News & Recipes

Spring in the Ozarks is beautiful and exciting. All of the newness and possibilities. The farm at Ozark Alternatives is no exception. Paul Chapracki took time out of his morning chores to show us around. His farm is one of our associate farms for New South Produce Cooperative. He relocated his farm just over a year ago, and he has made...

Early spring on the farms is a very busy time. Our farmers have been growing steadily throughout the winter, providing fresh, seasonal produce to our wholesale customers. Now the big push for preparing the soil and the beds is underway. Greenhouses are filled to capacity with seedlings: tomatoes, peppers, basil, cucumbers, squash. A big problem for the farmers lately has been...

A long-time partner of the New South Produce Cooperative, The Natural Food Store has much more to offer than the name suggests. Certainly, they have nutritional supplements,  local and organic produce, allergy-friendly foods, non-GMO and organic groceries items, and a huge selection of natural personal items. However, it is their specialty services that really sets this store apart. Co-owner Eric McMullen is...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) Any of you folks out there who were kids of the 1970s will be familiar with this version of a casserole. We had it at least once a week at my house! It may be old fashioned, but it is still delicious, especially if you are hungry for a bit of nostalgia. So...

Storage Turnips have white skin and purplish top. It is sometimes called white turnip. To store turnips, first separate the greens from the bulbs. Store the greens separately in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, and do not wash until just before use. Store the roots in a loose plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a month or longer. Don't...

Storage Green onions are onions that have been harvested young, usually before they develop a bulb. They have a milder flavor than mature onions. Green onions are a living plant, so the best way to store them is in a jar with enough water to keep the roots wet. You can keep the jar in the refrigerator or on the kitchen...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) Instead of an Asian wok, the Southern equivalent is definitely the cast iron skillet. Cooking these summer vegetables over high heat seals in flavor, as well as staving off the slimy texture that okra can take on when cooked. Quick, flavorful, and nutritious (also vegetarian and vegan). Stir Fry Ingredients 1 to 1-1/2 cups very...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) This week’s CSA box had so many lovely things in it, and they begged to be roasted. Roasting brings out such a deep, rich flavor in vegetables that it is one of my favorite ways to prepare them. The resulting dip from this recipe doesn’t just have to be dipped. It can be...

Storage Many people give eggplants a bad rap for their bitter taste or rubbery texture, but both of these can be avoided with freshness and proper storage. Eggplants are sensitive to cold temperatures, so storing them in the cold parts of your refrigerator for long periods of time can damage the tissue which results in an unpleasant taste and texture. Instead,...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) The fresh ginger in this week’s CSA is a very special treat. Saving it for a special dish or a special day is easy. Ginger freezes beautifully, so if you aren’t able to get to it right away, place it in a freezer-safe zip bag and pop it in the freezer. I usually...