What’s Fresh from the Farm in February?

By EarthDance Farm to School Educator & Inheirited Chef Joia Walker

It’s February and love is in the air! We’re loving the last of our winter veggies and preparing for
spring. One particular veggie that is sweet this time of year is the collard green! After the frost,
collards are much sweeter because the frost turns the starch inside of the crop to sugar. This
also makes the leaves more tender, which makes them easier to cook and more flavorful.

So beyond the sweet flavor, what are the benefits of this winter green? Collards are high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are great for the immune system. They also contain B-6 which supports healthy energy levels and Vitamin K or potassium, which helps regulate blood

Collard greens can be enjoyed in a variety of ways; steamed, sauteed and simmered. If you’ve ever had soul food, you may have eaten collard greens with smoked turkey. While those smokey greens are delicious, I encourage you to try them in a different way.

Photo by Sammy Elwell

Pick up these sweet greens at the Ferguson Indoor Farmers Market on February 17, 2024 and try this recipe from Biscuits & Burlap!

Collard Greens Dip Appetizer


● 1 pkg 15 oz. frozen, chopped collard greens
● 1 teaspoon olive oil
● 3 tablespoon shallot, diced
● 1 clove garlic, chopped
● ½ cup sour cream
● ½ cup mayonaisse
● 8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, grated
● 1 teaspoon flour
● ½ can Rotel tomatoes, drained
● ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
● ½ teaspoon salt
● ½ teaspoon pepper
● 1 teaspoon pepper sauce or other hot sauce optional


  1. Cook collard greens in salted water for about 15 minutes. Drain and press
    between paper towels to dry, removing any stems.
  2. Saute’ shallot and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Stir remaining ingredients together, adding the shallots and garlic and
    reserving about ¼ of the Monterey Jack cheese.
  4. Place in an 8″ iron skillet or small ovenproof baking dish and top with
    remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
  5. If desired, top brown under broiler, watching carefully.