Summer Food

Seasonal eating is always good eating.  But particularly so this time of year.

We’ve been enjoying lots of tomatoes lately.  Scrambled in eggs with freshly picked peppers and onions, sliced thick and slathered mayonnaise on a slice of homemade bread, in delicious fresh tomato salads, and in lots of other great dishes, such as the savory tomato and squash cobbler we had for supper last night–there are seemingly endless ways to enjoy them.  And it’s hard to beat the taste of a straight-from-the-garden heirloom tomato.

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Likewise the squash, zucchini, beans, peppers, eggplant and other great veggies the gardens are giving us these days.  It doesn’t get much better than a big plate of ratatouille made from veggies picked that day.

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Cucumber salads are another special summertime joy.  We keep a couple of cukes sliced and soaking in vinegar and pepper in the fridge, ready to eat anytime.  Refreshing on hot summer days, they’re crunchy treats that we don’t have any other time of year.

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In a couple of months we’ll transition to meals from the delicious veggies of fall.  Then I’ll probably want to rave about how great fall seasonal eating is.  But I’m in no hurry for that.  Summer tastes too good to be rushed.

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13 comments on “Summer Food

  1. valbjerke says:

    Wow – that all looks so good. At the moment all we’re harvesting is a lot of salad greens 😊We’re giving serious thought to setting up a small aquaponics room in the barn for the winter – it’s such a long stretch waiting for the next gardening season up here.

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    • Bill says:

      I continue to be fascinated by the seasonal differences we gardeners face. We’re in the dog days of summer here, while you’re experiencing what happens here in April.

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      • valbjerke says:

        Well it certainly gives me something to think about – I spend a lot of time plotting and planning on how to beat the short growing season – and each year I try and find a spot to try something new. We do not buy and meat or vegetables from the store at all – if we’re out of it then so be it. Minimal dairy on occasion – but no milk – just the very odd brick of cheddar. All dairy, chicken, beef, pork, produce comes from our farm. Makes for a challenge though 😊

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  2. jubilare says:

    “And it’s hard to beat the taste of a straight-from-the-garden heirloom tomato.” So, so true. Tomatoes are one of those things that, even if I had no reason other than taste, I would only eat in local season. Nothing but that actually tastes like a tomato.

    Now i am super hungry!

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    • Bill says:

      Tomatoes, like asparagus, are an entirely different vegetable when eaten straight from the garden. The grocery store kind don’t deserve to be called tomatoes.

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  3. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, the tomatoes are beginning to finally ripen. Unfortunately there’s only a handful of nice looking tomatoes with no more blooms following. I think the whiff of the neighbor’s yard maintenance weed spray killed the blooms. It looks like the tomatoes that had already started to form will make it to maturity but that’s it for this season. So I’ll get just enough tomatoes for a taste but none to enjoy for any length of time. I guess some is better than none. The eggplants look strong but don’t have any blooms yet. I’m not sure what’s up with that. It’s been a strange year for sure. The sweet corn has started to grow but is way behind. It should be in the tassel stage but is only about four inches high. I’m not sure if it will even produce this year. The potatoes still look awesome so I’ll be eating spuds this year.

    On the up side fence building has begun for this year. One more panel has been installed. I have two more panels to put up on this side of the garden and all of the back panels. A total of about 10 more panels to install before the fence is complete. I really want to get that done this year.

    Have a great summer food eating day.

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    • Bill says:

      We had a crazy year like that last year. We lost all our tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. This year we had a very low yield on potatoes, but fortunately the other things are coming in great (as long as we can keep the deer from eating them), but we most of our spring brassicas were lost when it got hot sooner than usual. I suppose it comes with the territory and shows why it’s important to be diversified.

      Glad you have a good potato crop on the way.

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  4. That is one beautiful tomato. Sets my mouth to watering. 🙂 –Curt

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  5. df says:

    This is truly the best time of year; enjoy every meal!

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