August Harvest Giveaway!

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August is a time of bounty around here, as you can see from the photo above. From my tiny 4′ x 8′ garden: carrots, beans, swiss chard, green onions, and micro-greens. From my neighbor, Ron: Steelhead caught at the mouth of the Columbia River. From my mom’s garden in Winthrop: zucchini and crook-neck squash. And from my friend Mike’s front yard: beautiful fresh herbs!

Joy and I are going to dedicate August’s posts to HARVEST. We’ll be sharing a few of our favorite recipes for canning and pickling, taking a few field-trips, and showcasing the local fruits and vegetables available to us right now in the Pacific Northwest.

We are kicking things off with a HARVEST GIVEAWAY.
Enter to win by responding to our question below. Good luck and happy August!

– Mary

Are you ready to harvest the bounty of the season?
Our August HARVEST GIVEAWAY will get you started!
The PRIZES (yes, the winner gets both):

We’re giving away the Food in Jars Cookbook, plus a 5-piece back to Basics Home Canning Kit!

Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year Round. This  cookbook, autographed by author Marisa McClellan, the woman behind the extremely popular canning and preserving blog, Food in Jars, covers everything from canning basics to delicious recipes for jams, jellies,  pickles, chutneys, and more!

Back to Basics 5 Piece Home-Canning Kit. This canning kit includes a jar lifter, magnetic lid lifter, canning funnel, kitchen tongs, and a jar wrench.

Enter to win by responding to this post and answering the following question: what is your favorite summer fruit or vegetable and how you like to eat it?

 

On August 14th, we’ll pick a winner randomly from all entries!

CONTEST IS CLOSED! Thank you for participating!

182 comments

  1. […] you to everyone who participated in our August Harvest Giveaway! We are happy to announce the winner of an autographed copy of Food in Jars by Marisa McClellan and […]

  2. Cheri Snyder says:

    Blackberries straight off the vine along the bike trail!

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Cheri –
      I am loving blackberries right now, too. Just posted a recipe for an easy Blackberry Buckle you might want to try if you can manage to get home with four cups of berries on your bike. We’ll be posting the winner for our contest tomorrow here and on Facebook, so be sure to check back and thanks for entering!

  3. Marcia says:

    tomatoes and cucumbers…..fresh from the garden!!!

  4. Jodi says:

    My favorite is blueberries with milk & sugar

  5. Angela Frick says:

    Tomatoes! I love to get fresh tomatoes from my garden, and slice them up. Then get 2 pieces of bread with a little Duke’s Mayo and put the tomatoes on the bread! Mmmm! Along with a fresh cut up cucumber on the side. Nothing is better to eat in summer than that! I just started canning this summer for the first time in my life. I am so excited to can anything I get!

  6. Leah DeLuzio says:

    Not sure if this went through….

    Tomatoes for sure!!! We’ve already canned tomato sauces, made fried green tomatoes, tomato sandwiches, tomato pies…yum yum yum!

  7. Leah DeLuzio says:

    Tomatoes for sure! We’ve had so many wonderful ones from our garden so far! Tomato pies, tomoato sauces which we’ve canned, fried green tomatoes…the list goes on and on! Yum!!! 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! Fingers crossed!

  8. Ben says:

    I love strawberries and they are best when made into jam to enjoy all year long!

  9. Stephanie says:

    My favorite summer veggie would be a zucchini. I like it because it’s so versatile. I think my fav way to eat it is to make boats out of them and stuff them with Italian seasoned turkey meat and pour red sauce all over it… Then bake it and voila, you have deliciousness!! MmmmMmmm!

    • MaryMiller says:

      Stephanie, that is exactly what I am eating for dinner tonight! 🙂 I am putting together a collection of my favorite zucchini recipes, so check back on Saturday for more zucchini ideas. Thanks for entering our contest.

  10. Kelly says:

    Peaches and raspberries that were canned during summer, eaten in winter!

  11. Jonathan says:

    Okra! Sauteed with fresh tomatoes, breaded and fried, or made into pickles I do love some fresh okra. The tender young pods are the best and really hard to find in stores b/c they don’t travel as well as the tougher pods.

  12. Karen Copeland says:

    I LOVE tomatoes! They are so good, fresh off the vine, in a sandwich or salad! They are wonderful baked in the oven (or heated on the grill) with some cheese and bacon on top, super great for making tomato sauces….ah the list just goes on and on!

  13. Marie says:

    Sugar and gold corn, rosted on the grill, with a little butter and sea salt. So yummy!

  14. Michelle Wands says:

    Watermelon! Fresh from the farm stand. So delicious just sliced.

