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Monthly Archives: February 2012

  • Cooking with Beets

    As I walk through the market, I often overlook the beets because I normally roast them and that usually takes about 45 minutes too long .  Not looking forward to a hot kitchen, beets are often in the bottom of my grocery list.  But their pretty purple color made them so tempting, I had to grab a few hoping to search the net for some guidance.

    Voila! Pan seared shredded beets in about 10 minutes.  Done!  Here's the recipe:

    3-4 beets (You may need more or less depending on the beet's size)


    1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar or Lemon Juice

    1 tablespoon Troyer Amish Butter

    1/4 cup water

    Grate the beets or use a food processor (It took us a while to figure out our food processor grater gadget).  Melt butter in pan on medium heat.  Add shredded beets, salt and 1/4 cup water; cover and cook for 5-10 minutes to evaporate all the liquid.  Once dry, add your balsamic vinegar or lemon juice and mix.  Remove from heat and serve.

    Being able to make fresh beets at home put a smile on my face as I thought about my grandmother who was always ready with her canned beets.  The dish was simple, yet very tasty.  Did the children eat it, you ask?  Well, I got one compliment from our "taste tester", not so much from our youngest one!  What other produce items do you rarely ever purchase but once you use them you are glad you did?

  • Welcome to the new Parkesdale Blog

    Welcome to the new Parkesdale blog where you can receive up to date information on everything related to the Market!  People come to our market for many different reasons, whether they come for fresh, locally grown strawberries, our World Famous Strawberry Shortcake or just to walk around one of our three greenhouses, they sure are happy to be here.

    In this blog, many delicious products Parkesdale has to offer will be showcased in quick, easy and delicious recipes for the entire family.  For those of you who have the desire to grow your own fruits and vegetables or would just like to learn about gardening in general, this blog will feature plants currently available in our garden. Looking for more locally grown produce?  As seasons change, so does our ability to grow fruits and vegetables change.  We'll keep you up to date on what's locally grown at our farm and in the greater Tampa Bay area.

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