Hello, everyone, and welcome to episode 20 of what gets you Cooking!

If you’re wondering, what we are going to cook in the next season.

If you want to get inspired by the different produce / colors / smells / and good memories… listen to this episode!

Today I wanted to share a super simple episode about my favorite summer produce and recipes:
I feel very lucky to be in a region (the Bay Area) where I get access to a lot of food variety and extra lucky that a lot of the produce is the same as what I had as a kid in the South of France.

My 5 summer favorites are all fruits:

  1. Cherries, because I remember picking them in my grandfather’s orchard or at friends’,
  2. and
  3. Peaches and apricots that I used to get in boxes from my grandma’s orchards
  4. Watermelon
  5. Tomatoes

For the lucky locals, I want to share where I found the best tomatoes I had tasted in years:

  • Pie Ranch – in Pescadero (close to Santa Cruz): they have some by the case and that’s what we use to freeze or can at the end of summer. I LOVE their products + I LOVE the project around it: I first heard it from a non profit consultant who was helping them fundraising and they are amazing! Pie Ranch’s founding partners shared a vision “to create a regenerative farming and food system education center to build community; provide a space for healing our relationships with ourselves, each other and the earth; steward the land and the environment; sequester carbon through climate friendly farming techniques; empower young people; train new farmers; make healthy food accessible to Bay Area communities; leverage privilege to address systemic racism and oppression; and build strategic partnerships”.
  • Mariquita Farm – in Watsonville (close to Santa Cruz too) does a drop off in SF in the East Bay, in the Peninsula and in Santa Cruz and cities around. Their promise is this: “We promise you fresh, organically grown vegetables and fruits. We promise you good recipes and an interesting newsletter that will inform you about the production of your food. We promise you fair prices and a commitment to quality. And we promise we will do our best to make you happy.”

Those 2 places are really my favorites for tomatoes + I love the project they have around growing food + I (as a lot of others) am a fan of Andi’s newsletter!

RECIPES: (I’ll add to the website)

  1. Cherry custard Clafouti
  2. Roasted peaches and goat cheese / almonds balls salad
  3. Tomatoes and watermelon salad: I first heard of at a farmer’s market in NC. (I have to admit, I wasn’t convinced on paper but fell in love with it as soon as I tried it.)

I’ll talk to you in 2 weeks !
In the meantime, have fun in your kitchen!