Backroads Family Farm Market

Garlic Scapes

Recently I saw that Backroads Family Farm Market is carrying garlic scapes, and I got super psyched. Weird? Maybe…but whatever! You should be excited about garlic scapes, too!

Backroads Family Farm Market

Garlic scapes are part of the garlic plant that is often ignored, or unused because nobody knows what to do with them! They are the “flower stems” of the garlic plant. If you grow garlic, you will see these curly, twisty garlic scapes growing above your plant around June. Remove them so you can cook with them, and it will also improve your garlic’s growth. If not…go pick up some garlic scapes from Backroads!

Danielle and Alicia Guichon

Backroads Family Farm Market is run by Danielle and Alicia Guichon. The store is located in Ladner at 2757 52 St and is open seven days a week. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 9am-5pm. The store carries beautiful local produce and the staff are amazing.

Backroads Family Farm Market

I picked up these garlic scapes for just $2.50 a bundle, so I could show you a few ways to use these crazy things. Let’s be clear first of all- a little goes a long way when using them raw. These things have powerful garlic flavour, especially if you’re blending them. Don’t make these for date night…? Just a suggestion….

Backroads Family Farm Market

Backroads Family Farm Market

So first of all I made a nice dip that could also be used as a sandwich spread. It uses white beans and frozen (or fresh!) peas along with the garlic scapes to form a fresh, healthy dip.

Garlic Scape Dip | Koko's Kitchen

Garlic Scape-Pea-White Bean Dip

  • 1 x 19 fl oz can white kidney beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed (or fresh!)
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 30g garlic scapes, roughly chopped

In a high-speed blender, or food processor, blend until smooth. Enjoy with chips, crackers or as a sandwich-spread.

 

Garlic Scape Dip |Koko's Kitchen

Secondly, I made a plant-based garlic scape pesto. Of course you can add Parmesan to this recipe, but I wanted to keep it dairy-free. There are many ways you can use pesto but I wanted to put it on pasta. I caramelized some red onion, and then added sliced mushrooms and zucchini with a pinch of salt and pepper. I combined the cooked pasta, the pesto, and the veggies in a pan and that was that- a quick Summer dinner!

Garlic Scape Pesto | Koko's Kitchen

Garlic Scape Pesto

  • 2 cups basil, loosely packed (roughly two handfuls)
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 Tbsp garlic scapes, diced
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper

In a food processor, combine the basil, pine nuts, garlic scapes, lemon zest and juice, and  pulse until chunky. Drizzle in the olive oil while pulsing until desired texture is reached. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garlic Scape Pesto | Koko's Kitchen

Lastly, I grilled some new potatoes (also available at Backroads!) along with the garlic scapes on the BBQ for a perfect side dish.

BBQ Garlic Potatoes | Koko's Kitchen

BBQ New Potatoes with Garlic Scapes

  • 1.5 lbs new potatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup garlic scapes, chopped
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • salt and pepper
  • smoked paprika

Heat the BBQ to 400 degrees. Toss the potatoes, garlic scapes, lemon zest and juice, coconut oil, and salt and pepper together. Wrap the potatoes in 2 layers of aluminum foil and make sure it’s sealed well. Place the foil package on the barbecue and turn the heat down to 350. Cook for 25 minutes, until tender, tossing halfway through. When the potatoes are cooked, sprinkle with smoked paprika before serving.

BBQ Garlic Potatoes | Koko's Kitchen

BBQ Garlic Potatoes | Koko's Kitchen

BBQ Garlic Potatoes | Koko's Kitchen

Be sure to pop into Backroads Family Farm Market this Summer and take advantage of all the amazing local produce!! Give them a follow on Instagram, too!

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