It's hard to believe, but spring is almost here in Kalamazoo. The farmer's market is opening in about a month so farmers are getting their produce ready! Some farmers have already been picking and we are so excited.
Crisp Country Acres is picking tomatoes, but they already have had root veggies and cold storage items like sweet potatoes, beets and apples. We have really taken advantage of those these past few weeks. Next week's menu is cooking on Tuesday and includes potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and greens for the roasted veggie hash. We are also looking at their sweet potatoes and onions for the chili and apples for the apple salad for the following week. The first cherry tomatoes has us wondering what delicious recipes we can cook up with those. Maybe a bruschetta topping? Tabouli salad? Fresh pasta sauce? We will see!
J&J Tortillas out of Hopkins is creating some of the best tortillas I have ever had (and my family runs through a lot of them!). They are simple and beautifully made using real ingredients. If you have ever bought tortillas from the store they are loaded with strange ingredients, which is just not needed. J & J has several options including some organic ones, ones with unique grains and flavored ones like spinach and tomato! We have used the white and wheat and are excited to use the flavored ones in an upcoming menu with wraps and soups.
The mother and daughter team of The Dough Chicks have such an amazing line of healthy baked goods and mixes. And we not just talking your basic healthy ingredients. They use super grains like teff, flax and chia to make ordinary treats extraordinary with a punch of power. This week they are featured in our Power Brinner menu with their Two Mittens Pancake mix. Amazing! Not only is it super healthy, but it is also gluten free??!! Easy mix with or without using an egg, its delicious!
Finally, we are so looking forward each week at what KVCC Valley Hub is growing. We took advantage of cool peppers a couple weeks ago (as pictured) as well as herbs. They have a greenhouse room that I visited with so much growing plus what they have available at the Bronson Tuesday market. It will be a surprise what we pick up next from them, but I am sure I will be hunting the greens and herbs.