Vege Joy Photo Session with Juniper Studios & a Roasted Pears and Greens Spring-is-Really-Coming Salad Recipe

She started by taking some photos to see if the natural light coming through my east-facing windows were enough. She decided they were and she started clicking away, occasionally climbing on a stool to get photos from above. She would remind me to smile as I cut vegetables and also warn me not to slice my fingers off as I smiled and looked at the camera.

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Plant-Based Shepherd's Pie Crowned with Gilfeather Turnips & Cauliflower Mash

Did you know Gilfeather turnips have been the Vermont State Vegetable since May 24, 2016?

The Gilfeather turnip is a hybrid of a rutabaga and turnip created at the turn of the 20th century by Wardsboro horticulturist , John Gilfeather, owner of Gilfeather Farm on Gilfeather Rd. in Wardsboro, Vermont. Wardsboro likes to celebrate this with a turnip festival each fall.

Sweet , mild and creamy, the Gilfeather turnip doesn’t have the sulfurous back-of-the-throat bitterness that rutabaga and turnips tend to have. They are best harvested after a very hard frost when the water is converted into sugars to protect the turnip from freezing.

Gilfeather turnips are great raw and can be used as crudite with a dip, and they are a delicious replacement for potatoes mashed with your choice of fat, salt, and cream. They are high in Vitamin C, and rich in complex carbohydrates that contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.

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