The solstice is a time for us to slow down. To embrace the season for its cold, its darkness, for its stillness. In these days where we are always racing to get things done, it is good to take a step back to live in the moment, to feel everything around us, and be grateful.

Scenes from the farm:

The Share:

4 pounds root veggies: beets, celery root, potatoes, kohlrabi, daikon, purple top turnips

1 head garlic

1 bunch kale

1 head radicchio

1 head escarole

1 bunch parsley

1 bag greens

1 cabbage

1/2 organically grown butternut squash from Genesis Farm in Blairstown NJ

braised escarole with garlic and lemon juice

  • 1 head escarole, about 1 pound

  •  1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  •  1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  •  4 garlic cloves, sliced

  •  1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  •  2 bay leaves

  •  1/2 lemon, cut in thin slices

  •  2 cups water or chicken broth

  •  Pinch sugar

  •  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Break off the leaves of the escarole and wash them individually, taking care to remove any soil at the base of the stems. Shake the leaves dry, stack them up, and slice the escarole crosswise into ribbons about 1 1/2-inches wide.

  2. Place a large deep skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil and butter. Toss in the garlic, red pepper flakes, bay leaves, and lemon slices; cook and stir for a couple of minutes, tossing to combine. Nestle the escarole into the pan and saute until it begins to wilt and shrink down, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the escarole with a pinch of sugar and season with salt and pepper. Pour in the water and cover the pan. Simmer for 20 minutes until the escarole is tender.