Monday, March 31, 2014

Organic Lentil Sprouts

Lentil sprouts are a great legume and come in many shapes, colors and sizes. Lentils are all delicious and beautiful. They are very quick to grow and have a great flavor

Lentil sprout recipe...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Organic Radish Sprouts

Radish sprouts taste like...radish. Their spicy flavor, delicate crunch, nutrition, and antioxidants makes radish sprouts one of the easiest to grow.

Broccoli sprout recipe...

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sprout report and no market today.


Wow the sprouting sure worked good. From two tablespoon of alfalfa sprouts I got about a quart and a half volume of tasty sprouts. Yum!

The broccoli sprouts were less volume but nice flavor and crunchy. Mung beans were sweet and also very crunchy.

Lentils were chewy and nice flavor. I have been using them on sandwiches and on a lark put some in some mac'n'cheese. That worked great!
 
No market today, see everyone bright and early next week.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Organic Mung Bean Sprouts

Mung bean sprouts are a great way to experience the benefits of the bean family in less than a week. Mung beans are the most widely grown sprout on earth. They are easy and fun to grow and work wonders in many recipes.

Mung bean sprout recipe...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Organic Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli sprouts are a speedy way to experience the benefits of the brassica family. Their mild flavor, delicate crunch, nutrition, and antioxidants makes broccoli sprouts one of the easiest to grow.

Broccoli sprout recipe...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Organic Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts are one of the quickest growing sprouts in the sprouting universe. Their mild flavor, delicious crunch, amazing nutrition, and ease of growth makes alfalfa sprouts one of the most popular and best known of the sprouts. Alfalfa leaves are a deep green providing excellent visual appeal for your salads or sandwiches.

Alfalfa sprout recipe...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sprouting the Fastest Garden Ever

Most years I would be out in the fields about now planting the very earliest of our greens, radishes and peas. We still have two feet of snow on the ground so planting isn't feasible for another couple of weeks. But I want to eat something now? I have a few herbs that are big enough to pick a few leaves.

But what to do beyond just herbs?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

10 Favorite Seasonings and Spices in Our Kitchen

We have a large herb section in our market stall, we use all these herbs and spices in our kitchen and cooking. We are hoping that some of these will be available for the April market

There is no market this week but we hope to see everyone again the first Saturday in April.
  1. Basil and Pesto. Fresh basil in season and pesto from the freezer in the winter and spring.
  2. Cilantro in season.
  3. Thyme
  4. Sea salt and red salt.
  5. Mint - Spearmint, Chocolate, Lemon
  6. Rosemary - awesome
  7. Dill and dill weed for Gyro dressing
  8. Parsley
  9. Pepper corns and chipotle peppers
  10. Garlic, Shallots and Onions

Friday, March 21, 2014

I'd Rather Pick More Great Vegetables For Our Customers

I'd rather select more great vegetables for our customers than get more customers for our vegetables. We have spent over a decade sifting through a mountain of varieties to choose the best varieties for our location, our customers, and our family.

I like to look for the best varieties and grow these varieties in the best environment and with the best methods I know how. This makes for exceptional flavor and quality. For example:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Role of Preaching in the Financial Health of the Church - Lesson 11

Jesus taught about money in sixteen of the thirty-eight parables. One out of ten verses in the gospels deal directly with the subject of money. Over 1000 verses in the Bible are about money and possession (only 500 verses deal with prayer). It is very important that the senior teaching staff of the church teach periodically from the pulpit on the subject of money in an intentional, straight forward, unapologetic way with no compromises for what scripture says about generosity and giving.

These are strong statements but just in case it wasn't clear...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hope & Encouragement on Church Giving - Lesson 10

Are you discouraged by the current state of your congregational finances? Maybe giving in your congregation seems to be below average or maybe you have a large church debt; this would not be unusual as church giving since the 2009 recession has not been this low since the great depression.

But there is great hope, for example:

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Thoughts on Financial Principles for Church Leaders - Lesson 9

Biblical principles on financial management are a great treasure of wisdom for the church. These principles are very counter cultural. This was true of most of what Jesus taught both in his day and in ours. It is so normal in our culture to use debt in our everyday lives that we need to renew our minds in this area.

