Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories

Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories

by Susie Middleton


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More than a’s also the story of how a farm came to be. Written by the “Queen of Fresh” Susie Middleton, Fresh from the Farm goes beyond traditional “fresh” cookbooks by sharing the engaging tale of one woman’s quest for a simpler life. In between the recipes, Susie shares the story of how she left the corporate world, started a farm on Martha’s Vineyard, and created a satisfying new life on this rural island.

121 seasonal recipes featuring homegrown produce. Fresh from the Farm is divided into three growing seasons: late spring and early summer, high summer, and what the author refers to as a bonus season, Indian summer and early fall. Here’s just a taste...

  • Swiss Chard and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas with Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Spicy Thai Shrimp and Baby Bok Choy Stir-Fry
  • Curry Coconut Butternut Squash Soup
  • “Mac ‘N Cheese” with Kale, Goat Cheese, and Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Summer Veggie-Palooza Paella
  • Little Pear Crostatas with Hazelnut Crisp Topping
  • and one hundred and nineteen more - all just as tempting and delicious!

Perfect for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Fresh from the Farm is for anyone looking for exciting new ways to prepare vegetable-centric dishes that range from starters to mains to desserts. While the emphasis is on recipes, this book is also a great read. As one reviewer observes:

“...the stories that Middleton shares make the book feel like an old
family cookbook that has been passed down from your great grandmother
with stories of her farm, and why she made each recipe. Middleton
embraces the family farm angle.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594721932
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 442,469
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

SUSIE MIDDLETON is not only a cook and a writer, but a farmer, too. The former chief editor of Fine Cooking magazine, Susie also authored Fast, Fresh & Green and The Fresh & Green Table. In addition to blogging regularly at and occasionally on the Huffington Post, Susie writes both essays and food features for national and regional magazines. She started growing vegetables commercially in 2010 on Martha’s Vineyard.

Table of Contents

Part One

*Late Spring and Early Summer

Part Two

*High Summer

Part Three

*Indian Summer and Early Fall

Appendix: Four Designs for Garden or Farm

Metric Equivalents

Recipe Index


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Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Fresh From the Farm - A Year of Recipes & Stories Author: Susie Middleton Published: 2-11-14 Publisher: The Tauntan Press Pages: 256 Genre: Non-Fiction Sub Genre: Cooking; Food & Wine; New England; Cooking By Ingredient ISBN: 9781600859045 ASIN: B00IN4V1E4 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Book Blurb: "Part cookbook, part memoir; fresh from the Farm chronicles a year in of Susie Middleton's life on her farm as she nurtures both her seedlings and her soul, weathers life as a famer and creates 125 recipes that celebrate cooking with the seasons." Leaving the hectic corporate life behind in search of a slower more simple and quiet life, Susie Middleton and her husband brought a farm and began growing their own vegetables and fruits. The then went on to experiment in her kitchen to perfect her recipes using the bounty of her labors. Included are stories of Susie Middleton's telling of her transformation and memories. The recipes vary in fruits and vegetables which include many salad recipes which I cannot get enough of. I could eat them every day and never grow tired of them. You also need to try the Fiesta Fajitas with Grilled Roasted Steak, Peppers and Onions. At the end of the book there are basic drawings and instructions for constructing a farm stand and a chicken coop. The recipes are easy to follow full of flavor. Susie Middleton's story is one many of us wish we could live. 4 Stars
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This was an easy book to follow. Susie has some of the finest food pictures I have seen. I usually look at them and go, Yeah, ok. With these I wanted to eat NOW! She tells her story as you read the pages. She will tell you what to do with your ingredients, how to keep them fresh, how to prepare them and how to cook and serve them. She actually makes me want to eat healthy. Please check out this book!
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Fresh from the Farm I found this cookbook to be a lot of fun. Not only was it chock full of delicious looking recipes, but the pictures were beautiful and the memories strewn throughout made this book mean even more. I also loved the tips and gardening notes throughout (and their are garden designs in the back). I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to begin making these recipes. Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Labrattcq More than 1 year ago
I received ARC to provide an honest review of this book. This is a very attractive book. The pictures and recipes made my mouth water and are worthy of buying a copy alone. I loved that the recipes are arranged by season and introduce us to some not so common produce, at least new to our family. I have other cookbooks that claim to be cataloged by season, but I have found some recipes to include items that are not at their peak, which defeats the purpose of a seasonal book. This is not the case with this book, all of the recipes items appear to be available at the same time. The recipes that I tried with out of season ingredients were easy to prepare and even my fussy eaters tried them, even though they did not look like the pictures…lol. I look forward to visiting our local farmers market/stand and repeating a few recipes with fresh ingredients. I promise not to be a lettuce thief. The only negative thing that I can say is that during my first trip through the book the stories overshadowed the recipes. However, this just made me want to try the recipes even more. The witty narrative made me wish I had a green thumb. The added hints/tips and stories really showed the love and connection with the author has with her calling. I have a feeling that this would be one of my go-to cookbooks and it would be a great addition to any cooks shelf.