Celery Leaves

Celery leaves have an intense celery flavor that is delicious and nutritious! Sage Mountain Farm is harvesting a crop of celery today that will be included in their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share boxes this week. However farmer Phil considers it a “crop fail”. Meaning that due to the cold weather, although they have an out-of-this-world flavor, the celery stalks didn’t fully grow.

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You can treat these “baby” celery and their leaves like you would any fresh herb by mincing or chopping coarsely. The same principle applies to all celery leaves. Here are just a few ideas of what you can do with them:

  • Toss with salad greens and a home-made vinaigrette into a delightful salad.
  • Enrich the flavor of stir-fries, stocks, soups, and sauces.
  • Use celery leaves as a fresh herb. Mince them finely or coarsely chop them to garnish any dish with bright, celery flavor.
  • Swap parsley for celery leaves in a classic tabbouleh with Bulgar, tomato, and cucumber.
  • Make a celery leaf and chickpea salad. Combine celery leaves, chopped celery, and chickpeas with shaved red onion and sherry vinaigrette.

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How to Make Celery Leaf Pesto

This recipe from thekitchn.com for celery leaves knocked my socks off! ..And it’s cold outside!!! So I quickly put my socks back on and raced over to the computer to share the recipe with you! *hold onto your socks*

Prepare celery leaves into a puree for a flavorful and bright pesto with toasted nuts and Parmesan cheese. In a food processor, fitted with a standard blade, chop 2 small garlic cloves until they won’t break down any further. Add 1/2 cup walnuts or almonds, and 2 to 3 cups celery leaves; blend until finely chopped. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Blend again, streaming in 3/4 cup to 1 cup olive oil through the top feed tube until smooth. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan or Pecorino cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve as a spread over toasted Italian bread with thick slices of heirloom tomatoes, a drizzle of good olive oil, and flaked sea salt. Layer it into a hearty sandwich with avocado, thinly sliced cucumber, goat cheese, and arugula. Give thanks… and enjoy!


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Nutritional Benefits

Celery leaves offer nutritional value that can boost your health. Celery leaves are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, macronutrients and have a great balance of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus that are beneficial for bonejoint and ligament health while strengthening nerve and muscle function. The vitamin E you get in celery leaves gives your cells antioxidant protection. Celery leaves contain a small amount of iodine but by pairing with foods rich in this mineral such as sea bass, perch and haddock, you can increase your iodine intake. 

Tip: By juicing celery leaves you get 500% morecalcium, magnesium, vitamin c and phenolic compounds than you would from just eating the stalk. 


Green Orange Smoothie Recipe

Using farm fresh organic Sage Mountain Farm ingredients from your CSA farm share box, juice 2 Valencia oranges with 3 organic baby celery stalks with leaves, a handful of organic mixed greens, 5 small organic carrots, 1/2 of an organic green apple, topped with 2 ice cubes. Blend, give thanks.. and enjoy!


Don’t miss out on celery leaves valuable nutrition and remember to eat the leaves! We would love to hear from you. Please share with us how you prepare celery leaves.


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This farm is a labor of love and we couldn’t do it without our community and wonderful customers! Please tell your friends about us. Referrals are the greatest compliments and we appreciate them more than we could ever convey!

Let’s make small farms in our region stronger and profitable!


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Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Now that it starting to feel more like winter in Southern California, it’s time to get warm & cozy in the kitchen! Break out the sweaters, extra blankets and make some home-cooked goodness to combat the chills. A pure, nurturing bowl of home-made chicken soup isn’t just a classic that Mom use to make, it’s an easy home remedy that anyone can make, although best given. Fill your home with the most amazing smell, your taste buds with rich flavor and your body with wholesome vitamins & minerals that will boost your winter immunity. Even if you’re new to the kitchen, you got this.

Home-made Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Local Sage Mountain Farm chicken *available for order online
    In this recipe, we used left-over boneless chicken that we had in the fridge. The vegetables were also chosen from what we had on hand. High-quality (farm fresh) ingredients at their peak (seasonal) quality enhance the flavor of any meal and upgrade your culinary chops! 
  • 1 winter squash (Butternut, Delicata and/or Spaghetti)
  • 1 bunch of carrots, cleaned not peeled
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 small bag of tomatillos
  • 1 sweet potato
  • A handful of baby potatoes
  • 2½ local, organic
  • 1 zucchini
  • Fresh ginger (grated, chopped or sliced)
  • Fresh garlic (3 cloves minced & 3-5 whole cloves)
  • 1/3 cup long-grain brown rice
  • Herbs: fresh sage, rosemary, thyme & a bay leaf
  • Himalayan salt & black pepper

For best results, use only the freshest, most delicious and nutritious certified organic produce and livestock. Adjust ingredients according to season, availability & preference. Visit your local Farmers Market, order online or become a Sage Mountain Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share subscriber today! It is our mission to promote a healthier community and a healthier you.

Preparation:

  1. Establish flavor:
    Boil chicken in a pot of water with chopped carrots, celery, onion, tomato, tomatillos, garlic, ginger and herbs for 1 hour (or 24-48 hours with bones if making bone broth). Bone Broth Recipe coming soon! Subscribe for updates!

