Friday, February 29, 2008

March Farmers Market with leeks and napini

Tommorrow is the March winter Farmers Market in Friday Harbor.. We like to go over on Friday evening, tie the boat up at the Port and sleep on it. Then we don't have to get up at 5:00 am like we did for years. We are not morning people. Our boat is comfortable to sleep on and we take this laptop and watch movies and eat ice cream as a celebration of having spent all day Friday harvesting vegetables.

This week we have the first of the spring napini. Napini is an Italian term for the spring blossom shoots of various brassica plants. Brassicas are vegetables like kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc. For years we ate all the early kale sprouts ourselves, probably our all time favorite vegetables, followed only slightly by Brussels sprouts. Every spring when we would eat the first kale sprouts it was like a spring tonic.
Since we are now growing a lot more winter vegetables for the winter market we have a lot more sprouts in the spring and they have become very, very popular with our customers.
And all winter long we have had beautiful leeks. Hopefully they will last one more month. I find I love harvesting them. Actually I like harvesting most vegetables, but this morning filling the big crate with leeks was greatly satisfying.

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