I bought some delicious, glossy PNW-native ‘Ozette’ potatoes from Turnip the Beet Farm at the Lane County farmers market on Saturday. I’ve written about them before, and think they’re fantastic for the locavore and armchair anthropologist. They taste good, too! As far as I know, Turnip the Beet is the only farm that produces them around here. Farmer Lela says it’s the second crop of the year and they should have them at the next couple markets.
I like the Ozettes because they’re waxy and flavorful, so they make good fried potatoes and potato salad. Or simply boil them and serve with the brilliant German green sauce, Grüne Soβe (or in the dialect of Frankfurt, Grie Soß). It’s more of a spring thing, but if you’ve got a burgeoning herb garden, it’s a great summer dish. All you need is seven herbs, a binder (e.g., sour cream) and something sour (e.g., lemon) and a little mustard. The herbs that are traditional are sorrel, chervil, parsley, borage, burnet, cress and chives, but there are many variations. Why not make a PNW herb blend? I’ve seen basil and dill and marjoram included in some recipes, even. Here are a few variations:
- The Adolf Wagner Apple Wine Tavern version is hand-chopped and simple.
- Saveur’s variation includes buttermilk and yogurt.
- The BBC adds dill pickle juice and mayonnaise.
Mine was made with my very thick homemade sour cream (read: too thick for this sauce), a little milk to thin it out (bad idea, as it de-emulsified the fats), wine vinegar, mustard, and the traditional herbs minus cress. Sorry about the poor picture, I was hungry.
I’m particularly excited about these potatoes because they represent yet another young farmer couple who are making a go of it in Lane County to bring us heirlooms and unusual produce, produced in a sustainable and labor-intensive way. They’re worth supporting. Even better, they just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for new greenhouses, so they’ll be able to extend the season in the future. Congratulations!