  15. Oh my gosh, how do I pick?!?! I LOVE nectarines…but we can’t grow them here in MN…I LOVE fresh beans, just picked from the garden and sautéed in butter with salt, pepper, garlic & thyme…or tossed in an egg batter with fresh chives. But I would have to say, the one thing I am OBSESSED about this year, is Rhubarb. This was the first time in all of my life I’ve ever had it. Yes, I know, I can’t believe it myself! How could I have resisted it for so many years!!! I have been begging my husband to let me plant some next year…keep your fingers crossed for me! Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂 Shawn

  16. Ken Newman says:

    This year, the tomatillo/ground cherry!!! This is the first year we have them in the garden. They are so sweet…as of today 8-5, zone 5B,” none” have made it into the house. They are consumed on the spot. Next year lots more.

  17. angie says:

    I love melons, pineapple and peaches. Many times I don’t even get to preparing them as the minute I set them down, I start snacking on them. Grilling any of them is a fun option. It makes them really sweet and crusty on the outside while maintaining athe wonderful delicious summery flavors inside. Noms!

  18. Shelly T says:

    My favorite is beets. I like them roasted with olive oil and sea salt.

  19. bren says:

    My favorite might be a tie between yellow raspberries picked and eaten right off the bush or cucumbers simply sliced and cold.

  20. Lily Elmore says:

    My favorite summer fruit is fresh blueberries. Yum! Around here we don’t have a bush. One thing I’m working on is an edible yard & blueberry bushes are on my list. So out of the package has to do for now. 😉

  21. Michael says:

    No question; fresh tomatoes, straight off the plant. Doesn’t matter how it’s prepared, I love them every way.

  22. Megan D says:

    Fresh basil! Nothing beats fresh basil.

  23. My summer favorite is the beautiful, healthful blueberry-straight off the plant, warm from the sun, or in Aunt Mamie’s blueberry cake, or in my Blueberry Basil jam or in just about any form you can eat them!

  24. Adrienne says:

    Everything grown in my garden!! Love fresh picked, and there is nothing better then opening up a jar of pretty much anything canned, in the the middle of winter!!

  25. Kim says:

    Good sweet watermelon and love it fresh from the vine!!

  26. My favorite summer veggies are tomatoes. They taste divine picked off the vine. I love them in a salad with a touch of balsamic vinegar and oil.

  27. Erin says:

    favorite summer produce: probably a tie between tomatoes and peaches!

  28. Jennifer says:

    Tomatoes. My husband asked me what I wanted to grow more of when we moved from almost zone 4 7,000 ft Durango Colorado to zone 6 Walla Walla Washington, and I said tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes.

  29. Annie says:

    I think tomatoes are my favorite summer garden goody! They’re so versatile – fresh sliced in salads or sandwiches, chopped in salsas, cooked into sauce or jam. And there are SO MANY varieties!!

  30. Samantha L. says:

    I love all things pickled! Mom’s homemade spicy cucumber slices are the best, but a pickled green tomato will also always tempt me. Pickled radish, pickled carrot, pickled okra, pickled eggs! I love them all!

  31. Michele J. says:

    Fresh tomatoes out of my garden, sliced on a plate, with basil pesto and mozzarella cheese- YUM!

  32. Karina says:

    Kale! It’s so easy to grow, and it has such a long grow season. I blanch it, roll it in donut hole sized balls and freeze them. Then I pop one in my smoothie each morning.

  33. Michele J. says:

    I love fresh tomatoes out of my garden, sliced on a plate with basil pesto and mozzarella cheese- YUM!

  34. Kedron says:

    Wow…really hard decision…fresh tomatoes and fresh corn for lunch…a childhood memory form the days we canned/froze corn that I still do today!

  35. Alanna S. says:

    I don’t honestly think I could pick. I love it all.
    But if I haaaaaaaad to… I’d have to say carrots right from the garden. There few things more satisfying (to me anyways) than uncovering those orange beauties, so sweet and crunchy and slightly warm from the soil.

    I eat them right in the garden and hide the tops so my boyfriend doesn’t know I’ve picked some. Its okay though. He does it too (except I find the evidence!!).

  36. Jane P says:

    So hard to pick just one! Nothing beats peak season, fresh local fruits and veggies! Top three would be blueberries, tomatoes, good sweet corn.

  37. Teresa Doppelmayr says:

    Berries, it doesn’t maker if strawberry, huckleberry, blackberry or blueberries. They have such great flavor fresh. I make jam and freeze for later

  38. Patricia Sakel says:

    I love green & yellow squash! I make squash casseroles & saute it; my Mom-inlaw makes an awesome pickled relish that we put on everything!

