Homemade Vegetable Stock

This recipe is so easy to make, you can even make extra and keep it in the fridge or freezer…it’s versatile enough to use in many Daniel Fast recipes. Soups, casseroles…I even like to use stock when cooking pasta (whole grain, of course!) and quinoa.  The veggie used in this recipe can be substituted with whatever you have on hand!

Vegetable Stock (Broth) 

8 cups water
1 onion, quartered
2 carrots, unpeeled and sliced
2 celery stalks, leafy tops included
1 potato, unpeeled and sliced
4 mushrooms, sliced
1/8 cup fresh parsley or 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 bay leaves (I crush mine)
1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper (White, black or a mixture of cayenne and black)  

Place all ingredients in a large stock pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for about 45 minutes. Strain, cool, and refrigerate. Use liquid as a base for soup. Strained veggies can be eaten for lunch or added to a soup.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)


  • Experiment with other herbs and spices, such as cumin, oregano, or red pepper flakes.
  • Place strained vegetables in a food processor, and purée until smooth. Add to soups to thicken them.
  • Other vegetables to use: bell or hot peppers, leeks, parsnips, spinach, tomatoes, turnips, and/or zucchini.

Enjoy!                                            Ezekiel 11:19

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An 1840’s General Store situated on our property, is used as our on site Farmer’s Market. The old General Store was once the central hub for a railroad community, and served many important roles in the community of Goggans, even a United States Post Office until the 1960’s. It later served a new, bigger community purpose, inspiring our Farmers Market To You program to be born. This building is registered as a Historical site, and is adjacent to the old “Doctor’s Building”, which is rumored to have served as a Courthouse, among other things. The history on our property, rich with farming and community purpose, inspired us to serve our community in a new and exciting way.

We, both David and I, have always had a passion for growing flowers and plants, rooted from wonderful Grandmothers’ teachings. We, like everyone, began to make a more conscience effort to eat healthy and naturally grown fresh food. Since we have 80 acres, we began by adding a “small” acre and a half vegetable garden. When people began driving an hour or two, just to buy our tomatoes and cucumbers, we realized there was a real need in many communities for families like ours….and Farmers Market To You was born. We have been blessed to expand in to several of our neighboring communities, with our Farmers Market To You Market Basket program…and touch and reach families along the way. We  donate food and cash to needy families, food ministries, PTA’s, churches and other vital community service organizations in each of the communities we serve.

This recipe post created by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test. To see other fantastic recipes, or to find more healthy and delicious recipes, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Social Media.

Enjoy!   Eat Healthy and Grow “America Strong”

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