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Eating Locally: The Fruits of the Vines

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This week is a fruit themed week in the challenge ten of us are taking to cook seasonally and locally all summer and fall. For me, fruit has to include grapes. At least, the liquid, fermented version of grapes.

Hardscrabble Chardonnay grapes

My Challenge Page with all the SSFC links. We have been blogging since the beginning of June about our experiences with cooking locally. This past week, it was warm and muggy and the summer fruits have been coming into many markets.

Last night after going to Linden to visit, we decided to make a simple fruit related dinner. Fruit salad with watermelon, cantaloupe and tart cherries was the main component. On the side, olive bread with herb butter. The herb butter would also be used on the fresh corn on the cob. A light wine from Glen Manor.

My tomatoes. After all, tomatoes are also a fruit. This plate included orange blossom, red fig, yellow plum, sweet olive and green grape tomatoes, all from my garden. Served with homemade tzatziki using cucumbers and mint from the garden. The yogurt was organic Greek, my free container from the last visit to Wegmans. With South Mountain not at Glenwood Market, I have lost my local source for dairy.

Heirloom tomatoes

Sometimes the simplest freshest meals are the best. Summer fruit and vegetables need little more than salt, pepper, fresh herbs and maybe a drizzle of oil.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

5 responses »

  1. Baughers (New Cut Road) peaches are in – grill them & add a dollop of local cheese. mmmm

  2. Only my cherry tomatoes are ripe…hopefully I’ll get some ripe ones before I head off to California! What’s the name of the olive oil you love again?

    • I finally got the two large tomatoes, one orange blossom and one Amish paste. Now that it is really hot again, they are slowing down.

      I have one chocolate stripes and one Caspian pink close to ripening. Two more orange blossom are now yellow, soon to become orange.

      I have lost dozens of tomato blossoms due to the overnight high temperatures. They dry up and fall off. Not a good year for tomatoes so far.

      St. Helena Olive Oil, owned by Peggy O’Kelly, has wonderful oils. I order on line since you can’t carry liquids on a plane anymore. They are in downtown St. Helena, Napa. I buy the half gallons in plastic, which are hard to get.

      Her balsamics are also awesome.

  3. Yup, looks like I missed another theme week. I don’t think I’ll ever get them straight! Your tomatoes are absolutely gorgeous–can’t wait till mine ripen and I can enjoy them like you did!

  4. I love simple meals. Your fruits look luscious and full of flavor. What a nice summer time meal !


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