Summer is all about fresh, local vegetables in my house. Here in Malden there are two ways to get local vegetables. There is the weekly farmers' market, on Tuesdays at City Hall from 3:00 to 6:30. The market features fresh vegetables and fruits from local farms, as well as fresh baked bread. Malden is also home to two pick up points for Farmer Dave's CSA program. CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture. Members pay in the spring when the farmers need the cash to plant crops, and then they get a share of those vegetables during the summer and early fall. Each week, I go to First Parish Church on Pleasant Street and pick up a box full of vegetables picked that day, or at most the day before. What could be fresher?
Right now we are at one of my favorite points in the season. We are getting the last of the spring vegetables like kale and chard, and the first of the hot weather vegetables like tomatoes, corn, zucchine, and cucumbers. A dinner for two at this point in the season looks like this.
Sausage and Kale over Rice
- Four sweet sausages (tonight we had sweet Italian sausages from Dom's on Commercial Street)
- One bunch kale, tear the leaves off of the tough stems and wash
- Two cloves garlic, chopped
- Oive oil
- Enough rice for two
Heat a little olive oil in a large sauce pan or dutch oven. Brown the sausages. Remove them and set aside. Saute the garlic. Add the kale, still wet. Add a little salt. Lay the sausages on top of the kale and cover the pan. Turn the heat down to simmer. If it seems dry, add a little water. Usually the water left on the kale from washing it is enough. Simmer until the sausages are cooked through.
We had the sausages and kale with a salad of cucumbers and tomatoes from our CSA share and lettuce from my garden. It was a perfect summer dinner.