Crop of the Week: Cantaloupe

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It’s summer and we’re enjoying all of the summer melons at the market lately.

A personal favorite: Cantaloupe

Not only is cantaloupe a guilt free sweet treat.
We love thinking of all of the health benefits it gives us as well.
Did you know…
1. It is a great source of antioxidants a & c
2. Contains anti-inflammatory properties
3. May help prevent heart disease
4. Boosts immunity
5. Is a great source of electrolyte potassium
6. Protects eye health
7. Is good for digestion
8. Restores the body’s ph levels

Stuff the center with yogurt and granola for a great breakfast or try grilling it and enjoy it after dinner. We loved Luci Morsels recipe from her blog.

Sweet + Spicy Grilled Cantaloupe

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Adobo Dragon’s Fish Ceviche with Aji Amarillo Sauce

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Market Recipe: Grilled Panzenella

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Market Recipe: Pesto Potato Salad

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Market Recipe: Grilled Romaine with Corn Salad

Grilled Romaine and Corn Salad

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Crop of the Week: Squash Blossoms

Squash_Blossom_ppmKeep your eyes out for Squash Blossoms starting to pop up around the market!

Squash blossoms are the flowers produced by any number of vines. Some common examples are zucchini, pumpkin, and other various types of squash. Although considered a vegetable in culinary circles, squash are technically a fruit. Stuff the blossoms with cheese – savory or sweet – and then bake them in the oven.

Check out this Ricotta-Stuffed Squash Blossoms featured in Bon Appetite Magazine

Nopal Recipe Ideas

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If you had to miss our Harvesting Nopal (prickly pear) Workshop & Demonstration with Monika Woolsey, Hip Veggies, don’t miss trying some of her favorite recipes: Prickly Pear Potato Salad and Nopal Quick Bread.

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Market Recipe: Roasted Tomato Sauce

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It’s the season to put your plants in the ground and get growing for spring!
Grab a variety of tomato starts from Bob Aborne at A-Z Gardens for your yard!
Bob carries over 20 varieties of heirloom tomato starts for garden novices to the seasoned gardener.
Looking for new recipes to try using your tomatoes?
Check out this one, Bob’s favorite – a great roasted tomato recipe that’s tasty and versatile .

Market Recipe: Arugala Pesto

Pesto is a favorite among pasta lovers, salad eaters and anyone that enjoys a flavorful, fresh and rich topping or sauce.  We love this twist on classic pesto, especially because we love all of the rich and spicy flavors in arugula.

Maya Daily of Maya’s Farm shares this favorite recipe.  Don’t miss out on Maya’s CSA Special offer this week.  Sign up for her CSA program and get $100 gift certificate.

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Market Recipe: Preserved Lemons

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Vendor Julie Leidel shares her favorite way to preserve fresh produce when it’s at its peak.
It’s Citrus Season!  Preserved Lemons – super easy to make, and gives a big flavor punch.  You can get beautiful lemons from any number of our produce vendors.  Pop on over to Salt Of The Earth for some sea salt and you’re good to go.  I typically put preserved lemons on fish and chicken.  They’re also great chopped up (rind and all) and added to rice or other grains.  If you’re feeling generous, they make a great gift for your friends who love to cook.

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