Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Garden of Eden, Indeed!
I am so thrilled to be able to make this week's post about the much-beloved Garden of Eden Organics. Known all-too-simply as "the lettuce people" among many regular farm-goers, Jennifer and Paul Trejo are the inimitable duo behind this farm and its well-edited selection of lettuces (red oak, red leaf, butter, romaine), thick dark greens (yellow chard!, rapini, succulent spinach), herbs, and produce (oro blancos, avocados, eggplants, navel oranges, and more). If you haven't yet visited their stall, you should; the Trejos have developed quite the loyal following among farmer's market devotees.
This week, I dug into their butter lettuce and broccoli rabe, both of which are tender and delicious. I've already posted one rabe recipe, but there will surely be another; I'm predicting a lamb chop with a sautée of rabe and yellow chard. I actually still have some of the latter left over from the week before. In fact, the staying power of these greens is truly remarkable, if not positively magical. Even a bag of their assorted lettuces (pictured below) can stay fresh for over a week if stored properly.
I had a chance to speak with the Trejos about their ongoing CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. Unlike other CSAs in the area, theirs is a co-op of six different farms, which means more variety for you. Subscribing to their program will bring you a box of produce at wholesale prices each week with six fruits and eight to ten veggies. (You can learn more about it here.)
In the next few weeks, you can look forward to more luscious greens as well as strawberries (hooray!), turnips, and cauliflower.