Harvest Kitchen Offers Fresh Food with a Local Twist

By: Toni Cunningham | January 22, 2013
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Sometimes eating healthy can be a struggle when you’re always on the go. The last thing you want to do after working all day is head home and whip up a tasty and nutritious five-course meal, right?

Resist the urge to swing through the drive-through on your way home and consider ordering dinner from Harvest Kitchen.

The ready to go meal service, located in Ypsilanti, makes dishes out of local farm-fresh, organic ingredients. Gone are the days of planning a dinner menu, grocery shopping and stressing over the stove!

Harvest Kitchen features two menus each week; one vegetarian and one omnivore. The delicious creations are made with fresh local vegetables, grass fed meat and free-range eggs from about 15 local farmers and food artisans, according to Mary Wessel Walker, owner of Harvest Kitchen.

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“I find that eating fresh, seasonal produce and meat means that the flavors of your food are richer and more satisfying. They also tend to be more nutritious, which is great for health. But for me, a major consideration is supporting the local farmers and building a strong local economy, which is good for the health of our community,” Walker said.

Past menu items have included Ginger Pumpkin Bisque, Lasagna with Broccoli, Chicken with Spicy Apricot Glaze and Caribbean Pork Curry.

“Since our menu changes weekly, it’s hard for any dish to become a favorite, but customers seem to love our soups, which we make fresh from seasonal ingredients,” Walker said. “Also, our Spanikopita-spinach pie, which we often make with kale, chard and other seasonal greens, is such a favorite we make it on a regular basis. Quiche is also a specialty that we love to adapt to the seasons.”

The coolest part about Harvest Kitchen, in my opinion, is that when you view the menu online, it tells you exactly where each local ingredient from your meal comes from. How many eateries offer you that kind of knowledge?

“I love working with each ingredient as it becomes available with the changing seasons. That’s part of what keeps the job interesting—having to re-invent ourselves as each new veggie comes along is so fun,” Walker said.

Next time you’re picking up the phone to order a pizza, call Harvest Kitchen instead. You’ll be supporting local farmers and enjoying a great meal at the same time!