Thursday, July 8, 2010

Local Eating - Summer Foods

It's July! Summer has arrived in the Lower Mainland. After a dismal June and a chilly beginning to July, the sun is finally shining and it's HOT!

According to Get Local BC, the following foods are available locally this month:

Vegetables: Beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage (savoy & red), carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard (swiss), corn, cucumbers, fennel bulbs, garlic, kale, lettuce, leeks, mustard greens, onions (green, red & yellow), peas, peppers, potatoes (red, russet, yellow, white), radishes, rhubarb (field), salad greens, shallots, spinach, squash (summer), tomatoes, turnips (white), zucchini

Fruit: Apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, currants, gooseberries, nectarines, raspberries, rhubarb (field), Saskatoon berries, strawberries

Meat & Dairy: Dairy products, eggs, beef, buffalo, chicken, duck, goat, lamb, ostrich, pheasant, pork, rabbit, turkey

Seafood: Clams, cod (Pacific), crab, Dungeness crab, flounder/sole (Pacific), halibut (Pacific), lingcod, mussels, oysters (Pacific), prawns (jumbo & spot), sablefish (black cod), salmon (Chinook/King/Spring/Pink/Sockeye), scallops, shrimp (side stripe, west coast), Spring dogfish, Tuna (Albacore)

Herbs: Basil, bay leaves, chives, cilantro, dill leaf, epazote, fennel leaf, garlic chives, lavender, lemon verbena, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory (summer & winter), shiso, sorrel, tarragon, thyme

Etc: Honey, mushrooms, nuts

Keep an eye out in your local grocery stores, or even better, hit up a weekly Farmers Market in your neighbourhood.

Today I went to the Port Coquitlam Farmers Market and stocked up on blueberries, raspberries, onions and bell peppers!

More recipes coming soon-ish.

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