(pssst! It's Joann's and Rolo's beautiful Swiss Chard!)
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Can you believe this weather? Such marvelously warm, mild days, and then the sudden swish of deadly freezes. Maybe last week's freeze will be the final one of Florida's winter. We hope the past week was healthy and enjoyable for you, and look forward to seeing you at any of our locations.
While the pots are steaming, head on over to Beasley Farm to pick up the freshest-ever greens - all pesticide-free! Savoy Cabbage, Swiss Chard, Collards, Kale, Turnips. We find that the entire Chard and Turnip plants can be used in soups. At that time, pick up some carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, poblano peppers, onions and pesticide-free, fresh frozen Beasley field peas. Then back to the house for a cleaning, chopping, veggie prepping assembly line. (It's also fun having a little wine on hand and even a chick-flick to enjoy during breaks). When the meat is cooked, help de-bone. Share the meats, or use your own. It's all good when placed in freezer containers, marked, and safely stored away for those days cooking is not feasible.
It's been great having Joann's brother with us this past week. Bob comes down from deep snow country each winter to help with the winter harvests and visit family. We are now harvesting a newcomer to our farm fields - Savoy Cabbage.
Beautiful, and providing a sweeter flavor than traditional green cabbage, a few of these spectacularly-gorgeous leaves under your main entrée will be eye-candy to those enjoying your meal. Cooked in just about any way, or eaten raw in slaws or on sandwiches, Savoy Cabbage is a wonderful addition to any meal. One head can provide a number of meals -- stuffed, Sautéed, combined with other greens or vegetables, boiled, roasted, grilled, steamed. With Beasley Farm's pesticide-free Savoy Cabbage, it's a great time to experiment!
We're still busy harvesting, planting, and more harvesting our pesticide-free cruciferous vegetables! Did you know the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regularly makes "surprise" visits to our farm to test our soil and plants? We always pass with flying colors and tests reveal no trace pesticides. For more information about our farming techniques, and the testing we undergo, please click here.
Some cabbage facts:
This week we continue featuring our CRUCIFEROUS vegetables! Not sure what they are? It's surprising how diverse this group is. We made a quick list with an easy-to-read, brief explanation of why CRUCIFEROUS veggies are vital to our well being. They are also very easy to integrate into our menus. To read all about Cruciferous Veggies and see our farm photos, just click here.
Beasley Farm grows lots of varieties of Cruciferous vegetables. They are grown Fall and Spring, and do well in the Winter if Mother Nature does not send hard freezes.
Currently being harvested on the farm: pesticide-free savoy cabbage, turnips, kale, collards, and swiss chard (all in the cruciferous family)
Please phone if you would like us to bring greens to the satellite locations. It's our way of ensuring the freshest, best quality produce available.
Big favor please! We are in desperate need of bags again! Thanks for always answering our plea to recycle your plastic bags with us! Thank you!
Also available this week, fresh Florida Cantaloupe. We waited at the Strawberry Fields while they were being picked to bring you the freshest ever strawberries, too!
New New New Sunday Location!
Sunday - Rolo will be at the Towne Square Market Place in Spring Hill near Chili's on Hwy 19 from 8AM-3PM. If you would like any of the pesticide-free greens, please phone to reserve them, so that we know to bring them with him.
It's the perfect time to be making soups and stews which contain Greens. Collards, Kale, Swiss Chard, Cabbage -- chop them at the very last minute. Allow their magical phytochemicals to activate by letting set for a few moments, place them in your pot for 3-5 minutes, and serve. Freeze your leftovers. We freeze ours in single serving containers, as well as double-portion containers. Perfect for quick lunches or dinners. Freezing soups and stews stretches your Food Dollar, maximizes your time spent in the kitchen, and frees you up for other things. AND they are healthy. It's important not to overcook vegetables, or they lose important nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Some of our favorite "freezeables" are shown below.