Fresh foods

One of the things I love most about summer is the fresh foods. I am a produce snob. We may be able to get strawberries from the grocery store in January, but they don’t taste anything like strawberries just picked from a U Pick.

My parents and grandparents taught me about fresh produce. We had gardens, made jams, picked fruit. I grew up loving fruits and vegetables.

It saddens me to find many kids today don’t even know what zucchini is. And vow to hate all fruits and vegetables.

I also realize many people grew up with tasteless canned vegetables. I ate a friend’s house when I was younger and the mom served me a huge helping of greyish looking canned peas. I could barely eat a bite of the chalky peas but she made me eat the whole thing before playing. I never ate there again.

So if you grew up with canned fruits and vegetables, I sympathize. And want you to know, vegetables can taste delicious.
Yesterday I stopped at the farmer’s market on the way home from picking up my son. The kids raved about lunch that day – fresh sugar snap peas, steamed beet greens, cherries and strawberries, scrambled eggs with fresh farm eggs, and a little bit of Harvarti cheese.

And it didn’t even take long to prepare.

Enjoy this season’s fruits and vegetables while they last.