Welcome to our brand new blog! Not only have we recently amped up our website to reflect what we're all about (namely local food catering, sustainable farming practices, delicious culinary delights, and everything Montgomery County and Central Indiana) but we've added a blog so that our friends and followers can keep track of what's going on and where we're headed next! We'll keep you updated on noteworthy catering events, exciting local things to do, cooking advice and what's going on at our farm. We'll jump right in and fill you in on how our winter is going.
While the winter has been long and cold, the kitchen was abuzz last week with preparation for one of the most exciting events of the year. The Indiana Small Farms Conference takes place annually at the Hendricks County fairgrounds in Danville. At the event attendees enjoy interactive talks held by specialists on topics that range from livestock management to small farm solar energy, and beekeeping and so many more interesting subjects.
For the 3rd year in a row, The Juniper Spoon catered the event, representing our local farmers by using their produce and products in our cooking. This event embodies so much that we love about where we live and what we do: sustainable agriculture, local community, enthusiasm for locally grown food, and plain old down to earth people doing what they love and believe in.
A few highlights from the weekend menus were the flatbread pizzas made with locally grown and milled wheat flour, and a make-your-own taco bar with a colorful spread of ingredients. We believe with all our hearts that farmers who grow good food should eat good food too!
A big thank you to all of our Indiana farmers for growing and producing beautiful food for us to eat all year round. We enjoyed cooking with your products and interacting with you last weekend! Keep an eye open for next year's Small Farm's Conference! Follow @SmallFarmPurdue on twitter, and sign up for the conference at: https://ag.purdue.edu/extension/smallfarms/Pages/default.aspx
Here is a list of the farms that provided us with produce this year:
Farming Engineers: eggs for cakes and cookies
Silverthorn Farm: Carrots, spinach, potatoes, microgreens
Moody Meats: Chicken, beef
Becker Farms: Pork, bacon, ham
RJ Honey: local honey
Tuttle Orchards: Apples
Howard Orchard: Apples
Harvestland Farm: herbs, root vegetables
Amelia's bakery: Bread
Husk: Green beans
Trader's Point Creamery: Yogurt
Fair Oaks Farm Dairy: Cheese
Perkin's Good Earth Farm: Spinach
Christopher Farm: Garlic
Hole Family Farm: Corn, butternut squash
And, of course, plenty from our own garden that we froze at peak ripeness: grilled eggplant, grilled poblano peppers, tomatillos, zucchini, basil pesto and tons of salsa!
Now that winter is coming to a close and temperatures are rising, the growing season has already begun! Here at The Juniper Spoon, the alliums are seeded and sprouting in the greenhouse, and our overwintered garlic is poking through the heavy layer of mulch we applied last season. Check back regularly to see what we're growing, cooking and planning. Leave your comments and questions as we love to interact with our friends and guests!