Prior to borrowing money for a church building project the church pastors and leaders should embark on a journey of discovery.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Market Menu for March 15

We will have the following items at the market for Saturday, March 15, 2014. We are at the fair ground for winter market this week.  (New items are in Bold Print)

Salsa - Brandywine, Cherry Tomatoe, Roasted Roma, Hot'n'Sweet, Jalapeno Jelly (yum)

Candy Carrots
Red Onions
Garlic (We ran out of garlic last week, but shallots are a good substitute, see "shallot week posts")
SHALLOTS
Leeks
Sweet Spanish Onions - these babies are very sweet.
Chipolini Onions - limited supply
Dried egg plant (see recent blog posts)
Cipotle Smoked Peppers
Smoked Sun Dried Tomatoes
Sun Dried Tomatoes
Lisa's Soap

Enjoy the warm-er weather. See you there.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Generosity is a Process - Lesson 8

 Generosity is a process, we have seen some very clear steps for believers on the journey to supernatural generosity in Exodus 35 & 36. If we continue our journey, we find that the next principle is that over the top generosity doesn't just happen over night. Exodus says the people, both men and women, brought "freewill offerings" every morning.

What can we glean from this?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

God Provides the Resources - Lesson 7

In our last post we concluded from the examples of scripture that:

1) Personally we should not borrow,
2) We should not pledge our resources to the debt of another
3) By implication the Church should not borrow either.
4) We need to train believers in Biblical financial principles.
5) What are the benefits to the church.
6) Thinking generously
7) The spirit of generosity

In our study of Exodus we saw that the Israelites were very generous. How could a group of slaves be this generous?

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Spirit of Generosity - Lesson 6

In our past five posts on this subject we learned.

1) Personally we should not borrow,
2) We should not pledge our resources to the debt of another
3) By implication the Church should not borrow either.
4) We need to train believers in Biblical financial principles.
5) The benefits to the church when we train believers in Biblical financial principles
6) We need to renew our minds by "thinking generously"

But is this enough, are we finally at the end of our journey? Read on...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Thinking Generously - Lesson 5

In our past five posts on this subject we learned.

1) Personally we should not borrow,
2) We should not pledge our resources to the debt of another
3) By implication the Church should not borrow either.
4) We need to train believers in Biblical financial principles.
5) The benefits to the church when we train believers in Biblical financial principles?


So what Biblical principles do we see that helps believers to be generous?

Friday, March 7, 2014

How Biblical Financial Training Benefits the Church - Lesson 4

In our last several posts we concluded from the examples of scripture that:

1) Personally we should not borrow,
2) We should not pledge our resources to the debt of another
3) By implication the Church should not borrow either.
4) We need to train believers in Biblical financial principles.

But what are the benefits to  the church when they train believers in Biblical financial principles?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Getting Believers Out of Debt - Lesson 3

In this series of posts we have asked the questions "Should the church borrow?" In our last post we concluded from the examples of scripture that:

1) Personally we should not borrow,
2) We should not pledge our resources to the debt of another
3) By implication the Church should not borrow either.

So if God says don't borrow and don't pledge, what are we to do to aggressively pursue the work of God's kingdom. We looked to Exodus 35:21 and 36:3-7.

The first principle we found in these passages was that, we need to get the believer out of bondage to debt. So what path can the believers take to find freedom from debt?

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Congregation of Givers - Lesson 2

In our last post we asked the question "Should the church borrow money?" We concluded from the examples of scripture that personally we should not borrow, we should not pledge our resources to the debt of another and by implication the Church should not borrow either.

So if God says don't borrow and don't pledge, what are we to do to aggressively pursue the work of God's kingdom. Doing ministry in our local community, missions, building a church or renovating a property all take money and sometimes a significant amount more than can be normally budgeted in a single calendar year.

So where do we look for the example?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Should the Church Borrow Money - Lesson 1

The question of the church borrowing money comes up when the church needs to build a building or acquire property. Borrowing money for expansion is quite common in the business world but should the church adopt this cultural practice?

William Shakespeare said, "Neither a borrower or lender be, for loan oft loses both itself and friend..." If this sounds familiar this quote was later "borrowed" by Benjamin Franklin in his poor Richards almanac. If we are going to consider whether the church should borrow money, we don't typically consult Shakespeare for such insight. It is also probably not a good idea to get our advice from our "unchurched" banker or our "broke" finance professor. So where do we go for wisdom on this topic.