In the chill of winter, most locally grown vegetables are kept in root cellars or other specialized storage facilities. Generally, storage crops should be kept in the dark, to prevent roots and tubers from sending out sun-seeking sprouts. Leeks, however, are a different story. The flavorful alliums are stored standing upright, with just a little light shining on them. The light tricks the plants into behaving as though they are alive, keeping them fresh and tasty all winter long, the better to grace your warming soups and stews. Using leeks from Brookford Farm this week, prepare some Cock-a-Leekie, a savory soup with Scottish roots and a surprising hint of sweetness.
If you are experiencing any patriotic feeling in the lead-up to the Iowa caucuses, let our local farmers lend a hand. This week, Misty Meadows Organic Farm of Grand Isle, Maine, will deliver rainbow potatoes in hues of red, white and blue. The different potatoes have different flavors and textures, which emerge beautifully when roasted. Cook them up with a dash of patriotic spirit, or serve with a verbal roast of your least favorite candidate.
This Week's Local Produce
Dwight Miller and Son Orchards
All of the fruits and vegetables we deliver are grown without synthetic pesticides and are USDA certified organic. Interested in receiving produce that's both organic and locally sourced all year round? Check out our Local Dogma Box.
Similar to a CSA or farm share, our Local Dogma Box is filled with the best organic produce from local and regional farms and brought right to your door each week. It's the easiest way to eat like a locavore!