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So Many Things To Do With Strawberries

May 10, 2017

There are strawberries in the Just Natural Farms CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes along with several other fresh favorites from the farm this week. 

You know a great way to use strawberries?
Make a strawberry pavlova!

Strawberry Pavlova is the topic of our FLASH DEMO™ at The Culinary Center of Kansas City,  this Sat, May 13, 11 a.m. – Noon.

This week’s topic for this power-packed one-hour cooking class including tastings and recipe is:

Strawberry Pavlova
Named in honor of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, this particularly dreamy meringue dessert is magnificent and deliciously easy, especially when served with those abundant juicy strawberries and drizzled with an elegant syrup of balsamic vinegar and a dollop of whipped crème.
Strap on your ballet shoes… you’re gonna wanna pirouette after eating this jewel of a dessert!

Register BEFORE Saturday for $25/person!
OR walk in the day of the class for $30/person

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

We’re having fun deciding how to use all of the produce goodies!  I shared a salad recipe last week, but I can’t help myself – I’m going to do it this week also. This Strawberry Spinach Salad is just SO good.  (I promise we’ll shake things up with next week’s CSA recipe and share something other than a salad!)

Strawberry Spinach Salad
with Honey Lime Dressing


  • 1 good-sized lime, freshly juiced and zested
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Pinch of salt


  • 8 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 1 pint ripe strawberries, fresh, rinsed, hulled and halved
  • 2-3 tablespoons red onion, chopped into small slivers
  • 1/2 cup almonds, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the dressing, in a bowl add the juice, zest, oil, honey and salt; whisk together and set aside.

In a large salad bowl, toss spinach leaves, strawberry halves, and red onion in a large salad bowl. Set aside.

Place almonds and sugar in a sauté pan and cook over medium-low heat. As sugar melts, stir almond and sugar syrup constantly. The almonds will brown a bit and the sugar will become amber colored, be very careful to not burn the almonds. Turn them out onto a dinner plate in a single layer to cool.

To serve, drizzle with dressing and top with some of the cooked almonds. Serve.

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If you’re interested in more information or subscribing for the Just Natural Farms CSA program, click here.



Let The CSA Season Commence…

May 5, 2017

We are celebrating Week 1 of the 2017 CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture) at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!  Our friends at Just Natural Farms manage the CSA program here, providing weekly doses of local area farm-fresh goodness.  They offer half or full boxes of CSA produce and other farm treats (like eggs!), and you can choose a Wednesday or Saturday pick-up. Click here for more information about the program.

One of the items included in this first week’s CSA box was kale. How can you use it, you ask?  Well, we suggest you try this fresh and delicious summer salad…

Massaged Kale & Mango SaladMassaged Kale & Mango Salad

  • 1 bunch kale, stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced, divided
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoon honey
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 mango, diced small (about 1 cup)
  • About 2 tablespoons pepitas, roasted (or pumpkin seeds)

In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of the juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the dressing.

In a small bowl, whisk remaining juice with the honey and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the remaining 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms and you like how it tastes.


If you’re interested in more information or subscribing for the Just Natural Farms CSA program, click here.



Fresh Produce All Summer With Our CSA!

March 19, 2016

It’s time to register for our 2016 CSA program…

Many of you enjoyed our Just Natural Farms CSA Program at The Culinary Center of Kansas City last year through Organic Farmer Steven Quarles. Well, we are happy to report that we are offering it again this year to our valued clients … with a few attractive changes (one of which is a lower total cost to you each week and the second is the option of a “half share”)

CSA = Community Supported Agriculture

Here’s how it works…

Each Wednesday afternoon (2-5 p.m.) or Saturday afternoon (2-5 p.m.) throughout the growing season, you pick up a hearty box of Farmer Steven’s local organic produce. Farmer Steven almost always adds a bit of “value add” to these special boxes in the form of eggs or a canned item, and The Culinary Center always adds a seasonal recipe, plus some extra treats now and again. Or maybe even from our neighbors here in Downtown Overland Park.

CSA Details:

  • You must register by May 1 for the program.
  • The program covers 26 weeks: May 7 – Oct 31.
  • Pick up will be your choice of Wednesdays (between 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.) or Saturdays (between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.) at our “back door” at 7917 Foster Street in Downtown Overland Park under the teal awning. (All produce not picked up by 6 p.m. will be donated to those in need. Sorry, we can’t hold your produce for a later pick-up time.)
  • Cost:   Full Share: $35/week + tax
    Half Share: $20/week + tax
  • Register here and Farmer Steven will contact you directly to get things set up and to take payment.


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