Summer Produce Bonanza


Summer Produce Bonanza
Posted July 3, 2012

Summertime and the livin’ is easy, as they say. Take it easy with a stroll through the Concord Farmers’ Market and enjoy a visit with your farmers, your neighbors, and your friends. Listen to great music and pick out a bonanza of fabulous summer produce to toss on the grill for all your summer gatherings. It's summer vegetable time. Mounds of colorful bell peppers and hot peppers from Bautista Ranch, piles of big fat eggplant from Chou Yang Farms, stacks of luscious tomatoes from Resendiz Farms, and heaps of summer squash from Garcia Farms are now available. Lest we forget, year-round veggies are here as well. Basics like potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, and more are always here to enjoy. Lettuce is especially nice right now, so add some Romaine or red leaf lettuce to your cool summertime salads.

Bell peppers are one of those versatile vegetables that we don’t think much about, but they’re sweet and crunchy this time of year. Think about adding strips to your veggie sautés or fajitas, chop into big green salads or cool potato salads, or cut in quarters and just add your favorite dip for a healthy nosh.

Summer squash is awesome right now. There are zucchini, yellow squash, globe squash, pattypan squash, baby squash, and more. Squash is full of flavor when grilled. Just cut in half lengthwise, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill for a few minutes – delicious! Try some squash blossoms for your next meal! Stuff them with cheese and brown in a pan for a real treat.

And let’s not forget that glorious summertime treat - sweet corn! G&S Farms brings white and yellow corn for grilling and for making corn relish, cornbread, corn salad – you get the idea. Corn is one of those vegetables that everyone likes; no matter how it’s prepared. Grilled, then topped with a little butter, salt and pepper is one favorite. But with corn only lasting a short few months, think about ways to keep it once the season is over to enjoy in winter. Remove from the cob and freeze, or making some corn relish. And remember that corn, once picked, starts losing its sweetness, so prepare and eat as soon as possible

So there you have it. It doesn’t get any better than this - glorious summertime veggies at their peak of freshness and tastiness! Take full advantage of them while you can. Enjoy because it’s summer time and the livin’ is delicious!

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