Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Summer Corn Salad

5-6 ears of corn, kernels removed (you can boil or grill corn first if you prefer)
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, chopped
1/2 C. diced red onion
1/4 C. fresh basil leaves, cut up
2 1/2 T. lime juice
3 T. olive oil
Salt and pepper

Combine ingredients in large bowl. Refrigerate for an hour or two before serving to allow the tastes to mingle. Serve chilled.

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Freezing Zucchini

Q: What is a good way to freeze zucchini

A: Use a food processor to shred zucchini for great freezing results. Cut the zucchini in half, remove the seeds, and process. Dab the shredded zucchini with a paper towel to remove extra moisture, then store in freezer bags.

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Tons of Tomatoes!

Tomato Value Pack The tomatoes are taking over the garden! Of course this isn’t a bad thing, but it can be a little overwhelming when you simply run out of ways to use these delicious fruits. And most of us don’t have a lot of time to spend on preparing tomatoes in various ways.

So to celebrate an abundance of tomatoes, we’ve put together some ideas for ways to use the tomatoes that seem to be suddenly everywhere. Plus, they can all be thrown together in a few minutes and really showcase the flavor of the tomato!

Salsa Fresca: Throw together a delicious fresh salsa by combining chopped tomatoes, diced onion, garlic, chiles, lime or lemon juice, salt, and chopped fresh cilantro.

Caprese Salad: This Italian favorite is just tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, salt, and and olive oil. It is very refreshing and VERY easy to put together!

Grilled Tomatoes: Having a BBQ? Throw a few big, firm, sliced tomatoes on the grill and enjoy!

Fresh Tomato Pasta: Toss together some diced tomatoes, fresh basil, salt, pepper, cheese, and olive oil with cooked pasta for a fast meal.

BLTs: Cut nice, thick pieces of tomato and make a sandwich with cooked bacon, lettuce, your favorite bread, and mayo.

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Grilled Artichoke Recipe

Grilled Artichokes

2 artichokes, trimmed

Lemon juice

¾ C. olive oil

4 cloves garlic (chopped)

Salt and pepper

-Cut artichokes in half lengthwise, then place in cold water. Add juice from the lemon to the water to prevent browning.

-Boil water in a large pot and add the artichokes. Cook for about 15 minutes, then drain.

-Add lemon juice (about half a lemon’s worth), olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Stir together.

-Brush the artichokes with the oil mixture, then place on a preheated grill and cook for about 10 minutes. Keep basting with the oil mixture while grilling.

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All about… BeSweet 2015 Edamame Soybean

Edamame Soybeans not only taste great–they are also quite nutritious! If you have never tried these soybeans, you are definitely missing out on a healthy, yummy snack.

Edamame Soybeans should be picked before they are fully mature. This means harvesting while they are plump but still green, not yellow. Once picked, a favorite way to prepare these soybeans is to boil them in salt water and pop them out of their pods to eat as a snack. The pods themselves are too fibrous to eat, but the cooked beans are really easy to remove after being boiled.

You can also add the beans to stir-fries or vegetable dishes. They have a rich, smooth flavor that adds great taste to many recipes. Try growing them in your garden–you won’t be disappointed. We offer different seed pack sizes for Edamame on our site.

 

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Thyme Zucchini

Whether you are tired of eating it or not, zucchini plants are hitting their peak of production right about now. Even if you only have one or two zucchini plants in your garden, this summer squash is probably taking over–both out in the garden and in the kitchen as these veggies begin piling up on the counter!

Make the most of this abundance by trying out different recipes that utilize lots of zucchini. Here is one idea for a tasty, zesty zucchini dish!

Thyme Zucchini

2 zucchini, medium-sized, cut up

1 T. olive or vegetable oil

1-2 tsp chopped Thyme

2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste

Squirt of lemon juice

-Heat oven to 350F.

-In a baking dish, combine zucchini pieces with oil, Thyme, salt and pepper, cheese, and lemon juice.

-Bake for 35-40 minutes

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All about… Spring Rapini (Raab)

Spring Rapini (also known as Raab) is often associated with broccoli due to many similar

traits they share. In fact, raab is related to turnips and isn’t actually broccoli.

Spring Rapini raab produces flowering heads that look a lot like broccoli. A difference is the fact that raab produces side-shoots instead of just one central head. These shoots produce edible clusters of delicious buds. These plants will reach about 10-15 inches tall.

Spring Rapini raab has various edible parts: stems, leaves, and buds. Raab is nutritious and is especially popular in Italian cuisine. You can generally use it as though it were baby broccoli and enjoy it in recipes where broccoli is called for as an ingredient. It is also tasty when simply sauteed with oil and spices.

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Melon Smoothies!

Here’s a great way to enjoy an abundance of melon. Go ahead and get creative by adding different kinds of fruit that you happen to have on hand–it’s delicious!

Refreshing Melon Smoothie

1/2 cup yogurt
6 ounces melon (such as cantaloupe or honeydew), cut into cubes
1/2 banana
3-4 strawberries
1/2 cup juice of your choice (such as orange or apple juice)

Add ingredients to a blender and blend completely. For a thicker smoothie, use frozen, cut-up fruit.

 

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All about… Supersweet 100 Tomato

Cherry-type tomatoes are a favorite for many gardeners for various reasons. These bite-sized fruits are ready to eat earlier than large tomatoes. They are also conveniently sized for snacking. And, these little tomatoes are often exceptionally sweet and flavorful.

Supersweet 100 tomatoes are known for their extra sweetness. They grow in clusters and are reminiscent of grapes on the vine. These clusters usually contain 20 tomatoes or more and the vines are quite productive!

Another plus of Supersweet 100 tomatoes is the fact that they are disease resistant. This variety is easy to grown and the fruits taste great, making them perfect for adding to salads or, of course, just snacking.

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