Hello, Ladies.

The Brookford Farm Herd

 

There is nothing more joyful than spending time at Brookford Farm. Its expansive beauty and flurries of activity are beyond invigorating. Everything we see and hear makes us think: this is it. This is how is all supposed to be done. This is how food should be grown, how animals should be raised with love and how respect for the Earth should sit at the center of everything we do. This is where we come to get drunk on the organic, family farm Kool-Aid.

In between visits we satiate our cravings for the place by secretly stalking their cows on Instagram. It just feels good.

The ladies that you see pictured (and who have our whole heart) are a part of the Mahoney's ~70 head milking herd from mixed breeds.  Each of these breeds have different characteristics but they are all usually very curious and gentle. At the farm, every one is given a name starting with the same first letter as her mother.

From May through November, after milking,  the cows are lead down the road (check out @sharefamilydinner on IG for the photo!) to their favorite pastures to graze all day and lead back in the evening.  The Mahoney's have four boys and they are known to lead the cows down the road themselves like bovine whisperers in training.

Brookford Farm is the antithesis of modern factory, industrial farming.  Here; knowledge, love and respect are at the root of everything they do. We are beyond proud to work with them and to bring you their products every week.


WHAT'S IN THE BAG?

HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein
 - Half Chicken from Feather Brook Farm (Check out Tad's recipe!); Greek Yogurt from Brookford Farm
Pescatarian Protein - Hake from Red's Best; Greek Yogurt from Brookford Farm
Vegetarian Protein -  Vegan Meats from Plant Deli ; Greek Yogurt from Brookford Farm
Paleo Proteins - Half Chicken from Feather Brook Farm (Check out Tad's recipe!); Eggs from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Baby Spinach from Pete's Greens; Corn, Leeks and Tomatoes from Busa Farm
Grain - Pierogi from Jaju Pierogi
Special Treat - Bars from Forge Baking 


WHOLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Whole Chicken from Feather Brook Farms (Check out Tad's Recipe!) ; Greek Yogurt and Eggs from Brookford Farm
Pescatarian Protein - Swordfish and Hake from Red's Best; Greek Yogurt and Eggs from Brookford Farm
Vegetarian Protein - Vegan Meats from Plant Deli ; Feta, Eggs and Greek Yogurt from Brookford Farm
Paleo Proteins - Whole Chicken from Feather Brook Farms (Check out Tad's Recipe!); Eggs from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Swiss Chard,  Baby Spinach from Pete's Greens; Corn, Leeks and Tomatoes from Busa Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards
Grain - Pierogi from Jaju Pierogi
Special Treat - Bars from Forge Baking 

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Hake from Red's Best ; Whole Chicken from Feather Brook Farms (Check out Tad's Recipe!) ; Cottage Cheese (a first for Family Dinner!) Greek Yogurt and Eggs from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Swiss Chard,  Baby Spinach from Pete's Greens; Corn, Leeks and Tomatoes from Busa Farm; Apples from Champlain Orchards
Grain - Pierogi from Jaju Pierogi; Granola from Forge Baking
Special Treat - Honey from Apex Apiaries;  Bars from Forge Baking 


RECIPES

Tad's Chicken: Tad has been tweaking his grilled chicken recipe. After you thaw your bird, here's what Tad recommends: "Medium heat on propane grill: 20 minutes rib side down; 15 minutes skin side down; 20 minutes rib side down. Yum yum"

Hake with Leeks and Potatoes: If you still have your taters from last week they fill out this dish. You could also skip them and throw your spinach in the pan last minute

Swordfish with Corn Relish: These guys were born to be together.  Well, one was born in the sea and one was born on Busa Farm but you get the point. 

Chicken with Honey Roasted Leeks: A touch of sweet from the honey makes this a warm and inviting dish to enjoy for lunches in your glacial office all week.

Vegan Sausage Corn and Rice: Speaking of Hello Ladies... Hello Martha! Martha calls for regular meat here but let the Plant Deli goods step in.


TIPS AND TRICKS

Aw, Shucks.

Shucking Corn can be a real pain in the... ear. The KITCHN has a step - by- step they're calling:  "How to Shuck Corn like a Mid-Westerner" with step by step photos. Cut out the dread of a boring task and get to eating that delicious corn even faster.