One great thing about shopping at the farmers market is the opportunity to support your local farmer. And when you support your local farmers, you’re reducing the amount of resources it takes for the produce to get into your hands.
Take broccoli – you can find broccoli year-round at your grocery store shipped in from far away, but right now you can buy amazing, fresh broccoli direct from the farmers who grow it in your region. You’ll taste the difference in this simple soup that really highlights the flavor of the broccoli.
Two bunches of broccoli
1 tbsp olive oil
Vegetarian soup stock – enough to cover the broccoli in the pot
You’ll need a blender or a food processor – whatever you have is fine!
1. Clean your broccoli, chop it coarsely and set it aside.
2. Next peel the onion and chop that coarsely as well.
3. Put a stockpot on the stove over medium heat, add about a tablespoon of olive oil and let that heat up for just a couple of seconds.
4. Add the onion and saute, stirring occasionally, for about five minutes until it’s translucent.
5. Add the broccoli to the stock pot and stir to incorporate the flavors from the onions.
6. Cover the broccoli and onion with vegetable stock. Add some water if it’s not covered all the way.
7. Cover the pot and bring to a boil – let it boil for about 15 minutes, until the broccoli is really soft.
8. Puree soup in batches until it is pureed to your taste – coarse, fine, however you like your soup!
9. Add salt and pepper to taste – I like a lot of salt in mine, it really brings out the broccoli’s flavor – and serve. I drizzle a little bit of olive oil on mine. Enjoy!
Check out your farmers market this weekend to pick up some fresh, delicious broccoli – and don’t forget to show your market some love by voting to help them win $5,000 in Care2 and LocalHarvest’s “Love Your Farmers Market” contest!
By Jen Dalton