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

by Alice Magdziak • August 19, 2013 • Garden State, Green JerseyComments (0)2117

We’ve been a part of the Westfield CSA (community supported agriculture) group for several years now. Since our farmer also delivers to local farmers markets, we think his shares are pretty representative of what other organic farmers will be bringing to their markets. Check out what we got so you can see what your farmers will have this week!

This week we found kale, carrots, ground cherries, cherry tomatoes, butter lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, apples, nectarines, tomatillos, apples, green peppers, onions, eggplant and potatoes in our bags.

What to do with tomatillos?  Make Enchiladas Verdes, of course!


2 bone-in chicken breast halves

2 cups chicken broth

1/4 white onion

1 clove garlic

2 teaspoons salt

1 pound fresh tomatillos, husks removed

5 serrano peppers

1/4 white onion

1 clove garlic

1 pinch salt

12 corn tortillas

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup crumbled queso fresco

1/2 white onion, chopped

1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped



1. In a saucepan, combine chicken breast with chicken broth, one quarter onion, a clove of garlic, and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil, and then boil for 20 minutes. Reserve broth, set chicken aside to cool, and discard onion and garlic. When cool enough to handle, shred chicken with your hands.

2. Place tomatillos and serrano chiles in a pot with water, enough to cover them. Bring to boil, and continue boiling until tomatillos turn a different shade of green (from bright green to a dull, army green). Strain tomatillos and chiles, and place in a blender with another quarter piece of onion, 1 clove garlic, and a pinch of salt. Pour in reserved chicken broth, so that liquid just covers the veggies in the blender by about an inch. Blend all ingredients until they are completely pureed. Pour salsa in a medium saucepan, and bring to a low boil.

3. Pour oil in a frying pan, and allow to get very hot. Slightly fry tortillas one by one in hot oil, setting each on a paper towel afterwards to soak some of the oil. Finally, dip slightly fried tortillas in low-boiling green salsa, until tortillas become soft again. Place on plates, 3 per person.

4. Fill or top tortillas with shredded chicken, then extra green sauce. Top with crumbled cheese, chopped onion, and chopped cilantro.

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