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4 Simple Ways To Enjoy Summer’s Fresh Food

4 Simple Ways To Enjoy Summer’s Fresh Food

As my Slow Project continues and I am working on my own personal goals of slowing down, I realized that the first official day of summer came and went and I didnít write anything about it.

It also got me to thinking about why I always love summer. What are the things that make summer so special and so relaxing? For me, it starts and ends with food, or, more specifically, with the fresh produce and tastes of summer.

The summer may be the easiest season to eat seasonally because there is such a wide variety of fresh food available to most of us. For me, fresh summer produce makes it easy to remember to eat seasonally because the foods of summer have given me indelible memories and tastes; sweet, juicy fresh-from-the-vine tomatoes, sugary sweet watermelon and white corn, and stone fruit, like plums and peaches. There is no other season quite like it.

No matter what I am doing or where I am going, summer fruits and foods always take me back to when I was a kid and when life was (or seemed) simpler.

And, since we only have fresh summer fruit for a short time, I want to make sure that I enjoy it while I can and that I support our small, sustainable farmers.

With that in mind, here are a few simple ways to reconnect with the foods of summer and to slow down and enjoy them.

Make your own ice pops while summer stone fruit is here. Peaches, plums, nectarines can all be added to watermelon juice or lemonade to create a cooling and refreshing treat. Or, you can make them with berries inside, add concentrated or fresh fruit juice, along with organic fruit and yogurt and make smoothie pops.

You can even buy toxic-free molds for your homemade ice pops. This site has a great comparison of several now on the market.

Add some fresh vegetables to your dinner menu or have a picnic highlighting seasonal foods. A few fresh vegetables and a food processor make delicious chilled summer soups, tomatoes, corn and cucumbers taste great this way.

Grill fresh veggie kabobs and include some peaches and plums to add a touch of sweetness to your kabobs.

Go and pick fresh fruit or berries. If you donít have a local farm or farm trail, how about picking from a friend or neighborís fruit tree? Or, if you are on vacation, check for local farms near you or near your vacation spot.

If you arenít growing your own, you can take advantage of summerís bounty at a local farmersí market. There is sure to be a local farmersí market in your area.

Great resources for finding local farms, farm trails, farmers’ markets and all fresh food are Local Harvest and the Eat Well Guide.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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5:56PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

I love a ripe, organic nectarine. I read in one of my women's magazines, that there is a particular phytonutrient only found in pitted fruit that is especially beneficial for the heart. It even exists after canning. So I make it a point to eat nectarines and peaches in season and prunes and canned(glass) peaches out of season.

4:28AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Nothing beats growing your own!!

1:09PM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Love to get the fresh berries in summer.Winters frozen ones are not quite the same.Thanks.

2:02AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Thank you :)

3:51PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:04AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Thanks for the information.

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Summer is fabulous when there are so many fresh and organic sources of fruits and other foods out there. Nothing like fresh from one's balcony garden for veggies and herbs along with fresh hibiscus flowers for tea along with fresh peppermint/mints, sage and others.

Mary S is right when she says that there are free food for the having growing wild. As long as one knows what they are picking one can find wild mushrooms, bull rushes/cat tails, blueberries and other non poisonous varieties. Be sure to check with sources in your area to make sure that you are not going after things that are scarce in some regions.

5:40PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Mmmmm, local harvest!

10:11AM PDT on May 30, 2012

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9:48PM PDT on May 29, 2012

Yummy! Love the fresh foods of summer.

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