Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Garden Greens

We don't have our own garden these days, but someone (or some people) in our building have grown lettuce for everyone!  There will also be cucumbers and tomatoes to come. 

Whether you have a garden, go berry picking, or hit up the farmer's market - there are lots of seasonal options available these days.  My monthly cooking group was even inspired to have a local/garden theme for our July supper (a meal I am looking forward to once again!).

Since it's Q's Day, today I'm wondering:

What is your favourite garden food or recipe?

I'm a simple pleasure type of girl when it comes to garden vegetables.  I like boiled baby potatoes with a little pepper and margarine, corn on the cob, and baby carrots.  This summer we have done our corn on the barbeque and had friends roast it over the open fire. 

If you are hitting up the Saskatoon farmer's market (or your local market) HealthCastle has some tips to share:
  • bring your own reuseable bags
  • bring cash
  • avoid the crowds (and get the best selection) by going earlier in the morning
The Saskatoon farmer's market summer hours (unitl October 13, 2012) are:

Saturdays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 Wednesdays - 10 a.m. -  3 p.m.
Sundays - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

According to localeating.ca, Saskatchewan foods in season in July include:
  • Apples
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Gooseberries
  • Greens
  • Herbs
  • Nectarines
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Saskatoons
  • Strawberries
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes
Enjoy the tastes of the season and feel free to share your favourite recipes or ways to enjoy them!

Steph Langdon, RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching