Spring is the season of renewal and growth, and nothing represents this more than the abundance of fresh produce available during this time. From asparagus and artichokes to carrots and peas, spring vegetables are some of the most flavorful and nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Unfortunately, the short growing season and perishability of many spring vegetables mean that they’re not always available year-round.
The Farm-to-Freezer Lifestyle
Luckily, with Five Star Home Foods’ farm-to-freezer technology, you can have access to delicious and nutritious spring produce anytime, no matter where you are. Farm-to-freezer is a process that involves harvesting fresh produce at its peak ripeness, flash-freezing it to lock in its nutrients and flavor, and delivering it directly to our customers. By freezing produce at peak freshness we ensure that you get the same quality and flavor as fresh produce – whenever you’re ready!
The benefits of having farm-to-freezer spring produce available anytime are many. For one, it allows you to enjoy the taste and health benefits of fresh produce all year round, even when it’s out of season. This can be especially helpful for people who live in areas with limited access to fresh produce or for those who prefer the convenience of having healthy food delivered to their doorstep.
In addition to the benefits for our consumers, our farm-to-freezer lifestyle also has positive impacts on the environment. By freezing produce at its peak freshness, farm-to-freezer foods reduce waste and minimize the carbon footprint associated with transportation and storage. Frozen produce requires less energy to transport and store than fresh produce, and it doesn’t require the same amount of packaging to maintain its freshness.
Having our farm-to-freezer spring produce stocked in your freezer and available anytime is a win-win for both our customers and the environment. With its delicious taste, health benefits, and convenience, the Five Star Home Foods’ Farm-to-Freezer lifestyle is a great way to enjoy the best of spring produce all year round, while also reducing waste and minimizing your carbon footprint.
Creating Your Own Kitchen Garden
Just like keeping our frozen fruits and vegetables stocked in your freezer, growing your own indoor garden can be a great way to reduce waste, plastic packaging and transportation emissions, have fresh produce always available, and save money in the long run. Here are some fantastic ideas to keep your kitchen stocked all year-round.
Growing Spring Herbs Indoors
Spring herbs are a group of fresh herbs that thrive during the spring season. These herbs are known for their bright flavors and fragrances, which can add a fresh touch to your meals. These easy-to-grow spring herbs can be grown in small pots or containers and require minimal maintenance, making them perfect for beginners or those with limited space. Here are some easy spring herbs to grow in your kitchen:
- Basil: Basil is a popular herb that can be easily grown indoors. It prefers bright, direct sunlight and well-draining soil. You can start basil from seed or purchase a starter plant, Spring herbs are a group of fresh herbs that thrive during the spring season. These herbs are known for their bright flavors and fragrances, which can add a fresh touch to your meals. and it will grow quickly once established.
- Chives: Chives are a hardy herb that can be grown indoors year-round. They prefer bright, indirect sunlight and well-draining soil. You can start chives from seeds or purchase a starter plant, and they will grow quickly and produce tasty, onion-like shoots.
- Mint: Mint is a refreshing herb that can be grown indoors in a pot or container. It prefers indirect sunlight and moist, well-draining soil. You can start mint from cuttings or purchase a starter plant, and it will grow quickly and produce fragrant leaves.
- Parsley: Parsley is a versatile herb that can be used in a variety of dishes. It prefers bright, indirect sunlight and well-draining soil. You can start parsley from seeds or purchase a starter plant, and it will grow quickly and produce curly or flat leaves.
- Thyme: Thyme is a flavorful herb that can be grown indoors in a sunny spot. It prefers well-draining soil and moderate watering. You can start thyme from seeds or purchase a starter plant, and it will grow quickly and produce fragrant leaves.
Kitchen Staples to Grow Indoors
You can grow garlic indoors in your kitchen! Here are a few ways to do it:
- Plant garlic cloves in soil: Choose a large pot with good drainage and fill it with potting soil. Separate a garlic bulb into individual cloves, leaving the papery skin intact, and plant each clove pointed-end up about 2 inches deep in the soil. Place the pot in a sunny spot and keep the soil moist. Within a few weeks, you should see green shoots emerging from the soil.
- Grow garlic in water: Peel the outer layer off a garlic bulb and place it in a jar or vase filled with water, with the pointed end facing up. Change the water every couple of days and place the jar in a sunny spot. Within a few days, you should see roots growing from the bottom of the bulb and shoots emerging from the top.
- Use a garlic grow bag: Purchase a specially designed garlic grow bag that is made of breathable fabric and has a drainage hole. Fill the bag with potting soil and plant garlic cloves about 2 inches deep, with the pointed end facing up. Place the bag in a sunny spot and water regularly.
Regardless of the method you choose, it’s important to give your garlic plant enough light, water, and nutrients to grow. With a little patience and care, you can have fresh garlic growing right in your kitchen!
Growing Green Onions Indoors
Green onions are one of the easiest vegetables to regrow from scraps. Here’s how you can use your leftover green onions to grow more:
- Cut off the root end of the green onion, leaving about an inch of the white part attached.
- Place the root end in a jar or glass with enough water to cover the roots.
- Place the jar in a sunny spot and change the water every few days to keep it fresh.
- After a week or two, you should see new growth emerging from the top of the green onion. Keep changing the water every few days, and in a few weeks, the green onion will be ready to harvest.
Broccoli, Peas & Carrot Stir-Fry
Here is a simple and delicious recipe that features both broccoli and carrots:
Broccoli, Peas & Carrots Stir-Fry
- 1– 10 ounce bag Cascadian Farms Organic broccoli florets, frozen
- 1- 10 ounce bag Cascadian Farms Organic peas carrots, frozen
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, grated
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: sesame seeds for garnish
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, and cornstarch until well combined.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
- Add the broccoli and carrots to the skillet and stir to coat them with the garlic and ginger. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour the soy sauce mixture over the vegetables and stir to combine. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables are tender-crisp and the sauce has thickened.
- Serve hot, garnished with sesame seeds if desired. This dish can be served over rice or noodles for a more filling meal.
Enjoy this healthy and flavorful stir-fry that highlights the best of spring produce!