What's Fresh August 2017

As the days continue long, hot and bright all sun loving fruits and vegetables grow large and sweeten under the mid-summer sun. You can find most any local fruit, vegetable or herb direct from your farmer or market right now. As well as all the favourite and familiar summer treats like sweet corn, blueberries, blackberries and tomatoes, look out for heirloom and unusual varieties that offer a flavour packed punch. 

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Carrot Top Pesto

I don't know about you, but I hate wasting anything! When I was packing boxes for our weekly CSA, it seemed a sad thing that these beautiful green carrot tops were often composted as soon as they reached a customers home. I did some research and while the info is sometimes conflicting, more pointed towards them being safe to eat in moderate quantities when organically grown. 

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recipesElisabeth Bond
What's Fresh July 2017?

With longer days and higher temperatures in July berries and stone fruits are starting to ripen up quick. It's the time of year to buy flats of boysenberres, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and freeze or preserve, so you enjoy berries all winter long. This year's garlic crop is starting to be pulled from the ground and cured so you can expect a wide selection soon. 

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Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic scape pesto is all the rage right now, at least for me. I love pesto, and this is my favourite kind. It tastes so delicious, with a different edge to it that standard pesto. It makes use of an abundant but sometimes difficult-to-use crop. And if I’m going to the trouble of making Big Batch Pesto, garlic scape is the way to go: it gives much bigger yields than cloves of garlic.

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Tips for Strawberry Picking

It is strawberry season! One of my favourite June rituals is to go strawberry-picking with my children. We are blessed here in Victoria, where we have the choice of over a dozen U-Pick strawberry farms within a 20 minute drive of the city. 

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recipesChef Heidi Fink