Simple to make – and unlike anything you’ve had before! Two plants you’ve probably never tried: Belle Isle Cress (round leaves) and Pepper Cress (frilly leaves). These cress plants are beautiful to look at, and they both have an ultra-radish flavor. The Pepper Cress has a fruity sweet taste at first, then takes your breath away. The Belle Isle Cress is a bit more savory, and even stronger in its radish flavor. I like to eat these plain, pinching them off the plant. But since they are strong, I came up with a simple but delicious salad dressing that tames this potent flavor into a super dressing for all our other exotic lettuces. Green Cress Dressing: Cress – Belle Isle, Pepper or both combined Onion powder Freshly ground black pepper Sour cream Mayonnaise Anchovy paste Puree the cress – I use an immersion mixer, but if you are making a bigger batch, you can use a blender or larger device. Add all the other ingredients. I use about 1.5 sour cream to 1 mayonnaise – adjust to your preference. Anchovy paste adds a great umami to the dressing. You won’t know it’s anchovy – trust me! Get these cresses at the Rodgers Ranch Expo and Plant Sale this Saturday, April 4
The smiles tell it all… Local chefs harvesting fresh heirloom vegetables early in the morning Chefs Zoriy and Rafael of Babushka Restaurant in Walnut Creek came by to select product for their Sunday brunch menu. Farmer & Chef John helps them envision some presentation ideas. Today’s harvest was exotic lettuces, all high in anthocyanins, a powerful anti-oxidant (the same one you get in blueberries).
It’s Really a Party…Where You Can Buy Plants Farmer Chef John was out picking some of our amazing lettuce crop early this morning. That will be served this week at the DVC Norseman restaurant. If you’d like some, head there for lunch or drop by the farm. The Party will be Saturday, April 4 at Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm
We will have a lot of different experts at our Expo. Worm farmers, chicken coop builders, soil experts. All these cool people will be there to teach and talk with you about what they do and what they know.