  39. Deb L says:

    Peaches fresh out of hand!

  40. Sheri Skidmore says:

    I love fresh garden tomatoes and I love making them into pasta sauce! I also love cucumbers and have had a blast this summer making them into pickles.

  41. Sarah E says:

    It is so very hard to pick just one, but I would say summer squash. I love it grilled or in the oven with olive oil and sprinkled with celery salt. So delish!

  42. Archie says:

    My favorite has to be tomatoes, its the plant that got me started in gardening and accidently growing too much is what got me into canning.

  43. Earen Hummel says:

    My favorites tend to change week to week based upon what has just come into season. Right now i am loving fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, which I like to eat with just a touch of salt. I just got a nice batch of eggplant which I plan to grill. In the winter, I crave fresh cherries and berries.

  44. Elaine Vail says:

    I know you can’t really can it, but I LOVE watermelon! I can eat it until I’m sick! lol My other summer favorite is strawberries… I love those in yogurt with granola, I love them with Nutella on them (or any form of chocolate for that matter), and I love them with shortcake and whipped cream! Fruit is my favorite! lol

  45. Darlene says:

    I love tomatos to make a refreshing insalata caprese! Juicy tomatoes – sliced, fresh mozzarella, just picked from the herb garden basil, with a light dizzle of balsamic vinegrette. Yum!

  46. Claire says:

    Cucuzza!!!love it breaded and fried or sliced and grilled-yum!!!

  47. Mary says:

    I love fresh pickling cucumbers – peeled, cut into slices, with a little salt. I like to turn them into pickles too, but you just can’t preserve that fresh taste, sadly.

  48. Judy says:

    Found fresh picked figs in my area yesterday! Oh the preserving choices.

  49. Jennifer says:

    Tomatoes! In any form, but especially tomato jam. Just made my first batch of the season last night. YUM.

  50. sara Klavan says:

    Berries, peaches, nectarines, plums, all the sweet summer fruits! I just got this book for the library, it is great. I would love to own a copy. I have a batch if jam, waiting to be preserved, in my fridge right now using a recipe from the book. Even more I would love the canning kit, since I always try to get my jars out of the pot using a pair of tongs, not fun.

  51. Ouida Lampert says:

    It has to be tomatoes for me. Simply sliced is good, and slow-roasted is wonderful!

  52. Kyle says:

    cucumbers…so versatile and so much fun to pickle…can…ENJOY!!!

  53. Michelle Yaniskivis says:

    Cherry tomatoes~ sprinkled with fresh basil and mozzorella cheese and drizzled with balsamic vineger.

  54. Georgina Kemp says:

    I volunteer for an organisation called City Fruit Harvest and its aims are to pick unwanted donated fruit and distribute it to people or organisations that work with people who may not get regular access to fresh fruit. It’s our second yeaar this year and these prises would really help us. Fruit that is too damaged to be passed on whole is preserved by way of pasturised juice or jams and chutneys. We then sell that produce to help fund the project.

    My favourite harvest fruit is pears, cherries come a close second, but I love pears. You have to wait a few days after picking to eat them, but when you do their completely different to shop bought ones. I made a yummy wild grape and paer jam last year and it was so good!

  55. Karen Rader says:

    Corn! In all it forms — but especially in corn and tomato pie!

  56. li says:

    My favorite is basil and tomato from my garden, put together with mozzarella & local balsamic in a caprese salad. Yum!

  57. Glenda says:

    I love fresh tomatoes from my garden and basil as well. Figs are delicious right off of the tree. Love your giveaway!

  58. Tracy says:

    My favorite summer veg right now is kale! I make kale chips, kale salad, put it in smoothies, etc. Yum!

  59. laura says:

    I love Crane melons, and sharlyns…freshly ripened eaten sliced out of hand.

  60. I love heirloom tomatoes, and honestly, my favorite way to enjoy them is sliced, salted and pressed between two slices of home-baked sourdough slathered with mayo.

  61. Terri says:

    My favorite summer fruits are peaches. I can MANY quarts and eat them all year long with breakfast. My favorite summer vegetables are peas. I can often be found eating them right off the vines.

  62. Jeanne in Toledo says:

    cucumbers. I eat them with a bit of salt. And usually 2 or 3 a day….love them!!

  63. Jesse Miles says:

    It is so hard to choose… this year I recently moved and have blueberry bushes in our new backyard and I am absolutely LOVING having fresh blueberries to pick for our morning breakfasts and making blueberry cobbler minutes after picking blueberries off the bushes!!

