Monday, October 10, 2016

Special note from The Satisfiers

Posted here at the request of HPFC Producer, The Satisfiers:

The Holiday Season is upon us!  We have products to help you with your holiday preparation and gift giving.  For your baking needs we have "The Satisfiers!" HOMEMADE COOKIE DOUGH in 9 flavors.  Dress them up with a chocolate star or M & M's on the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough.  Shape, frost and decorate Sugar Cookies, or try one of the other flavors for your Christmas baking.

Our "The Satisfiers!"  HAND DIPPED NUT CLUSTERS come in one of 4 varieties of nuts with both Milk-Chocolate and Vanilla flavors in each container.  There are 2 sizes to make a perfect "gift of good taste" for any one on your list--or yourself!!!

For that special meal, you might want to consider our cured ham roast, fresh pork roast, or pork chops.  Use your favorite recipe, or try pork chops with stuffing for an easy, special meal (recipe below).  If you are doing a brunch, we have bacon, sausage, and our Homemade Pancake/Biscuit Mix to make your meal a tasty one!

Pork Chops with Stuffing

4 - 6 pork chops
vegetable or olive oil
1 box stove top type stuffing mix

Heat enough oil in skillet to coat bottom and lightly brown chops.  Place in a baking dish large enough to hold the chops in a single layer.  Place the stuffing mix in the pan around the chops (or place in the pan and push the browned chops down to the bottom of the pan). Measure the water called for on the directions plus 1/2 cup and pour over the stuffing mix.  Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees  for 45 - 60 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Friday, August 19, 2016

What's up at the Coop??

What's up at the Coop? LOTS! We are always working to make this the best Coop it can be, here's a few quick updates:

--the Board (and Producers!) would like to remind you that even though the format of the ordering has changed, nature has not. Please remember to check back at various points during the cycle to see what new products have been listed or additional inventory added. Farming is a day-to-day business and many producers may not think they will have a product available, but then the weather gets better and all of a sudden one thing or another starts maturing enough to be listed. We wish this could all happen in time for listing on opening day of orders, but that isn't how it works, darn it. So do shop more than once during the cycle, you will be happily rewarded with additional yummy things to order!

--Speaking of weather, the Nebraska producers want you all to know that they have been hit on several occasions with severe hail lately. Many vegetable crops have been devastated and sometimes there is nothing left to harvest. They are going to keep at it and if their plants recover enough they will be back listing products in no time! Thank you for sending good, growing thoughts their way!

--Are you missing your favorite cheese? GREAT NEWS then! Cozy Cow is coming back but their name is now Longview Creamery, so make sure you check them out. New name, same deliciousness!

--Ruby Farm says they have cleaned, trimmed and dried this year's garlic and have several new varieties plus many of the old favorites, make sure to check them out under "Garlic" on the ordering site!

--It's late in the season, but we have a new vegetable producer from Denver joining these coming cycles: Dove Gardens will have tomatoes, squash, greens and other garden goodness for you! Make sure to check them out!

--Lastly, guess who is getting some chocolate?!?! YOU! That's right, the Coop has a new producer specializing in chocolate yummies to delight your palate! Watch for DAR Chocolate Confections coming soon!

That's it for the updates for today, remember to shop early and then shop often! Remember there are always volunteer opportunities at the Coop if you would like to give it a try!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Should you run a magnet over your sugar bowl??? FOOD SAFETY ALERT

Seems there has been a sugar recall that you may not have heard about because the FDA ain't talkin'! A major sugar supplier reported to the FDA that there may be bits of metal in their sugar. We think it must be quite a bit of metal in quite a bit of sugar or they wouldn't have notified the FDA...but the FDA is not disclosing who the supplier is OR what products the sugar may already be in!!! Yikes! The article linked does list some items that were already recalled, but geez, who knows how many more?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Beets, Eggs, Tomatoes, Peppers -Coming Soon To A Plate Near You!

As we approach the beginning of the best of summer produce (your blog mistress picked the first two tomatoes this past weekend!), our thoughts turn to the best ways to highlight all of these amazing fresh flavors. We've pulled a couple of recipes that are not only easy and delicious, but as pleasing to the eyes as they are to the palate. Best of all, either recipe can be made with infinite variations on what you have on hand!

The first, Pickled Beet Deviled Eggs, we've made with the leftover juice from both the spicy mushrooms and the spicy bread and butter pickles offered by HPFC producer Busy D's. Not only were the eggs delicious, we were so happy to have a good use for that amazing pickling brine! We also add lots of herbs to the yolks and often a little bit of feta. Mmmmmm.

Do view the blog post from May 20th of this year for more information on eggs and handy tricks to successfully boil fresh eggs!

Yield: Makes 24
Total Time: 50 minutes, plus pickling time

      • 1 cup apple cider vinegar, plus 3 tablespoons, divided

      • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, plus a pinch, divided

      • 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus a pinch, divided

      • 1 small red beet, peeled and shredded

      • 12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled

      • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

      • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, tarragon, chives, plus more for garnish

      • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)

      • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

      • 2 hot chiles, thinly sliced


        1. In a medium pot, mix 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, and 3 cups water. Add the beet and bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool slightly. Pour into a large heat-safe jar or bowl (including beet). Add eggs, stir, and refrigerate at least 3 hours (stirring occasionally) or overnight for a darker shade of pink.

