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Nettle Pesto

Italians make nettle pesto, or pesto d’urtica, in springtime.

3 cups raw stinging nettles
3 medium garlic cloves (or green garlic)
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (or walnuts)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmesan cheese, finely grated

1. Using tongs or gloves, measure 3 tightly packed cups of raw young nettle tops. Add them to salted boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes, drain immediately and then place the greens in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Cool, strain and squeeze dry using a tea towel to remove every drop of moisture that you can.

2. Coarsely chop the nettles to make about 1 cup. Add them to the bowl of a food processor with the garlic cloves and pine nuts. While pulsing, slowly add the olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. You might add a small knob of soft butter and a squeeze of lemon juice if it needs brightening. Blend once more to incorporate the final additions.

Makes 1 generous cup

Market News

It’s still early in the season ,but we have some new veggies and other items on the market this week. It has been really exciting to drive around Greene County and see fields finally filling up with young plants. Melissa and Katee, the Rural Resources farmers, have been busy planting tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and other crops that will be ripening before you know it!

A reminder about our schedule: order between now and Monday at noon. Delivery takes place from 9:00 until 11:30 on Wednesday morning. If you live in downtown Greeneville or Tusculum, you can meet us at Takoma Hospital, or you can order delivery right to your door!

Otherwise, you can pick up your orders at Rural Resources on Thursday evening when we host our seasonal suppers (you can arrange other times to pick up by e-mailing or calling 423-636-8171).

Thanks for your support of fresh, local food—and happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing moms out there!

Eva—MFM Online Manager

Local Product Highlights

This week we have two new greens: Mizuna, a peppery Asian green somewhat similar to arugula, and rouge d’hiver, a red romaine.

If you’re looking to get your own garden started, we have some plant starts for sale, such as sage. The teen program is also selling bags of rabbit manure. This is an excellent soil amendment that can be applied directly to your garden without composting!

There is still plenty of pastured pork sausage from animals raised by teen program participants. This mild, flavorful sausage has gotten rave reviews from everyone who has tried it.

Browse the whole list here.

Thank you for helping to connect farms, food and families by purchasing locally produced food that is healthy, fresh, and delicious!