s Wife

 

4 Veggie Boxes at Bee Healthy Saturday–OR Reserve your own by December 3rd for Pick Up December 7th

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Thanks to those that picked up their Special Holiday Boxes today!  There are 4 Boxes still available this Saturday at Bee Healthy–The Bee closes at 3:00 p.m. $25 per box–

You can also reserve a box for next week by sending me an email (craftterri@rtconnect.net), texting (431-1219), or responding to this post!  Reserve by December 3rd for Pick Up at Bee Healthy on December 7th.  This is the last box for the year, but we will continue to stock these items at Bee Healthy until the end of the month.

HOLIDAY SPECIAL BOX CONTENTSShredded Cabbage (28 oz bag) of tender Kaitlin, suitable for sauerkraut, cabbage burgers, fried cabbage and Polish sausage, and slaws.  1# bag Brussels sprouts, 3# bag of Patriot potatoes (Red/White/Blue), Jumbo Yellow onion, 1# bag of Tri-color carrots (purples/orange/yellow), Daikon Radishes (Purple and White, milder than most radishes), 1# Sunchokes (AKA Jerusaleum Artichokes), and Winter Squash (Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato Squash–blond, sweet, and smooth textured Acorn type).

We are calling this the Holiday Special Box.  It’s December!   These veggies are loaded with festive colors:  Purples, orange, and yellow carrots that are tender and sweet (raw on a relish tray) paired with the purple and snow white Daikon radishes (pickled or crisp along side the carrots).  Steamed herb potatoes red, white (actually a creamish yellow), and stunning blue as a side dish with your holiday ham.  Or steamed and roasted Brussels sprouts–fresher than most in the stores– that can be combined with balsamic vinegar and craisins! (Color and veggie freshness–)

Want an easy meal?  All the root crops can be combined in a full flavored roasted veggie dish–carrots, potatoes, sunchokes, daikons…season with onion and thyme, salt and pepper.  Great on a lazy snow day when you are wrapping gifts and decorating!

This is the time of year when we will have lots of sweets bombarding our GI tract and blood stream.  It’s a good time to add a little probiotic rich foods:  homemade sauerkraut and pickled Daikon’s (recipes and directions for both included).

How about a Bundt Carrot Cake?–a good dessert for a Holiday meal.  The deep purple carrots make the cake moist and when cooked they become sweeter. Include  the orange and yellow carrots, and the cake is festive and almost looks confetti-filled!  Dust with powdered sugar to make it lower calories than a fully frosted cake.  (Additional Carrots are at Bee Healthy.  We’ll be adding Deep Purple next week–1# bags for $1.75.)

With a little inspiration and a lot of ideas, this Holiday Special Veggie Box is a good thing for the Holiday season!  The Farmer’s Wife

 

 

 

HEY– Sugar Pie Pumpkins still at Bee Healthy–

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There are Sugar Pie Pumpkins at Bee Healthy yet!  These can be cooked down for pies, but an even simpler treat is THUS:

Cut the top off, scoop out the seeds and pulp, add sugar (or honey or agave nectar) and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove), place top back on or cover with foil, and bake in oven until tender (45 minutes to an hour).  Serve as a special treat or dessert!

Don’t forget to rinse the seeds, soak in salt water, drain, and scatter on a cookie sheet to roast in the oven for pumpkin seeds!

Great way to enjoy the pumpkin spiced treat at a busy time of year!!  Cook several for a special Holiday dinner–

The Farmer’s Wife