very important questions regarding produce
We’re fully into the greatness of summertime produce. Yesterday, Zoe and I went to friends’ house and picked a whole bucketful of very ripe raspberries. Well, I picked. Zoe mostly held the bucket, then would set it down, grab a couple to eat, and then pick it up again. Today, we got our weekly farm share from our CSA. For people not familiar with farm shares, we pay a set amount at the beginning of the summer, and then each week receive a share of that farms produce. If they have a great year, we get a lot of yummy veggies, if it’s a bad year, we get a smaller share – of still great, organic produce. It helps support the farmers regardless of the weather and other risks involved in farming.
So dinner tonight was a big salad for Chris and I, and a plate of fresh raspberries, fresh sugar snap peas, and some cheese and dan dan noodles for Zoe. After Zoe went to bed, Chris made us raspberry milkshakes with vanilla ice cream, fresh raspberries and chambord. It was lovely.
Which leads me to two questions about summer foods:
- Which is the best summer fruit – strawberries or raspberries? For me, great strawberries are better than great raspberries, but raspberries are much more reliable and always good and sweet, where you can get strawberries that are pretty bad, even though they look beautiful. So brilliance or reliability?
- Which is the best fresh summer vegetable – tomatoes or sugar snap peas. I’m still torn on this one. A heirloom tomato is a pretty gorgeous thing and can be used so many ways, but eating sugar snap peas in the garden is such an essentially summery thing. So versatility or pure summeryness?