Whether you’re preparing a farm-to-table feast or just trying to freshen up your cooking, dinner is better when you eat in season. Our regional farmers yield all kinds of delicious fruits and vegetables as summer wanes and autumn approaches, so as you prepare your grocery list, show your local purveyors some love and pick up some fresh seasonal produce!
When you want a healthy snack, it’s hard to top a juicy piece of fruit, and in August, you have no shortage of options. Apples, oranges, grapefruit, and more are all ripe for the picking, and they’re loaded with essential vitamins. You can also combine them with strawberries, kiwi, mandarins, and pineapple for a sweet and colorful fruit salad. If you’re making rolls, consider reducing a carton of strawberries with sugar and a little freshly squeezed orange juice in a pan for a homemade sauce. Lemons and limes can be juiced for tart drinks, or you can cool off through the dog days of August with an Arnold Palmer, a blend of lemonade and sweet tea.
From savory sides to delicious desserts, you can accomplish quite a lot with this season’s vegetables. Spinach, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts pair well with hearty meats, and potatoes can be mashed, stuffed, and served a virtually endless variety of ways. Ginger root can be peeled with a spoon (a vegetable peeler would make a stringy mess), sliced thin, and simmered with sugar and water to make a spicy syrup for homemade ginger ale. You can also incorporate it with soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and other seasonings for a delicious dipping sauce. This sauce would be the perfect complement to roasted cauliflower, which is also plentiful this time of year. You might notice pumpkins starting to appear soon, too. While you can always make a pie from their pulp, don’t throw out those seeds! They can be roasted for a tasty snack, and seasoned with garlic salt for savory or cinnamon sugar for sweet.
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