Salads took center stage for my Spring class at The Roanoke Co-op. We built salads filled with grains and proteins, interesting textures and flavors — and as much local as I could muster. We topped them with a choice of Ginger Sesame Dressing or Poppy Seed Dressing. Then we paired all those leafy greens with a gluten-free Quinoa Egg Bake.
The conversations are my favorite parts of teaching these classes and we touched on everything from the importance of top-quality oil to how to grow your own sprouts. We talked sheep’s feta cheese and asparagus and ramps and eating beet greens in your salad.
My friend and fellow blogger, Becky Ellis, was kind enough to provide her own recap of the class, which you can find here. Thanks, Becky!
After we’d bid our adieus, I left with homework. Folks had asked about where to Pick Your Own asparagus and berries. Read on to see the farms and links I was able to find.
1134 Browns Mill Road, Rustburg, VA 24588. Phone: 434-401-4864. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday to Saturday, from 7 am to 7 pm; Closed Sunday; Strawberries likely begin as soon as April 24. Payment: Cash, Check. FB page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/yodersfarm/
1038 Capital Hill Road, Moneta, VA 24121. Phone: 540-330-5144.
4481 Colonial Turnpike, Rocky Mount , VA 24151. Phone: (540) 576-3658. FB page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/DansbyBerryFarm/
Lastly, I’ve scheduled my next Co-op class. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. I’ll be making lunch from summer berries. See you there!