From an organic farm in South Dakota comes a book that encourages culinary enjoyment in every season. Prairie Grown: Stories and Recipes from a South Dakota Hillside bridges cookbook and memoir with four seasons’ worth of recipes and reflections. It sets the table with beautiful, nutritious dishes. Taste the vibrant colors and the rich cultivation of the prairie hillside.

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From the introduction:

One spring afternoon in the mid-1970s, Steve and Mary Kay Helling stood on a grass covered prairie hillside and looked out over the wetlands surrounding the Big Sioux River.  They imagined what could be, someday.  The wind whipped around their legs, and a crow cawed in the distance.  With their feet planted firmly on the ground and their future still just a dream, the land spoke to them in a way that they couldn’t ignore. It invited them to stay, to put down roots and to commit their lives to living in community.  And they did, and this book is about what happened next.  

You are invited to take a peek inside what life looks like on a small organic mid-western vegetable farm over the course of one year.   (and to try your hand at some tasty recipes as well!)  Come on in. 

A pure literary and artistic delight, Prairie Grown tugs readers’ heart strings gently, inviting them into the landscape of the Midwest, into a story that quickly feels like home. Inspired by the author’s connection to her family’s land and a deep-felt sense of stewardship, it inspires a deepening of relationship to food, to nature and its cycles, and the sense of well-being that arises from nurturing these connections. So much more than a compilation of recipes, this book offers readers moments of self-reflection, a re-birth of creativity in the garden and home, and an abundance of practical tips and inspirations to bridge these.

~ Lindsey Ruder, Organic Farmer, Herbalist and Yoga Instructor

Prairie Grown is currently available at the following retailers:

The Brookings Farmer’s Market (Brookings, SD; 9-1pm, Saturdays)

The Co-op Natural Foods (Sioux Falls, SD)

The South Dakota Art Museum (Brookings, SD)

Simple Living, LLC (Osceola, WI)

Pleasant Valley Orchard (Shafer, MN)

For inquires on stocking this book in your store and/or purchasing directly from the author, please send an email to embodyabundance@gmail.com or use the below contact form.  Inquires may also be sent directly to Avenida Books at info@avenidabooks.com.


About the publisher: 

Avenida Books is an independent publisher specializing in books that inspire public discussion and private reflection.

Avenida means avenue, and we believe that a book can be just that–an avenue into a person’s conscience, a means by which to chart a new course.