Summer is busting out all over Southern California. Here is just one of many recent Allee family fruit salads incorporating organic goodness from nearby growers. Pluots, nectarines, peaches, watermelon, apples, honeydew ... even those grapes are from a local farm!)
We stock up on beautiful produce from the South Pasadena Farmers Market, and also take advantage of Farm Fresh to You -- an organic produce delivery service bringing boxes of yummy stuff harvested from area farms. We subscribe to the Valley Box, which brings all kinds of delights from small farms in the Los Angeles area. Every other Wednesday we wake up to a crate of nature's bounty. It's a fun way to get out of a culinary rut and force ourselves to eat a variety of fruits and veggies we might not think (or have the courage) to pick out on our own. Beets? Rainbow heirloom carrots? Italian Kale? You betcha!
Look for the Farm Fresh to You stand next time you're at the Farmers Market. (And if you want an interesting new way to use a huge bag of golden potatoes and pile of ripe avocados, just ask me about the recipe for Equadoran Locro de Papa I made last week...)