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Farm To Kitchen with Kendall Rae Johnson - Strawberry Popsicles




Welcome back to "Farm to Kitchen with Kendall," where we explore fresh, farm-to-table recipes and the stories behind the amazing young farmers who grow our food. Today, we’re thrilled to highlight Kendall Rae Johnson, the youngest certified farmer in the United States. At just 6 years old, Kendall has already made significant strides in agriculture, inspiring countless others with her passion and dedication.


The Sweet Story of Strawberries

Strawberries are more than just a delicious treat; they are a powerhouse of nutrients and benefits. These bright red berries are packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols. They are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food, making them a perfect addition to any healthy diet.


Why Strawberries are Important:

  1. Nutrient-Rich: Strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C, manganese, folate (B9), and potassium. They also contain small amounts of iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins B6, K, and E.

  2. Antioxidant Powerhouse: The antioxidants in strawberries help reduce inflammation, lower the risk of chronic diseases, and combat oxidative stress.

  3. Heart Health: Strawberries support heart health by improving cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and overall vascular function.

  4. Skin Health: The Vitamin C in strawberries promotes collagen production, which is vital for skin health and healing.

  5. Weight Management: Low in calories and high in fiber, strawberries can help with weight management by promoting feelings of fullness.


Farm to Kitchen Recipe: Strawberry Popsicles

Nothing beats a refreshing strawberry popsicle on a hot summer day! Here’s a simple and healthy recipe that uses only three ingredients: strawberries, honey, and water.


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fresh strawberries (preferably organic, from a local farm like Kendall Rae’s)

  • 2 tablespoons of honey (or to taste)

  • 1/2 cup of water


Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Strawberries: Rinse the strawberries thoroughly and remove the stems. Cut them into halves or quarters for easier blending.

  2. Blend the Mixture: Place the strawberries in a blender. Add the honey and water. Blend until smooth. Taste the mixture and add more honey if you prefer a sweeter popsicle.

  3. Strain (Optional): If you prefer a smoother texture, you can strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds. This step is optional.

  4. Pour into Molds: Pour the strawberry mixture into popsicle molds, leaving a little space at the top for expansion as they freeze. Insert the popsicle sticks.

  5. Freeze: Place the molds in the freezer and freeze for at least 4-6 hours or until completely solid.

  6. Enjoy: Once frozen, remove the popsicles from the molds and enjoy your homemade, refreshing strawberry popsicles!


Supporting Young Farmers Like Kendall Rae

By choosing to support local farms and young farmers like Kendall Rae Johnson, you’re not only getting the freshest produce but also investing in the future of agriculture. These young farmers bring innovative ideas and a fresh perspective to the farming industry, ensuring that it remains sustainable and vibrant for generations to come.

So next time you enjoy a strawberry popsicle, remember the incredible journey from farm to kitchen, and the inspiring young farmers who make it all possible.

Thank you for joining us on this sweet adventure. Stay tuned for more farm-fresh recipes and stories that celebrate the heart and soul of agriculture. Happy farming and happy eating!



Author: Quentin Johnson Quentin Johnson is a dedicated full-time farmer in Southwest Atlanta, passionate about growing fresh produce and flowers on his leased one-acre farm. With years of farming experience, Quentin shares his insights and love for farm-to-table living.

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