Today on ‘Perogies with Farmer Deb’
By Kelly Morris
You may know Farmer Deb from shopping at the Farm Stand; she probably picked the fresh herbs you needed for that special dinner herself. You may recognize her from social media, or not at all. Or maybe, if you’re lucky, you get to call the goat-loving, dedicated farmer a friend. Whatever you call her, her answer is always the same when you ask, “what do I do with this?”
Put it on perogies.
What do perogies and peanut butter ice cream have in common? They’re tied for first place as Deb’s favorite foods (if you haven’t tried PB ice cream, you’re doing yourself a disservice!).
PSA: “I realize this is not the model of healthy eating. Just because these are my favorites, doesn’t mean I eat them all the time.” –Deb
But where did this love, dare I say obsession, begin? Well, she’s not entirely sure… “I’m Polish and was a real stinker of a child about eating meat – ever really – so I boycotted kielbasa and ham and instead just loaded up on pasta filled with potatoes and cheese. Today, I like them in the realm of a comfort food. And when I say I like them, I should point out that Mrs. T’s are my top pick. They’re actually local to Pennsylvania.” But, wait…are their ingredients organic or non-GMO? “I don’t know and I don’t want to know. I keep myself healthy and I exercise regularly so, I feel like these are my one (well, with peanut butter ice cream, two) thing that is perhaps not the healthiest decision ever. But gosh darn it they are good.”
Ok, you’ve sold me. I’m feeling like some Mrs. T’s tonight. There are a lot of fillings out there, which one should I get?
Potato and cheese
Potato and cheese
Potato and cheese
“But I’m serious. Potato and cheese. There are loads of other fillings and I have tried them all but nothing works like the classic. I’d say the only other filling I’d give five stars to is sweet potato.”
Potato and cheese it is. But, I like to add veggies to every meal I make. Do you have any go-to perogies dishes with vegetables from the Farm Stand? “Yes! Keep in mind that I am mostly a vegetarian, an ‘ethical omnivore,’ so-to-speak. And on top of that, I also need some time between processing our animals and eating them to…well… process the circle of life and to feel ready to eat them. So, while I always add a vegetable or two, I don’t normally add meat. But adding kielbasa would be a great idea for everyone else. Here are some ideas to get you started.”
Perogies & Caramelized Onion
Perogies & Sweet Farm Sauerkraut
(Classic or Curtido) … one of my go-to BBQ pot luck contributions and a pretty great side for brats.
Perogies with Willowsford Farm Apple Sausage, Apples & Onions
Perogies with Crispy Garlic, Crushed Farm Chilies & Broccoli
Perogies & Willowsford Farm & Kitchen Pesto
Breakfast for Dinner Perogies
“I suppose I should mention that I feel the same way about eggs as I do perogies. So, if you’re trying to avoid potatoes or pasta, everything goes with scrambled eggs. You can add pretty much any vegetable into them and voilà, you’re good and full for or after a full day of work on the Farm.”
The Willowsford Farm Stand is open Tuesday-Friday from 2-7 PM and Saturday, 9 AM – 2 PM. Located just off Evergreen Mills Road at 23595 Founders Drive, Ashburn, VA 20148.
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