PEAK BERRY SEASON AT THE MARKET
If you can ignore the sweltering heat, this is the best time of year at the farmers' market. Why, might you ask? Because it is the only time that all the berries overlap each other in the season, not to mention all of the heirloom tomatoes, stone fruit and the beginning of chili pepper season. I went to my local greenmarket over the weekend (it was sooo hot out!) and was surprised to see strawberries still available - that doesn’t happen often! But, always, there is a short window where blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and cherries come together. This is the time that I make a mad rush to get a mixed berry jam going and, of course, possibly a new tart recipe.
It’s also the time that I start to think about preserving, whether it be canning tomato sauce, pickling cherry peppers, freezing the berries, or creating syrups or shrubs to enjoy in a cocktail later! Below are some recipes I may be bringing back for this limited berry season! Enjoy!