Maple (or Honey) Sriracha Cornbread

Farm Direct Coop Member Halley Kamerkar recently shared her delicious cornbread with fellow members at the FDC Annual Kickoff and Potluck. With rave reviews and several requests, Halley wrote down the recipe and shared it here with us. Bon appetit!

Maple (or honey) Sriracha Cornbread
by Halley Kamerkar

Please note: I believe half the credit for the success of this bread comes from the Nordic Ware pan I use to bake.

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FDC Annual Meeting & Season Kickoff Party

On Sunday, March 11th, Farm Direct members, staff and Board of Directors gathered for the Annual Meeting & FDC Season Kickoff Party. This event always brings the best food. FDC members can really cook! Honey sriracha cornbread made an appearance the second year in a row (popular demand) and was a huge hit both times. Soups, salads, casseroles, delicious desserts and a general abundance of great food was on hand.

We were lucky to have special guests Pic Harrison and Sarah Lincoln-Harrison, who founded the coop 25 years ago, in attendance this year. Without them, there would be no FDC! Our main grower, Robert Lynch, co-owner & grower at Riverland Farm, Sunderland, MA was also present. He spoke about what their relationship with the FDC means to their success. He answered questions about growing practices, the challenge of new weather patterns, and the crop plans for the coming year. For the second year in a row, the FDC has given Riverland a $5,000 advance payment for produce to allow them to make improvements for the coming season. This year the funds are going toward a concrete slab to facilitate ease of navigation in one of the high tunnels used for storage and curing sweet potatoes.

 

Board President Monica Tecca acted as MC welcoming all and introducing each speaker. Financials were presented by FDC Treasurer Amy Imhoff & Tamara covering the year-end totals, the community aid fund, along with a discussion about our food stamp and healthy incentives programs. Julie & Tamara, co-managers for the FDC, talked about some changes to the upcoming season such as moving to a 22 week season, replacing the November Share with the Thanksgiving Share, and altering the Mushroom Share and Flower Share season lengths.

The business portion of the meeting concluded by voting in the new FDC Board of Directors. We bid farewell and offer heartfelt thanks to Lora Catalano, Tim Flatt, and Maria Adams, and welcome aboard Christine Trowbridge, Amy Piantedosi, and Leah Hancock.
We left with a renewed excitement for this community, and the mutually beneficial relationships we have with growers and producers in MA and New England.

Act Now! Funding Suspension of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Programs

Time-sensitive – Please act!

SNAP (formerly ‘food stamps’) and HIP.
Did you know the Farm Direct Coop endeavored to accept the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 5 years ago? We were authorized at that time, and have aided families and individuals ever since. Last year a pilot program called the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) was put in place to encourage healthy eating by incentivizing the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farms, farmers markets, and CSA’s. When buying fresh fruits and veggies from farmers, markets, and CSA’s, the HIP program matches SNAP funds ranging from $40 to $120 (individuals/families) and instantly reimburses funds back onto the participant’s card. Thus, extending buying capability, the program ensures participants are getting the healthiest foods available.

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Instant Pot Vegetarian Pho

I admit, I’m quickly becoming an Instant Pot junky. It certainly doesn’t replace all of my kitchen appliances as so many profess, but it does make select dishes either faster or tastier. Both are true with this quick and flavorful gluten-free, vegetarian Pho. Bonus – it takes advantage of the widely available sprouts of Spring. For a twist, add mushrooms of choice. Don’t have an instant pot? Simply cook the soup portion on the stove top as you normally would. Recipe by Kara Lydon – check out her blog for some beautiful pictures of her creations.

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Easiest Daikon Radish Salad Ever

Daikon radishes are a variety best suited for fall planting and harvest. Winter radish varieties mature more slowly and are harvested at considerably larger size. The Daikon is often mistaken for a white carrot due in part to its large size and long, tapered shape. Once they reach maturity, they maintain high quality for a fairly long time in the garden. Daikon or Chinese radish, can achieve particularly large size and still maintain excellent quality. Winter radishes can be pulled before the ground freezes and stored in moist cold storage for up to several months. Continue reading