Green Farm Summer Picks

Summer! It’s finally here and that means an abundance of amazing fresh fruits and vegetables. Here’s our picks for what and where to buy and how to use that delicious produce.

Where to go:

  • Farmers Markets and Roadside Stands

Unless you’re growing your own garden, farmers markets and stands are a fantastic way to source local and fresh produce. Blue Ash Farmers’ Market at Summit Park (4335 Glendale-Milford Road) open every Wednesday from 3:30-7 PM starting May 17 through October 4.  Also check out Montgomery Farmers’ Market, Saturdays in May – October from 9:00am – 12:30 PM at Montgomery Elementary (9609 Montgomery Rd.).

  • The Good Old Grocery Store

Look for signs pointing to local produce. Local means it is fresher and has more of the vitamins and enzymes we love. If you are eating the skin on the fruit or veggie, be sure to get organic.

  • Produce delivery services

Green BEAN Delivery and Fair Ridge Farms are both serve southern Ohio and deliver fresh, local fruits and veggies. And they support smaller family farms – bonus! Packages and prices vary.

 

What to buy:

  • Greens: kale, spinach and swiss chard are all in season May – October! They are delicious raw in a salad or simply sautéed.
  • Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Onions
  • Melon and squash
  • Berries
  • Herbs

What to do with summer produce:

  • Fiesta Salad:

High in lycopene, vitamins A and C, and full of water, this salad will flush out toxins and hydrate your system.

1 Cucumber, cut into quartered slices.

1 Pint Cherry or Grape tomatoes, cut in half

½ Shallot, diced. Or ¼ Red Onion, diced

1 Tbs Olive Oil

Juice from ½ lime

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix well and enjoy!

  • Watermelon juice

Watermelon is almost 96% water and the other part is full of lycopene, potassium and B vitamins. This combination promotes hydration, healthy blood pressure and strong bones.

1 medium seedless watermelon, about 6lbs

Juice of 1 lime

Cut watermelon into chunks into a blender – seeds, rind and flesh.

Blend until completely pulverized and add lime juice

Pour mixture into a strainer that is nested in a bowl to remove pulp (or enjoy with the pulp too)

Chill for 30 minutes and sip sip hooray!

 

  • Mint and Berry Infused Water

Drinking enough water is essential not only to good health, but clear skin and healthy weight. Adding mint and berries to your water adds Vitamin C and antioxidants to your drink.

4-5 Organic strawberries, hulled and quartered

3-4 sprigs of fresh organic mint

Fill a large pitcher with 2 quarts of purified water

Stir berries and mint sprigs into water. Let sit in the refrigerator overnight. Fill a glass and feel the refreshment!