Farming and cooking go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that there’s an abundance of farmer-run recipe blogs in our talented community. If adding a recipe page to your website or blog is a goal of yours, here are some inspiring recipe blogs to keep in mind!
1. Collect Recipes from CSA Members and Your Family
Bountiful Harvest Farms in northern Mississippi (photo above) maintains a simple recipe page that organizes recipes by CSA ingredient. Some of the recipes, like eggplant casserole, come from their CSA members. Other recipes include personal suggestions and tips. Such a recipe page promotes a sense of community within their CSA, and enables yet another way for CSA members to get to know their farmer.
2. Organize Recipes by Produce Type
Another unique recipe blog is run by Steel Wheel Farm. Their recipes are creative and accessible, and many include beautiful photos, like this recipe for Nero Black Radish Chips. Simply click on a vegetable keyword at the top of the page, or scroll below for their more recent entries.
Broadfork Farm (above) organizes their recipes within short blog posts about each week of the CSA. Recipe links are accompanied with tips for how to use the vegetables and interesting notes about the produce varieties. Instead of maintaining a distinct recipe blog, they utilize Pinterest (above), a visually-compelling way of sharing web pages, ideas, and images online. They created a board for each produce item, and simply store recipes in each of these boards. If you want to go this route, note that only folks with Pinterest accounts (it's free!) can view your recipes.
Native Son Farm Blog (above) also features outstanding weekly blog posts, called “What’s My Share?”. Each post includes a note from the farm, a section called Veggie Tips, and a section called “What’s For Dinner?” where they link to several different inspiring recipes. This streamlined approach is a great way to communicate news about farm life, produce, and storage tips in one central place.
You don’t have to be a seasoned recipe writer or a professional cook to maintain a recipe page--you just need a few links to your favorite recipes and a few minutes to share them. Your CSA members and customers will appreciate any advice you have.