Who wants to eat acorn squash, pumpkin and turnips in the summer time? No, no summer is the time for juicy fruits and colorful vegetables. Recently Mama was on shopping trip at Trader Joe’s and noticed that half of the veggies were labeled as a product of Mexico. Not there is anything wrong with veggies from Mexico but honestly we’re having our own economic issues in this country and with farms disappearing faster than you can say “CORN,” Mama decided right then and there that we must only eat what is in season.
Too bad Baby Boy, pears are not in season but watermelon is! Mama thought this would be a good time to review all the fruits and veggies that are in season during the summer. If we eat only what’s in season we’ll never get tired of eating the same old thing. Think of all the new recipes we can try!
Summer Fruits — Strawberries; Blueberries; Blackberries; Raspberries; Plums; Peaches; Nectarines; Watermelon; Tomatoes; and Cherries.
Summer Vegetables — Beets; Broccoli; Corn; Cucumber; Eggplant; Green Beans; Summer Squash; and Zucchini.
A good rule of thumb — if you are going to eat the skin of the vegetable or fruit (like berries), you should ALWAYS buy organic.
Mama is thinking about joining a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program to not only be sure we’re eating what’s in season but to also support local farms. It’s amazing to think how farms have been diminished over the years yet the population continues to rise and farms continue to be depleted. In San Diego, there are several CSAs to consider including Be Wise Ranch and Seabreeze Organic Farm. Do a search for a CSA in your neighborhood, you may be surprised on what you find. Most of them also deliver!!
Another way to ensure you’re eating in season is to grow your own. Most of us suburban urban dwellers don’t have the space for huge gardens. However, it’s nice to grow a couple of small items like tomatoes, peppers and herbs. Mama and Lily-girl just planted new pots of all of these in the backyard. It’s so exciting to watch them grow!
Do you have a favorite summer fruit or vegetable? Share your recipe with Mama and we’ll post it for all to try!