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A Pizza’s-eye view of the Yale Farm

August 31, 2009

(The school year has started back up, and with it our blog. Look forward to weekly posts about happenings on the farm and at Yale, as well as updates from our farm managers about workdays. For now, a guest post written by a very special member of the Yale Farm.)

As a pizza, I get a lot of respect on the Yale Farm. Students and community members gather ’round after working on the farm every Friday to top me with produce they’ve harvested and cook me in the pizza oven. Humans change their clothes depending on the season, and I’m no different with my toppings! Here are some of the vegetables and herbs I wear throughout the year:

  • As spring begins, workers come back to the Yale Farm after a long winter. With them come early plants like asparagus, with its delicate fernlike leaves and tender stalks, great on pizza with just some ricotta and maybe an herb or two (they cook so quickly on top of me in the oven). I love nettles too — it doesn’t sting me because its prickly enzymes dissolve under the oven’s 600-degree heat, but you should wear gloves when harvesting it!
  • Leafy greens like chard, arugula, and kale are always a favorite, especially when combined with minced garlic from the previous winter, or fresh garlic when it ripens in the late summer. It’s important to remember to top me with olive oil so the greens don’t burn in the oven (along with my crust).
  • Summer squash grow in abundance and last all season. A super fresh topping that I particularly like to wear is squash slices, pesto instead of tomato sauce, and a sprinkling of lemon zest. I love when volunteers get imaginative — we don’t have to stick to tomato sauce and cheese on the farm like my pizza cousins in restaurants!
  • Despite all the talk of late blight this season, we have plenty of Sungold tomatoes to cook on me. Sungolds are a super-sweet variety of cherry tomato, and pair perfectly, if I say so myself, with eggplant, with garlic, with basil, with tomatillos, and pretty much anything else that is grown on the farm!

This pizza wants to get to know you — please come out to the farm this Friday, September 4, from 1:00 to 5:00pm to help work on the farm (I hear they grow stuff besides pizza toppings, but what do I know? I’m just dough). At 5:00 you can help make and eat me — see you then!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2009 3:07 pm

    Welcome Back! I look forward to future posts on the great work you do and other good “stuff”…have a great year!

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    September 2, 2009 12:53 am



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