A Delicious Summer Recipe
Some of you may remember that my husband, Cody, recently started a small organic farm and market garden called Homegrown Family Produce. We have a twenty member CSA (otherwise know as a crop share), run a roadside stand, and are planning to sell at the local farmer’s market. The kids and I love having Cody working right at home in our backyard. Being able to see him throughout the day is wonderful. This new adventure has been very exciting for our family!
One of the most rewarding aspects of running a farm is being able to enjoy fresh picked vegetables on a daily basis. Pretty much every meal we eat is based around what is currently being harvested which is seasonal eating at its finest. Seasonal eating means that you are eating foods at the time of the year that they are being grown or when they are “in-season”.
Some examples include eating strawberries early in the summer, zucchini and cucumbers in the heat of summer, and butternut squash in the fall. This is very beneficial for your body because produce has the most nutrients the closer it is to the time it has been harvested. Plus, it is usually cheaper to buy produce that is in season. I have had so much fun coming up with new recipes to utilize all our nutritious produce.
Our tomato plants have been growing in the greenhouse since the spring so they are ready to harvest much earlier this year than in previous seasons. Since the hot peppers and green peppers are ready as well, the obvious choice was to make salsa! This was the first batch of salsa I made this year but I plan on making a ton throughout the season.
Almost every ingredient in this salsa comes from our garden which makes it even more delicious!
Garden Fresh Salsa
- 3 medium tomatoes
- 1 green pepper
- 2 jalapeno peppers
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 small onion
- 1 /2 tsp salt
Coarsely chop the tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onion, and cilantro. Remove the seeds from the tomatoes and peppers.
Place the chopped ingredients in a blender or food processor.
Pour in the lime juice and sprinkle in the salt.
Blend the ingredients together for about 15 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Just pulse a few times if you prefer larger chunks of tomato and pepper.
Chill the salsa before eating if desired. It can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Ways To Use It
Time to break out the tortilla chips!! This salsa is a delicious snack that pretty much everyone will enjoy. The recipe only makes about 4 servings of salsa so feel free to double or even triple the recipe depending on the quantity you want to make.
Other ways to use salsa:
- Mix it in with Mexican beans and rice for extra flavor.
- Use it as a base for chili or tortilla soup.
- Add it to guacamole instead of having to take the time to chop up tomatoes, onion, garlic, etc.
- Make salsa in large batches and can/store it in the freezer. You will be so happy you put in the extra work when you have fresh salsa to eat this winter.