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Mr Leon’s Okra Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Thin layer of oil in the pan
  • 1 lb okra
  • 1 medium onion (red or white)
  • 1 green pepper (Medium size)
  • 1 cup of whole kernel corn
  • 1 cup baby lima beans
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium-size can of fire-roasted tomatoes or 1 lb ripe tomato
  • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Serving Size: 2

Directions:

  1. Dice okra
  2. Sauté in oil until liquid is not runny on medium-high heat (do not overcook)
  3. Dice onions, green pepper, tomatoes and garlic on cutting board
  4. Add onions, green peppers, garlic, and tomatoes to pan with okra
  5. Cover and simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes
  6. Add corn and lima beans
  7. Cover and simmer on low for 10-15 minutes or until tender
  8. Season to taste

 

Serve over a plate of rice or selected side

 

**If desired: add cooked meat to recipe**

Focus on Longevity Spinach

Longevity spinach is a leafy vegetable that was relatively unknown in the U.S. until recent years.  It has rapidly gained in popularity as more people grow it and become familiar with its health benefits.

In warm climates the plant is perennial and will provide harvests for many years.

Longevity spinach works well in smoothies or is eaten raw.

Super delicious Longevity Spinach Smoothie

  • 1cup milk of choice or juice (try apple or pineapple)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup longevity spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh moringa leaves, or .08 tablespoon moringa powder
  • Any fresh or frozen fruit (1 frozen banana, 1 peach, whatever is in season)

The Dirt: Focus On Fennel

Hello all,

This week we are harvesting fennel. Included below is information about fennel and a recipe. We hope that you enjoyed reading about chives last week and they are still available for purchase.

Our lettuce mix is also available this week.

Focus on FENNEL

Fennel is considered a vegetable, an herb and a spice! It is native to the Mediterranean region but grows well in S. Florida at certain times of the year. The bulbous base is eaten like a vegetable, feathery fronds that are used as an herb, and seeds that can be dried for a spice.

Fresh fennel has a delicate and mild flavor; some say similar to licorice but many self-proclaimed licorice-haters find that they actually like it. Texture-wise, the bulb is a lot like celery or onion: crunchy and fibrous when raw, soft and silky when cooked. The leaves are feathery and also mild in taste and can be used instead of basil or parsley.

Preparing Fennel for use:

Trim away any long stems and fronds on an angle, and reserve them for another use;
Use the edge of a knife to gently scrape away any browning on the outside of the bulb;
Cut each bulb in half so that it sits flat on the cutting board;
It can be sliced lengthwise or widthwise; diced or chopped like onions and celery; shaved into thin, crescent-shaped slices for soups and salads; or quartered for hearty stews.

Shaved Fennel, Zucchini, and Celery Salad (Martha Stewart)
Ingredients:
• 6 small celery stalks, very thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
• 1 bulb fennel, very thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
• 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise (about 1 1/2 cups)
• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
• 1 can (15.5 ounces) butter beans, drained and rinsed
• Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1/2 cup almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
Directions:
Step 1: Combine celery, fennel, zucchini, oil, vinegar, and beans in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Step 2: Stir in almonds and season with more salt and pepper just before serving.

Online Ordering from The PATCH

PATCH continues ONLINE SALES!

Order Monday by 7 pm for Wednesday pick-up.

Hello Friend of the PATCH,

The Dania Beach PATCH will not be sharing our weekly availability list this week. Unfortunately, the storm in April destroyed quite a bit of our produce. The team and volunteers have seeded and planted and we expect to be back to harvesting shortly. We will keep you updated and will provide a list of produce for sale as soon as possible.
Thank you for your patience and we hope to see you soon.

The PATCH Team

Download the order form here:

PATCH Order Sheet

Please note that we will allow pick-up on Wednesday 10 – 11 AM!

Order Instructions:

  • Open the order sheet
  • Enter the quantity you would like to purchase
  • Click on “File” Upper left
  • Click on “Share”
  • Send “As Email Attachment”
  • Mail to “EVENTS@THEPATCHGARDEN.COM

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AT THE DANIA BEACH PATCH

Dania Beach, FL- The annual Earth Day Festival will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Dania Beach PATCH. The event will include over 10 eco-friendly activities and nearly 20 participating vendors will be in attendance. The festival is free of charge and will also feature a ladybug release by Love Our Nation, infused water activity by Heal the Planet, and an aromatherapy workshop by the Banyan House, all free of charge.

