‘I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world’ – Louis Armstrong
Being vegan and a raw foodie has changed the way I see green. In my early 30’s living in lush and bucolic Northampton, MA, I had a farm share but it was more to save money than about the food. In fact I would pick up my share with bok choy, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, etc and not know where to begin. In fact I had never even seen half of it before. I’d think what the heck was bok choy? How much salad can one person eat? And how do I make it interesting for my kids? I’d throw in a skillet with some olive oil and eat a bunch of it at one sitting. I’d feel great for the time being but I wasn’t aware of how beneficial it was for me and sometimes I would end up letting a bunch of it go bad.
Yesterday was a great day at the Salem’s Farmer’s market because there were greens EVERYWHERE. I gravitate toward Heaven’s Harvest Farm because they are organic and lucky for me, greens were on sale. I bought 4 heads of kale, some swiss chard, and a lettuce. I immediately brought it home and starting rinsing and chopping. A little swiss chard, beet greens, radish greens, green onion went in the skillet with some olive oil and a bit of salt for dinner. And the kale mixed with a bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt went into the dehydrator. Dehydrating at below 115 degrees helps keep the nutrients alive in the food.
Today my family and I have an abundance of kale chips to get us through the next week. And if I choose to Netflix and chill with a whole bag of kale chips on the couch, that’s a good thing. Yay!