I’m super fortunate to live in an area of the country that really supports local farms – a good thing – we’re surrounded by them – and I love being able to get local, organic foods for my family. Since we live in a world inundated with chemicals, it’s important to me.
I love apples. Love them. Some of my childhood I even lived next to an apple orchard. In fact, my LAST NAME means “apple orchard” See where I am going here?
Last month, I was introduced to Farmstr. YES!! A source for local farm food including honey, raw milk (shhh), APPLES and more.
Quick Farmstr Facts:
- We are a new start-up, and just launched our online marketplace for local farm food (starting in the PNW).
- Our goal is for you/customers to be able to easily find local farmers, ranchers and fishers – buy direct from the source – and once again personally know who grows your food (bringing back the handshakes).
- Farmstr aims to be your go-to place to keep track of your farmers and locally sourced food.
- Farmstr Sellers self-certify organic or better practices (we support certified/uncertified organic and sustainable practices).
Farmstr makes it really easy for folks like me who love (and grew up on) farm fresh food to get it locally in your area. It’s as simple as going to the Farmstr website, putting in your location and going from there. It’s super convenient. I was able to pick up two boxes of golden delicious and honeycrisp apples from Portage Bay Grange, the same place I buy feed for my backyard chickens. Perfect!
After I picked up my boxes of apples, the question was, what to do with them? My son answered that question by helping himself to a honeycrisp apple within minutes of bring them home.
So far we’ve enjoyed apple slices with peanut butter, apple oatmeal crisp and apple pancakes. Next up is my first attempt at canning – apple sauce. (If it’s a success, I will share my experience!) The backyard chickens have been in HEAVEN with all the cores and scraps. Such happy chickens!
Apple pancakes are super easy to make and delicious for any meal. I won’t tell anyone if you decide to have these for dinner. I promise. All ingredients are organic, but you can make them with non organic ingredients, they just might not be as delicious.
Organic Apple Pancake Recipe
Makes about 16 medium size pancakes
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tsp cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, melted
3-4 apples chopped into smallish pieces, cores and skins removed
cooking spray or butter
Place a clean cookie sheet in the oven and preheat it to 200. This will serve as your warming tray for your pancakes after you’ve cooked them.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
Whisk egg and butter into milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
Add in apples and mix well. It will seem very apple heavy, but I promise, it will work!
Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray or melt butter in it (I prefer butter). Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
Put the cooked pancakes on the cookie sheet you previously placed in the oven to keep the warm while you finish the batch.
Serve with butter – you really don’t need any maple syrup – there is lots of delicious sweetness from the apples!
Love local organic food?
Live in the greater Seattle area? Be sure to check out Farmstr! Plus, if you let them know you heard about Farmstr from me, you will get a $6.50 discount on your first Farmstr purchase – the equivalent of one dozen urban farm eggs. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know they found out about Farmstr from me – and they will reimburse you for your ‘eggs’ (note: offers change all the time – we will reimburse $6.50 from first purchase whether of not eggs are available or purchased).