“The Dania Beach PATCH Earth Day Festival is a fun, informative, and interactive event to learn about environmentally-friendly and health conscious practices,” said CRA Executive Director, Rickelle Williams.

Other activities include a Zero Waste Discussion by Everything Earth Tribe, a bounce house for the kids, tours of the PATCH garden, seeding activities, scavenger hunt, and games on the green for children and families. During the Zero Waste lecture, attendees will learn practical steps to generate less waste in their daily lives, make their own products and more.

*The Zero Waste class is free, but it is $10 to make a bin in person – worms, guides, and bedding will be provided for the bins. Donations are accepted for the low-waste lecture.

About the PATCH
The City of Dania Beach has been recognized as a food desert in Broward County, lacking access to fresh and healthy food options. As part of its mandate to remove blighted conditions associated with the city, The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency transformed a vacant lot into what is now called the Dania Beach PATCH (People’s Access to Community Horticulture). The PATCH provides a source of affordable, accessible and sustainably fresh and locally grown produce.
The PATCH Market and Garden are open every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and weekly from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Interested vendors can call 954-924-6801 for more information. Visit the PATCH online for event updates, PATCH sales and volunteer opportunities on www.thepatchgarden.com

Paint At The Patch

Paint At The Patch
Every 4th Saturday of the Month

www.ThePatchGarden.com

1201 W. Dania Beach Blvd
11am-1pm

Registration: $30
Refreshments Included
Rsvp: kpayen@daniabeachfl.gov

JUMP START YOUR HEART

Jump start your heart
February 17 @ 9am-1pm

FREE EVENT

Activities include:
“Healthy Heart” Jump Rope Contest • Heart Healthy Food Demos • Kids Activities • Crafts • Market Sales and much more!

EBT/SNAP receives 50% OFF Florida-grown produce

Shop Local • Eat Local

Shop Fresh • Non GMO • Organically-grown produce at unbeatable prices!

GET FIT FOR THE NEW YEAR

Saturday January 20

9am to 1pm

New Year, New You! Commit to get fit!

EBT – 50% OFF Florida grown produce

Signup for the FREE Seed-saving workshop on eventbrite!

Activities include: Shop fresh organically-grown produce for your new year’s resolutions at the market, arts and crafts, one-of-a-kind vendors, garden tours, music, BBQ lunch for sale, games and activities for the kids, educational workshops and more!

Holidays at The PATCH

Don’t Miss our HOLIDAYS AT THE PATCH!
December 16th

9 am – 2 pm
Join us in celebrating the holidays at The PATCH!

THE PATCH GARDEN AND DANIA BEACH CRA TEAM UP WITH FAMILY IN DISTRESS, DISMAS CHARITIES AND THE BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO HOST A SPECTACULAR HOLIDAY EVENT WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCES, HOLIDAY MUSIC, FREE MEALS, HOLIDAY CRAFTS, RAFFLES, GIVEAWAYS, AND MORE!

THIS EVENT WILL BRING HOLIDAY CHEER TO THE WHOLE FAMILY.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
SHOP EARLY FOR HOLIDAY SIDE-STAPLES AT THE MARKET
HOLIDAY CRAFT TABLE FOR CHILDREN
GARDEN TOURS & SCAVENGER HUNT
UNIQUE ART AND CRAFT VENDORS
FREE BBQ (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)
AN ORCHID WORKSHOP
GIFT CARD RAFFLES
TOYS FOR TOTS GIVEAWAYS
& FREE GRAB BAGS

LIVE PERFORMANCE ENTERTAINMENT FEATURING:
BELLA STROUP – SONGSTRESS
AFRICA WATOTO DANCE THEATRE
LASHELL DANCE GROUP
DANNY DUARTE – LATIN FUSION & CLASSICAL PIANIST
SINGER MR. EDDIE GUNTER

Each week, we offer 50% OFF FLORIDA PRODUCE when you shop with EBT.

Harvest Festival – November 18th, 2017

Don’t Miss our Harvest Festival!
November 18th
9 am – 1 pm
Join us in celebrating the first harvest of the season!
Activities include
?Arts & Crafts
? Garden Tours
? Music
✅ Kids Games & Activities
? Educational and Cooking Demos
? Register for a FREE Bee-Keeping Workshop!

Each week, we offer 50% OFF FLORIDA PRODUCE when you shop with EBT.