Fresh produce for dinner in November is always a treat this time of the year.
For my four days off during Thanksgiving, I paid a surprise visit to my friends Mike and Jan Kokas of Upstate Farms
two hours away from NYC in Tivoli, NY in the Hudson Valley. With such fertile rich soil; they have been one of our purveyors for many years. Upstate Farms supplies quality produce to fine restaurants such as Eleven Madison and Daniel NYC.
|Picking Tokoyo Turnips|
For part of our dinner, we had snappy rapini (or baby broccoli rabe); tokyo turnips simply seared on a high flame for 3 minutes with shallots and garlic; and a heavenly assorted salad of red oak, baby romaine and wild arugula to end the dinner.
|Tokoyo Turnip Stir-fry|
I’m glad I had a chance to visit before the cold sets in. I am looking forward to visiting again in the summer where I will get to pick everything from the tastiest champagne grapes to delicate mesclun greens.
|Greens in November!|