“Back Porch Farm” debuts at the Wagner Farm Arboretum’s Butterfly Festival

IMG_0655Welcome to the Back Porch Farm!

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The Back Porch Farm is now open for business – the “Farm in My Heart”, now has roots in the soil!  Check our out list of services here!

We had a vendor table at the Wagner Farm Arboretum’s Butterfly Festival this weekend, featuring trays of pea shoots, heirloom seed potatoes, mini “porch farms”, herbs, strawberry pots, and vegetable starts.

Look for Back Porch Farm at events and farmers markets in North / Central New Jersey and beyond.


In Celebration of Pea Shoots!

IMG_0669Pea shoots are a delicious Spring delicacy which can actually be enjoyed all year round, since they can be grown easily as “microgreens” indoors or outdoors.

About Pea Shoots:

Pisum Sativum (garden pea) are in the Fabaceae family. Normally, pea plants take months to mature and produce peas, but the shoots can be grown as microgreens to eat in about 10 days. Seeds may be sown in a small amount of potting soil in shallow trays.  Since the shoots will be harvested young, they can be sown thickly, without thinning out.

Nutritionally, pea sprouts are high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and folic acid.

Recipe Ideas for Pea Shoots

  • Stir Fry with garlic, ginger, some fresh cilantro & a dash of tamari
  • Braise in a little olive oil with a mix of greens (kale, dandelion greens, mustard greens) & garlic
  • Toss raw in salads with other greens, edible flowers, & fresh herbs
  • Toss raw with shaved raw asparagus and dress with lemon vinaigrette
  • Braise with fresh fava beans and toss with pasta and lemon zest
  • Chop and blend into dips with chives
  • Include on sandwiches as fresh greens
  • Include in Spring Rolls
  • Make Pea Shoot Pesto
  • Include in Pita pockets or tacos
  • Use as a fresh garnish, sprinkled with some lemon juice