Author: Sarah DellaVentura

Mommy Mondays – Aggressive Asparagus

Spring!!!  It’s here, and hopefully to stay!  I don’t know about you, but Spring is my favorite season (beside Fall).  There’s just something so energizing about it.  The days start getting longer, leaves on the trees start popping, flowers start blooming, birds and other animals are out making noise, and people are out and about, soaking up the 62 degree weather as if it were 80 out!

D4S_5812As if that weren’t enough… this is when we know fresh local produce, grown here on our farm and other local farms, is NOW in season!  For us, Asparagus is the first crop, along with our potted herbs, that we grow and have available.  Weather plays a huge role with the Asparagus, as it is necessary for warmer temperatures to keep the Asparagus coming.  If and when the temperatures are cooler, it slows down the production, which we saw a couple weeks ago with that dreary, rainy weather.

If you haven’t had our own, or any local asparagus before… you are missing out!!  It doesn’t even compare to any other asparagus. While it is always a great vegetable, you can taste the difference and freshness when it’s local.  Green vegetables are a category that is classified as a whole usually. You either like them or you don’t! This goes for kids and adults alike. But, I think you would be pleasantly surprised if you gave it a try!  The way you cook it can make all the difference in the world.  You can roast it, grill it, sauté it, bake it, steam it, fry it, or even eat it raw!   Want to disguise it for the kids?  Make an Asparagus Pesto… toss it with some Pasta and Voila!  If you don’t think that will work, try baking it and making Asparagus Fries! It worked for my kids and now they LOVE eating asparagus!

As a kid, I NEVER liked asparagus.  You couldn’t get me to eat asparagus, spinach, peas or brussels sprouts!  Now the only D4S_6011-3thing I won’t eat on that list is green peas.  We all have our issues, right?  As I got older and started cooking myself and beginning to be more open about trying new things, I gave more greens a chance.  I actually started eating asparagus because it was our own and in season.  First try and I was hooked!

I didn’t do anything fancy to make it. I did have an “asparagus steamer” that was given to me as a wedding gift collecting dust, so I pulled it out and figured I may as well use it now. Now I know not everyone has an asparagus steamer, but a large sauce pot will do just fine too! Just cut the ends off, place in pot, and fill with water just so it covers the asparagus. Place the cover on the pot and place on burner and bring to a boil. Once the water comes to a boil, give it 2-3 minutes in boiling water and then take off and drain. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and serve!! The hint to cooking asparagus and for best flavor… Don’t over cook it! It should be a vibrant green color. It’s just as simple to roast it.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees (standard temp for roasting vegetables), line a baking sheet with tin foil (makes for easy cleanup), trim and rinse asparagus, place in a single layer on sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, toss and place in oven for 15-20 minutes. That’s it! Want to get fancy? After you take out of the oven, sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese! Roasting asparagus is now my “go-to” way to make it. Simple, easy, and delicious!

I have included a few links to some great ideas and recipes for the more adventurous route, which i highly recommend! Don’t wait too long to try theses though.  Our own asparagus is only around now into early June!

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Pesto Pasta with Asparagus

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Asparagus Risotto

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Asparagus Fries

 

Mommy Mondays

As a full time working mom of two, I often find myself questioning “What am I going to make for dinner tonight?”… at 5pm!   No matter how many times I have told myself, “I am going to plan out our meals this week,” I rarely follow through.  It’s not for the lack of trying or caring… It’s just one of those things that sometimes gets pushed to the back burner as there are so many things to do and keep track of.

12745908_10205531826678005_286096985411683840_nJust like many other moms out there… we just wish that there was more time in the day.  More time in the day to get work done, to spend with the kids, to clean and do laundry, maybe run errands, not to mention maybe  5 or 10 minutes to ourselves to relax?   A girl can dream, right?

So what am I going to do about it? How can I plan better? How can I make it so that I am not still trying to figure out what’s in my refrigerator or freezer when I get home with the kids at 6pm? Oh, and don’t forget that time needed for homework!!!  I know that I am not the ONLY Mom out there that thinks like this, am I???

This year, we, as family members in the business, are going to be blogging for the Bishop’s Blog on our website.   Each week we will each take a turn to start, holding each other accountable for writing about something that will hopefully catch the attention of our customers and readers.  You may not be able to relate to all of us, but hopefully at least one of us does!

Keith and Jonathan Bishop are Co-CEO’s and Cousins.  They are 5th generation Bishop’s.  They have been around for a while and will most likely write on more topics that relate to the Farm, the history, the change in times… or something completely different.  Then there is the 6th Generation.   That is where my sister Carrie and I come in.  We are both Full time working moms, I have two elementary aged children, and Carrie has a toddler.  We both volunteer our time with different organizations in town and on the Shoreline and are trying to juggle many balls in the air, as so many women our age do.  With that said, you will most likely get very different topics from us and we will most likely hit a different demographic for readers.

So why do I mention this? This blog is to hold us accountable!  This means that I have no excuse not to plan what I am going to write about or hopefully make for dinner.  I want to share these ideas with all of you, so that you too might find some tips and good ideas on how to make your life a little easier (maybe?)!  We can do this together!

I will be posting easy meal ideas, ideas for kids lunches, new products in our market that you will want to give a try, events here or in and around the shoreline, and that’s just the short list.  I will try my best to keep you engaged and wanting more!  I encourage your feedback and questions.  You can always leave your comments in the comments field below, or email me directly at sarah.d@bishopsorchards.com.

I look forward to connecting with you!