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Capitol Hill Cooks | Arugula pesto, inspired by the Broadway Farmers Market

The Broadway Farmers Market swung back into action last week, offering a bounty of spring produce to rescue Capitol Hill from winter’s scurvy and a good excuse to linger in the sunshine. Below, you’ll find a fresh and easy recipe to help celebrate the market’s return. 

Green and delicious (Image: Em for CHS)

Among my purchases at the 2012 market debut, I picked up an armload of veggies from Local Roots Farm, which is local indeed to Capitol Hill.  Siri and Jason, the friendly farmers at the stand, are a Capitol Hill couple who farm on ten acres in Carnation, WA.  In 2007, a Seattle Times article reported that the farm’s first 1,200 tomatoes were started in the closets of an apartment right here on Capitol Hill.  

Although the couple is now in the process of relocating to their farm full-time, they’ll be back in the neighborhood for the Broadway Farmers Market on Sundays.

In keeping with the apparent trend toward tech-savvy, social-networked local farming, Local Roots Farm maintains a blog about their farming adventures. The page featuring seasonal recipes will be of special interest to home cooks, and I can highly recommend their arugula pesto to top just about anything else you pick up at the market.

Its bright green flavor tastes like springtime swirled into scrambled eggs or pasta, and it would be equally at home alongside a roasted piece of fish or atop a big sauté of market greens, baby turnips, and radishes — you’ll find that recipe on the Local Roots site as well.

Arugula Pesto
from the Local Roots Farm website
2 packed cups arugula
1/2 cup walnuts or other nuts
1/2 grated parmesan cheese
1/2 good olive oil
1-3 cloves garlic, peeled
salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until uniformly combined.

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