Monday, June 23, 2008

Summertime Means Fresh, Local Produce Time

At Farmhouse Wares, we love summertime because the fresh local produce is in abundance most everywhere. Getting out to your local farm stand is a great way to support the farmers and stimulate your community’s economy. It’s a great opportunity to connect with the growers and learn more about how your produce was raised. You’ll be helping the planet too because it takes a lot of fuel to ship much of the produce found in grocery stores.

Heading to the 5J Creamee and Pasiecnik Farmstand, located in Whately, MA is one of our favorite summertime jaunts. We celebrated the solstice with a big cone of their yummy ice cream and their freshly harvested strawberries. They use organic growing methods, so they’re not laced with pesticides. They taste so much better than any conventional strawberry that I get spoiled, making it hard to consume strawberries when they’re not in season. Thanks to my friend Robin, I learned you can freeze them, so we can enjoy them all year in smoothies and other sweet treats. Be sure to head out to the 5J Creamee or to your local farm stand soon because the season for these mouth-watering berries is fleeting.