In addition to our marvelous Collard Greens and Savoy Cabbage, we've been busy harvesting "red" things.
Perfect for roasting, canning, freezing, juicing, or boiling, our beautiful pesticide-free red beets with tops are now being harvested! (shown left and below are Collard Greens, Savoy Cabbage, and Beets - perfect for St. Patrick's Day, which is in 9 days, and March Madness sides.
The Red Rhubarb Swiss Chard have proven very popular. Slightly milder than the "White" Chard, this will prove to be a short-term crop with the way the warm temperatures are going, so you may wish to try some soon. Because these big "bouquets" of chard are reasonably priced, and pesticide-free, we suggest freezing them for use in casseroles, soups, stews and side dishes for summer months.
To freeze greens, please check out the "pick your own" website by clicking here for a brief tutorial. Do you enjoy video "how-to's"? Then please click here for a great three and a half minute home movie. Here is one more person's take on freezing Chard. These tips are great for any of the greens we sell on the farm.
We also have some great soup recipes, and finger food ideas for March Madness (recipes below).
Have you tried our beautiful Savoy Cabbage? It has a sweeter flavor than traditional green cabbage. Arrange a few of these spectacularly-gorgeous leaves under your main entrée, or cradling a finger-veggie tray. Whether cooked or 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 pesticide-free CRUCIFEROUS vegetables! To read all about Cruciferous Veggies and see our farm photos, just click here.
This week we are harvesting Yummy Red Rhubarb Swiss Chard. It is somewhat milder and less textured than the "white" (or green) Swiss Chard. Great in salads and sandwiches, or cooked, the red chard is a terrific way of adding color, flavor and nutrients to your meals. We're also harvesting some collards and turnips.
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.
Gran'ma Angie is still in need of bags! Thanks for "recycling" your plastic bags with us! It helps us keep prices down.
From the Farmers Market:
We also picked up:
Gorgeous Florida tomatoes
Red and Green Bell Peppers
Jalapenos (be sure to remove the seeds!)
Sweet Cubanella Peppers
Red Skin Potatoes
Red and White onions
Sweet Florida onions with their tops
Romaine (sweet and super fresh!)
Awesome fresh herbs in the 4" pot
(these look fantastic!)
Cabbage - green and red (and our own Sweet Savoy)
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, 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.