Farmers and backyard gardeners alike are all sharing in the glory of tomatoes ripening on the vine and harvesting anything from a spicy jalapeno to a mild bell pepper. In addition to tomatoes and peppers, we are also harvesting squash, zucchini and onions. Cantaloupe and watermelons are taking shape and ripening on the vines. Southern peas like purple hulls and blackeyes are blooming. June blackberries are juicy and sweet and the Texas June honey sweet corn is almost ready. Oh! Did someone say garlic? Yes, harvest now, setup to cure for 3-4 weeks and then enjoy. I am not fond of our summer heat, but love our summer produce!

With most of the summer produce, I like to just go and graze out in the garden. However I do have a couple of favorite summer recipes.

Tomato and Zucchini Salad
2 large brandywine tomatoes or 20 sungold tomatoes, chopped chunky
3-4 zucchini, sliced thinly with a vegetable peeler
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small purple onion, chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently. Enjoy!

Salsa Fresca
4-5 brandywine tomatoes, chopped
1 yellow or purple onion, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 jalapenos, finely chopped
¼ cup cilantro leaves
1 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl toss gently. Enjoy with chips, in salads, on breakfast eggs, or I usually just get a spoon and enjoy!