Utah’s Seasonal Produce in June

Written by Becky
June in Utah makes me think of the sounds of rushing streams out the window as we drive up the canyon for a hike, picnics over our large checkered blanket in the park, and taking the first taste of seasonal produce that sprouts from the Utah dirt. June brings arugula, beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, kale, leeks, a variety of lettuce, onions, ramps and swiss chard.
Buying local food makes sense for a number of reasons: it helps local farmers thrive and, given that the average estimate of how far food travels before it arrives on your plate ranges from 1,200 to 2,500 miles, it greatly reduces energy consumption. Purchasing locally grown food also allows you to enjoy food at the peak of freshness. Thanks to the proliferation of local Farmers’ Markets across the country, it’s relatively easy to shop for local food.

Every month I’ll be posting a new image for you to use, if you wish, as your desktop image that also lists the seasonal produce for Utah during that month. Transferring the image to your desktop is just two easy steps:

Step 1 Click on June Wallpaper Image on right side bar, this will open the image in a new window on your screen
Step 2 Once image loads on a new page, right click (or ctrl-click) image and select ‘use image as desktop picture’

Step 3 If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference screen (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.

I hope this encourages you to eat seasonally and locally! (I’m speaking to myself as well.)
Here are some recipes using the seasonal ingredients for June from local bloggers.
Sweet Potato Leek Soup by Delightful Delicacies
Baked Swiss Chard with Parmesan by Kalyn’s Kitchen
Zuppa Toscana Soup with Kale by Two Peas and Their Pod
Carrot and Coconut Curry Soup by Delightful Delicacies
If you have any more produce to add to my June list, please let me know.  Also, here is a great list of things to do around Utah in June by i heart salt lake.
What do you like to eat in June?

Comments (14)

  1. Becky- I LOVE this. A beautiful photo and a great reminder to eat fresh and local! Last night I made a whole wheat spaghetti with braised kale and it was delicious! Thanks for including me!!

  2. Such a great idea. Thanks for including me in the roundup. I can't wait for the Farmers Market to open.

  3. I just added ramps to the list. They are early season garlic. Most of the garlic flavor is in the stem, with a mild garlic flavor in the bulb. (info from chef Tom)

  4. Yay for warmer weather! I love arugula salad with a lemon vinaigrette dressing :) I cannot wait for the farmer's market to start.

  5. Beautiful photo. i love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing this list of fresh produce and great recipes!

    I also love peas this time of year, but with the cold weather and late snow they'll be here later than sooner. :)

  6. Rhubarb is always abundant here in Logan, as is Asparagus.. Fresh Rhubarb lemonade… Barely blanched asparagus and goat cheese quiche…throw in some of those ramps.. YUM!! ;0

  7. I love this too.. We have lots of Fresh Rhubarb and Asparagus here in Logan… I love Fresh Rhubarb Mint lemonade or Rhubarb Mint Spritzers.. and of Course Rhubarb Jams…

    I like Asparagus, lightly blanched, with just a touch of salt.. or diced and in a quiche with goat cheese… and RAMPS would be fantastic!!!

  8. What a fun idea! I definitely need to be better at including local produce in my meal planning. I do it sometimes, when it's not too inconvenient, but I think this is the summer I make it a priority. Thanks for the encouragement!

  9. becky, you are brilliant. this is gorgeous, and going up on my desktop :) i'm glad you liked my recipes enough to include them! xo

  10. I agree with the previous comments, this idea is great! I love how you are promoting seasonal foods and some awesome local bloggers :)

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