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Seasonal Eating

June 30th, 2015

One of the things I love about having an edible garden is the changes in our diet throughout the season. Spring dinner plates are filled with salads of leafy greens. When the weather turns hot and dry, the lettuce starts to bolt and get bitter. There’s never a lack of green on our plates, just as the lettuce is going by, the other summer vegetables are coming into full swing.
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There are just a few spears of asparagus left to pair with garlic scapes, sugar snap peas, broccoli, summer squash and other vegetables. Stir fries become our main meals, filled with whatever is ready to harvest and paired with some kind of meat from the freezer, or local seafood. Here’s my recipe for Ginger Beef Stir Fry if you’re interested.
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Having a vegetable garden, not matter how small, is a great way to get in touch with seasonal eating. You learn how good vegetables can be when harvested at the height of their maturity and eaten straight away. Vegetables at the grocery store don’t even compare to the ones you get from your own garden.
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As much as I love salad, I’m excited to move on to summer vegetables. Broccoli and sugar snap peas are probably my favorites.

What are you harvesting from your garden this week?

2 Comments to “Seasonal Eating”
  1. Nebraska Dave on June 30, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Susy, Beans are the harvest of the day here. The tomatoes are coming along nicely and cherry tomatoes are being eaten daily. The cucumbers haven’t start producing just yet but are doing well. I’m ready to plant the zucchini and pumpkins shortly. I am planting them very late this year in hopes that the vine borer will not invade the plants. Zucchini is not a good give away plant so if I only get just a few zucchini that will be enough. Pumpkins are mostly for decoration in October so any thing before that time is just wasted. The first year the pumpkin harvest was in August. Way too early for fall decoration time. Fortunately pumpkins are good keepers and they were still good in October.

    Have a great seasonal harvest eating day.

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  2. Colleen on July 3, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Let’s see…this week, blueberries, raspberries, a few stray strawberries, and pie cherries. Veggies, artichokes, cabbage, carrots, chard, lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, peas, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower and lots of herbs. Don’t you love summer! Having a garden is like having a market out my back door. Although, i need to learn to spread out the planting so everything doesn’t need to be harvested all at once.

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