Today I am very excited to share with you my collaboration with The Jungle Farm, creating easy and delicious recipes using fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Jungle Farm, centrally located in Alberta is a family orientated farm committed to providing locally grown quality fresh produce. Along with grain farming, The Jungle Farm offers a gorgeous array of herbs, bedding plants, hanging baskets, lettuce gardens, preserves and of course fruits and vegetables. They don’t stop there; you’ll also find family and group activities such as wagon rides, corn maze, farm animals and field trips. You can find out a whole lot more about The Jungle Farm at www.thejunglefarm.com
My personal favourite is the U pick fruits and vegetables and the vegetable box programs. Over the spring and summer months they offer a weekly vegetable box that includes that week’s seasonal bounty, cleaned, boxed and ready for pick up. Along with each box is a weekly e-newsletter highlighting The Jungle Farm events and providing recipes for the items included in that weeks box. This is where I come in, working with produce from The Jungle Farm providing a spattering of wonderful, easy to follow recipes to help you use the items in your weekly vegetable box. So be sure to check out the recipe links provided in your newsletter. While I encourage all visitors to my site to roam around and look at all recipes, I know time is short for most people. Therefore, I have provided a tab called “The Jungle Farm Produce” in the recipe index specifically for recipes using Jungle Farm produce. So for those who don’t have time to browse but are in need of a recipe for your gorgeous produce, you can find it all under one tab any time you visit Compelled To Cook.
The first recipe I am sharing is Roasted Tomato Pumpkin Soup using The Jungle Farm sugar pumpkin, onions and leeks. Healthy, luscious and delicious swirled with sour cream and topped with crispy leeks. What I love about this recipe is the deep flavour that develops from roasting the pumpkin and tomatoes, then all ingredients are added to one pot to make it super easy to put together. It makes a big pot and freezes very well too. Although this is a simple recipe overall it does require a little extra time due to the roasting, so it makes for a wonderful weekend soup when you might have a little more time.
I look forward to creating and sharing many more recipes using local, quality fresh produce from The Jungle Farm and encourage those following today to find me on their favourite social media platform. You can find my Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook links on the homepage.