This week’s podcast features farmer Andy Watson of Sprouting Acres, a certified organic CSA and market farm in Cambridge, Wisc. Andy walks us through harvesting salad mix and discusses his CSA, crops, and educating consumer at the farmers’ market–and his tortoise-approved salad mix.
For a list of what’s available at farmers’ markets, visit the Dane County Farmers’ Market online.
Strawberry Arugula Salad
by Patricia Mulvey and Laura Gilliam of Local Thyme
Something about ripe summer fruit mixed with crisp leafy greens is just so refreshing! Fall and winter salads with dried fruits are certainly delicious, but nothing beats the amazing flavor of local strawberries, For the dressing, be sure to use a relatively sweet vinegar. If you don’t have an aged balsamic vinegar, add a little honey or sugar to the dressing.
Serves 4 / Vegetarian / Side Dish
1 head lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
1 bunch arugula, torn into bite-size pieces
1 pint strawberries, halved
1/3 cup toasted almonds
3 ounces feta, crumbled
3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon poppy seeds1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Place the lettuce, arugula, and strawberries in a large salad bowl and top with toasted almonds and crumbled feta.
In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper. Add the olive oil in a slow stream while whisking. Toss the salad with the dressing immediately before serving.
~ from “Farm-Fresh and Fast” by FairShare CSA Coalition