Juice Season

18 Apr

Be Happy: Juice


All of us have either sold or acquired one at some point at a garage sale. The juicer was invented with CSA in mind. Members who juice their greens not only increase overall health, but also their CSA longevity. Some Fairview Gardens CSA  members have a juicing spree- the day before they pick up their next share, what a great way to finish up all your produce. If you’re a heavy juicer you probably have a strong opinion of your favorite type of machine for very well thought out reasons; some of us juice newbies would benefit from a little Juicing 101.
Here’s a quick lesson from BestJuicers.com
There are three types of juicers: Masticating, Centrifugal, & Triturating.
1. The Masticating machine operates at a slower speed. It chews the fibers and breaks up the cells of vegetables and fruits. This gives you more fiber, enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals. The Champion is a masticating juicer. It also is more versatile because in addition to extracting juices, the unit homogenizes making baby foods, sauces, nut butters, banana ice creams and fruit sorbets.
2. The Centrifugal machine first grinds the fruit and vegetables then pushes them through the strainer by spinning at a very high rpm (similar to your washing machine on the spin cycle). This method usually yields a little more volume of juice. The Omega 1000 & 4000 and Juiceman II are centrifugal machines.
3. The Triturating (twin gear) machine, which turns at a slower rpm, has a two step process. The first step crushes the fruits and vegetables, while the second step presses the juice. This process gives you more fiber, enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals. These juicers also have magnetic and bio-ceramic technology that slows down the oxidation process, which is good if you want to make and store your juice. .These juicers are excellent for juicing leafy greens, wheatgrass, sprouts, root vegetables like beets and carrots and most water dense (non-pulpy) fruits. Juicing time is longer with twin gear juicers due to the slower juicing process which gives you a higher quality juice.
Now that you’ve got your juicer ready to go, take a look at this link to a few carrot juicing recipes.
Here is a recipe for Beet Juice pictured above from www.rawfoodsolutions.com
Juice the following:

* 1 beetroot (bulb only)
* 4 medium carrots
* 3 oranges
* 6 apples
* Small bunch of parsley
* 4 strawberries (these make all the difference)

Sneak Peek:


Salad Mix


Fava Beans




Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese Recipe


Salad Ingredients:

  • Beets – Roasted (click here for step by step instructions on how to roast beets), peeled, sliced into strips
  • Fresh arugula – rinsed, patted dry with a paper towel
  • Goat cheese
  • Walnuts – chopped

Dressing ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Orange
  • Dry powdered mustard
  • Sugar
  • Salt and pepper

Picture from SimplyRecipes.com Recipe from Lisa at Fairview


I enjoy making this salad in a large bowl, adding ingredients, tossing as I go.  How much ingredients you use will depend on the amount of people you are serving.  Assemble the salad according to how much you want. A handful of arugula leaves, a few roasted beets sliced, some crumbled goat cheese, garnish with chopped walnuts. Use a vinaigrette salad dressing or what I’ve described above.

*This salad is also wonderful with Tri Tip, thinly sliced tossed in.

The dressing is 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 orange, 1/4 teaspoon of powdered mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Actually, it is all to taste.

Fava Bean Hummus

Originally posted April, 2010

I love to spread hummus on my sandwiches, and I’m thrilled that Fairview Gardens grows beans we can use for hummus. Roll up this dip on lavash bread with vegetables for a delicious lunch.

Fava Hummus
1.5 pounds fava beans in pods
1/4 cup tahini
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Shell the fava beans. Bring a pot of water to boil. Put the beans in the boiling water for 10 minutes, and then plunge into ice water. Once the beans are cold you should be able to slip them out of their skins. Boil them longer if you like well cooked vegetables.

2. Blend all the ingredients, except the fava beans,  in a food processor.Then add the fava beans and blend some more.

3. Spread the fava bean dip on lavash bread, and sprinkle with vegetables. I like to add carrots, lettuce, radishes, and arugula.

Next Sub-Urban Homesteading Workshop

Sheet Mulching: The Lazy Gardener

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April 30 9 am to 5 pm $85.00

Adding sweat to your garden has it’s rewards in well being, and will potentially give you a very productive garden.  What if you don’t want to do all that work??

This class is the class for the lazy gardener. Turn your lawn, extra yard, or existing unproductive garden into a high productivity garden without pulling any grass, pulling any weeds, or doing any digging.  With some creative ingenuity we can create and plant a garden that will have you inviting the neighbors over to help pick your cucumbers.


One Response to “Juice Season”

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