        2. Remove eggs from liquid. Halve eggs (reserving the whites) and gently transfer the yolks to a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar, mayonnaise, herbs, and anchovy paste to the yolks. Season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, then spoon or pipe the filling into the egg whites.

        3. Place the chiles, remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, the remaining pinch each of sugar and salt in a bowl and let stand 15 minutes. Drain the chiles, then sprinkle over the deviled eggs. Sprinkle with additional herbs, if desired. Serve.

    This herbed tomato salad can also be made with feta or goat cheese. There are really so many variations, just add what you have on hand and enjoy!


      Ciliegine mozzarella is fresh mozzarella that comes in the shape of small, cherry-sized balls. Save this salad for when you have really ripe, juicy tomatoes.

      Salad Ingredients:

      6 ripe tomatoes cut into wedges

      3 bell peppers, slivered (combination of green, red and yellow)

      1 Vidalia onion, slivered

      1 cup pitted black olives, drained

      1 pound fresh mozzarella ciliegine


      1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil

      ¼ cup red wine vinegar

      ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

      ¼ cup chopped green onions

      1 teaspoon salt

      Friday, July 1, 2016

      New Farmers Market + GMO labeling law update

      For the latest update on the bill in the Senate Agricultural Committee regarding the fight for a national GMO food labeling law, here is a link to one of many articles on the subject. The short story is: as with all national bills there is much debate and even more compromise. If you are passionate about this issue, make sure you let your elected representatives know where you stand!

      If you love going to Farmer's Markets in between your Coop deliveries, there is about to be a new one in town! If you are producer looking for additional avenues for sale or a customer in the Aurora area, check out this message:
      My name is Melissa Sotelo, Council Aide to Councilwoman Gilmore. The community of Green Valley Ranch are excited to be starting a farmers market for our far northeast Denver neighborhood.  We’re located near I-70 & Tower Rd.  The farmers market will be open weekly beginning on July 13th (Wednesdays) from 5pm – 7pm.  There is no charge for the farmers to sell their local/fresh produce at this market.  The market will be held outside at our community recreation center – which has a wide open concrete patio/walkway.
      Would you be interested in selling your produce at our farmers market? 
      We’re currently scheduling farmers for the first 4 weeks (please indicate if we can count on them for 1 or more of the first 4 farmer market events).
      July 13
      July 20
      July 27
      Aug 3
      Set up will begin at 4pm to allow plenty of time for set up before the event at 5pm.  Tear down will begin around 7pm.  However, if you still have produce left and folks are still shopping, you’re welcome to keep selling beyond 7pm. 
      We’re expecting at least a couple of hundred people to visit our farmers market.  We’ve already begun promoting the event through online social media and would love to add your name to the list of vendors. 
      Let me know if you have,

      Melissa Sotelo | Council Aide
      District 11 –Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore
      | 720.337.7711
      Arie P. Taylor Building
      4685 Peoria Street, Suite 215
      Denver, CO 80239 |

      Tuesday, June 7, 2016

      Member Giveaway!!!

      We are so happy you all are taking the time to read our blog, we wanted to give you a thank you reward! The first ten members who comment with who their favorite producer is and what you like about them will receive a fancy insulated HPFC tote (yellow or blue, our choice please) AND an easy-to-fold-and-keep-with-you-always blue reuseable tote on your next order!!! Whoop!!

      This is open to members only. If you use an internet moniker that is not your real name and do not want to put your real name in the comments, please email contact the blog or the help desk at HPFC with your moniker and real name.

      As always, thank you for your membership and for supporting local, family farms!

      Monday, June 6, 2016

      Free help at your farm???

      While the first part of this message is mostly for other producers, even as a member you may know a good fit for these budding farmer-wanna-be's! Can you help?

      This couple is looking for experience working on a sheep/goat farm or ?? farm, please read her email:

      I am writing on behalf of myself and my partner, Stan. We am coming from deep in the heart of Denver. I have a day job in an office near the denver tech center. Stan does a lot of different things in the city. We are looking for a couple things:
      1) to get out of the city (for me, every other weekend is about what I can commit to with my travel and work schedule)
      2) to learn as much as I can about smaller animal husbandry (especially sheep)
      3) to explore whether this is an Avenue we want to pursue together (a farm), and if so, get more clarity what that would look like for us (personal farm, CSA medium sized, larger semi-industrial scale).

      Hope you had a fantastic weekend! 

      Please contact Ruby Farm or leave a comment below to get hooked up with these people and find out if you or your operation is a good fit for a work/learn set up. This was an unsolicited request, so we don't really know more than you do.

      For you members who are reading this and thinking: gee, that does sound like fun! Remember that Ambrosia Farm "sells" a Farm Day through the Coop, where you can learn all about chickens and turkeys and assorted other farm animals and equipment! Yes, they have GOATS! The fee is only so they can pay for your lunch and is quite reasonable. What a great activity for your school's-out-for-the-summer kids!