Vegetables and Fruits: June Harvest

 

 

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Berrylicious Salad

 

 

Summer is a great time to enjoy the fruits and labors of our wonderful farmers that work so hard to provide the ingredients for this amazing summer salad.

 

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Zucchini Primavera

 

This pasta substitute is made with spiralized zucchini noodles sauteed kale, grape tomatoes, matchstick heirloom carrots, roasted red and yellow peppers, and fresh basil in a light and creamy cauliflower sauce.

This is an amazing vegan entree, but you don’t choose to live a vegan lifestyle to enjoy.  Bon Apetit!

 

Buy organic for these fruits and vegetables that are known to have the highest levels of pesticide on them:

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 2.11.31 PMStop into any one of  Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchens 5 locations for a free wallet sized card to assist you with which vegetables and fruits to choose organically.

Harvest times for vegetables and fruits vary depending on the climate.  Use the map on the link below to see when fruits and vegetables are being harvested where you live in Arizona depending if you live in the warmer or cooler climate.  Buy fresh fruits and vegetables in season when flavor and prices are the best!

Click here for Arizona’s harvest calendar   (eatwellbewell.org)

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Native Seeds is a wonderful non-profit organization that collects and sells native seeds to Arizona and the Southwest.  Their retail store is in Tucson, Arizona and they sell online.http://www.nativeseeds.org/

SECURING THE FUTURE OF FOOD

Crop diversity is key to achieving sustainable food security both globally and within our own region of focus, the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico. Our approach to food security focuses on seed security, which relies on the conservation and sharing of appropriate crop diversity and the knowledge to use that diversity effectively. Our programs are designed to address these goals and broadly entail:

  • Seed banking to ensure the survival of unique agricultural biodiversity and to document its traits.
  • Seed distribution so that these crops continue to contribute to the region’s food systems.
  • Support for on-farm maintenance of dynamically-evolving crop varieties.
  • Research into low-input and climate-appropriate agricultural practices.
  • Education in managing local crop diversity and contributing to regional efforts.

They have wonderful products that are so unusual and fun to share with family and friends.  It is a great educational field trip to take your children or grandchildren.  Buy some native blue popcorn and take it home and pop it with the children.  A great ending to an educational day.

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