The May produce is still available throughout most of summer, get the list & recipes here for blueberries, peaches, apricots, strawberries and summer squash.
- Blackberries: they are in season all summer long. To store them spread on a paper towel on a plate. You can leave it on the counter for a day if you’re eating them right away, otherwise, throw them in the refrigerator. Recipes: Blackberry scones (these are delicious, I made them recently). Pork with blackberry & peach sauce, blackberry jam, and blackberry mojito.
- Raspberries: they are in season all summer long. To store them, spread on a paper towel on a plate and leave on the counter for 2-3 days (refrigeration saps their flavor). Recipes: Chocolate cupcakes with raspberry buttercream, brownie & raspberry trifles
- Figs do NOT continue to ripen after they are picked, so be sure to grab ripe ones. Softness, split skins, and sugar-water droplets are signs of ripeness, and mission figs shrivel when they are ripe. Store in a cool dark place with good air circulation for 2-3 days (put them on a wire rack so air can get underneath). If you must store them longer, put them in the refrigerator. Recipes:Fig ice cream, lamb & fig kabobs with honey and rosemary, fig old-fashioned drink, grilled figs, fig-walnut sticky buns, fig & goat cheese bruschetta, fig + goat cheese + radicchio salad.
- Corn: Look for corn stored in the shade or on ice at the farmers market, since heat converts the sugars to starch. A moist and pale-green stem indicates the corn has just been picked. After about a day, the stems become woody and turn brown. To store, place in plastic bags with husks on and put in the refrigerator. Lasts 2-3 days. The husks should be bright green and have golden brown corn silk. Recipes: 3 ways to cook corn on the cob, corn fritters, corn chowder with bacon, scallion and potatoes, summer squash and corn soup, southwestern chopped salad with cilantro lime dressing.
- Cherry Tomatoes: do not refrigerate tomatoes since it saps flavor and alters the texture. Store them on the counter, away from sunlight. Recipes: mini caprese bites, oven roasted cherry tomatoes, cherry tomato crostini with whipped feta, pasta salad with charred onions and roasted cherry tomatoes (use bulgar wheat, farro or any other whole grain).