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! ❤ 


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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! 

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


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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!
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The Mighty Onion Prepared with Acorn Squash and Yogurt

It’s hard to pinpoint just one reason to love the onion!

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Eating onions gives more to our lives than simply flavor to our food. Incorporating onions into our diet can alter the course of major disease, such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and most forms of cancer. Beneficially effecting a staggering multitude of other diseases and disorders including cataracts, cardiovascular disease as well as cancer of the breast, colon, ovarian, gastric, lung, and bladder while helping to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease and stroke. You can see that the onion is mighty, in deed!

The richest dietary source of quercitin, onion holds a powerful antioxidant flavonoid that has been shown to thin the blood, lower cholesterol, ward off blood clots, and fight asthma, chronic bronchitis, hay fever, diabetes, atherosclerosis and infections. Onions antioxidants and amino acids allow your body to function optimally, help prevent damage and are used in virtually every vital function in the body. Oh that’s all? No, there’s more.

“Onions are excellent at killing cancer cells.” Published recently in Food Research International, “Onions activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death. They promote an unfavorable environment for cancer cells and inhibit growth by disrupting communication between cancer cells.”

“Altering dietary habits may be a practical and cost-effective means of reducing cancer risk and modifying tumor behavior. Approximately 30–40% of cancers are preventable by appropriate food and nutrition, physical activity, and maintenance of healthy body weight.” Said in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health research article: ‘Garlic and onions: Their cancer prevention properties’ published in 2015. Summarizing that, “Mechanistic studies provide compelling evidence that garlic, onions, and their (stinky) sulfur components alter the biological behavior of tumors, tumor microenvironments, or precancerous cells, and decrease cancer risk.”

Do you smell breakthrough? Onions pungent smelling sulfur compounds are actually a powerful detox element which help the body to release toxins, especially from the liver. Foods naturally high in sulfur also help the body detox itself of heavy metals and other dangerous toxins. Damage to DNA caused by environmental toxins is thought to be the cause of most cancer. Eating organic, local sustainable food never sounded better!

“Organic conditions boost flavonoids and antioxidant activity in onions” said the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in a study published on June 14, 2017. They went on to say, “organic foods contain more health-benefiting phytochemicals.” Now, researchers have found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions are higher than in conventional onions. Their investigation, in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, is the longest-running study to address the issue.

An organic onion a day? A study conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that eating a teaspoon of fresh garlic and a half cup of onions per day increases the levels of a key enzyme for removing toxins in the blood cells. As told by FOX News, “eating onions can get your blood sugar-and your weight-on the right track. So here is a simple, powerful health-enhancing recommendation: Eat an onion every day. One medium-sized onion equals approximately one cup of onion when chopped.”

In addition, other factors including the gut microbiome, may also influence responses, giving last weeks blog post about gut-boosting Okra something more to think about.

You see, organic onions are an essential ingredient, to the flavor of wellness through-out our life.  The taste of a good life, absent from disease is the most savored quality offered up in the onion. So next time you start to cry over an onion, let them be tears of joy! Breakthrough is yours.

“It’s hard to imagine civilization without onions.”
— Julia Child

Acorn Squash with Onions and Yogurt
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Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash, halved, seeded and cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • ½ cup Aris plain sheep’s milk yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 375. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash and onion with oil; season with salt and pepper. Roast until squash is tender, 30-35 minutes.
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  2. In a small bowl, combine yogurt and lemon juice. Transfer squash and onion to a serving plate. Top with yogurt and mint.
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  3. Serve with a refreshing glass of mint green tea or lemon water..

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Give thanks… and enjoy!


Onion Preparation & Storage TIPS:

Preparation:

Onions are healthy raw & cooked, though raw onions have higher levels of organic sulfur compounds that provide many benefits, according to the BBC. A 2005 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that there is a high concentration of flavonoids in the outer layers of onion flesh, so you’ll want to be careful to remove as little of the edible part of the onion as possible when peeling it. Never microwave your antioxidant-rich foods since the process decreases the antioxidant content by more than 75% in just one minute.

Storage:

Best not to leave an onion cut open in the fridge because it will absorb bacteria. Either use the whole onion, or buy a variety of small, medium and large onions to have on hand; and use accordingly.  Sage Mountain Farm CSA box shares typically include a variety of sizes in a season, seeing to it that in my kitchen, an onion never goes to waste. However, once an onion is in a salad in a sealed container, it is safe and can be eaten at a later time.


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To be engaged in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), offers you a chance to share in a sustainable small farm’s hand picked, certified organic seasonal daily harvest.  There truly is a difference in taste, quality and variety! 

