Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat pancakes with straweberries and blueberries

I have had a fixation on buckwheat pancakes for as long as I can remember but, for most of my life, buckwheat was a rare delicacy. It was just a few years ago that buckwheat became more readily available and I was able to start indulging my craving for buckwheat on a regular basis. Last year, I grew some buckwheat of my own, but ended up saving the seeds to plant again this year. Needless to … [Read more...]

How to Prepare French Green Beans

Sauteed haricot verts Tavera French heirloom green bean

This year I planted the Tavera variety of haricot verts, French stringless green beans. The plan is to have enough to sell, but the seeds planted at the farm were mostly washed away in an April deluge. About half a row is left there, while I have about 20 plants in my backyard garden, which have just started to produce. Yesterday, I gathered about half a pound and prepared them by blanching, … [Read more...]

012 Shinecast: FoodBlogSouth Preview and More

FoodBlogSouth 2012 Goodie Bag

Episode 012 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features a preview of FoodBlogSouth 2013, one of the premiere food blogging conferences. Sheree talks with FoodBlogSouth co-founders Jason Horn and Shaun Chavis about the upcoming event. Shinecast listeners can pick up a 10% discount on conference registration. Listen to the interview with Jason and Shaun to get the discount code. I moved the … [Read more...]

Healthy Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Whole Wheat Muffins

'Tis the season for cranberries. Delectably tart cranberries can be used in so many ways beyond the traditional cranberry relish that adorns your holiday turkey and dressing. Whole wheat cranberry muffins are but one example. Cranberry muffins are easy to make and my version is extra healthy, thanks to the whole wheat flour. Here's what I'm sharing around the office this week: Cranberry Whole … [Read more...]

Favorite Cookbooks

Photo of cookbook covers

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, cooking and cookbooks came to mind as a theme as I began mulling over topics for this week's episode of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast. I tend to use cookbooks more for inspiration than actual cooking guidance. Here are some of my favorites: Belle Chevre: Tasia's Table My most recent cookbook purchase is Tasia's Table: Cooking With the … [Read more...]

008 Shine Springs Farm Shinecast: Jan Hoadley & Slow Money Farm

Henry's Garden at Shine Springs Farm

This week's Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features an interview with Jan Hoadley of Slow Money Farm. Jan shares her farming philosophy, offers tips for cooking rabbit and talks about the importance of community in farming.   Jan and her family raise poultry, rabbits and produce at Slow Money Farm. Jan blogs about Life, Farm & Food at Slow Money Farm. She's also a Ag Chat … [Read more...]

007 Shinecast: Turnip Greens, Green Building & More

Fresh Turnip Greens

Episode 007 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features a detailed farm update, the health benefits of turnip greens, and a conversation with Justinn Overton, Green Workforce Program Director for the US Green Building Council Alabama. As much as I'd like to use James Bond theme music for this episode, I did not. Copyright law and all that. Use your imagination.   In the farm … [Read more...]

Turnip Greens with Pasta

Sauteed Turnip Greens Over Whole Wheat Capellini

My first meal featuring Shine Springs Farm organically-grown produce featured sautéed turnip greens over whole wheat pasta. Turnip greens are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, but you don't often find them on the menu. Most people, Southerners at least, think of turnip greens as something you stew for an hour or so (at least) and flavor with a ham hock. But that doesn't do justice to … [Read more...]

004 Shine Springs Farm Podcast Episode 004

Shine Springs Farm Shinecast

This week's episode of the Shinecast features an interview with Jen Barnett, co-owner of Freshfully, a local-foods market in Birmingham, Alabama (and beyond) with a mission to make more local food available to more people—more conveniently. Freshfully is starting to expand to other cities across the Southeast. If you're a farmer and want to sell through Freshfully or a locavore looking for … [Read more...]

002 Shine Springs Farm Podcast Episode 2

This week on episode 002 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast you hear an update on Shine Springs Farm fall veggie garden, comments on Eliot Coleman's hypothetical ad describing the ideal small farm, Sheree's comments on the importance of real food to personal health and the affordability of real food. Big shout-out this week to Tammy of Agrigirl's Blog for sharing the Shinecast on Facebook … [Read more...]