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  2. Build in nutrients:
    Prepare remaining vegetables and apples; cut into bite size pieces & add them to your pot, while snacking on half an apple. *Munching on fresh fruits and veggies while doing your meal prep is an excellent way to lose weight, gain energy and put the spring back in your step! See our blog post on the nutritional benefits of Apples! 

3.  Cover. Let simmer for additional 45 mins.  Add more water as needed.

4.  Boost vitamin & mineral content:
Add 1/3 cup long-grain brown rice. Return cover and continue to simmer for                     another 15 minutes, or until rice is tender. Remove from heat.

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5. Season with freshly ground Himalayan salt & black pepper. Serve with a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed lemon water.

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Give thanks… and enjoy!

*Thank you Izzy for giving the gift of food with such a generous and loving spirit and for teaching me how to keep it simple!


Warm the Heart

Use the gift of soul food to combat winter chills in transforming new ways this year! A cup of pure, heart warming soup is the perfect thing to bring a friend with a cold, a family member suffering from depression, a widow, elderly neighbor or someone you know who has trouble cooking for them-self. Chicken soup really does something extra special for the soul. Make a whole pot of this soup with the gift of giving in mind. 

Transporting tips: I prefer a mason jar but you can use an old thermos, reuse Chinese take out containers, Ziploc baggies or Tupperware (plastic storage containers). If using a plastic storage container, be sure to cool completely first. 

If you have an inspiring story to share, please write us in the comments! Would love to hear how you give and get creative with it! ❤ 


Thank you for visiting our Sage Mountain Farm BLOG and your continued support!

This farm is a labor of love and we couldn’t do it without our community and wonderful customers! Please tell your friends about us. Referrals are the greatest compliments and we appreciate them more than we could ever convey! 

We hope that you explore our webpage and become as excited and passionate about local, organic sustainable food, as we are.  

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It is our mission to promote a healthier community through our CSA program.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime by email, phone or in the comments section of this website. 
Visit www.sagemountainfarm.com for more information about our farm.


Comments, suggestions and questions?
Contact me directly: amy@sagemountainfarm.com
Visit www.sagemountainfarm.com & www.sagemountainbeef.com
for more information about our farm.
Together, let’s get healthy!amy_watermelon
Many blessings to you and yours!


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We raise and process the entire animal and have a variety of cuts available. Contact us if you’re interested in ordering Sage Mountain Chicken, Beef and Pork. Visit www.sagemountainbeef.com for more information.


Sage Mountain Beef provides a very good source of protein and vitamin B12 and a good source of selenium, zinc, iron, phosphorus and other B vitamins without the concern for pesticide, hormone and antibiotic residues.


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Heart Healthy Recipe

When the day is long and the work hard, preparing the comforts of home are best left simple. This heart healthy recipe calls for seasonally available farm fresh organic produce and requires not much more than this.

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Ingredients include butternut squashonions, sweet potatoes, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, fresh herbs and mixed greens. All courtesy of what was seasonally available in my Sage Mountain Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box, available for purchase at the Sage Mountain Farm stand in Anza or at one of our local Farmers Market locations. 

  1. Begin by rinsing and chopping your veggies, fruit and herbs.
  2. Lay flat on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with oil. I like to alternate between Extra Virgin Olive oil and Refined Cold-Pressed Coconut oil (for a texture and taste similar to butter).
  3. Mix and top with a turn of freshly ground Himalayan salt and black pepper.
  4. Bake at 350 for twenty minutes or until soft enough to sink your teeth into.
  5. Plate with a bed of mixed greens, a colorful variety of cherry tomatoes, and dress it up with a dollop of Aris plain sheep’s milk yogurt and fresh organic mint.
  6. Accompany with a bowl of organic strawberries & cantaloupe, a refreshing glass of lemon water and this meal will not only satisfy, it will assure the energy, health and vitality you need to do it all again tomorrow! 

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According to organicfacts.net, cardiovascular diseases make up the single greatest cause of death on the planet. Between ischaemic heart disease, strokes, and hypertension-related deaths, more than 17 million people die each year due to cardiovascular issues. For that reason, protecting their heart is one of the most important and imperative things that everyone needs to do, even at a young age. Preventing situations like unbalanced cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, plaque build-up in your arteries, and unnecessary strain on your cardiovascular system is of the utmost importance.


*Thank you Izzy for preparing this delicious meal and teaching me how to keep it simple! 


Love your food, love your body – Love your family, love your farmer. Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program today and live for a healthier you!

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We are here to provide you with the highest quality produce we can, through our CSA program and through any of our many Farmer’s Market locations throughout Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties.  We hope that you explore our webpage and become as excited and passionate about local, organic food, as we are.  It is our mission to promote a healthier community through our CSA program.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime by email, phone, or through the comments section of this website.

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 Thank you for visiting and your continued support!

This farm is a labor of love and we couldn’t do it without our community and wonderful customers! Please tell your friends about us. Referrals are the greatest compliments and we appreciate them more than we could ever convey!

Let’s make small farms in our region stronger and profitable!


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New blog posts coming soon… Bone Broth Recipe, How to make Home-made Dog Food, The Gloriously Green Smoothie & Farm Fresh Chicken & Vegetable Soup!


Comments, suggestions and questions?
Contact me directly: amy@sagemountainfarm.com
Visit www.sagemountainfarm.com & www.sagemountainbeef.com
for more information about our farm.
Together, let’s get healthy!
amy_watermelon
Many blessings to you and yours!