Winter is all about roasting roots! The cold sweetens the flavor and I love to cook them in a hot oven until the outside edges caramelize and the center starts to soften. Roots are filled with antioxidants and have slow burning carbohydrates which are easy on blood sugar. All those health benefits are great – but I love to eat them because they taste great! Mostly I’m roasting mine, but they can also be made into everything from soups to salad. Enjoy!
Amazing recipes for everything we grow on the farm are available to members at Cook With What You Have. If you joined our winter CSA you will find your password in the member email. Enjoy 24/7 access to recipe inspiration!
This week your share may include…
- Beets: There are so many tasty things that can be made with these amazing winter beets! Check out the Farm Crew’s Favorites and try some new ideas & recipes.
- Carrots: Sweet winter carrots!
- Collard Greens: For the traditionalists try this recipe with black-eyed peas. For the adventurous, check out 14 more recipes at Cook With What You Have. For those who are pressed for time (like me tonight!) just chop them up and sauté with a big pile of leeks then eat as a side dish or put onto pasta or polenta or…
- Leeks: I love leeks! So many people think of them as just for special recipes or special occasions. I’m an everyday leek user and I’d like to convert you as well. Anytime you’d use an onion, give leeks a try. Our CSA members can try one of my new favorites… Leek Bruchetta at Cook With What You Have
- Amish Butter Popcorn: Real popcorn with real flavor! We were first introduced to this variety by Ayers Creek Farm. The seed is now available from Uprising Seed and it is surprisingly versatile – can also be ground into polenta, cornbread or made into masa. Pop it on the cob in the microwave (in a brown paper bag, max 3 min) or take the kernels off the cop and pop it any way you choose.
- Red Potatoes: So happy to have potatoes back in the mix!
- Purple Top Turnips: My new fave – smashed turnips with horseradish (scroll down for the recipe).
- Winter Squash: Butternut
Coming soon… Purple sprouting broccoli!