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Sugar SNAP Peas!

sugar snap peas

Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas
Adapted from Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon Morrell
Sugar snap peas are a delight. They’re quick to prepare and add an irresistibly sweet crunch to your meal!

1 pound sugar snap peas, ends and string removed (may substitute snow peas)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or pork lard
1 bunch green onions, cut into one-inch pieces
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, lightly toasted in oven
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (optional)
2 tablespoons pine nuts (optional)
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Stir fry onions and peas in olive oil or pork lard for about 3 minutes. Add sesame seeds and optional pine nuts, stir frying another minute. Remove from heat and stir in optional toasted sesame oil. Season to taste and serve warm.

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(Red, White) and BLUE Burgers

Fire up that grill! Nothing more American than some local burgers. Happy almost Memorial Day Weekend to one and all!

adapted from Good Meat, Debra Krasner

Serves 4

1 pound ground grass-fed and finished beef

Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper

Approximately ¼ pound blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola, Stilton, or Maytag (also, try substituting your other favorite sharp-flavored cheeses like cheddar, Asiago, etc.), made from grass-fed milk.

Combine meat with salt and pepper. Form into four balls, taking care not to overwork the mixture. Poke a hole in each ball, insert a small piece of the cheese, and seal the cheese inside the burger by pinching the meat back over it.

Heat a dry, seasoned, cast-iron skillet, over medium heat, until the edges of the pan are hot to a glancing touch. Immediately reduce to low heat and add the patties to the pan. Cook the patties slowly and gently until browned (about 4 minutes on each side). Better yet, fire up that grill!

Serve immediately, with rolls or atop raw or cooked greens.

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Sweet and Tangy Rhubarb Simmer with Whipped Cream

Adapted from Nourishing Traditions, Revised Second Edition, Sally Fallon Morrell

6 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon powdered ginger*, or to taste
Approximately ½ cup water
½ to ¾ cup raw honey, or to taste

2 cups heavy cream
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup, or to taste

Place rhubarb, ginger, and water in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb is broken down. Allow to cool and stir in honey to taste. In a chilled bowl, whip cream and maple syrup until peaks stiffen.
* Stay tuned for fresh, Maine-grown ginger later this season. Be sure to freeze or can a batch of rhubarb to try the recipe with Maine’s own ginger crop!

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Bountiful Spring Salad- Eat Your Greens!

Makes approximately 4 servings

1 head leaf lettuce of your choice (also, try substituting 1 bag baby lettuce)
1 bag spinach or baby spinach
¼ – ½ bag arugula (also, try substituting ¼ – ½ bag baby kale)
1 large green onion
2-3 sprigs fresh peppermint, or to taste (also, try substituting other fresh herbs like spearmint, parsley, cilantro, etc.)
For dressing:
1 tsp dried, ground mustard
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp minced garlic
1/3 c olive oil (also, try substituting a Maine-produced oil like sunflower or canola)
1. Wash and dry greens, herbs, and green onion. If necessary, tear greens into bite-size pieces; coarsely chop herbs; thinly slice green onion; and place all in a salad bowl.
2. Put dressing ingredients in jar with tight-fitting lid and shake well.
3. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Serve at once.

Recipe contributed by Two Farmers’ Farm, Durham . Thanks Kelsey and Dominic!

You can contribute your seasonal, Maine recipes, too! Email them to colleen@mffm.org and let us know where you attend market.

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Peacemeal Farm in Dixmont Keeps it Sweet & Simple with Spring Parsnips…

Need a simple side dish? When we asked Peacemeal Farm the best way to prepare their sweet, spring parsnips. They responded:

“This simple recipe is especially suited to the spring dug parsnips, which are far superior in flavor and sweetness to those dug in the fall…peel, slice and saute in butter.” -Marcia and Mark, Peacemeal Farm

Sweet and simple.

Find Peacemeal’s parsnips here for $2.99/# (price may vary):

Orono, Belfast, Camden and Waterville Farmers’ Markets.

OR

On-farm Stand Hours: Thursdays 2 pm to 6 pm, June thru October

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Smoked Trout Hash (or how to use up those storage potatoes and onions)

A breakfast to keep you going until lunch.

Description: Smoked trout hash with a sunny side up egg, english muffins with chèvre and sriracha and a side of sauerkraut

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 potatoes-diced (Groundwork Farm, Kennebunk Market)

4 kale leaves or 2 generous handfuls of baby kale (or other early green)

1 onion (Grassland Farm, Skowhegan Market)

3 eggs (One Drop Farm, Skowhegan Market)

4 Tbs. butter

6 oz. smoked trout (skinned and shredded) (Ducktrap)

2 Tbs. heavy cream or milk (Goranson Farm, Portland, Damariscotta and Bath Markets)

3 oz. chèvre (Appleton Creamery, Bath, Belfast, Camden, Damariscotta, Orono & Rockland Markets)

2 side servings of sauerkraut (Thirty Acre Farm, Portland Market)

Garlic (storage- Groundwork Farm, Kennebunk Market), salt, pepper and herbs to taste

2 English muffins (homemade)

Sriracha- to taste (China!!!)

1. Heat butter in a cast iron skillet over medium to high heat. Add potatoes; cook, flipping potatoes as needed, until lightly browned… about 10 minutes.

2. Chop and add onions to skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions soften, about 10 minutes.

3. Beat 1 egg, heavy cream, 2 oz. of chevre and garlic in a bowl until mixed. Reduce heat of skillet and add mixture, stirring rapidly.  Once mixture is added in, increase heat back to medium-high. Add shredded smoked trout at this time.

4. Flip hash every couple of minutes. Cook for an additional 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.

5.  Reduce heat to medium-low. Add kale and stir in as necessary. This is a good time to crack those eggs and fry them in a separate frying pan. Pop those english muffins into the toaster at this time, as well.

4. Divide hash, eggs and english muffins between 2 plates. Add chèvre and sriracha to english muffins. Spoon a healthy serving of sauerkraut or kimchi on the side.

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