As you’ve browsed through Farmer John’s Cookbook, you’ve probably read at least a bit about Community Supported Agriculture, a mutually beneficial partnership between farmer and consumer in which the consumer provides financial support to the farm in exchange for a share of what the farm produces.  It’s a pretty simple arrangement:  the consumer gives the farmer money, and the farmer gives the consumer food.  But, at the heart of it, CSA programs are about much more than fresh produce — they educate the public, build relationships, and help reconnect people to their food.  

We have a few CSA farms right here in Northern Michigan —  Blackbird Gardens in Petoskey, Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs, and Providence Farm in Central Lake.  I’m a shareholder with Blackbird Gardens, and if there’s one thing we have in abundance at the farm right now, it’s kale — my fridge has been practically overflowing with kale for the past few weeks. After several consecutive nights of kale, kale, and more kale, one really starts to ponder creative and imaginative uses for the stuff, and one of the reasons I’m so very fond of Farmer John’s Cookbook is that it contains a delicious recipe for kale and walnut pesto (page 86).

In less than half an hour, I went from this:

to this:

And it was fantastic!  We tossed it with warm pasta and a little of the pasta cooking water for a very tasty (and very easy) dinner, and it’s also a great spread for slices of baguette.  Next I’m going to try it tossed with roasted potatoes.  Yum!

What recipes have you tried?