Around the beginning of August, there is a literal red-shift at farmers markets, as brightly colored tomatoes, apples, and beets roll in. The deeply colored fruits and vegetables are beautiful to behold and delicious in a summer beet salad recipe. . . but that’s not all!
Chef Matt Wilkinson’s philosophy is to build dishes around the vegetables in season. When vegetables are in season, they are at their least expensive, easy to find, and most flavorful. While this isn’t a vegetarian cookbook, most of the recipes are vegetarian and many are vegan.
I finally live in a town that has a farmer’s market – not that I lived so far from it before we moved a whole mile and a half to the new place, but there is something about being able to walk out the door with a couple of bags and walk down to the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning that is particularly awesome.
Typically they would be deep fried, but it’s not the healthiest way and not all of us have any easy way to deep fry things. Here is a suggestion for baking some. Use them to spice up your next soup or dish, or as a snack. You can also try it with other root vegetables like parsnips or sweet potatoes.
In a major victory for sustainable farmers everywhere, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just issued a summary order upholding the previous decision in a long-running lawsuit over the impacts of genetically engineered (GE) “Roundup Ready” sugar beets.
We have a great post going up tomorrow morning on the USDA’s recent approval of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) — “genetically engineered” (“GE”) if you live in Europe — sugar beets and GM alfalfa from Ken Roseboro, editor of The Organic & Non-GMO Report. It will cover health concerns (based on scientific studies), environmental concerns, legal concerns, considerable threats to organic farmers and consumers, and the USDA’s decision to ignore public concerns and comments from hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens. But I wanted to chime in on this with a few comments of my own.
Have you been following the continuing Monsanto sugar beet saga? The FDA approved the genetically modified sugar beets back in 2005, then in 2009 a judge in San Francisco ruled that the approval was illegal, due to a “significant effect” from cross-contamination. Basically, the risk of GM sugar beets contaminating non-GMO beets and Swiss chard …