THE DISH ON EATING LOCAL BROCCOLI
3 ways you can enjoy discovering local broccoli in your area!
1. Find Broccoli at your Local Market
Not only is eating local broccoli good for you, they are also good for the environment, and taste so delicious! You can find broccoli all across Arizona. Here are some of the local farmers markets where you can find broccoli in your area.
Phoenix Public Market
Open since 2005, this open-air market transforms an urban parking lot in downtown Phoenix into a colorful bazaar. Get your fill of produce such as kale, pea shoots, potatoes, squash and cucumbers from growers such as AZ Living Greens, One Windmill Farm and Circle Key Farms. There’s also spicy sauce from Los Muertos Salsa; mesquite blossom honey from Sun Valley Bees and humane snacks from Fluffy Vegans. There are weekly cooking demonstrations, too.
Details: Saturday Morning 8AM TO 12PM – 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. – phxpublicmarket.com.
Vincent’s Saturday Market
James Beard Award-winning chef Vincent Guerithault’s influence touches every corner of this European-style market. Shop for buttery baked goods, imported olive oil, mustard and local produce from Duncan’s Trading Company. After browsing, dine on made-to-order omelets and crepes, pizzas, pastas and chocolate desserts. Wine and champagne are sold by the glass, bottle and case.
Details: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through early May. 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. vincentsoncamelback.com.
To see a whole list of local markets click here!
2. Eat Broccoli at your Local Restaurant
Many local restaurants endorse sourcing out some of the best ingredients, but do they use local ingredients? Here is one such restaurant we have discovered that uses local broccoli in this wonderful dish by Danielle Leoni called Maya’s Farm Mélange. Below is the information to find out more on this location and restaurant.
The Breadfruit & Rum Bar
Award winning modern Jamaican cuisine in an elegantly casual and tropical setting. Offering expertly prepared jet-fresh seafood, daring new rum cocktails, and a finely curated collection of over 150 premium rums and fine cigars. Come enjoy the highest integrity in sustainable gastronomy with a perfectionist approach to crafting delicious treats. We are a zero waste restaurant with composting and recycling as a core component of our business philosophy.
Location: 108 E Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
To find more local restaurants sourcing local ingredients click here!
Recipes change all the time and viewers should check with all restaurants to find out what’s on the menu currently.
3. Learn a Recipe to Make it Yourself
Want to discover how to make this local broccoli dish? Watch the video on just how easy it is to bring Farm to your table.
Chef Danielle Leoni's Maya’s Farm Mélange
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 T x 4= 4 T
- Minced Garlic – 1 t x 4
- Picked from stalk Thyme – 1 t x 4
- Rice Slurry – 3 T x 4
- Seasonal Vegetables – 1 ½ C – 2 C x 4
- Salt – ½ t x 4
- Black Pepper – ½ t x 4
- Pimento (Jamaican Allspice) – ½ t x 4
- Pickapeppa – 1 T x 4
- Water – 1/3 C x 4
- Rice Slurry: In medium sauce pan add 1 C Basmati Rice and 5 C water. Cook down until a smooth paste – apx 1 hour.
- In a medium sauté pan on medium heat, add Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Thyme and Rice Slurry. Saute until garlic is fragrant.
- Add Seasonal Vegetables, Salt, Black Pepper, Pimento and Pickapeppa.
- Sauté on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
- Add Water to deglaze.
- Serve over rice.
The Dish Recommendation
I think you would agree the end result looks so delicious! So, what do you think? When have you used local broccoli in your dish?
Local Broccoli 101
Want to learn more?
Local broccoli is in season from October until March. Broccoli is a cool-season crop, meaning that broccoli thrives during fall and winter months instead of spring and summer months. Broccoli does best in full sun, but if it gets too hot, this vegetable will sunburn or grow prematurely. It will do better at higher elevations and areas in Northern Arizona, but broccoli can ultimately be grown in any terrain. There are three commonly grown types of broccoli. The most familiar is Calabrese broccoli, often referred to simply as “broccoli”. Sprouting broccoli has a larger number of heads with thinner stalks. Purple cauliflower is a type of broccoli grown in Europe and North America, which has a head shaped like cauliflower but consists of tiny flower buds.
The best way to store your local broccoli is with methods that allow for air circulation. The broccoli bouquet method mimics how you store flowers in a vase. With a mason jar filled with water, make sure the stalk of the broccoli is submerged. Cover the head of the broccoli with a bag, and be sure to poke some holes in the bag for ventilation. Another method is to use cold, damp paper towels to wrap your broccoli. Whichever method you use, be sure to keep your fresh, local broccoli in the refrigerator and consume within several days for best taste.
Broccoli can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways and is packed with nutrients that are good for you. Broccoli is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin B. Boiling broccoli breaks down the nutritious compounds, thus decreasing the overall health value of the vegetable. In order to receive the most health benefits from broccoli, it should either be consumed raw or steamed. Other popular ways of preparing broccoli include microwaving and stir-frying.
Many people wonder about the benefits of buying local produce. There is no shortage of research out there that explains that buying local supports a healthy lifestyle, a sustainable environment, and a strong economy. When purchasing local broccoli from your neighborhood farmers market, you are making an active choice to know where your food is coming from. With local farms across Arizona, you can be assured that your produce is being taken care of from the seed to the market stand.