Hayley's Grains
June Newsletter
This is a monthly newsletter jam-packed with store announcements, recipes, and information from the very talented individuals behind Olson Family Farm and Terre.Noire!
New in Store/General Updates
New Items

PONS - Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. The Olive Oil is single source, cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil from Spain. It is very mild, making it perfect for every day cooking and finishes! The Balsamic Vinegar is from Modena, Italy. Having been traditionally processed it has the perfect balance between sweet and bitter making it ideal for all of your summer vinaigrette needs!

Spices (General) - I now have: ground ginger, ground cinnamon (true ceylon), whole cloves, and whole nutmeg in my refill section!

Konjac Sponges  - Konjac sponges are derived from a porous vegetable out of Asia. These sponges are loaded with natural minerals and are very gentle on the skin making them the perfect face sponge (no face soap needed!)

Texas Homestead Lamb - From just up the road in Buckholts, Texas (a few miles north of Thorndale) i now have beautiful organic-fed, pasture-raised lamb. Take a deep dive in my meat freezer to pick out some delicious lamb steaks and chops to take home!

Soom Foods -  Premium Tahini is now in store for all of your hummus making needs! This Tahini is made from single source sesame seeds from Israel.

General Updates
True Harvest - You may have noticed that True Harvests' Lettuce hasn't been in store the last few weeks. This is due to them having to pause production during the construction for expanding their warehouse. They started production again on Monday 27th, so their beautiful greens will be back in store this weekend!

Open 7 days a week! - Starting next week (week commencing 07/04) the store will be open 7 days a week!

Store closure -  Off the back of the store opening 7 days a week, I will be closed for a summer holiday July 25th-July 29th. This is due to staff shortage and a much needed holiday with my new little one!

CSA boxes - There are 6 CSA box slots and all are currently filled. Let me know if you would like to be added to the waiting list!
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Long term store goals/updates


Coming soon to the produce section: a variety of locally grown, beautiful mushrooms!


Now that I have gone and added even more beautiful meat to my stores stock, it is definitely time for me to get a second freezer. I will be browsing options on Tuesday afternoon, and am hopeful that I find something!

Farm Dinners

Matthew and I will be meeting later this month to discuss this further and will be sharing details in August!
Monthly Recipe:
Miso Tahini Ramen

Don't let the ingreidents list scare you! If you like cooking Asian food these are staple items and worth purchasing. Made with Duck from La Belle Vie and veggies from Olson Family Farm!
Makes 2 servings, 1 hr
For Tare*:
2 x shallots, sliced
1 knob of Ginger (cut into matchsticks)
2 x Scallions, white part only
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of Tamari Sauce
1/2 cup of Mirin
1/4 cup of Sake
1/4 cup Miso
1 TBSP Brown Sugar
2 TBSP Tahini
2 TBSP Avocado oil

Remaining Ingredients:
3 cups of Chicken Stock
Ramen/Udon noodles

Optional Toppings:
Protein of your choice (duck, chicken, tofu, etc.)
Veggies, diced
Scallions (green part)
Sesame Seeds
Soft Boiled Egg
Cooking Greens (spinach, Kale, chard, etc.)

*A Tare is a concentrated sauce that you can use as an Asian Dipping Sauce, or in this case, the base for your ramen to give it a complex flavor in a short amount of time. Once made it will last in the fridge for up to 3 months and will allow you to make a delicious ramen in a matter of minutes!

How to:
Make your Tare:
1.) In a medium saucepan heat up your oil and add the diced shallots.
2.) Once they begin to caramelize add a cup of water. Bring to a boil and then drop to a simmer for 15 minutes
3.) Whisk in the ginger, scallions, tamari sauce, Mirin, Sake, Miso, and Brown Sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes (until the sauce has reduced to about a cup).
4.) Take off the heat, whisk in your Tahini and a pinch of Salt. (this will be salty! but it will be diluted by the stock when you assemble)
5.) Pour into a heat proof jar and leave to cool. Once cooled store in the fridge - will last 3 months.

1.) While your Tare cools you can prepare your toppings. For mine I pan-seaered a duck breast and then cooked my veggies in the rendered duck fat, steamed some spinach, made a soft boiled egg.
2.) Bring your Chicken stock to a boil and add your noodles, preparing them according to packet instructions.
3.) To assemble, place 3 TBSP of your Tare at the bottom of the bowl. Add in some noodles, ladle over some stock, and then add your toppings. Drizzle another TBSP of tare on your toppings and enjoy!

This may seem complex, but I assure you it's simple! The great thing about making the tare is that you only need a little of it to add a complex flavor to your ramen. So once you make it and store it in your fridge, you can make this dish in a matter of minutes. You can also get creative with your toppings, using what ever you have in your fridge that needs to be used!

Did you try it? Post it and tag me on Facebook or Instagram! I'd love to see your take on it!
*Credit to Rhubarb and Cod for the base Tare recipe.
Check out my instagram "Recipe" highlights to watch a step by step video of how I prepared this dish (as well as a number of other delicious recipes!)
The Farmers Corner
An update from Olson Family Farm
It's summertime on the farm and that means planting lots of okra and what we call Southern field peas, which is a combination of black eye and purple hull. Peas are legumes, which have a symbiotic relationship with the soil in which they release nitrogen back into the soil.  We try to take the best care of our soil as possible as that is the base for everything.  We are very grateful for everyone's continued support, and hope that everyone is staying cool. Please pray for rain and we hope to see you at Hayley's Grains sometime soon!

-Matthew Olson,  June 28th
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