Dear Friends of the Berea College Farm,

Independence day is coming up at the end of the week and our potatoes are in the spirit! For those of you that visited the Berea College Farm Store last week, you already got a taste of our fresh crop of Sangre red potatoes (red skin, white flesh) and Yukon gold (buff skin, yellow flesh). This week, the Berea College horticulture crew is bringing us Satina (yellow skin, yellow flesh) and all blue (deep blue skin, blue flesh) potatoes. You’re guaranteed to have the most festive potato salad on the block with this colorful medley! Too maintain the vibrancy of the colors, instead of hiding that beautiful flesh under a blanket of mayonnaise, why not lightly toss your roasted potatoes in just a bit of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, salt, pepper, and perhaps some sautéed garlic scapes and fresh herbs for a little added kick? This simple and delicious dish is sure to be a hit! 11160230_10152820233786526_2011947246_n

Aside from potato salad, another Fourth of July staple is, of course, HOT DOGS! Ever since we introduced you to our house-made recipe, we’ve had a hard time keeping these in stock! Have no fear though, our butcher and his trusty students will be working on getting a big batch of these ready in time for your cookout. We don’t think these delicious dogs need any improvement, but the Farm Store carries a wide variety of Kentucky Proud mustards, relish, and ketchup! In fact, all of our ketchup, mustard, pickles, relish, and BBQ sauce will be 15% off this week to help you celebrate!

Running short on time? We’ve been adding a wide range of grab-and-go items to our deli case lately. Our smoked chicken salad and Hot 2 Trot Horseradish egg salad are always popular, but we’ve also added to the menu garlic-scape pesto, carrot “kohl” slaw (made with our carrots and kohlrabi), and a wheatberry and bean protein bowl. For the picky eaters, it’s hard to go wrong with a box of Roots & Branches crackers and one of our cheese varieties from Heavenly Homestead or Boone Creek Creamery. No matter how you slice it, we’ve got you covered!

Be sure to stop by the Berea College Farm Store this week (and every week!) to celebrate your independence from mass-produced and factory farmed food. Every item we carry on our shelves can be traced back to its origin within the Appalachian region. We are proud of our personal relationships with the folks that are growing and producing the foods you have come to love and we appreciate your feedback on the products we make and carry. Be sure to drop us a comment in our comment box on your next visit and let us know how we’re doing!

Until next time, eat well!

Jessa Turner – Manager