Two weeks ago we started getting Bryson Farms organic produce baskets delivered to our condo. They deliver all-year ’round, and while we’re just at the beginning of the serious growing season the produce has been fantastic. Leeks, fiddleheads, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, salad greens, microgreens, zucchini, daikon radish (a first for me), shell peas, green beans, kale, chives (they do herbs, too), etc etc.
Naturally the greens go straight into salads, and I’ve been preparing most everything else as simply as possible. Peas and green beans are simply steamed and served with salt, pepper, and a hint of butter. Leeks and potatoes made for an incredible leek + potato soup. Sweet potatoes will be going into a curried sweet potato soup tomorrow. Kale is sauted with a hint of garlic and olive oil. And so on. The quality and quantity is fantastic, and I’m seriously looking forward to tomato season since Bryson is all about crazy heirloom tomato varieties. I’ve also got my fingers crossed for beets and asparagus soon, but we’ll see. The fun part is that it’s a random selection of produce every week — I’ve never had daikon radish or fiddleheads before, so it’s a fun way to try new things.
Tonight’s menu finished off the week’s potatoes and peas:
- Pan-roasted thick cut lamb chops, simply prepared with fresh rosemary
- Steamed peas
- Greek-style pan-fried potato wedges (rosemary, olive oil, salt + pepper, topped with a squeeze of lemon)
The nice part about the Bryson Farms delivery, in addition to it being very high quality produce, is that it’s all certified organic and locally grown, the farm being roughly 50 miles away in Quebec. So — excellent quality, reasonable prices, healthier, fun, and helps reduce our carbon footprint. There’s really no downside at all.