NUTRITIOUS ORGANIC FOOD DOESN'T COST THE EARTH
So much to know, so little time.
Take a minute to veg out here—you'll be glad you did!
Poplar Bluff Organics owner Rosemary Wotske explains how to plant potatoes the right way. You can be a successful gardener and grow delicious, healthy potatoes if you start them off right.
Rosemary was interviewed on Shaw TV's "Amber Approved". Great info packed into only 8 minutes!
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We all need antioxidants to protect our health, but did you know you can find rich sources right here?
We have varieties of vegetables that beat out blueberries in the antioxidants race. Read on:
Ask for Russian Blue potatoes and Purple Haze carrots for a delicious win for your health.
You don’t have to be a plant scientist to know intuitively that that would be a bad idea. But why is it that very little of food value would grow in sand? The answer is, like all living things, vegetables need nutrition to grow.
Poplar Bluff’s dark, rich organic soil is chock full of soil creatures that find, build and deliver life-sustaining nutrients to the plant. The plants trade the sugar they make for the minerals and nutrients delivered. The more nutrients, the more sugar the plant makes. Eventually, there is so much sugar that it is just stored in the veggie for later (yep, they hoard sweets). A well-fed root veggie doesn’t burn all that sugar, so that’s what creates the unbeatable flavour.
The famous Kennebec potato is sought after by French fry aficionados everywhere. Problem is, they’ll go green within four hours of light exposure, so they’re not sold in stores.
Restaurant chefs seek out Kennebecs for their amazing properties, but you can bring them home, too.
Just make an appointment at Poplar Bluff Organics to pick them up, or ask your organic grocery store to order them in for you. Keep them in a paper bag in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.
For unbeatable flavour and nutrition in potatoes, go for the gold, the heavy lifters in the nutrient category. There's a direct correlation between colour and nutrient density in vegetables. The darker the flesh, the more packed with nutrients; the more nutrient dense, the better the flavour. Golds have tons of carotenes, Vitamin A family, and lutein for eye health. Just be sure to serve with butter or oil, since carotene needs fat to be absorbed. Powerful stuff!
Whether you're in the mood for sweet or savoury, there's something for everyone here. These are our staff favourites, tested with enthusiasm!
This is a rich, moist cake, the kind you’d find on a big, scrubbed pine table. It cries out for a cold glass of milk or a steaming cup of coffee. The pepper is controversial. Some folks just can’t imagine why you’d add it to a cake, but it gives it a delicious zing. You can skip it if it scares you, but why not try it?
¾ lb. Poplar Bluff organic potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks, or 1 cup cooked and mashed organic potatoes. (Use a starchy potato that mashes up smoothly.)
Coarse salt, pinch
Cocoa powder for dusting
5 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 T. honey
½ c. boiling water
1 ¾ c. all-purpose flour
2 t. baking soda
¼ - ½ t. finely ground black pepper
½ c. unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ c. oil
2 c. sugar
5 large eggs at room temperature
2 t. vanilla
Delicious with or without your favourite glaze or icing.
You won't believe it, but this cake contains two unusual ingredients: organic potatoes and black pepper.
Potatoes are the secret to its moist richness, while the pepper adds a flavour zing.
Easy to put together and a real crowd-pleaser! One of Rosemary's favourites.