Let’s make small farms in our region stronger and profitable, for theirs is a labor of love. Support your local small farm and become a CSA member today!

Gut Renewing Farm Fresh Stewed Tomatoes with Okra & Candy Onion

This week’s farm share includes an abundant variety of colorful, organic produce. The first thing to catch my eye was a bright and cheerful medley of baby bell peppers and the most succulent, vibrantly deep purple plums. I love summer and the wealth of fresh local, organic, sustainable food that is available.

In our Sage Mountain Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box this week is a farm fresh local organic sustainable variety of fruits & vegetables that include: a richly sweet Sharlyn melon… which, I must say, if you haven’t smelled or tasted this heirloom variety of melon yet, you should and soon! Fleshly harvested and hand picked Valencia oranges, green apples, grapefruit Star Ruby, nectarines, melt in your mouth dangerously delicious dates Medjool, Candy yellow onions, tomatillo de Milpa, okra, salad mix and acorn squash (reminding me that fall is near).

While picking up my CSA box at Sage Mountain Farm in Anza, I ran into a long time CSA subscriber who shared with me the desire to see recipes in our blog for the lesser known produce items. When I got home and started unpacking my CSA box, I found the okra staring back at me, inviting me into a new relationship.

I began researching okra and in exploring the wonders of this mystery veggie, discovered it is at the core of disease prevention and stabilizing mental health. Who knew!? A potent natural remedy used in ancient medicine for improved health and vitality needed in our modern day society. Okra boasts a powerhouse of energy, and in addition to its nutritional properties, is a micro flora booster! Micro flora, or good bugs, help our bodies digest and absorb nutrients, rally against intruders, boost our immune system and send messages to our brain to regulate mood and metabolism.

To quote Hippocrates, “All disease begins in the gut” and the study of our gut micro flora is at the forefront of scientific research for good reason. In order to effectively prevent disease and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, we must continually grow a diverse micro flora and improve the integrity of our gut cells. Taking probiotic supplements in partnership with a diet strong in prebiotic and probiotic food is essential. Making onion and okra the stars of this week’s BLOG!

I found a recipe that withdrawls all the values of okras mucilage & nutrients in tasty compliment to other farm fresh veggies included in our current CSA seasonal harvest. This okra recipe has the taste of southern fried okra without the heaviness and on the contrary, will stabilize blood sugar levels and leave you feeling energized!

Since ninety percent of our cells are microbial cells and our diet influences our microbes, it’s true: We really are what we eat. Bon appetite!

Gut Renewing Farm Fresh Stewed Tomatoes
with Okra & Candy Onion Recipe

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Ingredients:

2 cups chopped farm fresh, certified organic okra
2-3 medium certified organic, farm fresh tomatoes (peeled)
1 medium certified organic, farm fresh Candy yellow onion
4 certified organic, farm fresh baby bell peppers (red, orange, yellow, green)
1 small certified organic, farm fresh Anaheim pepper (chopped very small) *if you like spicy, otherwise leave this one out
3 cloves of garlic
1 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup water
5 sprigs of fresh Thyme
3 tsp sweet or hot paprika
Himalayan salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

*If you love meat, this recipe would be excellent prepared with high quality, best tasting, local, fresh, clean Sage Mountain Farm Beef!

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Directions:

  1. Peel your farm fresh organic tomatoes by soaking them in boiling water for one minute followed by an ice bath for 5 minutes.
  2. Dice onions, tomatoes and pepper medley.
  3. Transfer diced tomatoes and their juice to a bowl.
  4. Give 5 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves a good chop and add them to tomatoes; along with freshly minced garlic, paprika, and 2 turns of freshly ground Himalayan salt & pepper.
  5. Heat olive oil in the skillet and add onions.
  6. Cook onions until they start to turn translucent.
  7. Add in the chopped okra and water, cover.
  8. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  9. Add in seasoned tomatoes and pepper medley.
  10. Cover and simmer an additional 20 minutes or until okra is cooked through.
  11. Plate alone or serve over rice.

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Give thanksand enjoy!

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To be engaged in Community Supported Agriculture, offers you a chance to share in the farms hand picked, certified organic seasonal daily harvest. There truly is a difference in taste, quality and variety.

Let’s make small farms in our region stronger and profitable, for theirs is a labor of love. Support your local small farm and become a CSA member today!

Comments, suggestions and questions?
Contact me directly: amy@sagemountainfarm.com
Visit www.sagemountainfarm.com for more information about our farm.
Together, let’s get healthy!