#ygkChallenge: Share Your Seasonal Recipe

seasonal recipe, local produce, Kingston, OntarioWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Make a recipe featuring seasonal fruits or vegetables! Summertime is the best time of year to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of Nature’s bounty. From fresh-picked sweet strawberries in June and July to juicy, ripe field tomatoes gathered from July to October, you just can’t beat the taste of local produce.

How to know what is in season and when? Foodland Ontario has a great website which lets you know what fruits and vegetables are currently ripe for the picking. For example, July is the season for an abundance of vegetables including, beans, summer squash, sweet potatoes, carrots and tomatoes. The site also boosts a bountiful selection of recipes featuring produce from apples to zucchini for you to pursue.

You may have some of these fruits and vegetables growing in your own garden or community plot, or you may receive them as part of your community food share. If not, you can pick them up at one of Kingston’s farmers’ markets or even in the grocery stores, which often carry local and Ontario seasonal produce.

Have fun with this week’s challenge and if you have/find a great recipe, please post it below!

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Thanks to Amazing Almonds for today’s photo of a brie, berry and almond salad. Recipe found here.

Melinda Knox

Melinda Knox has retired as a contributor to Kingstonist. She is a self-proclaimed foodie, whose regular Food & Drink column for Kingstonist explored the local culinary scene. From food trucks to fine dining, her mouth watering reviews were served with a generous side of honesty.

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