The Heat of Summer is Upon Us by Chelsea Dye

You may not be a fan of the intense heat or the humidity of our southern summer, there is plenty to be thankful for in the way of fresh local fares. The final weeks of summer bring us the last of this season’s harvest. Our very own Forsyth Farmers’ Market connects the local farmers with our community to savor & share in the fruits of their labor.

As a mom, creative cook, and the owner of Blend & Press wellness bar, our local farmers’ market is a life essential. My family, my team & my customers enjoy my unique and creative approach to fueling, healing and enlivening the body. We couldn’t do this without our local produce and farmers.

As a true lover of the market & all things fresh, my grocery list for the week (both for business and home) is built off the vibrant market array. I have learned to be practical, budget conscious & creative through my commitment to using the market as a primary source. Summer is plentiful & our creative juices are in full swing during this season.

Peaches, watermelon, blueberries & plums are among our favorite sweeter fruits. We wait with excitement for the arrival of pears in August. At my shop & at home we are stocking up on the last of the cucumber as it goes out of season. Tomatoes, okra & beans grace our market basket in these dwindling days of summer . Greens are a mainstay and foundation of our summer fuel.

Journey with us as we think beyond some of the traditional ways produce can be used in the south. No need to fry your greens, sweeten and bake your fruits or stew your produce to oblivion.

Our top market basket picks this week are blueberries, basil, peaches, peppers, sunflower shoot, and micro-greens. Come see how we get creative with these beauties. Every newsletter I will share a recipe on how to get creative in the kitchen with our favorites.

Think fresh. Think healthy. Think what will make your family happy now & In The future. There are SO many ways to please and excite every palette with our local loves.

Now it’s your turn to make the market a foundation in your kitchen!

With GREENS & Gratitude,

Chelsea Dye

Final Note:

Follow Blend & Press Wellness Bar through our social media for exciting new, practical and wallet wise ways to eat our local fresh fares. Get creative & healthier in your kitchen with our favorites! Dig deeper into our plant based wellness summer tips, tricks by following us @blendpresswellnessbar. Visit our site https://blendandpresswellnessbar.com/.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Savannah Summer limeade cooler

Serves 2-3

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 cup peaches, chopped & pits removed

8 ounces coconut water

1/2 cup ice

Juice of 1-2 limes depending on your preference for sweetness.

Touch of Himalayan salt

Sweeten to taste if needed. We suggest

*1 tbsp local honey

*1/2 ripe banana (not local but will give a creaminess )

MAKE IT a summer BASIL cooler

Add 2 tablespoons finely Chopped ( stems removed ) fresh basil to recipe above prior to blending.
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender without the sweetener of choice

Blend until Combined completely.

Remove and taste (*just like people, every fruit tastes slightly different based on harvesting, ripeness, and origin)

Add sweetener of choice