Summer continues to roll on with more treats coming ripe from various fruit trees across the island. Last Saturday we enjoyed some avocados from Diego (grandson) and Tita (abuela). What we DIDN’T KNOW about those avocados is that they turn a brilliant (and, if unexpected, slightly alarming) shade of purplish red at the moment they are ripe and ready to eat. Ours was ready on Thursday. We have more of those avocados this week, and some of them are at the ripe stage. They are a local seedling variety, so we welcome your creative ideas on what to name them. How about “mood ring avocados”?
ARTfarm fields produced this week: Sweet salad mix, microgreens, baby arugula, teen arugula, teen spicy salad mix, freshly harvested beets with green tops, sweet crispy cucumbers, freshly harvested onions, sweet potato greens, cooking greens, radishes, Italian basil, Thai basil, holy basil, lemon basil, lemongrass, thyme, recao, mint, big sweet soursop fruits. From our partner farmers and friends: mamey sapote from Tropical Exotics, more magic-color-change avocados and big ‘threadless’ mangoes from Diego & Tita, Haitian kidney mangoes from Dennis Nash, a few dragonfruit from Solitude Farm, coconut based vegan local fruit ice cream from I-Sha, and fresh baked breads from Tess!
Here is your Dragonfruit horoscope for today: Sometimes a juicy dragonfruit will split open right on the vine, giving the appearance of a smiling dragon head. This delicious, juicy wonderment elicits a deep passion within many people. If you happen to be a dragonfruit, look out for the affection of others… It can be all-consuming.
We have a huge box of locally grown dragonfruit (pitaya) for your holiday weekend today! Like revenge, they are a dish best served cold, so grab some and put them in the fridge to chill! (Yes, that is Farmer Luca singing in the video, and Christina on human beat box. Sweet!)
Saturday summer farm stand at ARTfarm, 10 AM – 12 noon: salad mix, microgreens, cucumbers; beets, radishes and onions with their beautiful edible green tops; Italian basil, recao, mint, thyme, papaya, passionfruit, pineapple, and Julie and kidney mangoes from ARTfarm. From our partners: Dragonfruit from Solitude Farm, fresh bread from Tess, raw local honey from Errol!
Taste the winter rain: Romaine – like lettuce fresh picked this morning, and tender oak leaf lettuces, available by the head. Also this morning 10am – 12noon at ARTfarm: Tiny pink French breakfast radishes with the sweetest greens you ever ate, white carrots, beets, onions, microgreens, sweet salad mix, spicy mix, teen arugula, teen spicy mix, escarole, dandelion and mustard greens, Italian basil, holy (Tulsi) basil, lemon basil, Korean mint, lemon balm, garlic chives, cilantro, dill, sage, scallions, cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, sweet bell peppers, honey, zinnia flowers, edible flowers.
Today’s farmstand at ARTfarm features the freshest: tender teen arugula, arugula, sweet mix, spicy mix, microgreens, radishes, beets, cucumbers, Italian basil, Thai basil, holy (Tulsi) basil, sage, garlic chives, lemongrass, dandelion greens, escarole, lettuce heads, mangoes, zinnia flowers, honey and honeycomb. You’ll find some of ARTfarm’s organically grown cucumbers and lettuce heads over at Beeston Hill’s VI Farmer’s Coop this morning, too.
What do you do with escarole? It looks like a cross between a lettuce head and a bunch of arugula, with some snap to the leaves. When young, it can be eaten in a salad, although it can be on the bitter side. It can be steamed and dressed like other strong cooking greens – steam it until tender in a pan, then sauté it with garlic and hot pepper, or add salt, olive oil, and lime juice or vinegar. Lots of people like to make white bean classic Italian soup with escarole. Yum!!