We’re so close to the early warm breath of Spring, but at times, remain in the tenacious hold of winter. This time of year brings both excitements in the new shoots growing in the greenhouses and heartfelt defeats as many seedlings succumb to the chill of winter that still lingers.
This is a good time for Brussels sprouts. And while a quiet resurgence of this power-packed mini cabbage has been growing in many homes, fine and local eateries, we are going to be focusing a component of our menus utilizing this vegetable in fun and dynamic ways. Personally I love the multitude of ways Brussels can be prepared. I also love the fact that for many, re-engaging with the Brussels sprout is a chance to re-write the culinary memory of a terribly prepared and tasting dull-green mini-cabbage gone wrong. In this way the Brussels sprout has been victimized by many a well-intended, but ill-advised cook. These little morsels are waiting to become delicious ping pong balls of flavor; ready to transcend its' earthy heartiness and transform into a multi-textured, savory, crunchy and sweet provider of flavor and nutrients.
So, at “Farms to Forks” we are going to be messing around the Brussels sprout for the next week or two as we get used to the longer exposure to sun and anticipate the first strawberries of the season.
We are picking up some of salad mix from Skinny Dip Farms, Westport, Mass. consisting of brassica (mustard family) greens Tat soi, baby kale, purple mizuna, komatsuna, seeing what our friends at Greenway Farm, Kingston, Mass. have in the way of watercress and micros and getting creative with a series of healthy salad options to begin our week.
Check out the Farms to Forks Page on Facebook to see the latest of what we are up to, where we will be and what we are serving. Also if you need a meal to go, we are stocking on the shelves at Piantedosi's Butcher Shop, 282 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02360 with our offerings.
In a rare quiet moment, all of this prompted a memory of something I had read and enjoyed many, many years ago. So in honor of all who celebrate the miracle of life, who grow, who provide and who persist despite the uncertainty of the harvest and its' challenges I hope you enjoy A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost
OH, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.