What’s in Season? June Eating Guide
What’s in Season? Looking for the June eating guide for your seasonal life? Well, look no further! The list above will get you started in your efforts to create seasonal meal plans this June! To prioritize your organic food budget, be sure to download my Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen food lists from the resource library! Both the farmers market and the local grocery store will be full of summer’s best foods this June and you’ll want to be ready to choose well and eat clean.
What’s in Season this June?
Fresh herbs are in season this June!
Fresh herbs are a great source of flavor and micronutrients in your June meals. After April rains and May’s warming temperatures, the herb garden is robust and ready to bloom! Harvest fresh herbs prior to the bloom for the best flavors. Use the flowers to adorn meals. Read this post about the nutritional benefits of fresh herbs that I wrote after talking with an expert. Then, get harvesting. Here’s what to look for in the garden or at your local market:
If you have extra herbs, bundle and bind them by the stems. Hang in a dry space out of direct sunlight until they are dry to the touch. Then, holding the bundle by the stem, crumble over a paper towel. Pour the dried herbs into a recycled jar and store for future use.
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The limited season items available in June:
There are some fruits and vegetables that are only available during the month of June in the Mid-Atlantic region. These local treats are a simple pleasure that deserve your time and attention. Each of these items can and should be preserved for the winter pantry. They will bring a brightness to heavy fall and winter meals. Click the links below to learn more:
Enjoy now by simply blanching and serving with salt and butter or olive oil. My friend Billy like to wrap them in prosciutto and throw them on the grill for a few minutes. If you do this, beware, it’s addictive! I always buy extra at the farmers market and ferment them for a special addition to my Thanksgiving table and as a garnish in my Bloody Marys.
The last of the local broccoli will be available in June. I believe this seasonal treat is best steamed and served with the best butter and sale you can buy.
This litchen staple is in season in June and you should learn how to make sauerkraut while it is available. Did you know cabbage is on the Clean 15? The list of 15 vegetables less likely to have pesticide and herbicide contamination? The full list is in the seasonal living resource library.
If you haven’t yet had your fill of kale and collards get them in June and store them by braising them and freezing in meal-sized portions. Believe it or not, come August you will be craving leafy greens. I see it happen with my CSA members every year! (BTW, have you ever wondered about CSA/farm share etiquette? There’s a quick reference list to do’s and don’ts to help your local farmer have a better season in the resource library!)
Peas and Shoots
Pea shoots and sweet peas are one of the special treats from the June garden and at the farmers market. I eat both raw in salads and use the shoots on my sandwiches. Peas can be dried and stored for winter soups. Shoots can be sauteed and used in any number of stove top dishes.
- It’s one of the most seasonal flavors of the month, in my humble opinion! Make a rhubarb shrub with this tangy-earthy vegetable that we often use as a fruit. Are you are a gardener? Rhubarb is a perennial plant that can be used as edible landscaping in the garden. It is fairly disease and bug resistant. It’s a highlight of my 3 easy crops for the kitchen garden!
Hurray for the early fruits in the seasonal garden and farmers market! Definitely buy extra strawberries to store for winter because it is so very easy. Simply hull them and place them on a baking sheet. Freeze overnight, and then place them in serving-size freezer bags for future use. This year, I used the last bag of strawberries in my morning smoothies the week before my strawberries were ready for harvest.
What’s in season? The vegetables that announce the arrival of summer!
These vegetables will arrive in June and be around for months to come. I love that we will have such abundance of these hot-weather vegetables that we can learn about their flavors and textures in a wide variety of recipes. Click the links for more information:
- Swiss Chard
- Summer Squash
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