Rocker Organic Farm’s Organic Mixed Salad Leaves have won a Blas Na hEireann Chef’s Choice Award at this year’s Irish Food Award in Dingle. The award is given by a group of chefs who use the ingredients to decide which they would most like to use in their kitchens.
The award was given by top chefs Neven Maguire and Brian McDermott, as well as Birgitta Curtin from the Burren Smokery. Neven told Maeve and Peter that the chefs were “raving” about the quality of the leaves.
From today, our salad is available from SuperValu Thurles and Supervalu Roscrea. Big thanks to the Food Academy. It is also still available from The Cottage, Loughmore and Peter’s Fruit & Veg, Templemore.
We’re so pleased to let you know that our Winter Salad selection is now planted and growing beautifully in the tunnels. All from certified organic seed, these are the exciting varieties that we are currently growing, so that you can enjoy eating your greens all winter long! Lettuce leaves; Figaro, Ferega, Gingko, Brighton, Magellan, Kamalia, Maureen, Maritima, Avenir, Dabi, Azirka and Sebastiano. Salad leaves; Bulls Blood, Winter Purslane, Spinach, Salad Rocket, Wild Rocket, Mizuna and Endive. We also have a variety of coloured chards growing too. Packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrate and fibre, salad leaves are so important for our health and wellbeing. We take pride and care in being able to supply our certified organic salads to people in our locality. It’s a local product..so no food miles. All produce is hand harvested, washed and packed the same morning that it is delivered to Peter’s Fruit and Veg in Templemore and to The Cottage, Loughmore. While our Winter selection grows, we are still supplying our usual mixed salad leaves to the outlets above. The feedback about our produce is delightful and we are so pleased that you are enjoying it! Many blessings 🍀🌱🌿
This month the Leaf of the Month is Marvel of Four Seasons.
In 1885, Marvel of Four Seasons book was listed as the most “highly coloured of all the Lettuces grown about Paris.”
Today, if there was an award for the most colours and the most textures in one leaf here at Rocker, then Marvel of Four Seasons would be a clear winner. It is butterhead lettuce that manages to create red, gold, green, bronze and many other tints in leaves that have a variety of textures in one leaf.
It has been growing really well this season. It produces a rosette shaped head, which responds well to cut and come again, unlike many other butterheads.
It is an old heirloom variety, so has been around for many years before its recognition in Vilmorin’s 1885 book “The Vegetable Garden.”
We love our leaves at Rocker Organic Farm, so we pick one variety each month to celebrate it.
We enjoy having a wide range of leaves in our salad bags, but if we could only have one, then it would be Little Leprechaun. It is a lovely red tinged semi-cos lettuce. Crisp, with a beautiful shine to it. It kept going through the long winter and is now coming into its own as Spring arrives.
Although a very modern looking leaf, it is actually an Eighteenth Century Heirloom variety. Also known as Cimarron, it seems to grow well in both the heat and the cold. It was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1999.
We love our leaves at Rocker Organic Farm. So we choose one each month to celebrate.
As our Summer leaves are slowly gaining strength, it is great to celebrate those leaves that have kept going strong through the Autumn and the Winter. Of all the Winter leaves, Endive is the one that most looks like a Summer lettuce leaves. We plant Escarole, a lovely green frilly leaf, rather than its other more chicory related varieties.
There is a slight bitterness to its taste, but this works well in a mixed salad. Its texture is great in the salad bowl. Strangely, slugs seem to love living in it, but rarely seem to nibble the leaves.
Escarole is high in vitamin A, fiber, calcium, iron and vitamin C, containing two or three times the amount found in iceberg lettuce. It is also a good source of Vitamin K.
We grow Endive all year round, but it the service it has given over the last few months that it earns our respect.