Though in some ways this summer is like no others, there are so many things that do remain the same; sunny days, warm nights, temperate lakes to swim in, and an abundance of fresh food all come to mind. We wait all year for our favorite crops to arrive each season and then they are here for such a short time it's important to celebrate them in the moment. And since we haven’t talked much about products this spring and summer, it’s time to dig in to the Taste of the Season!
Right now we are all about tomatoes! We have local, organic heirloom, slicers, and grape tomatoes from Bear Creek Organic Farm and Coveyou Scenic Farm. This is one crop we have around for a little longer than others, but be sure to get your fill while they are here. We have what you need to make your own Pesto, Caprese Salad, or Bruschetta. Or give these Stuffed Tomatoes with Pesto and Orzo a try. Looking for a showstopper? Try Cherry Tomato and Pesto Galettes!
We are stocked right now with local and regional organic blueberries. We have 10 lb, 5 lb, and pints from Better Way Farms in South Haven, and Mitchell’s Organics from Grand Junction, MI. Blueberries are here and gone so quickly. Mitchell’s Organics let us know that this is likely our only delivery of their 5 lb boxes. So this is the perfect time to fill the freezer. Just put them in a single layer on a sheet pan, freeze, and once they are frozen, bag them up to to enjoy year-round. There's nothing better than a little taste of summer straight from your freezer on a wintry day! Of course, you'll want to enjoy some fresh as well.
You don’t hear from me, Mindy, all that often, but my summer go-to breakfast has been a simple parfait made with layers of Stonyfield Organic Banilla Yogurt, Tiera Farms Granola, and fresh, local organic blueberries. So easy and so good. And there is always the classic Blueberry Pie or Mixed Berry Crumble to bake. This Banana Berry Baked Oats recipe works great with fresh or frozen blueberries and is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Grilled Salmon with Blueberry Salsa for dinner has summer written all over it—and it's an easy recipe that only takes 30 minutes to prepare.
If you want to be thinking ahead—we are just waiting to hear from Farmer’s Daughter that their peaches are in—then this Blueberry Peach Bread Pudding is something to look forward to!
So keep an eye out for our Taste of the Season e-blasts and social media posts to know when we have new arrivals. Remember, some of these are here for a day or two and gone until next year. We expect local peaches and corn to be next and are looking forward to apples and winter squash later in the season. So as you enjoy all that August has to offer, stop by to stock up on all the flavors of summer! See you at the stores or Curbside!