Valley Bounty: Beets

Google beets, and the top returns promise super health benefits and sell beet powder. I was more interested in beets as regular, delicious, food, and decided to abandon Google and turn to local farms. There, I found what I needed: simple preparations focused on flavor. Roasted beets drizzled with a reduced balsamic vinegar mixed with a little brown sugar. Beets, bitter greens, goat cheese, and a Dijon mustard dressing. Or the simplest of all: sliced, red-and-white striped Chioggia beets, served with other crunchy and colorful winter veggies.

Valley Bounty is written by Margaret Christie

Here’s our list of local beet producers. This time of year, however, your best bet is a farmers’ market or retailer who prioritizes local sourcing.


Roasted Beets with Balsamic Reduction from Mountain View Farm in Easthampton.

Salad with Beets, Walnuts, and Goat Cheese from The Kitchen Garden in Sunderland.

Bonus Beet Dessert Recipe: Nigel Slater’s Moist Chocolate Beet Cake, via David Lebovitz