When I am writing my CSA newsletter at the eleventh hour, I am furiously looking for recipes to include to help my customers enjoy the products included in the share. Everyday Chef is a cooking resource at Valley Farm Fresh that was developed to increase consumption of local foods in the Upper Valley. This bank of hundreds of recipes, techniques, and hints is a great resource for farmers to share with your customers.

Our recipes highlight the products our farmers are growing each season and include helpful hints and techniques for cooking with more local food. The blog is searchable and includes step by step recipes and photos.

Below is an example of what you will find at Everyday Chef. This recipe was added to the blog in response to farmers requesting more recipes for napa cabbage, which grows so well here, but that customers are often flummoxed by.

We also have PDF files so you can print out recipe cards to have at your farmstand or include with your CSA share. Let us know if you have any questions!


Quick Kimchi

Photo Julia A Reed

Cabbage, cabbage, everywhere – this is the time of year for the versatile Brassica. Napa cabbage (also called celery cabbage and Chinese cabbage) grows well in our region and is often found in fall CSA shares, at farmers’ markets, and farmstands so here is an easy recipe for this crunchy vegetable.

napa cabbage

Napa is a leafy vegetable that is low in calories, but high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C & K, and folic acid  – that’s a lot of bang for the buck! And, it happens to be versatile and delicious.

Kimchi is a traditional Korean fermented vegetable condiment. This unfermented take on kimchi is quick, easy, delicious and a great way to enjoy the bounty of napa cabbage available this time of year. I found this recipe on sheknows.com and it takes just a few minutes to prepare and can last in the refrigerator for several weeks.

kimchi ingredients

The heat comes from the sambal oelek which is a Southeast Asian hot chili pepper sauce that you can find in many stores in the International aisle. You can adjust the amount of chili paste you add to the kimchi to make it more to less spicy.

kimchi chopped napa

Quick Kimchi
adapted from she knows.com

1 head napa cabbage, rough chopped
8-12 cloves garlic, sliced
3 Tbsp sambal oelek chili paste
1/2 cup rice vinegar
salt to taste

mixing ingredients


Rough chop cabbage and mix with vinegar, chili paste, salt, and sliced garlic. Store in glass jar and refrigerate overnight.

ready for fridge

Photo Julia A Reed