We've joined a new farm this year, Waltham Fields Community Farm. Don't get me wrong. I loved Brookfield Farm that we joined last year. Our weekly box, conveniently delivered to Cambridge, was always gorgeous and plentiful. But since the farm was located in western Massachusetts (about 2 hours from us), we didn't take advantage of the pick-your-own aspect of the share. Waltham is just a 15 minute drive from where we live and should give us plenty of opportunity to pick our own veggies. It's hard to believe that there is a farm so close to Boston. But there is, and I got to see it myself yesterday.
What did we get?
- A ton of greens (as is typical of the start of the season in New England). All types of lettuce, spinach, arugula, endive, bok choy, and some Asian green whose name escapes me.
- Baby turnips (they look like white radishes) -- they are so good roasted!
By the way, does anyone have any bright ideas for meals the first few weeks after the hospital? I heard that I should freeze some meals for when we get home with the baby. This sounds like a good idea, except that all my dishes that freeze well (stews and hot soups) don't sound particularly appetizing in July.
P.S. The pasta above was inspired by whatever was in this week's share. I sautéed some leafy greens and spinach, roasted some baby turnips, and tossed it all with pasta, chopped sugar snap peas (they were too tender and sweet to cook), scallions, a little cream, butter, and parmesan. Then I sprinkled some chives and broken up chive flowers on top. Those little purple flowers are not only pretty, but they give a dish a wonderful crunch.