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The Hairy Bikers’ Visit to our Farm (they called it “Rod’s Farm”)

Back in the Spring,, the famous “Hairy Biker” Chefs from England traveled the iconic Route 66 from one end to the other. Our farm, Acadian Family Farm, affectionately known in their show as “Rod’s farm” was chosen to be one of their stops. Nanette and I had a lot of fun working with the two chefs. They were really down to earth guys and not afraid to get their hands dirty. The Hairy Bikers parked their motorcycles and rode our transplanter to learn how sweet potatoes are planted. They also cooked up a great sweet potato dessert in Nanette’s farm kitchen.

Their program about Route 66 will begin broadcasting in England September 12 at 8 pm.

The Hairy Bikers’ Visit to our Farm (they called it “Rod’s Farm”)2019-09-10T17:42:47-04:00

The Fall Sweet Potato Harvest Has Begun!!!

   The very first Certified Organic Sweet Potatoes of the 2019 growing season came out of the ground here at Acadian Family Farm today, It was a day we had long been waiting for.   Starting several weeks ago, we started checking the size on a regular basis waiting for them to get big enough to dig, but they were just not ready yet. The last big rain about a week ago, gave them the push they needed to get them to USDA #1’s.  The  photo below is what they look like coming up the sweet potato digger…always a beautiful sight to a farmer.
   We take a lot of extra care in raising these for you and raising them Certified Organic.  Organics is not just about soil health, it’s about your health, too.  Conventional, non-organic sweet potatoes are often one of the most heavily sprayed crops.  You can have complete confidence in these we grow.   I believe that I have a responsibility to give you healthy food that can replenish your health and add to your fitness.  Sweet potatoes can fit in a lot of special diets, paleo, plant-based, vegan and vegetarian to name a few.
   This fall we hope to have our Sweet Potatoes in some of Oklahoma’s fall farm venues.  Oklahoma agri-tourism is growing all the time with the many pumpkin patches, corn maizes, fall harvest days and farm-to-table events.  We hope to make them available to those that want to carry them this year. 
   Our hosting of “State Plate” TV show last year and “The Hairy Bikers” this year, with their Route 66 travels and their visit to the farm filming all about sweet potatoes, should give our Oklahoma, Certified Organic sweet potatoes a boost. If you would like to carry our sweet potatoes and some of our other vegetables at your venue, let me know.  We usually have enough vegetables coming in that you could plan a farm-to-table menu around our harvest. Contact me on my cell at 361-772-2725 if you’re interested in carrying them at your event.  If you’re a member of our Veggie Club/CSA, they will be available all fall and can be added on as gifts. Find them at both Edmond farmers’ markets, OSU,OKC farmers’ market and the stores listed on the main page of this web site.

Thanks,
Rod

 

Certified Organic sweet potatoes coming up the digger
on the first day of Sweet Potato harvest, Sept 3, 2019

The Fall Sweet Potato Harvest Has Begun!!!2019-09-04T17:44:06-04:00

Eggplant Season is Here!!!

These deep pink Italian eggplant appeal to the eye and palate.

They can be fried in batter, added to a pasta sauce or cooked in many other ways. Savor late summer and fall Oklahoma flavors by adding Eggplant to your menu. We have them available in our Veggie Club/CSA, both farmers’ markets and some of our local organic stores.

Your Organic farmer,

Rod Ardoin

Eggplant Season is Here!!!2019-09-04T21:35:45-04:00

Fresh Food Nation Cookbook

     Martha Holmberg has published a beautiful cookbook called    Fresh Food NationSimple, Seasonal Recipes from America’s Farmers.  She highlighted and collected recipes from CSA’s all over the U.S. and was interested in Sweet Potato recipes from our farm.  We were delighted to be included.  She kindly sent us a finished copy, in which she printed our “Classic Sweet Potato Pie” and “Sweet Potato Fritters” recipes. 

   I wholeheartedly recommend this cookbook to anyone who enjoys cooking fresh vegetables with the seasons, especially those who are in a Veggie Club/CSA, like ours!  The recipes are so practical and doable, and the pictures of the food and farms are beautiful.  I use it often myself.

    Amazon.com has new and used copies for sell (very reasonably priced), if you are interested, and even lets you take a “look inside”.  (We do not get any payment for purchases.) 

Fresh Food Nation Cookbook by Martha Holmberg

Fresh Food Nation Cookbook2019-06-12T16:06:27-04:00

State Plate!

In June, 2018, the State Plate food show, with host Taylor Hicks (former American Idol winner), came by to film at our farm.  They were filming at a few other locations in Oklahoma, also.  Yellow Squash was the subject of the segment at our farm.  It was broadcast in November, 2018 on the INSP cable network.  Rod enjoyed talking with a couple of the guys from the camera crew who had worked on the Duck Dynasty show in Louisiana. They were all a great group to work with, and we had a lot of fun!  

 

State Plate crew. Front Row from left: Taylor Hicks, Rod & Nanette

Eating the Yellow Squash that Nanette prepared

State Plate!2019-06-04T23:13:06-04:00

Our New Online Customizable Veggie Club!

