Local Food and Farm Products 
Volume 9 Number 8    February 21, 2017


Butte Mountain Farm, Jackson

Rain, wind, and more rain! Moss is beginning to grow everywhere! It is wonderful to have a few non-rainy days between the storms. Doing chores slogging through mud is hard! Chicken don't like to swim through the puddles in their yards, either. Eggs are much dirtier due to muddy feet! But the green color everywhere is beautiful!
Exciting news is that we have a new "worker" in training. Dante, the herding dog, will have an assistant, well, soon. Right now the puppy is too small to help with the sheep and lambs!

It is baby time! Lambs (5 so far), a puppy, and lots of baby plants that need to be potted on into 6 pack. Have you thought about your gardens this year? Do you want to special order any plants?


THIS'N'THAT: by Cheri Woods

T-n-T time! I think the best way to get rid of a drought is to rain like h... for a few days then stop. Obviously someone didn't get my message!! Hope everyone was ready for the big deluge! Makes me think we won't have a meat bee problem this year ( they nest in the ground)! Saturday appears it will be a nice day! So come on down or up to our luncheon on that day 2/ 25! TTFN



NEW PRODUCERS MEETING FEB 25, 10:00 at the DC-- THIS WEEK! If you know someone who might want to grow for profit using organic/sustainable methods, tell them about this meeting.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING also on FEB 25, 12-2:00 at Teresa's Banquet Room. We've been working hard to make this occasion special and something you'll want to attend. Please come, find out what's going on with farming in America, why CSAs are important and how we together can make a difference. Soup and salad on us, Bring a friend.

March 25, 12-3 pm: Spring Open House, Butte Mountain Farm, Jackson.

Come revel in the splendor of spring on the grassy hillsides of Butte Mountain Farm. Meet Carolyn's new lambs, the chickens, and of course, her new guard puppy!


Mandarin Oranges, Chicken and Almonds

Recipe by: Nancyjo Riekse from Food To Dine For

1/2 cup raisins

1 jigger Madeira

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon white pepper

1 large chicken, 3-4 pounds, cut into serving pieces

5 tablespoons oil

3-4 mandarins peeled and segmented

1/2 cup fresh mandarin juice

1 clove garlic minced

1/2 cup chicken stock

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1/2 cup heavy cream, lightly beaten

1/2 cup sliced roasted almonds


Cover raisins with Madeira and soak. Mix together paprika and pepper and rub chicken with mixture. Heat oil in Dutch oven. Add chicken and cook on all sides until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Pour mandarin juice over chicken, add garlic and stock. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and arrange on a preheated platter to keep warm. Add soaked raisins and remaining ingredients to sauce, except mandarin segments and almonds. Cook over medium heat until thickened, but do not boil. Pour sauce over chicken and top with remaining mandarins and almonds.


Mandarin Meat Loaf


1 slightly beaten egg

3/4 cup bread crumbs

1 lbs lean ground beef

1 1/2 cup orange or mandarin juice or mashed mandarins

3 tablespoons honey

4 teaspoons cornstarch

4 teaspoons soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 medium yellow onion

1 medium green bell pepper

1 medium red bell pepper


Mix first 4 ingredients together and form into a loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes or until no pink remains.

Chop onion and peppers into 1 inch pieces and mix with remaining ingredients. Cook, stirring, until thick and bubbly. Top loaf with sauce and cook until heated through.

Mandarin Oranges and Black Bean Salad

Recipe by: Nancyjo Riekse from Food To Dine For


1-1/2 cups mandarin segments

3 tablespoons mandarin juice

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

2 cups black beans, cooked, rinsed and drained

1-1/2 cups finely shredded lettuce or salad mix


Combine the mandarin juice, vinegar, olive oil, mustard, cilantro, cumin and pepper. Stir with a wire whisk until blended. Add mandarin segments, red onion, garlic, and beans. Stir well. Serve on lettuce-lined plates. Serves 3-4


Beet Salad with Mandarin Vinaigrette

Adapted from a recipe by Todd Porter and Diane Cu Published February 2014



1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup fresh mandarin juice

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 garlic clove, minced

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

5 ounces salad mix (8 cups)

5 ounces bean sprouts (2 cups)

4 mandarin oranges, peeled and sectioned

1/4 cup coarsley chopped walnuts


How to make this recipe

Preheat oven to 450°F Remove beet greens from 3 fresh beets; rinse beets and wrap tightly in foil. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Unwrap foil and remove skin by rubbing firmly with paper towels. Refrigerate beets until cool; cut into pieces.

