Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Time is Ripe to Enjoy Summer's Bounty!

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The long dog days of summer are upon us, ushering in a festive time of year. Everything feels a little different in the summer. The smell of freshly mowed grass fills the air along with the laughter of neighborhood kids beating the heat with water balloon fights. It is a season when whimsy can be found walking barefoot in the cool grass, taking a dip in the local watering hole, or slurping on a refreshing popsicle as a sticky sweet trail makes its way down your arm. It is also the best time of the year to savor nature's ambrosia. There is an overflowing bounty of produce waiting to be relished. The yield of the season is not to be missed. After all, what is summer without sinking your teeth into a succulent juicy peach? That savory BBQ fare wouldn't be the same without fresh seasonal veggies hot off the grill served on the side. The time is ripe for picking from the wide array of gorgeous produce on offer this summer season. Enjoy!

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Summer Seasonal Fruits (June-July-August):
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Figs
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon


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Summer Seasonal Vegetables (June-July-August):
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnips
  • Zucchini


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Summer Seasonal Blooms (June-July-August):
  • Alstromeria
  • Amaranthus
  • Baby's breath
  • Bird of paradise
  • Calla lily
  • Carnation
  • Casa Blanca lily
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cockscomb
  • Cosmos
  • Dahlia
  • Delphinium
  • Foxglove
  • Freesia
  • Gardenia
  • Gladiolus
  • Gloriosa lily
  • Heather
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Lilac
  • Stargazer



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