If you see any of these items at your local Farmer's Market this summer...
BUY THEM AND EAT THEM!!!
This is the best of the best.
Vegetables and fruits which have been growing for months.
Lovingly cultivated and ready to be enjoyed at their peak.
Eat them naked & raw or be inspired by the recipe ideas below.
Only happens once a year!
Don't miss out...
1. Vine-ripened Cantaloupe
You've NEVER had cantaloupe this good. I buy mine from Demases Farm and cannot WAIT for it to be ready!!
HOW TO TELL: The smell - can you smell the sweet as you approach your farmer's table? Is it heavy with water weight? Get ready for a juicy, sweet, intoxicating experience.
EAT IT LIKE THIS : I enjoy cantaloupe mixed up with savory flavors. Below...I grilled a big chunk of it after tossing in olive oil and cracked pepper and made a sandwich with basil, onion and bac'n bits. I maaaaay have made this sandwich multiple times last summer. On the right is a simple salad - cantaloupe tossed in lemon with red onion, spicy arugula and lavender sea salt. And I won't be mad if you cut it into full-sized slices, give it a little sprinkle of cinnamon and go to town.
2. Tree-ripened Figs
These are moan-inducing.
Truly the fruit of the gods. Each bite feels indulgent, kind of dirty - "Should I get this much pleasure from food?"
HOW TO TELL : They will be soft-ish. Delicate. Full-color. If you squeeze too hard, it will smush / burst.
EAT IT LIKE THIS : Don't do anything to them. Except maybe a little flaked sea salt, a drizzle of honey or dip into some melted very fine dark chocolate before each bite, if you want to take it next level. Only share with those you TRULY love.
3. Vine-ripened Tomatoes
I believe people who say they "don't like tomatoes" have never had a real farm fresh tomato. I mean...
Oh, the sweet pop! The bright-fruit mixed with a leafy-green-punch fragrance.
HOT TO TELL : Since tomatoes are produced in high volume with methods making them look good all year round, this comes down to a "know your farmer" situation. If yours is not sweet, is mealy, does not slice like butta or isn't juicy, you've been conned.
EAT IT LIKE THIS : Enjoy summer tomatoes simply - pop the cherries, bite into the full-sizes like an apple. Or slice and drizzle lemon or your favorite oil, add a little salt & pepper and eat with or on almost anything. Toss raw with pasta. If you have an excess, you can always roast them but I say - save the roasting for when you can't get summer fresh. Make sauces and freeze or can/jar some to preserve & enjoy the peak-flavor once they are long gone.
4. Squash Blossoms
Summer has us drowning in squash! Especially in warmer climates - they love the first heat of summer. The farmers will pull some squash blossoms which are a lovely little delicacy.
HOW TO TELL : This one is pretty self-explanatory. Use your eyes to spot them and eat 'em quickly, they will wilt fast.
EAT LIKE THIS : Squash blossoms ARE delicious as we see them on menus often - stuffed, battered and deep fried. But, of course, you are missing out on the tender blossoms' soft texture and beautiful color if you prepare them that way. You can also use them in salads, cut them up a bit and add to simple salsa or toss on top of nachos or in a quesadilla!
7 CAN'T MISS SUMMER FARMER'S MARKET PICKS