We’re excited to be milling wood from our own forest!
1 1/4 cups dried beans, preferably heirloom, or 2 15-ounce cans white beans, rinsed (see Tip)
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup cider vinegar
4 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon peanut or canola oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
1 pound tomatoes, sliced
- If using canned beans, skip to Step 3. If using dried beans, rinse and pick over for any stones, then place in a large bowl, cover with 3 inches of cold water and soak at room temperature for at least 6 hours or overnight. (Alternatively, use our quick-soak method: see Tip.)
- Drain the soaked beans, rinse and transfer to a large saucepan. Add 6 cups cold water. Bring to a simmer, partially cover, and simmer gently, stirring once or twice, until tender but not mushy, 20 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the freshness of the dried beans. (If you’re using heirloom beans, be sure to check them after 20 minutes"they tend to cook more quickly than conventional beans.) If at any time the liquid level drops below the beans, add 1 cup water. When the beans are about three-fourths done, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. When the beans are tender, remove from the heat and drain.
- Combine the beans (cooked or canned), the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, onion, vinegar, honey, oil and pepper in a large bowl. Stir, cover and refrigerate to marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Cook green beans in a large pot of boiling water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again. Pat dry and add to the marinated beans. Stir in cherry (or grape) tomatoes and basil. Season with pepper.
- To serve, arrange tomato slices around the edge of a serving platter or shallow salad bowl and spoon the bean salad into the center.
Recipe from Eating Well
1 bunch kale
1 T olive oil
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
- Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
A great Farmers’ Market today. Sunshine, friendly faces and wonderful conversations! Thanks for supporting the Middlebury Farmers Market! See you next week.
Summer Farmers’ Market begins tomorrow in Middlebury @ Marbleworks: 9am to 12:30pm. We will have baby bok choi, scallions, mesclun, lettuce, radishes, haikurei turnips! Looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and new ones too! Hope to see you there. There will be sunshine!
Our 2013 CSA is now filled. Wow! I am amazed. We have 48 returning members! We are so very lucky to have incredibly dedicated members. We love our members! And we are welcoming a dozen new members. Excited to welcome them to the CSA in June!