Fresh from the Farmstand: Review & Giveaway

Just as the weather is turning cold around here for good until those wonderful first warm days of spring, my mailbox bursted with one last summer blast when this flavorful find– Fresh from the Farmstand — arrived from my friends at Gooseberry Patch.

Truth be told, I have been busy in the kitchen ever since… and surprisingly, I have found some very flavorful ways to ring in the winter season… although I can’t wait for those summer time fruits and veggies next summer to really give this book a go…

Confession time… while I awaited your vote on the recipes you wanted me to share, I cheated and whipped up a few things that I just couldn’t wait to try.

Things like Jo Ann’s very own Roasted Tomato Soup… which just so happened to be a lovely perfect companion to my Grilled 3 Cheese. I had never made tomato soup from scratch before, but when I saw this was Jo Ann’s recipe AND it involved balsamic vinegar… I knew I had to try it. Oh my word, it was GOODe! We loved it!

I also cheated and whipped up some 40 Clove Chicken. I was so curious to try this rustic dish and I just happened to have a jar of peeled garlic cloves reaching their expiration date, so I took it as a sign from above that I had to make it 😉 We really enjoyed this simple and filling dish and the presentation was just beautiful… made us feel like we were eating somethin’ fancy 😉

Now, while I had fun trying these recipes, some of the real gems of the book came from your vote…

Among our favorites?

The Whole- Grain Berry Coffee Cake is divine!

This dense cake is just sweet enough to let your taste buds know they are in for a real treat and hearty enough to keep you going until lunch time.

The Green Goddess Bacon Salad could get any meat-lover to eat their greens! This yummy salad has chicken, eggs and bacon (of course) sprinkled through a bed of veggies that not only makes you feel good about what you are eating, but fully satisfied too.

The Savory Monkey Bread was amazing! We so loved this flavorful herbed bread to accompany our meals. I cannot wait to try it with the herbs I am growing in my new AeroGarden.

Now, I will share all of these yummy recipes in addition to the 4 Ingredient Broccoli Soup, Spinach Dip Bread Bowl, Light and Lemony Potato Salad and Made From Scratch Carrot Cake in the coming days as promised.

In the meantime, you can pre-order Fresh from the Farmstand from Amazon for just over $10!

Or, if you are feeling lucky, you can enter to win a copy BEFORE it hits store shelves in January!

Note: If you are joining us from email OR feed, you will need to visit the blog to enter on the widget below.

Oh, and did I mention that yours truly has TWO recipes in this cookbook!

Our Peach Oatmeal Pancakes are on page 7!


And, our Yummy Freezer Beans are on page 93!

Note: Amazon links are affiliate links as always.

About Cris
I am the mama behind GOODEness Gracious and the owner of Cris Goode Solutions. Here at GOODEness Gracious, we like to keep it light and fun as we cook up family meals, share our super mommy secrets and chat it up about the GOODe life:) So come on in and sit a spell.

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  • Robyn

    Congrats on baking your way through Fresh from the Farmstand and having 2 recipes in the book!

  • Kristie

    I love to cook with zucchini! 🙂

  • Patti Ellerby

    I Love cooking with Root Veggies…..

  • Oh this sounds like a lovely cookbook to try out! I don’t know how lucky I’m feeling but I’m going to put my hat in the ring. (Otherwise I might have to try licking the computer screen).

  • Patti Ellerby

    I’m not sure what I would like to see in the future you have so many good things on here now…. Love It!!

  • mary fanara coleman

    I love working with broccoli and fruit would be strawberries.

  • mary fanara coleman

    More soup and stew recipes for future posts..

  • mary rotchford

    I love all your shares, I think you should think about adding some lighter fair (after the holidays we need a little help)

  • Kattie D.

    I love cooking with zucchini and apples!!

  • Kattie2004

    I’m not sure what I would like to see more of.  Hmm, I’ll just say drink recipes because I am looking for fresh ideas for an upcoming christmas party.

  • Pattyann

    I love to cook with peaches.  However, I can’t wait to try that tomato soup!!

  • Pattyann

    I always love to see dessert recipes!  Maybe something easy and tasty!

  • Rhonda Darbro

    I love cooking with broccoli, asparagus, and peaches….love homemade peach dumplings!!!

  • Rhonda Darbro

    I enjoy everything, but would like more make ahead/freezer meals.

  • DebNJoizee919

    I love to use broccoli and cauliflower in cooking – as for fruit, peaches are my favorite.

