04/21/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

From the Field...Kale (VIDEO)


To celebrate The Week of Eating In, I thought I would get you in the mood with one of winter's wonders: kale. Ivy Manning and I go visit farmer Shari Sirkin, of Dancing Roots Farm, who grows three varieties of kale: green, red, and lacinato.

Talking to your local farmer is just one way to learn where our food comes from, which might lead to some inspiration in the kitchen. And if you need a little nudge in that direction, I invite you to return next week and check out Ivy's demonstration of Twice-Baked Irish Potatoes with Stout Onions and Kale - a tasty comfort food made from ingredients found in most kitchens. In the meantime, go visit your local farmers market or look into joining a CSA - some run year round - this weekend. You never know what might spark the cook in you!

Originally posted on Cooking Up a Story.