SALADAY: The gift of healthy food

We all lead busy lives. And sometimes it’s difficult to take time for a healthy, nutritious lunch, isn’t it? At DFW Aquaponics Farms, we understand that all too well!

And we offer a solution. One day a week, you can have that healthy lunch delivered right to your door. You don’t have to go out; you don’t even have to take the time think about what you want! It’s as simple as signing up on a monthly basis for our “lunch club.”Every week, when SALADAY rolls around — Monday, Tuesday, SALADAY — you can work right through the lunch hour, take your lunch with you to a meeting, enjoy a day at the park with the kids, or catch up on paperwork and projects at home.

Whatever it is that’s keeping you busy just got easier as you enjoy a hearty, nutritious salad loaded with the great flavors of our naturally grown lettuce, other greens and fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.Every salad is hearty, wholesome and nutritionally balanced with seasonal ingredients; sometimes they include grains, nuts, crumbled cheese or other toppings. Your salad box comes with dressing on the side and utensils. You can also add salmon, tuna or chicken.  And we are happy to accommodate vegan diets and special requests with advance notice.  We’ll include a bottle of water and a sweet treat (a freshly-baked cookie, muffin or a slice of pound cake), or order only the salad.20171129_094920What could be sweeter than that?

Our fresh salad lunches are a great idea for “Secret Santa” gifts or for a holiday office party or special holiday luncheon at your home or school. (For large groups, ask about special pricing on a salad bowl that will serve 8-10 as part of a potluck meal.)

Standard delivery is to addresses in Burleson only. However, during December, we’ll deliver to locations within 10 miles; call 214-662-9767 to discuss your needs, or email saladay@dfwaquaponicsfarms.org.

December 2017 Menu

Wednesday, December 6 – Light, Fresh and Delicious

Who needs a heavy lunch? Especially now, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a selection of our crisp, light salad greens topped with the fresh goodness of naturally-grown veggies and oh-so-good fruit is a real treat. We’re serving this one with traditional Organic French dressing, a topping of mixed nuts on the side, and a delicious muffin. Sound good? We think so!

Wednesday, December 13 – Simply Full of Natural Flavor!

A heaping serving of our mixed lettuces, heightened with tri-color pasta, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, tiny green beans, chopped purple onion and Italian parsley. This one’s totally natural; simple, colorful, flavorful, filling and delicious! Traditional Italian dressing on the side, along with cheese bread in lieu of a sweet cookie.

Wednesday, December 20  —  A Colorful Treat

In addition to our beautiful lettuce, we’re adding rainbow chard, sliced radish, multi-colored sweet peppers, green peas and purple cabbage, along with sliced bamboo shoots, green onions and chopped fresh cilantro. Honey mustard dressing and blanched, slivered almonds add unique flavor to this unique salad that draws on many cultural traditions. Along with a special cookie, it’s a holiday treat!

Wednesday, December 27 – Simply Satisfying

To end the year in style, we’re bringing back one of our favorites: Red lentils join English cucumber, grape tomatoes, diced sweet onion, chopped fresh parsley and sliced Kalamata olives. On the side: a light garlic herb vinaigrette, and a bit of crumbled herb cheese. Happy New Year!

Remember, the best day of the week — SALADAY — comes in the middle of the week!

SALADAY Fare for November

20171108_085041Today’s Mediterranean Orzo Salad is one of our favorites, loaded with color and hearty goodness. If you missed out on ordering, we hope you’ll take a look at the upcoming selections for the balance of November, and get your orders in early!

We apologize for being late posting the menu for this month, but there’s still plenty of time to sign up for the remaining three weeks. Don’t miss out on our healthy lunches this month, and check back immediately after Thanksgiving to see what “gifts” to expect in December!! We’ve planned some special taste treats for the holidays.

We hope you’ll join our SALADAY lunch bunch! Every salad is delivered to your Burleson location with a bottle of water and a fresh-baked treat; all for the low price of $10 plus tax. Add protein in the form of tuna, salmon or chicken for a small additional charge. 20171108_083015

Remember, you can order salads for special holiday parties at your office as well. Just give us a call at 214-662-9767, or email saladay@dfwaquaponicsfarms.org to discuss your individual needs.

Wednesday, November 15  —  Spinach & Mixed Greens

Fresh mustard greens and a bit of fennel add unique flavors to this mixed greens salad, spiced with sliced mushrooms, water chestnuts and heart of palm for a slightly exotic touch. Champagne vinaigrette and toasted sesame seeds on the side.

Wednesday, November 22 – “Everything but the Turkey”

Roasted sweet potatoes with baby red and yellow potatoes, green beans, dried cranberries and seasoned croutons — all atop our locally-grown fresh greens — make this a pre-Thanksgiving dinner par excellence! Tomato vinaigrette adds just a bit of punch, along with toasted sunflower kernels.

Wednesday, November 29 – Mixed Slaw on a Bed of Greens

One of our favorites makes a return visit – carrots, cabbage, broccoli, green onions, raisins and a light classic herb vinaigrette to end the month. We’ll add some crumbled goat cheese to top it off.

