Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What's In Season - June (Northern California)


With the kids out of school and summer fun just around the corner -- it's time to start thinking about our annual Mid Summers Party (very Victorian). Everyone must indulge me and wear something festive - as fairies, elves and magic rule the evening. I usually make a somewhat traditional Swedish meal - which my kids love. There will also be music and dancing under the stars. I can't wait!!

Cucumber Salad (a little something from the menu -- my daughter Faith's favorite)
Ingredients :

2 large cucumbers
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

June - (Northern California)
n = newly in season
p = peak of season
w = winding down
• beans, green (n)
• beets (w)
• carrots (w)
• corn (n)
• cucumber (n)
• garlic (n)
• eggplant (n)
• greens: kale• lettuces (w)
• onions, red
• onions, sweet: Vidalia (p)
• onions, sweet: Walla Walla (w)
• peas: English / shelling (w)
• potatoes
• squash, summer (n)
• tomatoes (n)
• apricots (p)
• berries: blackberries (p)
• berries: blueberries
• berries: boysenberries (p)
• berries: loganberries
• berries: olallieberries (n)
• berries: raspberries (p)
• berries: strawberries
• cherries (n)
• figs, Black Mission (n)
• grapes (n)
• limes (p)
• melons: cantaloupe (n)
• melons: honeydew (n)• melons: watermelon (n)
• nectarines (n)
• peaches (n)
• pineapple

(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)


Suzanne said...

The figs look so delicious. My Italian neighbor makes a delicious cookie at Christmastime using fresh figs as the base for a delicious filling.

I just bought a huge box of long beans. I have no idea what they are or how to cook them but I'm going to try.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Krissy said...

Great photos and such a helpful list! My husband and I always think of figs as a "fall/winter" thing. Good to know!

love.boxes said...

My daughter has gone strawberry crazy this summer.. which is fine with me.. I'm so glad that she's discovering healthy treats can be even more delish since you feel better after you've eaten them.

Have so much fun with your family!

Sarah said...

Have fun with the family. Sometimes we just need the gals in our life to perk us up. Oh! Please post some of your party pics. Would love for you to share! Sounds so fun...a Victorian Party. You have to elaborate more!

Liz said...

Once again... your an incredible source of food info! Thanks.

Sasha said...

Sorry to hear you are not feeling well!
I hope you have a wonderful time with Stacey and the girls!
Love to you,

Sabina said...

Hi Sasha,

I've been meaning to email you. How is your house coming along? I would love to see some pictures. We're all so excited that Stacey and the girls are back in California - hopefully for good very soon.

Lots of love to you and your beautiful family. Give your dad and mom a big hug from all of us!!

Love, Sabina ~

Mya said...

I hope you enjoy your family. The party sounds magical. Take care of yourself. Hope you are okay.

Fifi Flowers said...

that sorbet looks divine!

Sabina said...

I thought that sorbet with sugared frozen grapes was simple and perfect for June.

Thanks for stopping by!!

M.Kate said...

Hi Sabina
Wonderful post and love those pictures! So wonderful :) Happy weekend :)

Ashley L. said...

gorgeous pictures! i love this post! :)

Linda Lou said...

I love this time of year-excited to make anything with fresh berries - like a berry crostata-which I probably will sell at the market this Sunday-I was up in the Bay Area two weeks ago for my daughter's graduation from SF State-took a road trip to Mendocino-so beautiful!!

Sabina said...

Hello Ms. Linda Lou - great to hear from you!! I was just talking about and planning a trip to Mendocino myself(so beautiful). My husband and I celebrated our 1 year(dating - lol)anniversary there many years ago and it holds special meaning for us. Congratulations to your daughter -- time sure does fly by!!


Gail, northern California said...

Hi Sabina,
This has nothing to do with today's post but I was wondering if you read the NY Times article today about the closure of your beloved Jack London Park. I went back to your post of February 23, 2010 to relive your thoughts about that wondrous place.

Sabina said...

Hi Gail - so good to hear from you!

I did read that article and have been following closely any updates -- it's my understanding that effective June 1st,11 the Jack London State Park will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays "for now."

The Valley of the Moon Natural History Association has for the last 34 years provided financial support for the park. I am working with many others to prevent the permanent closure of this beautiful, historic park.

I really should do a blog on this -- you and others (even outside California) can help by going to this link -

Just leave a message & it will be sent to your legislators as well as Governor Brown.

Thanks again Gail - have a wonderful day!!


Beth said...

I love the idea of your midsummer party. Very festive!

Gail, northern California said...

Thank you for your quick response, Sabina.
I think it's pretty high-handed of the state to close some of these parks that have been lovingly restored with donations and hundreds and hundreds of hours of volunteer labor. I have firsthand knowledge with the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. Before he died, my friend was a volunteer with the Coast Guard and spent many, many weekends over on the coast helping with the restoration. As a matter of fact, his wife held his memorial service there and spread his ashes at the headlands of Point Cabrillo (this is near Mendocino). I will definitely check out the link you provided.

Meg the Wild Child said...

Sabina! How did I miss this post! Gosh, that sorbet looks simply divine! I *LOVE* the idea of your midsummer's party - what fun! I hope you will take some pics and share them with us! Oooh, and that fig looks gorgeous too :)

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