Veggie Tips

Green Cabbage:  Cabbage is packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals.  It can be eaten raw in coleslaws, but can also be added to stir fry and soups, or for a challenge, try stuffing it with a rice or meat blend.

Kohlrabi: Kohlrabi is a delightful vegetable.  You will need to peel off the tough outer layer to get to the sweet and tender middle.  It is good raw, grated into salads or dipped into dressing.  Be careful when peeling!

Carrots: Our winter carrots are the best!  We grow a variety called Nantes, which is known for being particularly tender and sweet.  They are great eaten raw, or can be pickled, chopped and roasted with a bit of oil and some brown sugar and salt, as well as great in soups and stews.  

Pomegranate:  If you have kids, I suggest that pomegranates be eaten outside with either no clothing or black clothing.  🙂  They are MESSY!  But they are so good for you that it balances out the hassle of red stains on clothing.  They are very high in anti-oxidants and reduce inflammation.  A true super food!

Chard:  We grow many different colors of chard including red, orange, green and white.  The stems and leaves are usually cooked separately, as the stems will take longer.  I like to remove the leaves from the stems, chop the stems into 1” chunks, and sauté them with some olive oil.  When they are almost done, add in the leaves with a small splash of water.  Chard is high in potassium and Vitamin E.

Winter Squash: If you get tired of winter squash, try turning it into pie or pumpkin bread!  I have made pies with all of the squash varieties that we grow on the farm, and they all work well!

Leeks: Leeks are alliums, related to onions, garlic and shallots, although they are much more mild than an onion.  I use them most often to add flavor to soups, but they can also be used any way that you would use an onion.  To wash them, cut off the woody green end and leaving about three inches at the top of the leek, cut down vertically right through the middle.  Swish the leeks in a bowl of water to get out any dirt that may be hiding in the rings.  

Spinach:  Spinach can be eaten raw or cooked.  It is rich in beta-carotene and lutein, which are both good for eyesight.   I like it best sautéed, with a squeeze of lemon juice, a bit of sea salt, and a sprinkle of feta cheese.