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April Produce Parable

By |2020-04-29T13:34:06-05:00April 29th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Iowa Asparagus By Adam Calder, Wheatsfield Produce Manager Spring showers have done their job, and the tips of delicious asparagus from Iowa Asparagus LLC in Ankeny have burst forth from the rain-dampened soil. Wheatsfield Cooperative has been doing business with Iowa Asparagus LLC for many years, and each year their asparagus is better than [...]

Help for Seasonal Allergies

By |2020-04-29T13:11:10-05:00April 29th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

By Kim McDermott, Wheatsfield Wellness Manager This article originally published in May, 2017. Updated: April 2020 After waiting out the months of cold weather, plus social distancing and quarantining at home, it’s a pleasure to be able to go outside in just short sleeves. Finally – it’s warm! Once spring approaches, many of us [...]

Naturally Dyed Eggs

By |2019-04-05T11:38:54-05:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Egg dyeing is a fun way to celebrate this time of year—and it's a tradition that goes way back—as much as 5,000 years when Persians celebrated springtime with eggs colored with plant-based dyes. Plant dyes can be just as useful today and they're plentiful; in fact you very well might have dye-worthy ingredients in [...]

Chicken Salad with Charred Scallion Dressing

By |2018-04-13T13:21:29-05:00April 13th, 2018|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |

Recipe by Becky Ringsby, Savor Specialty Chef Services. Ingredients 5 oz. thick-sliced rustic bread, torn into 1“ pieces 10 Tbsp. olive oil, divided Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 2 scallions 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 2 Tbsp. unseasoned rice vinegar 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise 1 lb. chicken, cooked 1 small red [...]

Radish Cashew Dip

By |2018-04-13T13:02:51-05:00April 13th, 2018|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

Recipe by Becky Ringsby of Savor Specialty Chef Services. Ingredients 1 lb. radishes 4 garlic scapes or about 6 large cloves of garlic 2 cups raw cashews 1 cup water 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt, or to taste Serving options: crudités, crackers, pita points, or crackers. Directions Roughly chop radishes and garlic scapes or garlic [...]

Creamy Asparagus Soup

By |2018-04-13T15:55:41-05:00April 13th, 2018|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |

Recipe by Becky Ringsby of Savor Specialty Chef Services. Ingredients 2 Tbsp. butter or olive oil 1 large leek, chopped 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 lbs. asparagus spears (after trimming - about 3 bunches), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces Salt and freshly ground pepper 1/4 cup dry white wine 4 cups chicken or [...]

Spring Flowers from Seed Savers

By |2018-03-20T11:12:11-05:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

By Adam Calder, Produce Manager March 2018 Produce Parable It’s spring, and that means it is time to start your flower seedlings.  If you’ve saved your own seeds from last year’s garden flowers, then good for you! If the birds and back yard critters ate all your flower seeds, or [...]

Creamy Strawberry Panna Cotta

By |2017-06-06T15:22:04-05:00June 6th, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |

Panna cotta are concentrated custards which are served with all sorts of fruits and even sometimes covered with caramel or melted chocolate. Chefs use flavors like anise, lemon or cinnamon in different variations. To help ensure the right texture, make sure to use high quality unpasteurized cream and full-fat yogurt – this isn’t the recipe [...]

Beer-Battered Asparagus with Garlic Aoili

By |2017-05-31T13:16:26-05:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , |

Recipes provided by Becky Ringsby, Savor Specialty Chef Services. Beer-Batter 1 ½ c all-purpose flour ½ c cornstarch 1 ½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 (12-oz) bottle of beer Oil for frying Vegetables or fish of choice, cut to desired size In a deep pot, pour a 1 1/2- inch layer of oil. [...]

Asparagus Pizza

By |2017-05-31T13:01:04-05:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

Becky Ringsby of Savor Specialty Chef Services recently led a Wheatsfield Cooperative cooking class on one of everyone’s favorite signs of spring – Asparagus! Since she want to keep this veggie on the dinner table for as many nights as she can, Becky has devised a repertoire of recipes which highlight the crisp, bright green [...]