  64. Emilie Roush says:

    My favorite summer fruit is strawberries and I like to eat them in everything!

  65. cindy maurer says:

    oh so hard to choose! nectarines or blueberries with yogurt… or steamed green beans!

  66. Judi says:

    Well, that’s a no brainer. Tomatoes- sliced on bread slathered with Dukes Mayo! And of course Figs, straight off the tree….YUMMY!

  67. jen says:

    WATERMELON!!!!

    I cut it up in pieces and let them get cold in the refrigerator and then have them by itself or served with BBQ chicken and rice. Oh so YUMMY!! 🙂

    Yah for WATERMELON!!!

  68. Jeff says:

    Peaches!!!! my grandmother had a peach tree that produced about 10 bushels a year (no kidding). She had to prop the limbs up with ladders, she canned them, made pies, made cobblers, cut them up in cereal. Whenever I eat a peach it takes me back to the summer days as a kid with “Mom”

  69. Amy says:

    So hard to choose. Will have to say fresh tomatoes on a scrambled egg sandwich is my favorite.

  70. june wade says:

    Tomatos!! Tomatos!! Tomatos!!
    Slices, diced, in a salad, as a soup, in a sandwich, in a sauce……mostly just right off the vine while they are still warm from the sun. Mmmmmmmmmm Tomatos!!!

  71. Judith says:

    Peaches! I love them fresh & in salsa!

  72. Becky says:

    I love my tomatoes. There’s just so many things I can do with them fresh (pico de gallo), cooked (pizza sauce) and canned. It’s so versatile and my family loves them too.

  73. Amy says:

    I love mangoes! But not just any mangoes – the ones from the tree in my backyard: they’re fantastic. Sweet, buttery, vanilla notes, and I can put them up as jams, dried slices, and made a batch of granola with them tonight, too!

  74. Shawn says:

    My favorite summer thing is tomatoes.. now in order to properly have a tomato it has to be a Jersey Tomato and in season. I love fried green tomatoes also, but they’re usually hard for me to find here in Jersey.

  75. Mary says:

    my favorite summer veg is homegrown tomato, and i love pairing it with mozzarella and basil.

  76. Carol Beaudry says:

    I love kohlrabi. I slice it place bit in ice water for 15 min
    Then salt the slice and eat it raw.

  77. Jessica says:

    Rhubarb! Nothing says summer like strawberry -rhubarb jam on buttery toast! Or a pie 🙂

  78. Erin says:

    Peaches, fresh, maybe over vanilla ice cream

  79. Sara says:

    I’ve been enjoying the bounty of zucchini!!

  80. April says:

    Tomato!!!! In salad, or with salt and pepper, or really, in or on LOTS of things, but it is PERFECT just the way nature intended. 🙂 Store bought in the winter = very depressing! 🙁 Have to LOAD up all summer to get my fill. 🙂

  81. Karen McKenzie says:

    Tomatos!! No doubt!! Nothing from the store tastes like fresh garden tomatos! Lots of ways to use them, but tomato sandwiches are the staple snack/meal while tomatoes are ready!

  82. Mary says:

    Rhubarb- made into a jammy sauce and poured over angel food cake 🙂 serve up with some SunTea on crushed ice with grandmas frozen & sugared lemon slices. I’m ready!!

  83. erin says:

    Tomatoes and basil! Together with fresh motz, oil and balsamic vinegar. A cool glass of wine doesn’t hurt too. 🙂

  84. Jamie says:

    I love fresh cantaloupe and watermelon from our family garden. We all grab spoons and dive right in!

  85. Michelle Clarke says:

    I can’t pick one – I have three, beets, corn and tomatoes. I remember getting in trouble one summer for eating the tomatoes off the vine instead of weeding the garden. Oops! Tomatoes – fresh, fried, cooked…, I love oven roasted beets and corn is awesome any way!

  86. John Ferguson says:

    Would have to say zucchini, the whole family loves it and the only way we will not eat it is boiled like grandma used to make. We grill it, use it instead of pasta, pickle it, fry it, bake it with pesto and cheese. the list is end less. Now the fall crop is going in and it will all be canned for soups, stews and hot dishes this Winter. 🙂

  87. Jen says:

    Spicey pickled zucchini spears!!! So good and such an awesome way to deal with those giant zuchs!

  88. TwylaBeth says:

    Tomatoes are SO versatile! But I miss the super-flavorful apricots that grew in my backyard as a kid. I can’t find that flavor here.

  89. Susan ONeill says:

    I’m trying to keep the squirrels away from the plum tree…I want to make more Chinese plum sauce, spiced plum butter, and plum fruit roll-ups.

