This Week in Produce

Updated every Friday

Last Updated: May 22, 2015

Chives pretty enough for a bouquet

This week in produce we might be able to offer a true glimpse of the summer bounty yet to come. It's been unseasonably chilly, with the last vestiges of winter clinging on while we stock up on fresh herbs and seedlings to start our summer gardens back up. It will soon be time for local, organic tomatoes and the peak of berry season, but until then several of our local farmers are delivering the first of the season's crops that will help us remember what warm summer berries and fresh green salads can taste like.

Harmony Valley Farm in Viroqua, Wisconsin is a great source of spring greenery this week. Look for their arugula, baby kale, and spinach in our salad case, all certified organic and ready to throw into a lovely picnic salad. You can find Harmony Valley chives on sale as well, and if you've never tried fresh chives straight from the ground you're missing one of the best subtle, summer flavors we have right now.

From Breezy Hill, a local farm in Maple Lake, Minnesota, look for vast quantities of organic rhubarb, that beautiful blush red stalk that can make an incredible pie or preserve. Stock up now and start your canning, jarring, or freezing to extend this summer staple into the late summer and early fall months.

You can pair that local rhubarb with the local, organic strawberries in this week from Scenic Valley in Rosemount, Minnesota. These beauties are also a great addition to the spinach and arugula from Harmony Valley; throw them in a summer salad with feta cheese, balsamic vinegar, and walnuts for a truly wonderful treat.

Watercress from Keewaydin Farms is back this week, but it's your last chance to get it! This watercress comes from a pure, mountain spring in Viola, Wisconsin, and it's certified organic. Don't miss its spicy, complex flavor before it's gone. Did you know that watercress is one of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat? Watercress tops list of 'powerhouse fruits and vegetables (from the Washington Post) that was published as part of a study from William Paterson University.

Grill me!

Organic asparagus is here, also from Keewaydin Farms, and it's perfect for the first grilling of the season. It's a thick, hardy variety that will absorb that smoky, open fire flavor we all miss during the winter. Add it to your kebabs, sear it straight on the rack, or wrap it in foil with fresh herbs, seasoning, and lemon juice for a great early summer meal on the deck.

Our annual Gardens of Eagan certified organic Plant Sale is in full swing! With over 60 varieties of flowers, vegetables, herbs, and more in our greenhouse in the south parking lot, you're sure to find some of your favorite varieties of bedding plants.

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