As always, we wish you good health and good eating, with fresh, naturally-grown produce from our Farm in Burleson and other ingredients sourced from local markets and select suppliers.

SALADAY: The best day of the week

 

Beginning August 9, in Burleson, each week will have a new day. SALADAY represents a mid-week break from normal routine; a treat for the palate, and a fresh, healthy option for a working lunch.

We will bring new taste treats to your office door — every week, all year long! We’re not only renaming that middle day of the week; we’re creating a whole new day!

DFW Aquaponics Farms is launching a delicious, delectable, delivery service. Every Wednesday, for a set monthly fee, you can have a hearty salad lunch brought directly to your office or shop in Burleson, a different selection each week, depending on the harvest and the season.

It’s our contribution to our city’s ongoing efforts to promote health and fitness; and we think it’s the neighborly thing to do! Our local Aquaponics farm is producing a bounty of goodness, and this is our way of sharing the bounty.

Saladay was announced publicly Wednesday, July 19, at the regular monthly meeting of the Be Healthy Burleson steering committee.  Each salad features Certified Naturally Grown lettuce and other salad greens from our farm in Burleson, along with a rotating selection of quality vegetables, fruits, nuts, toppings and unique dressings, many of them organic produce from our friends at Burleson’s City Market.

Our thanks to Kurt Jaeger of City Market, for allowing us access to his kitchen prep area and for allowing us to use a portion of his walk-in cooler for our salads and lettuce.

Why not assure your place at our community table by placing your order now? We’re working on a streamlined order form right here on the website — it should be ready for use within a few days. For now, though, email your intent to participate by sending your name, the name and address of your business, and the number of salads you’re ordering to saladay@dfwaquaponicsfarms.org. We’ll send billing information and a confirmation by return email.

Price per delivered salad is $10 plus tax; a total of $40 (or $50) a month. Monthly menus will be posted here on the website.

The inaugural salad was our version of a “summer light” potato salad, with a mix of perfect small heads of Butterhead and leafy Bibb lettuce, tiny potatoes, petite tri-color tomatoes, tangy radishes and green onions. Zesty mustard vinaigrette hints of the French countryside, and pumpkin kernels add a bit of crunch.

It’s just one of the special salads you can look forward to when you enjoy SALADAY with DFW Aquaponics Farms!

Bring holiday salads to the backyard

Cooking up a celebration isn’t only about firing up the grill and chilling the drinks. Why not bring a healthy variety of salad, fresh veggies and seasonal fruit to the mix. Colorful red, white and blue is as deliciously edible as it is appropriate for summer gatherings from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but they’re especially welcome on the Fourth! Here’s how to do it right without spending all day in the kitchen:

Whether you pick fresh from your own garden or shop at your neighborhood market, choose a variety of lettuce and other greens, fresh herbs that can include mint, lavender, tarragon or sage. Then shop for perfectly ripe watermelon, grapes, cherries or berries — wherever your taste buds lead you. Toss your ingredients together at the last minute, drizzle with a raspberry vinaigrette or a white balsamic vinegar and oil dressing, and top with crumbled feta or herbed goat cheese. It’s a sweet take on traditional; it’s a great side with brisket and fried chicken, or it can be a welcome palate pleaser between the meat course and the brownies.

100_5641100_5640

For another non-traditional option, create a lighter version of traditional potato salad using leafy lettuce in colors ranging from pale green to deep purple. Add miniature boiled potatoes (skin on) in a mix of white, red and purple, and then choose at least three different tomato families to add zest and more color. Rather than a creamy, mayonnaise-based dressing, whip up a light, flavorful vinaigrette of oil and vinegar, Dijon and either German or deli-style mustard and simple spices. Garnish with fresh parsley and you’ll have guests clamoring for seconds.

We sampled these recipes and have to testify that they’re both good enough to eat! They can also be the base formula for healthy food any night of the week. Just add a hamburger, grilled chicken or fish, and ice cream and cookies. Use what you have at hand; keep it simple and fresh and it’s sure to please. 100_5628

The garden bounty is all around us now — cucumbers, red and daikon radish, leeks, avocado, squash, zucchini, cauliflower and a whole host of others. If you get tired of salad, toss a few vegetables on the grill!

Pull out your colorful linens and serving pieces, and your favorite grilling book, and move to the backyard for a homemade feast, for a special occasion or just for a weekend with the family. It’ll lift your spirits and satisfy your appetite!

100_5626

If you’ve been out to The Farm recently, or visited us at either Grand Prairie Farmers Market or Tyler Street Market, you may know that we have two greenhouses with lettuce and other greens in various stages of growth. We are discontinuing our kale and chard for a bit — there hasn’t been a lot of call for them at the markets and they don’t much like the heat. We’ll plant new varieties in the fall.

We also have tomato vines that we’re vining in the demonstration greenhouse. Stay tuned for further information about our “Training Day.”

For now, though, the news we’re just bursting to share is all about salads. Watch for the big announcement next week. Until then, we hope your holiday was safe, and filled with friends, family and good food. Enjoy the rest of the week.