May 25, 2011
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Lovers of greens have an ally in farmer Mike Noreen. The owner of Burning River Farm grows an impressive array of vegetables at his Frederic, Wis., acreage, but what makes a visit to his stand at the Mill City Farmers market on Saturday morning a necessity is the ever-changing selection of fresh, vibrant salad greens.
Last Saturday’s yield from this wet and generally uncooperative growing season featured what was probably some of the region’s first baby arugula, each ¼-pound bag a genuine thing of beauty with delicate, pale green stems and leaves. A quick chew revealed a subtle peppery bite that merely hinted at full-grown arugula’s fiery, sharply intense flavor. “It’s early, and it’s young, so it’s not so spicy,” explained farmer Adrienne Logsdon.