We are members of a CSA (community supported agriculture) with a local farm, Potomac Vegetable Farms, located here in Northern Virginia. We paid for our share back in February and are now receiving weekly harvests of vegetables from the farm.
On Sunday nights, the farm sends us an e-mail about what will be in our box and on Monday afternoons, I stop by to pick up our bounty on my way home from work. I then clean and process it all as soon as I get home, so that we’re sure to actually eat all these healthy veggies all week.
Some veggies that we’ve received so far include Haruki turnips, garlic curls (scapes), potatoes, beets, zucchini, escarole, and oh my goodness– LOADS of swiss chard. Actually, I believe that chard was only officially included in our first week’s box, but there is always a ton in the “freebie” box, and I take a bunch every week.
Swiss chard is like spinach’s older sibling. It’s a hearty green, and you can pretty much use it wherever you use spinach– in omelets, thrown into soups or pastas, or just plain old sauteed. Here, I use it as a base for sea bass with Asian flavors. This makes for a light dinner, or add some rice to round it out a bit.
1 large bunch of swiss chard, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
4 teaspoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
2-3 cloves minced garlic (about 2 teaspoons)
1/2 cup dry Marsala wine
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
4 (5-ounce) sea bass fillets
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the sliced swiss chard in the bottom of a large (3 quart) baking dish. Add the remaining ingredients and gently toss to combine. Place the sea bass fillets on top of the greens and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake until the greens wilt and the fish is just cooked through, about 15 minutes.