As we move into fall in southwestern BC, farmer’s markets with their beautiful abundance of local fruit and vegetables are beginning to wind down. This year my family participated in a CSA (community-supported agriculture) food box from a local farm for the first time.
What is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box?
The idea behind these boxes is that the community buys food directly from local producers and supports these producers in their work to grow food in a sustainable manner. We paid a cost in advance and then went to the farm on scheduled days to pick up a box of fresh, local produce.
We loved the weekly visit to the place where our food was produced, meeting the people that produced it, and the freshness of the food on our plates!
With that in mind I’ve decided that, between my garden and our local producers, to attempt to continue my focus on local vegetables as a mainstay of our diet throughout the fall and winter. This is new to me and so I thought I would document the foods and recipes that I try in hopes that you’ll join me in eating local year-round!
Growing Brussels Sprouts
For this first post I didn’t have to travel very far to harvest some fresh veggies for dinner as we’re growing brussels sprouts in our very own winter garden. This is my first time growing brussels sprouts and I’ll admit I had no idea how they grew!
My husband and I kept looking at the plants trying to figure out how the sprouts would appear on the stem… and here they are! They’re surprisingly hard to pull off of the stem so I tried cutting them off with kitchen scissors and it worked really well.
An interesting fact about brussels sprouts: apparently they keep growing all winter and actually get better and sweeter after a frost. I’m looking forward to seeing how these plants continue to grow in the coming colder months!
Eating Brussels Sprouts
Another admission: I have never liked (or thought I didn’t like) brussels sprouts so I’m sure it came as a bit of a surprise to my husband that I wanted to plant them! And we planted so many!
I felt that there must be a way to prepare them that I’d like them and that it was worth it a try in order to have fresh vegetables on the table from our yard throughout the winter. I tried this Sauteed Brussels Sprouts recipe and they were delicious! In fact, they almost didn’t make it to the dinner table because I ate most of them in the kitchen.
The brussels sprouts from my garden had a few bugs on them, being fresh from the garden, so I removed the outer layers and sliced the tough stem off before soaking in salt water. I then sliced them quite thinly, not just in half as the recipe states, and I didn’t have any nuts so just left them without.
Next time I’d love to try them with pine nuts or parmesan or both!
Other Brussels Sprouts Recipes I Plan to Try
What’s your favourite way to cook brussels sprouts?