This Week in Veggies – What’s Fresh at Your Local Farmers Market

by Alice Magdziak • July 16, 2012 • Garden State, Green JerseyComments (0)1147

This is the third year we’ve been a part of the Westfield CSA (community supported agriculture) group.  Since our farmer also delivers to a few local farmers markets, we think his shares are pretty representative of what other organic farmers will be bringing to their markets this week.

Check out what we got this week so you can see what your farmers will have this weekend!

This week we got kale, green torpedo radicchio, cauliflower, a cucumber, red romaine lettuce and red potatoes.

What to do with this GIANT radicchio?  It’s so bitter that I can only use it sparingly in salads so I think we’ll try this recipe from

Baked Radicchio and Mozzarella Pasta


2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick)

2 medium garlic cloves, minced

1 medium white onion, small dice (about 1 cup)

7 medium Roma tomatoes (about 2 pounds), cored and coarsely chopped

4 cups radicchio, ends trimmed and sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch strips

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 pound penne rigate or ziti pasta

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, small dice (about 1 1/2 cups)

1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano



Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the upper third. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When it foams, add garlic and onion, season well with salt, and cook until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and let simmer until slightly reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes. Add radicchio and cream and cook until radicchio is wilted, about 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in the salted water for about half the time recommended on the packaging and drain. (Do not rinse.) Set aside.

Once the sauce has finished simmering, combine it with the half-cooked pasta and mix until the pasta is evenly coated. Place the pasta mixture in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish and sprinkle the mozzarella and Parmigiano over top. Place in the oven and bake until the mixture is bubbling, the pasta is al dente, and the top is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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