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WHAT'S IN SEASON?

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JUNE:

Vegetables: Arugula, Asian Greens, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Collard Greens, Garlic Scapes, Herbs (perennial), Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onions, Pea Tendrils, Peas,Rhubarb

Fruit: Strawberries

JULY:

Vegetables: Arugula, Asian Greens, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Herbs, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabaga, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard

Fruit: Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries



LIS Quickpost: Beet Garlic Scape Slaw
Right Food for the Season - Early Summer
Written by Leif Green   

I can't get enough of garlic scapes when they are around, so I find ways to incorporate them into just about everything.  My rule is: buy now, figure out what to do with them later.

Here's a suggestion: Look at your bunch of beets, count them, and make sure you have 2 garlic scapes for every one beet. This ratio, plus a little olive oil and salt and pepper, will create a terrific, versatile slaw.

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In Honor of Strawberries
Right Food for the Season - Early Summer
Written by Michelle Lahey   

Strawberries. They’re juicy, sweet, and unbelievably addictive this time of year. That’s why Massachusetts devotes an entire month to celebrating them. 

Strawberry Shortcake

From June 7th through July 7th, the Mass Farmers Markets is celebrating its 6th Annual Strawberry Dessert Festival. Throughout the month, a slew of restaurants in the state will be serving inventive strawberry desserts and donating a percentage of sales from those desserts to Mass Farmers Markets. Mass Farmers Markets is the only statewide, non-profit organization that works to sustain and strengthen our farmers markets. To date, the festival has raised $60,000.

“This year, most of the restaurants are giving 50 percent of the sales from the special strawberry item to Mass Farmers Markets in support of our mission to sustain local farms and foster healthy individuals and communities across the state of Massachusetts,” said Jeff Cole, Executive Director of Mass Farmers Markets. 

Participating restaurants include SofraOleanaHarvest, and The Beehive, who just so happens to be donating 100 percent of their sales to the cause. Desserts range from traditional strawberry shortcake to more innovative dishes like Strawberry Goat Cheesecake with Strawberry Coulis and Strawberry Sorbet, made by Bistro 5

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Rhubarb: It's Not Just for Pie Anymore
Right Food for the Season - Early Summer
Written by Michelle Lahey   

Rhubarb season may be over, but if you saved some stalks from your CSA in June - or, if you're already eagerly awaiting spring for the next rhubarb bounty - then this post's for you.

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CSA Diary: Swiss Chard Quiche
Right Food for the Season - Early Summer
Written by R. Patrick Kent   
Two weeks in. The CSA train has left the station. We are now picking up the bags on Tuesday evening and I'm coming home from work excited to see what has come in from the garden each week. So far, it's been lots of leafy greens: Chard, kale, red and green leaf lettuce, and collard greens. In addition, we have beets, radishes, and snap peas (picked ourselves!) The weather so far this year has been great for growing and the bag has been brimming with produce each week. This is a stark contrast to last June in New England when it rained 70% of the time and it was slim pickings for the first few weeks. (Hello, 3 lettuce leaves and a radish!)
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LIS Quick Post: Fried Okra
Right Food for the Season - Early Summer
Written by Jon Ross-Wiley   

I mentioned this little snack to a few people and posted it on Twitter, and there seemed to be enough interest for me to publish a Quick Post here. While perusing the bins under the Stillman's Farm tent at a farmers' market in Jamaica Plain, I found a few cartons of okra. I was surprised to see them there.  Not sure why, but I was intrigued enough to buy some and sort out what I would do with them later.

Here is a very simple preparation that is quite tasty. As I've told a few others, it could have used a dipping sauce of some kind, though, to really elevate it. Ideas? Feel free to comment below, or send a tweet @localinseason.

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