fava beans

One of the decidedly short-lived pleasures in Kentucky is fava beans. They love cool weather and drop their flowers as soon as it gets hot. What that means in practice is that I can harvest piles of them for one or two weeks … and then it’s over for the year. This is the week. I will have loads of them at the market this Saturday, I think I’ll still have a few next week, and then it will be all over until next year. So time to hunt up a fava bean recipe or two!

Another new item this week, though this one will stick around longer: new Red Gold potatoes. This variety isn’t so great on productivity but is widely regarded as the best-tasting variety around for new potatoes. Come to think of it, I bet one could come up with a great dish using both new potatoes and fava beans. — Sydney


This week’s items

Items we plan to have at the market this week (an asterisk indicates unusually limited quantities):

  • Beets*
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli*
  • Broccolini*
  • Carrots*
  • Chard
  • Collards
  • Dry beans and cowpeas (assorted varieties, including Tiger’s Eye beans, Peregion beans, Red Kidney beans, Pinto beans, and Black Crowder peas)
  • Fava beans
  • Granola, Pecan Cushaw Granola
  • Herb plants
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi*
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Potatoes, new Red Golds
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Turnips, Japanese salad and Purple-Top

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