As June turns to July, we celebrate the last of the strawberries and anticipate the first sour cherries; we say farewell to asparagus and hellooooo to summer squash and cucumbers! These past few cool, mild days have made for tender, flavorful greens and lush growth. With forecasts in the 90s for the next week, however, summer is in full swing. That means pond swimming, lakeside picnics, fireworks, and hot nights. It also means I might have a shot at growing some decent watermelons this year!
Energetically, it's hard work for us to cool down our bodies on these very hot days. To help you with that, we've included cooling summer flavors in this week's menu. The grilled cauliflower brings a little bitterness -- nourishing for the heart and small intestine, stimulating to digestion especially in the heat when we tend to feel sluggish and stagnant. Tarragon mellows the bitterness and brings a cooling aspect to this dish. A cucumber salad, with energizing umeboshi vinegar, provides cool freshness that can help us get through the day. These cucumbers came straight from Plowbreak Farm in Burdett; they truly couldn't get any fresher!
We give thanks this week to our farmers and providers: Remembrance, Plowbreak, Wild Apple, Muddy Fingers, and Of The Forest Farm. We are fortunate to live among such plentitude and bounty.
Stay cool out there, friends!
|| Menu for Saturday, June 30, 2018 ||
Brown Rice and Red Quinoa with Sunflower Gomasio & Pickled Shiso Leaf
Three-Bean Salad with Dill Pickles
Roasted Baby Squash with Garlic Scapes & Balsamic Red Onions
Grilled Cauliflower with Hazelnut Gremolata
Nishime Hakurei Turnips with Lemon Zest and Sautéed Greens
Sliced Cucumber & Red Onion Salad
Field Greens with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
|| Desserts ||
Chocolate Cake with Coconut Caramel & Chocolate Ganache (GF)
Pistachio Tartlets with Golden-Milk Cream (GF)
Orange Chiffon Cake with Fresh Strawberries
Summer Berry Crisp (GF)
Heavenly Tapioca (GF)
Toasted Almond Chocolate Mousse (GF)
Strawberry, Coconut, & Vanilla Chia Parfaits (GF)
Mint Chocolate Brownies (GF)
Walnut Fig Bars (GF)
Cashew Chocolate Truffles (GF)
Tahini Maple Cookies (GF)
Orange Hazelnut Biscotti (GF)
From our hands and hearts to you!