Saturday, November 13, 2010
I went to a hydroponics (plants growing in water) farm not far from home and actually picked my own Swiss Chard and Spinach. I haven't been able to do that since my mom had a garden and she grew green beans, both red and white Swiss Chard, beets and tomatoes. So fun. I could have picked enough to supply several people who love Swiss Chard, but I held myself back.
I couldn't leave until I had several different things, acorn squash, string beans, and Brussels Sprouts. I went there on Friday and so far we have devoured the green beans and the Brussels sprouts. I never liked Brussels Sprouts before. I don't like tart or bitter. But you cut these guys in half and sauté them in bacon. The bacon hides the bitter taste and I can eat them. They are so good. Tiny little cabbages full of flavor and a little crispy around the edges. Tonight we had the beans. I don't usually like fresh string beans, but they are so good with a little salt and microwaved in a little water. Tomorrow - the Swiss Chard!
I can tell you, there is a smile on my face and a song in my heart. I love fresh veggies!
Check out your local farms when they are harvesting and if you have a CSA, check them out and seriously consider joining, if you can. The expense of fresh is worth every penny.