Hey, Guess What? It’s July.

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It is officially July, the unofficial worst month in Washington, D.C. due to tourists, humidity, and insane work schedules straining to accommodate the month-long congressional recess in August. At least there are some good foods a-growin’, and a lot of them,  too. Here’s what is in season in the Mid-Atlantic region:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Currants
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Herbs
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Muskmelons (cantaloupe, honeydew, etc)
  • Nectarines
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Salad Greens
  • Shallots
  • Sprouts
  • Sugar & Snap Peas
  • Summer Squash
  • Sweet Cherries
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons

Here are a few ideas of what to do with that bounty, from my personal recipe stash:

Cantaloupe Gazpacho
Peaches and Plum Sangria
Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Napoleons

You can find what is in season for you at the following links:
http://www.epicurious.com/archive/seasonalcooking/farmtotable/seasonalingredientmap
http://www.sustainabletable.org/seasonalfoodguide/
http://www.fieldtoplate.com/guide/

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