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From Wellspring Charitable Gardens this Week - March 10, 2022

From the Garden this Week… Red Cabbage, Kale, Purple Top Turnips, Baby Carrots, Endive, Romanesco or Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Parsley, Celery, Grapefruit, Lemons, Meyer Lemons, & Blood Oranges

Coming Soon… Butter Lettuce

Using your Produce… by Julie Moreno

In an effort to use up produce this past week I made a simple and tasty soup by just throwing the vegetables in a pot of water. Well, I cut them first and added a teaspoon each of “Better than Bullion” and Miso paste. If you have broth on hand, you can use that instead of water. I sliced up some tiny carrots (without peeling) and diced a large turnip (peeled) and our celery and a small onion, diced. I let that cook until everything was tender, then added some chopped greens. At this point you could add in some cooked rice or meat or tofu if you wanted to bulk it up. Taste to see if it needs salt and add some pepper or hot sauce and enjoy. This week I included a wonderful red cabbage recipe shared by one of our volunteers 3 years ago.

German Red Cabbage

1 small onion

¾ cup butter, divided

1 head red cabbage, chopped,

discard core

½ cup water

3 bay leaves

3 whole allspice berries

2 whole cloves

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup bacon bits, cooked and

finely chopped

1 red delicious apple, peeled, cored,

and finely chopped or grated

¼ cup vinegar

1/3 cup sugar

¼ cup flour

Melt ½ cup butter in a large pot, add onion and cook until just soft and translucent. Add water and cabbage. Mix well and heat slightly to boiling. Reduce heat and add bay leaves, allspice, cloves, salt, apple, and bacon. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add Vinegar and sugar. Continue simmering for an additional 10 minutes. Separately, in a small saucepan, melt the remaining ¼ cup butter and add flour, stir well, and cook for 5 minutes on low heat. The cabbage should have a minimal amount of liquid in the bottom of the pan, remove some and discard if it is too watery. Blend the butter-flour mixture into the cabbage. Stir and let simmer for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. If desired, add additional vinegar, sugar and/or salt to taste. Add additional butter-flour mixture if needed for thickening.