There are moments in life that create a significant shift in the way we do or think about things. For Emogene Cataldo, that moment was Farm Share. Emogene had always wanted to introduce fresh produce into her weekly routine but there were always too many barriers.
“In the past, I've had to go out of my way to buy local produce -- as a result, I didn't do it very often, especially not when life was hectic. It also seemed too expensive to make it a weekly habit." Emogene’s dilemma is not unlike many New Yorkers who get caught in the city’s madness. But madness can be reduced with a little flexibility, which is why Farm Share was appealing to Emogene. “I love the flexible and weekly payment plan, which allows me to put my share on ‘hold’ if needed, and the pickup location and hours make it easy to participate in my neighborhood.”
Bringing fresh food into local neighborhoods throughout NYC takes the stress out of having to lug all your produce home on a crowded train, or standing in one of New York’s infamous checkout lines. With ease, Emogene is able to pick up her weekly produce from our Brotherhood Sister Sol location on her schedule.
Emogene mentioned that her love for Farm Share goes beyond flexibility. “Picking up the beautiful fruits and veggies has become one of the highlights of my week. When I bring my Farm Share home, I can't help but set it all out on my table and photograph it. Cooking at home has become a lot easier and more fun; it’s been a game changer for me.”
Farm Share has helped Emogene establish a weekly routine of cooking with farm fresh vegetables. She has also challenged her culinary skills by using different foods, such as garlic scapes and spelt flour, that she would’ve typically walked past in the grocery store.
At home, Emogene enjoys combining and sharing food traditions with her husband. Emogene grew up in the Midwest, and her husband grew up in Japan. Making dishes that highlight their different cultures is both fun and challenging! Farm Share is more than a weekly subscription of fresh produce. It challenges people to get creative in the kitchen, connects people to their culture, and opens people to a world of food they may have never experienced. Farm Share is truly a game changer.
Swiss chard doesn’t get as much hype as kale and spinach, but it’s an insanely flavorful green. Swiss chard is highly nutritious with a mild flavor that plays well in a variety of dishes and preparations.The leaves are tender and have a similar taste to beet greens and spinach, while the crunchy stems have a slightly sweet flavor. Swiss chard is easy to prepare and cooks quite quickly, making it a great option when you need to throw together dinner. Saute, braise, or eat it raw! The hearty leaves of swiss chard hold up well without wilting in your salad. Give swiss chard a place at your table this week with the following recipe.
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Large bunch of Swiss chard, ribs and stems removed and reserved, leaves torn into 2” pieces (about 12 cups)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit
Cook time: 10mins.
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 2 minutes.
2. Add red pepper flakes and half of swiss chard, season with salt and pepper, and cook, tossing often, until wilted, about 4 minutes.
3. Add lemon juice and remaining chard and cook, tossing, just until chard is wilted, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper.