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Rooting for the Home Team

Sep 25, 2015 ● By Peg Shaeffer

CSA stands for community supported agriculture, a subscription service for delivery of local farm products. Members sign up in advance to receive a share in the harvest during the growing season.

Here are a few favorite farm kitchen recipes. Cook them with colorful root crops such as carrots, parsnips and beets. The preparation is purposely simple to feature their natural earthy, sweetness.


Apple Cider-Glazed Parsnips and Carrots


Yields: 4 servings

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 Tbsp olive oil

1½ to 1¾ lb assorted root vegetables, such as parsnips, rutabagas, carrots and golden beets, peeled and cut into ½-to ¾–inch pieces

1/8 to ¼ tsp salt

1 cup fresh apple cider

½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste


Combine the butter and oil in a large, deep saucepan over medium-high heat. When the butter has melted, add the vegetables and 1/8 teaspoon salt; toss to coat evenly.


Add the cider and bring just to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cover, adjusting the heat so the liquid boils, but not rapidly.


Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until the vegetables are barely fork-tender (they should show just a little resistance when poked with the tines of a fork or a skewer).


Uncover and bring the liquid back to a rapid boil. Cook for about 8 minutes, until the liquid has reduced to a glaze. Sprinkle the vegetables with the nutmeg; toss to incorporate. Taste, and add salt as needed.


Serve warm.



Asian-Style Beets


Yields: 4 servings


2 lb gold and/or chioggia beets

Juice of 1 orange

1 Tbsp butter, softened

1 tsp peanut oil

1 tsp dark sesame oil

1 tsp hot chili oil

1 bunch beet or turnip greens, washed
   and chopped

1-2 Tbsp soy sauce

Pepper to taste


Cut beets into wedges and steam until tender, 20-30 minutes. Cool briefly, slip off skins and cut into wedges.


Toss with orange juice, butter and pepper to taste; cover and keep warm. Meanwhile, heat heavy skillet over medium flame. Add oils. Add greens; cook, tossing often until limp. Toss in soy sauce and pepper to taste.


Arrange beets over greens on platter.


Recipes courtesy of Peg Shaeffer, of Sandhill Family Farms.


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