Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables – Review & Giveaway

To end off our 2010 Spring and Summer Organic Produce Program, I am presenting Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables, by farmer John Peterson and Angelic Organics, Gibbs Smith Publisher.

About The Book

Farmer John Peterson has been farming for all of his life.  He is a passionate person, who dedicates his life to the earth and all that is good for it.  He has his own Community Shared Agriculture program Angelic Organics. Farmer John affectionately dedicates his very personal cookbook to “the farmers who work with the earth lovingly, and to those who support these farmers and the earth itself through their choices”.  He believes in making a connection with the farmer and the people who receive their vegetables.  “I have always loved to bring non-farm people into the mysterious, dynamic sphere of agriculture through farm tours, writing and telling stories, and raising food.  And what better way to include people in farming than Community Supported Agriculture CSA?”

My Thoughts

This book, Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables is actually a total Encyclopaedia of information.  Not only are there recipes, but so much valuable information about produce; from seeding, nurturing, and preparation, to nutritional information and storing.  This book reports a real education regarding our food, providing a multitude of facts to learn and live by.  Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables guides us through the seasons with a plethora of information that will keep you reading for a long while.

Book Highlight

“It’s hard to imagine anything more tempting than a batch of freshly baked muffins.  The kitchen smells sweet and spicy, and those steamy little gems look so comforting, so tasty, so easy-to-eat-more-than-one…Angelic Organics Kitchen.”


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, (rice milk)
  • 2 tsp orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Generously coat a 12 cup muffin pan with butter or line with paper muffin cups.

Mix the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs.  Beat in the butter, milk and orange juice concentrate.  Slowly add the flour mixture, stirring lightly and briefly, until just combined.  (Avoid over-mixing the batter, as this makes muffins dense and tough.)

Add the apricots to the flour mixture.  Stir in the carrots and nuts until the ingredients are just combined.

Ladle the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup no more than three-quarters full.  Bake the muffins until a toothpick inserted near their centers comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.  Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before serving.

Contest Details

I really am excited to give this book to someone who is as excited and passionate about organic food and local food as Farmer John and I am.  Please leave your comment to win, along with your story about how excited you are about your own CSA box.  The winner will be announced Wednesday September 29th, and receive it on our last pick-up day for the Spring and Summer of 2010, September 30th.  Good Luck all!

To find and purchase a copy of Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables, by Farmer John Peterson and Angelic Organics, please visit your local book store, or on line at: #mce_temp_url#

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4 Responses to Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables – Review & Giveaway

  1. Terri wrote back with this: “We tried a recipe out of the cookbook for baba ganoush, used up 2 egg plants and it was yummy!!
    I really like the book, so much information.”


  2. V. Darling says:

    Thank you for a great variety of organics. J & co. have been so special. Enjoyed the rasberry treats so much. The watermelons were tasty but the melons not too sweet!
    Look forward to the fall produce!


  3. Samira Dean says:

    I HEART my veggie box! My veggie box has been the highlight of the week all summer. I now look at veggies in the grocery store and feel sorry for the people buying the same old thing every week. I’m spending the afternoon trying some new recipes including a dairy free “cream” of broccoli soup and an eggplant ground beef casserole.
    Plus I think my family and friends are just as excited about the veggies when I show up with a new recipe or something to gift them. Monster melon was the talk of the town when I arrived at my parents house with it!

    Can’t wait for the fall boxes either… my interest was more than peaked when I read organic avocados! yummmm


  4. Terri Moeller says:

    I really loved the program this year and am so happy to find such a good group.
    Honestly I don’t have any suggestions but just wanted to say thanks to you and the Miller family for such a great experience.


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