Co-op Blog

No doubt the watermelon has been dominating every backyard BBQ you’ve attended lately. From salad, cocktails, to dessert, I’ve tried watermelon every which way and then some. They are in their sweet, juicy prime and the possibilities are endless. But what about those other melons? It’s not a surprise that the cantaloupe often takes a back seat to its colorful cousin, the... Read More
There is a hint of fall in the air, and that makes me giddy! I love this time of transition, the sweet warm days of summer will soon turn into the crisp nights of fall. My tomato plants are finally producing, and have a plethora of flowers and fruit. A gardener friend told me not long ago that around the third week of August, it’s time to pinch flowers, to allow your green... Read More
When I think about the flavors of summer I am immediately transported back to a house party a few years ago, where a friend served crackers, goat cheese, basil and tomatoes. This snack is a great example of how simple dishes and seasonal produce can win over your taste buds! Tomatoes are at the peak of their season. Their compadre basil is also busting a move. A big thanks... Read More
Do you ever find yourself staring, well let’s be honest drooling, at an array of fresh, golden peaches? Only to get home and find the four you bought are too soft or juiceless or just plain not as good as they look on the outside? It’s a common grocery store conundrum. Everyone has that one fruit or vegetable that plagues them. For me, it’s the fig. I love figs. But for the... Read More
Tis’ the season of zucchini! The summer squash, if not already, will soon be filling up your garden. It’s time to pull out your recipes for zucchini bread, zucchini brownies, or zucchini fritters and get cooking! From baking to sautéing to frying, zucchini is very versatile. But there may be some uses you haven’t tried, such as substituting zucchini in your kimchi recipe or... Read More
If you’ve been in the store this last month you’ve seen the stacks of luscious stone fruit slowly taking over our produce aisles. We’ve had peaches from Washington, as well as Ashland’s Valley View Orchards, and any day now we’ll have local Rolling Hills peaches. Both Valley View and Rolling Hills handpick and pack their peaches, meaning they can stay on the tree long enough... Read More
Let’s get fresh! Liven up your grilling and summer dishes with homemade salsa. Adding fruit and fresh peppers into a salsa recipe is a great way to infuse the flavors of summer in every dish. Grilling your fruit, peppers or onion deepens their flavors, so throw some on next time you light up the grill. Nature has a funny way of taking care of us humanoids. Take for example... Read More
Holy heat wave, did we all survive? How about your gardens? While weather is still expected to be around 100 degrees this week, it’s a relief to drop below 107. Last week I harvested my first zucchini! It was tender and a beautiful golden yellow color. The green beans are shooting off little pods, the blackberries are small and starting to turn color, and my chickens have... Read More
The abundance of summer is rolling in! Are you ready? This time of year I pour through blogs and books about canning and preserving the harvest, gleaning inspiration from my peers and weighing in my mind which recipes would make good gifts. The stack of empty Ball jars in my pantry glisten with inspiration and the promise of good things to come. Every year I am taken by... Read More
Let’s dive into the world mocktails! The beauty of a mocktail is they’re refreshing, beautiful, and you can drink them anytime of the day. On my list to try this summer are Black Berry & Meyer Lemon Spritzer, Lady Lavender’s Mocktail and a Pineapple Cucumber Cooler. One of my co-workers had a fabulous celebration last weekend, and the following kombucha mocktail recipe... Read More