Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Larriland Farm In Fall: Apples, Pumpkins, And More Beets Than You Beat With A Stick
I come to pickle beets, not to praise them.
I have chuckled for several years about signs for "pick your own beets" when we went to Larriland to pick our apples and pumpkins.
But we went to Larriland Farm yesterday and took home 10 pounds of beets -- which turns out to be only seven and a half pounds, but more on that later. The plan is to pickle the beets this year with a few ideas from the Put 'em Up! cookbook and a horseradish idea from the Web.
We went huge on the apples, including matsu from the crates, stamen and braeburn from the trees. Then a bag of beets where the secret was clearly to walk far down the row to find the bigger ones. (Bring a knife. You want to save beet greens that look good, but cut off the ones that are ragged, insect eaten or covered with discolored spots. I probably saved half. That was two or more pounds with all the stems. They're easy to saute -- and a scattering a Harris Teeter chicken sausage bumps up the flavor.) Then our younger friends got some time in the hay maze.
That leaves me with a pile of jars from Kendall Hardware and a huge baking tray of roasted beets. Wish me luck!
Whenever you go to Larriland, you need to check out the main farm stand. Check out the crazy squashes -- most of them edible! And check out the apple sauce made with Larriland apples. That seemed new to me.
Prices -- $1.29/pound for beets, 79 cents if you buy 20 pounds. $1.69/pounds for apples, $1.29 if you buy 20 pounds.