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Jan182013

Farmer Friday – Sowing Seeds for Spring with Fresh & Fancy Farms

 I haven’t had a fresh tomato in four months. It’s not because they’re not available to me, because they are. It’s because they don’t taste half as good as when they’re in season and I’m not even going to get into the nutrients involved. Instead, I will pine over seed catalogs and wait for the snow to stop. 

While looking through catalogs, the first thing I ask myself is, what do I want to eat? Immediately, heirloom tomatoes, multicolor carrots and eggplants come to mind (among other things). I check out the seeds I saved the season before and make sure I don’t double up. Now that I know what I want to eat, the next question is, how do I want to eat it? One thing to note is the closer your fruits and vegetables are grown to your location, the higher the nutrient count and the fresher they will taste. This means you won’t have to do much for a delicious dish.

Here are a few ideas:
Eggplant Bruschetta

What You Need:
Eggplant (Black beauty, Rosa bianca)
Heirloom Tomatoes (Marvel Striped, Tigerella)
Fresh Basil
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
What To Do:
Slice eggplant into 1’’ rounds. Soak in cool water for a minute. Eggplants are like sponges, so if you let them drink olive oil first, the finishing product could be on the mushy side. Remove eggplant rounds from the water and lay them flat on a baking sheet. Brush on olive oil and top with some salt and fresh pepper. Throw in the oven for 15 minutes on 375. Remove baking tray from the oven and flip the eggplant, top with some salt and pepper and bake for 5 more minutes. Chop tomatoes, basil and mix with olive oil, salt and pepper. Top eggplant, open up a bottle of red wine and enjoy!
Note: Use a fork & knife, unless you’re with your parents...they have to love you.

Sweet Roasted Carrots

What You Need:
Colorful Carrot Mix (St. Valery Orange, Dragon Purple, Yellowstone and White Satin)
Olive Oil
Fresh Rosemary
Local Honey (Try Andrew’s Honey in Union Square on Wednesday)
Salt
Pepper
What To Do:
Cut carrots into 1/2” rounds. Toss with olive oil, chopped rosemary, salt and pepper. Roast at 375 for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, coat with honey and throw them back in for 15 more minutes. These make a great solo side, or mix them into some quinoa and throw in some dried fruit and nuts for a quick meal. This spring is the first season Fresh & Fancy Farms will be offering fresh fruits and vegetables to the public. We will also feature cooking classes and even a few taught by Elana! Stay tuned for updates class spots will be limited!
A few newbies to the Fresh & Fancy garden in 2013:
Edamame
Colorful Beets (Detroit Dark Red, Chioggia (the ones with the red & white rings, Bull’s Blood and Golden Beets)
Purple Dove Beans
Fresh & Fancy Farms
575 River Road
New Milford, NJ 07646
201.483.9494
freshandfancyfarms.com
facebook.com/freshfancyfarms
twitter.com/freshfancyfarms

 

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