  90. Cabbage great in so many dishes and my main ingredient in my chow-chow!!!! Yummy!

  91. Tammy B. says:

    Peaches!!! Yum. Eating them fresh and making them into jam.

  92. Gail Elizabeth says:

    I love snow peas or snap peas.. To eat them right if the pole teepee.. I have some this year in my garden.. And kale.. Which I make kale chips with using the kale, olive oil, and yeast flakes..

  93. Gayle H says:

    I love yellow cherry tomatoes and raspberries both! Tomatoes right off the vine. And raspberries in jam or cobbler. Mmmmmm!

  94. Maria says:

    Tomatoes! Fried green ones are mine and my hubbies favorite!

  95. Sally Mumm says:

    Tomatoes marinated in Sun Dried Tomato dressing with feta cheese and fresh basil. Yum!

  96. Angela says:

    My favorite(s)??? 🙂 I LOVE summer fruits that we can eat fresh & make JAMS! Peaches, Blackberries, Figs, Muscadine and Cantaloupe (and yes I do put Cantaloupe in my Peach Ambrosia Jam. It is SO delicious!!!) I also love to eat yellow pear cherry tomatoes & sweet 100 cherry tomatoes right of the vine, still warm from the sun. YUM!

    P.S. One of the best things this summer was picking loads of fresh, ripe blackberries. My hubby found a HONEY of a patch!

  97. Janet Meeks says:

    What a hard question. Cherry tomatoes sit in a bowl on my counter and I eat them all day long–every time I pass by. All my tomatoes from my garden have so much flavor–just loving them every way I have used them…dried, roasted, cold packed canned, made into salsa, frozen, and of course in a bag to give away to someone who doesn’t have a garden. We have even sworn that we won’t buy any of those tasteless expensive ones in the winter. Yes, Tomatoes are the BEST!

  98. Janice says:

    Tomatoes! I love them raw in salads, in sandwiches, or alone, or cut in half and roasted with cheese and pesto smeared on top of them. This year I’m going to try canning tomatoes so I’m looking for recipes. Wish me luck!

  99. Shonda says:

    Peaches – in cobbler, with a bit of bourbon. yum!

  100. Tina Marie says:

    For fruit I would say either Tomato eaten in a BLT or BST if I have spinach available. 🙂 OR Watermelon eaten straight up!

    For veggie I would say Cucumber…… either eaten in a bell pepper, cuke, onion, feta salad or simply marinatede in rice vinegar and a little sugar.

  101. Carmen says:

    Sweet cherries. Mixed in homemade yogurt with a little honey. Baked with an oat and nut topping. Fresh on the stem. Preserves. Brandied. The list goes on and on…

  102. jess says:

    My favorite summer treat are ground cherries. I eat them straight out of the pint; they barely make it the ride home.

  103. Molly B says:

    by far, the glorious tomato. love to can them, salsa-fy them, eat them on a white bread and mayo sandwich, LOVE!

  104. Patice says:

    Tomatoes drizzled with a balsamic glaze and a little S/P. Delicious!

  105. Chad Elliott says:

    I keep it simple. I like rounds of yellow squash lightly sauteed, with a little salt & pepper and some garlic.

  106. Madeline says:

    blueberries- fresh picked or mixed with yogurt

  107. Nancy says:

    tomatoes — in a BLT. cukes — into sweet pickles. thanks for the giveaway!

  108. Sheri says:

    I love garden fresh tomatoes, sliced, on toast with just salt, pepper and mayo. It’s how I say ‘Summer’!

  109. james edel says:

    My favorite summer fruit is the tomato. My current favorite is roasting cherry tomatoes and throwing together different combinations of pasta ingredients.

  110. Krista C says:

    Delicious garden tomatoes. I miss them all year and never seem to can enough!

  111. Christina says:

    What a great summer giveaway! My current summer favorite are blueberries and I am looking forward to using them in a blueberry pie. I just found a great recipe for canned blueberry pie filling.

  112. kristina johnston says:

    I love love zucchini and i liked it dipped in beaten egg coated with bread crumbs and just lightly browned in butter on both sides!! Yummy!

  113. Barbara says:

    Fresh herbs from my garden along with homegrown heirloom tomatoes and grilled peaches! YUMMMM!

  114. Jodi Khouri says:

    My favorite summer fruit is blueberries. I love to eat them with milk & sugar. I also make jam with them, freeze them and make blueberry topping.

