Simply Fresh Recipe Blog by Julie Wern

Julie Wern is a psychotherapist turned stay-at-home-mom turned health coach, cooking instructor, and food blogger. She is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and the author of Holcomb Farm CSA’s Simply Fresh blog as well as a food and lifestyle blog, The Wholesome Gourmande. It is Julie’s passion to help individuals find their unique path to health without sacrificing joy and pleasure in food.

Simply Fresh–Week 6–Cabbage, Mini Eggplant, and Shishito and Padron Peppers

By Julie Wern | July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

First, a note on peppers.  It is now pepper season at the farm…sweet green peppers, a variety of pick your own hot peppers, and peppers in between.  Two varieties, shishito and Padron peppers, are less familiar to folks so I have highlighted them below.  I am also including a couple of unique recipes for cabbage …

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Simply Fresh–Week 5–Napa Cabbage and Zucchini Galore

By Julie Wern | July 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

And the Napa cabbage keeps coming….. Try this refreshing slaw if you are looking for new ideas:   Save Print Napa Cabbage Slaw with Peaches and Creamy Poppyseed Dressing Serves: 4-6   Ingredients – 1 small/medium Napa cabbage, thinly sliced, rinsed and dried – 2 firm ripe peaches, peeled, cut into thin slices, then cut in …

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CSA Fourth of July Salads!!

By Julie Wern | July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

What a better CSA based dish to bring to a Fourth of July party than a salad!  With the produce items we will be receiving this week, there should be plenty of salad ingredients for a wide range of types of salads. Here are some of my new and old favorites. In the meantime, some of …

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Simply Fresh–Week 3–Napa Cabbage and Kohlrabi

By Julie Wern | June 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Once again, I am trying to focus my articles on items that will be in the shares most days of the week.  This week I am including Napa cabbage and kohlrabi, both items that can sometimes stump the most creative of us cooks. Napa Cabbage Napa Cabbage can be a bit confusing.  It is a …

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Simply Fresh–week 2–Garlic Scapes, Broccoli Rabe, and More Bok Choy

By Julie Wern | June 20, 2018 | 3 Comments

Garlic Scapes Garlic scapes are the stems that grow up from garlic bulbs.  Think somewhat tough scallions that taste like a mild version of bright fresh garlic. Garlic scapes can be eaten raw or cooked, whole or chopped.  They can be pickled, roasted, grilled, sautéed, or used in pestos.  The stems can be tough, however, …

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Simply Fresh-Week 1-Pea Shoots, Choi, Kohlrabi, and Strawberries

By Julie Wern | June 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

The beginning of CSA season is always salad season for me.  We tend to receive plenty of lettuce, along with radishes, Hakurei salad turnips, pea shoots, and different varieties of choy and cabbage, all which lend themselves to wonderful salad combinations. Pea shoots are a terrific addition to salads and they are also great sautéed, …

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CSA procedures and Tips and the Simply Fresh Blog

By Julie Wern | June 6, 2018 | 5 Comments

Hello Fellow CSA members. I am so excited to write for you for yet another wonderful Holcomb Farm growing season. I am Julie Wern, health coach, food writer, cooking instructor and author of Holcomb Farm’s Simply Fresh blog. Simply fresh is a weekly blog designed to inform, instruct and inspire the healthful, flavorful, and efficient …

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Simply Fresh by Julie Wern

By Julie Wern | October 28, 2014 | 13 Comments

This year I tried, and largely failed, to grow my own garden. Granted it was not my full time job and I certainly was not being paid for it (in fact, I paid a pretty penny to plant it), but it did not take me long to realize how difficult farming must be. I also …

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Simply Fresh by Julie Wern

By Julie Wern | June 4, 2012 | 1 Comment

It is amazing to me how being a CSA member has made me so much more aware of what I eat throughout the entire year.  What I have learned is how differently I eat during the CSA season compared to the winter months, not necessarily because of what is not available (I mean we can …

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Simply Fresh by Julie Wern

By Julie Wern | October 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

Featured Item—Cauliflower Amazingly, I didn’t taste a bite of cauliflower until I was in my 30’s.It just wasn’t a vegetable my parents served.Once I started cooking for myself, I would eye the beautiful but mysterious-looking white bulbs in the store and think, “now how in the world do you cook that?”.I’m glad I learned, because …

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