“Remember: Sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck”
- Winter Squash
- Bok Choy
- Greens Mix
- Brussels Sprouts
We have been doing nonstop field harvesting and covering for the last 10 days or so. Many crops we had to harvest earlier than we would have liked to save them from the low temperatures. Others were covered with 2 or 3 layers of Remay in an attempt to keep them alive during this cold spell. Time will tell if they survive the upcoming single digit nighttime lows. Farming certainly keeps us on our toes. Every growing season is so unique with its challenges and its blessings. Our dry Sept. and Oct. had a negative effect on several of our fall crops that struggled to put forth mature fruit before the weather turned (storage cabbage, much of the broccoli, and the kohlrabi are a few examples). All in all it has been a wonderful year and there is plenty of food to see us through the Fall and Winter shares.
With snow on the ground, and temperatures indicating that winter is indeed here, it is amazing that broccoli has made its way into the box this week. It’s looking great, and because of that, we have decided to make it the crop of the week. A stereotypical healthy food that is part of the brassica family, broccoli is high in fiber, Vitamins C and K, and a good source of iron and potassium. Broccoli is a low calorie food that has practically no fat, so it is a perfect choice for the health conscious.
Broccoli, in its more primitive form, can be traced back to the Roman empire. However it became more popular as people in Southern Italy and Sicily improved the crop via artificial selection into the vegetable we know today. It spread throughout Europe in the eighteenth century, and made its way to America with the tidal wave of Italian immigrants in the nineteenth century.
Broccoli can be eaten raw or cooked, and recent research suggests that a light steaming is the best way to get the most nutrients from the crop. Sauteed Broccoli with garlic is a simple and easy way to get a flavorful helping of vegetables. A cheesy broccoli casserole or broccoli cheddar soup is a great warming meal on cold days. It goes great in stir fries, can be a perfect side dish steamed then doused in butter, or can be chopped raw (or cooked for that matter) and be a not so usual addition to a salad. It is versatile, healthy, and in my opinion delicious so I hope you enjoy it and make good use of it in your meals these next two weeks.
Some Recipes To Try:
- 1 head broccoli separated into florets
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 clove garlic minced. Add more, to taste
- 1/4 tsp lemon juice or more, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, toss broccoli florets with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Spread the broccoli out in an even layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake until the florets are tender enough to pierce the stems with a fork, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and squeeze the lemon juice liberally over the broccoli.
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- 7 cloves garlic sliced
- 1 chili pepper chopped (optional)
- 1 head fresh broccoli chopped
- 1 bunch kale stems removed and chopped
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes cut in thin strips
- juice of 2 limes
- Heat olive oil in a large wok or skillet over high heat. Stir in garlic and chili pepper; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in broccoli; cook 1 minute. Add kale, and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes. Pour in lime juice, and season with salt to taste. Toss well.