Available starting this week we have Beet Greens. This is a veggie that Jon and I became familiar with in Nova Scotia, where the race was on in the spring to be the first farm market to put “Beet Greens” on your roadside sign. They’re one of the earliest greens crops and do well in the cool spring weather. These are different from baby beets, because they’re harvested before there’s much more than a rat tail (see photo above)– so, still a nice “beet-y” flavour, but more like greens (spinach texture) than beets– and you eat the entire plant, from leaf to tail. They are great sauteed in butter (but what isn’t?!), added to salads or soups or stir-fries or anywhere you want some greens (never tried in a smoothie, but I’m sure that would be good, too!).
Beet Greens!!! Available for weekly customers and wholesale this week and they’ll be at the markets as well.
While I’m at it, here’s a photo of the Brandon Farmer’s Market stall this morning. Jon and I will be doing that market each week, in what I called “the dark place” (the Town Centre parkade), where we’re glad for the roof over our heads, but sorry to be away from the sun! So dark the camera goes on night mode and a clear photo cannot be achieved, so here’s the best I’ve got: