Swiss Chard Heaven!

Last week’s garden stand was a welcomed success! Our charismatic community members came to the stand bright eyed and excited about their vegetables!…mostly for the candy of veggies, Amish snap peas. The stand was bursting with colors last Wednesday now that this season is really getting started, and we quickly sold out of the peas, beets, and radishes!  One thing that surprisingly didn’t sell was swiss chard, but not to my disappointment. Extras were given out to some of my veggie lovin’ friends and family, and the rest gave me the opportunity to make awesome food! Swiss chard is a foreign green to some so hopefully these following “recipes” inspire some exploration into the yummy world of swiss chard!

Polenta Topped with Swiss Chard

All I did here was cut up the swiss chard…some people de-vein chard, but that’s definitely not necessary! The veins add great color, flavor, and shake up the texture! I sauteed them in a pan with a little olive oil and put a lid over it to speed up the cooking and “steam” the chard…if it  looks dry you can add a little water too. It’s up to you how soft you want it, but I usually cook it down for about five minutes. Then you just salt and pepper it and lay it on top of some polenta! The polenta I used here is premade and comes in a small tube usually found in the organic section of the supermarket. I got mine from Echo Hill, one of the businesses on our eco-friendly local business flyer featured in the emails (I’ll paste a copy of the document at the bottom!). You can also make your own polenta out of cornmeal. Here’s some directions: http://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/cooking-basics/how-to-make-polenta/

Add a few veggie side dishes and you’ve got a yummy healthy meal! ( I wouldn’t recommend corn as a side because polenta is already made from corn meal..I was just using up what I had!)

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Swiss Chard and Garden Veggie Stir Fry

Now this was an awesome meal! I took all the veggies from my fridge, cut them up, and sauteed them together in some olive oil and soy sauce! I used swiss chard, kohlrabi (I learned from making this that the skin needs to be peeled), and a small amount of turnips. All these ingredients came from the garden, but I also used store bought zucchini and potatoes. We don’t have potatoes, but zucchini is growing fast so this stir fry could easily be made entirely from the Albright Garden produce!! We’ll even have strawberries from the garden soon! This morning I made the same thing but added egg in there for some extra protein and flavor and I put it all inside of pita bread that I toasted in a sautee pan with butter, YUM!

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As you can see, a lot of this is using what you have an experimenting. I hope you all discover some great meals from your Albright Garden Stand purchases and continue to cultivate a love for veggies! (I know I have!)

Enjoy the beautiful days and the bounty of the Earth!

Ellen

 

Here’s our list of eco-friendly local businesses!

Supporting our permaculture garden is a great way to make your food supply and life healthier and more eco-friendly, but would you like to do more? Here is a list of local businesses that offer products such as grass fed and free range meat, natural health, organic products, local produce, and more!

Hershey Harvest
Specializes in grass fed beef, free range chicken, raw milk & cheese, and yogurt
3337 Kutztown Rd. Reading, PA 19605
610-921-3151
Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hershey-Harvest/143200872378748

Echo Hill
Specializes in organics, gluten free, specialty Items, bulk Foods, baking & Cooking
244 Dryville Rd. Fleetwood, PA 19522
610-944-7358
Mon-Wed: 8am – 5pm
Thu-Fri: 8am – 7pm
Sat: 8am – 4pm
Sun: Closed
http://www.echohillcountrystore.com/

West Reading Farmer’s Market
Specializes in fresh, locally grown products featuring organic produce, beef, and poultry
500 block (same side as West Reading Drug Store) of Penn Ave. West Reading, PA
Sundays from May 18th- Novemeber 23rd
http://www.wrcrf.org/farmersmarket.htm

Nature’s Garden
Specializes in supplements, natural groceries, organic meats and produce, and natural footwear & handbags
4630 Perkiomen Ave. Reading, PA 19606
610-779-3000
Mon-Fri: 9am-8pm
Sat: 10am-7pm
Sun: 11am-5pm
http://www.naturesgardenonline.com/contact_us_multi.asp?storeID=4QV7AF8NCHQT8HX4XQU61NERL9MTECUF

Blue Marsh Market
Specializes in natural and/or organic foods, local products, earth friendly household and personal care items, vitamins & supplements, organic herbs and spices
118 West Third St. Bernville, PA
610-488-5470
Sun-Mon: Closed
Tue: 10-6
Wed: 10-5
Thurs: 10-6
Fri: 10-5
Sat: 9-2
http://bluemarshmarket.com/index.html

If you know of more awesome earth friendly local businesses we can add to our list please let us know!

 

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