Summer Produce: Everyday Farmer’s Market in Chicago

  06/20/2019 at 17:45 pm

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Summer Produce: Everyday Farmer’s Market in Chicago

 

Are you ready to savor the warmth of the sun? Well, we’ve got good news for you: tis’ the season for picnics, pool parties, and backyard barbecues…at last! We suggest you take advantage of every I-can’t-believe-I-don’t-have-to-wear-my-winter-coat moment by stocking up on our fresh summer produce. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find to make the most of your outdoor gatherings. 

Blueberries 

What’s not to love about these purple, pop-in-your-mouth orbs? They are the poster child for antioxidant-rich foods (which may help guard against heart disease) edging out all other fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are portable and sweet enough for snacking. Pack them for a long-awaited trip to the beach or a peaceful hike in the woods. Or showcase them in a quick-cooking crumble, crunchy crisp, or this buttery blueberry buckle from Food & Wine.

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Strawberries

Nothing compares to the heady smell of fresh strawberries. You can be sure that their aromatic halo has driven many a snacker to the fridge.  The fleshy fruit brings a subtle sweetness to savory dishes like gazpacho and this simple spinach salad recipe feta and strawberries we found from a fellow Chicago business. And it plays a starring role in fruit tarts, homemade ice cream, and strawberry shortcake, one of the summer’s most iconic desserts. 

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Zucchini

This mild-tasting veggie adopts the flavor of other ingredients, making it a chameleon in the culinary world. Its fiber-rich flesh makes it easy to “spiralize” into low-carb noodles (thick or thin – you choice) that pair well with piquant curry paste or marinara sauce. Sound tempting? Let’s explore these amazing zucchini noodles recipes from local Chicago blogger, Chicago Jogger.  

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Cabbage

Do you like your coleslaw rich and creamy or dressed with tangy vinaigrette? In either case, you’ll begin with this cancer-fighting member of the cruciferous family. The multi-layered veggie is affordable, rich in immunity-boosting vitamin C, and long-lasting in the fridge. Toss it into a quick-cooking stir-fry or grill it for guests using this simple recipe from Taste of Home. 

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