Ack! It is June already! Cold, rainy May is finally behind us and now we can concentrate on summer F-U-N that is just around the corner. I love the month of June, boasting the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the arrival of Strawberry Season.
Nothing tastes as good as fresh, homegrown Ontario strawberries after our self-imposed fast from last summer. I head to the local PYO (pick-your-own) farm a few miles from the Homestead and come back laden with hefty baskets filled with luscious, red, ripe fruit. Some are made into muffins and desserts, others into jams and preserves, but mostly, they are frozen to be enjoyed through the coming months long after berry season finishes. I refuse to buy those cardboard lookalikes that are devoid of any flavour in the grocery store, total waste of money IMO.
June also brings patio weather, family BBQ’s and campfires, fishing trips and loads of other outdoor activities. We Canuck’s have an urgency when summer finally makes an appearance, we spend every waking moment outside soaking up the sun’s warm rays and playing in the snow free landscape before Jack Frost arrives in September reminding us that winter will soon be here again.
It is also a busy gardening month, tending to plants that were set into the ground in May, picking early radishes, lettuces and peas and watching the tomatoes sprout a million flowers. In season, local produce heavily influences my meal planning as we head into June, I always look forward to fresh, home-grown ingredients to grace our table and I hope you do too!
This week’s menu has repeats from last week due to time constraints. A couple meal ideas were replaced with quicker options during a very short and very hectic work week. As my work life enters the traditional summer slow-down period, I will have more time to get what I actually plan onto the dinner table.
Say goodbye to May and embrace the arrival of June, have a safe and fun-filled weekend!