Join our Veggie Club with CHOICES!!  That’s right, now you can choose what you want in your veggie box from our local, Certified Organic farm.  We have teamed up with CSAware and their state-of-the-art software that now makes it possible for you to make choices in your weekly box.  You may customize your box with the items you want for your family, all ONLINE for your convenience.  Some folks like everything, and some are a little more selective, so we want to meet your needs.  Our garden can be your garden.
 
Going on vacation or need a break?  No problem, you can stop and then start again when you return. 
 
We understand that parents want to feed their children wholesome food for prevention, and that there are others who are on special diets because of health issues.  This is real food in which you can have confidence.
 
Acadian Family Farm is a 100% Certified Organic farm in western Oklahoma.  We have a history of growing fresh, seasonal vegetables for Veggie Clubs, Farmers Markets and health food stores in the OKC area.  We are immensely devoted to the health of our community, and believe that people should have access to healthy food.  
 
Sign up today and enjoy the season’s bounty!
 

      Veggie Box

Click above on the “Join CSA/Veggie Club” to check out Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) and Policy Links.  

Our New Online Customizable Veggie Club!2019-07-26T17:11:32-04:00

NEW SEASON SWEET POTATOES ARE IN!

NEW SEASON SWEET POTATOES ARE IN!!

   We are in the middle of our Sweet Potato harvest

right now, so all of our Sweets will be new crop

this month. We will have the traditional Orange,

White & Japanese Murasaki varieties available,

all Certified Organic. We hope you will grab

a few bags for cooking and giving this

Thanksgiving season.  They are available at                               

Natural Grocers, Green Acres,

and Homeland (Yukon & N. May in OKC).

   I also added a Gluten-free, Oatmeal Sweet Potato Pancake recipe on the Recipe Page, as I know there are many people now who are having to eat gluten-free – I being one of them. Pancakes are a real comfort food for me, and I enjoy them as much for supper as for breakfast.  These pancakes have a Fall spice flavor, so they will be yummy for this season.                                                                          Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

NEW SEASON SWEET POTATOES ARE IN!2019-06-04T21:51:29-04:00

Where are YOUR veggies coming from?

Where are  YOUR  Veggies Coming From?

    Seems like more and more vegetables are being grown out of our country.  I was surprised the other day to see frozen, organic Broccoli at Walmart that was grown in China!  So, how can a consumer be sure that those vegetables are really organic?  To whom are those farms accountable, and who checks to make sure they are not using chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc? Those are viable questions.                                                                                                  You can feel confident that the veggies grown on our farm, right here in Oklahoma, are indeed Certified Organic by the OK Dept. of Agriculture.  There is a lot of criteria that we must meet before having that certification.  Yes, it does cost us more than if we were not certified, but we feel it is worth it to give our customers peace of mind.  Our certifiers do a great job and have your interest in mind.  Can we say the same thing about China, Mexico, Chile?  It is worth thinking about.                                                                                                 – Nanette 

Where are YOUR veggies coming from?2019-06-04T21:51:29-04:00

Sweet Corn Is In!

Yes, our Certified Organic, non-GMO Sweet Corn is in!  That makes these hot summer days a little more pleasant, not to mention the summer meals a whole LOT better-tasting!  

Our Sweet Corn is grown right here in Oklahoma, not Mexico, Chile or China. (I noticed yesterday that WalMart is selling frozen organic Broccoli that is grown in China!). It’s getting more & more difficult to find organic veggies grown locally.  It’s super hard trying to compete with the big producers from California and abroad these days, so we and other local farmers are very appreciative when you buy local.  You can be assured that our “Certified Organic” label is the real deal, too!  We are regularly inspected by the Ok. Dept. of Agriculture, which means we are accountable to someone.  That is important.  Unfortunately anyone can say they are “organic”, but can they back it up?  Like the slogan says, “Know your Farmer, know your food”.

Back to the Sweet Corn…get it while you can, ’cause we only have it for a very short time.  You can find it at all the Natural Grocers Stores in Norman, OKC and Edmond.  Also, at Green Acres in OKC and Stillwater.  Please let the produce managers know that you like local vegetables; it really helps us when you mention that.  While you’re there, check out our Cucumbers, Beets, Sweet Onions, Red Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes.

Have a healthy and happy Summer!

Nanette

Sweet Corn Is In!2019-06-04T21:51:29-04:00

2016 SWEET POTATO HARVEST

   What a lovely time of year!  Cool, crisp days, and that means more energy to work and play!   We are right in the middle of our 2016 Sweet Potato Harvest.  This is a busy time for us, as there is only a short time till freezing weather comes, and we want to make sure we get all of our good Sweet Potatoes out of the ground. So it is rush, rush, rush!!

   2015 was our first year to grow and harvest White Sweet Potatoes.  They did very well, so this year we planted more.  Some people, it seems, prefer a Sweet Potato that isn’t quite so sweet, and the White fits that bill.  It looks so much like a spud potato that it easily can be substituted for them in stews, fries or other potato dishes.

   This year is our first year to grow and harvest the Japanese Murasaki Sweet Potatoes.  They are very sweet, like our Red & Orange varieties.  They are a dark maroon color on the outside and white on the inside.  Unfortunately they do not produce as much per acre as our other varieties, so we will have to charge more for them to come out :(.  Pick up some of our Sweet Potatoes and make your family a treat this week.  You don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving!                                                                                                    

2016 SWEET POTATO HARVEST2019-09-05T05:44:04-04:00