Fresh from my garden!
We got some, the squirrel got some.
As summer merrily rolls along, the excuses to not eat more fresh fruits and vegetables quickly lose their validity. No more complaining of the produce tasting so awful in the winter. (Which, by the way, I have to respectfully disagree). But I will agree, fresh IS best. Just take a peek around you because it’s hard to miss the local produce showing up everywhere.
Local farms all over Rhode Island have more and more available as their crops ripen. According to the Rhode Island Harvest Calendar from Farm Fresh RI, June is the month for arugula, asparagus, basil, beets, bok choi, broccoli, cabbage, cherries, cilantro, collards, dill, endive, escarole, fennel, kale, leeks, lettuce, microgreens, mint, mushroom, oregano, peas, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, rosemary, scallions, spinach, sprouts, swiss chard, watercress, watermelon and zucchini in Rhode Island.
While my raspberries and broccoli aren’t looking like they’ll be ripe by the end of this month, here are a few things I have harvested from my garden. All grown from seeds, except for the strawberries and asparagus which are perennial:
Broccoli forming– not ready yet!
And some beautiful summer squash and rainbow chard from Our Kids Farm:
Not sure what to do with all this cool green stuff? Keep it simple and delicious.
Cook up sliced squash with onions and mushrooms in coconut oil or butter:
You can slice up any kind of dark leafy greens like kale, collards, swiss chard and spinach and cook the same way.
Just add a protein source like fish, shellfish, chicken, pork or beef and you’ve got a perfect meal.
July has us looking forward to many of the same goodies along with the addition of artichokes, blueberries, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, garlic, green beans, lemongrass, okra, onions, parsnips, peppers, potatoes, shallots, tomatoes and turnips.
I’ve been thinking it’s about time to start planting some seeds for fall crops–
but someone has been hanging out on my bag of soil:
Check out Farm Fresh RI to find your nearby farms!
Looking to go out to eat?
Have you been to Celestial Cafe? It’s a farm-to-table restaurant that uses ingredients from local farms and fishermen. I highly recommend you try one of their monthly Local Farm Dinners. We’ve only gone to two so far, but both were absolutely incredible experiences.
Eat fresh, eat local, be healthy!
And one more I can’t resist,
Happy Summer everybody 🙂