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Local This Weekend: Juicy Texas Watermelon, Figs, Arugula and More!

July 5, 2012

What are you doing today?  We’re gearing up for about 15,000 lbs of Texas watermelon that’s about to be delivered to our door!  Yes, all the co-op style produce shares will be getting a 20-30 lb Texas watermelon this weekend!  Here are more of the local items we’re planning* for your share…

*There are several more items in your share – this is just a list of the local items.  When working with fresh produce, availability can sometimes change last-minute.  We do our best to let you know what’s coming ahead of time, but sometimes things do change, especially when working with local farmers.  Thanks for your understanding!

Here are some photos & recipes for you…

Watermelon

Juicy Texas watermelon

Our favorite way to eat watermelon is to simply squeeze fresh lime juice all over it and suck it down.  Here are a few recipe ideas if you’re looking for something different…

Figs

Figs from Gundermann Acres

Figs are high in natural simple sugars, minerals, and fiber. Figs are fairly rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese.

Figs are often recommended to nourish and tone the intestines because they are a very good source of fiber. They are also a good source of potassium, an important consideration in helping to control blood pressure. Figs are among the most highly alkaline foods, making them useful in supporting the proper pH of the body.

You’re probably just going to want to pop these in your mouth and eat them whole…but if you want a recipe, here are a few ideas…

What Is Arugula?

Arugula is a wonderfully “spicy” green that can be eaten the same way you would spinach.  Try throwing it in a pan with sautéed onions and mushrooms. Heat a pan on medium low with olive oil and add sliced or chopped onions.  Sprinkle some sea salt and let it cook low and slow for about 20 minutes.  As it starts to soften and become a slightly brown color, add the sliced mushrooms and then arugula.  Use this as a filling for fajitas, topping on a grass-fed beef or bison burger, or atop of a hot bowl of polenta and raw cheese for a veggie bowl like none other.

Our other favorite way to use arugula is to eat it raw.  Make bite-sized lettuce wraps with them.  Wrap the arugula around eggs and chicken sausage in the morning or try grass-fed beef with raw pepper jack.  Delicious!

Here’s one more arugula recipe for ya…

Okra

So you’ve got lots of local okra to eat…now what?  Here are 5 ways to eat and enjoy it!

Jacky Morrison on the tractor at Morrison Organic Farm

Okra plants at Morrison Organic Farm

Okra fields at Morrison Organic Farm

Thank you for being a part of Urban Acres and supporting Texas farmers and local, organic produce!  We ♥ our farmers, and we ♥ you!

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