  115. Tracyk says:

    Grilled peaches…either plain in all their naturally sweet glory, or with a very thin layer of honey spread on the cut end and a small dash of cinnamon. Seriously, nature’s best dessert.

  116. Holly says:

    Eggplant…grilled, baked, sautéed! Yum!

  117. I love so many it is hard to pick just one. I love fresh tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, peppers, raspberries, blueberries, apples, cherries and more just picked off the vine/tree/bush.I miss raspberry freezer jam my mom made. There is nothing like it!

  118. Lina says:

    Zukes sautéed with lots of garlic!

  119. Tomatoes. No Question. Green tomato jam, sauce, ketchup, salsa, barbecue sauce, bloody mary mix…. tomatoes are magical!!

  120. My favorite summer fruit would have to be all the wild Alaskan berries! I like to eat them straight from the plant… no processing needed!

  121. Alisa Bakrt says:

    It is hard to narrow down. One of my favorites is green onions fresh out of the garden. Of course raspberries come in close behind.

  122. Gary Warren says:

    My favorite is a fruit that we all call a veggie. A tomato of course. Best are heirloom tomatoes on fresh baked bread (whole wheat is a favorite). I like some spices sprinkled on the tomato and some good mayo. That way nothing really is in competition that great tomato flavor and just complements it perfectly. Top it off with lemonade, limeade or a sweet tea. That’s it. Hungry yet?

  123. Lisa Coleman says:

    My favorite summer fruit are blackberries and love blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream! My favorite veggie is corn on the cob. I learned from Pinterest to add 2 tbs of vinegar and 2 tbs of sugar to the water. You don’t even need butter….it tastes yummy without!

  124. kathy brown says:

    I love tomatoes,fresh off the vine,or cooked,I just made my first tomatoe pie.Also peaches,I could eat them every day.

  125. Livia Van Steenbergen says:

    My favourite summer fruit would be raspberries. I have hundreds of them ripening daily. My kids and I love going out in the yard, early in the morning and picking them. They are smeared all over their faces and clothes, but it’s so worth it! Most days we picked them and eat them on the spot, other days we make tarts with custard in them and cover them with raspberries. We’ve also made a few jars of jam already that we have enjoyed almost daily. My favourite vegetable would be sorrels. We make a delicious puree, that looks almost like spinach purée and eat them with either meats, or on its own. They can also be canned as a purée. Thank you!

  126. Kristi Allain says:

    Tomatoes – warm and fresh off the vine.

  127. Lindsay says:

    Summer squash! Pickled!! And grilled.

  128. Amanda says:

    This year, I’m obsessed with grilling summer fruits. I love grilled watermelon on a salad. Also, grilled peaches. They’re so good I just grab a fork and eat them off the grill, but they’d be amazing with pork or chicken or even with ice cream!

  129. Lynnette Dodge says:

    I do love the versatility of tomatoes, but my favorite is probably cucumbers (veggie) and my favorite fruit is nectarines. I can’t get enough of both during this time of year!

  130. HopefulLeigh says:

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite! Summer to me is all about chunks of watermelon and then fresh corn on the cob dripping with salt and butter.

  131. Michelle says:

    Hands down my favorite summer fruit is watermelon! I like it chopped in squares and ice cold! Yummy.

  132. Amy Day says:

    Blueberries! I love to make blueberry syrup that I can serve on toast, pancakes, ice cream and so many other yummy things. It gives me a little bit of summer all year long.

  133. Debra Sturgill says:

    I am looking forward to canning tomato sauce for the first time!

  134. I love a good tomato. Just bite into like an apple!!

  135. krista says:

    Tomatoes. With just coarse salt. Mmmm.

  136. RhondaTM77 says:

    All vegetables and fruits! but my favorite to plant and eat are Zucchini & Yellow squash.

  137. Barb says:

    My favorite summer fruit is blueberries. Last summer I froze 40 lbs of them and we ran out in early May. I guess we need to freeze 50 lbs this year. I love them straight, in smoothies, in jam, in pancakes, and in salads. They are good in almost anything!

  138. De Peaslee says:

    I love fresh tomatoes, the uglier the better, made into a sandwich with a slice of onion and mayo. 🙂

  139. What a tough question! I LOVE most all of the fruits and vegetables of summer! I love beets roasted on the grill or in the oven, radishes fresh or roasted with lemon juice and butter, TOMATOES, of course – on a sandwich or chopped up with olive oil, basil, and vinegar, cucumbers most any way, fresh lettuce from the garden, raspberries (can’t manage to do anything with them b/c I eat them all), peaches (love them fresh or baked with honey on a puff pastry), and blueberries.

