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Adventures in Farm Fresh Produce

Thursday, April 19, 2012

For the last few years, I have been a regular at the local farmers' market. I like my produce fresh, pesticide free, and local, and I just can't find that at the supermarket in my area. I prefer to go to the farmers' market every week, but sometimes that isn't possible. I have read about other Sparkers and their home delivered farm produce, so I thought it was time to check out something like that in my area. I am in northern California and pretty much surrounded by farm lands, so it wasn't a difficult task. I found Farm Fresh to You
. I was kind of worried that they wouldn't be as careful as I am in picking out my produce, but, I have to admit, that they are even MORE careful. Also, they give me things that I never thought to purchase at the farmers' market. I pretty much stuck to my tried and true list, and I was happy with that. I have found that I was missing out.

This week I found a bunch of collard greens in my delivery. I think I have had collard greens once in my life, and I don't remember being impressed. Apparently, most recipes call for pork of some kind and a long cooking time. That left the greens I ate looking more gray than green. This week, I received a bunch in my farm fresh organic produce delivery, and I wasn't quite sure what to do with them. I did a search on Pinterest, and found a recipe for Quick Collards that required neither pork nor a long cooking time.
It took all of 10 minutes to clean, trim, and cook, and the final result was a very bright green, delicious veggie side dish. It is similar to Swiss chard, I would say. Definitely a new favorite at my house.

As they say, live and learn!
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    We live in Northern California too and we own a half share of Community Supported Agriculture group. They don't deliver but the once a week pickup is just a mile from my house. You bring your own bag and they have signs that tell you how much of each of the 9 or 10 veggie choices they have that you can take. We have kale and collard greens. cauliflower, broccoli, salad greens, spring onions and carrots from them every week and I had the same experience as you with the kale and collard greens.

    We make a great new dish with mushrooms, green onions, whole wheat pasta and kale that is wonderful. I saute the mushrooms and green onions with some garlic and just the toss the kale in with the pasta while it's boiling for just the last 4-5 minutes of cooking. Then drain the kale and pasta and toss the sauted mushrooms into the pasta and serve with parmesan cheese. We have it just about every other week. It's delicious.
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    Comment edited on: 4/23/2012 12:58:25 PM
    emoticon I saw your friend feed on collards earlier this week & finally have a chance to visit... i wonder if they have those veggie drop offs in our area... can't wait for our farmer markets too! Oooh & funny you should mention swiss chard, i picked up red chard to try this week! I thought the stems were so awesome pretty & vibrant... hope they taste good! will give the quick cook recipe a shot :)
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    Mmmm, sounds great! My housemate is really into collard greens, so I have started to use them too. Here's a great SPrecipe that I tried recently:

    And good for you for finding a new way to get your fresh local foods!
    2251 days ago
    Thanks for directing me to your blog. This is much how I often do spinach or swiss chard. I definitely would like to hunt some of these down and try them. Not sure if I've actually seen them fresh in the stores here or not, but will be keeping my eyes open now.
    2252 days ago
    That's wonderful! I can't wait for our farmers market to open!!!

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