|July: Wisconsin Produce Galore
July and August bring us the Dog Days of Summer, but with those sultry temperatures come some great fruits and vegetables.
While Wisconsin is known for dairying, fruits and vegetables are an important part of Wisconsin’s agriculture industry. Wisconsin ranks first in the nation for production of cranberries, ginseng, and snap beans for processing, ranks second in the nation for carrot production, and third in the nation for sweet corn for processing and green peas for processing.
savorwisconsin.com is here to help you find your local fruits and vegetables and can also connect you with some resources to help you prepare them. The Wisconsin Product Listing on savorwisconsin.com lists nutrition, selection, storage, and availability information for many Wisconsin fruits and vegetables.
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The Growing Season guide on SavorWisconsin.com indicates when Wisconsin’s fruits and vegetables come into season. Several vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach, come into season during July, but these dates are approximate due to variations during the growing season.
Checking out farmers’ markets or visiting a local farm are two great ways to find out about different types of produce and to learn how to prepare new recipes. You can search savorwisconsin.com for producers as well as searching the new farmers’ market directory to locate the business that best fits your needs.
Here is one example of an easy recipe using chard, a well-known but sometimes unappreciated vegetable. It can be cooked like spinach or used in a fresh salad.
1 bunch chard
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. minced garlic
1 T. minced lemon zest
salt and crushed red pepper or finely minced fresh red pepper
Rinse chard and shake off excess water. Slice into ¾ inch ribbons. Saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add chard, toss, cover, and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add lemon zest, salt, and red pepper. Serve.
Recipe courtesy of Harmony Valley Farm, Viroqua, Wisconsin.
Statistical rankings from the 2003 Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics guide, Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics Service.