Thursday, March 23, 2017

Webb City Sentinel market column - 3-14-17

The Kids Garden Club is back this week! In fact, it will be at the market both tomorrow and next Saturday. Tomorrow is Butterfly Day. The children will make a butterfly craft and plant “Butterfly Weed”. It’s really milk weed but gets a fancy name to remind us that it is the only plant that the monarch butterfly can lay eggs on. Nationwide there is an effort to plant milk weed along the monarch’s migration path because its numbers have been decimated primarily because of loss of habitat, in order words, loss of milk weed plants. And as always there’s learning for adults at the Kids Garden Club – you’ll be learning how to plant a butterfly garden at your home.

Our Market Lady Carolyn Smith is back tomorrow as well. She will demonstrate Asian Kale Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing.

And The Includers are back too! This folksy eclectic band featuring Jeremy Moss and Jason Brown was a real crowd-pleaser when they were at the market a few weeks ago. We’ve added some benches so more folks can join the fun tomorrow.

And Redings Mill Bread back after a long absence. Artisan bread baked in a wood-fired brick oven. We’ve missed you Jamie and Kris. And Red Tamale is back too.

It’s that time of year when absent friends start to return. Misty Morning Farms, the Lee Family Farm, Nature Valley Farm all returned to the market this month. 

In fact, we’re gearing up for the regular season which begins on Saturday, April 22. Cooking for a Causes are being scheduled as are musicians – and recruiting volunteers. Stop by the information table to sign up to help.

The days and hours will be the same this year:  Tuesdays from 4 to 7 pm, Thursdays from 11 am to 2 pm, and Saturdays from 9 to noon

Stewart’s Bakery will serve meals on the Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Saturdays breakfast will be Cooking for a Cause and that wonderful Linda Stewart decided that this year she’s going to volunteer in the kitchen to help prepare it. Phil, who ramrods the benefit meal, couldn’t get any better help than that!

However, until we open for the regular season Linda will be serving breakfast. Tomorrow is biscuit and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, and hash brown casserole. Linda plans to continue her eat-in or take-out Saturday meal year-round. Tomorrow it’s potato soup and bread.

I discovered a new vegetable at the market last week. Actually we’ve had this vegetable for several years but I didn’t know what it was. The Asian growers just called it Asian Broccoli but Karen Scott of Oakwoods who is also growing it now tells me that it is actually Broccoli Raab. I have seen that as an ingredient in recipes many times but never made the connection – and it’s while it is certainly found it Asia now, it originated in the Mediterranean where it is called Rapini.

As I learned this week, the stems, leaves, buds and flowers are all edible. It has a slight bitter flavor, which frankly I didn’t notice. What I noticed was the nutty flavor. I found it very tasty and invite you to try it.

Here’s the recipe I made for Carol Parker on KSN this week. Like all greens, this cooks down so don’t be intimidated by the volume of greens before they’re cooked.

Broccoli Raab with Honey and Grapes

2 bunches broccoli raab
2 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp chili flakes
1/2 tsp cumin
1 cup grapes, cut in half
2 Tbs honey
Salt and pepper
Microgreens to garnish

Trim ends off broccoli raab and coarsely chop. Wash.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil, add garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until aromatic. Add the spices and cook for 1 minute more to toast them.

Add the raab, stir in frequently until it turns bright green. If the pan seems dry, add ¼ cup of water.

Remove from heat. Stir in grapes and honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Garnish with micro greens.

Adapted from The Farmers Market Cookbook