All of our vegetables excite us — from arugula through butternut squash. But some of them, especially vegetables that combine gorgeous flavor with fleeting seasons, spark markedly keen passion.
Few other foods thrill us like English peas, which are legumes. Young peas are nearly candy-sweet. Our kids inhaled them just like candy, in fact, while they were growing up on the farm. They still do. These simply are not-miss vegetables.
And good news — not only will we have them for sale at the Market tomorrow, we also will harvest them for at least a month.
Both restaurants will feature these delicious legumes. In Bramble, we are serving them without even a whisper of fuss: raw, unadorned, just hours after being picked. It is the ultimate bar snack. As we will harvest peas every day, all pea dishes in the restaurants will involve just-harvested peas.
A Few Quick Pea Treatments (Peatments?)
What to do with peas? The simplest approach is the Bramble way (see above).
Another is a favorite appetizer. Blanch English peas, toss them with a chiffonade of mint, lemon zest and toasted pine nuts with a splash of lemon vinaigrette. We often serve this ambrosial dish with baked goat cheese and toast.
Look for more pea recipes in the newsletter and on the blog across the month.
As we discussed last week, legumes like favas and peas fix nitrogen in the soil, making these seasonal treats exceedingly valuable from both culinary and farming perspectives.
We hope to see you at the Market and the restaurants.
Saturday Farmers’ Market
Weekly Harvest -7/6/2019
English peas · Cabbages: French Savoy and Hilmar filderkraut (German cabbage grown for sauerkraut) · Young garlic · Broccoli · Fava beans · Parsnips · Daikon radish · Pea tendrils · Fava tops · Magenta turnips · Hakurei turnips · Spring onions · Red and white radishes · Edible radish flowers · Parsley · Chives · Siberian kale · Red Russian kale · Chard · Spinach · Mixed salad greens · Butter lettuce · Red Romain · Mizuna · Radish greens · Tatsoi · Osaka purple · Asian collard greens · Arugula flowers · Ruby mizuna
Black Cat Frozen Farm-Grown Dishes
Pork green chile · Pork rillettes · Lamb green curry · Vegetable green curry · Green mole
Black Cat Charcuterie
Cotechino Modena sausage · Ken’s Italian Cajun Sausage · Bacon · Lamb merguez sausage
Black Cat Heritage-Breed Pork & Lamb Raised on Organic Pastures
All cuts of lamb · All cuts of pork · Pork skin · Pork jowls
Sheepskins (via order form) · Tallow candle