You come to expect an abundance of greens at the start of the growing season at Restoration Farm. In late spring, the produce should be like the weather – brisk, full of vitality – and very, very green.
The first distribution of the 2012 growing season means salads and greens will be the menu item of choice for some time to come. If one tires of lettuce, there is a bounty of arugula, mizuna and bok choy to enjoy.
The ubiquitous and super-nutritious kale is in fine form and in the field, hearty Swiss Chard is reaching towards the sky.
As always, the farm is a busy place on weekends, and on this day, the fields resemble a lush, romantic landscape painting. Head Grower Dan Holmes is working the tractor, and chatting with CSA members from his perch atop the vehicle.
A cow from the historic village has wandered over for a visit.
We all greet the first distribution of the season with great anticipation. The first greens of Restoration Farm are abundant, but precious, and not to be taken for granted. The chance to eat these healthful and tender green shoots – just hours old – is a rare pleasure, and I celebrate the inauguration of the 2012 season with salads of freshly picked spinach leaves, adorned with red onion, mandarin oranges and sunflower seeds.
Eating the bright and vivacious salad is just like tasting the potential of the youthful growing season with each forkful.
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