  140. Colleen says:

    I love in season berries… Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries… and I love them lots of ways. Right off the bush, in smoothies, made into jams and jellies, in cakes, in pies… just about any way. 🙂

  141. Katie McDonald says:

    My favorite is tomatoes! I love heirloom tomatoes in different colors..all those bursting flavors. I like to make simple caprese salads with basil and fresh mozzarella.

  142. Michele Delp says:

    Our favorite thing from our garden/yard is our homemade peach melba pie filling. It’s wonderful since we use our own fresh peaches & raspberries:)

  143. Rosemary says:

    I LOVE fresh sweet corn! I get a kind called Incredible Sweet Corn at our Farmer’s Market and honestly I am ruined for life for any other type! I would like to learn to can corn so that I can have this yummy treat year round 🙂

  144. Karen says:

    Tomatoes – any which way! Raw or cooked, in every form they are my favorite.

  145. gail says:

    favorite fruit: strawberries, especially in a good jam

  146. MANDA says:

    I like summer squash!

  147. Kelly Oswald says:

    My favorite summer fruit are raspberries. I love them for snacks, on cereal, waffles or ice cream, or in salads or smoothies. My kids also love them and eat almost an entire flat on a walk back from the West Seattle Farmer’s Market! My favorite summer veggie is corn on the cob-soaked in the husk for 2 hours or more and then barbequed. Of course with lots of butter and salt!

  148. carrie s says:

    Tomatoes are my favorite! The stores are like eating a thing not a tomato. The fresh taste and flavorful flavor of a fresh tomato is like eating a slice of heaven. No need for salt on them. They make the best salsa, stewed, canned it doesn’t matter what you put them in as they make the whole dish just scrumptious. Now add fresh basil and onions and you are in a pool of delight. There is nothing better the fresh grown foods weather from your own garden, friend, family’s or a local farm.

  149. peaches, eat them fresh and mix into a salsa for grilled meats, and of course, watermelon, cut and fresh! so cooling when its so darned hot outside 🙂

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, April! Here in Seattle we are dying for some hotter weather… send us some, please! Thanks for entering our giveaway and stay tuned for a peach almond tart recipe coming up later this month!

  150. carolyn thomson says:

    my favorite summer time fruit is watermelon,and i prepare it into a cakeless fruitcake.i do this by layering watermalon,a cream cheese and yogurt mixture,blueberries,and strawberries.its a fun way to get the kids involved and a yummy dessert for all.

  151. Pam Hill says:

    My favorite fruits of summer are peaches and watermelon. I like them both lightly chilled with no salt or sugar. My favorite veggies of summer are cucumbers and tomatoes. Nothing cools me down like a cool cucumber, again no salt

  152. Deborah Lincicum says:

    I LOVE FRESH tomatos.

  153. Shena Elkins says:

    This is really our 1st year to have much of a garden, it’s still small but has really flourished and done amazing. I enjoy all of the fresh vegies out of it but my favorite I must say is the sweet peas that I planted. I enjoy picking them and opening the pod and eating those sweet little round peas right there! It brings back wonderful childhood memories of my Granddad and his garden. 🙂

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Shena – this is the first year for my small backyard garden, too! My biggest successes were pea pods, carrots and green beans. Isn’t it rewarding to see how much you can grow yourself? Thanks for entering our giveaway!

  154. Grace Soft Breeze-Sonier says:

    This is a tough question, there are so many good things to choose from the majority are all so good! Not totally a fair question! LOL. But if I have to choose….I would have to say…Blueberries! Such a wonderful fruit and so good for you too. 🙂 My favorite way to eat Blueberries is fresh with raspberries and blackberries, piled high on top of fry bread, topped with a luscious scoop of vanilla ice cream or greek yogurt (depending on my mood) drizzled with a homemade caramel sauce! Yummo!

  155. Jakki Campbell says:

    I LOVE tomatoes. I eat them like a apple with a little salt and pepper. I also eat them with just about everything. I also can them with onions, green peppers and garlic.

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Jakki – this is definitely the month for tomatoes! We’ll be posting an heirloom tomato recipe a little later this month, so stay tuned. Thanks for entering our giveaway!

  156. Marla says:

    WoW! Favorite summer fruit or vegetable!! That is a tough one! Everything is so good when it has been splashed by the heat of the summer sun! Right now, I would say it has got to be beautiful blueberries or ripe, juicy tomatoes! Nothing like homegrown tomatoes!

  157. Vicki Frasher says:

    Nash’s carrots can’t be beat and are delicious just the way they are or using them in the “Carrots de la Fez” recipe from PCC. Home run every time. For fruit, it would have to be a Washington peach. Even better if it’s in a buttery cobbler with lots of crumble on top!

