Some of you may be aware of the “A Day without Immigrants” protests that took place on Feb 16.  These demonstrations were designed to illustrate the importance of immigrant workers on our economy and workforce.  On Feb 16 many immigrant workers stayed home from work and many businesses were closed in support of the action, including Harvest Kitchen’s neighbor Maiz.  (Note: I believe Maiz and many other businesses chose to be closed in solidarity, rather than being forced to close due to lack of workers).

A recent segment on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program highlighted the fact that these demonstrations effected local agriculture as well as service and hospitality businesses.  You can listen to the program here, or read a summary.  Farmers quoted in the article mention that their immigrant staff are hardworking and willing to do jobs that local folks aren’t willing to do.

Here’s a quotation from the story:

“I’m here to tell you right now, the jobs my guys do, they’re not taking them from anybody because there’s nobody that would do it,” Denny Heffron [an Ionia County farmer] said. “I don’t care if you’re growing pickles or whatever; nobody here is going to pick pickles … you just cannot find anybody local that can do that. And these people have such a desire, because this is the land of opportunity.”

I highly recommend reading the article or listening to the program–and be thankful for the hard work of the immigrants who help bring our food to the table!

Here’s our menu for the week:

Sauerkraut with Kielbasa – Fresh and delicious sauerkraut from our friends at The Brinery pairs perfectly with smoked kielbasa, potatoes, and more in this traditional wintertime dish. Gluten free. 1 lb serving $12
Beef Stroganoff – Michigan raised beef in a creamy Calder Dairy sour cream sauce served over delicious egg noodles. You know you’ll want seconds.  1 lb Serving $12
Curried Pumpkin Soup – Sweet hooligan squash (a delicious long-storing variety) pairs deliciously with savory curry spices in this smooth and flavorful soup.  Sure to be a new favorite! Gluten free.  Pint $7.50
Green Quinoa Salad – Freshly cooked quinoa (a “super food”, forever known to us as “The Big Q”!) soaks up the flavors and nutrients of a raw greens dressing. Unusual and deliciously healthy for a side or salad, serve warm or cold. Gluten Free.  Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Apple Sauerkraut Au Gratin with Root Veggies – This tasty dish blends the sweetness of baked apples and root veggies with the tangy-ness of sauerkraut and pulls it all together with plenty of cheese. A conversion for the non-sauerkraut eaters among us?? Gluten Free and vegan options available. 1 lb serving $12
Mushroom Stroganoff – Our mushroom stroganoff features organic mushrooms and peas in a creamy Calder Dairy sour cream sauce served over delicious egg noodles. You know you’ll want seconds.  1 lb Serving $12
Curried Pumpkin Soup – Sweet hooligan squash (a delicious long-storing variety) pairs deliciously with savory curry spices in this smooth and flavorful soup.  Sure to be a new favorite! Gluten free.  Pint $7.50
Green Quinoa Salad – Freshly cooked quinoa (a “super food”, forever known to us as “The Big Q”!) soaks up the flavors and nutrients of a raw greens dressing. Unusual and deliciously healthy for a side or salad, serve warm or cold. Gluten Free.  Pint $8 or Half Pint $5
Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8