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November was the first month that we picked up our CSA box for the Winter sign up we had bought from Coopers Farm, just a few minutes drive from our house. Ever since we moved house in the Summer, out of Toronto - we knew we wanted to do this. CSA ~ Community Supported Agriculture is the greatest thing - fresh vegetables and fruit right from the farm every month (or more - we'll be doing weekly in the Summer!) and in paying for the box upfront you are supporting the farm and helping it to grow and produce these very same vegetables! Check out the Coopers Farm website here and read more about it.
Box number one was picked up at the beginning of November, so it was the most colourful box we've had, still with some of the Summer greenhouse fruits and veg still available. I'll write a few blog posts about everything we did with the box, but the first thing I have to talk about is the Romanesco Broccoli - broccoflower! The COOLEST vegetable I've ever seen!
A couple of friends were coming over for dinner and to meet baby girl so we made a Romanesco Broccoli and Kale Soup with Cheddar Cheese from the FruitGuys website - and it was DELICIOUS! I never thought I'd be saying that about a soup made entirely of greens! Give it a try, it was really good!
1 bunch of kale, rinsed, stems removed and coarsely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
6 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth (we used vegetable as one friend is a vegetarian!)
1 cup heavy cream
3 tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups (packed) grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy medium pot over medium-high heat.
10. Simmer until soup thickens and broccoli is tender, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
13. Serve while hot, with grated cheddar cheese.