  158. Jennifer Winkle says:

    I love all the summer vegies like: cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, onions, bella mushrooms, and of course fresh basil, parsley and oregano, and chives. Let these all simmer in a crock pot for a day and make some brown rice and sprinkle some sharp cheddar and enjoy!!!!

  159. Maggie Carey says:

    I love the bounty of this season from cucumbers and peppers to mounds of fresh tomatoes. Canning is a great way to extend this seasons harvest into next!

  160. Erika Napier says:

    My favorite summertime fruits/vegetables are cantaloupe and tomatoes. I like to eat them straight from the garden. I cut up the cantaloupe and serve it with every meal and same with the tomatoes. They are a great addition to a country breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Erika! Have you tried the Crenshaw Melon? I’d love to know how you rate the taste compared to cantaloupe! Thanks for entering our giveaway. 🙂

  161. Helen says:

    I love all kinds of summer squash but my very favorite is yellow crook-neck. Picked when small, cut into rounds, then sauteed with a little butter, olive oil, salt, pepper and summer savory – now that makes a perfect meal for me!

  162. jacquie says:

    oh that is a really hard question…..

    at this moment i would say blackberries – in part because they are so fragile and don’t last long so it makes them all the more appealing when one is lucky enough to come across them.

    • MaryMiller says:

      Jacquie – we struggle to keep the blackberries on our hillside under control – they are SO aggressive we are constantly trying to cut them back! The only good part is eating the fruit… the berries kind of make up for the rest. Blackberry cobbler is definitely one of my summer dessert favorites, too.

  163. Pamela Morgan says:

    I love so many fruits and veggies. But my favorite would have to be fresh peaches. I love to eat them many ways, like pies and crepes, but my favorite is fresh right from the tree. I have gardened all of my life since the age of 12. I moved to Arizona about 5 years ago and found it’s definitely a challenge here. I’m still working out some problems, but I like the two growing seasons!

    • MaryMiller says:

      Ah, fresh peaches. Good choice, Pamela – those are one of my favorite summer fruits, too! I think Joy is planning to make a peach almond tart later this month, so stay tuned for a new peach recipe! 🙂

  164. Joy and Mary
    I have “harvest pics” from my garden too that I would love to share. Let me know if I can send pics to you and if that can be viewed. Very fun!

    This summer I have a new favorite fruit that I wish I would have discovered much earlier in my (eh-hem) 39 years :): the Crenshaw Melon (also billed as the Orange Fleshed Melon). It makes the cantaloupe a thing of the past for me. The melon is the same size, shape and smoothness of a honeydew melon on the outside, but the heavenly horns are a blowin’ when you cut into this God-sent fruit as its juices flow. Very tender, ripe and juicy ‘meat’ resembling the ripest cantaloupe but the flavor just rocks your world and is the sweetest thing I am gravitating toward nowadays.

    My son and I have shared a whole melon in the time it took for me to cut it off the rind which leaves the rest of the household asking….”didn’t we have a melon to cut up for dessert…?” A silent, yet secretive, glance and shrug is shared between us in response to that question.

    Tip: use a large melon-baller to make 4-5 balls of the melon, skewer, pat dry a bit, and strewn a touch of caramel over the top for a healthy summer dessert item. I guarantee this will be just as drippy as a popsicle would be.

    • JoyAldrich says:

      WOW! Michelle, I am drooling just thinking about that delicious melon…and then…wait for it…caramel on top?! That’s just CRAZY talk! Thanks for sharing (and send me your pics!).

  165. Julie says:

    I love cucumbers. I love them year round but fresh from a garden they are like nothing else. I like to eat them plain, in a salad, with vinegar and water and onion, with dip and a friend of mine even got me eating cucumber sandwiches. Yum!

    • JoyAldrich says:

      I’m coo-coo for cucumbers, too, Julie! I’m making a marinated cucumber salad for dinner tonight – look for the recipe later this week 😉

  166. Marie McFadden says:

    and not that great at following instructions 🙂 My favorites in summer are peaches, watermelon, cherries (Ranier!) and all veggies – I like them fresh 🙂

  167. Marie McFadden says:

    I have great memories of helping momma can tomatoes and peaches, peach syrup. Later I had a large garden and practiced on a number of canning goods – some good and some not so 🙂

    It’s been awhile, but I am starting up a small garden, and, like ya’ll, would like to can a few things of summer for those long days in winter so I can taste the summer sun in winter 🙂

    Bravo ladies!
    Marie

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