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Fresh Veggies Abound at Amelia Farmers Market

Jan 28, 2013 02:00AM
The weather has been a little strange in north Florida this year, a bit warmer than usual with intermittent chilly days, but our local farmers seem to have it all under control, as we are getting some great vegetables at the Amelia Farmers Market recently. In my own garden, I have collards, kale, peas, and herbs, but I turn to the local farmers market for other things I just don’t have the space (or the patience) to grow.

This time of year the Florida farmers’ markets abound with broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cabbage, collards, endive, kale, kohlrabi, lettuces mustard greens, onions, shallots, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, strawberries, and turnips.

This past weekend I purchased a bunch of beautiful, white turnips with their green tops, and a bunch of rainbow carrots, and decided to use them together for a dish using salt pork, onions, garlic, and chicken broth. The turnips were so fresh and small that I didn’t have to peel them, but I did peel the carrots. I cut all the vegetables into coarse chunks, including the greens. Then I sautéed a small piece of cubed salt pork with a little olive oil, chopped onion, and 2-cloves of garlic, and added about 3-cups of chicken stock. After the liquid came to a simmer, I added the vegetables and cooked gently until everything was tender, adding salt and pepper as needed.

What a wonderful dish! I served it in bowls with some slices of whole grain bread, and it was perfect for a chilly evening. The Amelia Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and located at the shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation.