Spring Raab Broccoli

The fields are alive with Raab Broccoli! This Italian heirloom variety is also known as broccoli asparago in Italy and is prized for being a culinary delight. (This is where I imagine a rotund Italian chef kissing his fingertips as he shouts something like “Delizioso!”)

DISCLAIMER: Spring Raab Broccoli doesn’t grow like the broccoli most folks would imagine.  It doesn’t have a large central head, but rather it is treasured for it’s cluster of green and yellow buds.

These aromatic flower heads, stems and leaves are loaded with vitamin A, C, K and potassium. Every part of this plant is splendid when braised or stir-fried. The buds and leaves make beautiful additions to salads. Heck, I bet they are really tasty dunked in ranch dressing or smothered in cheddar cheese as well(Italian chefs reading this blog may ignore that last sentence).

I am currently transplanting massive amounts in various stages of development. The first batch of transplants are already clustering and should be ready in a matter of weeks!

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Caitlin Brady is excited for the opportunity to work as the farmer in residence at Heritage Creek Farm this coming season. Caitlin spent her childhood and teenage years on a diversified family farm in Northwestern Missouri. She has worked on a variety of farms, ranging from the bountiful fields of tobacco, grapes, corn and soy in Missouri, to the coffee cliffs of Guatemala, organic heirloom vegetables in Silver Spring, PA, and organic cranberry bogs of Cape Cod, MA. In 2010 she rode the train to Lancaster, PA and witnessed for the first time the rich agricultural heritage this county has to offer. It was love at first sight and in 2011 she settled in among the bountiful farm fields of Lancaster County where she started Blue Rock Farm, an organic vegetable farm and CSA. Blue Rock Farm is committed to being a good neighbor in our community and a careful steward of the land. We grow healthy, tasty vegetables without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Our gardens and greenhouse are Pennsylvania Certified Organic.

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