What's in Season in Early July
Summer’s here and our marketplace just got a bit more colorful. Tis the season of grilling, pool days, summer camp, and keeping things simple. From absurdly fresh fruit to flowers fit for any kitchen table, early July brings us the true beginning of summer’s bounty.
A close cousin to the artichoke, these eye-catching prickly purple flowers can stand on their own in an arrangement (no extra flowers or greens).
The flower buds are actually the artichokes we eat, and the stem is completely edible as well — considered a delicacy in Mediterranean cuisine. However, the cooking process if pretty elaborate, so stick with using it for decor.
This hybrid melon is a two-in-one combo: its outer flesh has a smooth, tender texture to that of cantaloupe, but its inner flesh is a light green color, like that of a honeydew. It also taste likes both melons too! You can tell when a Galia melon is ripe by its sweet smell — they’ll usually start to perfume your kitchen a day or two after you get it.
We love our grapes (and not just in their fermented form.) Seedless and super juicy, red flame grapes are the quintessential summer fruit: no prep required, juicy and refreshing, and a welcome addition to any camp lunch or picnic basket. For an especially sweltering day, store them in the freezer and pop them by the handful later as a refreshing snack.
Ah, sweet corn. The ultimate sidekick (or main) summer dish. Grill it, slice it, steam it, add it to your baking recipe — there are so many ways to incorporate sweet corn in your summer cooking.
Want to keep things simple? Boil a pot with salted water and drop the corn in. Cover with a lid until the water boils again. Turn off the heat and let the corn sit in the hot water for five minutes. Use tongs to remove. Be careful, they’ll be steaming hot!
Gold Nugget Cherry Tomatoes
These bright orange globes are sweeter than regular cherry tomatoes, and their color is indicative of sunnier weather.
Grab some greens, your favorite salty addition, something creamy, and a few gold nugget cherry tomatoes for a simple summer salad -- because the last thing you want to be doing is standing over a stove preparing an elaborate meal. Summer, we’re so ready for you.