First order of business- sorry for the lack of posts- two weeks of work travel & a short vacation kept me away from my local market & the blog. Last week Isaac turned 9 months. Hard to believe that little nugget is talking, getting ready to walk, and eating all kinds of foods (local, of course :))
I am sad to report that I have no photos of this momentous occasion, but I did, for the very first time, eat fresh spring asparagus this week. It was divine. The Easton Wintertime Farmer’s Market posted on their Facebook that there was a vendor there with the first cutting of asparagus. Being a huge asparagus fan, and a huge fan of he book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (where asparagus merits a whole chapter!) this was a big day for me. I’m not ashamed to admit I ate some raw, right out the refrigerator. We sauteed the rest, briefly, with olive oil and garlic. Served with a grass-fed pot roast from our freezer, and some blue potatoes., it was a lovely Saturday meal.
All I have to say is that those who doesn’t eat locally & seasonally are really missing out.
The garden is ready for planting & I have a very healthy little patch of lettuce steadily growing in this beautiful weather. I’m getting very excited for planting!
In other news, I bought some bok choy from Oakdale Farms in Rehoboth, and I’m very unclear on how to cook/eat it. Any suggestions?
There is no doubt that late winter is the hardest time to be a locavore. Nothing is growing right now, and the root vegetables that store well during the winter are probably getting a little tired. It’s easy to forget the bounty grown right in our own backyard. Mix it up with different seasonings. Try a little garam masala for an Indian feel, or buy some sesame oil to give your salads an Asian cuisine flair. If you dig out and visit a local farmers market, you can get creative with a recipe like the one below.
Apple and Gouda Salad
This is an easy weeknight meal that comes together quickly. You can adjust the cheese to what you have on hand- Cheddar, Asiago, or Gouda would all work well here. Check out Foxboro Cheese Company for an excellent selection.
Ingredients (serves four)
4 to 6 cups Winter lettuce mix (from Oakdale Farms in neighboring Rehoboth, MA)
2 Apples (from CN Smith Farm in East Bridgewater, MA)
Block of cheese, cubed
Dress with a simple vinaigrette, or however you like.
Variations: Try a handful local dried cranberries, some Feta cheese, and some walnuts. Or, top your salad with some pan-seared local scallops.
Sorry for the somewhat crappy iPhone pics. Isaac was in need of lots of parental attention and I didn’t have the heart to deny him!
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