Eating a freshly harvested beet may be the closest thing to taking a bite of sweet, clean, brightly stained earth. Elkstone Farm beets come in a variety of vibrant hues, from the striking red and white striped Chioggia, to the deep red (and aptly named) Red Ace variety, as well as a stunning variety called Touchstone, which features bright orange skin and a delicious golden interior.
The natural earthy sweetness of beets pairs wonderfully with both sweet and savory dishes, and they especially love sharp flavors like lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, arugula, and goat cheese. The roots can be enjoyed raw (just be sure shave or shred them thinly), roasted, boiled, steamed, pureed, or even pickled. And don’t ignore those beautiful beet greens, which are fabulous sautéed alongside garlic, scallions, and fresh herbs, as well as scrambled into eggs.
Cut off beet greens an inch above the root, as they will draw out moisture and cause the roots to go limp. Store roots in a produce bag in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator.