Recently, California’s growers and water districts approached Governor Jerry Brown to declare California in a state of drought. It has been one of the driest winters on record and the state’s reservoirs, snow pack, streams and rivers have been greatly depleted. Here in the valley we are holding our breath anxiously anticipating the start of the rainy season. We hope that it will come quickly and quench the sunbaked hills.
This is a twist on the classic comfort food of Thanksgiving. Parsnips can be added to this dish, as well, sweetening it and lightening the color. For a creamier consistency, add 1/2 cup of milk while mashing. Makes 4 servings.
1 lb carrots, sliced
1 lb turnips, peeled and diced
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Minced fresh parsley and/or green onion (optional)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
.75- 1 lb Spanish radishes, cut in 1/4 inch cubes
1 small onion diced
1/4 cup rice wine or white wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
About 2 teaspoons honey
- Sauté onion and radishes in 1 tablespoon oil for 2 minutes.
- Add vinegar and water and cook for 5 more minutes until slightly tender and more translucent.
- Add honey and combine over heat to dissolve the honey.
Courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop
Like any dish, Romanesco and pasta can be made simply or can be dressed up. This recipe is delicious with capers, sausage, and various green herbs.
Recipe courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop
This simple stir-fry can be adapted to include most any vegetables. Cook carrots or other tougher veggies first, followed by broccoli, sugar snap peas and greens. A stir-fry like this one is great served warm but can also be set aside for lunch or eaten as a cold salad.
By Farm Shop Team Member Seth Wright, courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop
Recipe Courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop
2-3 lbs. winter squash
5 cups chicken broth
1 cup dry white cooking wine
1 medium leek, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
5 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage or 1/2 tsp dried (optional)
One of the most beautiful scenes in Capay Valley is when it rains. A low mist creeps up over the surrounding hills, and drops of water fall steadily from the sky, quenching the thirsty, sun-baked golden hills.