18 October 2013
Dear Friends of the Berea College Farm,
You’ve been asking for them, and after the past couple of weeks of watching seedlings pop through soil and explode into leafy, tender rows of green… spinach, kale, and lettuce are finally mature enough to be harvested and brought to your plate. Excuse me for a moment while I “nerd out”- but plants are so cool. If you’ve never experienced the satisfaction of growing your own food, it’s simply amazing how quickly a seed turns into a sprout, and then explodes into a full head of lettuce, or something of the sort. I have been working with plants for over a year now, and they still boggle my mind. It’s something particularly noticeable with greens; significant growth can be witnessed just overnight!
But, back to more important matters; greens are here! Spinach, lettuce, and baby kale (my favorite food of all time) are all ready to be taken home with you, for the price of only $4/bag. I may be biased, but trust me, these greens taste a whole lot better than any organic green you would purchase at Kroger or Meijer. Nutritionally speaking, all of these greens are packed full of everything good for you.
Shall we discuss kale first? Kale is part of the brassica family – which means that it is related to all of those other hearty, crunchy veggies, such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. A single cup of kale has more calcium than a glass of milk, and double – or more – of your daily value of the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K. Kale also has an abundance of fiber and iron; so for any of you fellow vegetarians out there that may be worried about being iron-deficient, kale’s a great source! Essentially, kale is one of the best things you could put into your body. Spinach and lettuce aren’t far behind, as I’m sure you all know. Both contain tons of vitamin C and vitamin A, and are great antioxidants as well. Such great things to consume during these dreary, chillier days of autumn.
Here’s a couple of great green recipes to inspire you!
Easy, versatile, “weekend glow” massaged kale salad
Easy baked kale chips
Thai grilled chicken salad with peanut dressing
See you at market to get your green fix!
Lindsey Harper- Market Apprentice
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