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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Power of the Sun-heated greenhouse!

LOVE the passive-solar-heated greenhouse here at Wishful Acres Farm!

Just 3 days ago, we received over 12" of snow.  The snow was followed by frigid temperatures down to 5℉.

And look inside the greenhouse today!  Amazing, all the USDA Certified Organic salad greens are still alive & growing away!!!

There are still 2 weeks left in the CSA regular growing season.  All of the farm's members will still be receiving fresh salads, tons of root vegetables, and much more all the way into December!

Then in December, the farm's Winter Micro-Greens CSA begins and runs through April.  

Yes, Wishful Acres Farm grows year-round, even way up here in Northern Illinois along the Wisconsin border!

You CAN eat fresh, local, and organic year-round!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Asian Greens Stir Fry & Fried Rice recipe step-by-step

Each fall, there are dozens of varieties of beautiful greens grown here at Wishful Acres Farm.  Sweet lettuce, spicy arugula, crisp spinach, and my specialty: over half a dozen Asian greens: Pak Choi (aka Bok Choy), Tat Soi, Mizuna, red spoon-leaf spicy mustard, gorgeous red frilly mustard, and wavy green Asian mustard greens, too!  While all of these greens can be eaten raw in salads, they are also delicious cooked!  

It's very simple to stir fry Asian greens.  Simply chop them all about the same size (bite size pieces work nicely).  It also helps if you keep any thicker or crunchier portions separate as those take longer to cook (for example, the pak choi stems are thick & crunchy and take longer to cook than the top leaf portion of the pak choi.

After chopping all your Asian greens, prepare a pan for stir fry by placing it over a low-medium heat with enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Add the thicker parts first (stems, also any onions etc that you may wish to add).  Stir fry the thicker parts, stirring frequently, until they begin to become tender.  Then add the leafy greens next.  Stir it all until everything is tender.  Now is also the time to season it.  Some options include: garlic powder (or fresh chopped garlic can be added with the greens), soy sauce or salt, and if you like it spicy you can add some red pepper flakes or Asian chili sauce.

That's it!  It's done, and so simple & easy.  How about a starch along with it?  You could use pasta to make it into a lo mein or rice, or even fried rice as pictured cooking  below.  I make fried rice by using leftover pre-cooked Brown rice.  I scramble a few eggs in a dish, add the rice to a pan, stir the scrambled raw eggs into the rice, and allow it to cook (stirring frequently) until the egg has cooked through completely.  I season it with soy sauce.  

Pictured below, finished stir fry on the right includes a bag of Wishful Acres Farm Asian Greens & an onion.  On left, the fried rice is cooking. 

I hope you enjoy!

Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm!

Some of the Asian Greens pictured below, grown in the fields right here at the farm.  So beautiful!

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Beautiful Asian veggies here at the farm!

This week, all the farm members are receiving some beautiful Asian greens in their shares.  Like edible floral arrangements!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Farm Fresh news!

The Farm Fresh newsletter was sent out today, featuring pictures, recipes, and news from the farm!  If you're not a subscriber, you can still read it online here.

Want to subscribe?  Visit the newsletter page on our web site here.

Best wishes from Wishful Acres Farm!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Homemade pizza topped with fresh arugula & bruschetta

Those wishing for Arugula ideas, here is one I adore!  Fresh chopped arugula is delicious on a pizza.  Just make sure to add the arugula after the pizza is already cooked.  :)

It's also great chopped fresh on your pasta dishes.  Delicious!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Eat Fresh, Local, and Organic all winter long with our Winter Micro-Greens CSA Program!

Our farm grows fresh food 365 days per year, right here in Northwest Illinois, using season extension (passive solar heated greenhouse and indoor-greenhouse growing methods) as well as special crops that can withstand the cold longer in our fields!

From December through April, our Micro-Greens are grown right here on our farm within an indoor-greenhouse environment.  As with all the crops on our farm, they are USDA Certified Organic!

Do you want to eat Fresh, Local, Organic.. and delicious.... all winter long?  Visit the Winter Micro-Greens CSA page on our web site for more information and to download the sign-up form:!microgreens-csa/c4f1

Any questions can be directed to Penny at .

Best wishes from Wishful Acres Farm!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Having a great season!

The farm's CSA members are enjoying another great season of delicious food!  Here is this week's share, all of the members received an identical share!

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