>> Monday, June 8, 2009
Do you have great recipes for using seasonal fruits and vegetables? Do you want great recipes for using seasonal fruits and vegetables? If so, read on!
I had this great idea a few weeks ago for a post called Strawberry Season! (In Which My Family Proves It's Possible to Eat 12 Pounds of Strawberries in a Week).
Yes, we really did that.
Strawberries are cheapest if you buy a flat instead of the little quart containers or even the five pound buckets. The first week that strawberries appeared at the farmers market, I bought a flat and froze most of them. So the next week, our freezer was full, but I still bought a flat for the best value, and since I still don't have my canner to make jam, we had to eat them. All 12 pounds of them. We ate strawberry muffins, strawberry yogurt, strawberry salad, strawberry crisp, and just plain strawberries. I know, I know, pure torture...
Anyway, the post was going to include all of the strawberry recipes we tried, but with moving, I never got around to it, and now strawberry season is over (at least around here).
But thinking about our week of strawberries reminded me of the summer we participated in a CSA (community supported agriculture). We paid a fee to a small farm in Maryland and in return got a share of their crops. Great idea - I highly recommend it.
But if you've ever participated in a CSA, or just had a garden, you know that eating a seasonal harvest is nothing like picking out vegetables from the grocery store, where you have access to any ingredient in any recipe. When you have to cater your cooking to the season, you realize...
- Just because you planned to have corn for dinner does not mean you will get to have corn
- Strawberry season goes by way too fast
- And there are a couple of weeks late in the summer where you have to get really, really creative with zucchini.
I plan on posting recipes once a month to take advantage of the seasonal harvests. The first post will be added next Monday.
If you would like to participate, you can:
- Email your recipe to ena [dot] peters [at] gmail [dot] com, and I will include it in the post.
- Post a recipe on your personal blog, email the link to ena [dot] peters [at] gmail [dot] com, and I will include the link in the post.
- Post a recipe on your personal blog, and add the link to the comments of the post.