  • DebNJoizee919

    I love your blog the way it is; I guess the only thing I’d like to see are just a few lightened up, healtier recipes now and then!

  • Linda Brightwell

    I like to cook with corn and apples.

  • Linda Brightwell

    I love reading your blog, seeing your pics and trying out your recipes. I think it is perfect as it is. I do really like desserts though! 😉

  • cindyskitchen

    My veggie is broccoli.

  • cindyskitchen

    I would like to see more cookies recipes, I love baking cookies.

  • Molly

    A great fruit to cook with is lemon. Its very good for you, and even adds a little flavor.

  • Linda Dubbelman

    I love to cook/bake with apples.

  • Linda

    I’d love to see crock pot recipes. 

  • Is it a fruit or is it a vegetable?  TOMATOES!! 🙂

  • Would like to see more pictures!! 🙂

  • Retshar1

    I am a cookie baker and would love to see lots of cookie recipes that are different from the usual ones.

  • Erin

    I love to cook with apples!

  • Erin

    I love your site! I would like to see some healthier meal ideas! 

  • Susan Willie

    Susan says…
    I like to cook with green beans…you can cook them in soups, stews and casseroles.

  • Katrinac

    I love these cookbooks!

  • Leanna M

    I like to cook with potatoes for a veggie…apples for a fruit

  • Leanna M

    I love cookbook reviews…

  • Lori

    I love to bake with cranberries and my favorite veggie to use is onion. I put it in about everything!

  • Moreofulord

    I like cooking and baking with zucchini.

  • Lori

    I would love to see more of your photos. I love your photography! You make everything look so delicious! 

  • Margaret Chesney

    I love bananas and apples to cook with and I love the Gooseberry Patch Cook books.

  • perfectly wonderful website  🙂  and great cookbooks!!

  • Ruth N

    I love to cook with broccoli. I love it and my kids love it. It’s one of the few veggies my husband dislikes, but will eat because of some of my preparations!

  • Marie Pitts

    Hey Goode Gracious! my favorite vegetable is fresh Blue Navy Beans!! mmmMMMmmm so tasty, and you don’t have to do much to them to be flavorful!

  • Marie Pitts

    One thing I’d like to see on your blog is how in the world you get everything done that you do! You are amazing, creative, thoughtful. Hugs

  • Megan Watson

    I love using peaches.  Gooseberry Patch is the best

  • Luvcooking2

    I love to bake with blueberries

  • Jill J

    I’m always up for checking out fabulous baking …!

  • peach oatmeal pancakes! mmm – gotta get that recipe!

  • Teri Brian

    The recipes look Great!  I would love to win the cookbook.  🙂  Teri

  • Teri

    I love Gooseberry Patch.  Would love to win their cookbook

  • Teri Brian

    I like to cook with spinach.  🙂

  • Teri Brian

    I would like to see more Gooseberry Patch recipes.

  • Suzette

    I like to cook with root veggies!

  • lyndaloo

    I would love to see more recipes using KALE ….my favorite of the moment!

  • lyndaloo

    One thing I would like to see on GOODEness Gracious in the future ……more Meatless Main Meals?

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  • Buymilk

    Whole wheat and blueberries. Bring it on!

  • I never get tired of preparing broccoli (spl?) just about  any time of the day!!

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  • Wroyster

    I’m all about the potato

  • Mymemorybox

    I love cooking with broccoli….in any dish or salad…..cooked or raw

  • Anonymous

    Love the tomato! Very abundant here and lots of things can be done with them!

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see canning recipes!

  • Joan

    Peach oatmeal pancakes sound divine.

  • Peach oatmeal panckaes!!!! Mmmmmmmm!!!!!! Sounds like a new breakfast for our traditional Christmas breakfast.

  • kimberly c.

    I love Gooseberry Patch and would love another one of their cookbooks!!!

  • Barbara Smith

    I love your cookbooks. 

  • I have so many of your cook books, but do not have this one, so I would love to win it !

  • Robinwerner

     love to cook with spinach!  so easy to sneak this healthy veggie into sauces, and soups, and pasta dishes, even a yummy omelet!

  • Edistodream

    I love cooking with blueberries. All those antioxidants!!Good at breakfast, lunch, supper and for snacks.

  • TheBakers4Him

    My favorite fruit to cook with would have to be apples. I just love fall when apples are in season. Apple crisp and baked oatmeal with apples are two of my all-time favorites. 🙂

  • We created a Pinterest board for all the yummy recipes our blogger friends shared from Fresh from the Farmstand…thanks again for reviewing this book!

    Find the board here:

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