summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of july)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of july) // brooklyn supperI’m currently running about a week behind on everything. Editors aren’t happy, the children aren’t happy, and I’m definitely not happy. But you didn’t come here to hear about my problems. You’ve got illegal fireworks to buy, beers to put on ice, and a stars and stripes salads to make. So let’s get into some great local produce and then peace out for a much-needed weekend of relaxing, grilling, drinking, and sitting in lawn chairs. [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (late june)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (late june) // brooklyn supper

There’s summer produce and there’s SUMMER PRODUCE! and with the arrival of summer squash, green beans, and cucumbers at this week’s CSA pick-up, we are fully in SUMMER PRODUCE! territory, where we will remain until some time in early September when we start taking tomatoes for granted and dreaming of pumpkins. In addition to the exciting newcomers, cabbage and beets came in our share this week, as well as some more spring onions, potatoes and carrots. And leafy greens are still holing on – we’ve been eating out way through the collards and kale from our garden to clear some space for our tomatoes, peppers, and watermelon to thrive. It all amounts to a true bounty. Five weeks in, and we have all the ingredients we need to make awesome summer meals. [Read more…]

grilled steak salad with garlic scapes and peaches

grilled steak salad with garlic scapes and peaches // brooklyn suppergrilled steak salad with garlic scapes and peaches // brooklyn supperLast night, around nine in the evening, a tiny prop plane touched down on the runway in Charlottesville. We’d taken off in Charlotte, swinging east around a big storm. As we cleared the towering thunderheads, a magnificent pink and orange sunset set up over the Blue Ridge mountains. In New York, it was the sight of the massive city rising straight out of the water that would bring me the feeling of homecoming. But, as Brian and I became disenchanted with NYC, that sight stopped bringing the same comfort. “Where is nature in all this?” I’d think as I took in all that concrete and glass from above. Now, whether flying or driving, it’s the sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains, stretching out just west of my small city, that lets me know I’m close to home. [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid june)

A weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid june) // brooklyn suppersummer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid june) // brooklyn supper

Between our CSA and our garden, the summer produce is coming so fast right now I’m feeling a bit like Lucy in the chocolate factory. This week, in addition to all the bitter greens, collards, kale and bok choy (which have all been appearing both at dinner and in afternoon smoothies so we can work through our greens glut) a few new vegetables showed up in our CSA share – carrots, potatoes, and beets. I was late to pick up, and missed the beets, but I know they’re out there and that’s something.

One of my very favorite foods is in, too – garlic scapes. [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (early june)

A weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (early june) // brooklyn suppersummer produce guide: what to eat right now (early june) // brooklyn supperSummer has arrived. For real. We’ve had a few cool, rainy summers with temperatures barely topping 90 degrees, but my phone predicts we’re in for a solid week of 90 plus. And while I’m OK with a little summer swelter, leafy greens and a host of cool weather loving vegetables are not. We’ve been slowly harvesting our garden greens and lettuces, but this weekend, I’ll need to pull them all in because they’re going to bolt any second.  [Read more…]

spring produce guide: what to eat right now (end of may)

A weekly spring produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.

spring produce guide: what to eat right now (end of may) // brooklyn supperOn Wednesdays, we head out to Bellair Farm for our CSA pickup. The girls and I head south on a winding two lane road with sweeping views of the verdant rolling terrain right along the Southwest Mountains (which are technically a mountain range, even if the range is mostly comprised of very large hills). By the time we turn off the main road the radio has started to fade out. We switch it off, roll down the windows, and search for wildlife as we wind our way out to the farm; spotted this week: a giant wild turkey. [Read more…]