The produce: Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Berries, Cherries, Eggplant, Sweet Corn, Peaches
The Pantry items: A bit of everything- now is a good time to reassess and stock your pantry!
The star of the week: Sweet Corn and Tomatoes!
I think it’s safe to say that summer is in full swing. Temperatures in Sacramento have been hot (104˚ hot) and with the babe about to hit 2 months old, we’ve been planning to get out of the house more and take a few day trips around Northern California (recommendations are welcome- I’m thinking Petaluma, Santa Cruz, Napa, Yosemite, and Big Sur for starters).
Of course, travel is only a small part of why I love summer. Produce-wise, July is overflowing with goodness. Tomatoes and Sweet Corn are everywhere, berries can be picked by the bucket, and the farmers market is the place to be. Our fruit drawer is packed full of stone fruit for snacking and berries for breakfast toppings (our favorite) while nearly all our meals are cooked on the grill. It feels natural to eat well in July (even when we lived in Illinois!)
Beyond these meals, it’s also a great time to jump into canning! I’m hoping to make pickles, salsa, and some jam. If you’re not sure where to start, I have a basic guide to help you get inspired!