Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, and Chickens

So… still wondering what to do with those sweet potatoes and carrots? Here’s a few recipe ideas for you.

 Sweet Potato Carrot Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil or butter
  • 2 small onions or leeks, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes (2 medium or one large), peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 lb. carrots (3 to 4 medium), peeled and chopped
  • 6 cups homemade chicken or vegetable broth OR 4 cups commercial broth and 2 cups water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup cream, half-and-half, or sour cream (optional)

Preparation:

  1. In a large pot over medium high heat melt the butter or heat oil. Add the onions or leeks, garlic, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the sweet potatoes, carrots, and broth (or broth and water). Bring everything to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until all vegetables are very soft.
  3. Puree with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender. Taste and add salt to taste. Stir in the cream, if using.

Makes 4 to 6 servings Sweet Potato Carrot Soup.

Mmmm, looks delicious! And here’s a great vegan alternative

 

Fall Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup Recipe

Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

  • 2 garlic bulbs (entire heads), peeled

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 3 cups of carrots, coarsely chopped

  • 1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

  • Unrefined sea salt, to taste

  • 5 cups organic vegetable broth

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 400°.

Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb skin, leaving the skins of the individual cloves intact. Using a knife, cut off ¼ to a ½ inch of the top of the cloves, exposing individual cloves of garlic. Place the garlic on the center of a cookie sheet. Arrange the sweet potatoes, carrots and onions around the garlic. Lightly brush the garlic, sweet potatoes, carrots and onions with oil. Season with salt to taste. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender.

Remove roasted garlic and place in a large stock pot with the vegetable broth. Bring liquid to boil. Add in all of the roasted vegetables, pepper and cumin. Return to boil and then remove from heat.

With a stick blender, puree soup until smooth. Add the lemon juice. Add water or more broth to thin, of desired. Add more salt if needed. Serve hot. Sprinkle chives on top of each serving.

Note: Can be stored for up to two days.

 

Chicken Coop on the Move

Visitors to the farm might have noticed that the large, normally stationary chicken coop at the top of the farm has moved. The flocks have been consolidated now that the hens have fully matured.  It was quite an event!

First, it involved shoveling out the coop- thanks Jen! Then we had to put braces on the base of the coop to ensure it wouldn’t fall apart during transport. We also drilled hooks into the base, so we could loop chains through them so the tractor could pull it. We then slid 6 pvc poles under the coop by jacking it up with a pole and a block, relying on She-Ra like strength and good old fashioned physics. We pushed the coop forward, with the pvc poles rolling underneath them. It was very satisfying to move something so large with so little effort! We continued to slip pvc pipes under the front of the coop as they became available after slipping out from under the back of the coop. We could even adjust the direction of the coop as we pushed it. We slipped the chains through the hooks at the base, and hooked the chains up to the tractor. Hilary lifted the coop up a little with the tractor, then gently and slowly pulled it down the hill to it’s current location.

The chickens themselves seemed less than thrilled to be moved about at night. They were making noises that sounded pretty skeptical and suspicious. Not only were they in a new environment, but now there were new chickens too!  One hen was quite determined to go back to sleep- she kept trying to get into the nest box, regardless of it’s stability (it fell over), or who was in her way (Hilary and I). She would not be deterred! She eventually just tried roosting on our shoulders, and in my case, that resulted in her getting caught in my hair, which was great fun for us both.  (Long dreadlocks and chickens roosting on your shoulder don’t really mix.) That hen is really serious about her sleep!

Farm Bill Update;

The “Dairy Cliff” has been narrowly averted, and an extension was made until January 31st. Hopefully congress will come to a compromise that doesn’t end up letting millions of people starve, or just rewarding “Big Ag” and screwing the little guys.

Have a great winter break everyone!

 

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