In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the mandarin juice, apple cider vinegar and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Add the beets, bean sprouts, and salad mix and toss to coat. Transfer the salad to a large platter, top with the mandarin sections and walnuts and serve.


Single Box

1 lb. Mandarins Sunset Ridge

1/2 doz. med. eggs Butte Mountain Farm

1/4 lb. walnuts Abbondanza

1/2 lb. Spring mix 24 Carrot Farm

1 lb. Carrots 24 Carrot Farm

1 green cabbage 24 Carrot Farm

1 bunch beets 24 Carrot Farm


Family Box

2 lb. Mandarins Sunset Ridge

1/2 doz. med. eggs Butte Mountain Farm

1 jar sweet pickled peppers 24 Carrot Farm

1/4 lb. walnuts Abbondanza

1 bunch beets 24 Carrot Farm

1/2 lb. Spring mix 24 Carrot Farm


Mother Lode Harvest has local food and farm products available to order at


Orders received during that time can be picked up on Tuesdays between 10:30 am and noon, or 4:30 to 6:00 pm, at 1235 Jackson Gate Road in Jackson, behind Teresa's Restaurant. Prepaid orders may also be picked up in Volcano or Plymouth. Payment may be made at pickup by cash or check made out to Mother Lode Harvest, or before pickup by PayPal.

New customers will need to register by using the "join" button on the website before they can shop. A signed customer agreement and membership dues may be mailed to MLH, or brought to the distribution center with your first pickup.

If you have any questions or problems with using the website, please contact our customer coordinator, Michelle, at, or 419-2503.


You can celebrate CSA Day by bringing a friend to the General Meeting on Saturday or getting him or her to become a member!

Celebrate Community-Supported Agriculture on Feb. 24

PITTSBURGH, January 24, 2017 – Are your New Year’s resolutions already in the rearview mirror? If so, you’re not alone, but you still have time to make good on those resolutions. February 24 marks the third annual CSA Day when you can join other like-minded people around the country who are committed to:


  • eating healthful foods and preparing them for their families;

  • supporting their local farmer;

  • being kind to our planet;

  • learning something new; and

  • being adventurous in the kitchen.

CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. It is a form of investment that allows small farmers to continue growing on a scale that may not be sustainable without the CSA model. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables for their family, while supporting their local farmer.

According to Small Farm Central’s CSA Farming Annual Report, the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. To promote this important time for farmers, CSA Day was coined, and each year it falls on the last Friday in February. It’s an entire day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture, and CSA farmers enjoy an influx of sign-ups from members, which gives them revenue when they need it most for the growing season.
Getting food from a CSA is different from going to a farmers market or using a grocery delivery service. As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area, and the produce is either delivered to your door or you pick it up at a local distribution center. CSA members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown, and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer.

Community-supported agriculture is all about relationships and feeding families,” said Simon Huntley, CEO of Small Farm Central, a company that provides marketing support for small farms and started CSA Day. “CSA farmers typically teach members what’s in season throughout the year, and help them appreciate and cook food to which they may not otherwise be exposed.”


About Small Farm Central and CSA Day
In 2006, Simon Huntley combined his passion for helping small farmers and his experience in technology to found Small Farm Central. The organization serves the technology needs of small business farmers, including websites, ecommerce, CSA member management and marketing tools. Small Farm Central coined CSA Day in February 2015 to celebrate local agriculture among CSA members and farmers. Small Farm Central has worked with more than 1,000 farms across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit and

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