Locally Grown Produce

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Locally Grown Produce 9 August 2006

This weeks purchases from our favorite farm market included peaches, apricots, corn, beets, cucumbers, eggplants, sweet peppers, and zucchini squash. The quality of these locally grown fruits and vegetables is far superior to any sold at the supermarket that must be shipped long distances.

I keep washed and frozen blueberries on hand for use on fruit creams or for making one of my favorites: Apricot Blueberry Pizza. I prefer using fresh or frozen apricots, if available, in this recipe. Spelt or whole wheat flour is used for the pizza dough. I think the little bit of cardamom in the dough really makes this pizza taste great. For the complete recipe, see:
http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/apribluepizza.html 

After bringing the fresh peaches home, I washed and cut in pieces some of the ripest ones, spread them on a large metal pan, and put them in the freezer. (We freeze apricot and banana pieces the same way.) After the pieces are frozen, I store the ones Im not using right away in covered plastic containers.

Besides eating peaches out-of-hand, we enjoy them in the following ways:
http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/des-peachcream-bansplit.html
http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/des-peachcream.html
http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/peachcrisp.html
http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/crisp-peachban.html
http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/fruitplate-pmpp.html
http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/slushie-peach.html


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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