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WHAT'S IN SEASON?

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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

AUGUST:

Vegetables: Arugula, Asian Greens, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Herbs, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Tomatillos

Fruit: Apples, Blueberries, Grapes, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums, Raspberries



Late Summer Tacos
Right Food for the Season - Late Summer
Written by Michelle Lahey   

The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder – as much as we don’t want to admit it, summer is coming to an end. Thankfully, though, farmers’ markets are still chocked full of late summer produce, so we can all enjoy a few last bites of the season. 

summer tacos

Personally, I live for heirloom tomatoes, corn, and zucchini this time of year. Last week, I decided to use two of those items – corn and zucchini – in some vegetarian-friendly, surprisingly healthy tacos for dinner. This meal came together easily, while also being a little something different from our usual dinner stand-bys. And, best of all, it made use of some of my favorite late summer produce. 

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Roasted Eggplant & Greek Yogurt Dip
Right Food for the Season - Late Summer
Written by Michelle Lahey   

Cumin is a smoky, warm spice used in a wide variety of dishes and cuisines - but this amateur cook finds it best paired with the sweet and smoky flavors of roasted, local eggplant. 

eggplant dip

Growing up, I don't recall many spices being used in my mother's cooking. Somehow, though, all of her family-style meals were full of flavor, despite the lack of seasonings used. She also made enough food for an army, but that's an article for another day. Since I began cooking for myself back in college, however, I have become aware of the thousands of spices out there - current favorites being cayenne pepper, freshly-cracked black pepper, and cumin powder. 

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Five Ways to Eat a Peach
Right Food for the Season - Late Summer
Written by Michelle Lahey   

Summer might be coming to an end, but there are several ways to savor its last few minutes. Going to the beach, drinking a mojito and biting into a juicy peach are all relevant activities that come to mind. 

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Plum Almond Bread
Right Food for the Season - Late Summer
Written by Michelle Collins   

I recently made the move from Arlington to Somerville, expecting more of a city life and even less of a chance of being able to enjoy fresh produce on a regular basis. An innocent walk down my new street one of the first days after my move, though, proved me terribly wrong – thanks to our neighbor with the lush, abundant garden at the end of our street.

For confidentiality’s sake, we’ll call this neighbor Greg. Greg grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on his small plot of land, including tomatoes, grapes and plums. Greg loves to share his homegrown foods, and takes pride in what he and his garden produce. As luck would have it, I happened to walk by Greg just as he was preparing his garden for Hurricane Irene – and I walked home, gleefully, with an armful of fresh plums.

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Zucchini Fritters
Right Food for the Season - Late Summer
Written by Jon Ross-Wiley   

At the Dedham Farmers Market last week, I visited Kate Canney (pictured right behind my daughter), one of my favorite local food folks who is the primary grower for The Neighborhood Farm in Needham, Massachusetts. After chatting with Kate for a bit, I looked to my left and saw a box of massive zucchini and squash, with a sign that read, "That's what 5 inches of rain in 48 hours will do to a zucchini!"

On principle, I just had to buy one of these giants.  I guess I considered it a great deal at $2.50, but I also saw the challenge that stood before me. What to do with all of the zucchini?

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